Means, Motives, and Opportunities

The examples in each reading of Means, Motive, and Opportunity build into each other because they essentially all combine into a matter of capability. Basically, what once was able to be done one way is no longer able to be able to be done that way. For example in the readings, the idea that people were able to publish and had to use a publisher was because of costs. However, now those same people can use the tools to self-publish. Geocities was a way to publish for an audience back then and similar sites like Geocities exist today. However, the difference between publishing for an audience and publishing to a collective collaborative magazine for instance is due to the tenants of extrinsic value over intrinsic value.  Authors are looking for prestige when they publish to a certain collective publication such as the creative writing magazine Quiddity. However, if a person cannot get an article published in a newspaper about Obama coming to see them, they can make the article available online. However, who is able to see it? The means basically says that the capabilities exist in greater proportion compared to say during the sixties. Whether it is right or wrong hinges on this fact. The Motive is the second cause and compares to the fact that certain people do not want to do as good of the work as people that are paid to do a boring task. The three articles point at Amateur a lot and this cause builds onto each other. The Z-boys of skating, to the Charities of Groban to the self-publications online, all build themselves together. Opportunity relates in general because if no one has a means and a motive then one cannot have an opportunity. However, opportunities such as collaboration, feature persons that are able to bring together abilities that no one else had. Collaboration caused South Koreans to want to protest import of US beef. Then, the special thanks portions of the Groban websites are this intrinsic value and getting one’s name out there makes all the difference and is a motivator over money especially when comparing intrinsic to extrinsic values.

The media landscape today when given the feedback loop is changing and is accountable to opportunity, means, and motive. Opportunity, Means, and Motive are taken most of the time by media corporations and given a professional value at the highest level but this does not mean that their production is going to be the best. It may look good, but the motive to do better really goes down with the fact that the pay might be low as well. If the journalists were not paid for their stories, the stress level would likely lead them to go and say goodbye to their current news agencies. The fact that certain different media outlets exist away from the current media stream such as Chris Hedges, Glen Greenwald, and Amy Goodman with democracy now indicate a means. The fact that such individuals like Chris Hedges, Glen Greenwald, and Amy Goodman include a different take fueled and bolstered by their online websites they contribute to brings them to motives. The motives are that they were disgruntled by normal media outlets such as NBC, Time-Warner/Cnn, etc. So the opportunity afforded by the web enabled them to basically do what they want. The downside is that these media outlets are outside of the mainstream and mostly money is what keeps them out of the mainstream but thankfully the internet allows them to have a voice at all. If they were broadcasting back in say the 1980s then they would have a harder time publishing. They would likely be gobbled up by other media and communications. There does not seem to be any difference from the media perspectives presented in Means, Motive, and Opportunity. They all appear solid representations of media types considering the works of Amy Goodman, Glen Greedwald, Chris Hedges, and other former mainstream reporters like them. This association basically puts them at the forefront of the opportunities afforded and many volunteers help them out because most of the time the sites are not for profit although sometimes they are for profit. The motive is to get at the truth that other media outlets seem to ignore. The opportunity on the other hand provides a feedback loop but no one has to listen to that feedback loop because of the money that the mainstream media puts into its publications.

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2 thoughts on “Means, Motives, and Opportunities”

  1. I love the example about being able to publish online without a “publisher” today’s means have given people an opportunity to do what they really want without going through a bunch of loops to get it accomplished.

  2. I too admired your comment about publishing without a publisher. This is just another example of how media and technology are improving to make people’s lives better.

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