FINAL PROJECT: Coates Goes Activist

Entitlement. It is mainly used as a word to describe a bratty 20-year old who feeds off their parents and believes that they deserve the entire world in the palm of their hand. Although I wish I could admit that I don’t know someone like this, unfortunately I know many personally and they tend to…

The youth of the world will make a change.

My grandma always says to me, ” You need to put that darn phone down and experience life at first hand.” These wise words have probably been said by parents, grandparents, and adults in general to youth in the past 5 years since the rise of social media. It scares the older generations to think…

Pop that “safe” & small minded bubble we live in

I remember when I was around 10 years old, I met a girl about my age who began attending the same church I did. We became best friends and I eventually moved to the neighborhood she lived in which was so exciting for a 10-year-old at the time. Once we reached 12 years old, the…

You have to be twice as good to get half of what they have.

  When glancing at the title of By Any Media Necessary, I tried to rack my brain for the origin of the real saying “By any means necessary.” Once reading through the first chapter, my mind was finally at ease. “We want justice by any means necessary” was spoken on 1964 by activist Malcolm X. Malcolm became…

Can we breathe now?

There was an interesting psychological experiment that I learned in my general psychology class freshman year of college. It was called the Milgram obedience experiment. In the study, participants were the were told it was a memory/learning study and were asked to read off a list of words to the “Learner”. If the “Learner” answered…

We aren’t so keen to censorship…

Reading the final chapter of Media and Justice, I could not help, but to laugh to myself. The movie Anchorman 2 featuring Will Ferrell is about a local anchorman named Ron Burgundy who used to be one of the best anchorman’s until his new female boss fires him and promotes his wife. The sequel continues with…

Truth is in the eye of the beholder or the camera lens?

The other day while I was scrolling on Facebook, I found an interesting video filmed by a lawyer who had the side job of an Uber driver. He happened to pick up a customer who the police were watching on suspicion of the distribution of drugs. Unfortunately, the police were giving the lawyer a hard…

Youth influences media vs. media influences youth: Take your pick.

This past year I have been volunteering at an urban elementary school where my mom is currently a teacher. The school has many students that are outspoken, too social at the wrong times, and can be disrespectful to staff and other students. Although there are many students that are exceptional leaders in the school, some…

Give us our rights.

Human rights has been fought to have in stone for centuries, but even when worldwide human rights are finally placed, there are still discrimination’s against people happening every day and in our media as well. In chapter one of Media and Social Justice, discusses using media as a tool to promote social justice and human rights,…

We gotta lot of problems…

Sarah Jaffe’s Necessary Trouble highlighted and gave important information about activist movements around the country from 2008 to about 2015. She discussed the meaning of each movement and gave perspectives from both the public and the group itself. Many of the protests mentioned in the book connect to movements that currently are happening or has…

#KILLTHEBILL

One of the most influential ways to join a group of people together is through the use of social media and the protests that Jaffe mentions in the next few chapters do just that. Jaffe introduced the influence of media when describing the Tea Party which formed under Bush’s administration. These were Republican voters who…

More like “Too big of a head”

In 2008, I was about 10 years old so obviously my knowledge about the recession was very limited. Although I was young, I specifically remember my mom telling me that our economy was in a “bad situation” which meant that we couldn’t spend the money on things that we used to. Of course as a…