Tuesday, May 3, 2011

#6 Glee- hyperlinks

missed my glee post... so here it is...

When i watched Gless for the first time i was really confused by it. I wasnt too interested and decided not to get myself wrapped up in the show. But for this class i watched it again and i instantly fell in love. The show gave a new age twist to the high school drama people experience. Maybe i wasnt giving Glee the opportunity to grow on me as a show, because i was so used to watching shows like degrassi in earlier years. I figured it was going to be a waste of my time and energy. But it really wasn't, it actually reminded me of the myspace mini drama Freak. The main character Lucy is much like the character Kurt in glee. Lucy may not have been gay but she dressed like a boy and didnt do much to change into a "girlier look". The episode below is episode 2 where Lucy gets a makeover with the help of a friend, but it backfires when another girl in their group of friends has on the exact same dress.

Lucy struggles with her feminity much like Kurt. Her step-brother does not make it any easier on her, and instead continues to call her a freak and exile her out the group. Kurt however embraces it while enduring the ridicule he receives. Kurt is fine with his sexuality and refuses to give up on who he really is.Lucy just tried to stay away from everyone as much as possible. Lucy struggles with her feminity because it is hard for her to fit in just how she is. She just wants to be accepted just like Kurt.

Here's the first episode if you want to get into this show :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Save Me- Nikki Minaj in a different outlook :)

Ever since leecy and lexi did their project involving nikki minaj I couldn't stop thinking about it. Either that or I really do have a slight obsession for her. There is a song on Nikki Minaj's album Pink Friday that shows the non-weird side of her. This isn't really talking about anything that has to do with teenagers but I just wanted to share it. Its called Save Me, its actually my favorite song on the album. It stays away from the usual controversal and sexy look that Nikki usually portrays.
There isnt an official video yet either, im going to post the song with the lyrics.

and since i always have a hard time with this here's the link just in case


#9- When being a good girl can be bad, atlanta, alice in wonderland------- Argument

Tolman and Higgins argued that being a good girl can also be detrimental for a girl. They state that when a "woman is not in a heterosexual monogamous marriage" then they are deemed as "bad" because a woman being sexual and expressing themselves in various ways is not part of the "norm". They also argue that when it comes to a man things are not seen the same. Men are given a free pass because actions like that are due to testosterone. And the women are chastised for being the passive person.

I would have to agree that when women are sexual beings they are looked down upon. I hate to say that men aren't even given a second thought when they do a sexual act, but they don't. Instead they are given praise for making a "score" and that it is okay for them to be doing such things because that is normal for a man to do. Women have always struggled with the fact that they have been trying to be seen as equal, even since the beginning of time. When America was first being ratified women were not involved with politics or voting. Their opinion was not need, nor considered. It has continued to be a struggle for women ever since. All they were trying to do was be considered to be smart, and that they actually had the brain capacity to withhold a conversation of an intellectual topic.Men have also had it a lot easier. Men that were white and property holding were allowed to vote and have a say in congress. But anyone else was turned away.

The other problem is that if a woman is not white and in a heterosexual marriage they are looked down upon. For example I'll use myself. I classify myself as a mixed-bisexual woman that happens to be engaged to a woman as well. The general public would think of me as strange because I engage in sexual activity that is not deemed "normal". Before they even look at the fact that I am not white the fact that I am gay would set me apart from the rest. And because I am not marrying a man that would most likely put the icing on the cake. Some people see that as weird, uncalled for and inappropriate.

Topics like this is the core reason why i love the new version of Alice In Wonderland. Having a strong and outspoken girl like Alice around can put hope that women can speak up for themselves and conquer the things they have to deal with. Alice uses her voice to speak on things she may not agree with, or feel is right. I highly respect her for that.
At the end of the movie Alice comes back to her engagement party and tells her future husband that they cannot get married because she does not feel the same. After that she goes through everyone else at the party telling them how she REALLY feels about them.

Everyone that knows me knows that I am very outspoken. Some may not feel that it is my place to speak up for myself. But I refuse to walk around acting like my head is in the clouds just to make myself into the inferior woman that most people expect.
As far as the song and video of Atalanta, I think the princess was very outspoken. She did not want to have her father pick her husband, she wanted to travel the world, and if she had found the right man then she would marry. After the race Atalanta and John made a deal to become friends. But the overall story is about Atalanta's triumph from being forced to marry without actually knowing a man.

Both Atalanta and Alice are good examples of bad girls that can do a lot of good. Even though society would not agree with either one of them, I personally would rather be one of them then being a goody two shoes that gets caught up in a bad situation.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Kids (Movie) - Casper the dopest ghost

Okay so let me try this again... (Told u this isn't working out in my favor).

