Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cultural Hysteria Research

Here are the parameters for your post. Remember topics should be unique, so be sure to read through the responses before your's, both to add to your understanding of the project's concept and also to determine if your topic has already been selected.

If you are unable to sufficiently answer these questions, you may have to chose an alternative topic. 


Questionnaire: 

1. Briefly summarize your topic. How does it capture the concept of cultural hysteria?

2. In addition to the provided research questions, what questions will you ask when researching this topic?  What else intrigues you about your topic?


3. Describe your research process. Where will you begin? What types of sources will you use? What are the criteria for choosing and evaluating the quality of those sources? If you get stuck, h
ow might you refine or narrow your search for information or sources related to this topic?

If you're feeling stuck, refer to the project handout for possible topics, as well as Mrs. Lee's class blogs.

Timeline:
Topic choice by Sunday evening, 9/21. Begin research as soon as you've chosen topic.
Annotated Bibliography and presentation on Wednesday, 9/24 in class. 


25 comments:

  1. Rape culture in modern society is concerning. Our culture has normalized the heinous crime, and taught mainly men that women are sexual objects, and can be exploited and used. Rape is a massive issue that continues to grow, but is constantly laughed at and undermined. Modern culture-such as movies, television, video games, pornographic media, etc- objectifies and exploits women sexually, teaching society that women are only for sex. Since the act of rape/sex assault is so common, and so undermined, it creates mass hysteria. Victims of assault rarely see there attackers imprisoned or even sentenced-less than 3% of the time will a rapist spend a day in jail- and the victim is blamed most often for the crime, mainly the excuse of what the victim was wearing perpetrated the man to become unable to control his desires, making it hard for victims to even report the crime. Since many rapists know they most likely will not be caught, it is more frequent and presumably the easiest crime to get away with. I have a few questions further regarding this topic. Why are women sexualized so much? Is there a way to counteract the sexualization? Why do men have such a difficult time controlling sexual urges, while women presumably don't? I am intrigued about how rape culture has evolved, and the mass psychology of sexualization. For my research, I will use RAAP/RAINN (both anti-rape organizations) websites and information logs, news stories from trusted sites, victim recounts of assault, and stories about modernized rape culture. Since source quality is a major factor here, I will only uses sources that are either unbiased or authorized by a federal office. If I shall encounter a snag in my research, then I will narrow my search specifically for promotion of rape as a culture, and how rape creates chaos.

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  4. The idea of dieting is a constant idea in modern day society. Mostly among women the idea that dieting is a healthy way to lose weight has changed our perspective on weight loss. Our society as a whole has taken the way they looked at weight and in most cases changed healthy weight into a negative and unhealthy underweight into a positive and a thing of beauty. The idea of dieting in many cases can be detrimental to one’s physical health as well as mental. Some diets are extremely bad for one’s body because of malnutrition and cause women to be severely underweight. Also, the bigger the idea dieting becomes the more women want to join, it changes the definition of “fat”. Now a days that word is used to describe women who are at a healthy weight. The media is the main cause of the spread of this idea, they show highly photoshopped picture that lower women’s self esteem. Some other questions I could ask to dig further into this topic would be: How has this idea changed recently? How is this a threat?Many major and very reliable magazines and newspapers have touched on different aspects of this subject to I would like to combine their idea’s. All of these magazines/papers are trustworthy and show their resources as well as their editors information. If this idea ever becomes too much I would narrow it to researching media’s opinion on weight loss.

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  5. Social Media has changed the generation of today's world. The internet, music, movies, novels, television shows, and celebrities help form teenagers, and children into the people they are, how the act, what they do, and how they dress. These people are the role models of the younger portion of society making out the image that they want to fit into the latest popular culture vision. It is making children want to become anorexic, harm themselves, encouraging bullying through anonymous chat rooms, and non face to face contact. Relationships are becoming more technologically driven, with less talking and more physical contact brought on by the examples set in television shows, movies, and songs. Many people have also taken to conforming to certain ideals on people, places, and cliques due to what the social media has portrayed. As this continues it encourages more of this generation to join in, and become part of the spread of this culture. As an example in the year 2014 the batman logo has become very popular among people who may not have seen or care what batman is, but buy it, because of how advertised and popular it is. The cause of all this has been through all that social media provides, with insecure teenagers that are naive and trying to discover who they are. To investigate this topic on a deeper level, I could look into the ideas of why teenagers bully each other? What differences are there mindset between adults and teenagers? What motivates celebrities to act and dress the way they do? How does the generation gap affect the community today? I would like to use some research from reliable websites, articles, and if possible some novels touching on the subject, I would look for reliable sources, and narrow down the search when the topic become too widespread, and focus more on the mindset of people and their interactions.

