Friday, July 5, 2013

One World; Many Colors: Has it really come to an end?



           Throughout history, the talk of the town has been going around whether or not the “white race” has become a minority. So what do you think; has “White America” really come to an end? In the article "The End of White America", Hua Hsu argues that America has become “post-racial”, meaning that sooner or later the term race will no longer matter, and what was once known as “White America” will come to an end. Hsu stands by his optimism and advocates that due to these drastic changes in producing a culture in which race won’t be an important factor, we as Americans will overcome the need to compete against one another. These feelings might have been surrounded within the people over a really long time and it will take a lot of time and determination to overcome these resentments that are stirred up from within the people.
            Nowadays, many are immigrating into the United States looking for a better life in a world that was known to be “White America”; which is causing our world to become this “melting pot”. Throughout the years, the “white race” will no longer become the majority race; unlike the other races who will all have their chances in population majority and rising statuses, depending on what race is growing and succeeding at that time; which according to Hsu, is the Hispanic.
                All through Hsu article, he states reasons on how and why the “white race” is becoming the minorities in America. According to sociologist Matt Wray (when describing the racial crisis of his students), “They don’t care about socioeconomics; they care about culture. And to be white is to be culturally broke.”(153) This means that nowadays being white is not the greatest thing or the best thing to be proud of, because they are becoming under populated. A part of this has to do with immigrants and interracial couples.
               Interracial marriages and couples (which were once very rare) are now bringing a different variety of skin color within their children, our world is not only focused on whites and blacks being with their own kind, but also these children are more likely to come out with many different shades of their skins. Whites are considered to be mean and unfair with Hispanics when in fact they can usually be helpful but since Hispanics are increasing in popularity, whites believe that they have to fight for themselves and for their respect.
               Back then, if one was to immigrate into the United States, in order to blend in with the majority or White American crowd, you had to blend in and follow their standards of living. You had to dress and speak like whites (meaning perfect English); you had to also go to the same schools, the same churches, the same groceries stores (and this was quite difficult since it was hard enough to find a job, now they have to be around areas they can’t even afford). In other words, you had to look and act like a white to make what was once known as “White America”, look decent. But this present day, if one wanted to become an American, all they needed was to just fix a few papers papers and pay taxes; without even having the necessity to blend in with the whites, in fact whites are beginning to blend in with others due to these interracial changes. 
               Hua Hsu tries to inform his readers that population changes, immigration and the increase of interracial marriages have resulted in the “beiging” of America. (146) He supports this view by citing Census Bureau data and marketing research used by advertising corporations to create ads designed to appeal to the majority of consumers. In Hsu’s examples, both the census data and current marketing trends indicate that “white” America will no longer be in the majority but that, but will become outnumbered by the minorities such as the black, red, and yellow races; such as us.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Crazy White Folks!?

The End of White America by Hua Hsu breaks downs down how having a country as a melting pot of all different kinds of culture, religion, race and traditions. The dominant race used to be white but now with the foundations that this country was founded on, the tide has turned. Now with the help of Sean Combs, Will Smith and other major players in the entertainment industry changed the image of how success looks like and comes from. How anyone from anywhere can make a name for themselves in this great land is what makes The United States of America the great country we are today. “United We Stand, Divided We Fall” is our saying and it has never been more true today.  
Being white in America has turned the nation upside down. Not having white culture is giving white people identity issues by not having any real culture of their own. Instead we are stuck with the two different stereotypes: The White Trash whities of low income status and the other high income whites, as my father puts it “The Rolling Stones Whites.” See my dad was a boy when The Rolling Stones came about and he saw first hand at concerts it was all white lawyers, doctors ect. who would go see them even till this day but in todays world this economical class does not consist of whites as much as it did back then. Today we have Doctors and Lawyers of all kinds of backgrounds, this is where the cultural identity comes in because of this change the white class does not realize that the socioeconomics count as a culture. In order to keep your socioeconomic status you need to work, study, and attend community based activities such as religious settings anyone can do but the white community oversees this causing frustration as well as identity issues as well do to lack of culture.
Being “broke culturally” is that America is adopting culture from every corner of the world without any contribution from the white class is defining what it means to be broke culturally. The connection between socio economics and culture is important because the mainstream idol advertised Hollywood image of success used to be “Blond Hair, Blue Eyes” now its whatever the trend is, today's trend is Hispanic giving examples from “Dora The Explora.”  This connection is a second form of identity, through Doctors and “The Rolling Stones” to Hollywoods advertising the trend . As P. Diddy said “We, aint, going. We aint, going  nowhere! Cause we bad boys for life!” (Bad Boy For Life)   

Sample Presentation: "Scaring the Dickens Out of Batman"

Below you'll find my Sample for the Class Presentation you'll be giving in the weeks after our Fourth of July weekend.

