Posts Tagged ‘Lakota Gambill’

In honor of the previous Jerk Cast, I figured I’d explain further into our main discussion of the cast: Dogs Against Romney. Prior, I didn’t understand what fellow casters (Julia, Charlie, and Paige) meant when they spoke of Mitt Romney and the “dog on the roof” situation. Though after googling, I saw images flooding my google images of photos of young puppies looking sad stating, “Dogs Against Romney.” Now, just to be clear, Mitt isn’t the best candidate in my opinion, he steps on my toes… a lot. However, after hearing that he strapped his dog, Seamus, to the roof of his car for a total of 12 hours, I hated that man even more. Now, if you are like me and had no idea what the hell everyone was freaking out about, here is the lowdown:

In 1983, Romney and his family went on a trip from Massachusetts to Canada. While the Romney’s clearly have no sense of organization or humanity, the Romney’s decided that rather than making room within the car to place their beloved pet, that they would strap him to the top of the roof while speeding during a freeway. While speeding on the freeway, Seamus was leaking a brown blood from the cause of her gastric distress. When the Romney’s saw this, they simply cleaned it with a towel and kept on their journey… with Seamus still strapped to the top of the car. After the photos and information was leaked to the media, Romney, rather than apologizing for his actions stated that the air tight kennel was something Seamus “enjoyed” and that he wouldn’t repeat his actions, but only because of the publicity it’s received.

The difficulty of this situation is that, regardless it was almost thirty years ago, Romney’s actions still follow him. This is completely understandable. Romney is about to be in charge of millions of American’s, all whom of which believe in human and animal rights to a certain degree. Knowing that such a man in high ranking thinks this is completely normal worries the Nation. We see it in terms that since he is okay with Seamus being strapped to the top of his car, and only avoids it when publicity forces anger, that maybe possibly, we could be the next dog. If Romney is elected President, does this mean that we are soon to be the next Seamus? Bleeding from gastric distress terrified, only for Romney to clean up the mess but still continue?

– Lakota Gambill

Mitt Romney’s pick for Vice President, Paul Ryan, has stirred up the political controversy in the media. Calling him, “Mitt’s left wing” Ryan already has a view of the Catholic conservative that either you love or you hate. Though broadcasted on CNN, I found it very interesting that on Ryan’s Facebook page, the outlet where we as the people can connect to Ryan and understand him at a deeper level, there listed is one of his favorite bands…Rage Against the Machine.

Rage Against the Machine, the greatest politically charged band of our generation, (and my favorite band that I have a tattoo dedicated for) has lyrics that specifically aim their anger and frustration at the “1%”, and the majority of the Republican Party. Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine and Harvard University graduate, wrote about his view on Paul Ryan’s choice of band in an Opinion piece blogged on Rolling Stone.

Morello states in the article, “But Rage’s music affects people in different ways. Some tune out what the band stands for and concentrate on the moshing and throwing elbows in the pit. For others, Rage has changed their minds and their lives. Many activists around the world, including organizers of the global occupy movement, were radicalized by Rage Against the Machine and work tirelessly for a more humane and just planet. Perhaps Paul Ryan was moshing when he should have been listening.”

If not a fan of Rage or if not having heard of them, then you can’t exactly understand to the extent on the contradiction of Paul Ryan’s choice. I mean, the band name itself, “RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE,” Let’s think, who is the machine? Rage is the anthem to many rebel groups in the U.S., the fact that Paul Ryan is a supporter of the music means in a sense, he supports the message behind it. Hear me on this, Rage sings about Native American genocide, American imperialism, rebelling against authority, and to think that Paul Ryan’s conservative beliefs and strong outlook in the republican party can actually stand to listen and understand the music? If coming from that standpoint, how could you support that? So the question is this, is Paul Ryan’s love for Rage a possible leak of socialist and democratic out looks, or is he just simply ignorant?

-Lakota Gambill

When we were young, our Mothers or Fathers would cover our eyes or ears to hide us from what they knew was wrong in a movie. Though over the years Mothers and Fathers have slowly let down their hands and exposed the younger generation to violence, sex, and mischief. So far this year, we have had multiple instances of intense violence and terrible crimes committed by a younger generation – with these cases in mind, does this mean that with such young exposure to violence and murder, that our generation is becoming influenced by media and cinema to the point where it becomes murder?

Violent scenes in movies aren’t just “watched” by people, in some cases they can be embedded. In the cases of Rudy Eugene and James Holmes, we can see the “red carpet influence” of their atrocities. The coverage by the mainstream media has helped perpetuate this notion as well by calling Rudy Eugene a  “zombie” and a “flesh eating monster who craved brains.”  Holmes actually refers to himself as the “Joker” and we see him as a crazed mad man set out on destroying people’s lives. It’s easy to forget that these two individuals are, indeed, people. The media portrays them as characters and that is where the disconnect from reality and the interjection of Hollywood comes into play.

Craig A. Anderson, of Iowa State University, conducted a study on Media Violence and Social Neuroscience in 2007, “Violent scenes can activate a network of brain regions (e.g., posterior cingulate cortex, hippocampi) involved in processing emotional stimuli, episodic memory retrieval, detecting threats in the environment, memory encoding, and motor programming.” States Anderson in the article, “This combination of activation in areas linking memory and emotion to motor activation suggests that viewing media violence could integrate existing aggression related thoughts and feelings, potentially facilitating aggressive behavior by increasing the strength or accessibility of aggressive behavior scripts in memory.”

Eugene and Holmes, to say in the least, did not seem to develop the idea themselves. It was created through subjected media that the two had exposed to themselves.

The movies we watch play a pivotal part in American culture. Sure, everyone loves the popcorn flick – Transformers, The Avengers, and so on – but the movies of our time are also social commentary, not a social script. They comment on our culture, our way of life, and how we are living. They are not meant to influence the actions of the movie goers. Although research is beginning to show that aggression can be triggered by viewing aggressive material, to what extent should we act on this? Is censorship or personal responsibility the answer?

-Lakota Gambill