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  6. Racism has been present in America since we settled. It began with using Africans as slaves, but even after slavery was abolished deep seeded racism became a major issue. This, combined with the amount of power given to police officers creates an even larger issue of police brutality toward races other than Caucasian people. Police brutality has lead to many deaths of innocent people, most likely due to the color of their skin. This a major cultural hysteria due to the fact that despite the ridiculous amount of innocent people killed, but the lack of awareness. When researching this topic, my main focus questions will why are people so desensitized towards death? At what point in history did black become inferior to white? If these deaths keep happening, why has nothing changed? I will begin research with searching for history of police brutality and cultural differences. I will use non biased sources from a reliable and trustworthy website, such as .org and .gov. If I get stuck, I will refine my search to what is happening/has happened in Ferguson, Missouri. Although this is still in progress, there is a lot of evidence against Darren Wilson and the extremely obvious police brutality from Wilson and from the officers who "maintained the peace" during the riots.

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  7. 1. My topic is racial profiling and police brutality, specifically against black people. Since the formation of the USA black people have been the victims of hate crimes, and while they've been more and more subtly racist as time wore on, they still exist, quite frequently. However, because racism is seen as "dead" or "dying", it's become easier to target people of color (PoC) in hate crimes and get away with it; because of this, PoC (esp. black people, a frequent target of hate crime and police brutality) are learning to act more carefully around white people and cops in order to simple keep existing.

    2. Other questions I will ask include what defines a hate crime, and why are more policemen and white people not convicted with any charges after shooting a black person, hate crime or not? It's intriguing to see who is sided with the victim of the crime, and who is sided with the offender. For example, why is Darren Wilson still on paid leave 41 days after the death of Mike Brown, and why has over $100,000 been donated to his "cause"? Why do people refuse to believe that racism still exists, and prominently so?

    3. I will begin with researching examples of police brutality against black people - within the last few months there have been ample attacks to help hone my research. Sources will include ethically sound and/or widely read news sources; the content must be unbiased, but logical, ethical, and moral, and it would be nice if background research proves a safe, non-bigoted history from the source. If I get stuck, I'll narrow my topic in to the recent events of Ferguson, MO and federal as well as international response to the events there; how peaceful protesters were made victims of police brutality and how Ferguson government is still trying to cover up all facts and make Ferguson seem racially equal and sound.

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  8. Government conspiracies have been on the rise ever since the early 1970’s, when citizens in the United States began to distrust their government. The credibility gap began to grow within the US after the watergate scandal, which citizens saw as a serious problem after Nixon was caught lying. Many conspiracies have formed, and more are forming today. Now people are questioning almost every major event and the US government’s involvement in the events, whether they actually were or not. From JFK’s assassination to 9/11 to even ISIS, people have come up with theories about how the US government could be involved in major events, which eventually just leads to major panic and mass hysteria, even though most of it is just in the minds of the people themselves. Some questions I have include: Who specifically started forming conspiracies? Were there any major leaders in these anti-government theories? and maybe some more conspiracy questions, like is the government running the conspiracy websites? I am also curious about which celebrities today may be associated with some of these theories. I will have to go on both sides of the story, so on websites run by people who are completely convinced they are true, and government websites as well. Although most sources are probably unreliable, I will try to find a common ground to help determine what is causing this mass hysteria between conspiracy theorists.

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  9. Social pressures and peer pressure are seen more and more in our society today. Both girls and boys are affected by the pressures put on them by society to “fit in”. These pressures are most apparent in high school. Going to a new and bigger school is very intimidating and going through it alone is a fear everyone shares. In order to “fit in” student will change themselves in order to fit in causing pressures like drugs, drinking and parties. Change is going to happen, it is a part of growing up, but when a students change for the wrong reasons and make the wrong decisions that impacts their future for the rest of their lives, no matter if it made you fit in or not. We partly have ourselves to blame for this. If we were all secure enough to make the right choices, and believe in ourselves, who we are and what we think we could take away the power the pressures have on us. Another pressure that is mainly seen in teenage girls is dieting and eating disorders. We read magazines and see social media we think we need to look just like these people to be considered beautiful. These social pressures will affect people for most of their lives, but seem to be at their peak in a most terrible time. Teenagers are trying to find themselves as it is, and the pressures they have created, and the pressures society creates are impacting them in a negative way. Some questions I would ask could be: Are there pressures for each generation? If so how does it affect each one similarly and differently? What makes people doubt themselves so much so they feel they have to change? Magazines, and online studies have looked into this topic and I would like to combine the ideas they have. If I need to narrow this idea I would focus on what makes students fall to these social pressures.

