The under-representation of women is mainly prevalent in the American Culture, as men consciously or unconsciously view themselves as being more superior than women, therefore perceiving and representing women as sex objects(Heise), encouraging sexual aggression and violence against women. Violence towards women sexually have also been normalized through overexposure of sexual violence in the media, both in music and the social media, and is further
Mads 1STE – essay about the movie Crash 1 Crash – are we really this racist? The movie «Crash» was met with a variety of different reactions when It was first released in 2004. Taking on the subject of racial segregation in the US, the movie deliberately tries to send a message about an ongoing racism among the American people. Provocative and concise, the movie leaves an impression - objectively of whether you feel it is overstated or understated. Unfortunately, the fact that the movie focuses so heavily on portraying racial discrimination, leads to many of its ideas to become blown out of proportion.
“A study of television news found that black crime suspects were presented in more threatening contexts than whites: black suspects were disproportionately shown in mug shots and in cases where the victim was a stranger.” (Richard Prince). By creating this false perception of people of color in the news, the mainstream media is able to draw in a large number of viewers and create a new societal stereotype signaling that the majority of people of color are linked to criminal activity. In reality-based TV shows, people of color are portrayed and treated differently than white people, this is mainly due to the fact that by incorporating this treatment towards people of color into TV shows, media companies are able to draw in more viewers by making the shows more dramatic and interesting. “Blacks and Hispanics were also more likely to be treated aggressively by police officers on reality-based based TV shows, including America's Most Wanted and Cops” (Sentencing Project). By drawing in more viewers with the over dramatization and aggressive treatment of people of color, media networks not only increase their profits, but they create a standard that makes it easier for people in different communities to judge racial minorities and make assumptions about them based solely on evidence
Crash, a Representation of Racism in the US Crash is a 2004 drama film directed by Paul Haggis. The film showcases racial tensions and prejudices that many Americans face. Crash has won many awards and has generally been praised by critics for representing an unbiased representation of racial prejudice in the US. However, some viewers find that Crash has a shallow and overly extensive representation of racism. To ascertain whether Crash is a realistic representation of racism in the US this essay will analyse the message in the film and the contrasting points that contribute to and counteract Crash being an accurate representation of American society.
“Where is the Love” was released in 2003; post 9/11. The events that occurred on 9/11 were very gruesome for the United States. The lyrics emphasises the evil that is terrorism, and how the U.S is sending troops overseas to stop the terrorism in other countries even though there are still terrorists that still reside in the U.S. Not only that, but the lyrics suggest that there are terrorists that are members in the CIA, Bloods, Crips, and KKK. That line of the song calls out the faults in the government and its branches of systems and institutions. This stanza especially highlights the similarities of violence that is associated with all of those
Whether by choice, by necessity, or both, they are also Americans." Americans have been constantly fed fear from policymakers and the media. Especially with this current election, we have been told that immigration "present a significant threat to national security and public safety", yet, the census data shows men ages 18-49, immigrants were one-half to one-fifth as likely to be incarcerated as those born in the United States. The media also only portrays the negatives of immigration, instilling fear to the viewer while demoralizing innocent immigrants. If the media portrays the good, showing the humanization of immigrants, viewers wouldn't be as instilled with fear.
Throughout the class, different movies have been shown that deal with a wide array of subjects. The subjects taught in these films have been political, often dealing with issues that are contemporary and relate back to American society. While these movies try to portray or satire politics to show a glimpse into how politics genuinely are, they have at times misstepped at portraying American politics accurately, veering into a direction that is more fantasy than reality. One such example of a film not accurately depicting American politics is the 2005 thriller V for Vendetta, In which a masked man attempts to overthrow a ruthless fascist government through destructive violence and by inspiring the general populous to rise against the government.
Similar to television, advertisements have begun to attempt to combat the negative stereotyping that Arab Americans faced following the events of 9/11. It seems that a main theme that many advertisements attempt to address is the misrepresentation of Arab Americans as unpatriotic. The American media has created numerous advertisements with the sole purpose of changing other American's views on Arab Americans, but similarly to the television strategies these advertisements can in fact harm the Arab American community. In many advertisements, you can see an Arab American who is made to look like they are living the typical "American dream". Asultany* highlighted a specific commercial in particular where an Arab man was shown speaking about the
In reality, United States did take up the shape of a liberal hegemon and utilized its soft power to spread the ideas of liberalisms across the globe. However, Nye (2004) had argued that despite of doing this, this had negative impact on the global stability as instead of fostering peace, it brought conflict, war and violence. In the aftermath of 9/11, American was under attack from Al-Qaeda, the worldly hegemon transformed into an imperial one and adopted an aggressive approach towards those who did not conform to the liberal view of the world. This failed policy lead to the wars in Iraq, Iran and North Korea who America termed as the axis of evil. Iraq was invaded by America in 2004 because of the security threat, North Korea declared itself as a Nuclear power, whereas suspicions arise that Iran is also trying to reach nuclear capability as well.
Bias in the Media In America, our media has long been accused of being biased. In today’s complex political atmosphere, the left and the right are extremely split, and some of the reasoning behind that is the influence of the media on both sides of the political spectrum. Conservatives argue our media is liberal biased while Liberals accuse media to be conservative bias. Nonetheless, seventy-seven percent of individuals surveyed in 2011 by Pew Research Center say the media tends to favor one political side over the other (Farhi, Paul). The question of whether or not media affects voting results was put to the test by Stefano DellaVigna and Ethan Kaplan, authors of The Fox News Affect: Media Bias and Voting (“Media Bias and Voting”).