New Media Practice Analysis

The Social Media Life of Teens: Why is it so important and how they use it

Generation Y and younger it seems feel like they must have a cellphone to be constantly connected. If not with a phone, certainly a laptop, tablet or even desktop computer can be found nearby. There is a quickly growing generational gay, as well as income. With these gaps the information divide is deepened.

Information Gap:

Teens with access to social media are not only able to use it to stay connected to friends and entertainment or pop culture, but also are beginning to use it as a tool of learning and marketing for themselves. In economically disadvantaged families this information and digital gap is felt particularly intensely, but they still find ways to creatively and effectively cope. In areas where this gap may be felt the strongest, libraries, basic internet access and traditional teaching methods are utilized heavily. Lynn Schofield Clark discusses in the article, “Digital Media and the Generation Gap,” how in these areas that education, such as test scores or literacy rates may be lower, there is not a lack of reading. Libraries actually are visited more and offer more resources than in areas with access to higher tech.

Vanessa Dennen from Florida State University studied how high school students use social media and how schools are beginning to implement informal learning practices and the trajectories they could lead to in the near future. By schools integrating technology into the classrooms instead of standard paper and pen methods, it is teaching kids how to safely navigate this landscape and use this massive source of information to benefit themselves. They are now able to market themselves by learning from others in their area of interest and using this knowledge to benefit their future career paths. Social media can also be used to help in future planning. Trajectories can be inbound or outbound planned depending on the path the teen has chosen and where their media interest lie.

Gaining Control:

Through the ways that teens interact, to communication, even dating and the development of a new social hierarchy. Teens and younger ages no longer socialize quiet the same. There is much more intricate in person and online rules to be followed. For someone to truly have friends it seems they must have followers, likes and have to present themselves in the very best or ‘real’ way online, at least as real as you can be behind a screen. The online profile that a person has become the new form of a first impression and if they do not present well or lack certain standards, they may be at a disadvantage with the group they are ultimately trying to become a member of. Social media also connects people to each other 24/7 now. People feel that they are never alone because there is usually at least one of their connections online at all times. Teens have created almost scientific formulas to determine how and what to post, when is the best time to do it for interaction and how to get continual growth in their followers and responses to their content as addressed in the Frontline Special, “Generation Like,” with Douglas Rushkoff.

When it comes to online dating there are different rules and codes to what each interaction means, such as the different between texting, talking through snapchat or Instagram messaging and how the actual in-person interactions will commence. Angus Davison discusses how it is now incredibly easy to hide an identity online and ‘catfish’ meaning lying to a person about who you are. Or vice versa, it is the quickest and easiest way to learn everything about a person and spend that face to face time developing the more human and physical responses to a foundation of emotional connection that has already been cultivated.

Teens and Corporations Working Together:

 Generation Y has been the main drive behind the changing values, preferences and main behavior that created stability over time to create the media rampant age. Gifted with media from young ages, they have been the ones to create platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and others to have the actual impact and social responsibility that are present today. It can be seen in how they disseminate healthcare information to communities that where hard to reach before and the rise in public engagement in many situations. Bolton outlines this well in the study of “Understanding Generation Y and Their Use of Social Media: a Review and Research Agenda.”

The thought of what technology is no longer exists, but more what the content that technology holds has to offer. Teens learn how to market themselves, as well as the products that they use, which is driving how the future of social media is being used by media itself and how companies use it. Companies now are looking to teens for free marketing. Teens who like products will discuss these with friends and followers, promoting these products promotes the company and then develops a relationship between the two. Companies use incentives as well to engage these younger viewers, offering free products to YouTube stars for publicity and reviews, point systems to meet stars that also may use their products or even hiring teens and paying them to become promoters through different sources of reimbursement.

Future Coverage:

In the future, it is important to look to the change in popularity between social media sights, as well as tracking the different types of data that they can offer about their users. These different societal values and behaviors will continue to create the divides and drive generations apart but can also offer insight to the future inner workings of social behaviors, marketing, media and where technology itself may develop. Focuses should be more in the area of the interpersonal connections that are developed through social media interactions and the actual effects physically and neurologically that it may be causing. The question of if the technological savvy will form humans into a new species or if they will inherently begin to be smarter because of new upbringings are very real possibilities from current findings in the still very new area of study. Also continuing to expand the exact definition of what the digital age and how far these social interactions can develop in the old vs. young debate can help determine will societal values will shift and develop.

