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February 28, 2007

grey's anatomy's influence on society

From the recent reading, in class we were to find shows that contradicted the ideas of race, gender, and money. And in our small group, one of the major shows that stood out was Grey’s Anatomy; more specifically Cali. She is a very successful woman in the show and is a perfect example of how society is changing today.
Cali was recently married to George, and now is his boss in the hospital. That’s not usually a normal relationship portrayed in today’s society. Usually in society, people would think that the man would have a higher ranked job than the woman, and especially at the same job. She has the ability to boss him around on the job and George cannot oppose at all. In the beginning, he was bothered by the fact that his wife was giving orders to him, but Cali pointed out that they were on business and he had to deal with the fact that she was superior to him.
Two more examples that portray Cali as the not-so-typical woman, is her race and her income. Cali is Hispanic, which shows that other races are just as successful as the white community. Women of color are very capable people and should be thought of that way as well. Another example of Cali and that she’s poor, or at least portrayed as poor because she was living in the back of the hospital without anyone else knowing about it. This also goes against society because I don’t think that anyone has heard of a poor doctor who can’t afford or want to live in a house. That example wasn’t explained very well in the show, but didn’t even seem to fit into her character.
Cali not only says the opposite of the article we discussed in class, but also how society views race, gender, and judged according to how much money someone makes. She’s a minority, a woman who has a higher status than her husband at work, and doesn’t seem to have much money for herself. The character Cali of Grey’s Anatomy makes society think twice before opinionating people.

February 14, 2007

article and life according to tv

My blog will be mostly on the handout that was given in class about “Facing the facts of Bigotry.? I disliked this article very much because just in the first line, it says that I’m racist, which is based completely off of nothing. The author cannot make a claim like that towards everyone, and I took it very offensively. Sure, there might be many people who are racist, but I do not agree with addressing it immediately and that it was aimed at everyone. I also disagree with the fact that the danger in racism is denying the fact that someone is racist, instead of coming out in the open with it. I do not understand the meaning of that at all because racism is looked down upon no matter who you are.
I also thought that this article was very vague in the short and small paragraphs written. She mentions prejudice and ignorance, but doesn’t elaborate enough. She shouldn’t be able to state that we’re all racist people, but then not explain it further. There are too many claims in this paper without expanding more on her ideas. This entire article disgusted me because she makes all these negative accusations but has no proof to support her argument.
Talking about the text from the book, I thought that it was very interesting how the television influences people. I found it intriguing that males outnumber females during primetime, and that people over 65 are not represented well enough. Another aspect of this article that caught my attention was the health topic. Television could be the most persuasive source of information, yet it leaves people frustrated because it revolves around junk food and alcohol, yet everyone on television remains slim and healthy. I would never have thought or even noticed that detail about television’s ability to take control of what we believe in.

February 7, 2007

Cop Killer

In class, I believe that we covered a lot of good topics about “Cop Killer.? First of all, I do believe this article was giving a racial aspect because it does have to do with the rap genre and the fact that the white community looked past the lyrics and saw a black person talking about it, so therefore it must be worse. For instance, not everyone is gong to interpret the lyrics the same way because everyone comes from different standards of living. It might be more common that a black person is beat up; nearly to death than a white person. Therefore, a white person will not understand where the lyrics are coming from. We discussed that these lyrics should have a universal meaning, but I don’t believe that they do. As an example, nearly 60 percent of white people and only 34 percent of black people said that they were angry at the lyrics of “Cop Killer.?
Another topic that I found interesting was the reference to ‘accents.’ Before this article, I simply referred to accents as a different tone of speaking, such as different countries, but it may also refer to races’ speech. As the lyrics went through different accents, the meaning of the song became distorted and there was no longer just one meaning. I don’t agree that people should be so quickly to form opinions about songs and the background of the song, especially when they don’t understand the experiences that the artist went through. I found it frustrating that Ice-T had to explain his lyrics repeatedly to white people because they continuously interpreted it wrongly. Language accents change perception, and it wasn’t fair that Ice-T had to justify himself to people who didn’t know where he was coming from.