Keep in mind that your presentation will tell the class what your chosen article is about and then using it to analyze a piece of pop culture you're interested in, which you will also after to summarize or describe to the class.

We'll sign-up for presentation dates and articles when you return from the weekend, so please come back knowing which you want to sign-up for. Also keep in mind that this presentation can serve as the basis for your Essay #3, so choose your article and pop culture piece well!

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?

Creating the myth

                In the passage the myth by Linda Seger let the readers know that Myth is a fact, it is something that happen in real life. Myth is like a common stories that had happen centuries becoming true in life. it could be found in cultures, literatures stories and religions.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Heroes of the World


            Throughout the article, “Creating the Myth” the author Linda Seger really breaks down to how and why such movies like Star Wars are famous out there; and the reason being that is because they are based on classic cultural myths and clichés. The obstacles, heroes, and enemies may differ, but the stories are all based on previously told myths, as Seger said “a myth is basically the story beneath the stories" (344). In her well-developed ten-step description of the usual challenges faced when becoming a hero. The first is unpopularity that the hero faces, and slowly after being introduced to new people and challenges the hero has “completed the task; however the task itself isn’t the real treasure (339). According to Seger, these old clichés have been so legendary for quite a while is because they are based on our own life experiences which deal with not exactly, but the similar everyday tasks we face in our lives. These typical, average everyday heroes are living similar lives as us and trying to achieve similar goals; allowing us to relate to them. We especially identify ourselves with the hero's role because almost everyone possesses an inner need to become this champion; to be recognized as somebody who really and truly means something to the world. With these myths, we can live that experience through the protagonist's voyage.
An example of this would be another classic works known as King Solomon’s Mines. The reason for these literary classics to be categorized under the “Adventure for Boys” section is because of Haggard’s need to show growing men what it truly means to become a “Man”; even if it means involving some racy and sexist scene in there. The novel focuses on the protagonist, Allan Quatermain, an adventurer and hunter in Africa,  who is introduced to his helpers Sir Henry Curtis and Captain Good, seeking to find Sir Henry's brother, who was last seen travelling into the quest for the legendary King Solomon's mines. This mythical novel basically defines what becoming a man is when searching for treasure, saving the life of a beautiful foreigner and old fashioned butt-kicking action; which as believes by Haggard, as well as many other masculine authors out there, brings out the “Man” in every little boy’s heart.  And as Seger focuses on throughout her article, we are very connected to these extraordinary heroes and because we make a strong connection to them, we want to keep looking into them and watching what they have to offer. They know exactly what to make of the heroes because this is what they view themselves as.
In addition to this article, Seger puts forward that myths are basically the same story over and over again. And although these stories may change their hero’s faces, and the trials the hero goes through, but what they don’t change is that these myths come from our experiences. They deal with the journeys that people take in real life. This is why many people find it easy to relate to heroes in myths. The reason these myths are used is because a myth is something we can all relate too. And unlike facts, which only focus on one person and that one problem they faced, a myth is a little more than just a story and has been lived by all of us in one way or another. We in our everyday lives compare this storyline to our vacations or maybe just a weekend away. We as the audience love and feed off of these myths because we can always compare it to a love we have lost or still have; therefore making the myth more than just a story to each and every one of us.

Myth- Fact or Fiction?

"Creating the Myth" by Linda Seger is a thought provoking article. In the article Seger says we all have had similar experiences no matter what our culture is. The characters and the twists may be different but the underlying story is the same. It is about the "growth, development, and transformation," in life. She shows that many movies are based on these stories highlighting the journey which we take. These stories have different types in that some may be about heroes, others may be about searching. Seger goes on to say that "We call these stories myths." They are found in all cultures from religion to Greek myths, to legends to fairy tales. According to Seger, a myth is story that is "more than true," as it is lived by all. Some are based on true stories like that of Ghandi and Martin Luther King ,Jr as we can identify with their journey through life. Others are based on "make-believe." Some movies highlighted that portray the hero stories are Star Wars, and Romancing the Stone, which show the journey of the hero from being ordinary, to being called to an adventure, to getting help,to being transformed, to facing obstacles, hitting bottom ,overcoming the obstacles and then obtaining the reward.
    According to the freedictionary.com, a myth is "a traditonal typically ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves as a fundamental in the worldview of a people," or a " fictitious story, person, or thing." With the second definition it can be said that a myth is fiction. A fact is " Knowledge or information based on real occurences," as stated in freedictionary.com. Based on the definitions we can say that they are opposites but from Seger's points, we can say that she is saying that we experience these stories all be it in the sub-conscious, why they are termed as true. They may be problematic when we cannot decipher what is real and what is dreamt. We dream them and we hear them all the time that we think they are real

