Sunday, May 1, 2011

Talking Points #9 on Tolman on "How Being a Good Girl can be Bad for Girls"

Well you know when I first read the title I didn't quite understand but when we got into a deep discussion in class I started to understand it more and it was actually very interesting. I need to know now this to me is very true. When a girl had lived her life and has never said yes freely because face it if you are brought up by strict parents and they are always putting pressure on the girl about making sure to say No No No to boys and when ever they ask them to do anything related to sexual intercourse just to say No and you'll be safe. But lets say if you can't say no what if these parents did not give awareness to their daughter about drugs that were used to make these girls defenseless and to not be able to do anything. What if they couldn't say yes or no because they aren't capable of it. They wake up confused and disoriented can anyone tell me if thats being a good girl or is the girl automatically considered bad because she consumed a drink innocently without ever letting pass her mind that someone would abuse her that way. I am confused on how people assume that all girls are just sex puppets and toys or symbols that could be used for any sexual fantasy without their consent. It really brings me to the point of saying is that so us as girls when we get older we have to change our ways because there are guys out there that will be willing to take advantage of quote on quote "Goodie Goodness."  So even if you say No you are not fully guaranteed that your No will be accounted for. And the most biggest thing is when people plan things to destroy Good Girls because if you think about it there are some girls who are put in these kind of traps of date rape and than afterwards with all the confusion they are put to shame because they are the Bad Girl even when it wasn't their fault. They could be the most quietest one (Good Girl) and someone always wants to make them look bad. For me I feel that everyone is actually there to make people look bad and to at the end of the day depending on so many standards that the media puts on the average Good Girl are sometimes completely out of the picture so here's a question for the media what is the average Good Girl? Does it vary?

Talking Points #3 on Christensen

Well I did not completely understand the unbinding myths of what christensen had to explain in this article but what I sensed was that he was fixing on trying to uncover some of the truths that the media is used to educate and that people blame the media for so many things and do not see the good that comes out of it. Like for example many teenagers now-a-days can watch educational episodes that commit to real life situations that they can relate to and that are obviously possible. Such as learning about wildlife or how to survive after maybe a plane crash and how to survive while you are deserted in the middle of nowhere until you can reach for help. I think that some people have a misleading of other ways that the media can work not just superficillay but also ways to bring kids more to wanting to be able to educate themselves.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Talking Points #6 on Glee

Well after watching this show...may I mention that I am not a big fan of musicals. But what I had noticed was the discrimination that I saw towards the Gay character very severe and at one moment I did not see the kiss from the other male coming and that very much surprised me. I feel that in a way them putting that kiss in there was to grab the consumer's attention just to be like WOAH! where did that come from or at least that was there intention to me. I feel that in this they showed not only the feminine side of a homosexual but also the masculine side to it too. I mean I guess there are many different ways to interpret each kiss in this movie. For example the other kiss with the two kids who decided to start making out on the table to me was like almost showing a way of having each kiss be either innocent, aggressive, or passionate. There are so many ways that there could be an interpretation of all these kisses in Glee. May I have to admit that while watching Glee at home I didn't really catch much until I actually sat down and watched in class with the whole class and actually got a feel to what the show was really about. I was completely lost and I have a feeling I would have been even more lost if I had even gotten close to watching the whole thing and seeing that surprising kiss. I feel that the went against some of the main ideologies as the media most times portrays gays as being feminine when some are not there just regular citizens that act as a normal male or female would act just that there sexual preference is not the opposite of their own.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ideas for my final Project!!! :)

Well I was thinking of a addressing the public towards aggression in the media and how most people perceive it and what is the main ideology. When I say aggression I mean how does the media confront the idea of anger towards different subjects. In my case I will be only bringing up at least three and will than address how they are similar in the fact of how the media perceives it and other people perceive it in society. Let me just put the issues I will be bringing up: aggression towards women, aggression towards men, and aggression towards kids in a family environment. I want to specify that I will not only be doing this based on United States experiences but also in other countries so that we can get a general overview of not just a piece of the pie but the whole thing. I mean I just came up with this I don't know if I will manage to make this work but I'm going to try. I mention that not just in the united states which could mean that media differences could be called upon when in the process of making this project. So I will probably have to alter a few things but I will try my hardest to keep it within class discussion so that it doesn't start to get confusing.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Talking Points #7 on Ball

Well when I was reading my assigned reading what I had gotten out of the reading was the fact that hip-hop in the mass media was used to gear towards just one group being that African Americans. They were saying that there was an ideology that is clearly shown and how hip-hop was geared to on 1) how black people are put in environments that it would seem as if that's the only place they live at when truth comes out its not like that because there has also been other ethnicity s' that live like in the reading in the story said DISTINCT SPATIALLY communities. That really popped out at me cause I feel that Hispanics if we don't say something theres always those people who assume that cause a person is Hispanic they automatically relate us to gang violence and certain beats towards whats kind of music we listen to and classify us with that. Now getting back to the reading it also said that it forms the basis of this country's cheap labor. Now I have just listed just a few I would love to get into more discussion about how the ideology in the media targets such things. But at the same time being that the media is so massive I feel that if these ideologies were to be diminished by a voices of the youth we could change such ideologies and bring up the other sides of the stories of testimony to show that not all people can be classified to be one thing and actually try to promote change. Cause to be honest with you I feel that this reading can go both ways in the fact that media should be used to promote change.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Something I cam across while on facebook

