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It wouldn’t take me long to find how the media plays on stereotypes. I don’t even have to look past one of my favorite shows, South Park. I think the fact that the show is so cruel in perpetuating these stereotypes is what draws people to the show. The main character Eric Cartman specifically. This character is a racist, homophobic, little boy that has no filter, nor boundaries when it comes to getting his message across. He constantly plays on the idea of many negative stereotypes and this is essentially what drives his character. People eat it up and the show has been aired for nearly 20 years now it seems. This is just one example from television.
Another stereotype that I see played out a lot, especially in the news media is the role of the weather girl on the new station broadcast team. Usually a young, ambitious, attractive young lady with lots of spunk filling only roughly 30 seconds of the entire news cast. Just something nice to look at in between segments. Whats worse is that this is typically the only position that women hold on the team. While men usually hold the news head, reporter, or in depth analyst positions. This stereotype has stood for so long it almost just seems like another facet in the business of news broadcasting.
“Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503, 89 S.Ct. 733, 21 L.Ed.2d. 731 (1969): In this seminal case considering the First Amendment rights of students (John F. Tinker, Christopher Eckhardt, and Mary Beth Tinker) who 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.”- (ALA.org)
I found this case very interesting because I feel that in today’s day and age we often take for granted or muffle the voices of our youth. Suppressing their voices while at the same time trying to teach them that every person has the right to say or believe whatever they want. In this case the students were protesting the war, which is protected by the amendments of the united states, however they were expelled from school. A result that often only comes as a last measure in a school system. Not only removing the children from school, which is supposed to be a place of thought and higher learning, but removing their rights.
This case also hit home for me because my high school has recently dealt with a situation very similar to this. Being from California, most of the people that compromise our cities and communities are liberal for the most part. Primarily POC and minorities. In the wake of the recent election there has been much unrest in my home state and my hometown. Just days after the election student in my high school assembled an Anti-Trump protest within the school. The movement grew in numbers and worked its way off campus. The principal took the initiative to join the group along with other staff in order to maintain aid and protection for the students. However, when word got to the school board the principal was terminated from his position. He was fired because, “He promoted hate and violence not only towards our president elect but our entire government”.
So I leave you with this question, according the case previously stated, Should the principal have been fired? Should he have stopped the protest much like the Tinker case? Or
New Age of Communication
In the day and age we live in, as a society we often post everything that our daily lives consist of on the internet and other social medias. We upload photos, videos, share links, partake in discussion forums and take in so much social interaction every single
day without even realizing it. With so many outlets at our fingertips, we are communicating faster than we ever have before.
Black Lives Matter Movement
One of the main movements that has flourished via this new age of social media and improved communication,is the Black Lives Matter movement. It gained power quickly via the postings of innocent, unarmed, nonthreatening African American males and females being murdered during seemingly innocent traffic stops and other harmless events. The videos would go viral instantly, being posted across multiple media platforms with the social tag, #BlackLivesMatter. The videos and other postings spread like wildfire across social media, sparking awareness and more often than not, some extremely heated debates. With so many different perspectives and ideas being fired back and forth the ideas behind the movement can be easily misconstrued. Below is a video that I believe does a good job of at least presenting the main ideas and the issues presented surround #BlackLivesMatter.
The Voices Are Being Heard
But no matter how you feel about the movement, or what stance you take one thing is for certain. Due to this new media world that we live in we are being exposed to more and more social problems in our society. Via media and the easy accessibility to get out and voice your opinions through the internet and many other social media outlets, more voices are being heard. While this does create positive discussion as well as some negative, the most important thing to take away is that because of our new sources of communication, we are at least discussing. Our generation isn’t turning the other cheek to these things or pushing them under a rug. The issues are being vocalized and we are finally starting to expose some of the issues that have been a huge deal in our country and society.
In today’s society we are constantly exposed to many forms of visual media. From television programming, to online videos, or online show streaming we are exposed to many different types of influence. What purpose does your favorite show serve? Why is it aired on the channel provider that it is on? Why does it come on later in the day rather than earlier? Why does it always feature the same types of commercials, night after night? As Americans we are targeted by big time cable companies and are influenced by the programming they present before us, whether we realize it or not.
