Category Archives: Multimedia

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

“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

Justice For Black Lives

New Age of Communication

In the day and age we live in, as a socialsociety 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 moveblmments 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.

 

Media Influence on Me

Over the past few days on been taking some notes about the kinds of media that I expose myself to, and some of it that I cannot escape from. I have found out that I watch a lot of comedy related videos, so much so that my Xbox has given me an achievement for watching this genre of video. When I actually sit down and try to watch a series, I can not really get into it if I don’t have someone else to discuss it with. If I don’t have another person with me, I find myself not paying attention to it. These revelations are not shocking, but it is good to know what gets my attention and keeps me paying attention, and not just using it for background noise.

At the time of this writing, I am watching two series. Those being the HBO show Game of Thrones and a show called Wakfu that is on Netflix. The reason I started watching Game of Thrones is my friends said it was great. I bought the first season and started watching the show with my Mom. We are both huge fans of fantasy style shows and great stories, and since we can discuss it and binge watch it. We have become huge fans of the show and are currently on the fourth season. Wakfu is a show that was probably aimed more at kids. The main reason I started watching it is because my best friend and I were scrolling through Netflix looking for some mindless entertainment. To our surprise the show was good and we have been watching ever since.

When I’m alone and trying to find something to watch, I tend to watch a lot of Youtube. One of my favorite people is watch is Vanossgaming and his circle of friends. Mainly to see what type of games are around and what type of shenanigans they can get into. It also makes for some great background noise when doing homework. Other than that they try to avoid any big issues and focus on entertainment. When I want to watch a political themed show that touches on current issues. I watch people like John Oliver, who uploads clips from his HBO show, Last Week Tonight.  The main reason I watch him is that he takes a comedic role in his telling of events, but he is not afraid to be serious. His coverage of the election has helped me keep up to date on what the candidates stances are. Another person I watch on Youtube is Philip Defranco. He is like John Oliver and is not afraid to tackle big issues, although he is mainly on the Internet side of things. His channel helps me stay up to date on a lot of issues. These two influence me because I share a lot of their opinions. I also love how they give their fan base a forum of discussion. Whether the issue is online censorship or migrant refugees, these two provide me with entertainment and knowledge.

Speaking of political shows, the advertisements for this election have started to drive me crazy.Every video that I have watched over the past three days has been started by a Trump or Clinton ad. The main influence here is that I feel like I could recite the script of these ads perfectly. These adverts have played so much that my mine just blocks them out at this point. Which is something that shouldn’t happen, I feel like the ads need to grab my attention and try to get me to support one of them. When the ads plays twenty times in a day though, I start to loose focus on it.

So that was my experience of media over the past few days. The main reason all this is online is because I don’t have cable television. Overall the influence that this type of media has on me is a positive one. I feel entertain, informed, and have something to discuss in conversation.

Looking Beyond What We See

In today’s society we are constantly exposed to many forms of visualtv 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 –

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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.

 

The Power of Popular Music

Music and music stars definitely have changed from where it first started. From Edison phonograph to the radio, and now to all the different outlets of media like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Spotify, Pandora, etc. The music industry has changed immensely. It used to be the Ed Sullivan Show which the Beatles got their huge break. Nowadays any social media outlet can give you a rise to fame if used correctly. Also, there has been many shows about finding the next star. Shows like The Voice, American Idol, and X Factor are all shows to get people famous which they have. With music icons like One Direction, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber, and a lot more coming off of these platforms the music industry has grown and changed over the years. I think it has changed for the better because music, in general, is taken for granted nowadays, and we underappreciate how much we need it in today’s society.

Celebrities I would say that are music stars all have some kind of impact. The impact we see as readers or consumers is that of a more negative light from my personal experience. The tabloids and websites want the juicy filled gossip. Yellow journalism at its finest. Even though that is the case the music stars that stay away from that light tend to have less recognition, which is sad, but true in some cases. That goes with about any celebrity you either live a gossip filled life or you are boring, and nobody wants to hear about a boring music stars’ life. Celebrities do have an impact, but it has more of a negative connotation in today’s light because people would rather talk about Taylor Swift and Kayne’s feud over something else because of it interesting. In today’s society, you will hear about a celebrity donating or helping out over twitter or something, but it will not be on the news or anything because the gossip usually surrounding these people get a lot more viewer interaction.

I still believe even today that the quality of music is the reason people stay on the charts. Your public image as a celebrity definitely can influence that, but it does still come down to what song is ultimately better in popular standards than if you are more popular in real life. I say that because indie artists always find a way on the radio eventually it may take a while, but it happens. The power of trends changes music almost every day for our generation now, and it influences us as people, which is why I still think that the quality of the music is the reason a song gets popular. It can be influenced by image, but overall it is more about the music than your image as a music star.

One music star today that I have a true connection with his music is Childish Gambino. A songwriter and rapper that generally doesn’t fit the norm, because he is a jack of all trades. In his young 33-year-old life he has already been an actor, comedian, and musician succeeding at all of them. He in high school had been already a good writer because he was voted    ”Most likely to be a Simpsons writer” in his yearbook. Also, he graduated from a Performance Arts School in New York for dramatic writing. Getting his first break, he went on to write for “30 Rock” eventually getting to be in his own series “Community”. Having music as a hobby similar to other musicians Donald Glover focused on his acting career with some mixtapes coming out in the late 2000’s. These were just underground labels, so not much came out of it. Donald would then start to gain popularity over doing covers of indie songs, and then his mixtape Royalty really launched him into success in his music career. He then left his TV series, he was about to focus on this career, he had for himself because he wanted to focus on his career as a musician. He then went on to release an album under the name “Because the Internet” which blew up in 2013.

I enjoy his story because of Donald Glover or Childish Gambino whatever alias he goes under, really had a lot given to him. He already worked hard on TV, and then it was a comedian even for a while, and then finally he went on to a music career because according to a letter written by Donald was that the anxiety and distress were getting to him. He has used TV as a medium, and he before that he was on social media platforms to promote his hobby, not his job which then turned into a full-time job for him because he felt it was right. I think that most of his success came from social media and the fact that he is a soulful guy which makes a true connection with his audience. That is something that doesn’t happen as much anymore because sometimes it is about just writing the next big hit. To Donald Glover, it is more, and that is something I really enjoy about his story and music.

21 Not So Savage

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.

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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 ;

“Cup, woah767i7i-20
 Muddy, yo
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.