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How American Sitcoms Create “Realities” About the Working Clas

How American Sitcoms Create “Realities” About the Working Clas | Sociology | Scoop.it
“ A research project about citizens with lower socioeconomic class status, and their portrayals on popular American television sitcoms throughout the decades.”
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I LOVED that someone actually did the research on this. What we usually see in tv and in movies are these very wealthy families with every resource available to them. This is not reality and creates a false sense of reality for the viewers. I grew up watching these shows, even though Roseanne was at times banned due to content. It showed the struggles that I was accustomed to, minus the idiot father figure. This article just shows us how, even when portraying every day people, we still tend to stereotype and assume that people of lower incomes are classless morons. NOT TRUE. I would use this as an article to use to lead discussion on how we view families and classes and what stereotypes are associated with them.
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It's All About ME - Documentary Trailer 2013

“ This documentary examines the inflated sense of entitlement among youth, its consequences and the solutions for a better future. Generations X, Y and Z have ...”
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So this is an ideal documentary that I am DYING to see about today's society. Looking around me, everyday, I see people only caring about themselves and only doing things for others if they have some sort of benefit from it. I'm not saying this is everyone today, but if you want to adjust and keep up with society, you kind of have to think about yourself, because nobody else will. This movie would be shown to show students just how selfish they can be, and can be perceived as. We need to stop thinking of only ourselves, and start thinking of those that may need our help.
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Which countries have the highest rate of diagnosed depression?

Which countries have the highest rate of diagnosed depression? | Sociology | Scoop.it
“ This map visualizes the results of a new study of depression rates. Depression is the second leading cause of disability worldwide, diagnosed in 4% of the human population, and map allows you to compare rates of depression diagnosis across countries.”
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This is a great article becaus eit explains how one sickness affects the entire world population. The probem with this illness is that tehre really is no vaccine or cure. It was no surprise that countries where other health issues are prevelant are high in depression, as well as countries that are war-torn or have severe conflict. Depression is an ever-growing problem and costs people their lives, at times, and should definitely not be ignored. This lesson could be crossed over between not only sociology, but also psychology. It focuses not only on worldwide illness, but it shows how we all deal with it and in different ways it can affect certain cultures..
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What People Really Think about Women, Men, and Feminists » Sociological Images

What People Really Think about Women, Men, and Feminists » Sociological Images | Sociology | Scoop.it
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This is an interestinga rticle that I discovered while doing my observations. It just so happened that the American Studies class I was sitting in on was discussing discrimination and they were on the topic of feminism. This article and research piece shows us just how narrow-minded we all still are in the world. Stereotypes are alive and kicking and we need to, as educators, try to un-do the stereotypes out there. It will be difficult because we do not know the students' family life and what goes on behind closed doors; but we need to at least put it out there that it is wrong to judge someone not only based on their gender, but also for being different as well. I actually showed the teacher I am shadowing this article and she immediately used it in her lesson. It shows just how powerful discrimination and sexism still is.
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Growing-up for goths

Growing-up for goths | Sociology | Scoop.it
“Punks grow out of it and ravers stop raving. Why do goths just carry on? Sociologists can explain (RT @continuants: Sociology, man.”
Patrick J. Potulski's insight:
This article reminds me of the parents that still bring their children to Lollapalooza. In a way you stand back and judge, but then you say to yourself: "good for them." In both instances, it is not a rebellious act, it is a way of life, a lifestyle so to say. Goth folk love having the dark hair, the clothing, the pale skin, etc. it's aesthetically pleasing to them, so who are we to judge? I would definitely use this article to show students about different lifestyles and how we need to maintain social decency. Just because someone doesn't look like you do, or live like you do, doesn't make it wrong..
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When being alone turns into being lonely, there are ways to fight back

When being alone turns into being lonely, there are ways to fight back | Sociology | Scoop.it
“ John T. Cacioppo, director at the University of Chicago Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, estimates 40% of Americans feel lonely, double the rate in the 1980s.”
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I agree with the author that it is much different to be alone when it is by choice, and when it is forced. I sometimes find myself turning off my phone and leaving technology at home; I try to do this at least once a month. When I finally get home and turn on my phone, I get flooded with texts and voicemails asking me if everything is alright because I havent been seen or active on any social media sites. It always boggles my mind that a few hours of being disconnected from society sparks such concern. As for the lonliness... I get it. We all get lonely at times. And I agree that as baby boomers age, they become lonlier..... their children move away, their partners pass away, and other things happen. What we all should take up are activities to keep our minds off of things, as well as doing volunteer work. Thereby it is a lesson on giving back. When you give back and not let technology control your life, you will not only never be alone, but you will be admired
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Why Do We Cling to Our Things?

Why Do We Cling to Our Things? | Sociology | Scoop.it
“ My husband has a rather nice down parka he’s been trying to sell for quite a while.”
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I loved this article because it shows just how much we value our material possessions. The first thing that popped into my head was the show Million Dollar Listing. Whenever the realotors go for a listing appointment, the sellers always think their homes are worth considerably more because it is THEIR home; yet they think that others' homes are worth significantly less, becuas eit isn't theirs.... yet. I love the comparison between tribes and western society. It goes to show that it is not a learned behavior, but it is human nature. In the end, what I got out of the article is that we should appreciate what we have because others don't. I would use this in my class to show how even though the world and societies are different in so many ways, we all still share the same human reactions to our material things.
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