Author Archives: Dino Landucci IV

Media’s influence and how the use of stereotypes effects the world

Global media is a very powerful phenomenon in our world. Media outlets influence how the general public portrays an array of people in either a negative or positive light. Mainly based on stereotypes, media outlets sway public opinion based on the bias of the company it represents. A clear example is the media giant, CNN. Cleary having a Democratic lean, CNN has labeled rallies favoring president elected Donald Trump as gatherings of hate groups toward minorities by reporting on the most violent and flat out racists crowds that make up a small portion of Trump supporters. In a report on the 14th of 2016, CNN posted an article headlined, Protestor attacked at Trump rally stating that a protestor was shoved repeatedly and put in a headlock while being rushed to the exit by a, “man wearing a Make America Great Again hat and a Gays for Trump shirt.” Throughout this article the language used to describe the supporters and Trump’s response is very derogatory, reporting from the side that Trump himself provoked the attack, as well as the abundant use of the term ‘Trump supporter” made it very clear to readers that it was Trump and his supporters who were in the wrong. The article continues the story by providing evidence of past violent actions taken at Trump rallies. By portraying Trump and his supporters as brutes, while the protestor was an innocent victim, CNN was trying to sway the public towards the Democratic side by exposing the few people prone to violence. While there is evidence supporting CNN’s claim that some Trump supporters are susceptible to violence, unprovoked or not, the media company characterizes all Trump supporters as violent at all times and that if you support Trump, you are supporting these violent people.

Another stereotype the media portrays is that all police officers are bad ones. It seems like recently major news has been focused all the bad things police officers have done. With the “Black Lives Matter” campaign and the recent shootings of African-American men, mass media is having a field day promoting hatred toward the men and women who keep us safe domestically. Outlets have chosen to focus on the negative thing officers have done playing into the stereotype that all cops are bad cops because that’s what sells papers and gets the most clicks. The media’s power has turned Americans against the men and women that are tasked with the extremely taxing and hard job of protecting them.

Turning to the lighter side of things, entertainment companies are breaking down stereotypes when it comes to women’s dependence on men. In recent popular movie series such as, The Hunger Games and Divergent, both pieces have dominant female characters both of which lead a team through several different dangerous tasks. These movies are the first relevant movies for the newer generation that have empowered women everywhere. These movies show that women can do everything that men can do, growing support in the real world with women taking more powerful and important positions. This example shows how media can have a positive impact on the world just as much as it does negative.

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

The case of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, according to ALA.org,  dealt with the First Amendment rights of students where students, John F. Tinker, Christopher Eckhardt, and Mary Beth Tinker, were expelled after they wore black armbands to school in symbolic protest of the Vietnam War, the Supreme Court held that students “do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate” and that the First Amendment protects public school students’ rights to express political and social views. This caught my attention because I’ve been involved with several student protest throughout my years in school as well as it’s relevance today.  Throughout the nation, student-athletes have taken the actions of Colin Kaepernick, and several other professional athletes, to their school’s sports program by kneeling during the National Anthem. Although the views of the students participating in the protest may not have reflected their schools view, they still have a constitutional right to participate thanks to Tinker v. Des Moines.

Another example of protests in schools are most recent because of the election and our new president elect, Donald Trump. At West High, just an hour and a half away in Iowa City, several student staged a sit-in against discrimination and hate after the presidential election.  This sit in was sparked because of racist comments made during the week of the election toward, Lujayn Hamad, and American citizen and student that wears a hijab. These protests in schools have spread across the nation as students set up walkouts because of racist comments that some students think are ok to say because of our president elect. Back home, in San Bruno,California, my junior college staged a walkout where most of the school walked out of their classes to congregate and protest the election on the soccer field.

The Supreme Court case of Tinker v. Des Moines has paved the way for school protest across the entire nation. Without this case ruling students right to free speech and to protest that is protected by the First Amendment, would have been taken away as soon as the set foot on campus.  This case has had a huge impact on my generation considering everything that has happened these past couple of years. Without it, our right to speak out against something we don’t believe in would’ve been wrongly stollen from myself, and the students of my generation.