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  10. In recent events, the Russian army and their leaders have invade Ukraine. The Russians began invading the southern border with 1000 troops. Although this considered an act of war some citizens in Ukraine were happy to see the troops since the are pro-Russian. This is an epidemic that can cause cultural hysteria because if the Russians considered extending their borders into poland or another country it could create fear in other countries causing a World War III or another cold war. Questions I’ve considered included, How far do the Russians have to go to cause others to step in? Will America be willing to take actions on an event across the world? What is a possible solutions to cause the Russians to pull back? I will start my research on when the Russians first invaded Ukraine and I will use multiple news stations that provided a different take on the situation and what is to come. Then I will also use resources from the past in how the Russians have done similar actions during World War II.

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  11. 1. The drug war is an example of cultural hysteria. Because no parent wants their children to encounter drugs or alcohol, society has gone to great lengths to eliminate them. We put in more effort to stop the drug trade than we do to stop violent crime. As students, we have seen numerous posters, advertisements, and other education efforts that detail the perils of drug use. While I agree that using illegal drugs is a bad idea, and I would never risk using them, I believe that some of these "education efforts" probably exaggerate the dangers.

    2. What intrigues me about this topic is that it is a current political issue. Colorado has received much attention for legalizing marijuana, and the fact that people are currently serving decades-long prison sentences for minor drug crimes is finally coming to light. My questions are: How does public perception of the danger of drugs vary by age? Does public perception of which drugs are more dangerous match the reality of which drugs are more dangerous?

    3. I will find sources such as public opinion surveys about drug use. I will also research the stances of political leaders and the scientific community with respect to drug use. I will know that information is credible if it comes from a well-known news source or health website.

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  12. After the events of 9/11 the United States as well as other countries have began to form a hysteria around people with darker skin tones, and in particular Muslims. The 9/11 attacks were performed by men who live in the Middle East and generally when we think about the Middle East we think of Islam. Generally when something as frightening as 9/11 happens, people look to find a scapegoat. Someone who they can blame for their problems, instead of fixing them. Americans can easily blame those from the Middle East for the attacks on America, and that's where the fear comes from. When we blame others we isolate ourselves from them. Much like the Puritans that's where our fear comes from. The unknown. My questions will be what were the viewpoints of middle eastern people before 9/11? How can we shift our viewpoints back? Is it even possible at this point to change our hysteria? I'm going to begin by building a base knowledge of the events of 9/11 and work on from there. I'll use articles, primarily those written about Middle eastern people before 9/11 and after to see how the hysteria may have shifted. The Criteria will mostly be from published articles from the newspaper written in predominantly larger news papers. Things that people would have read after 9/11 to get their information from about the events and try to trace the social hysteria.

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  13. School safety is a concern in America that often causes a lot of disagreement. Especially after an event that is life threatening has occurred at a school, hysteria is often triggered. Weather it is how to keep weapons out of schools, keep kids from drinking or using drugs, or to end bullying, the response to these things can often be overblown and not well thought out. Some questions I want to ask is how do we often miss the mental aspect of these problems, and only focus on the physical ways of preventing these events. I also want to ask if anyone has considered how to install trust back into schools after traumatizing events. I think my research is going to be focusing on other peoples ideas to fix these problems in our schools, and what actions have been taking already.

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  14. Social Media is very much abused in today's society and has been ever since it was invented. There are some very good uses for this twenty-first century technology, however that is not necessarily what it has been used for. Social media can cause mass hysteria because of it's power to spread an idea faster than any other source of news. For instance people believe everything they see on the internet and one devastating idea (weather it is real or fake) could cause the world to break into a large dysfunctional pile of hysteria. This topic is always intriguing to me because I can relate and see real examples of it happening everyday. Also, the internet is so innovative and it keeps up with the generations, making changes to itself every second of every day. I think Hysteria is when people are fearful for their future/fate based on what they've heard of from others. Hysteria originates from ways to spread it-- social media and the internet being very efficient ways to spread any idea. I don't think social media is really the cause of hysteria but more of a outlet to express it and a place to disperse an idea. This relates to the Puritans in the book "The Crucible" because they made all their unreasonable accusations based on word of mouth which is another form of an outlet for hysteria to spread.

