Final Blog Post

Project Reflection

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To wrap up the Pop Culture class we ended the week presenting our final group projects. Each group of six was to come up with a project that spoke about or targeted a social issue through pop culture. Our group right off the bat decided to come up with a fashion line. We struggled a bit on finding a social issue to tie the clothes line with but once we decided on ocean pollution we all got to work right away. We started with the thought of only making three outfits. Initially it was going to be a garbage bag romper and paper shorts and a tutu with some necklace. We brought in materials from home and got to work. Once we actually began the creating process it became a little harder. To do what we had initially intended was not working but while we were in the zone we created other clothing pieces out of the same material that actually worked well. Sadly we did not take any pictures but we had a paper bag overall for men that represented the pollution it created. It was to show that although paper bags are better than plastic bags they still collaborate to ocean pollution. We also had a blue tutu that represented the ocean with bottle cans and plastic bottles that was meant to show how much pollution is created by plastic bottles and cans. The tutu was worn with fishnets to represent the nets that are sometimes left or thrown into the oceans that harm many fish and other marine life creatures. There was a two piece set, it was a long skirt and tube top made out of a plastic bag with blue “fringes”(rubber gloves) hanging from the top of each piece and it came with a purse made out of these gloves as well. This outfit was inspired by an event in which a whale was found dead and inside the body, one of the things most found were these rubber gloves. There was another simple short plastic dress that had a slit up the left thigh, was sleeveless and at the breast it had a bow design. It was to also represent the pollution plastic creates in the oceans. Plastic is one of the top ten things that pollute the ocean and we thought it was important to make that as clear as possible. The last item was a male short sleeved vest/cardigan also made out of plastic but was supposed to be covered in black to represent the pollution that comes from oil. With the fact that most oil spills into the ocean are done by big industries, clothing industries a lot of the times. I really enjoyed this project. Not only was it fun but I also got to learn things I wasn’t aware of. For example that there is something called The Great Pacific Garbage Patch that is a collection of garbage that roams the oceans. I hope the class enjoyed our project as much as we did. KEEP IN MIND SUMMER IS COMING PLEASE PICK UP AFTER YOURSELVES AT BEACHES AND RIVERS, AS AN INSENTIVE REMEMBER BOTTLE CANS AND PLASTIC BOTTLES ARE NOW 10 CENTS!

1st Group Project

The first group with the game I thought was good. I liked how they incorporated rewards at the end especially when it comes to a game where exercise is incorporated. I believe doing exercise on its own is difficult for people to do so turning it into a game is very smart and offering prizes is even smarter. People want to win, they want to attain something so prizes is a good way to motivate people to be active. I enjoyed watching this game although I do think it is pretty easy to figure out the way on how to avoid doing the harder exercise and win. My group in the end realized that it’s best to find the papers with the least amount of writing so it would be easier to move on but for children I think would be a fun effective game. 

 

 

2nd Group Project

I actually participated in this game project. I really liked and found this game really well thought out and fun. Although I was not super into it because I have a bad wrist so I cannot do any pushups or anything that requires me to bend my wrist a certain way I think that this would be a really effective game if it was to be put out in stores. How it was mentioned in class I feel like this would be a game you could play when having a get together with friends and family. I liked the workouts it had and the way they worked, although I think they could have increased the amount of each exercise was to be done. Overall I think this group did a fantastic job at putting this game together and if my wrist was better I would most definitely purchase this game if it was in store.

3rd Group Project

The food Instagram was a smart project to do. I follow a lot of food pages on Instagram actually so seeing this project was nice. I liked that most of the meals they created were easy and quick to do because many of the times people or I when watching these videos on Instagram I’m looking for things I can make easily and fast. They also provided very detailed instructions on how to make each meals which is very helpful. I liked that each meal was tied to its own social issue. I think food is a good way to make social issues known because who doesn’t love food?

4th Group Project

This food group webpage that was created I found super well designed. It looked like an actual professional page that was in action working that people actually use. I found it super cute and colorful which I think draws people in. I like how they incorporated rewards into it because I truly believe that people like to see that they are achieving or doing something right. Rewards are an incentive to eat healthy and live healthy both physically and mentally. I also really liked how they didn’t only talk about physical health but mental as well. I think in society we are so accustomed to being aware of the physical that we often forget about our mental health. I liked that the page promotes a healthy mentality through the healthy but indulging foods. Overall I really enjoyed this project.

