Wednesday, June 29, 2011
In today's society marketing is the way to go In marketing you have to always make sure you appeal to your audience but sometimes I feel like how the companies market their consumers is by the way of using sterotypes to help them with their appeal. For example I chose these two State Farm commercials. The first one is of these group of blacks guys that when they greet each other they give each other daps. Im not saying that giving a dap is a sterotype or that makes me feel some type of way because everyone does that but what does bother me is how the guy who explains the State Farm commercials starts talk and his movements. He starts waving his hands like he is about to go rap and spit on a mic or something. I hope that he doesn't think that all black people talk like that just because he seen the other guys do a dap. Compared to the other commercial where a group of friends are out having lunch the way the State Farm representative is talking is very calm which he is in the other commercial but his hand movements isn't as "hip hoppy" as the other one. So basically what I see in these two commercials is when you want to target black people add a little "swagger" in your movements and you got yourself a minority's attention.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Yes these games are for entertainment and designated for a mature audience but who knows the age range of who plays the games, they are only monitored when purchased. Do these games teach that there are consequences? Sometimes they do show that there are consequences, but there not realistic how could they be it's a video game! Video games of the past like Super Mario Brothers, Dig Dug, and Donkey Kong were about entertainment and strategies. Video games of today like Grand Theft Auto, Call Of Duty, and Saints Row teach our children violent acts. So often we want our children to mimic the lessons they've learned, so why aren't we more concerned with the negative images they see?
This photo is an example of a little girl's toy. This photo give girls the idea that they are just here to wait on their husband's every need and want. And that education is not important because there is no need to have a education to be a stay at home mother and/or wife.
Doing gender is very easy to do and very easy to break, we all undo gender everyday. For example a man when just getting off from work comes home and put his children in the tub and put them into bed is undoing gender. And a mother who just put together a new sound system and takes out the weekly trash undo gender. Gender is very important in our everyday life and without it who would we be?
So what comes to mind when you see someone dip their chip into a salsa bowl, take a bite, then dip it again? The majority of reactions are negative. Everyone assumes that by double dipping you are basically contaminating the dip for everyone else. Here is a small clip showing just that:
Now after doing some research, I was able to find out that in actuality there is already more bacteria in an average container of salsa then what someone could possibly add to it with just a simple dip of a chip. The amount of bacteria that is added are microbes (tiny) in size when compared to the large amount already in the store bought container. So if you are looking for a bacteria free can of dip, you are pretty much out of luck. If you want to keep it as bacteria free as possible, then you had better keep that bowl to yourself.
So the next time that you see someone double dipping, try not to give them too hard of a time. Shoot, you can even go ahead and do it yourself. I know the feeling when you have half a chip and no salsa... Now you can stop worrying and indulge yourself knowing that it is not going to hurt anyone else.
Education is the key to a successful future and the key element in helping everyone to develop to their full potential. Having a good education will open doors of opportunity and take you to a higher level of success in your career endeavors. Through education and becoming exposed to added knowledge and experiences, people can find out for themselves what they are best suited for or interested in doing for the rest of their lives.
I have the unfortunate problem of noticing that the new trend is wearing jeans with out a belt. Don't get me wrong I'm not in my later years of life i.e. Seventy and up. I just don't get this new thing that is considered in. Guys have been wearing their pants low for as long as I can remember but now I have noticed that females are starting to do it more. I am not trying to create a double standard but guys wear boxers to cover their actual bare skin, where as females are not. I can't tell you the amount of bare skin I have seen all day every day. What is it that makes a female wear her jeans so low and nothing to cover her crack? Why do I have to see every part of your backside while I'm trying to eat? I have sat back while in a local mall and counted the number of females that don't have on belts but choose to wear low rider jeans. The number would drive you crazy. I know everyone wants to be seen as 'cool' or 'in' but some times you have to go against what is seen as cool and do what you know feels right.
What does it help when a women walks around showing the crack of her butt! I personally find it simple minded that anyone would show their but crack as if every person on the planet wishes to take in that mental photo. This fad is driving me crazy. I think that if you choose yo wear very low cut jeans than at leas have the decency to carry something that you can place behind you to cover your crack when you sit in an open backed chair. I know I feel air on my crack when my jeans are to low or I bend over, so why is it no other female takes a second to correct themselves as I and other women do? Either pull your jeans up or you shirt down!!!
