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Popular Culture as resistance (participation)

February 17, 2012

One thing that came up today is how popular culture functions as a place where racism, stereotypes, sexist language is encourage, fostered, and disseminated.  While clearly rife with disturbing images, it is also a place of resistance.  I would like to talk about popular culture as a place of resistance and of course lets give examples.  Here are two below, but lets create an index of examples of those challenging voices

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  1. Desirae Meza permalink

    The first video of “Being White” was presented in my sociology class today. It was an example to get us students to think of the different types of humor and how humor is viewed in different ways. We talked about how there are different purposes of humor such as it creates solidarity, it deals with social anxiety, it has informal control, it maintains status quo, or it’s for amusement. I see how jokes can have intended purposes but I do not agree that a majority of the jokes should be stereotyped or directed to one specific race. I found it interesting how some people in my class laughed when Louis CK made his jokes about white people. Then when it came to watching the video from Chris Rock a lot more people laughed. I do not understand as to why it was funnier when a black person talked about his own race than when a white person did? It seems as when the Louis spoke he was trying to tell others how being white was a privilege because no matter how many years ago whites were still treated better. Like many other videos they always bring in issues or differences about race. Race is brought through humor. Humor makes people feel amused and especially when it comes to talking about race. A lot of jokes are said to send a message, some are said to make us realize how many differences there are between people and how race matters or is a privilege. The Ken and Barbie video is an example talking about the American culture and how appearance has affected a majority of the American society. His message to his audience is to aware people of how low society has come to, to try and have a better appearance and how the younger generations are impacted as well but we do not realize that sometimes the media is pushing us to think this way. As time has passed there has not been anything done to stop these racial jokes, but what can really be done when our society has been okay with it?

  2. Kyla Chappell permalink

    Besides the humor, the first video is so true. Not to say whites are “better” but living white is better because you live with privileges that others of color do not receive. The music videos are powerful, I think music is something everyone can relate to, its not just a lecture of some person standing up there saying words we may not understand. But music is relatable, so that everyone can understand. The people giving poetry is also very powerful, they are very deep and everything they say and stand up for is necessary to be heard. But no matter how much people talk, preach, sing, write about it….what is going to eventual MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND CHANGE THE WORLD WE LIVE IN?

  3. Amanda Fu permalink

    I really like the “Brave Young Voices” videos, its interesting to see that so many young people do take the opportunity and get out there to speak for what they think is right or how people should be treated. Its one thing for older adults to speak out and make a change, they’ve built up opinions over time and experience, then when you can see that young people also see the differences in treatment, i think that’s when you know we really do have a problem that we have to deal with. For instance, the 3rd grade teacher who did an experiment with her students to see how they would react when they are put into a superior group or an inferior one and they came out understanding that everybody is the same and deserve the same privileges, that they shouldn’t be judged or discriminated against. What would be great is if all people could be open-minded like those kids and be willing to understand each other and our differences.

    I have also noticed that there are a lot of examples of this resistance and trying to spread the knowledge of diversity in popular culture. Such as the television series “Switched At Birth”, when one grandmother of the switched child looked at the granddaughter she loved before, differently when she realized her true roots lay in a different ethnicity. The character of the switched child talked about how she never realized how people felt to be discriminated against until she was shown that feeling by her own grandmother! It’s very sad that she did not notice it until then, but also very true.

    In both cases, once the “superior” group had the experience of being “inferior” they were more understanding of how horrible it is to treat others in a negative way based on things that may not even be true about them.

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