OMG i'm gonna scream

heres the link. I give up!


Blog 8 ---- final project ideas??

So i've been thinking really hard about what I was actually going to pick as a topic because I wasn't sure where to start.

But here's what I have so far.

1.Teenage crime
I was thinking about teenage crime. Whether it is stealing or fighting, carrying weapons, and gang affiliation. I would want to find out more reasons why teenagers can sometimes "get caught in the wrong crowd" and get themselves into court dates, and even jailtime. Maybe interview a few of my friends who have been involved.

2. Teen piercings
Everyone knows I have an eyebrow ring. I don't change them up like I used to as a teen, but if I was not an education I would most likely have more facial piercings. I would like to look into and analyze why teenagers are into piercings.

3. Teen movies

I want to compare and contrast movies like Thirteen and Kids and how they are considered "eye-opening" movies for teens to watch. And why they are considered a wake up call.

If the link below doesn't open I apologize, I still can't get this to work for me. But its a scene from the movie Kids.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Blog #7 - Hiphop 4 Hip hop controversies ---- Reflection

When I first read this article, I like many others was COMPLETELY confused as to where to start, and what to talk aboout.
But I decided to reflect upon the article and how it made me felt, bear with me while I fight off this cold. If anything seems a bit messed up let me know.

Ball's outlok on Hip Hop confused me a bit, but I think what he was trying to say was that he wasn't necessarily trying to downplay hip hop. He was just trying to open people's eyes to the underlying meaning and why a colonialized America struggles with such topics. Ball stated "colonialism requires a
domestic and foreign policy to which empire-promoting concepts of people and
the world, of the exchange of money and culture can be grafted..." and I believe that is true, however it is often challenged. For example hip hop took great pride in the 2008 voting election.

The Respect My Vote campaign is a project of The Hip Hop Caucus and The Source magazine. Caucus, with over 700,000 members nationwide, aims to "to foster civic engagement among young people of color on issues of social and economic justice, human rights, the environment, and international peace."

The Respect campaign, which was restarted after lying dormant since the 2008 elections, aims to educate, mobilize and register to vote people of color between the ages of 18 and 39. Most of those targeted live in urban areas or attend historically Black colleges.

In 2008, the campaign registered over 50,000 new voters, 32,000 of them on a single day. (Info/Picture found at http://www.peoplesworld.org/labor-hip-hop-forge-vote-alliance/)

They also made VOTE OR DIE t-shirts and many hip hop artists co-signed the importance of the black vote.

I myself struggled during election time because I did not know who to vote for. Don't get me wrong I WAS going to vote for Barack Obama just because he was black in order to change the course of the usual, but that wouldn't have been fair. If Obama was not capable of doing the job I waould have not known until it was too late because I did not educate myself and understand what he stood for. I had to sit and watch the press confrences and actually get involved.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Here's to our digital lives

heres the link to my project


let me know if it doesn't show up

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Topic 5: Extended comments--- From Knowledge to Knowledge-able

While reading Wesch's piece I became completely wrapped up in how much technology really controls things in our lives. I read Lexi's blog and could not stop shaking my head in agreement with the things she argued. Learning and gaining knowledge are outdated in today's world. Technology has come a long way over the past century or so, but it has definitely made a difference in lives as well.

In the elementary school I had went to we were just gaining access to computers and pone systems. The PA system in the building was barely working. I could blame that on only be due to low funding, but they were still far behind in technology. When i started middle school I was transferred to a Catholic school. They also were beginning to bring computers into the classrooms. By the time I had reached 8th grade we were using computers at least once a week but we only did word and reading games for 15 minutes and were then allowed to play on gaming websites. In high school we had smart boards and computer classes, however in the classroom not all of the teachers knew how to work the smart board, and in computer class we only learned how to properly type on a keyboard.

Wesch's argument that institutions do focus too much on authority, memorization, and high testing scores is something that I can also agree with. The NECAP tests, scan-tron based tests, MCAS ,etc are the focal points of graduation for students. Even if they may miss the mark by 1 point is the difference between graduation and repeating the 12th grade.

The only other point that I may argue is that technology for the future generations is something that could change things. Children now a days are relying on technology for learning. For example my cousins are always playing video games. They may be games like Dora and Diego, where they have to pick a certain animal, or a certain color but they are learning. Also they do not go outside and play as much as I used to when I was their age. I would be outside from noon until the street lights came on. Most kids would rather stay in and watch TV. There are now DVD's like Little Einstein and Your Baby Can Read that are designed for a child's early development and learning experiences through things that stimulate the baby's mind. Whether it really is going to make a difference in the ways children learn we will just have to wait and see.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

#4 Raby. tangle of discourses. Reflection

Rebecca Raby's article on teenage discourses reminds me of everything that i was told as a teenager, as well as things my family tells me now. Raby conducted her study to show the difference between teens and their grandmothers views on adolescence and the topics brought up growing up. I have to admit I had many reminiscent moments while reading this.

