Hi All,

Please use the comment section of this blog post to publish your ideas for a class project organized around Black Lives Matter,  Institutional Racism and/or classism and the relationship to media  and the way that we communicate with and access new media technologies.  Post here and send to me via email please.



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  1. Mine are:
    1. Do a virtual timeline of the History of Black Activist Movements, from the Blank Panther Party, to Civil Right s Movement, to Black Lives Matter and possibly with each point on the map have some side source like a video or photo collage for people to click on.

    2. Do a video about hip hop and incarceration/the prison industrial complex and show how big corporations use the stereotypes of images in the media surrounding hip hop to fill more prisons and make more money.

  2. katyschaefe says:

    I was thinking of working within the subject of institutional racism. More specifically how it impacts the community victimized by it, what is being done to combat it, and how it has escalated to the degree that we see it as now. Alternatively, I could do a project having to do with the prison industrial complex. I would focus on how that has disproportionately affected people of color especially through the passing of certain laws such as the three strikes law and stop and frisk.

  3. hannahginsberg says:

    1.) Subject/ Theme: Either for the Prison Industrial Complex or BLM movement
    Photo/digital art/video project where we would look at news articles and media clips about the topic and then dissect the language that they are using and then manipulate the original article/ clip to make the use of words and language about the subject evident.
    Ex: finding an article about BLM movement and bolding/zooming in on all the words/phrases that show a bias when explaining the movement – such as the word hooligan.

    2.) Subject / Theme: Prison Industrial Complex
    -Specifically focusing on the youth in juvenile prisons. What is being done to help them so they don’t end up in prison again or is nothing being done so that they purposefully end up in prison? The project will also highlight who is getting rich off the PIC, who is suffering and if other countries have a system that works better.

  4. lagray700 says:

    1) I was thinking of doing a video project that reflects the culture of police brutality/institutional racism/white privilege on campus. This could obviously be tweaked, but I was thinking about doing some surveying and getting some narratives from students of color, and comparatively, white students about their interactions with campus safety/campus police.

    2) I was also thinking about creating a site that keeps track of contemporary Black Activist movements. This site could be like a timeline/map that records where and when certain protests/marches/speeches happen. I want to do something like this because I have noticed that people, including myself seem to think today we aren’t as active as when we were during the Civil Rights movement. I’d like to see if that’s true and explore what is happening today in the activist community.

  5. sjendoubi17 says:

    1. Topic: Black Lives Matter. Create a gallery with the pictures and stories of victims of police brutality, the goal will be to shed light on these victims and give them their humanity back, which was stripped away by the bias media coverage.
    Ex: http://imgur.com/BxkQV6F.jpg

    2. Topic: Black Lives Matter. Compare the media coverage of police brutality in the present and during the 60s, when the NAACP was fighting against police brutality in the south. It would also be interesting to compare social activism today with The Black Lives Matter movement and social activism during the civil rights movements.

    • zainjazara says:

      very similarly, here are my ideas:

      1) A juxtaposition of footage, language, and an overall examination of reporting on Black movements, riots, arrests, deaths in custody, institutionalised racism etc. The juxtaposition will be between similar present and past issues (e.g. LA riots vs Baltimore or Rodney King vs Freddie Gray)

      2) Examining the statistics of unarmed black youth that have been murdered by police and creating visuals or an interactive map (they show up as dots where they were killed, and when you scroll over them, an image of them with their names, age, maybe hobby or things they enjoyed, and how they were killed)

  6. jonesa0913 says:

    Idea 1: Compile a list of Black people who’ve lost their lives to police brutality and analyze the circumstances that led to their deaths. I would like to structure it as an informational-interactive timeline/map. The goal of my project is to deconstruct the idea that the victims were somehow deserving of their deaths. I want to show that no matter the circumstances anti-black racism is to blame.

    Idea 2: Analyze how Black liberation and acculturation groups have influenced the Black Lives Matter Movement. I want to investigate whether there are certain cohorts within the collective with more (or less) radical agendas and strategies. I could possibly compile a list of past demonstrations and compare them to the strategies of the current activists through video footage.