5th Group Project

The book that was created by this group to make people aware of homelessness I think was very clever. The way each group member put in something that connected to themselves into this project was great. The drawings were great, the interview was eye opening, the vision of how to help fic the problem was smart, the way it was all put together was very well done. I liked the way the group managed this project. I also found it very motivating how they took the project a step further and took these booklets to libraries and asked us not to throw them away but to leave them around for others to find and become educated by them. It was a great project!

 

 

 

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Blog Post #5

A visitor to this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles plays a demo of "Warframe" at the Sony Playstation 4 booth.

This I sadly our last week of blog post and we’re ending it with world gaming for social change. This topic is controversial to me, I have mixed feelings on it. I have much respect for all those who game, You Go! But I guess being a 90’s baby I still don’t understand and fully support that kids/parents/families spend most of their time inside and stuck on a screen rather than out enjoying something else. Anyways something that did catch my attention and even though I don’t game it got me to want to support gamers was threatening negativity towards female gamers! In Chris Suellentrop’s article of Can Video Games Survive?, he mentions of a campaign called GamerGate who has nothing to do but to target and put down women who game or want to make a change in female portrayal in videogames. It upset me reading that two of the three women who received recognition in the gaming world had to flee there homes for receiving threats. Suellentrop also mentioned a woman who had to cancel her speech at a university on a threat of a mass shooting if she spoke. I find this beyond saddening and disturbing. Women are put down for every single little thing in the world, I don’t understand why males can’t seem to handle the fact that women can be just as good or even better at the same things as males are. Its sad because Suellentrop’s article does like he said make it seem like videogames could possibly have a backlash do to this negativity but I do believe that they will survive. I believe this because women have put up and fought so much more that I know this won’t stop female gamers, females in general especially when nearly half of all video gamers are women. In the article Nearly Half of All Video-Gamers Are Woman by Larry Frum talks about how women do undergo harassment and all this negativity for gaming and wanting to be involved in gamer communities but he also mentions how there is almost just as many females as males gaming. Frum says that there are 45% of female gamers, 46% are female game purchasers and 31% of adult women make up the gaming population. This is huge. Women are making it happen, they can accomplish so much if they all unite, keep gaming, creating and making positive changes. Frum also mentioned how there are some men gamers who sometimes stand up and defend women gamers just to look like a hero or as they are called “white-knights” once again. The thing is I truly believe that more and more female gamers will start showing that they are their own hero’s, that they are no longer damsels in distress rather the knights, and that they are just as good as anyone else at being gamers. This is why I have mixed feelings in gaming because things like this I’m like “yes go game make a change!” I guess all I can hope for is that games really do bring positive change for the world and humanity. I enjoy gaming and I will participate whenever I can but I am more of an outdoors kind of person if there is ever protests and events to support any good cause and I will be there!

If anyone wants to try out some games that help give a different perspective on social justice issues visit http://www.gamesforchange.com

I played the game called parable of polygons and it was okay but it was kind of intriguing. There’s two different types of shapes yellow triangles and blue squares and they all have faces. They are all mixed up and the point is you want to make them all happy or at least content as to where they are placed. So some will already be happy but some won’t and you want to move those who aren’t but the thing is the polygons will only stop being unhappy if there is at least 1/3 of their same shape living in their surrounding area. At first it was pretty easy but as you went on it became harder. There were more of one shape than the other or they were placed in a certain way that couldn’t be arranged to please both shapes. It just made me think of minorities and whit Americans how we all live in areas separated from each other and when a minorities start moving into white neighborhoods someone will be unhappy and when gentrification starts happening in low income neighborhoods we as minorities are very unhappy. Guess it’s just hard to please everyone.