Social Media’s Impact on the 2016 Election

With the election coming to a close Tuesday, we can reflect on the impact that social media had. Sites like Facebook and Twitter the two most used forms from the campaign faze to the day of the election bring together Trump and Clinton supporters alike and creating a place to have arguments about each candidate. These sites allowed people from all over the nation and the world to express their feelings towards Trump or Clinton creating a community. However, since the end of the election, most of the dialog online has turned into complaints and hostility toward Trump, our president-elect. I’ve seen real life friendships end because of things posted about this election on social media, hampering society as a whole.

Social media also changed how each presidential nominee campaigned, attacking the character of either candidate instead of focusing on the issues. Trump was active the most on Twitter with constant posts of the hashtag CrookedHillary because of her email scandal, where as Clinton had a huge Facebook presence posting multiple videos about Trump’s actions toward immigrants and women. Because of the nature of social media with a 140-character limit on Twitter, this election was focused on simple topics and didn’t have any in depth arguments for either side.

Social media is a way to connect with people all over the world who share the same ideology as you creating communities online. However, when these communities clash with different opinions, most of the time, these dialogs turn ugly. In terms of the election I feel social media is hampering society as a whole creating hate culture between two groups who have opposing opinions. Although sites like Facebook and Twitter bring people together and are a huge asset to our growing online world, when certain people have different views they tend to say things they normally wouldn’t say if it was a face-to-face conversation.

What I Watch and Why

This past week I’ve been keeping track of what videos I’ve been watching and I’ve noticed I watch a abundance of sports related videos.  The MLB postseason is going on so I have been watching a lot of baseball. I watch baseball because I love the game. Baseball has been apart of my life since I could pick up a ball so that is the main reason I watch the sport.  I enjoy analyzing what certain players do off the action, the mental side.  I see what works for what players, like the Texas Ranger Shortstop-Third Base tandem of Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre. They pull pranks on each other, talk in between pitches, and keep it loose throughout the entire game. In contrast to that there is Jake Peavy, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, who is always fired up and plays with high intensity.  He is seen yelling at himself into his glove if he makes a bad pitch or throwing up his hands if one of his teammates makes an error.  I am influenced by watching baseball because I try to emulate certain players and bring the mentality they show on television to my game.  Matt Cain, another pitcher for the Giants, is someone I try to be like. He is stoic on the mound and you can’t tell if he has given up five runs or is pitching a no hitter.

Another platform I watch is videos on YouTube. I follow a YouTuber called Toke, who post videos of him playing all different kinds of sports games like; Madden 17, NBA 2k17, MLB The Show, and many more.  I started watching his channel because I was considering buying MLB The Show but wanted to see some game play first. What made me stay was his hilarious antics throughout all his videos and his incorporation with songs and sound effects that make his videos so funny. He creates these videos because he loves playing video games and people love to see his reactions to the game. He also works with developers and advertisers of the games to help sell the games he plays which works because,  once I saw how much fun he was having playing MLB it influenced me to buy it for myself.  Lately, Toke has created a movement, that he expresses on some of his videos, to make pack openings, when you open in game packs to try and get special players, in Madden 17 more fair for the average player who can’t spend a lot of time playing the game, thus helping EA sports create a better game for the masses.

Netflix is also a huge part of what I watch, specifically the shows Supernatural and any Marvel of DC comic series. With Supernatural I find the correlation between the bible and the monsters they are fighting very amusing but also the theme of brotherhood that is apparent in every episode. With the comic series the theme that anyone can be a hero is definitely huge and I find that appealing.  I find that I am influenced by these shows in my everyday life. Brotherhood is a massive part of sports and using what Sam and Dean teach us in the show can be used on the field. Also the thought that anyone can be a hero can be used in everyday life with just simple tasks as holding a door for someone that has their hands full, or helping someone that is struggling in class get the grade they want.Videos, television shows, and sporting events have a huge impact on my life because it influences me in many different ways. That is why I watch what I watch, because it provides a variety of new thing I can use in any aspect of my life