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“Bell Hooks”, “Bill O Reill”, and “Beyonce: Sex Terrorist” talks about how Beyonce wasn’t seen as a role model anymore because of what she does and post. The problem is when it comes to celebrities is that people always seem to get dramatic to get attention.  She was judged for her looks because of what she posted. Their excuse for judging her was “teenage girls look up to Beyoncé, particularly girls of color.” Everyone has their own problem and it’s Beyonce’s life, she can do whatever she wants. The picture that I chose reminded of Beyonce and the girls that look up to her.

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I chose this article because this article talks about how hip hop has shaped music and culture worldwide for decades.  Hip-hop is such a well-known genre and people even look up to it. In “Gettin’ Paid: Jay-Z, Criminal Culture, and the Rise of Corporate Rap” it states “Over the past ten years, though, “corporate rock” has been upstaged by “corporate rap,” which has emerged as the country’s new music.” Back in the days, people would hate rap music but now it’s a famous genre that people listen to all around the world, people enjoy it because of famous rappers like Jay Z and Kendric Lamar.

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I feel like this picture connects to “The Full Retard” because the author is trying to figure out what Meline is trying to say in the song. In the text, it states “its overall effect a parade of sonic likenesses of the coming world’s broken infrastructure.” The author is saying the lyrics are all broken and it isn’t put together. Also, the author thinks there is no point in trying to figure out Meline’s imagination.

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In the text “Art at Arm’s Length”, Jerry Salz’ talks about how selfie has taken over people’s life. It states “What I love about selfies is that we then do a second thing after making them: We make them public.” People these days basically takes selfies to post it on social media. And some people will do anything to get the perfect one, sunkissed, nice view, with pets, with friends and family, and etc. What people don’t understand is what you see is not always true. In the article, it states “Almost half admitted editing them before posting and 27% say their photos online make their life look more exciting”, also “I’m not what I look like on social media.” It’s hard to find selfies with a natural face. Most of them are edited and photoshopped.  This is the genre of selfies.

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This picture represents the three texts we read because it shows how people are addicted to their phones (internet) these days. Everything is based on technology and the internet now that people forgot they actually have a life outside of the internet. For example gaming, Netflix, texts, video calls erased the reality we live in today. This topic is so serious to the point gaming has actually taken innocent gamers’ life. Sad to say that I am actually the girl in the picture because I am always on my phone, it’s either the phone or TV. Even when I go outside, instead of enjoying the moment I go on snap chat and start snapping everything. It’s almost like instead of viewing the world from my own eyes I view it through the camera. “What started out as web surfing for one teen descended into online obsession and isolation.”


One social issue I would like to talk about in my essay 2 is racism. It’s 2020 and people still face racism to this day. A song that is connected to this issue is “Everybody” by Logic. The song is about Logic facing racism because he is black but his skin color is while. In the song, he talks about how black people hate on him because of his skin color.

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This picture connects to “Triptych: Texas Pool Party” because the characters in the text faced racism. In the first part of the text, the white ladies were being racist and hating on the people at the pool party because of their color since they were black. The second and third part of the story is based on police brutality which also connects to racism. The cop was being violent towards the black girl and her friends even though they did nothing wrong.  Cops think they have power, so they get to do whatever they want. What they don’t realize is people’s lives are in their hands. Because of one mistake, an innocent person’s life could be gone. At the end of the day, we are all humans and all equal. It’s 2020, racism shouldn’t even exist.

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After reading “My Instagram”, I found this article that relates to this text.“Instagram worst social media app for young people’s mental health” by Kara fox talks about how social media has a bad impact on people’s mental health these days. People on social media aren’t always perfect. It shows you what you want to see.  People only show the good side of their life. You don’t know what’s happening behind the camera. In the article, Kara states “Instagram draws young women to “compare themselves against unrealistic”, I completely agree with her because Instagram is setting a fake standard for the people to live by. Young females feel insecure because they want to have an Instagram model’s body. What the followers don’t know is most of the pictures are either photoshopped or these models got plastic surgery. People need to stop depending on this thing they see on social media. There’s a whole different world outside of it. Social media is not reality.

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After reading Chu’s story, this picture reminded me of her situation. I feel like this picture represents Chu because she was struggling to adjust after her surgery. She thought the surgery would fix everything but it didn’t. The rocks in this picture represent the struggles she faced. This picture gives me a disappointed and unhappy vibe. After she became a woman, she physically changed but not mentally. She was still sad. Even though her friends were there to support her she still felt empty.