  7. alexanderlandau says:

    1. Microaggression Mapping Project (Claremont Colleges): Using Story Maps (or another GIS/mapping software), create a map of the Claremont Colleges and mark where microaggressions are heard. This map will evolve over time. First, Media and Social Change students will put in the microaggressions they have heard. Then the map will be released to the Claremont College community so that students, staff, and faculty across the Consortium can anonymously add to it. The goal of this project is to visually see the social climate at the Claremont Colleges and educate others about what is really going on in the Consortium’s social fabric.

    2. National Incarceration Rates Mapping Project: Using Story Maps (or another GIS/mapping software), create a map showing incarcerating rates across the US. This map could also have layers—such as income, ethnicity, city police force numbers, and socioeconomic status—so that viewers can compare these layers with incarceration rates.

    3. Creating a digital book/photoessay about prisoners from local prisons/correctional facilities/juvenile detention centers: This project involves interviewing prisoners from local prisons, correctional facilities, and juvenile detention centers and taking their portraits. The goal of this project is to bring the stories and faces of those incarcerated to our local community. By making the US prison system more individualized and personal, the hope is that this project will educate people and make them more mindful about the US prison system, the individuals locked up in them, and the prison industrial complex.

  8. shaafifarooqi says:

    1) A piece (I’m currently thinking of a photo project or text piece) comparing the language used in the press/media to describe past civil rights/black movements and the language used today when discussing BLM protests. I think this would be very eye-opening for those people that believe racism is no longer as big of a problem as it was in (insert whatever time period they say here), when in reality, a predominantly white media is still portraying similar social movements and an entire community in a biased way.

    2) Conducting interviews with students about whether they feel safe on campus and their thoughts on the 5C culture regarding race, privilege, resources available, etc… I think it would be interesting to document the ways white students’ perception of campus differs from students of colors’.

  9. chloekissane says:

    1) I would be interested in looking at racial prejudice in the criminal justice system. Specifically, police brutality in history as well as the present. Has it changed? Has it become worse?

    2) I would also be interested in how we use media platforms to spread awareness about certain horrid incidents. More specifically how a videos recorded on cell phones have shown Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, among others killed by police officers. These videos display the brutal truth and have reached millions of people. How can we use our new technology to create social justice.

  10. cassidy says:

    1. I want to look at images surrounding Black Lives Matter protests from various news outlets to examine how women are represented and portrayed in the movement.
    2. I’m also really interested in the artwork and artistic self-narratives created in reaction to Ferguson, and how these modes and works of self-expression work toward healing of a community and self.

  11. jessicarice13 says:

    I’m interested in looking at media coverage of matters related to the BLM movement. Specifically, I would be interested to look at and compare coverage of incidents of police brutality. This could take two different forms: I am equally interested in looking specifically at coverage in the news (this would involve looking at many different news programs and could include comparing the language and focus of media today with that of the past), or looking at social media (either choosing one social media platform in specific or looking more generally at social media).

  12. jivikar says:

    I would be interested in creating a multi-layered map using GIS to show the varying experiences of people (black and otherwise) in the LA area.

    Possible layers could include income distribution, population density and the number of parks / McDonalds / schools / hospitals / factories.

    I would like to take this further by adding relevant video / audio content from people who either live or grew up in the specific geographic areas that the project ends up focusing on (not 100% sure how large an area it should cover at this point).

    It would be a factual map, with objective statistics displayed, but also have a human aspect as individual people’s stories would be showcased.

    It might be a little challenging to go out and find people to interview in LA, but the end goal would be to open the project up and receive audio/video contributions from the community; thus effectively allowing residents to document the issues and places that shape their lives, in their own voice.

  13. mollyhaas16 says:

    1 – I’m interested in music that has spoken out about racial injustices in the past (Tracy Chapman, Nina Simone, I think Bob Dylan has a couple songs…) and somehow making clear how relevant they are today. Perhaps collecting footage on Youtube of these well-known instances of racism and brutality, and pairing it with voices of different generations, speaking directly to the experiences of today.