For the last week, I have monitored my TV and visual media streaming and recorded what shows or streams that I have watched, for how long I watched them, and what I thought the overall purpose of these shows or streams was. While, I don’t consider myself an avid television viewer, I do watch a good amount of You Tube videos, and use streaming services (Netflix and Hulu).
MY TV VIEWING HABITS
- WatchMojo / 15+ Videos / YouTube
- Monday Night Football/ ESPN
- Workaholics/ Hulu
- Family Guy/ Netflix
- Bad Lip Readings/ YouTube –
It is rare that I sit down and actually turn on my cable to watch some “good ole fashioned” television, whether that be from lack of good TV programming or my hectic lifestyle is up for debate. But I believe that one of the most influential parts of TV is the target audience. Not only do they target specific audiences with the type of programming but also with the advertising displayed. While watching the MNF game this week , every single commercial I saw was geared towards a male audience. Why? Because that’s who ESPN knows will be watching. They show the big trucks, home improvement, and more masculine advertising because they want to appeal to their audience. It is no coincidence.
While that is about the extent of my cable viewing, I do watch a lot of streaming services and online videos. While these often don’t have the same influence of advertisement, they convey some pretty interesting messages if you watch them closely. For example while I was watching an edition of Bad Lip Readings, they targeted the current presidential debates which have been hot topics for all the wrong reasons.
While the famous Bad Lip Readings are famous for being more comical than influential I believe that with the current condition of our presidential election it sort of adds on to the mockery this debate has manifested itself as. Even before I watched the video, a Hilary campaign ad played prior to the video. So maybe the page, used the current election to push a video that is a hot topic that they knew would receive a large amount of views and would spread fairly rapidly. No matter how we look at the videos, ads, TV shows, or any other visual media one thing is for certain. Media is a powerful tool, there is always a hidden agenda and based on what we see it could shape our thoughts and ideas to current events or political issues.
I am completely convinced that you no longer need any musical talent, or training in the arts of music to be successful in today’s music industry. So many artists in our generation rely heavily upon their image that they create to market themselves rather than actual musical ability. They turn to brand representation and pay per visit events to generate revenue rather than the music that they produce and put into the market. Due to this, the quality of the music is being produced is suffering dramatically.
One artist I believe to embody this idea of lack of true musical or talent is the up and coming rapper and hip hop star 21 Savage. 21 burst onto the music scene during the heart of the summer of 2016 after being featured on the highly anticipated 2016 XXL Freshman class.
His songs are centralized of a slow 808 style beat with a recurring baseline that essentially plays on repeat throughout the entirety of the song. 21 raps about his life before he found the fame in his music, and what he is willing to do to keep his “Savage” image alive. However, that is all that 21 writes his lyrics about. There is little to no content in his work that isn’t involved with murder, sex, drugs and money. Below are some lyrics from one of 21’s most popular songs in the industry today courtesy of Genius.com ;
Hit the yolk
Got the stick, woah
Keep it on me, yah
Knew you got it, yah
One in the head, yah
Bitch I fuckin’ dare
Nigga I double dare
Why the fuck you stare?
Pew-pew, bet you ass don’t stare”
–21 Savage, “Savage Mode”
As you can see, young Savage has quite a bit of deeper meaning behind his lyrics. The lack of lyrical effort would even be bearable if 21 would simply put some effort into vocalizing his vision. He literally sounds half asleep of extremely intoxicated in every single song he has produced. But I can’t blame him, I would need a few drinks to ake it through a 21 mixtape as well.Below is also a music video for 21’s hit “Red Opps” just one of many of its kind;
But this leads us to pose the question, if he is selling so well, and has so many fans of his music then how could he be an artist with no talent? 21 uses his music to propel his image of being a “savage”. His music exemplifies the modern idea of what used to be known as a “gangster”. Staying out late, picking up as many woman as possible and killing anybody who crosses his path. While music is free speech and you can talk about or say whatever you want, I also believe that many before Savage have done a much better job of portraying this message with much better musical content. But that’s the issue with the industry in our generation. Every artist puts out radio hits to get signed to a record label and live out their career in mediocrity, producing sub par music in exchange for selling their image. Artists are more concerned with making money, and putting in as little effort as possible to achieve it. The worst part of the whole situation is that as an audience, we are buying into it.