The focus of class today way how large corporations own many things that we do not normally think is owned by a certain company. For example: General Electric owns 49% of NBC channels. I knew companies such as Disney owned a lot of different branches of products, but I had not idea it was at this large of a scale. This makes me want to explore further into who exactly owns the products that I use on a daily basis. Like what corporations own the food products that I buy and consume. These types of questions could help anyone better understand where the products they use come from, answer if they are safe, or help you see which companies you are supporting as a consumer.
Counting the number of adds within magazines was also shocking. We predicted that there would be a larger number of ads within the magazines, but when we calculated the percentage the numbers were much lower than we expected. Although we did not account for the articles selling us specific things, the amount of advertising was lower than I thought. I always feel as though magazines are a majority advertising, but this could be because I view magazines that were not included in out experiment. In magazines such as Cosmo or Elle, the pages are FILLED with ads because the content of these magazines are also trying to sell you clothes. There are large sections that are just models showing different outfits for you to buy based on the style of clothing you wear. They divide them by preppy, hipster, punk, etc.
Today’s class will help me with teaching because I could use this magazine activity within the classroom (using appropriate magazines). This lesson could be used for students within a unit about analyzing media/advertisement. This is important skill for students to learn because they need to be able to distinguish between facts and fiction so through the advertising and media students can see how they are being influenced.