thoughts of ashley

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Final Blog

My final blog is to give my name Ashley Weaver. I also want to say I am excited about graduation! I hope everyone has a merry christmas and happy new year. Dr. Lambiase, thank you for being such a great professor and great role model for me to follow in my new public relations career and life in general. I will keep you posted on where life takes me.

final paper

I have decided to change my topic slightly for my final paper. I am going to write the paper about the role of housewives portrayed on television. I would like to do a historical analysis and theme analysis of the television show "Leave it to Beaver" from the 50s and "Everybody Loves Raymond" from today and see how the housewife is portrayed differently. The housewife of the past was portrayed as submissive, while in the present it seems she runs the household and frightens her husband.

Hurricane Katrina

I just saw on the news that in Washington today in Congress New Orleans residents said race played a part in the relief given to them during the Hurricane. They all said if it was white people it would not have happened that way. I understand that these people are hurting and that breaks my heart, but Hurricane Katrina was massive. I am afraid that despite the race of the victims, the people left in New Orleans were poor and depended on the government for everything. When the government did not get their in time, possibly because of the massive devastation, they broke down. Racism is obviously still a major issue in our country and despite people saying it has gotten better, either it hasn't or people like to keep making allegations about it.

Stereotypes

I am watching the nightly news and wonder if they realize the way they are portraying people of the middle east as all terrorists. I realize they aren't all terrorists, but the only images I see on television are of them bombing things. I am not so dense as to think this is true, but people who take tv as the absolute truth may have stereotypes because the only image they see are terrorist attacks.

Walk the Line

I went to see the movie "Walk the Line" a few weekends ago. It was amazing because there was not one person of a race other than white in the theater. That kind of suprised me. I was once in a theater for a movie that was viewed by all african american people besides me. I wonder why the media tries to divide us by races, I wonder if they even think about it. Back to Walk the Line, I couldn't figure out why the only race in the theater was white.

best person for the job

I wish the best person for the job received the job. For example, on television. I would like to say everyone with the most talent receives the acting jobs, but I am not going to be naive. I have not had to deal with discrimination directly as a result of my race, and I can't imagine the feeling. I have not been turned down for a job and worried that the reason was my race. I wish everyone had an equal chance, and unfortunately whatever laws we put in place, it doesn't seem the stereotypes are going away they are just changing forms.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

the sims

I saw an interesting advertisement today that I first applauded, but on second look realized sex was still used to sell the product. It was for the Sims, a videogame where people create imaginary people and build their home and watch what happens when they tell them exactly what to do. The commercial showed these videogame people having sex and making out and showed various poses and situations of this until finally it showed the guy sleeping with different women at different times and then he wakes up and goes outside and has 20 babies crying on his front porch. I at first thought this was funny and a good representation of the effects of sex, but then realized the company was still using sex to sell the game and obviously had sex as a feature of the game. Simulated sex. Our culture is so infatuated with sex that it has distorted its original context and purpose. I am now on a soapbox, but this commercial was on in the afternoon today and reinforced how even digital videogames are portrayed hypersexually.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Minutement

I was just reading an article from the Seattle Times about a group of men who are patrolling the border with Canada. With all the hoopla about the mexican border and illegal immigration, I hadn't heard much about the Canadian border and issues with illegal immigrants. This article was pretty fair and depicted the minutemen in Washington as "neighborhood watch" on the borders. It seems silly though because the man interviewed hadn't had to apprehend anyone, yet felt it was his duty to watch the border. I think it is just increasing a stereotype that illegal immigrants are coming over in droves to every border the U.S. has. It also said some of the minutemen had to use mace in California while protecting the mexican border. That seems a bit extreme.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

I am working on my critical analysis due tomorrow and wanted to see how different media portrayed Jennifer Wilbanks, "the run-away bride" before everyone knew she hadn't been kidnapped. I watched the coverage on CNN and remember being upset that something could have happened as did with Laci Peterson. It did not seem strange to me until I realized she had completely lied, caused a police force of 200, in her small town, with bloodhounds to go looking for her. This was an obvious race and gender issue to me for several reasons. The reporters mention that no one had any idea what had happened to her, or if she had even been kidnapped, yet they were first to point out the "a growing gang" could have been involved. The town has 22,000 people and is in the midwest. I am from one of those such towns, and never saw one gang my entire childhood. Also, there was no evidence of foul play, yet the media wanted to sell a pretty girl as they did with Natalee Holloway. The picture of Jennifer Wilbanks will forever be etched in my mind because they showed it constantly for a week, even after she had been found. This class keeps opening my eyes to issues I was not aware of, and how manipulative members of our society can be.

Monday, September 12, 2005

jessica lynch assignment

Jessica Lynch and Shoshana Johnson were not given equal coverage in the media following their release by Iraqi captors in 2003. In doing a search for the assignment I found over 100 news articles on Jessica and only 11 on Shoshana. Because of the appearance of Jessica, I think the administration chose her as a spokesperson for the Iraq war and heroin to make everyone feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It makes me angry that Ms. Johnson did not receive the coverage and infact received much less of a benefit package than Jessica, about 500 dollars less a month. Jessica did stand up for herself and blame the military for using her and lying about what happened, but the media still calls her a "hero" for speaking about it. Ms. Johnson is still being underrepresented. The media needs to take a step back and realize the effects they are having on our society and how they are shaping our views about certain groups.