Monday, April 22, 2013

Last post and of course it did not post in time

So this my last post and of course the post did not post.  I went to go check my blog today and realized that i did not see my post.  So i went and checked my drafts and BOOMMMMMM it was there.  Sorry to post so late but i was stuck at work til about 7pm from 7:00 this morning. Ok enough about my problems and now on to this post again.

So this is the last time I will post something on my blog as being an Undergraduate college student.  So as i googled "how teens talk back to the dominant image," many things appeared, mostly bad or non factor ideas that i needed to write to post.  I then decided to remove the word images and search just up to dominant.  A completely different search appeared.  I found a website that was geared towards parents who do not have the proper education or knowlege on how to deal with a "problem teenager."  I think that this website really helps parents who need a little more knowlegde on this concept. 

I think it is important that eductaion on how teenagers may think or act and on the parents side how to control a trouble teenager.  This could be a good thing becaue it helps them  but the bad apart about using "google" in searches like this, is some may find video and links that have nothing to do with this topic  Another bad aspect about this is, is that every teenager is not the same so one solution may work for one teenager but the same one may not work for another.

I am very interesting in learning about how some other students went about finding USEFUL websites.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Please Watch!! Outside Connection

When i was watching the glee episode pilot and the scence when Rachels was receiving harsh treatment from other due to the fact that she was raised by two fathers and she was very talented, it made me think about the college student who spoke up at a hearing for same sex marriage.  He was raised by two mothers and people thought just because he had two mothers, he would not be successful.  Crazy that we live in a world that actually believes some of the crazy nonsense that people put together.  This video goes hand and hand with this topic we will be talking about

Glee, I am so confused and upset Post 10

Extended Comment/connections/reflection: I am going to use Raeann's post to construct my post

These episode shows many different stereotypes that are CURRENTLY a major issue in society today.  The idea of bullying among different groups in schools is outrageous.  Raeann talks about one part when Rachel get made infront of becuase she was raised by two fathers. My response to that was so what. She has so much talent that so why does it matter who she was raised by? This episode and never been kissed before gives me more of a reason why i dislike to watch television as it is.  Yes, Glee may be one of the few television shows that display a wide range of the LGBTQ issues but yet it also shows it as a negative aspects (bullying).  This is connected to many of the readings that we read in class.  The idea that heterosexual is the only a child could be raised, the idea that a female can only be happy is she marrys a male.  The idea that you get bullied if you do not have a mother and a father. This world is beyond corrupt and it makes me sick.  I can honestly say, before i started to date a female, i always had lesbian friends.  I never picked them or disowned them, i always supported them and never allowed anyone to talk bad about them.  Sadly enough, when i no longer was interested in boys, i began to lose friends, people began to not talk to me but on SOCIAL MEDIA SITES began to write indirect tweets status and everything else.  Some of my family stopped talking to me just because i did not like boys anymore.  I finally found my happiness and it was with the same sex.  So as i sit here and read this or watch these episodes, i feel their pain.  I always questioned why? if a person is happy why not let them be happy with you ever? I think this is a topic that i need to talk about rather than write about. Sorry if i did not attack this in the way i wanted to but i promise in class on tuesday, i will express and voice my opinion 

Out of class connections

I been wanting to post this but have not had the chance to. So the other day, I was in New York and went into a store, and was looking a glass cups, shot glasses and other cups when I can across this shot glass, that was pink and I believe purple, and they saying read "PRINCESS BY BIRTH BI**H BY CHOICE" (picture will be uploaded soon) and as I picked up the glass, I thought about the movie brave and the activity we had to do in connection with brave.  For example why does it say PRINCESS by birth, what about those females who was born a girl but know they are not meant to be a female. Society puts this idea of princesses in the kid of people since day one and even before. This cup really offended me because I never considered myself  a princess so why should I be labeled a princess by birth. I didn't read to much into the second part of the slogan so maybe someone can help me out with that part

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Talking Point #9 Hip Hop

I guess everyone can say i love my extended comments because for the last couple of post, i bee choosing to create my blog based upon others thought but i love to do this because i get a better understanding of the article.

