Monthly Archives: September 2016

Michaela’s Idea for individual project

michaela is going to talk about the DSM 5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and how society has influenced the mental illnesses in the DSM over the years. In previous years the DSM has considered particular behaviours as mental illnesses whereas these have now been influenced by society and changed in terms of the DSM.

Marta Rico


Natalie’s Idea for the Individual Paper

For Natalie’s individual paper, she’s chosen to write about Italy’s controversial “Fertility Day” campaign, that was recently launched. She is going to analyze the advertisements that were published by the government in preparation for the actual Fertility Day, during which Italians were supposed to be inspired to have children and reverse the low birth rate epidemic. The ads were deemed offensive and she is going to discuss why, and how the campaign failed because of it.

I think this is going to be very interesting because I’ve seen the ads and would like to know more about what the original intention was for them, and also why exactly they were deemed infuriating.

The Incredibles

For a group project the Incredibles will be analyzing 5 different Disney cartoons, from 5 different decades. We will be looking to see how the cartoons promote (or depress) cultural diversity. An example being we will look to see if the cartoons accurately portray the characters cultures and customs. The movies we will be reviewing are:

Beauty and the Beast


The Little Mermaid

The Jungle Book

Lilo and Stitch.

The Silver Tongues’ Project

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been on the lips of the masses as of late. If you haven’t heard of this yet the reasons are for not standing during the playing of the national anthem in protest to social injustice. This has led to outrage amongst many, but also admiration.

We decided upon this topic when we realized we couldn’t think of a better one. No, but really, this is a current event which holds much importance and is ripe with analytical possibilities. Thus, we decided it was appropriate for our group project. As the semester passes so too will the media and masses react to him, and so we will have a continuous flow of new sources.

Group Work : The Deacs

Group Name: The Deacs

Team Members: Kat Huber, Katie Ward, Reyna Baker, Tyler Roberts, Melissa Lombard


Idea: To write about the acceptance of the Syrian refugees throughout Europe, specifically Turkey, concentrate on Turkish media outlets and patterns in their reporting on the issue and compare them to the United States media


  • Look for patterns in Turkish media reporting
  • Link between refugees and recent terrorist attacks in Turkey
  • Media blaming a certain group or party for social unrest
  • Type of national media Turkey currently has
  • Racism/inequality toward refugees
  • How refugees are portrayed in the media
  • Censorship in Turkey based on large media conglomerate’s relationship with the government
  • Ranked 151 on press freedom index
    • Many journalists in jail for their articles (49)
    • 300+ legal restrictions on media
  • Media concentrated on two pillars: between the mainstream and the pro-Islamist/conservative tendencies.


We chose this topic because it is a very relevant and controversial global event. Syrian refugees are being accepted as well as denied from many different countries throughout the world, and Turkey is one that has the largest number of refugees admitted, as well as the largest number of terrorist attacks in recent months. We are interested in how the Turkish media outlets are responding to this unrest, how they report it, and how the Turkish citizens are receiving the media messages. We want to analyze the patterns within the media reporting, as well as how the government affects/controls the Turkish media. Once gathered, we will compare this information on the Turkish media to the United States media, and highlight the differences and/or similarities between the two.


Media has begun to be tools for political and financial interests and for manipulation.

Concentration of media ownership:

-Doğan Media Group (DMG)

-Çalık Holding

-Çukurova Holding

-Doğuş Grubu

-Ciner Grubu

-İhlas Holding


These media outlets which are close to political circles benefit from the financial gains and become tools of partisanship

Although it is stated in Article 28 of the constitution that the press is free and shall not be censored, the judiciary can censor all media outlets under constitutional provisions and loosely interpreted laws, especially on the grounds of “protecting basic characteristics of the Republic” and “safeguarding the indivisible integrity of the State with its territory and nation.”  


Helpful links:


file:///Users/reynabaker/Downloads/reach_migration_trends_and_patterns_of_syrian_asylum_seekers_in_the_eu_sept_2015_v3.pdf     – “Availability of information” : “access to information has had a significant affect on people’s understanding of the current information, their intentions and ultimately their onward movement”.   – highly reliant on word of mouth, Reporting is likely to have been affected by issues related to both sensitivity and a lack of knowledge about

routes and locations, particularly once in Europe.

→ challenges of reporting about syrian refugees

→ about difficulty of certain journalists entering syria to report

→ increase in imprisoning journalists in Turkey

→ Turkey is the fifth worst jailer of journalists in 2015

→ peace journalism needed in Turkey


Media & Society 16 Class Blog

Welcome to the SLU Madrid Media & Society Blog. Here you will find the work of the students enrolled in this class. This class is focused on analyzing the way the media interacts with society. We hope you find our posts informative on current events in a context of fast paced technological shifts.

Step I: To comment on the work conducted by another classmate.

Step II: To comment on our own work.

Step III: Group work in which one representative of the group will blog about the progress of that group´s work.