The Messages Media Are Really Sending

The Messages Media Are Really Sending

Disney did what now?
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As most people know, the media is integral to everyone's lives. I don't think anyone can go through their day without interacting with the media at least once- whether it be on their phones or the TV's around campus. Let's face reality; media is the skeleton of our lives.

How many times do you watch television or Netflix in a day? How many times do you check Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and get wrapped up into the black hole that is social media? Probably a million times, and we are all guilty of it. And it's totally fine to become absorbed in the media, as long as we can fully examine and analyze the messages we are receiving.

School systems today are starting to recognize the importance for media literacy, however, not enough educators and parents are incorporating it into lesson plans. The media, specifically television (Netflix *cough cough*) send various different messages that influence how we see ourselves and those around us.

Disney is a key example of the need for media literacy. Disney is founded upon the power of imagination and dreams coming true, but is that the only message they are sending? No, of course not. Many people don't realize that the Disney Princesses, while beloved, send several negative messages about girls and women in various different races. For example, most Disney princesses rely on men, their princes, to save them labeling women as defenseless damsels. Princess Aurora, in the Disney film Sleeping Beauty, is asleep for the majority of the film waiting upon her prince to save the day and wake her. The damsel theme is extremely insulting and reinforces young girls to rely on men for happiness.

Another key theme that is prevalent in Disney films is whiteness and white supremacy. A key example of this is the film The Princess and the Frog. Tiana, the main protagonist (I would say princess, however, she is not even given the title until she marries Naveen), is a struggling young African American women living in New Orleans. As I mentioned, Tiana is not deemed worthy enough to be a born 'princess' therefore Tiana's benevolent rich white friend, Lotty, is the 'princess' of the film. This example alone demonstrates just one act of whiteness throughout the film. Furthermore, the first African American princess, which fans waited years for, is a frog for 2/3 of the film. Yes, they make her an animal...just how dehumanizing is that?

Disney is just one key example of why media literacy needs to be taught early on to children and continued through high school. The media sends so many important messages to us daily that it is important that we are active participants in this communication. Our favorite shows, The Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black, The Office, New Girl, or Grey's Anatomy all have messages beyond the theme of the show. As viewers, it is important to recognize our role in the media and make the choice to learn and change. The media should not tell us what to believe, but should tell us what to think about.

Next time you are watching a show or a video on Facebook try to look for the hidden messages. Media literacy is in high demand and I personally believe it is a key factor in future education.

Cover Image Credit: Oh My Disney

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10 Abnormally Normal Things About College

Some stuff just doesn't fly in the real world.
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College is a weird, weird place. For whatever reason, the young adults who are supposed to be cultivating their minds with all of the worldly knowledge available to them, seem to get away with quite a bit using the justification "it's college." Even the best students live abnormally while on the alien planet that is a university. So, while to us college students it may just seem like another day, here are ten things that are only normal in college.

1. Straight up theft.

In the future, if I walk into my forty-something-year-old neighbor's home and see a collection of stolen signs, stuff from the local restaurant, and property from the construction site down the road, I would definitely be concerned about the character of my neighbor. However, in college, people proudly display campus signs, traffic cones, or dining hall napkin dispensers that they have impressively commandeered - it's a cheap decoration and a great conversation starter.

2. All-nighters.

Maybe with the exception of parents of little babies, very few people willingly stay up for close to 24 hours on end. In the real world, if a friend came to you and said that they literally did not sleep the previous night, it's completely logical to be worried. On the other hand, when a friend in college says that he was up all night you laugh a little, give him an understanding pat on the back, and walk with him to the coffee line.

3. Atrocious eating habits.

Sometimes you don't have time to eat. Sometimes you order pizza at 2 in the morning. Sometimes you eat three dinners. Sometimes you diet. All I can say, is thank goodness that our metabolisms are decently high at this age.

4. Breaking and entering.

In high school, you hopefully knew everyone who entered your home. After college, hopefully, that's still the case. However, when you live in the middle of thousands of bored college students, people knock at your door, walk into parties, cut through your yard, and stop by without invitation or hesitation. It keeps life fun, but still not normal.