Frump, L. (2013). Nearly Half of All Video-Gamers Are Women. CNN. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/tech/gaming-gadgets/female-gamers/

Suelletrop, C. (2014). Can Video Games Survive? The Disheartening GamerGate Campaign. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/opinion/sunday/the-disheartening-gamergate-campaign.html?ref=international&_r=0

 

 

Blog Post #4

Comics and diversity is the topic of week 5 in my Pop Culture class. As mentioned in Comics, Community and The 99, “it’s simply easier (and, for many, more fun) to slag on someone else’s hard work than to praise it” (Elayne Riggs). I agree with her that it is frustrating when people continually comment and say negative things or find things to pick at that are wrong where there just simply isn’t. For example in the reading Islamic Super-Heroes, it talks about how people and journalists do not agree with “The 99” because it doesn’t follow the world view of a superior West or the story of a White American saving the day (Jannis Haggman). Which I find completely ridiculous because “The 99” was aired in other countries without a problem but of course self-centered America would be the ones to find an issue with the inclusion of diversity. Comics being a type of read that I actually do not mind because I like pictures and diversity being something very passionate I’m about brought a lot interest to me. Growing up every super hero or princess was white, there was no connection from them to who I was. Reading The Good and Bad of Diversity in Comics the major thing that stuck in my head because it has always bothered me is that super hero creators try to make woman superheroes out already existent male characters, like a female hero Captain America, Thor, Bat Woman, etc. I am all for the inclusion of women I don’t only believe there should be diversity in heroes with in race but gender as well. Girls and women need female super heroes too and I love the idea but I do not understand why super hero creates lack creativity when it comes to making women super heroes. Create beautiful, powerful, smart, different race, independent female super heroes. Some that come with their own identity because women and all of those thing and there is no reason why they should be portrayed based off male characters. Which I really enjoyed the article, How Comic Fans Got Their Faith Back. It portrays a beautiful plus size super hero which is a major deal, I think media often forgets that women are humans, we come in shapes and sizes. It’s sad that the ideal portrayal of women is an unrealistic one. Any woman super hero or any woman in media is always thin and yes, great for having powerful women out there in general but it just makes little girls believe that the only form of beautiful is thin. I like the the hero Faith she’s not the norm of woman portrayal and she’s still body positive, being fat is just as normal as being thin and I’m glad it shows that. I am also very pleased with In Jordan, The Comic Book Superheroes Fight Extremism, I love how it talks about the way Suleiman Bakhit, creator of superheroes, tackles ways to encourage youth to believe in more and in better people. In the comic it mentions how children in the Muslim country had no idea of what superheroes were like so they were given free comic books in which they found comfort, awe and the belief that there is and there could be so much more out there. I think diversity into comics is great and should keep pushing forward. Reading comics is a form of education and creating diverse superheroes does educate and create real diverse superheroes. Maybe not with super strength, flying ability or laser eyes but heroes who are of all races, gender and religion and create technology for the future, become doctors, writers, scientists, who knows. Minorities need to see that they can be so much more even if its just through a comic, it builds a sense of hope.

 

Cambro, E. (2015 April 5). the Good and Bad of Diversity in Comics. Sequart Organization. Retrieved from http://sequart.org/magazine/56401/the-good-and-bad-of-diversity-in-comics/

Claire, P. (2016 April 15). How comic Fans Got Their Faith Back. The Atlantic. Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/04/faith/478386/

Haggman, J. Islamic Super-Heroes. Qantara.de. Retrieved from http://en.qantara.de/content/the-99-cartoons-islamic-super-heroes

Rafaeli, JS. (2015 Mar. 30). The Jordanian Cartoonist Trying to Tackle Extremism with Comic Books. Vice. Retrieved from https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/suleiman-bakhit-profile-js-rafaeli-395

Riggs, E. (2007 Nov. 28). Comics, Community and The 99. Comic M!x. Retrieved from http://www.comicmix.com/2007/11/28/comics-community-and-the-99/

