Demetre Phillips Reading Response #3

In David Wilkins article, “A Tour of Indian Peoples and Indian Lands” and Michael W. Suleiman’s “The Arab Immigrant Experience,” Native Americans and Arab-Americans have had many years of trouble with relations with White America and are not races that are understood by the U.S. yet. Native and Arab-Americans have both been forced to become Americanized and follow American ideologies. Each of the articles explains how the US try to control and make decisions for these two groups of people. What gave these people the names Native American and Arab-American was being Americanized. Indians were savages and Arabs are now always associated with terrorists. This happens because of different media being negative towards these groups of people. Integrating these groups into American society was the main goal for the US, but the Indians were here before Europeans stepped onto this land. Race has come a long way since these acts of colonialism. Before colonialism race was not even a term in the language of Indians. Indians started in North America when Arab people immigrated over for the “American Dream.” After 9/11, Arabs have been seen as terrorists by many people all because of what a terrorist group did. The American society has made Arab Americans and Native Americans struggle to be accepted in the US. Even though Arabs have done better economically on average the struggle to be accepted into America is still hard because of the idea of race being the thing that relates one group of people to another.


Reflecting on the Past

Violence in movies has been talk for a long time and is still being talked about in a bad way by many people. When I think of a movie I want to watch it usually has violence in it, and I am not causing the crimes that are happening in these movies. After looking at all sorts of different articles I came to the conclusion that it is not the movies that are harmful to our youth but it is the mass media and news that cause more violence, this is because youth see other people on tv that have caused crimes and they think the man or women that is on the tv is famous and they want to be like them.

When looking at my past blogs I see that most of the articles that I looked at are against violence in movies and how copy cat crimes are instigated, etc. When I read most of these articles or ted talks or blogs I see a common theme in all of them, which is violence in movies increases aggression in children. Also there are articles that completely make you rethink violence in movies and make you look more at how news reflects violence. There are more violent movies in the top 100 grossing movies than any other genre and only three of these movies are G rated.

Blogging about Violence and drugs in movies and the movie Notorious was very interesting and I tried to look at every side of the argument without bias. I took into account all the arguments that were made but the only argument that I agreed with is that violent movies are not whats causing violence and drug use in youth. All movies are doing is giving people something to enjoy doing. Regulation of movies would be devastating to the whole genre of action thrillers, and not just that one genre but most genres of movies have some sort of violence in them.

When I was blogging about this topic it made me think of many other arguments that I could make toward violent movies not being harmful to the youth. Such as consequences in movies make it so the youth know when something is really bad and then in return these children will hopefully remember these consequences and never repeat what happened in these movies. This is why I think the movie Notorious does much more good to the youth rather than bad because of all the consequences in the film.

Despite Newtown, we crave violent movies

“We have a free and open society that celebrates the First Amendment,” said Chriss Dodd a Motion Picture Association of America chairman. The violence in movies is not the issue when it comes down to copy cat crimes, director Quentin Tarantino said, “Obviously, the issue is gun control and mental health.” The author(Granderson) agrees with this statement while I do as well. Granderson doesn’t believe that the government should pressure Hollywood to make less violent movies, because the industry is just giving us what we want. Out of the top 10 movies grossing movies most of them were pg-13 and and violent. This is another reason why I do not believe that violence in movies is not harmful to youth.

Violence & Movies: Thoughts by Roger Ebert

Many people believe that violence in movies is very destructive to youths way of thinking in real life situations. In the article by Roger Ebert “if they(kids) are influenced by anything, they are influenced by news programs like your own. He is talking about news programs that release incidents such as a kid going into a school and starts shooting. He explains how this kid did not get influenced by a movie but by a similar event. News about violence is what kids are being influenced by not the movies that they like to watch.

Ebert said to a reporter talking about what a child will think of a news channel screening this incident, “If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. The kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn’t have messed with me. I’ll go out in a blaze of glory.”

Dreaming Big About Acting Big

For the movie Notorious there was nearly 100 people that auditioned for the part of Notorious B.I.G.which shows how many people are inspired and want to be him. Everyone that came to audition were men of all ages and backgrounds showing up on foot, in escalades or late model sedans, but all one body type. To play the part of Biggie you needed to weigh nearly 300 pounds, and a easy-flowing but hard-to-imitate style.“Anyone who felt that they can fill that shoe, can do that swagger, can try the lyrical tone, I’m welcoming them,” Ms. Wallace said, who is Biggie’s mother. This shows how proud of her son she is and how passionate she is about him. To many people the Notorious B.I.G is someone that they want to be because of everything he has been through. Mr. Kyei was the man who got the call back out of everyone else, because he was laid back and was himself.

Biggie Smalls Autopsy Report Leaked: Graphic Details Of Christopher Wallace’s Death Revealed

This article is about the Notorious BIG’s murder and why it is still unsolved. The Notorious BIG was killed in his car from a very rare type of bullet only found in Germany. FBI also discovered that he had ties to the Genovese crime family. There is also speculation that Tupac’s gang killed him because of the false accusation against Biggie 6 months earlier for killing Tupac. I think this is a very good look at gang violence and revenge. People now still think the Biggie was an amazing person and he did very well in his short life. This article in a way gives rap a bad name because everyone says that rap music promotes violence, as you can see from the deaths of tupac and the Notorious BIG.


TED TALKS (How Darius Weems became a rap star and clinical trial maverick: ABC Nightline to feature this TED Fellow)

This ted talks is about his young kid named darius and is diagnosed with a disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy and becomes a rap artist. This is a very inspirational talk becasue he was in a wheel chair at age 12 and by age 22 he had a record deal at New South Entertainment. This really shows me that you can be anyone and be whatever you want if you try your hardest. I am relating this to my research topic because in the movie Notorious, Biggie tries so hard to become a musician and in the end his hard work pays off.