Selma

 

Veronica Rodriguez

Comm 137

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Politics have always been puppet shows in my opinion. Media sensationalizes what is problematic because it gets views and sells. Media is a powerful tool, but to those in the lower class or minority groups, the media has become a double edged sword. It pushes stereotypes and doesn’t allow for new perspectives. People have limited perspectives as it is which don’t stem from a negative place, however they are coming from a place of privilege. We also discussed the issue about authenticity and producing media that can seem as if it is pushing negative or incorrect information, but if a person genuinely believes it, then there’s no way to say that it is indeed incorrect.

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In the film Selma politics are depicted as if the black community was asking for something they didn’t deserve. It sensationalized the revolting group which was MLK’s following as problematic. The one thing we did see get more coverage was the fact that more women were shown. Ava DuVernay had to fight to construct Selma to include and represent the women who were also a part of the movement.

Media coverage becomes problematic when the dominant culture’s ideologies are being set up to seem as if they are the only truth. Media makes the minority groups conform to their standards and ideals of what is the right/wrong, good/bad/, etc. Unfortunately, the audience and the market are not inclusive of everyone. They only have in mind the White Americans. Therefore all of the sensational stuff to get a person fired up is planned. Everything that we watch is based that we are a homogenous group.

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There are some films produced that navigate through the politics and the industry. But at the end of the day, the media produced is for the white people therefore the black community is yet again set up to continue the embodiment of being “angry black people.” If the media doesn’t make a change about how they see other communities, those communities continue to suffer because no one is questioning what is being fed. These political contingencies cannot be stopped, the outcome can be changed.

The reading, “Fired Up.” has a great example because she mentions the construct we have when discussing the Rodney King incident. I formerly also referred to it as the Rodney King trial, but once I read the book, it made me realize how wrong we are to refer to is as such. As such he is the man going on trial. He wasn’t; he did nothing wrong. Yet the media took to highlight the case as if it is nothing more than just a mere example to show or some type of entertainment. Recently we’ve been hearing media coverage about black teens getting killed and the conformity and content-ness of the “audience market” doesn’t change. The unfortunate thing is that while Mr. King fought for equality, media will take whatever it can benefit from and showcase it, because after all the POC audience doesn’t matter.

All in all, in the reading and in the film, these two pieces depict politics as a war zone for those who it only includes. This is because the people who are shown are typically lower class citizens who live in areas where if they do respond back, they’ll continue  the negative press until a political contingency is brought up to de-sensationalize these citizen’s lives. But in the process, question all that the media has fed you as facts, instead of their mere reality, perception.

 

Citations:

“Selma.” IMDb. IMDb.com, n.d. Web. 06 June 2016.

History.com Staff. “Selma to Montgomery March.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, 01 Jan. 2010. Web. 06 June 2016.

Lockett, Dee. “How Accurate Is Selma? We’ve Separated Fact From Fiction.”Slate Magazine. N.p., 24 Dec. 2014. Web. 06 June 2016.

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Author: Comm 137 Spring 2016

Navigating the microevolution of culture through the individual experience as expressed through the lens of the black woman filmmaker.

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