Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Affirmative Action vs. White Privilege

Affirmative Action vs. White Privilege
When you think of Affirmative action white privilege comes in mind and they are the same but for different ethnic groups. According to the author  Stanley Fish , “affirmative action was designed to correct the imbalances caused by racism in the United States , by giving preferential treatment to minorities in the hopes of achieving social equality”. White privilege is the structural, and generally invisible assumption that white people define a norm and Black people are other dangerous, and inferior. Peggy McIntosh observes that privilege can “take both active forms, which we can see, and embedded forms, which as a member of the dominant group one is taught not to see”. This thing called “whiteness” displaces it from the unnamed status that is itself an effect of its dominance”. Among the effects on white people of race privilege and of the dominance of whiteness is their seeming normative, their structured invisibility.

Research show that whites are claiming Reverse discrimination
Reverse discrimination is somewhat unfortunate because the term "discrimination" has come to carry such negative vibe that when we see it, we are prejudiced against it immediately. On the other hand, the "reverse" could imply the goal of seeking to reverse the effects of past and present discrimination. Regardless of whether it is prejudicial or appropriate, the label has become so common that it cannot be avoided. The problem here cannot be simply the issue of discrimination because those who attack affirmative action as an example of unjust reverse discrimination do not appear to be opposed to any form of with this; we have a better basis for evaluating whether affirmative action qualifies as "reverse discrimination." Is it motivated by contempt for some target race? Perhaps such contempt for whites exists for some involved in affirmative action, but it really cannot be claimed as a motivation for such programs. When someone is denied a job or school admission because of affirmative action, is this exclusion seen as desirable in and of itself? No, at worst it is regarded as an unfortunate means for achieving a socially desirable end in which minorities are able to better contribute to society despite past racism and discrimination. The author Michael Norton states, “ Although some have heralded recent political and cultural developments as signaling the arrival of a post racial era in America, several legal and social controversies regarding "reverse racism" highlight Whites' increasing concern about anti White bias. We show that this emerging belief reflects Whites' view of racism as a zero-sum game, such that decreases in perceived bias against Blacks over the past six decades”. The Affirmative action is to help equal out America and help minorities have a better opportunity at live, but it is not use to bring down white or cause racist act against any ethic group.
Although there are still some discrimination going on
It is going to take another several generations before this country truly sees a serious decline in racist attitudes. Even then racism will be there in some way shape or form. But those people will be in a seriously castes out. An example is the "N" word how it has been acceptable after the Black Power/Soul era, which ended I'll say in the late 70's. For the past two or three decades, black youth have used that word as a synonym of words such as "brother" "partner" "good friend". In that culture, that word is one of many terms that have developed into a language for those who are a part of the culture. In essence, the culture has taken a word with a historic negative connotation and used that term as a positive. White guys who are in the "culture" respect never to use that word so they would never use the term unless it was in an aggressive or negative tense, but the older generation would be upset how my generation uses the word and how the meaning have change of the word the past generation. The author Asraa Mustufa “Researchers at Tufts University and Harvard Business School are releasing a study which found that many white people feel that anti-white racism has increased and even surpassed racism towards black people”.  It crazy to think that white are the ones today that feeling the reverse racism from minority groups.  Their data demonstrates that white people feel that more progress has been made toward equality than blacks do, and that this progress has been made at their expense. Put another way, many white respondents seem to view “reverse racism” as a bigger problem today than anti-black racism because how they are being treated with something called affirmative action in America.

What i learned from doing this Project
What i learned that Affirmative action is that the biggest benefit from it ins white women , and because women are considered as an minority. Affirmative action have grant people opportunities and get interview to get their foot in the door of society. that equal employment opportunity is different from affirmative action. says that affirmative action is use to recruit hire and promote and equal opportunity.  Equal employment opportunity means to give of full employment opportunities hiring without discrimination based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, arrest record.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Participation Gap


Reading the article " Will mobile Affect it" and the the paper " The state of the 2012 - Mobile Politics". I think that in this day and age that it is a paticipation gap in in today's world. People have the technology to and Mobile device to have a affect on mobile device era. i think it that people are overwhelmed and have a difrrent comfort levels when it come to technology. Most people like it but, there are people that think there to much of it. Most people have the access to the internet but limited access of it and with that people gain a diffrent feeling of use the mobile internet and how they feelusing it. in reading the paper on the 2012 politics
mobile devices are a big thin in the eclection it stated that 27% of the registered voters who own a cell phone in the eclection campaign uses there phone to keep up with current new of both presidental canidates. State that cell phone apps are also playing  a relatively a minor role in the election as well.

In reading the following paper i feel in the future the mobile audience will grow rapidly. everyone will be using their cell phone for everying. Socail media today is already big to the mobile audience and 3 to 5 years friom now it will be even more epic to see what they come with next. Mobile devices are taking the place of labtop and home desktop computers. there will be a big difference in al the new apps that will come out in the next 3-5 years.

