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Being the huge Transformers fan that I am, I went to go see the newest movie in theaters twice over the summer. After watching it the first time, I went home to go read some reviews and I saw something interesting. One review compared the movie to America’s hunt and take down of Osama Bin Laden. So I thought to myself, could there really be a correlation? About three days after reading that I went with my family to go see the movie for a second time, except this time I kept an eye out for the Bin Laden theme. So as I’m watching the movie, I start to notice shocking coincidences. First, Patrick Dempsey’s character is hiding in downtown Chicago, in which the military has to do reconnaissance for. Second, they send in a Navy Seal team. Just like they did in Pakistan earlier this year. The point that I’m trying to make here is that ideologically, American made movies and reality are the same. They entail the same situations, such as going to war, which is the whole premise in the Transformers series. (Good guys aka the Autobots against the bad guys aka the Decepticons) The only difference between reality and Transformers is that Michael Bay made Transformers.

http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/6515746 (Transformers: Dark of The Moon)

Another ideological case that was brought up in the reading was rap music, and how it is a critique of mainstream America. Honestly, I could not agree more with this point. Take the new albums Watch The Throne and The Carter IV by Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne for example. In the song “Murder to Excellence,” by Jay-Z and Kanye West, they critique the problems of black on black crime, while also opening the eyes of the listeners to how prevalent the problem is in America. In the song “President Carter” by Lil Wayne, explains how wars are being fought over “mythical truths” that have not been proven to be a substantial thing to fight over. He in turn says that the problem bigger than people dying from drugs is people dying in wars. Ideologically, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne all are conscience of things going on in our world today, except they deliver the same message as the news does, only they do it in a 4 minute span.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EYxpSFmSSI (Murder to Excellence)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0LpQ5XJzhQ (President Carter)

Since the Forbes list of highest earning Americans came out today, I want to delve into the fact that economic coverage is ideologically geared towards the stock market, instead of the average working American’s perspective. Whenever I turn on the news, I always see how the stock market ended on that given day. I never see how my mother’s company was faring. I understand that the stock market is important, but I do not see why the ideological norm has to only be about the stock market. Why can it not be about the struggle from the ever shrinking middle class?

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/2011/09/21/Forbes-pegs-Gates-as-richest-of-the-rich/UPI-46841316644426/ (Forbes)

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  1. September 22, 2011 at 3:21 am

    You’ve written three essays instead of one – I’m glad the readings seemed to inspire several thoughts for you! I think the first section matches the assignment the best, although you will want to be careful about some of your claims (e.g., that “movies” and “reality” are “the same” – not sure what you mean by that exactly). Also, I’d like to hear more about why you think Transformers garnered success. You’ve implied why here (people wanted to see bin Laden caught). You can elaborate a little more on your own thoughts next time. No need to rewrite, though; I think you’ve gotten the point.

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