Please ladies try to fix this issue that seem to going on. I wanna know am I the only person who is feeling this way? Am I wrong for not wanting to see the dark place that should stay hidden? Please post a comment and let me know?
I wanted to know just what go's through the minds of kids across the area when they participate in these kinds of activities. I've seen people get beaten with night sticks by cops, arrested and jumped all in the midst of these things. Coming into these kinds of things one has to in some way know the consequences of it all. This to me though is just another sign of the times that we live and grew up in. I and a few friends were once caught in a flash mob. We weren't doing anything but everyone around it is usually guilty by association. All flash mobs aren't bad but the particular ones that I'm targeting are. We already have enough violence in the world so why do people band together to influence it even more? It's not right and we need to teach younger and older generations that it's not right. I also think that flash mobs are a great example of group think.
WHAT IS THE MEDIA DOING TO OUR YOUNG GIRLS?
I'll tell you what they are doing! They are poisoning the minds of today's society. The sad part is it's not just teenage girls, it's grown women, it's our entire society (including men).
The media has put such a huge emphasis on body image that everyone wants the "perfect body", and will take drastic measures to get it. This effects our culture and our society as a whole, but the damage that it's doing to our teenage girls is astronomical.
The news is agenda setting at its finest. Just once I'd like to see an "unattractive" or "over-weight" man or woman broadcasting the news or weather. What exactly is the criteria? Do you have to be articulate and beautiful; or maybe you just have to be visually appealing to most and you just "wing" it. (no disrespect to all the news anchors out there)
We need to put more focus on inner-beauty, integrity, self-esteem, and building a more positive and healthy self image. Thankfully, there are some celebrities and companies that are trying to make a difference by promoting individuality and health, opposed to the stereotypical image of beauty.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Poverty is defined as being poor, lack of money and food. In the united state there are very few people or family that lives in extreme poverty, but live absolute poverty. The difference in absolute poverty are people that make a dollar a day, anything below that is consider extreme poverty. Here in the united stated families that have an income of $21,203 is consider in the line of poverty, but compared to other people in the world this is consider a family well off. In America, the poverty level is determined by the yearly income that a family of four haves to maintain a suitable standard of living.
I was born in a country that poverty is well common all around. Guatemala is a country that people struggle day by day to make ends meet. In other words people work their butts off to make enough to eat. Some off this people and family eat one meal a day or shared their meal with their young ones, which means that they starved. This people are knowed as extreme poverty; absolute poverty in my country is a little different, many people that fine them self in this situation move to a country that haves more opportunities or where they can earn more money to live a suitable life.
Poverty and starvation is all over the world and is becoming more common in places that does not have much support by the government. In Guatemala, education and employment is very poor and this is why children and adults are suffering from it. If Guatemala had the same laws that the United States have, half of the population in poverty can be reduced. Our current president Obama here in the USA has just open a law that all children should finished 12 grade or parents will get in trouble by the school district. I other country would have the laws this could help out poverty.
What do we perceive as being white? What causes people to use term "white" as an adjective when describing individuals of another race? We've all heard it before, "He's the whitest black guy I've ever met!" For the most part, we think lightly of these types of remarks and often times humorous when used in comedic situations. In fact, movies are notorious for poking fun at this issue. But why? What are these "white" qualities that we project on other races?
Stereotyping and generalizations are part of produce this sort of commentary. By expecting that all races act the opposite of white people, we create cultural rules in which everyone should abide by. If we accept the fact that people's representation of themselves is directly correlated with their upbringing and not a cultural "standard", then perhaps we would be able to diminish this sort of commentary.
Not too long ago, I found myself in a situation relating to this issue. Upon moving into our new apartment, my boyfriend and I shortly began to realize that we could hear our neighbor's conversations through our shared walls. Immediately we both agreed that our neighbor sounded like the character "Newman" from the television sitcom Seinfeld. Well, naturally if he sounds like this fictional character, surely he must look like him too, right? Two months later, we found ourselves face to face with our chatty neighbor and low and behold, the man who stood in front of us hardly resembled the "Newman" character. In fact, he wasn't even white, but a friendly George Clinton type, with an affinity for World of Warcraft.
Slap the cuffs upon our wrists for we were guilty by our own assumptions! This is just one of many examples in which we judge and assume, most of the time not intentionally, due to widespread stereotypes, generalizations and cultural behavior norms. How many times have we found ourselves in this type of situation? Normally our commentary is not meant to be offensive, but we must refrain from such judgment for it may be found highly offensive by in the individual on the other side of fence.