Myth or Real Life

    In Creating the Myth by Linda Seger she talks about what is a myth and the different types of myths there are. One of the myths she happens to mention is the hero myth. She shows the journey a hero takes in these hero myths by using "Star Wars" the movie as an example. Seger states, "In any journey, the hero usually receives help, and the help often comes from unusual sources...The hero achieves the goal because of this help, and because the hero is receptive to what this person has to give." An example of this journey is when Obi-Wan Kenobi acts as an mentor to Luke and teaches him the Way of the Force in "Star Wars".
    Seger claims: "A myth is a story that is 'more than true'. Many stories are true because one person, somewhere, at some time lived it. It is based on fact. But a myth is more than true because it is lived by all of us, at some level. It's a story that connects and speaks to us all" (355) A myth is basically "the journey we take in life" (Seger 334) and a fact is something that is true and what's being lived in a particular moment in time. To me the two aren't different from each other because they both have to do with real life problems. It's just that a myth is played by an actor.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Myth Or Fact



Linda Seger argues in Creating the Myth about concept of heroism and why millions of people see a film over again & again. She states in her theory that heroism has been traced all the back to many centuries ago. This all started through Greek Mythogly as she states on page 335, in a way you can say it is the father of heriosm.The reason movies involving heroes are so popular is because they are based something we all can identify with whether it's descriptive or prescriptive and it contains archetypes. Seger's states out many different points on how and why we the fans get so attached to the hero's. There are many different myths that create another story. The obstacles and enemies may differ, but the stories are all based on previously told myths. There are main keys to which many writers use as a guide line to make good movie knowing they will have a large fan base to due to fact that we the people can relate with the hero. Whether it's the “Hero Myth” where we see our chacther lonely, misunderstood, innocent, living in a mundane world or relating to “Healing myth” John Book for the Witness seeing how one has emotional or psychological problems. This is an interesting theory because even if an author claims to have created a story all by him or herself, they are unaware that they have subconsciously taken a known myth into their story line or cast. On the other hand some authors are well aware that they were encouraged by a myth and take advantage of this because once again it draws a large numbers of fans or movie critics. 
To me the difference between myth & fact is time. Mythology is a "truth" that has been revised and changed to form something else, you can relate it to a fable in which was created by humans such as Greek Mythology. Truth is also created by humans. Truths are based on logic, and data, and labels. In some ways they can relate because there is always a bit of truth in mythology. The people decide what is true or false as well as mythology. This concept has continued to expand and progress through stories, and films over the years. Humans have always been intrigued with the idea of heroism which is why many movies, books, and stories are written after this idea.

more then a fairly tale.

Linda Seger article "creating the myth is really about what really is a myth. One important thing that the article said myth is more than true. All myths have common thing in it. Some of these stories are call "search" stories. "they address our desire to find some kind of rare and wonderful treasure"(335). They are also call "Hero" stories. "They come from our own experience of overcoming adversity, as well as our desire to do great and special acts. We root for the hero"(335). Myth are common stories at the root of  the universal existence. Some myth are true stories that people are involved larger then life. A myth has a hero and go through a journey and at the end get a reward. this is found in all cultures and in all literature, Greek myths to fairly tales, legends, and stories drawn from all of the world religions.the real story is covered in tragedy but the big victory is when the myth comes into play. The myth is what we live by today, the truth is what started it all.The hero myth is a story that different . They give you the hero.It always ask what is the hero needs. How do the story and character interact in order to create a transformation. The journey is a process. There always  something new in the hero life to make him have a goal and defeat that goal. The hero has a problem and has to give a solution.heroes such as in the film Star Wars, the hero has transformed itself into being not only the good guy, but the man/woman that brings justice to society. There are many ways to like at a myth but myth could be true or is a myth more then a fairly tale. 

