Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Junior Theme Progress

For a few weeks now, I have been working on a paper called the junior theme. This is essentially a research paper on any why question you choose. My question is, "Why are there so many superhero movies nowadays?" I chose this question because first off, I am a fan of the movie genre, and secondly, I really have wondered this question. In 2017, there are around ten superhero movies coming out. In 2015, there were only three that came out. What is the cause of this rise?
This chart is a bit outdated, but it gives you the idea
While I haven't finished my research, the main answer I have begun to draw out is that it has to do with American morals and values.



I am not exactly sure what this means, but it is really exciting to find out the reason behind so many of these movies are being released. I cannot wait to find a few full fledged answers.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Nickel and Dimed: Journal Questions 3. Privilege








In the bestseller, Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich, a writer/author, goes undercover working at extremely low wage jobs. While undercover, Barbara starts to notice that it is important to look "professional" while apply and working. To be "professional", it "helps to be white" (13). I was not exactly sure how accurate it was to say that companies wanted white people to be seen and others to not be. I thought that perhaps this was just a thought backed up with no evidence. However, Ehrenreich mentions that while touring hotels, she saw "African Americans, Spanish-speaking" people working solely on housekeeping jobs. Meanwhile, "servers are almost invariably white" (29). It was then clear to me that there was a huge difference of job options at the low wage for people of color and white people.  White people are offered the jobs where they are seen while other peoples are offered jobs where they aren't be presented. Why this is is a bit mysterious to me. Is it something that has to do with prejudice? Or is it something completely different?