October 30, 2003


In chapter 22 we covered Media Law. Within this chapter there was a whole section dedicated to the libel standard in the Journalism world. In the chapter Libel was defined as "damaging to a person's reputation caused by exposing a person to public hatred, contempt or ridicule.
What I first thought of when I read this was that libel is already a broad subject matter in the media world. I mean look at supermarket tabloids and such. Half of the strories in there are damaging to a person's reputation and the other half of them arent true. But then I began to think: "what about the truthful writers who have to maybe jeporadize someone reputation for the good society? Why should that be considered libel? Then I read on and I learned that journalist can make comments on a person as long as they substantial truth.
In libel suits one must have 2 defenses, truth and privilege. Truth is the substantial truth which means one must be able to "prove the essential elements of what you write." In priviledge this defense mechanism applies only when you are referring to a specific branch of the government. And when instances like that arise judges legislators and people of authority have absolute priviledge which means that "they can say anything-true or false- when acting in thier official capacities.
Ok where is all this coming from you might ask? I brought up this subject matter because I am planning on writing a story about B.E.T. and how it is not entertaining but is a direct ridicule to the African American race. I am not sure what type of affect my story could have but it might come off thrashing in many ways. So, I am wondering would you consider that to be a libel subject or not? Let me know what you think. And while ur at it, tell me about your views on B.E.T. and the way it percieves the African American Race. C'mon, Mouth Off!

Posted by Carla Rae Jackson at 04:24 PM | Comments (0)

October 27, 2003

Leaders of Tommorrow?--PPPLLEEASE!

As time goes on and the world becomes even more illuminated with high tech things, one would assume that along with the mechanics of these things also comes the brains of the generation that produces them. As generations go on and are exposed to things that are more amusing than important, the teen generation reaches the point where the issues that are really important don’t really matter anymore and those issues are set aside for someone else to handle. The reality of today’s world is that teens are looked down upon. They are mostly looked down upon for that laziness that they openly admit to having and also for their nonchalant attitudes that come from, more or less, living a carefree life.
As time goes on, generations are suppose to increase their knowledge and achieve the American Dream of making the world a better place. But all the teen generation of today has to look forward to is a crumbled future if someone doesn’t come and take a stand soon. Teens need to take a stand and speak publicly on issues, if any, that they find important and have intelligent opinions on.
In order to be heard one has to be worth listening to. If a generation has a reputation that lacks articulate and intelligent voices, then it will definitely be overlooked. In order for the teen generation of today to have an active say so in the direction that world is headed teens should educate themselves on issues that have become of importance, remembering that everyone’s opinion counts.
Educating one’s self is the first step. The next step is taking a stand. And with that in mind, the question arises: do teens get a fair chance to voice opinions on issues that they find important?
It can be assumed that sometimes teens that care to make a difference are pushed away because of the sometimes true stereotypes about ignorance and nonchalant attitudes that teens possess. It is quite evident that if a teens accepts a little bit more responsibility to the fact that in a little while it will be time for us to run the world then teen opinions will not only be heard, but furthermore considered and put into action.
The generation that has been subjected to the fantasy worlds of entertainment shows such as “Jackass” and “South Park” need to put down the remotes and pick up a book and gain the knowledge that it takes to obtain leadership qualities, awareness, confidence, and pride.
Once again, everyone has the right to be heard, but one needs to earn it. The teen generation of today needs to gain the dignity that has been lost for standing silent for far to long. Stand Up! Have a Voice! Be Heard!

Posted by Carla Rae Jackson at 08:37 PM | Comments (0)

October 18, 2003

It Aint Necessarily So!

My assignment was to find to stories that can relate to the topics that were depicted in the book and to talk about how they compare and contrast. The first story that I came across was about the illegitimate birth rate in the year 2002. One of the things that the author speaks about is what is considered newsworthy and what is not. When I went to search for illegitimate birth that was the title that I typed into my search engine. Even still the most relevant story that was brought to my attention was one that only had a small blurb in it about illegitimate birth at all. The overview of the story was that the homicide rate for infants has increased in the United States from abortion. The only thing that the article articulated about the illegitimacy birth rate in the United States was displayed in a five-line paragraph that said that the rate had increased because it has become more common for mothers to abandon their newborns. This goes back to the point of It Aint Necessarily So was trying to say. If a story is not considered newsworthy a writer will be determined to find an angle to write the same story at but make it more interesting. So while the illegitimacy rate was the main topic the overview of the story was on the increase in abortion.
The next story that I came across was the nations crime rate in 2003. While reading IANS I learned that the nations crime right was on the rise in 1994 but it wasn’t publicized very well at all. But then in 1995 the rate went down and it was well articulated. In the article that I found it was said that the nations crime rate has been decreasing since 1993, which is either covering the rise of 1994 or the author of the article, was ignorant to that fact. In any instance this article says that all though the violent rate is down the murder rate is up. But as you read into the article you see that the murder rate is up by not by much. What does this say? This says that what is still almost considered newsworthy will make the news. An example said in the book that good news in not news and bad news is big news and this article remedies that thought.

Posted by Carla Rae Jackson at 01:39 PM | Comments (2)

October 16, 2003

Black and White: its all attittude

If a person is loud and obnoxious most times that person can automatically be labeled as "Black". If a person is repectful and sucess then in some instances that person can be labeled as "White". This is assumption that the world has made quite familiar in their minds.
Because racism is still a big issue these days, when reffering to the race of a person it is important to be politically correct. In being politically incorrect it is quite easy to offend someone. About fifty or sixty years ago people threw the terms "Black" and "White" around as freely as they chose. Nowadays when refferring to someone's race we say these words with hesitation in our voices. But in contrast, when reffering to the attitude of an individual the terms "Black" and "White" are used as loosley as the words "homey" and "dude".
In a world made up of a multitude of colors, the colors black and white are more prevelant and noticeable. Because of this, social perception is a big issue adding to the turmiol that makes our world so confused. It has come to be that if one acts in a certain manner then a color, not a characteristic, labels that person.
Now, the problem with that is the way in which people are percieved. It is the shame of stereotypes that gets the best of us in that situation. Thanks in large part to the media stereotypes have become sometimes extremely inaccurate nameplates that cause people to pass judgement solely on appearances and actions.
In the world of stereotypes African Americans or blacks are known for being lazy, violent and having improper English. To sum it up in one word: "ghetto". For causcasians or whites they are known for extensive intellectual, thriving sucesses and high class living. Because of these stereotypes it is abnormal for either a black or white person to do other than what is stereotypically expected of them.
As hard as it is to admit, it is a fact that the words "black" and "white have changed thier parts of speech from nouns to adjectives in that they are no longer colors but attitudes that describe people. The reality of this whole situation is that sucess, poverty and actions for that matter should not have color barriers. People should learn not to judge and assume because in doing so one could automatically become a stereotypical racial classifier instead of a person taking a closer look.

Posted by Carla Rae Jackson at 03:41 PM | Comments (1)