After reading and watching the video my opinion of hip hop has remained the same eve before reading and watching the video.  I have been saying that hip hop has changed, Agreeing with jackie gota's blog hip hop back in the day was based upon the artists struggle, life problems, being a minority etc. The rappers used music to express their feelings whe n times were hard or what was happening at the time they were writing about. In society today, hip hop has changed, it no longer expresses true feelings and struggles, hip hop today is about materialistic things, sex, drugs, women, snap backs, tattoos and etc. I do want to make this clear, im not speaking as if i listen to every hip hop song that has been produced today, but i have listen to a great amout of songs and they all were expresses their love for women, cars, sex, drugs, clothes, sneakers.  Back in the day hip hop was a way of teaching younger childern lessons and now again, the hip hop lacks that.

I also agree with Jessica statement when she reference Kimmels article because the whole concept that hip hop may have some apects that some may say lead to violence, in my opinion i disagree with that.  The reason for that is because the words are just words, it is not like it is a video game were they are learning and playing the game, yes they are listening but it is ot the same as playing and adaptig to it.  Some can argue that the image that the rappers display (sex, weed, woman, guns, violence,and being the strongest male in the video) can display some violence but i do not think that it personally plays a part in the violence today. I do agree that hip hop in todays society plays a major part in they women feel so low and not acceptable.  The key idea is that hip hop no longer represent what it once did, hip hop is all about selling and maing a number 1 album or song so if that meas downgrade women, rap about snap backs or money then that person is goig to create that just to sell and please the audience

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Talking 8: Kimmel Masculinity or whatever

This is article made me question so much that society or whoever is teaching our boys how to be boys!

Extended comment: I choose this because as I read other students thoughts and opinions, I thought that I could comment on each persons but then I realize my post would be beyond long so I only choose to comment on two, three or maybe four blogs.  Linette blog made some very interesting points that i would like to contribute to.  The idea that i really liked was when she engage in the concept that Boys dont cry and Boys will be boys is the phrase that society tends to drive from. I honestly think that this is such a false way to teach our young boys.  The reason for that is because boys should be able to cry and show emotions without being labeled as a "Punk" or whatever they are going to be labeled. The more the boys keep emotions inside, the more it continues to build up to the point they can not take it anymore and they explored.  My own reflection is I grew up with this boy who had a perfect life both parents great friends good grades but was not the cutest boy. He always tried to talk to females but no one would ever give him attention. Other boys begin to notice that and make little comments to him but he never spoke or said anything about the problems he was having. At the age of 17, he raped a 15 year old girl and he never said why until recent that this was all off emotions that he had built up from all the rejection and he did not know what else to do but to take his built up emotions out and this was the way he could do it because he was always rejected by females

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Brave and Cinderella ate my daughter by Orenstein

I want to start by saying i do not understand why my post did not post so I had to do it again. Hopefully it comes out like the first one.

Reflection/Extended Comment
      I never saw the movie Brave until we watched it in class and to be honest, if i would have watched it before taaking this class or taking the many classes I had at Rhode Island College. I would have thought this was such a great movie just as the same thoughts i had about every other disney movie about Princesses.  Growing up i was never into the whole princess things but it came a point where i was getiing looks ad people would talk about me because i rather shoot a jump shot rather than be a cheerleader.  I was the tomboy and did ot want any parts of being a princess.  Both my parents were fine with this but my mother did receive some disrespectful remarks due to my "boyish behaviors."  However, I have few girl cousins who wanted nothing but to act dress talk look like a Princess and I always wondered why. My cousins will always talk about how they had to dress just to be pretty or how they had to act just to feel accepted and up to their mothers standard.  one day there was this cute boy (yes I was into boys before I discovered I didn't like them in that way no more)  and all the girls would run inside the house fix their hair and do all the things to make this boy look at them and when they came out the house they ran over to him and try to get his attention. I was on the swing when he came up to me (dress just like a little tomboy) and he acknowledge me. My cousin were so mad that they did not talk to me for like the rest of the day. They told their mom that they no longer wanted to be pretty because the cute boys do not pay them any mind.  As I sit here and reflect I can not believe how caught up my cousin were about being such a princess. Life, society, parents are so blind that they want to teach their kids what society tells them instead of what they believe or educated themselves on certain topics