Blog Post No.3

this week’a focus in my pop culture class was the form of journalism through comics. After reading Persepolis, Journalism, How Comics Journalism Brungs Stories to Life,  Comics Journalism Comics Activism, The Power and range of the Graphic Novel Memoir, ‘They Planted Hatred In Our Hearts’, and the discussions in class all I could think about was how effective this form of journalism was to inform people of critical real life issues to people all ages because as Jared Gardaner in Comics Journalim, Comics Activism said “it’s not just for kids anymore.” Patrick Cockburn in ‘They Planted Hatred In Our Hearts’, mentions how certain events will bring up little international attention and the be forgotten about. It is so true, there are so many things that go on around the world that should be known and brought up more but our generation is no longer into watching the news or reading textbooks to become informed. I believe that the way comics work with the images is a better way to get people engaged in what it is they are reading. Julie Gerstein says in The Power and range of the Graphic Novel Memoir, “The images in these memoirs can act to big reinforce and contradict the powerful emotional messages held forth in their pages.” Which is why I like that in How Comics Journalism Brings Stories to Life, Rui Kaneya mentions that Hibdon, an illustrator tries to make it a point to go on as many reporting trips when possible; I find it important for the artists who are illustrating the pictures for the comics to be present when the reporting is being done so that they first hand can see the emotion of those being reported on and get the feel of the actual scene so that they can make a good depiction and make the readers feel like they themselves are present too.  I completely agree, with comics people can become so engaged and lost into what they are reading and seeing through these pictures because they could reflect brutal and critical honesty towards all the players in this ongoing tragedy (Jared Gardner). Although since comic’s form of images is like cartoons I also believe how Julie Gerstein mentioned that readers can choose to connect or disconnect with the information they are intaking. Peole will do as they please with what they gain but comic journalism I think is still a very smart and effective way to highlight and enhance the emotionally fraught images with words and vice versa(Julie Gerstein), to inform and educate those who can’t become engaged in other forms of news.

 

Kenaya, R. (2014). How Comic Journalism Brings Stories to Life. Retrieved from http://archives.cjr.org/united_states_project/illustrated_press_chicago_comics_journalism.php

Gardner, J. (2012). Comic Journalism, Comic Activism. Retrieved from http://www.publicbooks.org/comics-journalism-comics-activism/

Gerstein, J. (2012). The Power and Range of the Graphic Novel Memoir. Retrieved from http://www.signature-reads.com/2012/05/the-power-and-range-of-the-graphic-novel-memoir/

Cockburn, P. (2009). ‘They Planted Hatred In Our Hearts’. Retrieved from https://mobile.nytimes.com/2009/12/27/books/review/Cockburn-t.html?_r=1&&referer=

Blog Post No.2

THE KARDASHIANS/JENNER FAMILY

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This week’s topic in Pop Culture was reality television, yayyyy. I remember watching Jersey Shore, Quiero Mis Quince, Teen Mom, a couple others and my most recent, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Within a few days or maybe weeks my mother, sister and I have watched maybe 100 episodes or a little more. Reading The History of Reality Television, by Madeleine Glouner, Cynthia Flores, and Alexandra Tomback, and Reality TV: A Blessing or A Curse?, by Carolin Lehmann, I do agree with everything they mentioned. I agree that Reality TV’s “exposure to sexual content and strong language gradually alters a consumer’s senses, which makes the use of violence and sexual references more acceptable (Lehmann).” As a consumer myself I know that I have caught on to certain phrases or foul words that are said on the shows that I watch. I am sure that I am not the only one. For children whose parents watch Reality TV and for the children/youth who watch it themselves I do believe that it is easy to fall into portraying and thinking something they see normalized in reality TV is acceptable for them to do or say. The way people refer to woman, treat and are seen is a big example. The word bitch and hoe being a word that is now regularly used. I also agree with what Lehmann mentioned though, you can’t put all the blame on a show/s because music is another way of mass media consumption and foul language and portrayal of woman and males is very graphic and strong. On a more positive outlook on Reality TV is that I also agree with what both Lehmann, Glouner, Flores and Tomback said about it bring attention and informing watchers about issues that happen and are continuously happening. There’s reality shows where homelessness, organizations that help certain issues, disasters, animal cruelty and many more problems that are being showed and addressed. I think this is a very smart way to inform and somewhat educate or plant the seed to become educated in certain issues that are being shown, all while captivating America because it is all somewhat tied to the consumers own reality. (Glouner, Flores and Tomback.) In The History of Reality Television they mention that people watch it because people feel like they can relate to their own lives when it comes to divorce, having an LGBT child or economic issues. Coming from my home, my mother and I, reality is just entertainment. We come together to watch The Kardashians knowing it’s scripted for different reasons but I watch for the drama of someone’s reality because scripted or not it’s their reality to live through and with the script,  my mother on the other side doesn’t care much for their life she watches for the scenery. She says she just likes to watch all the beautiful places the show passes and that watching the ridiculousness of their lives is just extra entertainment for her. Reality TV is entertainment, let it be. I like to believe that society as a whole or consumers as individuals are smart enough to believe what is real and what is not, and what affects society positively and what doesn’t. In the end people will believe, watch listen and say what they want to believe, watch, listen and say.

