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MSCH-C 213 Week Four

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MSCH-C 213 Week Four MSCH-C 213

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These are notes over what was covered in week four lectures; Media Economics Cont. and Content and Reality of Mass Media.
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Date Created: 09/18/16
MSCH-C 213 Week Four Media Economics Cont. How does the Internet Make Money?  Money comes from ads o Views and click-through  “Banner-blindness” o Gotten used to seeing ads and brain automatically ignore it  Native Advertising o Creation of content that resembles editorial content but is in fact a paid ad o Paid content that matches publications editorial standards while meeting audience’s expectations. Characteristics of a New Media World  Four things media companies must do or die o People must want to share content  Visual design – big images  Make sharing easy o Embrace Mobile  No two screens alike  Design smallest version first o Redefine Advertising  2011 23% of consumer time was spent on mobile  Only 1% of ad dollars flowed in o Become product driven Maximizing Profit  Return on Revenues o Profit/Revenue  Return on Assets o Profit/Asset  Revenue – total income before expenses  Assets – infrastructure invested in  Profits – what you keep Economies of Scale - Producing an extra unit price decreases as scale of output expands Economies of Scope - Multiproduct production - Variation of same product Constructing Audiences - Orienting towards quantity or niche MSCH-C 213 Week Four Reducing Risk - Marketing and duplicating existing successes Three Basic Strategies  Maximize profits by increasing revenue and decreasing expenses  Construct niche audience and keep conditioning o Long tail marketing vs. lowest common denominator  Reduce risks using marketing Technological Innovations  Replicable potential of digital Business Innovation  Marketing convergence o Marketing one thing on multiple fields/mediums Content & Reality Of Mass Media Humans are storytellers  Our brains seem designed to create stories out of the world around us  We often learn about typical human behavior by observing the atypical o Visual fields cross in the brain: left visual fields are perceived by the right side of the brain and vice versa o Left brain: control language o Right brain: visual processing Stories are persuasive  Facts are persuasive but stories are more so  Factors that influence the persuasiveness o Narrative coherence o Narrative fidelity o Narrative transportation  Stories are more memorable, impactful, personal Stories Facilitate Well-being  Expressive writing (writing about yourself) o Improve mood disorders, reduce symptoms of cancer patients, boost memory o Why does this work?  We don’t know… maybe helps reshape views of ourselves. MSCH-C 213 Week Four What is “reality” when it comes to media?  How we evaluate what we see o Social utility (can you use info in real life) o Identity (is the character like me)  Additional ways we think about reality o Factuality – what actually happens o Plausibility – what might happen o Typicality – what typically happens o Emotional involvement – emotionally pulled at o Narrative consistency – plot behavior o Perceptual persuasiveness – how real does it look Next-Step Reality  Message must appear real  Must be a “little more then reality” o Everything is a little more beautiful, available, fun  What is the appeal? o Some realism is necessary o Total realism is not attractive  Why do we turn to media o Some experiences in real like are impossible or the costs are too great Developmental Difference  Under 3: TV is a “magic window”  3-5yr: learning skepticism (TV isn’t always true)  >5yrs: distinguish between fiction and news  Adult discount o Skeptical of magic window o In place by 12 but not the same for everyone and not on every media content i.e. reality TV Reality TV  Why is it made? o It is cheap to make  Why do we watch? o “Quality?” – often low quality o Experience o Voyeurism – experience something through some one else o Information seeking MSCH-C 213 Week Four  How real is it? o The power of editing – can drastically change scene Types of Reality TV  Documentary Style (think animal planet)  Reality-legal (Judge Judy)  Competition/game show  Self improvement/make over (say yes to the dress/what not to wear)  Social experiment (married at first sight)  Hidden Camera  Supernormal/paranormal  Hoax (punked)  Parody Media Literacy & Reality TV  How much do we think is “real” or “fake” on reality TV?  How can we know  Media literacy approach allows us to critically evaluate what we are seeing  “next step reality” principle shows us that every media message is a mix of reality and fantasy Reality Instagram  Celebrities and “insta-famous” celebs get paid to promote products but it is not always clear it’s paid promotion o Kind of like native advertising  More followers more posts = more money o Fashion bloggers $5k - $25K per post o Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid $125k - $300k per post Realism and Video Games  Does “next step” realism apply to video games  Perceptual persuasiveness o Input devices o Graphics/sound Emotions and “reality”  Opening scene from up o Know they are not real but feel emotional connection  Human like robot o Looks kinda real but also kinda creepy  Uncanny valley MSCH-C 213 Week Four o When things get really close to human but not quite it is kind of off putting


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