To extend on NesCarlys blog I agree 100% with her when she states that finding a man will being you complete happiness because from my own personal experience I believe that is BULLCRAP!!!!!!! Personally I been with guys before and I was nothing but sad, depressed, crying, I was NOT HAPPY!!!! I tried to please my father and mother by being with a guy but I had to finally go against them, taking the risk of them accepting me or not. (More so my entire family) I began to date a female and I can honestly say I never been this happy in my life. So for cartoon or movies to portray to young females that if they marry a man they will be forever happy is FALSE ADVERTISEMENT. This relates to Brave as well because she took the risk (not by dating a female) but by going against her mother and she learned in the end that not getting married to a man by choice was right but by destiny.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Final project by Chela


I am so confused on the final project or maybe the ideas of what to do. I tried reading Becca's and other students blog they post about the final project in hopes to get ideas but then I realize that, if I do that, I might be stealing their ideas so I decided to go against that. (Do not want to get in trouble for that) but now I'm stuck. So I read the blog again and the words "In many ways, the final project is just an extended Media Artifact) so I thought of all the previous groups and then.........
I pictured the movie FREEDOM WRITERS which I believe I talked to my media artifact group about and realize that this movie has numerous connections to the readings we have already read thus far.  So I started to think of ideas and I came up empty because I do not know what it is exactly we are suppose to do.

Another idea I had was to explore all the recent teenage shows (teen mom, sixteen and pregnant, washington heights) for teenagers and focus on the "secret education" that the shows teach our teenagers or just major ideas that the show may display to teenagers. 

I don't know what to do I need some guidance on this final project anyone willing to help or I will just wait to Tuesday 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Mid-term post by chela

Ok so we decided to do a recorded script/film of a lesbian couple who Angela's mom (Jackie) does not know. Angela almost gets caught so she must come out. After the film, Angela will focus on Raby's and Hines article while Jackie focuses on Wesch and croteau and I will focus on Christiansen and swaacmp. This should be very interesting and we plan on talking about every concepts/thoughts that everyone talked about. We also are going to relate this to both media artifact that Mary And Celine's group presented. We are going to use a camera to record the play and the discussion.  More to come hope everyone is going to enjoy it

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Knowledge-able by Wesch

Extended comment: I really enjoyed Noelle's post so I am going to extend off of it. Today society has created a world where there is no need for memorizing concept when you can turn to your phone and look up any and everything.  I am a fan of the technology in the schools because students have so infatuated with the new technology that they expose and bring their phones, iPad, iPod any other new technology to class. So in defense why not have teachers and schools allow these kids to use technology to help expand their knowledge.  Noelle I believe that your personal experience was such a great way to show how technology is such a great tool to students in need of it and even students who are not in need of it.

 I wanted to take the same approach as noelle did in asking her parent for his opinion, my father Mr. Allen was a teacher in the providence school system where he taught computers (ironic i know) and math before he retired due to my mom's death.  My father and I talk about technology all the time because he is amazed that technology has became too popular of the course of the couple of years. He said 
"Technology is beyond my reach now I feel. When I was teaching computers, my students still had to memorize answers to their other course and when doing research projects or trying to find the answers to a question. Students did not have cellphones or if they did they did not bring them to school. Now 10 year old students have cellphones and are bringing them to school and class.  I believe that in today's society technology would definitely help students learn because they will be more engage.  My only problem with these is, what do you do when the technology is the problem and not the solution.  In other words, what happens when you have students who use their technology devices for personally use and becomes a problem in the classroom? what do you do then? Do you take their technology devices away? Do you punish them? Good questions but now if you do take it away or punish them, how would they learn with the other students of the class. I mean this concept can be argued on both sides.  Personally though, from my previous years in teaching, i would have to say allowing new technology in schools today would certainly be a positive aspect."

