Department of Telecommunications
mefunk 'at' indiana 'dot' edu
I received my BA in Telecommunications from Indiana University in May of 2012, with concentrations in both Design & Production and Media & Society. I began my studies in the telecommunications field with a strong interest in film and cinematography, which led me to an even stronger appreciation for the power of visual storytelling.
I strongly believe that one of the best ways to study society is through the media it produces – especially television, with its ubiquitous influence and vast span of access across classes and cultures. My greatest research interest as an MA student will revolve around media portrayals of women and their impact on gender relations in society. I am also interested in media effects on children, especially with regards to mental and physical well-being. Media effects have been empirically proven time and again, and so I believe it is extremely important to monitor these effects.
Eventually I would like to be a professor of gender and media studies. Alternatively, I may choose to begin a career in law and attempt to become involved in media regulation and legislation.
Some of my interests include Doctor Who, walking through the woods, and taking part in blogging and meme culture, which is just a fancy way to say I spend a lot of time online. I'm also attempting to author two science fiction novels, which has been a rather enjoyable – if a bit maddening – experience.