For example on page 433 the first topic is on "discovering one's self" When your a teen the first thought you may have is "where do I belong?" I know from experience that this was the most influential part of my growing up. I could not figure out where I belonged in the world. Coming from a family of 5 girls people would expect me to know exactly what I was going to do. Everyone though i would grow up to be just like the rest of my sisters. But because I grew up with my great grandmother and not around my sisters 24/7 things turned out to be the exact opposite. I was socially awkward and seen as strange when I went to high school. I can say that when I became a teenager I was forced to move in with my mother (because of my Nana passing on) and learn what it was like to grow up rather quickly. Part of me now thinks that it may have had some negative aspects on my life. I also went to a catholic high school, that was full of many stereotypical cliques and "popular" groups that I just didn't seem to fit in with. I ended up being the loud obnoxious student that was always having detentions because of my actions and bullying underclassmen.

On page 434 it talks about at-risk teens. My mother always thought I was going to be one of those kids, and she was right. I received good grades but I was still the troublesome kid that wanted to rebel and do things I wasn't allowed to do. But because my mother ans step-father kept us locked in the house most of the time I wanted to explore the world. I'm not saying that I wanted to go out steal, have sex, go to parties, do drugs and alcohol and get pregnant. But because my parents acted the way they did about all of these things, it made me want to do these things more. It felt as if I was Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden trying to decide whether to eat the apple or not. I had the temptation to be "bad" because it was so wrong to do. I ended up doing all of the things my mother didn't want me doing, including getting pregnant. I know I disappointed her by doing all these things, but I used to blame her for it. I can understand that my mother wanted me to be the best I could be, but I think if she had sat me down and approached the subjects in a manner that I would understand it might have happened differently, or not at all. And if my mother had not assumed me to be that at-risk teen I probably wouldn't have had to worry about those things.

One of my close friends is going through the exact same thing now in her adult life. She is 20 years old and is not allowed to go anywhere by herself unless it is school. She isn't allowed to drive her car, hang out with friends, or have company. Her parents did the same thing to her that my parents did to me. Her parents want her to be a diligent student, and do everything to make them proud. However everything she seems to do comes out wrong. She isn't allowed to drive her car at all because she picked up a friend one day. She has to take the bus from Scituate everyday instead or drive because she "isn't trusted". Her parents take her to counseling and make her take medication. Part of me thinks that her parents are trying to sedate her in order for her to become a model citizen. She attempts to try and intervene, explaining to her parents that if she isn't allowed to do it on her own then she will never learn. Her parents in return have issued her psychiatric help and say that she doesn't know how to listen, and unless she learns she will be a disgrace to the family.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

blog 3 Christiansen unlearning the myths that bind us



"They win because of their beauty and their fashionable attire. Both of these tales leave young women with two myths: Happinness means getting a man, and transformation from wretched conditions can be achieved through consumption- in their case, through new clothes and a new hairstyle." Pg 133

This quote stood out the most to me in this article. Disney princesses like Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, and Cinderella, all the women want to do is find a way to a man's heart. They act like powerless beauties that doll themselves up to look good for the proper suitor. When children watch these cartoons, and movies they get the impression that the article talks about. They are looking good to get their way and to be with a man. I have seen how it can effect a child just recently, my neice and I was watching The Little Mermaid and she asked me if I knew why Ariel wanted to be a real girl. I told her no and asked her what she thought. She said " she has to get her man, so she needs legs so she can chase after him". I was speechless hearing that from her because she is only 4 years old. As a little girl watching a movie, those are the things that she noticed as the main plot to the story. These princesses are shown in movies doing everything that it takes to be with the prince or "her man". And once they fine their true love that will make everything become happily ever after.

"They cant escape, and now they've started analyzing cartoons, they cant stop analyzing the rest of the world. And sometimes they want to stop. Once a student asked me, "dont you ever get tired of analyzing everything!" Pg 134