   

Myths possible immersions?

Linda Seger had mentioned that "a myth is a story that is "more than true"". The idea of myths being more than true can be very problematic. When watching movies such as Star Wars we tend to believe in this rather true seeming myth causing us to create the immersion. It navigates us to believe that cinema is potentially possible with the strong belief in the myth. Myths should not have to be proven as true or even conceived as possibly true. It defeats the purpose of myths. Myths should be left to the imagination to believe rather than hollywood to create for us. 

The Myth and where the Truth lies.

Creating the Myth by Linda Seger breaks down how to write an epic story giving examples from “Star Wars” to great idols of the world, people who changed the way we think as well as act such as Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. and Gandhi. These names have changed the world by their ideas in addition to actions that we follow till this day. We all know the stories, Jedi’s fighting keeping balance in the universe from good and evil. Luke Skywalker fighting against the Empire to restore order throughout the galaxy, Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. making civil rights history in America, change that we still live by now until the end of time. These examples of heroism is what the myth is all about but behind the myth the truth is buried underneath it all. These idols did not do it alone, the real story is covered in tragedy but the big victory is when the myth comes into play. The myth is what we live by today, the truth is what started it all.  

The relationship between myth and fact is that the myth are all these crazy over the top stories, while the fact is bare bones. The fact is what makes the myth “the myth.”  More than true myths are problematic because people will surely go for this adventure fueled myth. “Working with the myth in the rewriting process will deepen your script, giving it new life as you find the story within the story” (Linda Seger 345). Breaking down this quote is saying that the retold story of the truth takes shape into the myth.   Stories we all grow up with “Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jumped over the candlestick!” or “Jack and Jill went up the hill, to fetch a pail of water” and you know the rest. These stories are the ultimate myth because it’s the stories we are going to tell our kids, our grandkids and our great grandkids. Its the nursery rhymes where we do not know how they started or if it’s even true. The only nursery rhyme I know that has somewhat of a meaning is “ London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down” as well as “ Ring around the rosies Pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down” have meaning behind them, stories that mean something this is the definition of a myth but what the truth is, is hidden inside these myths you really need to dig and lessen to get the real story. Some might be a little bit more obvious than the others.

Who are You? Creating the Myth by LInda Seger


This Article Creating the Myth by Linda Seger is about the way in which we perceive ourselves, and who would idolize to perhaps be more alike. When starting out Seger, explains the relative theory that we the people want to act like certain individuals that we look up to in order to profess this self fulfillment that we are just like them. When in fact most of us aren’t going to be shooting bad guys like Clint Eastwood in the old West. Bringing up Clint Eastwood, Seger acknowledges him as a Hero in mythology. To be considered a Hero according to Seger, “Clint Eastwood alot does hero stories, and gives us the adventure of the myth and the transformation of the myth…Eastwood’s films have given more attention to the transformation of the hero, and have been receiving more serious critical attention as a result.” (143). All of this meaning is that like the original heroes such as in the film Star Wars, the hero has transformed itself into being not only the good guy, but the man/woman that brings justice to society. As opposed to this argument would be “The Healing Myth” (340) which is where the character in the story is in pieces and works hard to puzzle themselves out of the funk that they have found themselves in. Lastly, “Combination Myths” (341) explains the mix of emotions of characters where they are the hero and the cause of destruction. As explained by Seger in the film Ghostbusters, by trying to decontaminate the citizens of New York City, it does just the opposite. With good intentions, horrific results occur leaving New York City in the dreadful hands of the Marshmallow Man. Only to come would be the Ghostbusters who would save New York City and replenish and harm they may have accidentally caused proving that “When there’s something Strange in the Neighborhood, Who you gonna call…Ghostbusters”. (Ghostbusters Theme Song). All this means is that the main idea of this article is that it doesn’t matter if you’re the modern day Clint Eastwood, the character in distress building yourself up, or the clumsy funny hero, your unique and can be whoever you want to be as long as you know who you are.
The  relationship between Myth and fact is that Myth is just what you read, see, hear, and watch. Fact is what’s what. Facts are not opinions and tell the story of the actual events of what happened. A fact can tell the story of Myths only if those Myths actually took place. The way “more than true myths” may become problematic is because outside of screen writing it is visual so if the myth is wrong, then it has to be proven or given to show that it is in fact a true myth.