Culture & media, right or wrong?

I ran into an article that was actually about an up coming movie, called Red Hook. I read the article and watched the trailer to see what it was about and the general assumtion about the movie is that it is about a culture clash between the elderly grandfather and his 21st century grandson. The grandfather is trying to get his grandson into Christianity, or as he says,”You need Jesus in your life, son.” In the trailer there is one scene where the grandfather is staring at the grandson messing around with an iPad. However, I went back to reading the article, and I found out that there is a lot more to this movie that just an age difference culture clash.

In the movie, class, gentrification, and God are a few things brought up, the second being one I had to Google a definition for, had me the most interested. It showed an issue of ideology, in terms of cause and effect. The general population in Brooklyn would be of African Americans, but due to gentrification, the lower class sometimes get pushed out of their community, as higher end people buy a house or store, and try to make it better, or improve it. Thus you have entirely new people coming in to a community and unintentionally start to change the culture. In the article it states the goods and bads of this situation,”more police presence, your garbage will be picked up on time, the schools will get miraculously better” – and its obvious downsides, namely the displacement of area residents”.

It left me wondering, revealing another side of the story, if the renovations were in fact all good. Yes, there are pros, but now I’m concerned as to the people that are getting kicked out. It feels like it is not right, then again it feels like there isn’t really a problem, people naturally come and go. Then it dawned on me, how persuasive the media can be, or how biased. It may show you only one side of the story, and not give you the other point of view.

“We live in a world of should not be; it should not be that radio, and that television, and those movies, define…” Clearly, Bishop Rouse, the grandfather, believes that media influences society. He believes that racism is being spread through the media, to where people develop a stereotype on African Americans and their culture, just because of what they heard on the radio, saw on T.V. or a movie. Much like the caption given to the African American wading through the waters of Katrina (Conley, 2008).

I wouldn’t mind seeing this movie, but sadly, I don’t think I would be able to drive all the way to Los Angeles just to watch it. But, at least I got to know about it and hear its’ story. It certainly brings up a lot of topics about culture.


Researching, relationships, and reverse causality

Chapter two in You May Ask Yourself  is about methods, research, and the ethics of social research. On I found an article that suited those subjects in multiple ways, which was fairly interesting. The first way that this article relates to the chapter is the topic of social, social studies, and social sector. It discussed primarily the subject of the economy and jobs in the social sector, which help put emphasis on social missions, or non-profit activities and jobs. I went back to the definition of sociology in my head and thought, this article suits sociology best because it is talking about the people, and the patterns between a certain group. Economics was a topic that sociology touches, and this article was actually under the topic of economics. And Jason Miks, the gentleman that created the post, was bringing together information, researches, and studies, unknowingly acting like a sociologist, as they looks for patterns in behavior.

Another way I thought this article was great alongside the reading was that it included a lot of researching. I immediately got excited when I read the paragraph that talked about the relationship between college centers and nonprofit organizations. “Every college career service in the country should be developing and maintaining relationships with social sector organizations near and far… The reverse applies just the same: nonprofit organizations must befriend institutions of higher education and share with them not only hiring opportunities.” The second I read that, I realized it was similar to reverse casuality. I also tried to identify the dependent and independent variables. But in the title of this article, it kind of gives away who is dependent, it appears that the subjects were interdependent, just how society itself functions. The non-profit organizations and educated students work together to build a part of our economy.

I feel that this issue presented is very optimistic for the future of our economy as the surveys and research prove that nonprofit jobs are increasing but need addition help from the college graduates, just as the college grads need the jobs. I think the solution to this problem is self-evident, as people need to work together to accomplish the common goal to impact many lives in a positive way.

Rahim, Kanani. Miks, Jason. Global Public Square,, Aug 16th, 2012.

Best love quote I ever heard (:

“Love is like a wave. You can’t control it or own it, and sometimes you don’t even see it coming. when you’re on it, you feel like you’re on top of the world, and when the ride is over all you can think about is getting back on it. Sometimes it lets you off easy, and other times you get dragged under. But in the end you just gotta go with the flow and see where that wave takes you.” – My dear friend, Jonah


What exactly is sociology? That, my friend, is an excellent question

Well, to be honest, I didn’t know what sociology was before I obtained this class, yet alone how to pronounce it. But as I continue my stay in this class, I obviously have to know what it means. Not to mention how to pronounce it correctly, unlike Nemo attempting to say sea anemone. Now that I think about it, the meaning of sociology was evident all along. Only if you take the time to think about it; the suffix -ology means the study of (that’s a given). So what does soci- mean? A couple of guess would be social, the Socs from The Outsiders, or society. The correct answer is society; the study of society.

I’ve never really paid attention to sociology, but now I realize that I have been looking at it along. When problems in society arise, and people talk about it, that is one example of sociology. Discussing the functions of society, or how multiple ones differentiate from each other, or even the problems of human organizations. Just that alone, I have done in spanish or biology classes. I suppose this is similar to math, it ties everything into it,  unknowingly. You can very well state that sociology is very important, it probably just isn’t getting enough credit that it deserves. I myself have never really heard about sociology beforehand.

To me, sociology means everything put together that makes humans human. You observe the past, study the present, ask yourself why to many things. Before I read chapter one of You May Ask Yourself, I thought sociology is just studying and studying. But after the first chapter alone, I see it differently, I see it as an opportunity to think, talk to yourself in your head over little things that you wouldn’t really accept as anything with meaning. Or as it says, you challenge and questions things that people normally take for granted. When I first read the given paradox, “A successful sociologist makes the familiar strange.” I was completely lost. With further reading I finally understood what they were saying. What most people take for granted, what they let pass the radar and don’t process, is what sociologists bend backwards over. Something so simple as to why I’m going to this college instead of any gets processed through analyzing and repeated questions. That is what makes it seems foreign, you begin to see all the little ties and paths that brought you to where you stand, but simply under looked before. Now instead of just focusing on me, but that same theory to an entire society. It’s interesting, mind boggling actually; so I’m actually looking forward to the challenges this class will bring.

Distance, going the distance

Distance is something that I have underestimated greatly. I guess you can say that it’s due to how my lifestyle is. Not that I did cross country or anything, not in a million years would I, but rather how I would reside. My parents have been split since I was little, so I always went back and forth between both houses. Pasadena to Rowland Heights, Diamond Bar to Fontana. what seems like a short drive to me appears long to my friends that drive. If anyone asked where I lived. they would always reply with, “Wow, that’s so far!” I would just shrug it off.

When I would travel, it still didn’t get to me, going to Florida seemed short, going Mexico isn’t even in my memory anymore. But when you want to see someone who is apart from you, it ends up being a completely different story. A city away seems like a tease, a few cities away seems painful, and anything greater than that is intolerable. My mind can’t even get a grip on how big this world is. At night when I look up at the stars, I feel so minute, like why does my life even matter, there is so much more out there that we don’t know about. We can’t even discover what is in our oceans! Sometimes I even mess around with Google maps, it’s crazy what is just a few miles away from you or how fast the environment changes.

When you live in a little place for so long, it’s almost as if your brain gets dumber and tells itself that what happens here is what happens everywhere. Or it’ll make vague accusations of other places, like when outsiders think the  only things in Cali are Hollywood signs or beaches, there’s a lot more than that. But when you travel, when you crawl out of the little box that you have been detained in, you get the big picture. Everything is different everywhere. Sports, activities, lifestyles, food, media. It’s actually fascinating how just in another state, not even a country, things are so different. I believe that the more you see, the more you’ll learn, and the more you will appreciate.