Sunday, October 23, 2011

talkin point 6

the website/article talks about racism in the world we live in as a past and current problem in society we live in.  It is something that I feel is always going to be around and unfortunaly I ddont think there is anything we can do t stop it feel we just need to accept racism is always going to be around. this website mentions how racism has shaped society and caused problems in our society.  i feel racism and cultural differences is one of the biggest reasons why we are divided as a community. The race issue is dividing us and causing issues.  In class we talk about how it affects our lives. I feel racism is not as bad as it once was but it still very much apart of the world elive in.. I connected this website to many to of tthe readings even Christensen. it will be intresting to talk aout this website in class

Monday, October 17, 2011

Talking Points 5

I am "Extending Comments" to "Tyler Tduff" blog.  I agree with Tyler he said that Christensen mentions how media can effect societys way of viewing things and I agree completly.  Not all of people are influenced by media because tehre are many mentally strong people in this world but I feel most of the people especially kids in our age group are influenced by media.  For example, if girls go shopping and they see celebrities wearing Gucci and Versace Sunglasses on chacnes are they are going to try and buy those designer brand because its considered "fashinoable".  Guys playing sports may be influenced to take certain supplments they see athletes taking to help improve performance.  Media plays a big role in society especially in the department of money. Tyler mentions that  Christensen talks about how money is so important and makes happiness, I believe it def. can make a person happy but I think having good health and good morals outweights the money even though you can never have enough of it.   I agree with Tyler as well when he mentions media and marketing and how girls look in magazines is how media promotes how females should look.  I feel this is wrong sometimes cause not everyone will look the same but at the same time business is business and that type of marketing makes money through fashion etc. I feel this article was intresting

Sunday, October 9, 2011

“The Underlying Myths That Behind Us”

In “The Underlying Myths That Behind Us”, by Linda Christensen discuss her problems with the media.  She wants her students to understand and question what the media is putting into our heads as children.  Disney movies and other cartoons viewed by children are really giving off subliminal messages that they may or may not be realizing.  Disney movies have stereotypes that make young girls believe that every girl is beautiful, smart and will meet their prince charming.  This is setting standards high for young girls when in reality none of this may be true for some girls.  It is also making girls believe that if they want to be pretty and happy all they need is to get a new clothing and hairstyle.   In many Disney movies all the princes and princesses are white; this makes multi cultural kids feel left out and unappreciated.   Many of the “norms” of society are determined by what is seen on children’s cartoons and is accepted within today’s society.
            Christensen makes a point that all though these stereotyped take place in almost every childhood movie and cartoon that people especially her students should not accept and it should try to change it.  She wants her students to express their opinions in their writing and be critical thinkers throughout life.  She wants them to make a change in all these views within our media and society. 
            I think that people are taking the multi cultural issues of the cartoons too seriously.  Now days there are many more cartoons being made that incorporate multi cultural aspects into their shows and it is not as big of an issue.  I think that media is learning to adjust to diversity and to be frank it is what it is yes many cartoons have white main characters and magazines but it is what it is these cartoons have been around for while and they need to accept and deal with it.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


GLSEN receives federal grants from goverment to help protect and secure gays, homosexuals, bisexuals etc. so they feel safe at school and in the community. "The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) announced today an annually renewable grant from the Department of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase the percentage of schools that identify and maintain "safe spaces" for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. During the five-year project, GLSEN will partner with 20 targeted school districts across the country, including the 16 DASH-funded districts, to implement a comprehensive evidence-based program to help keep LBGT students safe and healthy." By the close of the five-year plan, which was funded at the maximum $285,000 annually, GLSEN programs will have reached 14,500 school personnel and 4 million students.

To be 100% honest i am a Catholic and it is definatly a touchy subject of gays in the church however deep down they don't bother anyone and who am I to judge someone based on there sexual preference.  Nobody should have the right to judge anybody except God and I feel that they deserve a right to feel accepted and protected just like anyone else. However, i am not for all that protesting and causing a scene in the street and rallys i think that is a bit much.  I prefer they keep it to themselves and life their lives.  It seems like they want attention when they act like that.  However, I think this is a good thing because I have seen people getting abused and bullied because of there sexual preference and thats not right.  People should be able to live the life they want without having any fear.