It is within these developing times that we can use new information to continue developing smarter and faster. These strategies can help bring insight to effects on economic and cultural gaps, and possibly bring real world solutions to trying and closing these as much as possible, leading to a more equal, free and knowledgeable society as a whole.


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New Media Study Reflection

The Generation Y and lower are beginning to use social media in completely different ways than we have seen ever before. Online dating has become more popular than ever, and social media sites like Twitter, YouTube and Instagram or Snapchat are a prevalent source for communication and information. The world now lives inside of a cellphone and there are social trends, and commands that the younger generations are now acutely tuned to that only exist within a cellphone or computer, due to an online presence. It is also incredibly hard to study these findings because it is a landscape that relies so much on self-reports more than data discovery. Social media companies offer data tracking that companies or organizations to use in response to certain trends, such as searching hashtags or certain specified topics, even page and user interactivity to an extent, but this is only scratching the surface of data that can be found when it involves online activity. The newest generations are exposed to technology and social medias from a very young age that it seems that the gap between generations and social media use will only continue to grow farther apart with each new technology developed and generation that seems to run it.

The downside to these social media experiences may be that teens feel that social media is the only thing that is important now and they work hard to portray the best side of themselves. It then creates a void of what is reality and what is their online self. It creates an online reality of seemingly perfection rather than still showing the very real and sometimes very tragic or scary parts of reality. Self-expression facilitates the need for affirmation and the constant concern of judgement from others. The emotional see-sew effect as quoted by Emily Weinstein, “is weighted by both positive and negative influences. Analysis suggest the relationship between social technology usage and wellbeing- whether enhanced or degraded- is not confined to an ‘either/or’ framework.”

Social media will continue to grow with technology usage and continually find new ways to keep people engaged in their everyday lives. From being incorporated into the operations of organizations daily, to becoming the platform for them to solely operate on without any physical placement. This is why social media and the way teens use it is so important because they are the ones that will know more how-to market, run and stabilize these types of organizations in the coming years. CEO’s and marketing  tycoons will become younger with each new form of technology that is offered and they master first.

Article C

It is said and written in Hitler’s own words that the idea of Jewish prison camps were inspired by the reservation system created in the United States, said New Yorker reporter Alex Ross in the article, “How American Racism Influenced Hitler.”

Similarities that can be seen between the United States’ treatment of Native Americans and Hitler’s treatment of the Jews are: both groups were dehumanized, starved and relocated from their homes to controlled locations, used for labor forces and given numbers to be registered and tracked by government, said Simon Moya-Smith, from Indian Country Today.

According to the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, the first “Indian Blood Law” or blood quantum law to regulate and register Native Americans was passed in 1705 in the Colony of Virginia, to specifically define who were half or more Native American.

The archives said enrollment cards have recorded information provided by individual applicants that include, “name, roll number (individual’s roll number), age, sex, degree of Indian blood, relationship to the head of the family group, and parents’ names.”

The U.S. Department of the Interior says, tribal enrolment criteria differ from tribe to tribe and are set forth by their constitutions, articles of incorporations or ordinances, so uniform membership requirements do not currently exist, this includes the exact amount of blood that is required for recognition.

“We are the only people that exist that still have to carry identity cards that state our exact bloodlines and familial lineage,” said North American Indian Association Program Manager and Ojibwa first nations tribe member Chantel Henry.

Her card states her assigned number, her enrolled tribe and the blood quantum lines that identify her as a Native American.

Henry said she is a Canadian and United States dual citizen but is only recognized as being a part of an official tribe in Canada because the First Nations of Canada tribes are not officially recognized in the United States.

Registration processes differ between the United States and Canada according to the Department of Interior.

“Identity is a sensitive issue that plays out at individual, family, and community levels,” said American Indian and Alaska Native Genetics Resource Center researcher Jessica Bardill, Cherokee, PhD.

Traditionally tribal membership was determined through systems of kinship, clan and even adoption because the members of the communities understood those who belonged to their tribe through shared language, behavior, and cultural expressions, rather than a exact blood relation, said Bardill.

“I am a direct descendant of the chief of my tribe, but yet they are fighting me on giving membership to my children because their blood quantum is not high enough,” said Henry.

Her uncle is the current tribe chief, her cousin was chief before that and most of her family sits on the tribe counsel.

