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Final Post- Reflection

Media surrounds us and ultimately influences what we do and how we behave. For me, the media has caused me to want to go into the film industry. There are always new movies coming out each week. I think that's why the type of media that I like to interact with the most are films. I do listen to music pretty much all the time, but that's usually in the background while movies usually have all my attention. Media usually grabs my attention better than than other things. I think that's partially because I grew up in a world that was realizing what they could do with media and how they could take advantage of the consumer's' consumption. My phone distracts me a lot of time. It stops my productivity and how much work I can get done. I’ve become more conscious of my consumption of media, but I’m not really sure that I’ve reduced my consumption of the media. For example, I can see what type of music and how much music that I’ve listened to recently and the minutes add up p…
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Why are the Oscars so White and Male Dominated?

The nominations for the Oscars were announced earlier this week and I've got some mixed feelings about the nominations. Looking through the nominees, I was proud to see some of my favorite movies and actors of 2019 being nominated. But at the same time, it felt like the academy had only picked a small handful of the films that were released this year. I know they watched more than just six or seven movies that were nominated multiple times this year. Joker was freaking nominated 11 times, which is pretty wack. As a huge movie buff, it's pretty disappointing. What's even more disappointing is the lack of people of color and women nominees.  The Academy and Oscars are notorious for snubbing certain films each year, with most of the snubbed movies having more people of color and women at the forefront of the film. Why wasn't Greta Gerwig nominated for Best Director? Where was Awkwafina, Lupita Nyong'o, and Jennifer Lopez's nominations for Best Actress? Why wasn&#…

Misrepresentation in Disney Princess Movies

So I'm assuming we've all seen at least one of the Disney princess movie. I used to be a superfan of them when I was little and they played a huge part in my childhood. After watching a documentary about misrepresentation of women, I started to realize that Disney played a part in women's misrepresentation. The vast majority of Disney princess movies usually surround the story of a princess who eventually need help from a male character. This causes the movie to become more about the prince and less about the princess. Disney is reinforcing gender roles by doing this: Women need a big, strong, man to save them. This is not very good for Disney's young and impressionable audience, who will more likely than not believe in these two gender roles.

Along with this, Disney sets this certain standard of beauty that's not really achievable. Almost all the Disney princesses, have tiny waists and large busts, wear revealing clothing, have on heavy makeup. This hyperfeminini…

Little Women

Last week, I watched the movie Little Women. It follows the March family and what they do day-to-day basis. I thought it was interesting how the movie talked about early feminism while remaining light and upbeat.I mean, Jo didn't want to marry because she would have sacrificed her freedom and become held down. We see each March sister eventually do what they want, even if it's not what they had wanted at first. Little Women depicts women as more than one-sided. They're complex and interesting and more than a weak love interest. Although three of the four March sisters eventually do get married, stereotypes about women are brought to light:  It's really interesting to watch two of the March sisters, Jo and Amy, resist marriage because of the freedom they would be giving up: Jo doesn't want to get married because then she would have to settle down, and Amy doesn't want to get married because the money she makes would then become her husband's. The few male c…

I ♥ Rock Music

rock music (noun): "Harsher and often self-consciously more serious than its predecessors, it was initially characterized by musical experimentation and drug-related or anti establishment lyrics."


I really do love rock music. It's one of my most listened to genres of music. There are soooo many subgenres of rock out there (I think there's around 200) and a lot of the main genres blend together a little bit. But that's why I think it's such a good type of music. Rock is such a versatile genre and there are elements of rock in most songs. Rock is a mixture of a bunch of genres and sort of exploded with its subgenres in the 1960s and 70s. It usually has an emphasis on percussion and guitar, and have catchy and repetitive melodies.Sometimes the guitar riff is more smooth and other times its more jarring. That's why I love it so much. Rock can fit pretty much every mood. It's also one of the most fun types of music to watch. Yeah, it can super loud watchin…

Social Issues and The 1975

The 1975 is this band from Manchester and the kind of music they make is a mixture of synth pop and pop rock. A couple weeks ago, I saw the The 1975 when they came to Sacramento.  The lead singer, Mat Healy, said something along the lines of: "It's a f*****g disgrace that people are being discriminated against because of their religion, or that they don't have a religion." Now, I'm not one hundred percent sure what he was referencing, but I think it may have been about the concentration camps in China. He then began playing one of their songs "I like American & America Likes Me", which is about the gun violence in America. One of their lyrics are: "Kids don't want rifles, they want Supreme/No gun required". This is a clear reference to the gun problem America seems to have. .

"People"is calling for people to change and try to solve the world's problems. A lyric that stood out to me was: "Well I know it feels pointles…

Madison and Vine in Spider-man Homecoming

Most people I know who saw "Spider-Man Homecoming" and mostly enjoyed it. When it first came out two years ago, I had liked it a lot and kept watching after it was out of theaters. Gradually, I started to notice the product placement throughout the movie. For those who don't know what Madison and Vine is, it's pretty much just advertising and combining ads with entertainment. "Spider-Man Homecoming" does this a lot with Audi. Throughout the film, characters are seen driving Audis. Towards the end of the movie, Happy Hogan shows Peter some cool things that a new Audi car can do. These subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle references to products and companies can get in the way of enjoying the movie. Each time I watched Spider-man, I kept noticing all of the product placements and advertisements in the movie. Yeah, having an Audi seems cool, but a lot of the audience members probably can't even able to drive yet. Another ad done by Audi and is basically abo…