Looking into these two arguments from Adorno and Horkheimer saying that “the culture industry and cultural goods are used to manipulate mass society into docility” verses the concept of crisis mapping and having to choose which one I like best at this point sounds doable. But, I’d like to talk about my thoughts on this a few weeks back when all I thought the internet had to offer were random videos about cats nibbling peoples’ ears or just random Facebook updates. Better yet Ryan Higa, one of my favorite Youtubers made a funny video on what he typically finds annoying.
Take a look
Yeah, not all of that annoys me. I’ll even admit I sometimes do some of it, but what I’m trying to get at is my thought that back then I just thought that this is what the internet is mostly used for. But with the concept of crisis mapping was a very different way of using social media and other programs to bring awareness or to better yet just help out those in need during those natural disasters that happened in Haiti and other places. It’s not really something people see online on a day to day basis, and it may not be something we (or at least I) would search up by ourselves. But, it’s good. It was using technology we tend to use everyday and making these maps that showed where there was more damage and was able to help out those in need at the time. So my thoughts on the internet and technology have changed and actually made me realize that there are a lot of things I look up on the internet that doesn’t involve jargon. They are not as epic as the crisis maps, but it’s things that really bring awareness like for instance, the picture of Timon, Pumba, and Simba from the Lion King with a quote saying something like “Simba was raised by two males and grew up just fine” really brings up that idea of bringing more social acceptance to homosexual relationships (and it was on Facebook).
Now the argument that “cultural industry and cultural goods are used to manipulate mass society into docility” is somewhat true. Our society is mostly geared towards consumerism. Ever since around the time back in 9/11 when the country was in crisis. George Bush, the president at the time, told citizens to shop to deal with the nerves and stress. So in turn, our society has been mostly about consumerism.
It’s kind of difficult to say which one I agree with since I do agree that our society is geared towards consumerism, but I also see that what we consume/use can be done to our advantage. For example, rather than using social media for whatever you like (which is perfectly fine from time to time), you use it to engage other discussions like in the assignment where we defined social media. (I made a pinterest).
Society as a whole does make the average individual think that we are all viewed to be created equal. I have to admit. On a day to day basis, I don’t really think about the whole privilege thing much, maybe because I’m very light skinned, but yes, I know. I know that is no reason for me to not acknowledge the fact that some people really do have the upper hand in certain situations than others.
I’ll be talking about privilege and how I see it within my family, school, and work and also looking into Peggy McIntosh’s article on “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”. In the article, she provides a list of some of the privileges she likes as a white women. One thing of her list that got my attention was number 14 which states “I can do well in a challenging situation without being called credit to my race.” After reading that I automatically thought about Obama back when he first became president how people were surprised that he knew so much.
I think her list of privileges still hold true today. Although things have been changing a little in the media like for example there are more Asian-Americans playing lead roles in movies now than before.
Check out this commercial that aired on TV not too long ago:
I found this commercial of a brand called “Old El Paso,” which are known for selling Mexican ingredients like what you saw in the video. I do have a few things to address in this video like first off why are the people even debating over something with no importance. Obviously the debate of whether someone wants hard or soft tacos can be solved easily like within a few seconds (maybe up to a minute if you’re really indecisive), yet in the commercial it shows the stereotypical Mexican family debating as if they didn’t have anything better to do. They try to solve the debate by even bringing in a spinning wheel to decided for them until a little girl finally states the one obvious solution of “porque no los dos?” which translates to “why not have both.” This commercial was pretty much conveying that Mexicans can’t decided or come up with solutions for themselves. It feeds into the stereotype that they are docile workers.
This is just one of the many commercials I came across with that deals with this colorblind racism. In a country that said it’s supposedly past racism, it’s not. We are still seeing these kinds of things in the media today.
Now I don’t want to be a downer, so I will end my post with this video of one of my favorite Youtubers, David So:
I have to admit this video just cracked me up. But he does bring up a good point (not directly but shows) though the video pointing out how people tend to judge others based on stereotypes brought on by the media from the stereotype that Asians are good at math to them not being able to drive.