Sociological Analysis

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Entries from April 2011

Is “Bitherism” Racism?

April 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment

On the topic of whether the “Birther” movement is motivated by racism, this video by Baratunde Thurston, a comedian and cultural critic, is going viral.  While the video is not an example of dispassionate social scientific analysis, it’s worth watching to get a sense of why some interpret Donald Trump’s and others’ claims as “racism.”  […]

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‘Study Ties Suicide Rate in Work Force to Economy’ – NYT, 4/15

April 16th, 2011 · No Comments

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention just released findings from a study examining suicide rates per 100,000 Americans for every year from 1928 to 2007.  Like Durkheim, who relied on data from an earlier historical period, researchers found suicide rates increase in times of economic decline; however, the government study did not find […]

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‘Texting May be Taking a Toll’ – NYT 5/25/2009

April 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

According to the New York Times, ‘Texting May Be Taking a Toll’ The phenomenon is beginning to worry physicians and psychologists, who say it is leading to anxiety, distraction in school, falling grades, repetitive stress injury and sleep deprivation. And here’s a radio interview with the NYT writer on the story:  ‘Teenage Wasteland? How Teen […]

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How ‘Millennial’ Are You?

April 12th, 2011 · No Comments

Here are some of the more interesting findings from our in-class “Millennial Quiz” (link to the Pew Center quiz here).  And here are the results in graphical form (Millennial Quiz results_212W-SPR2011) Note how results for the last two questions (on parental marriage and religiosity) are out of step with typical ‘Millennial’ responses [sample size (n) […]

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Extra Credit

April 5th, 2011 · No Comments

I never watch this show before but this episode was pretty funny and interesting. How much of the truth is in it. I didn’t get a little lost in the start whether the Liz’s lost her job or not. Since she was running around questioning everyone on staff is it good it’s only temporary. Jack, […]

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30 Rock Response- Kareem Ali

April 5th, 2011 · No Comments

I haven’t watched much 30 Rock episodes, but from the episodes I’ve seen, it seems to be a pretty funny show. This episode in particular was actually pretty funny, but in the same light, a little disrespectful towards certain groups of people. Many times throughout this episode, references are made about African Americans, homosexuals, and […]

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Stephanie Georges Extra Credit Assignment

April 5th, 2011 · No Comments

Extra Credit Assingment Stephanie Georges I have never watched this show before but this episode is funny . I had to watch the episode twice to understand it .   I observed many gender streotypes . Forced hiatus, which is a  gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity  .In the workplace I see the women […]

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30 Rock, EC – Roshnee Sukhnandan

April 5th, 2011 · No Comments

In this episode of 30 Rock, there is a bombardment of cultural stereotyping, throughout the dramatization of a major current sociological theme:  the economic/job issue many of us face. The TGS team may undergo a “forced hiatus.” Jack notifies Lemon first, and assigns her the position of informing all the other TGS employees about it. […]

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30 Rock- Angela Katsaros

April 5th, 2011 · 2 Comments

I must admit in the beginning I was a confused about the story line, towards the end It began to all tie together. In this episode of 30r Rock, they made many comic references to cultural stereotypes. It was easy to relate to the episode, because it relates too much of which is going on […]

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Extra Credit- Sylvia Nawaz

April 5th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Watching the 30 Rock episode, I realized that there were cultural and social stereotypes as well as current issues with the economy. In the beginning, Tracy is skyping with Liz and is in African attire in “Africa”. He makes some “click clack” noises with his mouth, which represents the “African language”. Obviously this is a […]

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Extra credit Jennyfer Vasco

April 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment

This episode of 30 Rock poked at many issues we are going through in our society today but the two that stand out the most to me is the recession and the choice of work over parenting. The show uses satire to touch upon on these issues and make us realize what is really going […]

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Extra Cerdit Elizabeth Feliciano

April 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment

I never actually got a chance to see 30Rock but watching this episode was pretty funny and interesting to see how society has actually been reacting from another perspective. I feel that a lot of the points made fun of in the episode are actually true and that was the best part of watching this […]

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