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Media Reaction One of the Best Movies Reaction Paper

… Media Reaction

One of the best movies on diversity is "Guess who's coming to dinner." Though more than 40 years old, this movie depicts the subject of diversity in more meaningful way than any other movie I have seen since. The movie has one clear message: "America has more than one skin color and its time we accepted and embraced this truth."

The storyline may appear simple from viewpoint of a new viewer, but 40 years ago, it was a considered a very bold topic. Interestingly despite the 40-year gap, this is one drama that doesn't appear dated in any sense of the word. The issue of diversity is still as burning a subject as it has been then; only then it was a more…. [read more]


Movie Industry in America Term Paper

… " Other famous films released at the same time were "Little Women" and "Flying Down to Rio." Other famous titles include "Bringing up baby" and "Hunchback of Notre Dame." (RKO studios) "It's a Wonderful Life," "Suspicion," "Hitler's Children," "The Bells of St. Mary's," "The Best Years of Our Lives" and "The Magnificent Ambersons" are some of the other titles. At one stage stars like Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Orson Welles, Johnny Weissmuller, Robert Mitchum, Bette Davis, John Ford, George Cuckor and Alfred Hitchcock were with them. (RKO: www.portaljuice.com) The period of development ended with Howard Hughes and in 1959 he sold off the physical studios to Desilu Productions as a place to make "I love Lucy" and other shows. (RKO studios)

Unlike those studios which…. [read more]


Movie, "Spider-Man 2," That Discusses or Illustrates Reaction Paper

… ¶ … movie, "Spider-Man 2," that discusses or illustrates the portrayal of diversity in the media. "Spider-Man 2" portrays diversity in the media the way many films portray it, marginally at best. Diversity in the media, even in 2004, is sometimes an oxymoron. The media talks about diversity, but in reality, it does not exist in many organizations, and some journalists are working extremely hard to make sure more media, such as newspapers, magazines, and television shows, diversify and portray all of America, not just some of it.

Yes, "Spider-Man 2" did attempt to address the diversity represented in the American landscape. In the newsroom, one of the senior reporters was a black man, but that is about as far as it went. The publisher…. [read more]


Media Violence and Social Deviance Term Paper

… Media Violence/Social Deviance

Media Violence and Social Deviance

For decades, there has been concern over media violence and its influence or potential influence on public behavior, and while there have been countless studies and volumes of research devoted to this topic, the issue appears still open for debate.

Ever since television began becoming popular in the 1950's, the pubic has been complaining that there is too much violence in television programming, and has continually put pressure on Congress and the television industry to reduce the amount of violence (Potter). During the past fifty years, social scientists have been conducting analyses of the violent content on television in an effort to document the amount of violence in order to inform the public however there is a…. [read more]


John Grierson the Documentary Film Developed Term Paper

… John Grierson

The documentary film developed alongside the narrative film, though largely during the sound era. It was shaped most profoundly during the 1930s as filmmakers began to record sociological an anthropological studies of different populations. Some of the early films were treated much as narrative films were and were widely released in theaters, achieving some popularity. In the early 1930s, this included such films as Nanook of the North and Moana, both by Robert Flaherty. These films were different not only because they presented real people in real situations but because they were filmed on real locations and not in studios. The silent film had sometimes gone outside the confines of the studio, but the advent of sound tied the camera to the soundstage…. [read more]


Ethical Values Associated With the Portrayal of Women in Horror Movies Research Proposal

… ¶ … communication in the media. Specifically it will discuss ethical values associated with the portrayal of women in horror films. Typically, the portrayal of women in horror films is negative, sexist, and violent. Filmmakers portray the women as victims - helpless in the face of brutal attacks. They rarely have the ability to fight back, and when they win against the enemy, they are somehow seen as less "feminine" or womanly. Think of the Ripley character in "Alien," a tough, no-nonsense woman who wins, but is certainly not feminine or womanly in any sense of the word. When women win against the males in these films, they become more like men themselves. The ethical values of these films is practically nil, especially when it…. [read more]


Truman Show Is the Movie Essay

… Truman Show

Is the movie "The Truman Show" truly a work of art? What are the scholars saying about this most unusual and entertaining film that stars Jim Carrey and is produced by Peter Weir? This paper reviews and critiques the literature on the film and concludes that the film is, indeed, art.

What is Art?

"…Those who want to deny art-status to certain films are simply drawing the wrong distinction… [certain] contested films are simply low art (or in come cases, bad art) rather than non-art… [and] there are films that are not high art, but still art…" (Prinz, 2007, p. 3).

