Blog #2: Bamboozled

Bamboozled [Motion picture]. (2001). United States: New Line Home Entertainment.

Directed By: Spike Lee.
Starring: Damon Wayans, Jada Pinkett Smith, & Tommy Davidson.

In the movie Bamboozled we meet a character named Pierre Delacroix, he recently graduated from Harvard and is now an executive at CNS which is a large television network. Pierre is one of the very few African Americans on staff and he starts to notice how that would effect his work and relationships. One person that he has had several issues with was his boss Mr. Dunwitty. Dunwitty always commented on how he was blacker than Pierre because he was married to a black women and had two bi-racial kids. Pierre became very frustrated with his comments because Dunwitty always stereotyped him against the black characters you see on television.

Pierre soon became sick of his boss and his work so he intended to create a script that could get him fired. He wanted to create something so controversial that there Bamboozled-2000-posterimgwas no other choice but to let him go. What he didn’t realize was that his show actually became a huge sensation and everyone seemed to love it. The show was called Mantan The New Millennium Minstrel Show and it was so controversial because there were white characters with black faces. In the end of the film these characters with the black faces start to question their identities and change their views about black culture. The main character also ends up getting kidnapped by a gang and eventually killed.

The big theme of this entire movie is the mocking and stereotyping of Black culture. Besides the black faces there are many contributing factors to the mocking of African Americans such as the many times the word “Nigger” is said throughout the film.

This film definitely raises many questions and stereotypes of African American culture. It seems on that we base our perceptions of this culture strictly through what we see on television and in the media. In the end of the film you notice that several character are bamboozled and in effect suffer severe consequences basically stating not to stereotype cultures through what we see in the media.

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Blog #1 – Privacy in Social Media

Social Media is a big part in our everyday lives. From Facebook to Twitter it has completely taken over the way we connect with others and also gain information. After reading Tom Coopers, Between the Summits, I focused in trying to find more about why people are so scared about privacy issues on social networks. In order gain more insight on this ethical problem, I searched through articles for more information and found a great one by Sharon Jayson. Her article Social Media Research Raises Privacy and Ethical Issues, focuses on how our personal and private information is being accessed by companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft.

Today the internet has so much information on us because of what we search for and what we say. Jayson says, “Just consider that mining online communication has already helped Microsoft identify women at risk of postpartum depression. It’s also allowed Facebook to study how parents and kids interact.” Having all of this technology definitely helps us in different aspects of life but does it know too much is the real question. Some might not think its a problem but there are many people out their scared that these companies are going to use their personal information against them. “Some of Facebook’s research on user behavior found that 71% of people drafted at least one post that they never posted.” said Jayson.

In order to grasp this issue I created a study which surveyed students and faculty between the ages of 20-52 and tried to make them open up about their personal opinion on social media privacy. My results showed that privacy concerns mostly depended on the age of the person. College students seemed to be less concerned about privacy issues with social media than older people 30 and above. This is because college students don’t really have their lives established yet and don’t have that much to lose. Another aspect I learned from my study was that the main privacy issues people were concerned about were personal information being leaked, photo sharing and profiles being hacked because they feel like social media is not completely private. 70% of the people surveyed said they often, if not always, watch what they post online. I can completely understand why these are concerns and I personally am scared of personal information being leaked as well.

All of these resources came to the same conclusion that proves there is a major concern with privacy in social media. The reason why there is so many problems is because there is nothing that is stopping from google or Microsoft to gain information about us. We are so dependent on the internet with connecting with others and gaining information that its impossible to be careful what we are doing. Each resource has legitimate reason and even the study that I created proved that this a major problem.

Resources:

Jayson, Sharon. “Social Media Research Raises Privacy and Ethics Issues.”USA Today. Gannett, 12 Mar. 2014. Web. 22 Feb. 2015