Sunday, April 7, 2013

Tricia Rose Hip Hop Wars -> Hyperlinks!! Hope You Enjoy!

Hip Hop Wars : Youtube & Time Magazine
Tricia Rose

In the YouTube video Hip Hop Wars, Tricia Rose mentioned that there was decline and despair in America, and it became a source of creativity for music. Also that it was a profound destructive time for black Americans (1970's).  
-What I will provide in this blog, will not be from the 1970's however, it will show the creativity these artists have produce from tragic events
In this video, you can see that they are talking about the army, and that is a world issue. There are wars going on all over the world. The dancers and Michael Jackson are portraying soldiers and saying "They don't really care about us".  This relates to the video, because he is taking a world problem and making it known by singing and performing it.

Another good example is "Where is the Love" by The Black Eyed Peas. In this video, they address, gangs, terrorism, and other problems in the world. My favorite verse from this song is,
"But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you're bound to get irate"

Here is an example that Tricia Rose talked about the re-use of technology and prerecorded sound. "Ghetto Gospel" Tupac Feat. Elton John's Indian Sunset

Here is a Documentary of Gordon Parks, he was a remarkable man with great talents.
 Also known as the Director of Shaft (1971).

Gordon Parks relates Hip Hop Wars, because he had so many positive impacts for African Americans. He took horrible problems in the world, and made them something beautiful. Although it was not through much music, it was through photography, movies, and this documentary.


As for the Time Magazine interview, I was a little lost reading it because, I do not listen to much hip hop. I have listened to Jay-Z and Kanye West but not many other hip-hop artists.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Barbie with no make up!!

Saw this on Yahoo yesterday, Brooke and I thought it was pretty comical. 
By the way, Barbie is 56 years old.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

khgsfrskjnfn <- How my mind is working

I have been all over the place this past week, from returning 2:30 am Monday morning then by Tuesday afternoon a family member going into the hospital. Needless to say, sleeping has been forgotten, and my head is really not screwed on straight. I apologize.
For the final project, I will be working with Mary and Craig. We will be looking at different teenagers on Television shows, and in the media. Showing how they are represented when it comes to drug use/abuse along with drinking.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Final, already?!

-I was thinking for the final using Prezi, other than that I am not completely sure on what to do. 
-I have a few different idea's, but not 100% sure how to relate them to what we have learned.
-I see so many great idea's, so I definitely want to make sure mine is a good one!

Sunday, March 3, 2013


For my midterm, I will be working with Mary. 
Our project will consist of a power point covering the course guiding assumptions:
 1. Media Matters   2. Youth As A Culturally Constructed Category   3. Teenagers Are Not Some Alien Life Form.
-Each assumption will have their meanings, with examples given. The examples will be readings/videos and discussions from class, pictures and videos that we have found to relate to each assumption.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Usually I am not a very open person, but I wanted to share this. It has been 15 years since my Dad past away and there is not a day that goes by that I do not think about him. He was an amazing man/father and I love him very much.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Discussion ->Shfive

Michael Wesch: Knowledgeable >> Knowledge-able

Extended Comments: using Sarah Araujo's Blog as part of my blog.

- Wesch discusses how students in the class room are less engaged than ever before. In Sarah's  blog, she mentions certain parts of the video where students hold up papers saying: teachers do not know their names, their classes has 115 students, they are on social networks during class, and  how they spend a lot of money on texts books that they never open. I agree when Sarah stated, it has to do with the teachers, teaching style. From my own experience, many teachers do not know my name, I understand Raeann is not a common name, but when a teacher does not even know your name, it makes me feel like they do not care about their students, and it just a job to them.
- In Sarah's blog, she mentioned Progressive Education, which I have actually never heard of until now. I agree with what Sarah says "I think this kind of education would better please Wesch. Not only that, but students may be pleased more as well". It seems like a better way to get students and teachers involved and be more motivated for the future.
- Although the reading and video were similar with the aspects mentioned above there were a few differences in the video.
-Wesch mentions how media is all around us, and how it pulls students away while in the class room. for example the students who said they are on Facebook most of the time, or on some other social media site. 
- many things in the media can be positive and be spread worldwide. such as the "Free Hugs" video. It started from one guy having no one to greet him at the airport, was put on YouTube, then "Free Hugs" began all over. (Not exact video, but close to it).

 Wesch came up with the idea that in a class room, to connect everyone must have 3 things:
1. embrace real problems that the teacher does not know the answer to 2. do it with students to bring them (teachers and students) together, 3. using relevant media tools ( YouTube, Google, etc).
 -I like his idea, because media has good uses. it helps get the word out about what is going on throughout the world.
As much positive issues are in the world, such as "Free Hugs" there are also negative issues. Here are the two videos Wesch discusses in his video, for those of you who did not watch:


I believe this is a good example of ways media is put to use. Dove is so worried about how girls are going to think about themselves when they get older. Yet their products are making other young girls in different countries lose their homes, so that Dove can make their products.

Is media the only way people can connect to one another?
Why is media the main way people connect to one another? ( aw shit idk how to ask it)

How as media consumed our lives over time?