    2 – I would also be interested in focusing a project on children, as I think children are such a widely accepted symbol of innocence and purity. While my idea on a tangible project is still quite vague, it would involve compiling child voices speaking out their pain. Perhaps it would start sweet and naive, and then gradually and subtly lead to a more brutal reality so many kids live in.

  14. doriebailey says:

    1) I would love to do a project on children and youth, because as we have seen, everything from microagressions to misuses of authority and blatant racism affects young children and youth of color as early as kindergarten, if not earlier. The culturally and socially ingrained ideas of racism in this country, let alone the LA area, which has such a deep and violent history of riots and brutality stemming from these ideas, shapes and molds these children so strongly, I think it would be really interesting and necessary to focus a project on them and make their voice heard, although developing an actual project to carry out is still something I’m working on. I think Molly and I might have some ideas in common here, so partnering up might make this work.

    2) I’ve seen a lot of my classmates post on this as well, but examining the prison industrial complex as it relates to the BLM movement would also be something I am interested in. I would still like to use the lens of youth and adolescence to examine this topic, so potentially looking at youth incarceration rates, rehabilitation centers, return rates, and the kinds of offenses that put these young people at risk for a life at the mercy of the PIC would definitely be something to look into.

  15. nlredmond says:

    I would love to do a project that examines the differences between mainstream press and the black press, especially in language used. The headlines, pictures, and general tone of articles about victims of police brutality greatly informs how the public perceives the facts of a situation. We talked in class about propaganda, and I would like to do a modern exploration of this. I’m also intereste din other forms the black press has taken over time (Twitter, Youtube Vlogs, etc.)

    Inspired by a recent Matt Damon statement about where diversity is important in the production of new media and film (he says only in front of the camera), I would also be interested in researching and deconstructing what it means to have all white and all male production teams versus those with people of color. Perhaps this would involve looking at TV Shows such as those produced by Shonda Rimes, and their content/technique etc. versus say The Walking Dead. (I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard some interesting stuff).

  16. taliatrilling says:

    I am interested in working on a sub topic within Black Lives Matter, specifically, the Trans Lives Matter movement. The acts of violence against trans people, especially trans people of color, are often ignored by the mainstream media, and I would like to do a project that chronicles these horrible occurrences and brings them to the forefront of a viewer’s mind. I am interested in either making a timeline, curated video, or mapping project showing the locations of the events.

  17. amihk says:

    Examining the issues of BLM movement alongside the issues of Asian Americans in a historical context, from the murder of Vincent Chin to the LA riots to police brutality today and the trial of the Chinese American police officer who has been convicted of murder for the shooting of an unarmed black man in NYC.

  18. gabrielledas says:

    1. Looking at the implications of “typical” or “desired” users as defined through a product’s advertising. In this way, I’d really like to take advertisements which I find are directed towards white consumers and replace them with black models in similar poses in order to visually dissect the radicalized messages in contemporary advertising.

    2. Editing together popular news coverage topics only from the perspective of people of color. I grabbed the idea from a man who has been taking movies and editing them down to only include lines spoken by people of color to highlight how these roles are usually minimal, if there at all. LINK: http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/9/8920221/tumblr-dylan-marron-representation-race-Hollywood-film
    In this way, my videos could edit together snippets of coverage on, say, Occupy Wallstreet, LA Riots, etc. only from the perspective of people of color.

  19. ketakimadaan says:

    1) Looking through the struggles of POCs that are international students and their struggles with understanding the intensity of racism/ understanding their exposure to racism in their countries. Even though these students have primarily lived in in “American lifestyle”, such as watching American television shows and cinema and reading world news, they are still not explicitly exposed to the ways and dealings with issues relating to racism and the severity they hold in the American society, and in the world.

    2) The habit of victimization by many people, and using that platform to adjust to complacent complaining instead of immediate action.

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