After talking to my dad, I then reread certain parts of the article which i could understand why my dad said placing technology in the school system would be a positive aspect because Wesch stated "For at the base of this “information revolution” are new ways of relating to one another, new forms of discourse, new ways of interacting, new kinds of groups, and new ways of sharing, trading, and collaborating. Wikis, blogs, tagging, social networking and other developments that fall under the “Web 2.0” buzz are especially promising in this regard because they are inspired by a spirit of interactivity, participation, and collaboration.  This quote made me believer of way it was important to have technology in the classrooms.

Last thing I am going to state is after reading Noelle's post and talking to my dad who both parents are or were teachers, i thought what if i ask two parents about the this topic would they agree with both teachers? I asked them and surprising to me, one parent agreed 100% with the idea but one parent definitely opposed of this. Her main point was, in high school, teenagers, are mostly about popularity, social networks, relationships so allowing them to have access to technology throughout the day and in classroom will put a hold and strain on their ability to learn.  She also said that it would start problems among the students in the school.

Question\comments: while i was at work saturday morning, we watched a movie called Betrayal at 17, (I will try and post a clip from the video) it was about a 17 year old female who was not so popular in her high school and the college football star in the high school made a bet with another teammate that he would have sex with her. He did and he recorded it.  During a school day, he sent the video to his phone, then he showed his friend.  Some how, a jealous ex girlfriend saw the video and sent it to everyone in the school and posted it up online and on their website. The girl then committed suicide. How does anyone feel about the parent in my post that said it would be a problem?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager by Hine

 I want to make this connection to the idea of teenagers and their physical changes to their body. This is on page 21 as well when Hine enforces that parents are afraid to talk to their kids about sex/sexuality but the more the parents are afraid to talk to their childern about sex/sexuality the more they engage in it. It's crazy because teenagers are at that age when you/adults/parents/media anyone needs to show and explains to teenagers the effect of having sex or BECOMING of a teenager. I know we have been talking about how the media can destroy our youth but in this topic I found a positive song that has embedded the idea of teenager females BECOMING into a young women, in terms of physical appearance that is shown above.
After reading this article, I thought that this article could relate to both articles that we had read last week and the week before. I made the connection between this article and the first article we read because, the Hine mentions on page 21, about teenagers sexuality and the fact that parents are afraid to address the issue of sex, but Hine states that teenagers are already exploring the concept of sex, whether a parent issues this or not. The reason why I made this connection is because Christensen states the idea of society educating these teens in underlying messages. I personally remember stating in class that society took a toll on our teenagers but the parents have the power to at least educated their teenagers that there is a difference look on things other than what the media is telling. The idea that if parents took the time to explain to their teens and educate them, it would not eliminate the teens idea buttery would have a different outlook on what the media is telling them.

The next connection I made was to Raby's article. Hine states on page 6 that "young people's success in adapting to so many roles suggests that they have greater abilities than we give them credit for." I believe that this connects to Raby's category Becoming, the reason is because we discussed in class how teenagers know they have more life to live and they are going to make mistakes but we as adults tend to hold them back. Hine says is best that we, as adults, do not give teenagers as much credit as they should have. Becoming is used many times throughout this article and it really explains the raise and fall within teenagers. Falling in many ways such as fear. Fear plays a huge factor in a teenagers life: the fear of letting their loved one down, fear of acceptance and fear of actually BECOMING someone in the future because they were told so many times that they will not become anything.
 I want to make this connection to the idea of teenagers and their physical changes to their body. This is on page 21 as well when Hine enforces that parents are afraid to talk to their kids about sex/sexuality but the more the parents are afraid to talk to their childern about sex/sexuality the more they engage in it. It's crazy because teenagers are at that age when you/adults/parents/media anyone needs to show and explains to teenagers the effect of having sex or BECOMING of a teenager. I know we have been talking about how the media can destroy our youth but in this topic I found a positive song that has embedded the idea of teenager females BECOMING into a young women, in terms of physical appearance. 