Henry said, through marriage her mother was supposed to receive status into the tribe, but with registration laws and regulations being put into place it has made traditional membership practices fall to the sidelines, making it increasingly more difficult for tribes to maintain their populations and status within younger generations.

“I chose to marry someone who accepted me for who I was, he was a non-native man, which I knew would lower my children’s blood lineage and identity because they would not be seen as Ojibwe from looks, just as I was always seen as to light to be native, but to brown to be American,” said Henry.

According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, today there are over five million registered Native Americans in the U.S. and over 900,000 in Canada even though more than 1.3 million identify as being of First Nation heritage, with more not being registered due to failure to meet registration requirements or personal opinion and self identification.

Article B Paper

Discrimination is not a problem specific to one generation, it spreads across all generations, but can have varying levels of effects according to a 2016 Pew Research Center survey on race in America.

This survey said, among Hispanics ages 18 to 29, 65% say they have experienced discrimination or unfair treatment because of their race or ethnicity.”

In comparison, Pew reported that only 35 percent of Hispanics age 50 and older say the same, creating a 30-percent-point-gap.

“Profiling, stereotypes and discrimination all are driven by the media because they tend to focus on this ideal, stagnant image of what a Latino is, and then sensationalize this idea, that usually holds many negative attributes,” said Zach Morales, Advisor for the Center of Latino/a Studies at Wayne State University.

Caroline Grell from Elon university wrote in her study, “The Fight for Equality: The Role of Latino Stereotypes in Jane the Virgin,” that the most common stereotypes of Latinos in the media are spicy, sexy objects, Latino women as maids, Latino men as gangbangers, they only speak Spanish and they are all immigrants, mainly originating from Mexico.

“An estimated 54 million Latinos live in the United States and are the country’s largest minority,” said Erin Blakemore, History Channel reporter on the history of anti-Latino discrimination in America.

Immigration culture and identity is beginning to have a different perspective within younger generations, causing new dialogue of how to fight negative stereotypes, said Morales.

“Younger generations are now beginning to own their family roots and fighting back by recognizing how they may be similar to stereotypical identifiers but fighting back by then bringing attention to what makes them different and unique.”

Vix reporter Veronica Lopez said through social media younger generations are beginning to take back the conversation by fighting discrimination based on race and ethnicity.

Lopez’s article, “8 Social Media Influencers on Racism, Identity, and being Latino,” says how stars using YouTube mostly share their messages of hope through stories of personal connection.

MissLizHeart, one of the influencers that Lopez wrote about, said, “Stand your ground, what I mean by that is, nobody can make you feel inferior unless you let them.”

Racial barriers play in the role of Latinos has been hotly debated because some consider Mexican Americans similar to European Americans of a century ago, with modest backgrounds leading to the eventual full participation within society, according to researchers Vilma Ortiz and Edward Telles, from the National Center for Biotechnology Information and the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

In their study they wrote, “The most significant limitation of this study is probably identifying the extent of discrimination and stereotyping.”

Telles and Ortiz said that this is common in all studies regarding these topics, along with trying to track where this type of treatment originates from.

“There will not be major changes until there is a breakdown of the economic and government issues that worse the discrimination by buying into these stereotypes and creating a real and honest dialogue,” said Morales.

Morales said language is a huge differentiation, between media and the common people that buy into these key identifiers that drive discrimination within culture, and it is with the change of language that change will begin.

My Panel Paper

The creation of voluntary segregation and the influence it has on the culture has become a concern in recent years with the ongoing conversation and creation of ‘Safe Spaces’ on college campuses according to Sociologist Frank Furedi at Spiked news.

“A Safe Space is a welcoming, supportive and safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students,” according to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network Safe Space kit, GLSEN.

According to a study conducted by Campus Pride 23 percent of LGBTQ faculty and students are significantly more likely to experience harassment than heterosexual identifying peers and significantly less likely to feel comfortable with the campus environment.

Beth Howard’s article “Colleges Tackle Free Speech, Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces,” said most colleges do not have institutionally run safe spaces or funding and policies designated to this area of support for students.

“Wayne State does not do a great job to represent safety for the LGBT community or promote a safe culture,” said Latonia Garrett, Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement.

According to Wayne State University’s website the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement is the only official resource for students that, “seeks to cultivate a safe campus environment where we value, promote, and celebrate identities among all students who engage with our office, while intentionally offering initiatives that positively address and impact retention and graduation rates of students that arrive at WSU underrepresented and at risk.”