Lehmann, Carolin. (2012). Reality TV: A Blessing Or A Curse? An Analysis of the Influence of Reality TV on U.S. Society.

Glouner, M., Flores, C., & Tomback, A. The History of Reality Television. Retrieved from http://scalar.usc.edu/works/reality-tv/the-history-of-reality-television

Weekly Blog #1

In my pop culture class we are discussing the incorporation of advertisement within TV shows and movies. We were to read 2 articles and reflect our thoughts on them so here they go.

As a class we were to all read the article of The Price Is Right by Emily Nussbaum where she discusses the change in advertisement, from when it first started and to what it has come to now. From reading The Price Is Right, I hear from people that they don’t agree with this new form of advertisement because they feel betrayed or that it’s too sneaky. I on the other hand like the way they have found a new way to still advertise and get what each company wants. I believe it is a smart way. In The Price Is Right Nussbaum mentioned that initially ads could only run for 6min per hour and that drastically changed to up to about 14min per hour. The question that this article brought up for me was “Do I rather have the incorporation of advertisement within the shows scripts that I watch or have irrelevant commercials that have nothing to do with what I am watching constantly interrupt the show/movie I’m watching?” I easily came to the conclusion that yes I’d rather have this form of advertisement that is now implemented. The world we live in is full of advertisement, we are pieces of walking advertisement. We acknowledge each others shoes, clothes, nails, hair, make up and whether we like it or not we are advertising to each other what we use and where without even trying. So why not put up with it in the shows/movies we watch when they fit into the script rather than have to be abruptly interrupted ever few minutes into what you are watching. That was what I got from that reading, now what are your thoughts?

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/10/12/the-price-is-right-emily-nussbaum

For my second article I read The Downside of Measuring the Social Impact of Documentary Films by Alison Byrne Fields. The article goes on talking about the impact films create for viewers and film creates to become involved in some sort of social issue that the films touch on. In the article a really good example was given about how people seem to have a bigger impact on trying to make a change when it comes to seeing issues that they by themselves as an independent person can try and change, such as going vegetarian or not going to Sea World due to animal cruelty. As opposed to fighting for equality or women rights because it takes more from a person to advocate such social issues. When I read this it actually was mind blowing because I never put much thought into the impact shows and movies bring up for me. I know that watching certain shows/movies bring out strong opinions but I never thought passed it. When I read the example of Sea World and not eating certain foods I totally related. I remember hearing and watching a video of the cruelty at Sea World and I have no intentions nor desire to ever have to go. I’m Mexican so not eating meat is like basically impossible but I have minimized eating it. Only for special occasions or special foods but rarely do I eat meat here in the U.S. Same went with watching the trailer to that one new movie of the German Shepard dog, where they through him in the water for a scene. I’m sure other movies do similar things but actually seeing it happen as a dog owner it got to me so as nice as the movie seemed no part of me wanted to watch it. When it comes to bigger issues I do get that it is harder so it makes sense that it motivates and brings up strong feelings for people but it doesn’t impact them to the point to advocate. Watching shows/movies where race, inequality, abortion topics are shown and as much as a person has strong opinions I agree and do believe that it seems like those issues are too big just for the person watching the show/movie. From watching to finding how to get involved, where and how to start is totally different from just changing a thing from your meal or vacation destination. Although I do think that it is a good way to get social concepts and issues out there for people to see and learn about because regardless of how many people actually seek to make a change I believe it;s important educate those who have the privilege to stay home watch and not do anything about it and for those who do make an effort to seek change.

http://www.indiewire.com/2014/08/the-downside-of-measuring-the-social-impact-of-documentary-films-23582/