“Are you mom enough?”

Very recently, TIME magazine had a cover of a woman breastfeeding her 4-year-old son. At the time that this came out, people were in an uproar. Many people wondered about the reasoning behind such a cover photo as well as the title: “Are you mom enough?”
This edition of the magazine was purely about children who are in a place to be unable to let go of the nurturing time of their baby lives and move on to being a toddler. The main focus was breastfeeding and how it was a way for the connection between children and mothers to be detrimental instead of positive.
The blog post that I read about this article was not really about the magazine itself, but more about a PR pitch that the blogger had received in an email. The pitch was about a bottle that was created to look like a breast with the top to look like a nipple. This bottle come “amazingly” with a “soft silicon nipple textured and colored to resemble skin” and also an “integrated ventilation system to aid in the baby’s digestion.”
The blogger takes a big offence to the likening of a bottle to a breast. Which in my opinion, is quite ridiculous. Giving a bottle to a child, in the shape of a nipple or not, will not mimic breastfeeding.
But I think that the main issue of this pitch is the fact that it is a bit insulting to the women. The author of the pitch creates the idea that women who continue to breastfeed children do it only because they “can’t let go.” But in the article, the woman on the cover, Jaime Lynn Grumet, explains her reasoning for breastfeeding, and not once does she say it is because she “can’t let go” of that relationship with her child.
What I got from this blog post, is that when a person makes a pitch, or writes a press release, or anything that is published, it can have a negative outcome. To me, it helps me remember that words and actions are directly connected to people and in the job of public relations, it makes no sense to create something that is badly done and insulting to many people. I think that if this sort of attitude goes with everyone in this field, public relations is in for a downfall.


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The Future of Journalism

The death of journalism has been a topic of conversation for as long as I can remember. Many people even wish to see certain areas of it end. The main area of concern is print media like newspapers.

The two movies that were shown in class, an old film about journalism and “Page One,” show the differences in journalism. In the film about journalism, the roles of different positions in a newspaper are explained. The one thing that is quite ridiculous is the fact that women were unable to work in anything else except something that is about homecare or fashion.

“Page One” is about The New York Times and how the newspaper deals with the changing market for printed news. Many of the jobs the first film explained are out of date and no longer exist. The sexist theme also changed between films, though the majority of workers shown at The New York Times were still men.

The movies bring about the question of whether or not newspapers will and should live on. More technology is being introduced and many people are reading news only on the Internet. Should newspapers completely end? Or are journalists unnecessary?

To answer yes would be unfair to the industry. It may be that less people are buying newspapers, but to completely move away from the physical paper would be a step too far in this generation.

Yes for the second question is also ridiculous. Journalism may have added more types of online sources, but that proves that journalism is still needed. People today get information from a person whose job it is to look up and research different events. After someone reads information, it is, more often than not, passed by word of mouth to the next person. Without that original journalist, there is no information to be passed around. Information is often times withheld from different people and without a journalist who is actually “in the action” and seeing what is happening or hearing about what is happening, we would be oblivious to the world around us. Ignorance is not bliss and without journalists, the world will become an ignorant society.

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