In the Jungle of Disney Movies

It is crazy to think movies are the same age as me or you. This year is the twenty year anniversary of the Disney movie, The Lion King(1994), which I happened to watch last night. Until i re-watached it last night for the first time since my childhood I did not realize how controversial the movie actually is. It is a very blunt lesson about moving on and learning about death but the writers go about it in a bad way.Image

Simba physically sees that his dad(Mufasa) passed away and then Scar tells him it was his fault. He then has all this guilt on him until the end of the movie when he finally finds out that Scar actually murdered his father by throwing him into the stampede. Is this teaching children to blame themselves for death of a loved one or to get revenge? Either way it is not a good lesson to be learning at a young age because children don’t know any better. 

Growing up in the Disney culture or Disney renaissance means you were born between 1989-1999 which a lot of us in college were. Disney created a way to demonstrate life lessons to children through media and music in their films. Their films involved romances, fairytales, friendships, and power, but also increased the separation of gender roles. Along with sexism, there was racism and violence involved with almost every movie that was released. Of course these problems were only underlying messages in the movies so only certain people paying attention caught on it. 

Movies such as The Little Mermaid(1989) and Beauty and the Beast(1991) started the trend of sending bad messages to little girls. These movies really show how submissive girls are to men and by the end of the movies they both give up everything for the male character. (Spoiler Alert) Also most of the Disney movies show the viewers that there is such thing as love at first sight and you can fall in love and get married to someone within 5 minutes of meeting them. If that happened in reality it would cause chaos and commotion.  

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All Disney movies try to hold this “happily ever after” feel and do whatever they can to go from the worst and saddest cases to the happiest ending. The writers really know how to pull at your heart strings and even though it is sometimes portrayed in an animals life, it can be so relatable to everyone.

According to an article written by Leah Pickett, Disney really does shape gender roles and the way we think. She tells us that we now look at these movies to compare and contrast our lives and relationships. It makes us have high expectations about having a boyfriend or girlfriend, but that isn’t how it really should be.

These characters teach children how they should act and respond to the issues of violence, sexism, and love that we encounter. According to some research, Tarzan(1999) can be seen as racist along with Lady and the Tramp(1955) in certain scenes. 

Recently the movie Frozen came to theaters and did a really great job teaching the viewers that girls can also be powerful in society unlike a lot of the other previous Disney movies. In almost every movie that Disney has created, the parents have either passed away or were never present to begin with. This also is another harsh fact that we grew up with watching these movies. These movies have a cruel shock factor that makes them seem so real yet so imaginative. Are we benefiting from Disney movies as entertainment or are we actually learning unacceptable messages? 

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What Is A Real Conversation?

According to a USA Today article “How Facebook Changed Our Lives” written by Jon Swartz describes how Facebook turns 10 years old this year. (10 A.F.-After Facebook) The article describes how different life was before and after Mark Zuckerberg’s invention of Facebook. 

“In just a decade, the social media juggernaut has transformed the way we interact.” It is explained in the article how before Facebook people actually had to express their emotions, for example if they were happy they would smile and laugh instead of just sending an emoji that describes it. They refer to pre-Facebook times as ‘intimacy’ and say how it can be bad and good which I totally agree. 

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The movie The Social Network soon came out and went into more detailed about how the idea of Facebook actually came about and worked with the viewers. Whenever Facebook decreases with publicity and users, it always finds a way to bounce back to number one in stocks and in the social networking competition. 

I was astonished by the facts in this article, such as when they mention in 2004 1 million people liked the site, and then five years later 250 million people liked it. That statistic seemed to be unbelievable to me but also made me realize how they changed society forever. Contrary to popular belief, Facebook did help society a lot and didn’t just create bad social norms that we now have. Mark Zuckerberg did have a brilliant idea when he first created this, and had no expectations to destroy human interaction. He just wanted to get us out of the email-era we were stuck in and create more connections. 

Most people don’t recall what life was like before Facebook and to be honest, neither do I. Facebook helps you discover new things everyday about your friends, family or just what is going on in society. Another fact within this article I learned was that Facebook has the same amount of users as the Catholic Church has members. I thought that was so fascinating but at the same time I was a little disgusted with that fact. Image

“Is Facebook losing its cool factor?” That is the most recent question asked by Facebook officials. We learn how social networks affect society by asking and researching the kids. Meaning that we try to learn how Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, WhatsApp, and Instagram affect how people are socially active in today’s world. When you really look into the social interaction in this era with media of all kinds being present, you see how human contact has decreased. 

The article is ended by Jon Swartz saying “AOL opened up people to the internet. Facebook opened up people to each other.” That was powerful because it really did, it really created people to connect with everyone and anyone they wanted to. 

I really liked this article because it taught me a lot about Facebook facts that I did not know. Social media is destroying human interaction face-to-face slowly but we have to learn to accept it and just make the best out of what we can. Social media is even impacting the classroom and workplaces that we are in every day and add to our distractions. USA Today really taught their viewers about how Facebook has changed our lives and the impact it has had. Ultimately, what is a really conversation? Is it over Facebook, over the phone(texting), or in person? Hopefully in person is your answer!

 

Real Or Ideal World?

Is there really such thing as a perfect world? Twenty Five years into the future can change a lot about what is going on around us. Let’s talk about what our world would be like in the year 2035. It is so far yet so close yet to today that there are many predictions Imageabout what will happen during the year 2035 online and talked about in today’s conversations. Basically, the future can hold two different outcomes; one being a better life and the other being a worse life. Unfortunately we will not know which it will be until we are patient enough to see what the future brings us. Obviously we are all hoping for the utopian vision rather than the dystopian vision because Americans tend to be optimistic when it comes to talking about the future. 

My utopian vision would be when cars fly and everyone gets along and there is no war going on. This is a utopian vision because it seems to be unrealistic and too good to be true. It would be a better way of living because most likely we would have something like teleportation devices that could transport us from place to place. People would be so lazy that they just want to be moved place to place instead of physically walking or driving. The flying cars would also be handy with going places because the speed limits and speeds that cars can fly/drive will increase dramatically over the years. The government would be so much more relaxed because the robots will take all of their stresses away and there will be no malfunctions with the new technology. Robots will become our best friends and help us learn and make good decisions. Everything will be a lot better for humanity overall.  Image

The dystopia vision would be when cars fly and cause a lot more causalities and accidents around the world. The world will go mad after figuring out the actual concept of how robots work and how we will become enslaved by them and technology. Technology would own us and take over the government and people wouldn’t know what to do. This would cause so much harm to society that our generation would start depleting and becoming extinct. The next generation will become obese from having flying cars and transportation devices and being so lazy. Also the human interaction will no longer exist because of all the technology that we have so called “improved.” 

My life in 2035 will hopefully be very joyous and productive for me. I will be 40 years old and hopefully have a big family and a great job in public relations. My family will own our own flying car and have our robot and talking house (if that’s what is going on in society). I might not have a great job because public relations in mass communications might not be needed as much anymore. People aren’t going to watch celebrities as much because they have their robots to entertain them instead of reality television. Film, radio, and television won’t be needed anymore due to the technology we will be engulfed in. My husband was in advertising and he still will have a good job because the flying cars and new robots need to be advertised everywhere so more people buy them. 

Communication will be completely different because we have become so dependent on technology to communicate with each other. Emojis and statuses convey actual emotion and what is on our mind instead of physically talking to each other in person. I hate the fact that even in 2014 we are starting to lose face-to-face interaction and I don’t know if we will ever be able to gain that back.