I just wanted to blog about something that probably been touched about before but I feel that I want to bring it up. The topic that I want to touch is bullying and how it has affected many in society. I came across something on face book that was posted and thought to myself do you guys think that bullying in general and how it is perceived in real life towards what the media actually does about it as a whole is a problem that people still have to deal with today or has it somewhat lowered down? I will put a link up later on of both the President and Michelle Obama a speech as soon as I actually analyze what they say in this speech.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Wesch, "From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able" Talking Points #5

No what I got out of this text is that he states that classrooms have taken a change, saying that he doesn't mean physically but in the cyber net world. To consolidate this to get more to the point and a more small portion of what I thought this text meant was that he had posted in a Britannica Online forum: First stating that digital artifacts are being created in social networks such as the biggest social network thats been growing continuously and that has gained society's acceptance. Now what he saids with that from what I understood was that as the cyber network grows and information is more accessible and has been growing in large quantity's there is no need for knowing, memorizing, or recalling information. Where more important things now are on how to find,sort,analyze,share, discuss, critique, and create information noting that classrooms and teaching methods have had to be altered because of this change. He also gives two terminology s that to me is quite interesting and something to bring up in class such as the definition of Knowledgeable and Knowledge-able. I found that quite interesting and I think that the need to discuss the definitions of this from his text would be very interesting to what everyone's opinion is to what these two terms mean according to the text. I also caught that he mentioned teaching methods being "disrupted" which to me can go both ways like for example yeah it could go towards the bad side but at the same time new techniques can actually bring new and maybe life changing ways to our society and maybe even land more job opportunities and more choices to society. Probably something else to go over in discussion in class Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Talking Points # 4 Raby, A Tangle of Discourses

When I read this article what I had gotten out of it was that Teenagers are seen almost like aliens. or different people have different views but at the same time if you think about it as they may explain that a grandmother may see their granddaughter as the model teenager. I honestly didn't really understand this article I felt that the only point I came across was that there was some comparisons between grandmothers and granddaughters and maybe how there descendency came about. Maybe they were talking about how teenagers act and are grown up from traditions that were passed down from their grandmother. and how relationships with grandmothers go and granddaughters are.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Talking Point #2 on Grinner

To think that when I read this article there were things that I had not realized and somethings that to me well weren't the way she put it to be. But most importantly I felt that as I read this article there were many references to the African American perspective of social stereotypes and I felt almost left out because there are also other races that have been stereotyped such as lets put an example Palestinians who are misinterpreted as being all bad people and a threat to society. I strongly feel that yes African Americans were stereotyped but also that the media in some kind of way doesn't try to stereotype I see it as showing people what may possibly happen in the day to day lifestyle. But there are plenty of other movies such as have almost a similar role of showing that African Americans can actually be very well spoken and in such have gone towards different color women. Another point I want to get across is the fact of Christianity showing integrity in a human being and showing the comparisons of how one who lives a Christian life tend to be more calm that what I got out of the reading and showed how one that does not live by those standards tends to be lower class than them. But I think that living a Christian life comes from within and the want to be higher in the sense that they are not taken advantage of. In our present day there is still stereotypes the woman is still seen as the weaker link its just not that much seen or targeted in society. There is still that glass window that the male has to see the woman as weak but now in teenagers you actually see the strength and offense that girls take whenever a male tells  them that they do better that just makes them want to do better and we have that push of wanting to be better than the masculine side. I really liked this article it sort of woke up a lot of inside thoughts that I had and made me think of how the media effects society today and how we as young people can change that.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Talking Point #1 media and ideology

I have to say that the ideology in the media is to me actually very minimal if you look at today's society. I was reading the part of "Normalization" now what I understood coming out of this text and that intrigued me was that the media tends to make up a normal person but now a days what I actually see is that there looking for a more exotic eye catching icon and have lost the values of what a normal person really is. You see now a days girls that look so unreal and than again maybe you wish you were like that but to think that images in the media are normal now a days I think that it has just become unrealistic. But the one thing that I really do like and that I got out of this reading was the fact that the media has in some kind of way accepted minorities in a way and now a days and the fact that the reason why maybe teenagers are so wanting of acceptance and the media gives that to them when they show icons of maybe family and friends and how parents just don't understand anything and than you get to the fact that the music and fashion just keeps teenagers occupied and the media has a way of pulling teenagers to fit in. If they advertise one type of group they always have different ways to advertise another. But that's just how they make their money and get people to buy the products that they promote. But I mean the media isn't all that good to everyone I mean you hear so many times how the media is blamed for school violence . But than again is it really their fault but there fully protected by a little something I like to call freedom of speech. The media not only focuses on teenagers but its a great way to communicate about politics. Although it may seem that teenagers don't care about how their country is governed the question pops up when the drinking age is put higher some teenagers may not like the idea but that just may be a well good reason to listen to the news or changes of laws in the senate. There are those small things that get teenagers fired up maybe not all of them but you have the ones who lets admit like to have a good time and if its not about drinking or other fun time experiences they may not listen. But than you have those other teenagers because of the actions of others have to suffer the consequences. Now that gets a good crowd rallied up. I think that the reason why some teenagers act the way the do is because of the lack of the trust they have in society. The media to me gives young people a voice to express what we feel. From your average social networks on the internet down to your day to day blogging opportunities this gives us a chance to be who we are and not care what anyones says. Another part I read was on Dominant Ideology speaking of whether the media is used to promote higher power leaders versus cultural contradictions. Cultural Contradictions being that both dominant ideology and partially challenging worldviews. The question is whether or not the media is used for higher power leaders or is used to inform the general public I was a little confused on this part my reasoning was what exactly were they talking about when they were trying to differentiate between the two? But following the text Dominant Ideology I think is used a lot in the media but for the public's benefit so that they are informed of high power leaders such as the senate and the president.