A lot has happened since I started, and apparently abandoned, this blog. Its main goal was to chronicle the exploits of an individual in the journalism field who also happens to have introverted tendencies–A person who doesn’t always enjoy the company of other people, yet is required to for events requiring news coverage, if you will. It has so far done less than stellar. I’m currently not an entirely active journalist, maybe taking on one to two stories a month, which is somewhat to do with my own competency at reaching out to publications for freelance work. However, I’m also in a sort of transition in terms of my writing, mostly from a creative standpoint, but I suppose that could also bleed over to my journalistic writing.
Since I started this blog, I received my Bachelor’s degree in journalism, but had been a freelance journalist at a local weekly paper for a few months before that, along with what little I wrote for my college’s student-run newspaper. I believe I was a public relations intern at the hospital I worked at when I last posted, an adventure that didn’t do too much to further my career, so far, anyway.
During my final semester of college, I took two classes that seemed to change the way I viewed communication, the media, and essentially the world itself. Not necessarily a life-changing-move-far-away-and-experiment-with-crazy-drugs-to-find-who-I-really-am sort of change, but it more created a sort of eye-opening experience about the way we both consume and are presented with media, be it books, movies, television, or the news. One of my classes, mass communication theory, taught me some essential theories of communication, which I applied to a pretty hefty research paper about how advertisements affected people’s view of democracy, communism, and the American military during the Cold War. By analyzing various Cold War advertisements, I was able to see how the way they were portrayed to the public had the potential to alter the way the viewers saw democracy–as something of an absolute good–and communism–the bad.
I also took a class called contemporary media issues in which we discussed contemporary media and its effects on people. We discussed news, politics, reality TV, and various other topics as well as ways people reacted to them and why. This class, paired with what I learned in mass communication theory, showed me a lot that I was missing in the world. It’s a bit difficult to explain exactly what these classes did to alter how I view the world, but I think it created a new sense of rational thinking and skills for analyzing that I can apply to both my creative works as well as when I write an article for the newspaper. In terms of creative writing, I’ve been attempting to put a lot more meaning into my books and short stories. I attempt to tackle common problems in contemporary society and try to play out some resulting consequences of our actions, usually focusing on acceptance and tolerance by showing the lives of particularly intolerant individuals. In terms of journalism, I think this new look at the media could potentially allow me to present my stories in a way that might not necessarily play to the standard media that people expect, and perhaps provide a new edge to the stories. Whether I’m actually completing this objective or not, I can’t really say. This newly acquired experience is still too fresh to really get any significant feedback, but I like to think that I’m on to something pretty exciting.
With all that being said, I’m looking forward to seeing what I produce as well as what sort of feedback it may yield. Granted, tackling contemporary issues are oftentimes met with resistance and a “you can’t say that! It’s against my beliefs so that makes it wrong!” attitude, but I suppose I could somewhat link it to the idea of banned books, and leave you with this quote:
“The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.” – Oscar Wilde