Wayne State student organization Joining Intersectionality, Gender, Sexuality, and Allies (J.I.G.S.A.W.) is an all-inclusive group designed to provide a medium for exposure and dialogue on current event issues affecting the community, according to their official Facebook page.

“We are listed as being an all-inclusive group, that wants to educate the campus community about LGBTQ issues, but I find the environment to lack real diversity and has more of a white driven culture sense, unfortunately,” said Isabella Valetini, White, Cisgender, J.I.G.S.A.W. member.

According to the Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Professionals, more than 150 postsecondary institutions in the U.S. currently offer on-campus LGBTQ centers, and organizations like Campus Pride maintain up-to-date evaluation of different schools based how ‘LGBT-friendly’ they are.

Widespread problems still persistent according to a recent survey published by GLSEN found that, “55.5% of LGBTQ students ‘felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation’; 33.3% missed at least one day of school in the previous month because they felt unsafe, and more than 10 % missed at least four days.”

Garrett said that person’s sexuality should be secondary rather than being described as a part of someone’s character, as a way to make LGBTQ+ persons feel safer and included within society.

The difference the Safe Space makes is in acknowledging that the LGBT community exists and is significant which may be tough because of what associate professor of English and African American Studies at Valdosta State University Kendric Coleman, said in his research study “comes up against a steep wall of religious traditions and doctrines, and conservative administrations.”

Campus pride is seen as a vital resource to the LGBT community college search guide because they maintain a ‘shame list; od schools that openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth and/or have requested exemptions from certain federal laws and regulations that protect students from harms of religious based bigotry, according to the Best Colleges website.

“The best way for colleges to create an inclusive environment, regardless of having a safe space present or not is by promoting and being aware of nonverbal communications; such as differing handshakes or social cues for a female or male because everyone deserves the same treatment, as we are all simple humans,” said Garrett.


LGBTQ+ Panel Research



  • Asexual- “sexual orientation characterized by not feeling sexual attraction or desire for partnered sexuality.”
  • Bisexual/Bi- “An individual who is physically, romantically and/or emotionally attracted to men and women.”
  • Cisgender- “a term used to describe people who, for the most part, identify as the gender they were assigned with at birth.”
  • Gay- “adjective use to describe people whose enduring physical, romantic and/ or emotional attractions are to people of the same sex.”
  • Gender Neutral- “term used to describe facilities that any individual can use regardless of their gender, and/or can be used to describe an individual who does not subscribe to any socially constructed gender.”
  • Lesbian- “A women whose enduring physical, romantic and/or emotional attraction is to other women.”
  • LGBTQQIA- “acronym used to refer to all sexual minorities: ‘Lesbian, Gay/Gender Neutral/Gender Queer, Bisexual/Bigender, Transgender/Transvestite/Transsexual, Questioning/Queer, Intersex, and Allies/Androgynous/Asexual.”
  • Pansexual- “not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity.”
  • Questioning- “process of considering or exploring one’s sexual orientation and/ or gender identity.”
  • Heterosexual/ Straight- “adjective used to describe people whose enduring physical, romantic and/or emotional attraction is to the people of the opposite sex.”
  • Intersex- “people who naturally (that is without any medical interventions) develop primary and/or secondary sex characteristics that do not fit neatly into society’s definitions of male or female.”
    • Many visibly intersex babies/children are surgically altered by doctors to make their sex characteristics conform to societal binary norm expectations. Intersex people are relatively common, although society’s denial of their existence has allowed very little room for intersex issues to be discussed publicly.”

Terms to avoid:

  • Homosexual
    • Preferred: gay, gay man, lesbian, gay person/people
  • Homosexual couple/sex/homosexual relationship/relations
    • Preferred: relationship, couple, sex
  • Sexual preference Preferred: sexual orientation

Defamatory terms:

  • Fag
  • Dyke
  • Homo
  • Sodomite
  • Tranny

Defamatory in association:

  • Deviant
  • Disordered
  • Dysfunctional
  • Diseased
  • Perverted
  • Destructive


LGBT History Timeline Fast Facts:


1924- Society for Human Rights is founded by Henry Gerber in Chicago, first documented gay rights org.


1950-Mattachine Society is formed by activist Harry Hay and is one of the fist sustained gay rights group in the U.S.

