Author: worldwidemedia

President of the U.S., Topic of the World

What better person to reach out to a large audience about immigration than Donald Trump? Donald Trump has become well known for expressing his opinions on issues via Twitter. He has made his opinion regarding immigration clear through his tweets where he discusses the future border and the benefits from separating immigrants from the U.S.. This link shows several tweets from Donald Trump on the issue of immigration.

The tweet to the left, where Trump Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 8.10.38 AM.pngstates “we must build a wall” and tags a photo of a Mexican man holding signs showing Mexican support for Trump, raised a lot of individuals’ emotions. People replied asking the year the photo was taken and how much they paid the man holding the sign, while also projecting other angry remarks. However, there were also some replies in favor of Trump which mostly stayed around the idea of protecting American citizens in whatever way needed; they believe Americans are superior to people from other countries.

These tweets have created great tension between other countries and the United States. Since Donald Trump has been voted into presidency, his tweets, such as the one above, have a more powerful meaning. His position comes with great power where every action and word affects the rest of the country. Instead of the U.S. and Mexico being civil and seeing each other as equals, people are using social media sites like Twitter to virtually attack each other, creating conflict between countries.

Screen Shot 2017-07-16 at 8.30.15 PM.pngIn another instance, Trump has created an extreme influence on citizens’ perspective on racism. As a result of his beliefs, supporters have displayed acts of racism not only directly, but publicly as well. I have found a list of specific tweets that display the tension growing between different races. For example, Muslims state that they fear their safety by wearing their hijab, a symbol of their beliefs and religion. This is battling the idea that the United States is a country for opportunity and equality, because supporters of Donald Trump promote white power and the exclusion of minorities.

Immigrants continue having an unfair advantage due to their different backgrounds, and Trump’s policies and influences have not helped this issue. We are constantly flooded with comments of discrimination through social media sites that are noticed worldwide. Although President Donald Trump is a leader of the United States, he has made a significant impact on relationships between different cultures and backgrounds.

 

-Kaya & Aleena

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Asian Youtube Stars Encourage Asian Stereotypes?

Stereotypes happen so frequently that we have become so oblivious to it in our daily lives. It has become a social norm and a form of easy humour we see on TV and all over social media today.

There are many Youtube stars that make videos based on Asian stereotypes but are these videos encouraging these stereotypes? We can see this being portrayed by Youtube stars MyChonny and JK films and how they portray these Asian stereotypes in their videos. The video below is an example of what some of these Asian stereotypes are.

This video highlights Asian stereotypes and uses it as a platform for humour. A lot of the stereotypes that were in the video surrounded the Asian parents as the parents are the target for most Asian stereotypes. These stereotypes hover around the theme of perfection. Most Asians are expected to achieve high standards in academics and play some sort of instrument.

We repeatedly see these stereotypes in movies and TV shows allowing us to begin believing that these stereotypes define who we are. The effect of social media on individual self-esteem can be strong as some may feel accepted into society by meeting these expectations. Social media is so powerful that it characterises an ideal image for every race, and culture. It can provoke individuals to feel insecurities and influence bullying which demonstrate the 4 dangers of stereotyping:

1. Marginalisation of people (usually in negative ways)

2. An inaccurate Representation of Diversity

3.Signals sent about ‘proper roles’

4.The Ultimate Attribution Error.

When we marginalise people, we exclude them and set people apart; generally in  negative ways. We also misconceive the culture, making judgements on what we believe is true depicted by the media. When we assume someone is from a certain country or make assumptions about their race, these are signals we receive stereotyping them in that way. Usually, people behave the way they actually are or, behave the way society tells them how they should behave.

In my opinion, stereotypes does create cheap humour for TV shows, Youtube videos. The consequences are beyond the surface. I think stereotyping can lead to the act of bullying and social matters. Stereotypes can influence how people behave but I also believe it is important for us to understand that we control how these stereotypes can affect us. I also think it is important for people to understand that everyone is different. That difference should be celebrated, and not viewed negatively.

Wenyung Keh

Top Stories: What Journalists Believe Their Country Should Be Informed About

Trending topics differ between countries, especially within the news. Imagine how the news stories from one of the safest countries in the world contrasts with a country that has an extremely high crime rate. I started by researching the top news stories in New Zealand and comparing them to the top stories published about the U.S.. Just at a glance, I was able to notice an immediate difference in what journalists published as their “top stories”. New Zealand’s top stories show a trend of travel information and stories that leave a positive impact on their audience, while the United States’ displayed news stories involving crime, politics, medical marijuana, etc. These stories are handpicked by journalists as what they feel is the most important information to share with the public. Considering New Zealand has approximately a 26% lower crime rate than the United States (according to NationMaster), it’s understandable why their news stories may not be as brutal or shocking.