Next class i would like to discussed this video in terms of Hine's article. Do you think she would think that this is a great way to teach teenagers about sex and the "realistic" ideas about sex.  Should parents use this as a start to discuss the topic of sex?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Tangle of Discourse: Girls Negotiating Adolescence By: Rebecca C. Raby

After reading this article about six million times before i actually out all the words together, is a very interresting article.  i am going to use this article and post this blog in reference to Extended Comments to Mary's blog because i really undertsnad her discussion on the one aspect of social problem catergory listed in Raby's article.  I can not say that i personally went through what you did growing up but i do know from experince working with teenagers at my job as well as raising one, it is not the right idea in "judging a book by it's color."  What i mean by this is that  Mary you stated "My teachers thought I was suicidal and/or a drug addict and would send me to the guidance counselor for assessments every few weeks. My father wanted to send me to boarding school. The cops were always trying to set me straight by arresting me for no reason." and why because the way you dress?  In my opinion no adult should fear any teenagers. they are at a stage in their life where they are going to try to explore new things and us being adults is basically saying no my way or the highway.

Raby stated "Here teens are a risk to others, difficult, trouble makers and potential disrupters of households and social peace." The question i impose is, is it really teenagers? because if i can remember correctly babies going through their terrible two's are disruptive to a household.  Oh why because they can not talk back and adults hold power over a baby rather then they "fear"   She states that teenagers are getting worst but again i state what are we doing as a nation to stop it.  Yes, teenagers may be getting worst, but we can not sit here and let them. 

Comments: This topic about teenagers alwasy seem to hit a nerve because i feel like that some teenagers are getting misrepresented and none of the good teenagers, get recoginiton. Im taking this class this semester call juveniles amd justice and that class makes you look at things different in and from a juveniles point of view.  I have a question, i have a 15 year old little cousin who currently leaves with me and i am working on getting custody of her, but she plays basketball for Juanita Sanchez High School and she is a star player, few games back, she was involved in a fight, and was suspended for 8 games. Now the media meaning school newspaper, newspaper, made it seem like she is a danger to her team as well as others, she is a bad kid, a teenager who is not going to amount to anything becuase of her attitude.  Now the media never stated why the fight happened, what the other player said and did. Now i addressed the situation but it seems like the teachers at her school, are afraid to say anything to her when she is doing wrong in school or none of her school work.  Is this what you mean Mary? in terms of adults being afraid to address or scared of teenagers.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Unpacking the Myths that Bind Us by Christensen