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  15. The Bermuda Triangle is a section of sea between the points of Bermuda, Miami, and San Juan Puerto Rico where it is reported that a vast number of transportation crafts have gone missing or the people have gone missing from them. Many people believe it has to do with supernatural or unexplanatory things. It is a worldwide conspiracy theory, one that many of us have at least heard of once or twice. It has affected many people’s lives in different ways, from disappearances to experiences to travel to being skeptic. Some people have dedicated their whole lives to researching it. I’m sure each and every one of us has read, heard or seen an item in popular culture that mentions the ideas behind The Bermuda Triangle. Although it may not cause us angst, the idea of it alludes to the constant searching of explanations for the unknown or the feared ideas that we try to ignore in life, yet can never stop reasoning about.
    I wonder about the beginnings of the theory, as well as what events contributed to the belief in it. I also wonder what the military says and what authoritative figures say alluding to the topic, and whether or not a majority of people believe in it. I also wonder if it affects travelling people and if they purposely avoid flying/boating through the triangle. I wonder about the beginnings of the theory, as well as what events contributed to the belief in it. I also wonder what the military says and what authoritative figures say alluding to the topic, and whether or not a majority of people believe in it. I also wonder if it affects travelling people and if they purposely avoid flying/boating through the triangle.

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    1. (Sorry this didn't post originally) I will begin searching on the internet, looking for resources seen as reliable or unreliable, verifying what I find with at least one other source. I also would like to look into the Encyclopedia and books found in the library - what has been published, supportive or not supportive thinkers?

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  17. Child Abuse has caused a hysteria all over the United States. Children and teenagers may take this as form of power so that they can get what they want without worrying about the punishments they could receive from their parents. Now a teen could get back at a parenting by claiming child abuse and who are the authorities going to believe. The beat up kid? Or the suspicious parent? This is a lot like in Arthur Millers, "The Crucible" where the girls got all of the power by appearing innocent and they could accuse anyone they wanted of witchcraft where now adolescents could accuse anyone of abuse.
    When researching this topic I will ask, how many kids are actually being abused by parents? How often does abuse occur? Who is more of a victim, the child or the adult? This subject intrigued me because it is an area that I know next to nothing about. It seems like a real problem that needs fixing but strangely similar to the events that happened in "The Crucible".
    I will start my research process by answering these questions. I will get a broad amount of information to serve as background knowledge and then I will make both the questions and answers more focused to get more of the details. I will use news based sources to receive information about past occurrences relating to my topic and I will also use opinion based articles to get information from a different side of the issue. If I get stuck I will focus my information in the effect of child abuse on the parent and less on the child.

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  18. 1. The surfacing of the disease AIDS in the 80's caused the public to go wild with fear of infection and of the LGBTQ+ community. Although the media desperately tried to dispel falsehoods about how it is transmitted, people still went to great lengths to prevent themselves and others from contracting it. Since the 80's, we've learned about the disease and what it does and how to prevent it.

    2. I think the effects on modern day perception of queer people from the disease is what intrigues me. Is it a contributing factor to the reason many states have a ban on same-sex marriage? Do people who lived through the AIDS hysteria feel spiteful toward the queer community for "causing" this disease?

    3. I will first start with sources from the 80's and compare and contrast them with articles from modern times. I will also use sources from people of the LGBTQ+ community and from heterosexual people, and from civilians and victims and doctors. I already have a film in mind to use as a source. I don't have any other plans for narrowing my search, but I don't think I've have any problems.

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  19. Media as in television/news, radio, newspapers, and the internet (differing from social media) can cause widespread panic and hysteria. People look to the media seeking answers, truth and information. The media can sway our opinions without us knowing it. The media is how we get information about events that are far away, or events that we want to know about but the only way to get that information is through the media. When the media focuses constantly on the bad that is going it around us it cause people to sometimes look at the world in a more negative light. Instead if the media focused on some of the good that was happening perhaps people would look at the events differently and maybe would perceive the world in a different way. Newscasters emotionalize stories to make people more drawn in and invested into the story. They emphasize negative outcomes of a story even if the chances of those negative outcomes may be minimal. They do this to impact the story; if the newscasters told the story for both the positive and negative outcomes then we could simply look at it a different way. People don’t actually realize that the media effects them everyday. Whether they hear the news on the way to work on the radio or watch it after dinner, it is a large part of our lives and it effects us everyday, altering our look at events in our life. Questions I will ask while researching this is: To what extent can the media influence our daily lives? How much of the media is correct, or for example, how many photos are photoshopped? Is there something/someone that monitors the accuracy of the media? I will begin my research with simply checking the news and seeing what is in it. If I got stuck I would refine my search to see how the media chooses what information to share to the public and how they relay it.