Diving deeper into the difference between the countries’ news stories, I have picked the most recent top stories broadcasted on national television in New Zealand and the United States to compare and contrast. As shown in the news report below, the news anchors in New Zealand are reporting a death of a New Zealand resident that occurred in the Caribbean recently. What’s interesting about this report is that the actual incident didn’t take place anywhere near New Zealand, it was reported because the individual was from there. This is shocking for me because in the U.S., reporters can only show a small percentage of accidents and deaths that happen while New Zealand has the ability to discuss deaths of their citizens, even though the accident doesn’t directly affect the country’s citizens. In addition, there was an African American male who was explaining the details of the incident and giving us facts, however we were not introduced to this individual nor was he in a professional setting to make the audience believe that what he was saying was credible.

As for the United States, their latest news story covers information regarding a Russian official “taking over the U.S. Government”. The reporter is feeding the audience information in an aggressive tone, also using sarcasm in a non-satirical way to inform individuals about this story. These framing techniques alone make me feel that this reporter is not extremely credible or reliable with the information he is presenting because it seems biased. For example, Tucker Carlson claims Russia is, “the single most evil country in the world,” which is an extremely opinionated statement to make, especially without the right evidence to support it. Carlson continues to directly insult those who have opposing ideas or opinions on Donald Trump’s position with Russia.

As we can clearly see, the difference between not only news stories but also how news reporters present the news to their audience is vastly different between the United States and New Zealand. The United States has a huge focus on the issues going on with the government and politics, while New Zealand seems to gather whatever information they can to present such as a resident dying in a different country or extreme weather conditions. The severity of the United States’ news seems to be higher than New Zealand’s while also been relevant to more people within their country. However, New Zealand’s television news seems to be presented with an unbiased and neutral opinion unlike the United States’. It’s interesting to compare these differences because people from different countries could potentially have no idea what kind of news stories occur in a place they’ve never been to.

-Kaya Barcarse

Major News Outlets’ Opinion on Job Market Increase: Same Story, Different Perspective

In 2012, there were many reports regarding the job market increase in July, however there was also an increase in the national unemployment rate within the United States. Evidence shows that an average of 151,000 jobs were available each month of that year, where there was hardly an increase from previous years. With a consistent rising population, the jobs available are significantly lesser than needed to sustain the economy. These issues are largely due to the decrease in consumer spending, which lowers overall revenue earned by many companies and results in a smaller necessity for employees and high wages. Many major news outlets published articles regarding this issue, but we see a difference in tone for the audience based on how the author emphasizes certain details of the story and carefully includes certain pieces of evidence to frame the event in a specific way.

NPR came out with an article in early August of 2012, discussing the issues of the job market and unemployment rates. President Barack Obama claimed that a part of the solution should include people with high incomes from the upper class to pay higher taxes in efforts to overcome future deficits. However, Mitt Romney counteracted Obama’s solution by claiming that the current state of the economy was a result of the President’s failed economic policies. Romney’s solution is to “get America working again” to decrease unemployment rates. He also states that the rise in unemployment rates is a “hammer blow to struggling middle-class families”.

Screen Shot 2017-07-03 at 3.10.23 PM.pngOn the same day, Fox News released an article presenting the same numbers and facts about the increasing unemployment rate, but framed it as more of an issue resulting from tension between Democrats and Republicans refusing to work together. This is contrasting the tone from the article posted by NPR, which mostly put the blame on President Obama for the plateaued number of job opportunities. The article posted by Fox News also includes more numbers and data regarding the number of jobs available for different departments and the state of wage increase from previous years. According to this article, these issues are resulting in Americans spending less and attempting to save more. Since consumer spending accounts for roughly 70% of our country’s economic activity, we are at risk of a recession.