      Write about your personal connections to this text
 As I took the time to read this article, all i could do is think about my childhood, think about those students who loved watching the cartoons or reading childern's stories and about those students who took no interest in it but wanted to learn more about science, math, history and etc. I realized that each student grew up to be something different. Some grew up to go to college, others dropped out of high school and ended up being a parent, and many ended up dead or in jail.  As I read the article, I can picture the segregation among the childern in my class when I was elementary and middle/high.  One stoy that will forever bother me, is when it was halloween and me and my mother, went shopping to go found me a costume, I remember telling my mother, i could not be a princess because princesses ae not dark like me.  I never knew o understood why I would say something like that but i did.  It is not until i was in class where, i discovered the concept sexism, racism, poor vs rich, ugly vs beauty that was secretly hidden in our childern's education and lives.  I also remember when i was little, i remember seeing  the "black cinderella" on bet and i tought to myself well there is "dark skin" princesses in the world but then i question, is it only because the television station that i saw the movie on, was primarily a "black" channel?
What does it make you think about?
To be very honest, this makes me so mad that i was ready to go through all the childern's books i have at my job as well as my house and throw them all away.  This makes me question the society we live in, the reason why i state this is because, what if the childerns novels, shows etc.did not show all these negative concepts? Would the childern grow up in a different mind set? Would "ugly" females believe that they are pretty and they can be princesses? It makes me want to become such a great teacher and teach the students the true meaning of the novels and shows. Trust me, i have no intentions are ruining the students shows and novels but i rather let them know the truth and real meaning behind the shows.  One thing that made me think about was when he refered to the idea of a "man" in fairytales always made the female  happy. Why is that? i thought about your class discussion and the idea of "normal."  Of course, society puts a dominate hold on the concept, if a female is not with a male then she will not be happy.
How does it relate to you?
Growing up, i knew every show, novel, song, childern story that you can possible think of.  As the years passed me bye, i started to slowly figure little things out but never did I want to accept it.  I guess you an say Justine, one of the students in the text, said it best, "students would like to remain "ignorant and happy."  This was the quote that remained throughout my mind the entire time i finished reading it and even couple of days after.  I was so happy that i was able to watch cinderella fall in love with a charming prince or happy to see daffy duck being his goofy self.  All the movies i once loved, i did not want to accept the fact that the "dark skin" people always played the servants or all the bad people are always ugly. 
Question/comments: why do we even as adults tend to ingore what makes us happy knowing that it is completely wrong?  Why did BET make their own edition to Cinderella? I mean i know it is because the wanted to show African American woman that the are beautiful and can be princesses to, but does this solve the problem at a whole.  Becuase now you have the African American princesses with the white servants so the roles are switch, but is it teaching students right from wrong? Are they actually learning?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Talking Point 1: Media and Ideology by Croteau

1) "Media gives us pictures of social interaction and social instiutions that, by their sheer repetition on  daily basis, can play important roles in shaping broad social definitions." (pg. 163)
         I agree with this quote because we live in a society today, that everyone especially teenagers are beyong blinded to "real" because the "media" gives them no choice but to believe it. 

2) "The fear is that media images normalized specific social relations, making certain ways of behaving seem unexecptional." (pg. 163)
        I highlighted this quote and put a big star next to this one.  This is a major apect in this reading because this one qoute sums up the entire reading in my opinion.  The reason for that is because, today people do not do what they believe in, instead, they follow behind the new trend and or ideas.  The media wants everyone to be, dress, look, act like the typical "female" and "male." If not then according to the media, the act or behavor is higly unexceptable.

3) "Common sense is the way we describe thins that "everybody knows" or at least should know, because such knowledge represents deeply held cultural beliefs." (pg 166)
         This quote means that common sense is based upon what the cultural belief of a person and not actual, common sense. Many people today do not take the time to educate themselves because they go based upon their feelings and beliefs, but that is a major problem becaus enot everyone in the worlf share the exact same beliefs so therefore "common sense" does not appear.  It is relevant to the reading because the media is all about people and their beliefs, ideas and values which only puts a hold on the teenagers because their belief might not be the same as another teenager.

Section 3:
While reading his text, I kept thinking to myself, how was the media five years ago? was it this bad? was it good? and to be honest i can not come up with an accurate answer.  As i struggled to find the answer to my own question, i kept thinking, why is it so hard to answer this questiond.  After giving my mind a break for a while, i still can not seem to manage an answer.  I even tried sitting down with my 15 year old cousin and ask question about how important media was in her life but she fail to give me and acccurate answer.  So this is the question/comment i have for the class.  Can someone please help me understand why i can not answer the question: did the media change for the good or bad since about 5 to 10 years ago?


I am currently a senior here at RIC and will be graduating may 2013. Over the winter break, all i did was work and when i did not work, i went to new york city.  I am taking this class because i needed extra credits and also i want to become a teacher in the future so i believe taking this class would help me gain more of an insight into teenagers.  When i am not in class, i am at work either at my group home or at the local recreation center in providence.