Tuesday, April 23, 2013

talking points 11

So I started on google. That was kind of difficult. I found some articles. From one of the articles this quote "Radio, television, film, and the other products of media culture provide materials out of which we forge our very identities; our sense of selfhood; our notion of what it means to be male or female; our sense of class, of ethnicity and race, of nationality, of sexuality; and of "us" and "them." Media images help shape our view of the world and our deepest values: what we consider good or bad, positive or negative, moral or evil."

Teenagers view images in the media.  Images are all around. The statement above is very true. Teens are influenced by everything around them.  It actually starts earlier then the teenage years.  I think it starts from birth pretty much.  I don't think its always from the media though.  I think its from the people around us. The people around us weither it be family or friends have a major influence on who we are and who we become. However we do have our own minds and make our own decisions.
One of the videos I chose was from youtube and it is a teenagers responding to the types of images he saw as a child.

I can also say this the shows and programs I watched when I was little are not as funny now. Also the shows that were on when I was little would not be on today. Like Ren and Stimpy Rocco's Modern Life, Roundhouse, and many others.
I also used one of the videos that another classmate used but a different one.

I like in the video the teen that was saying that you should wear what you want no matter what everyone says. I do think Macklemore is a good example. I think he shows that you can be who you want to be no matter what anyone says.  I think if good images are put out in the media as well as bad images they'll have more examples of what to see or what to take in.  Its all on what we take in and what we watch. Another thing I want to mention is Hate is not taught. Hate is learned .  If hate was not taught like it was then we would be in a more peaceful world although I think that there will always be hate because some people are judgmental and  think their view is the right view.

Sunday, April 21, 2013


So sorry guys I'm a little behind on my blog posts. But I will catch up.
I not being a avid Glee watcher am now probably going to be addicted to watching it.  The show is very entertaining. From the episodes I watched I can see where the show has its good points as well as the bad points.  I feel like the Glee Director should have stepped in more with everything that was or continues to happen with Kurt. If he had stepped in sooner maybe the bullying would not be happening as much.  When the main bully picked on Kurt but also kissed him I was really shocked.  The bully forced himself onto Kurt.  But I was also shocked because I was not expecting him to do that.  I feel like Kurt's almost brother should have stuck up for him more.  I feel like a lot of bullies or bullying can be stopped if people would cooperate.  If people would tell more about it.  If adults would listen more.  I wish Kurt could be more open with his parents. although I can understand where he is coming from.  Coming out to your parent/parents, brother, sister, or any other member of your family is a very hard thing to do. When someone said how can his dad not have known it kind of upset me.  Just because a person is a certain way or acts a certain way it does not necessarily mean that that person fits into that category. By the way why do we have to fit into a category. Why can't we just be who we are without any judgement.  I really dislike how we have to put labels on everything. I saw a question somewhere that said "do you like girls or boys?" and the person said yes. I don't like fitting into a certain category. I just want to be me.  I think a lot of people would just like to be themselves without any judgement.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

tricia rose synopsis

I think that when Tricia Rose says both sides are wrong its great.  Every side can have their own opinion. It doesn't mean that necessarily that side is right. In all honesty I don't really listen to hip hop.  I don't really understand what the difference between hip hop and rap is.  I know a lot of rappers swear and curse.  Sometimes rap can be degrading towards just about anyone.  But at the same time rap/ hip hop can be powerful and can come across really well put really well said.  When I used to listen to rap/hip hop, I really liked Tupac.  I like the older rap music better then the newer stuff. I think who is to define whats good and bad in hip hop. I think when Tricia Rose says "Hip hop is not dead, but it is gravely ill." I could very well agree with that statement.  I think maybe if they rived hip hop or rap, like the days of Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL COOL J, Missy Elliott that hip hop/ rap would be in a much better place then it is at right now. I feel like the days of old hip hop and rap were better.  Nowadays I don't know what to think of.  I do have one question though. What is the difference between rap and hip hop? I never understood the difference. Is it the same thing? For me I don't understand the use of the N word never have never will.  To me it is extremely offensive. In all honesty I don't get why any one uses it.  I understand people try to reclaim words, but why such offensive words?  A few semesters ago I heard a amazing speaker Marco McWilliams speak. Now if everyone could hear him speak I think they would understand where this world is at and where this world will continue to be at if we don't progress.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Kimmel Quotes

Generally speaking, violence always arises out of impotence. It is the hope of those who have no power.
—Hannah Arendt 
This can be true and not true at the same time.  People who don't have power doesn't necessarily mean they are violent. I can understand what Arendt was saying though. Sometimes the people that have been picked on or bullied get sick of the bullying and the torment they face, which is most of the time on a daily basis. Some people that get picked on go to extreme measures to (what they think is) solving the problem. I think that there are ways we can work against bullying and get rid of it if not all of it most of it.  Bullying is still apparent and happens on a daily basis. Adults and children are bullied or do the bullying. When will it stop. I don't know if it ever will. I f people are negative a lot there will be a negative outcome.

Alvin Poussaint, a psychia- trist at Harvard Medical School, wrote that
in America, violence is considered fun to kids. They play video games where they chop people’s heads off and blood gushes and it’s fun, it’s entertainment. It’s like a game. And I think this is the psychology of these kids—this “Let’s go out there and kill like on television.” (Klein & Chancer, 2000, p. 132) 
I can't agree with this statement in its entirety.  Just because children see something on tv, play some video games, or listen to a certain type of music, doesn't mean they will become violent. It also doesn't mean that anything that the child does is there parents fault.  The children weather they are violent are not should be held accountable for what they are doing.  A parent can raise their children to the best of their ability. But children do have their own minds and make their own decisions. 

Eminem poignantly illus- trated the role of “gay-baiting” in peer interactions. In his view, calling someone a “faggot” is not a slur on his sexuality but on his gender. He says,
The lowest degrading thing that you can say to a man . . . is to call him a faggot and try to take away his manhood. Call him a sissy. Call him a punk. “Faggot” to medoesn’t necessarily mean gay people.“Faggot” to me just means taking away your manhood. (Kim, 2001, p. 5) 
To me the word faggot shouldn't be used at all.  No matter what a person thinks it means. It is a highly offensive and derogatory term. Terms like that and retarded and gay, should not be used. Retarded and gay (when its/they are used in the wrong context)  are so highly offensive we should educate people more on why its highly offensive. Why they should not use these words out of context. Wethier or not the term faggot is a slur on gender or sexuality; it should not be used at all. I like Eminem and some of his music but at times the lyrics can be offensive.