Friday, October 12, 2012

British influence on America

America is influence by a lot of cultures and country. The country I found to influence them the most is the British UK culture. A great example is the American music call Rock and Roll. The influence of the rock and roll culture was shown by the British. In the 1960s British artist took their version of rock and roll and brought to America. It had a big success in America and was referred as the “British invasion” the popular Rock and Roll was led by the most famous of groups, like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.


These famous bands had a lot to do with rock and roll in America today. Other groups gained popularity from the big influence that had a big influence from British music such as little Richard, chuck berry ,jerry lee Lewis ,buddy holly, and the crickets, the Everly brothers and the famous Elvis Presley. All the artists were influence by British pop culture.

Music is not the only thing that the British had a big influence on in American culture but fashion was one as well like the mini skirt and the “twiggy” look.  The teens now set the trends so unlike in the 1950's when daughters tried to look like their mothers, in the 1960's mothers tried to look like their daughters. Designers like Mary Quant who made the old look more daring, colorful and brought about this new fashion. This created the image of the "swinging sixties". Mary Quant, she designed clothes, which "allowed people to run, to leap, to retain their freedom.  Here styles were brighter, more colorful and more daring then anything people had ever know before. A model like Twiggy became fashion icons and idles for many young girls, by modeling in America.


Shows like the X factor and The office have a big role to play in Amercian culture and how we look at t.v today. The X factor UK brands the creativityeconomy  a “great unsung success story”. Which employs 1.8 million people and generates annual exports worth more than about 4 billion dollars.The pilot episode of the US version of The Office was a duplicate of the BBC series, with some minor changes in dialog. The reviews were decidedly mixed, with most critics dismissing it as a pale copy of the British series. As time went on, however, additional writers were brought on, the cast was expanded, and the overall tone took on a more American flavor. The British Office has an air of crushing depression, all the employees feel stuck in dead end jobs, but luckily they find humor in their hopelessness. In the U.S. version, however, there is always a subtle undercurrent of hope among the workers. Even the lowliest drone likes to believe that if he at least gives the illusion of productivity, he can work his way up the corporate ladder. The British the Office cancelled in 2003, but the American the office is on its 9th season and a big American TV show now.


The famous American show Sanford and Son was a spinoff of a British TV show called Steptoe and Son was a British sitcom about an aging, somewhat cranky but always wise “rag and bone man” and his argumentative son. The two lived together and even though the son had an occasional delusion of grandeur, he remained a partner in his father’s junk business. Wilfrid Brambell played the scheming Albert Steptoe, whom his son often dismissed as a “dirty old man. The same with the American version when His dad was a cranky old man and ran a busted down business as well. When the show was revamped for American audiences, it became Sanford and Son, and while Redd Foxx’s Fred Sanford was just as irascible as the elder Steptoe, the characters’ personalities were reversed a bit in order to exploit Foxx’s comedic abilities. His son, Lamont (lovingly referred to as “you big dummy” by his father), was usually the voice of reason when his father fell victim to a new con game or “get rich quick” scheme. The show became a big hit and was view mostly by the black community. The British has played a big role in how we have looked at fashion, television, music, and etc. American owes the British a lot of thing for us sort of copying or using their ideas to help us expand our entertainment enterprise.



Friday, September 14, 2012

Cons of tracking Devices

Federal officials trying order cell phone companies to furnish real-time tracking devices in cell phones so officials can pinpoint fugitives and suspects. There are many pros and cons to putting tracking devices in everyone cell phone to just track certain people who has disobeyed the law. There are many cons to this device, some are more violating than others, and one of the most violating ones is putting tracking devices in everyone’s cell phone.   I understand the federal officials want to catch fugitive and suspects but I do not believe in them having a tracking device in everyone’s phone and violating the wrong person’s privacy to track that person who has disobeyed the law. The other thing that comes to mind is the hackers who could possibly hack into these devises and stalk certain people. That which could lead to numerous crimes such as kidnapping, stalking which they are trying to prevent or stop the crime that is already happening while they are using these tracking devices, therefore my next con that I think can be a big problem is some federal officials may misuse this device data. I understand what the federal officials are trying to do to make our country a safer place for us to live in, but just know someone can hack my phone to hear my personal calls and know where I am at any time they want to give me a feeling I am always being watch and someone will know my every move I make. Federal officials should invest in a device that does not have to be to be used in cellular devices. The world technology is so many advances these days to find a device to make this possibly. The federal already have some in place like DNA tracking and the house arrest ankle bracelets they give to people who have disobeyed the law. Tracking devices are not a bad idea; they just have a lot of reason that will violate a person private conversations and text that have nothing to do with their investigation. The pro is that is yes they will find some or most fugitive or suspects they are looking for with this tracking device imbedded in cell phones, but risking the privacy of other to make one bust is a big risk, and will call a lot of disliking them being track. Knowing how people hack in everything theses days and are up to the news technology may be easily hacked and will cause people to be even worried about who is following or even worst their teenage children. Stalking has become big in the crime world of today, therefore, giving the stalker to know where someone every move and where they are anytime is really making their job easy with it comes to kidnapping and or stalking them. I see the good of this device I am just hoping if the device do get install that they take the right measure that it is secured only for the federal official and that all.