-Society focuses on social acceptance and other support


April 1952- American Psychiatric Association diagnostic manual lists homosexuality as a sociopathic personality disturbance


April 1953- President Eisenhower bans homosexuals from working for the federal gov.


September 1955- Daughters of Bilitis, the first known lesbian rights org in the U.S. is found in San Francisco


July 1961- Illinois became first state to decriminalize homosexuality by repealing sodomy laws


June 28, 1969- Police raid in Stonewall Inn in New York City cause protest demonstrations to begin and later is known as the impetus for the gay civil rights movement in the U.S.


1969- “Los Angeles Advocate” founded in 1967 is renamed “The Advocate”

-considered the oldest continuing LGBT publication published by activist group Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE)


June 28, 1970- First Pride Parade, “Christopher Street Liberation Day” march in memory of Stonewall riots


January 1, 1973- Maryland is first state to statutorily ban same-sex marriage


December 15, 1973- American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from its list of mental disorders


January 14, 1975- First federal gay rights bill is introduced to address the discrimination based on sexual orientation


1978- Gilbert Baker designs and stitches together first rainbow flag as a symbol of pride and hope


October 14, 1979- First national March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights takes place


1981-First report of what is now called AIDS


March 2, 1982- Wisconsin becomes the first state to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation


1982- CDC investigates what is being called a “Gay Plague”


1993- President Clinton signs “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prohibits openly gay and lesbian Americans from serving in the military


1996- President Clinton signs the Defense of Marriage Act, banning federal recognition of same-sex marriage


2000-Vermont becomes the first state to legalize civil-unions between same-sex couples


2000- President Clinton declares June as Gay Pride month


2003- U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the “homosexual conduct” law, which decriminalizes same-sex sexual conduct, also reverses a 1986 ruling that upheld Georgia’s sodomy laws


2004- First legal same-sex marriage in U.S. takes place in Massachusetts


2005- California legislature becomes the first to pass a bill allowing marriage between same sex couples (Gov. vetoes the bill)


2008- California Supreme Court rules in re: Marriage Cases that limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples in unconstitutional


2008- Voters approve Prop. 8 in California making same-sex marriage legal


2010- Prop. 8 is found unconstitutional by a federal judge


2011- “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is repealed, ending ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in military


2012- President Obama becomes the first sitting president to publicly support LGBT marriage freedom, Democratic Party become first party to do the same at the Democratic National Convention


2015- Supreme Court rules that states cannot ban same-sex marriage


2015- Boy Scouts of America ratifies a resolution removing the national restriction on openly gay leaders and employees


2016- Obama announces designation of the first national monument to LGBT rights, The Stonewall National monument


2016- Pentagon lifts ban on transgender people serving openly in the military


2017- 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rules the Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination against LGBT employees


2017- District of Columbia residents can choose a gender-neutral option for license


2017- President Trump announces on twitter that Transgendered individuals will not be allowed into the military after all


2017- A second federal judge rules against Trump’s prohibition on transgender individuals serving in the military


February 2018- Pentagon confirms the first transgender person has signed a contract to join the US military


March 2018- “Trump rescinds his previous policy to allow a new policy to take effect that will likely disqualify most transgender people from serving in the US military. The White House announces that the policy will say ‘transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria — individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery — are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances.”-CNN


Agencies, Organization and Leaders in the community:


  • Gilbert Baker
  • Vic Basile
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Tammy Baldwin
  • RuPaul Charles
  • Michael Kors



  1. Marsha P. Johnson
  2. Sylvia Rivera
  3. Harvey Milk
  4. Edith Windsor
  5. Alice Nkom
  6. Laverne Cox
  7. Alexya Salvador
  8. Lena Waithe
  9. Arsham Parsi
  10. Michael Sam
  11. Fab Five- Tan France
  12. Jonathan Van Ness
  13. Bobby Berk
  14. Karamo Braown
  15. Antonio Porowski

Agencies and Organizations:


  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
  • Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
  • Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)
  • Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Transgender Law Center (TLC)
  • National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA)
  • The GLBT National Help Center


Media Depiction:


