where we call ‘em…
The Colosseum is a place where we, the writers, focus on the way the media chooses to portray their stories. Whether it is to sell a magazine or raise viewership numbers, the American media in the twenty-first century often target whatever detail will erupt into the biggest scandal possible. The European architectural Colosseum was used for public spectacles such as theatrical dramas, hunting, and executions. The Colosseum blog will focus on modern day public spectacles such as celebrity updates, political reports, and the tone literature takes on when discussing social events. Influenced by decades of feminist text, The Colosseum will be a place of learning and sharing.
…like we see ‘em
Some people might like to gossip for fun and find the conversations they have about celebrities to be harmless but what is really happening underneath the chatter of trends and fashions is a reinforcement of heterosexual, white male dominated norms. Reminiscent of gladiators fighting lions in the European Colosseum, this blog will focus on battling those thrown to the gaping jaws of the wild beasts of media such as women and racial minorities. The slogan is, “we call ‘em like we see ‘em” because our goal is to call the media out when they go beyond the scope of reporting and actually demonize humans.
Future articles include:
- The Thicke Of It – Why the vast majority of media outlets decided to focus on Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance instead of Robin Thicke’s and why this was an important distinction.
- The Tie That Bynes – How Amanda Byne’s gender contributed to her label as “psychotic” and why she was treated differently than men have been when in her same situation.
- Stewing On It – Why Kristen Stewart was alienated by Hollywood when it was revealed she had an affair with a married man but all the men involved were barely mentioned and still employed.
- Chris Cross – The negative repercussions of the media and music industry allowing Chris Brown to participate.
- Grey Matter – Why stereotypically female shows such as Grey’s Anatomy are important to breaking down stereotypes.
Next weeks post will be, “History versus Herstory: How Gender Contributes To Story Details.”