"Cinema is an art form just as significant and just as profound as any painting or song… Art exists to stimulate its…. [read more]


Scarface Latin American Culture Term Paper

… Scarface- Latin American Culture

Scarface (1932) film is an American gangster movie, written by Ben Hecht, directed by Richard Rosson and Howard Hawks, and produced by Howard Hughes. The film is founded on the 1929 novel written by Armitage Trail (White 30). The film stars Paul Muni as Antonio, Tony' Camonte. Brian de Palma remakes the film in 1983 in different setting in the Latin American and Miami drug cartel, with Al Pacino, Tony Montana, as the star (Myers 335). The Al Pacino Scarface film retells the story of an immigrant into the United States who attain wealth and power because of his indulgency in drug trafficking.

Al Pacino, acting as Montana, is a Cuban refugee who traffics drug from Colombia to Miami in the…. [read more]


West Side Story Essay

… In the book 'something's Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination' Misha Berson brings the attention of the audience to this feature. According to the author, the West Side Story is a demonstration of the expectation of the people in the society against the backdrop of cultural conflicts among other issues

This movie relates with a lot of happenings in the United States and the expectations of the different variety of groups that exists within the society. Desire for control and recognition characterized by the recognition of gangs in America is very much a reality. Various gangs exist in the region with the hope of making their presence recognized, though in a very negative manner. The desire for women to free themselves…. [read more]


Gangsters the Era of the Gangster Movies Term Paper

… Gangsters

The era of the gangster movies began shortly after the era of organized crime in the United States first began. The outlaw, in one form or another, has always been a fascination of mainstream America, and this has been reflected in our popular culture. The dime store novels of the nineteenth century were, in some ways, the precursors to the crime-based films of the twentieth century. In these books, characters like Billy the Kid and Jesse James were immortalized as rugged individualists who lived by their own rules and challenged authority in cunning and daring manners. Essentially, the character of the outlaw has been fascinating to American audiences for ages. But what the Wild West outlaw was to audiences of the nineteenth century, the…. [read more]


Revolution Movies Marketing Workers Protection Essay

… Maintenance of the audience requires critical analysis of the group that consumes the product in the market or the industry. This analysis offers advantageous in attempts to keep the current audience as well as attracting the new ones. There are several approaches or ways through which community arts organization can maintain their audience.

The first way through which community arts organization can maintain their audience is through the creation of a positive experience. The audience or consumer group ensures this during the first or initial visit. This approach entails acknowledging the presence of the audience to make them feel part of the project. Community arts organization can create the first impression or positive experience by encouraging the audience as artists leave the concert or promotion.…. [read more]


Media Violence and Violent Behavior Thesis

… Media Violence and Violent Behavior

The notion that violent media -- especially violent film, television, and video games -- plays a role in contributing to violent and criminal behavior in children and youths of all ages is an idea that has long been a topic of controversial discourse. Is there a link between media violence and violent or criminal behavior? Huesemann and Moise (1996), authors of "Media violence: Demonstrated public health threat to children," posit that there is absolutely a direct correlation between violent media exposure and violent and/or criminal behavior in children and youths. They make a strong case for their position by using examples from over 100 studies that have taken place over the last 40 years -- all around the globe. America…. [read more]


Sexual Disorders the Film Crash Reaction Paper

… Sexual Disorders

The film Crash, written and directed by Paul Haggis, considers a number of varieties of prejudice and racism. What is interesting is that all the persons in the film regardless of ethnic background or race, are both victims and perpetrators of some form of prejudice. To consider these themes, four chapters will be applied to some of the themes and persons addressed in the film. Ultimately, the film shows some character development, although this appears incidental rather than pivotal. Indeed, many of the characters are so broken by their experiences that they seem to undergo little development for the better. This emphasizes the central themes of racism and prejudice as elements in society. These elements are often devoid of either meaning or character…. [read more]


Covering a Speech Research Paper

… ¶ … Speech

Changes in the structure of media today have resulted in catastrophe for the criticism business, claims one leading movie critic. A.O. Scott, film reviewer for the New York Times, made the declaration during a speech in Atlanta last night, likening the decline of print journalism and the rise of online journalism to a potential apocalypse.

Scott, delivering a speech entitled "The Future of Arts Criticism and the Role of the Academy" to an audience of experienced media and communications professionals at the Emory University campus, lamented the state of print media and its impacts on critical thinking in society. Newspapers are under financial pressure and as a result are getting thinner, placing their critical content at risk. No less an esteemed outlet…. [read more]


Humor and Violence in U.S. Literature and Society Research Proposal

… Humor and Violence in U.S. Literature and Society

Humor and violence would seem to go together about as well as onions and peanut butter. However considering that both humor and violence are two of the most popular genres of literature, movies and television in the United States, it only makes sense that combining the two would be twice as popular. Humor and violence have always been best-selling products, and, most people from around the world are aware that the American society has benefited greatly from exploiting the two. It is surprising how people can enjoy the presence of violence in their everyday lives, reading books that involve violence and watching movies that show a degrading part of their society. It is virtually impossible for one…. [read more]