  • Still lacking relatable characters that are common for straight people
  • “Gay Agenda” or overtly gay topics still being common
  • Racial diversity- most gay characters are white males
  • Still an underrepresentation
    • Just gay and lesbian, lacking diversity and understanding of culture
  • Cultivation theory
    • Portrayal of LGBT both positive and negative having an impact on the ideals of LGBT as well as all communities
    • Most cultivated perceptions are not getting better
  • Framing theory
    • Focuses on only certain topics, even if it is not the topics the community itself is focusing on
    • Motivated conscious way, can be positive
  • Agenda Setting theory
    • The media setting the tone for the topics
    • Determining what topics should be talked about rather than letting the certain affect groups determine that or listening to their concerns and addressing those agenda topics


News context and/or topic discussion points:


  • Political representation on all levels
    • Gained much representation at the state and national level during midterms
    • Will this help bring some more equality?
  • Protection for LGBT teens in schools
    • Transgender policies
    • Overall changing school climates
    • Counseling
  • Constant hate in Trumps America
    • Gays for trump presidency group
    • Strides for equality in other countries
  • Gaining ground in media depiction and overall thoughts on LGBT culture

Analysis #2


David Veselenak, a Livonia Observer reporter, demonstrates how to represent diversity from different angles than the typical black vs white race representation. In the article “Livonia chamber panel discusses stereotypes, diversity in the workplace” Veselenak discusses three different types of diverse experiences involving race and culture.

Veselenak shares the experience of Caroline Vang-Polly as a Thai business owner and how it was because of her name association that was able to help her business ventures connect with her as well as excel her business due to her culture. He describes the experience using her own words and does well with not introducing himself into the article.

Sumaiya Ahmed Sheikh introduces the stereotypes that are associated with Muslim names and how it affected her at interviews, as well within her own self-identity. Vaselenak does a great job at letting her quotes speak for themselves and guide the reader. The final person he covers discusses a broader topic about actual classification of certain groups within the work place, in this case ‘millennials’ were the example. They do not discuss millennials with the typical negative attitude that is associated with that stereotype, but instead further explain their own viewpoint of this generation and use the example of how embracing technology is good because with her own kids it helped them learn to speak Chinese when they are not Chinese.

All the quotes represent the headline and diversity within the story through points that aren’t typical stereotypes that the words diversity and stereotypes in the workplace generally make people think. It also represents a quality example of a fair and balanced article that shows the different topics they discussed and from different perspectives, rather than it being the same person quoted throughout.

Smith also points out that the story as well as images need to be thought out to represent this Diversity. The photos that accompany this article do a good job of showing this diversity and using simple captions that simply state their name and their title: “Caroline Vang-Polly of Thai Feast LLC” and “Sumaiya Ahmed Sheikh is with the Michigan Muslim Community Council.” It does not show only the white panelist that was also at the talk and focuses on the differences between the women without calling out their race or culture specifically.

Story Stance Extra Credit Article

  1. Neo Traditional:


Those in the LGBT community have many myths and stereotypes that people use commonly in media to try and understand this community. This article addresses these myths and stereotypes and how they dehumanize the community that they are about. This article clearly outlines 10 of these main issues and describes how they are not an accurate way to try and relate the LGBT community to normalize them. It also tries to describes the appropriate ways that media can relate to this type of community and rather than try to normalize them, instead change their mind set to clearly understand the viewpoint of the community, as well as present a respectable portrayal in the news media.


  1. Inner- sanctum:


Within the LGBT community there is its own racial side. This article covers the topic about how the LGBT community handles racism and discusses how there is more racism outside of the community, but it does still exist from within. It goes in depth into the history of the discrimination that the community has dealt with and how the acronym has expanded from just being considered gay but to gay and lesbian then adding the ascending letters to the acronym of LGBTQ and eventually adding the + as well. Within the community it was found in a survey done by the 1026 Cooperative Congressional Election that generally LGBT white men hold more progressive racial attitudes than others. This article mainly relates to this type of story because racial identity and especially discrimination against those of color is not often recognized within the LGBTQ community. Analyzing these feelings and how it they are represented from the outside as well as a more in depth look like an inner-sanctum story would be.


  1. Service stories for the smaller group:


This story is very much a story that would be a service story. It is about the personal feelings of what it is like for women to date bisexual men. It describes the personal accounts of several women by talking to a doctor that studies this type of culture, a culture that is also not well known within the community. It is seen as a small niche in the LGBTQ community. It also is a story that is hard to fully understand and grasps because it is so specific to each person’s personal experience, as well as not being a well-known fact.  The article also describes the different perspectives that are offered surrounding this topic, such as films, and how it compares to actual reality. This comparison helps to divulge myth from fact. It also explains some of the main issues within this area of the community such as poor diversity in se education that leads to the types of parings of women dating bisexual men and how it leads to some of the feelings or outcomes that are starting to be seen as common as more studies are produced on this type of relationship. The article adds depth by describing the societal norms and how they effect this type of relationship as well to fully explain the different views within this smaller niche relationship type.