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  20. Religious Intolerance is a modern day hysteria that infiltrates everything from school, to politics, and even church. Religious intolerance is not only prejudice against other religions besides one’s own, but the intolerance for any religious practices. Everyone considers their religion superior to others, or finds offense in religion altogether, which causes tension throughout multiple aspects of our culture. Through this tension, people find fault in others and make a hysteria, of a molehill. In addition to the required questions, I would consider asking: How do freedom of speech and freedom of religion play a role in this? How would you protect yourself and/or your community against religious intolerance?I think one great place to research this specific topic is major news networks, because they would have updates on the modern issues revolving around religious intolerance. There are even religious websites about religious tolerance and specific religions. I could research the history of religion persecution. I could also relate this back to the Puritans. To validate these websites, I should look at the author, the date it was created, the citations the author used which in turn I can also use as research. If I get stuck, I might broaden or lessen the span of my topic. The issue is, my topic has such a wide range that I might be easier to focus on a religion or two.

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  21. My topic is the counter culture of the 1960s. It is described as a cultural phenomenon that developed throughout the US and UK, influenced by less censorship of films, popular bands like The Beatles, and the hippie lifestyle. The hysteria spread throughout many people, and especially the younger generation. They protest things like the war in Vietnam, race rights, sexuality rights, women’s rights, authority, and got involved in psychoactive drugs. The counter culture served as a catalyst that pushed for rapid change during this time.
    I will be asking things like, why did people like this fall to drugs and other means of alternative life styles. Was it just another sign of rebellion? Why did it influence them?
    I will research the influence of the counter cutler and what kind of things it changed during this era. I then want to look at causes and how it rose and spread so rapidly. Hopefully I will find some good, credible article online, but if not, then I will go to the library and look for sources there. If I get stuck, I can can focus on one focus point of the counter culture. For example, the Vietnam War, women’s rights, and the alternative lifestyle. I could focus on any of those ideas to expand my topic.

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  22. Gun control v. gun rights captures the concept of cultural hysteria, because as soon as there is any type of shooting or gun violence, people demand immediate change. They begin to fear their safety in schools, movie theatres, really anywhere. Everyone is desperate to feel safe again and they think that a new law can solve the problem. I’d like to look into the real statistics surrounding gun violence and how many people support each view. I’d like to see how many ideas there are surrounding the topic, and what evidence supports each idea. I’ll begin by researching what gun control there is now, and what seems to be happening soon. Of course, everything will be biased, so I will cross-reference and use sources from each view.

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  23. A woman's choice of what she can do with her own body has always caused some hysteria. A modern example would be that of abortion. Pro Choice or Pro Life is a gruesome battle that involves a lot of disrespectful actions and some disturbing pictures. The truth is I don't really know much about it, and I would like to learn more about each sides argument. Obviously, one is arguing for life and one for individual rights, but I would definitely want to learn more about each of their individual arguments. What drives each of them. Things like is Pro Life simply just arguing for the unborn child's life? Or does it have to do with religion mainly? And is Pro Choice supporting the women who are pregnant against their will? Or just trying to create a solution for teenagers who see no other option and are not willing to deal with their consequences? I plan on going to websites that are campaigns for each issue, seeing some of the general public's responses, and really learning each sides basic argument. In order to expand my topic, I may be able to relate it to religion, social inequalities, (government being able to tell a woman what to do with her body) or even the state of today's teenagers and how in/out of control they really are.

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  24. Illegal immigration is the movement of people across international borders by violating immigration laws. Because this act is illegal, it causes major hysteria and conflict between nations. Illegal immigration is not as simple as should they be here or no, but tends to take form in smaller arguments; such as, what are illegal immigrants allowed to do while in the country. Many people hop the border and come here illegally in hopes of a better life or in hopes that their children will be able to start fresh. It intrigues me that people do not really care if the are here illegally, but rather what freedoms they can have while they are here illegally. Questions that I considered important were: should people who come here illegally be able to stay here? Should the children of illegal immigrants be able to receive citizenship just because they were born here? How many freedoms should illegal immigrants be granted, if any at all? I think the best sources for researching this topic include polls about what the people think about the topic. This topic receives quite a bit of press, so checking the news channels would also help with getting a good idea of what people are thinking. If the topic became too large and I needed to narrow it down, I would focus just on the freedoms and liberties that illegal immigrants receive when in another country.

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