The topic of job opportunities and unemployment rates is one that is of great concern in today’s economy. Since the rate was at a high of 8.3% in July of 2012, it seems that the public turned to President Barack Obama to put blame on someone. NPR’s article on the job crisis is framed largely in favor of the Republican party, which claims that President Obama’s economic policies are the source of these issues in the rise of unemployment rates. In contrast, Fox News has provided us more evidence and a less biased article that informs us more about both perspectives from the different political parties and their plan to address this issue. Business News gives a neutral perspective on the job increase while just providing the facts for the audience. It provides the effects that the job increase has on current and future stock markets, hours of labor, income, and unemployment rates. This is beneficial because we are able to read information about this issue without an underlying bias while still being informed about the state of the economy.

-Kaya Barcarse

Body Image on Social Media

 

Everyone is born with their own shape and sizes yet; social media allows us to believe that there is a ‘perfect’ body or image we admire and strive to look like. You might be familiar with the common hashtag, #goals. However, what do these ‘goals’ really mean? Social media can influence individuals in several ways. It has the power to make us feel a sense of belonging or the power to make us feel rejection to society. Through personal experiences and observations, social media has impacted me in both these ways. Growing up having social media accounts has made me want to accomplish many things and want to look a certain way but I think many people like myself misconceive media and let it influence our daily lives. It impacts the way we feel and allows others to bring people down.

Popular social media platforms most people have today are Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat. I am an active user on Instagram and I follow my friends, families, a few celebrities, athletes and a couple of fitness trainers. My feeds include a variety of posts and through my observations, negative comments are inevitable. In fact, it is very common when it comes to body shaming others. Many women like to post photos of themselves embracing their bodies and yet there are still mean and hurtful comments. In this blog post, I admire how this blogger is able to take the positivity out of the negativity from others and feel more motivated and inspired. This is encouraging and sets a reminder for others who can relate that being perfect isn’t about having a good figure but to feel good about yourself and not letting others affecting the way you feel.

I also believe that having social media is like living another life. People don’t see your flaws, we strive to look our best in our photos somewhat like fractured glass. This a concept where many of us are very selective on what we want or do not want to post on social media. By posting the best photo of ourselves, we are wanting to create a ‘perfect’ or ‘best’ image of ourselves. By achieving this look, we would feel more accepted and sense of belonging. I think it is our nature to do and so as I mentioned earlier, I follow a couple of gym trainers; Kayla Itsines, Emily Skye, and Cassey Ho. I look at their social media account to remind me that feeling good is more important than to look good. Nowadays, athletes such as Serena Williams or Ronda Rousey allow us to believe that being strong and healthy is beautiful. In this post singer, Pink quoted “strong is the new skinny”. It is encouraging and allow girls to grow up with a healthier body image to strive for and focuses more on the mental and physical health than to look achieve these physical appearances.

Wenyung Keh

 

Hollywood vs. Bollywood

Reaching from opposite ends of the globe comes to the two largest entertainment industry, Hollywood, and Bollywood. Personally, I have often wondered how any other entertainment industry could compete with Hollywood, however that is a common misconception.

Bollywood sells almost double the amount of tickets (2.6 billion) than Hollywood (1.36 billion). This is because Bollywood generates a couple thousand films annually. They can produce significantly more films than Hollywood because production time is less. Also, Bollywood actors can work on many more movies at the same time than Hollywood actors.

Though Bollywood sells many more tickets, the leader in overall revenue is Hollywood. Bollywood’s total revenue is 1.3 billion USD while Hollywood is a dominating 51 billion USD. While Bollywood films attract mostly Indian people, Hollywood films pull from more Westernized cultures around the world.

In our class, we learned about the 4 Synergy Strategies. The first of these strategies is called cross-promotion. This is when studios will make movies that promote other productions from the same company. An example of this would be the Avengers film. It promotes all the other individual MARVEL films like the Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and more.

The second strategy is called cross-advertising. The concept of cross-advertising includes two different companies partnering together to advertise for one another. An example in Bollywood would be a famous character drinking Coca-Cola. The production company for the character as well as Coca-Cola are advertising for each other.

The third strategy is cross-production. Cross-production, I believe is the largest margin between the revenue source from Hollywood and Bollywood. In this strategy, different media products are created and sold. This includes video games, toys, and board games. I think Hollywood has huge margins over Bollywood when it comes to cross-production.

The final strategy is the capacity to produce a block ]buster. Although Bollywood produces many more films than Hollywood, Hollywood produces more blockbusters. The top five Bollywood grossers cannot add up to any grosser in the Hollywood top five. Therefore, the money that goes into these grand Hollywood productions are worth it when you compare it to the distant second entertainment industry in the world.

Wenyung Keh