When reading this artice, and doing activities like SCWAAMP it makes you wonder, how many other things am i missing? Thinking about these things can give you an entire different outlook on all media. I was reading a magazine the other day and noticed an article about rap artist nikki minaj. The article was from several months ago before her fame really had gotten started. The picture was really simple, she was wearing a black camisol shirt and short shorts. I ran to my laptop and searched her on google. New pictures that are on the internet, people consider her outfits and hairstyles ridiculous came up first in the search engine. Looking at the two pictures i analyzed how much money, credibility, and fame could do to a person. NIkki had looked like a totally different person. Another time I had watched Spongebob Squarepants and was watching the episode when Spongebob and Patrick adopted a baby clam. It made me think was Patrick and Spongebob a homosexual "couple" ? Later in the episode it shows Spongebob acting as the loving mother, taking care of home and the baby clam at all times while Patrick went to work. After several days of going through the same routine you see a very exhausted Spongebob with rollers in his hair, bags under his eyes, an apron on pattin gthe baby's back, ironing, vaccuuming and cooking at the same time. This scene made think was spongebob moment trying to depict a visual of how housewives that never get a day off spend their days? All of those things are thought about because I find myself trying to analyze things that I see in the media.

"Indians in Loony Toons are depicted as inferior beings..... We begin to imagine Indians as savages with bows and arrows with long black braids." Pg 131

As horrible as this quote sounds it has been depected as true on TV. When you watch a cartoon it shows anyone who was not white as someone inferior. Whether it was as a servant or an assistant there werent many leading roles for any minorities. But the discrimination of Native Americans did not begin there. In history books there are paintings and drawings of Native Americans looking as the bad guys during the 16000's and the exploration of the Spanish and English to what is now the United States. They are seen with hatchets in their hands and weapons while the "defenseless" English men tried to escape their wrath.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

2nd assignment... hip hop sees no color. lesile grinner

Hip hop see's no color was an interesting read. It brought up the idealogy of SCWAMP and uses Save The Last Dance for various examples. The media as a whole has been at a point where you can pick out several different examples of scwamp and be able to see where and why it was done. MTV had started out intergrading black entertainment videos with Michael Jackson's Billie Jean. Even though since that video has aired, many others have made their way to the mainstream and opened up many new doors to music and culture.
One sentence that stuck out to me was " We learn about Black women's sexuality or Black men's materialism through the representations presented to us in music videos. In, short this is a space where Blackness is preformed before and consumed by the world. "(page 180) I was not too fond of this sentence because it makes me feel as if being "Black" is a new world craze. There are a lot of people, my friends included that talk about wanting to act, be, and or talk Black. But calling it that does not make sense to me. I understand that there are codes used and slang talk that is common to our youth and neighbood "street talk" but saying that "blackness is preformed" sounds like Blacks are puppets.
All of the other outlooks on the movie Save The Last Dance and SCWAMP are also great examples. The few that stood out were also all of the steryotypes that I had noticed in this movie myself. They bring up how Black males are seen as intimidating, mean, ignorant, always seeking out trouble, lazy, deadbeat fathers, having dysfunctional relationships, etc. How Derrick (the main male character in the film) is one of the lucky few to "not be like the others" and "found a way out" of their troubled neighborhood due to his intellectual abilities.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

media and ideology 1st assignment

Media and ideology go hand in hand. On page 160 it states, that ideology is related to concepts such as worldview, belief system, and values, but it is broader than those terms. It refers not only to the basic ways in which the world is defined. In the media teenagers get a "worldview" outlook on various things such as religion, sex, family, race, culture, as well as many other questionable matters. The way things are presented in the media can change their beliefs upon it. For example technology itself has created a drastic change in the way teenagers grow and learn. I was talking to a friend of mine and she was trying to purchase roller skates for her teen daughter and explained how frustrating it was trying to find a pair. It seems as if technology is creating that impact because they are not doing the "normal" things we or our parents did as teenagers. Most teens today love to be on the Internet, play video games, talk on cell phones, and watch TV in their spare time. Back when we were teens and growing up in general we were mostly subject to activities such as playing outside, preforming arts and crafts, calling friends and hanging out at a park or skating rink, etc. Just because teens are doing such things however does not mean that they are doing anything wrong. It is just what they see as the "norm" in society. TV shows like Jerry Springer and Maury are the "normal" everyday shows to watch. Being different and out of the box is becoming more and more acceptable, and teens want to idolize these types of people in the media. People such as Nikki Minaj, Justin Beiber, Usher, and Kim Kardashian are becoming icons and role models for teens instead of doctors, teachers, and businessmen/women.

all about jas``

Hey everybody,

I have been looking forward to coming to school all vacation, yet every time im ready for a aproductive day. it snows! I'm Jasmine Scott. its my fourth year here at RIC. I'm a Elementary major with a concentration in History. I am 21 years old and engaged. I come from a very large family( i have over 400 cousins) but love every moment of it. When I'm not at RIC I'm usually the busiest. I have 3 jobs, one of them is on campus(Unity Center) I work at a nursing home and at McDonalds. I also love to clean, cook, dance, and just hang with friends. I can't wait to meet everyone!!