Guild of America (Wga) Strike Term Paper

… ¶ … Guild of America (WGA) Strike

As of Monday November 1, 2007 the Writers' Guild of America (WGA) is officially on strike, having been unable to come to a contract renewal agreement with the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers (AMPTP). Strike avoidance mediation has failed to fully resolve the major issues that the Guild has, mostly with regard to payment of writers. The effects of this strike are yet to be seen, but if the 1988 22-week strike of the same guild gives us any indication it could be a long and expensive phenomenon. Many laypeople are intensely interested in how the current Writer's Guild of America strike will affect the television shows they watch and enjoy every week. To the average…. [read more]


Theoretical Approach Critic on a Chosen Media Object Term Paper

… Media Critical Analysis

Hamlet

Hamlet: The struggle of being and the power of passion

Hamlet: The struggle of being and the power of passion

Media critical analysis

The Struggle of Being and Power of the Passions attempts to show the role played by the tragedy in areas such as aesthetics and politics. To this end, the idea is to see, in broad terms, the relationship between tragedy and modern political thought. At the same time explore the influence of the tragedy itself in the work of performance art and psychoanalytic theory.

This study will also guide the thinking of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), subsequently to establish the relationship between the work of Sophocles (497-405 BC), Oedipus Rex, and Oedipus Complex Hamlet. Moreover, the aesthetic theory of…. [read more]


Watching TV Makes You Smarter Essay

… While the main character is Jack Bauer, intelligence operative (spy); the nature of his work involves so many different people with so many different plot lines that somehow are all somehow connected. And because the multiple plot lines of the multiple characters intersect at unexpected points in the show, the viewers must remain acutely aware of everything going on all the time. This causes the audience to expand their view of what is important and to whom, as many seemingly unimportant things often come back at important times. Not only does 24 have multiple plot lines which intersect and diverge at strategic moments, but the situations Jack Bauer gets involved in are filled with very complex social relationships. Jack Bauer is forced to deal with…. [read more]


Weather Underground Film Review

… It was this knowledge that we just couldn't handle; it was too big. We didn't know what to do. In a way I still don't know what to do with this knowledge. I don't know what needs to be done now, and it's still eating away at me just as it did 30 years ago" (Green & Siegel, 2002).

Overall, one cannot say the film was enjoyable, but it was educational. It is not pleasant to watch violence, real anger, and even more, the disillusionment felt 30 years later by people who look at an important part of their lives and find their contribution to be almost meaningless.

REFERENCES

The Weather Underground (2003). (2004). The New York Times. Retrieved from: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/279004/The-Weather-Underground/details

Weather Underground (2008). The…. [read more]


Media and Honesty Term Paper

… Her case has been written up in textbooks, magazines, and there are still numerous Internet sites about her. However, not everyone feels Cooke was entirely to blame. Some journalists feel her story illustrates the pressure most journalists are under to continually write compelling copy and find sensational stories. One journalist wrote of Cooke, "Her report was worse than inaccurate; it was simply untrue. But that alone is insufficient to explain the unique notoriety of the Cooke case or to distinguish it from the numerous other cases in which reporters have broken faith with their readers through false or distorted reporting" (Iggers 39). As the case grows older, and many other journalists have been caught doing the same thing or worse, it seems that Cooke's lack…. [read more]


Middle East in Today's Cinema Research Paper

… ¶ … Edward Said that the West's choice or depiction of biased values to Oriental nations has been backed by a discourse which helps vindicate them. Said is of the view that Orientalizing of the Orient wasn't just because Europeans in the 19th century found it to have Oriental characteristics in every way, but also since it submitted to becoming Oriental (Said, Orientalism 5-6). Said contends that constructed facts about the Orient do not essentially depict the true face of the Orient. He states his concern blatantly that the West's perception of Oriental culture, especially Arab culture, are of no interest to him; general perceptions of the Orient prove to be reductive, discriminating and vague, and Said finds no interest in this representation of the…. [read more]


Law Movie Analysis and Research Silkwood Term Paper

… Law Movie Analysis and Research

Silkwood like many other movies, e.g. The Insider, Erin Brockovich, Norma Rae, deals with the problems of corporate America, a greedy, corrupt, criminal corporate America that exists only for the quick profit and would do anything and everything to make more and more money. The employees, consumers and people living next to the industries are the ones who pay the price for corporate America with their lives and health and this is a very high price to pay for the welfare of others.

Silkwood is a disturbing movie that raises the signal and makes one think long and hard about the world he is living in, especially because it is all based on a true story and nothing raises awareness…. [read more]


Grant Grant Proposal

… The grant money we receive will be channeled into helping one of the most important industries thrive. We believe that the psychological, legal, ethical, and financial issues this workshop will address will make a big difference on the world of journalism, and thank you for your support.