5. Calling mom when stuff goes down.

I really doubt a time will ever come that I don't need to call my mom for guidance on how to do something. But, hopefully the frequency of those calls with go down a little bit post-graduation. Maybe after four years of doing it on my own, I'll know how to fill out government forms, cook real dinners, and get stains out. But for now, I'm going to keep calling while I still can without seeming totally pathetic.

6. Being intoxicated at weird times.

Drunk at noon on a Friday is the quintessence of an alcoholic at any time - unless it's college. Not that this is necessarily a good thing, and it certainly doesn't apply to everyone, but there aren't many other places where people would instantly assume someone is intoxicated if they're acting even a little weird. I've even seen people drink in the library....

7. The messed up dating scene.



There are people who meet the love of their life at college and live happily ever after. They are people who meet the supposed love of their life at college and never talk to them again after Sunday. There are people who use Tinder. Hormones are high, freedom is bountiful, and football players are cute - what else needs to be said?

8. A warped sense of time.

The career I'm pursuing will require me to be at work by 7 am, five days a week. I am fully aware of this. Now, will I enroll in an 8 am next semester? Absolutely not - I'm not a demon. In college, nights often start at 10 p.m., dinners are eaten at 4, and mornings can begin anywhere from 8 to 2. We don't get that whole 9-5 idea.

9. Costumes... for no apparent reason.

High schoolers have a dress code. Adults have dignity. College students have fun. Here, people will wear a corn costume to get on ESPN, a fanny pack to get into a fraternity, or a tutu to match a theme party. Is it actually a weird thing, though? No one even blinks an eye.

10. Insanely close friends.

Name another point in your life when you live with your friends, study with your friends, drive with your friends, eat with your friends, go out with your friends, and even grocery shop with your friends. I'll wait. At college, it's easy for friends to seem like family because you're with them constantly. Love it or hate it, it's weird about college.

So, enjoy this weirdness while you can - it won't last forever!


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If I Could Dream A Perfect Day, This Is What I'd Do

An inside look at what my dream day would be like.

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Have you ever just had such a crappy day that you find yourself lying in bed daydreaming about what your perfect day would be like? No limitations, no pain, no frustrations. Just whatever you want.

Well, I have. Here is a look at what my perfect day would contain.

1. Teleportation

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I know, I know. The first thing on my list is something that could absolutely never happen, at least in my lifetime. But hear me out.

I want to travel, but any form of transportation makes me sick. Cars, boats, planes, trains, you name it I end getting sick. So if I could teleport than I wouldn't have to deal with it. Plus I wouldn't have to pay for gas or airfare. It's a win-win.

2. My Mom

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It wouldn't be a perfect day if my mom wasn't along for the ride. Who else would I have fun with and then rub it in my brothers face later?

Just kidding, he would come too.

3. Food

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It would not be a prefect day if it didn't involve food. And if it was free it would be even better.

4. London

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I have been dying to go back to London, and if it was my perfect day I would definitely take a trip over the pond!

5. Meet the Stars

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If it was going to be my perfect day, I would meet some celebrities. Let me scream, and jump, and totally fangirl in front of Emma Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Zac Efron, and Robert Downey Jr. just to name a few.

6. Meet Fictional Characters

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Earlier I said no limitations, so that means I get to meet fictional characters such as the Mikaelson family, the Golden Trio, Sirius Black, the Avengers, the Joker (he wouldn't kill me), and Hannibal Lecter (he also wouldn't kill me) to name a few.

7. Disney World

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Bring on the magic! I want to go to Disney World and not have to wait in any lines. That would be a perfect day.

8. Learn a New Language

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If I could learn how to speak French or German in a day that would be amazing.

9. Queen Concert

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If I could close out the day by traveling back in time to see a Queen concert with Freddie Mercury back on stage that would be the perfect end to the perfect day.

10. Happiness

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If everyone that I love was completely happy, with no stresses holding them down, for just one day that would definitely be a part of my perfect day.

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