  1. “We’re watching you, too!” story:

This story tries to explain how being a gay man can make your viewing body issues worse. This article presents the argument from a straight man’s perspective and then goes on to address the alternative side of what a gay man’s general perspective might be. It presents the issue from a general stand point of body issues being an issue for many men, regardless of sexuality, but then continues to describe how it seems to be more of a problem in the gay community and why it is using quotes from anonymous sources the author found on grindr. These could be sort of catfishes and do not stand up as quality sources for a type of article like this. It is trying to relate to the present an issue from the outside of the gay community without directly talking to people in the gay community, possibly. It presents a point of view that is clearly not from a gay man, but comes off as asking gay men outright questions about their feelings about their body, as if he is trying to understand them, but cannot really fully connect the reader to the article because of the outside perspective.

Definition for Panel Worksheet

  1. How are major issues about this group FRAMED in the media? Attach a news clip that serves as an example demonstrating commonly used media short-hand, or FRAMING.


According to the Mass Communication Theory, Framing is, “Related to the agenda-setting tradition but expands the research by focusing on the essence of the issues at hand rather than on a particular topic.” It also says, “The basis of framing theory is that the media focuses attention on certain events and then places them within a field of meaning.”


The article “Lesbian twins push LGBT agenda in meeting with Trudeau” it seems from the title that this would be a positive article focused on what the meeting was about and how it would be beneficial. The article actually has a negative tone framing the meeting as part of the endless attack of LGBT propaganda and rights on children in schools and everyone in society as Jack, Fonseca, a senior political strategist with Campaign Life Coalition says.


  1. In what ways is this group MARGINALIZED in the media? Attach news clip demonstrating an example.


According to the Cambridge Dictionary, marginalize is, “to treat someone or something as if they are not important.”


In the article, “Can States Protect LGBT Rights Without Compromising Religious Freedom?” it describes how the legalization of same-sex marriage is making it easier to discriminate against gay people and how it made laws of anti-discrimination easier to fight because the definition has changed. LGBT marriage couples does no hold the same marriage rights as straight couples because they were not recognized on the federal level, but even with that identification now it leaves much room for open interpretation of marriage rights and protections.



  1. READ CAREFULLY: Who are the OPPOSITIONAL voices/groups within {WHO ARE MEMBERS OF} this culture? Be specific. Attach clip.

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, oppositional is, “refusing to obey instructions or to do what people want you to do: relating to or based on one group opposing another.”


Writer, Brandon Ambrosino, a gay many argues that sexuality is not purely the result of biology. The concept of “being born this way” is simply not true at all when it comes to LGBTQ identities. This is a look at how many say that it is a choice.


  1. READ CAREFULLY: “Mainstream” society views this group from its perspective. However, there are “insider perspectives” that challenge/question that mainstream perspective – and therefore DECONSTRUCT it? Attach clip.


According to Merriam- Webster Dictionary, deconstruct means, “analyzing or ‘breaking down’ something, especially the words in a work of fiction or nonfiction’ to discover its true significance.”


In the article, “Animosity, attacks against LGBT Catholics create ‘toxic atmosphere” it discusses how the animosity for LGBT Catholics, especially towards gay priests, brothers and deacons, is beginning to create new dialogues. This is only starting to create new and worse animositites though within this niche of the LGBT community.



  1. List three ARCHETYPES or characterizations the media uses as“shorthand” to depict people in this culture (at least one of them positive). Be specific. Attach clip demonstrating one.


According to the Merriam- Webster Dictionary, archetypes are, “the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies, also a perfect example.”


  1. Gay
  2. LGBTQ+
  3. Homosexuals


In this article, “Is it Safe to Leave the ‘Gayborhood?” People are referred to as same-sex couples, lesbian, gay and transgender, as well as homosexuals. The media uses many of these terms interchangeably and the connotation or tone of the article is what makes it positive or negative. Homosexuals is typically seen as negative though within the media and is not preferred.


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