References

Cinders. (2008). Kevin Carter: The consequences of photojournalism. FanPop. Retrieved from http://www.fanpop.com/spots/photography/articles/2845/title/kevin-carter-consequences-photojournalism

Hallowell, Billy. (2012).Should This Photojournalist Have Intervened Sooner to Save the Life of a Dying Snake-Handling Pastor? The Blaze. Retrieved from http://www.theblaze.com/stories/should-this-photojournalist-have-intervened-sooner-to-save-the-life-of-a-dying-snake-handling-pastor/#

Henningham, J. (1996). Australian journalists' professional and ethical values. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 73(1): 206-218.

Rogers, T. (2012). When should journalists help those in need at disaster scenes? About.com. Retrieved from http://journalism.about.com/od/ethicsprofessionalism/a/journalistsdoctors.htm

Smolkin, R. (2006). Off the sidelines. American Journalism Review. Retrieved…. [read more]


Teens and Media Influences Research Paper

… Teens and the Media

One prominent theory, Erik Erikson's Theory of Human Psychological Development breaks the entire human life cycle into stages. Each unique stage represents a generalized approach between the individual and the world, running from infancy to geriatric behavior. Even spanning time and culture, within each of these stages, a developmental period exhibits universal patterns (Weiten, 1995)the life-span developmental framework has, in fact, been utilized by social scientists for decades. The power of the combination of Erikson and Life-Span Development is that they uniquely focus on biological, cultural, socio-historical, and non-normative influences to provide us with a framework with which to understand and explain the particular stage a specific issue might have -- in my case, teenage years and the resultant angst, rebellion,…. [read more]


Disaster Planning Context Essay

… Once again, the American mind set automatically jumps to a historical analysis of racism as a "black" issue. In fact, the neo-Nazi movement hates gays and any other minority group. Their favorite targets are Jews, whim they believe are in a conspiracy that secretly controls the financial institutions, the media, and even the United States Government (Southern Poverty Law Center, 2012).

The home page of the American Nazi Party opens with the greeting, "Racial Greetings White Brothers and Sisters!" (American Nazi Party, 2012). It only takes a few more sentences to see that this is not a group of individuals, but a well-organized political agenda designed to bring America under socialist rule. They talk about the success of "Phase One" serving its purpose well into…. [read more]


Laughter Is Laughter the Best Medicine Essay

… Laughter

Is laughter the best medicine, as the expression often states? The research findings are mixed. Some researchers, such as Ronald Berk, point to the positive benefits of laughing. They conclude that humor causes psychological and physiological changes in the body that equate to aerobic exercises. Other researchers, such as Rod Martin, are skeptical about these results. He says, at best, the research is mixed. No definitive studies have actually proven the value of laughing. Yet, taken from a broader perspective, it can be asked: If there is any chance that laughter may be of help to those suffering from physical or psychological pain, why not attempt to use laughing as a "medicine"? It surely cannot hurt.

Berk (2001), at Johns Hopkins University School of…. [read more]


Night ) Is a Rock Film Review

… The film sought to capitalize on the musical success of the Beatles including the mass of screaming girls that appeared to follow the band wherever they went. As a rock mockumentary, the Beatles success is dependent on their music, as well as their charming personalities, and it is the film's purpose and responsibility to convey how the band's success has impacted them, personally and professionally, even if it is a fictionalized account.

The third characteristic, the recreation of "historical" events also plays a major role in the narrative of A Hard Day's Night. Because the film does not make use of unscripted footage, but rather depends and follows an established, and fictionalized narrative, all the action that occurs is a recreation of "historical events." Moreover,…. [read more]


Sin by Silence "All That Is Necessary Reaction Paper

… Sin by Silence

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing," Sergei Bondarchuk's narrator declares in the film "War and Peace." To explicate, all it takes for evil, evil at any level -- political evil, economic evil, socio-cultural evil -- to metastasize is for good men and women to be silent in the face of abuse. No organization knows the veracity of this maxim more so than Convicted Women Against Abuse (CWAA), an organization dedicated to, among many things, helping women who are victims of domestic violence. Olivia Klaus 2009 documentary film, Sin by Silence gives the viewer an insightful and compelling look into the women of the CWAA. It is the purpose of this paper to examine…. [read more]


Iran Reality vs Perception Film Review

… Rageh Inside Iran

The author of this report has been asked to view a documentary and answer two high-level questions about the work. The first question is what the author found interesting, surprising or useful about what was learned from the documentary. The second question asked the author of this report to relate one or more aspects of the documentary to the points covered in the first six chapters of the O'Neill text used in class. The documentary, although not stellar, painted a very realistic and enlightening picture about Iran as it really and truly exists. There are also clear corollaries and parallels between what is discuss in the documentary and what is discussed in the first six chapters of the O'Neil text. While Iran…. [read more]

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