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Why Millennials are ‘Bern-ing’ for Bernie

By Steven Mahoney

Bernie Sanders’s life long history of advocacy for the oppressed and authenticity terrifies the establishment and excites young people while giving them hope and interest in the political process. Sanders promises revolutionary change that excites young people who are fed up with crony capitalism and big money in politics. Some of Sanders’s promises include breaking up “too big to fail” banks, placing more regulation on Wall Street, creating a single payer healthcare system, and providing free college tuition at all public universities.

Primary season kicked off at the beginning of the month with the Iowa Caucus. According to NBC News, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders came away with about 50% of the vote with Hillary taking the slight edge. February 9 was the New Hampshire Primary, where according to NBC News, Bernie Sanders came away with 60% of the vote, while Hillary Clinton lagged behind with just 38%. In both of these cases exit polls showed that young voters had a strong preference for Sanders over Clinton. In Iowa, according to an NBC News exit poll, 84% of 17-29 year-olds supported Sanders. While in New Hampshire, 83% of 18-29 year-olds supported Sanders.

Jamelle Bouie of Slate was onto something when he said that Hillary Clinton is a transactional politician, while Bernie Sanders is more ideological. Typically, transactional leadership is compared with transformational leadership. This may be one of the main reasons why Bernie is so successful amongst young voters even though he and Clinton have many similar views politically.

Transactional leaders are managerial leaders who focus on supervision, organization, and group performance. They motivate their followers by reward and punishment, and are typically associated with maintaining the status quo. Bouie says that it is hard to get people excited about a transactional politician, and says this is why Sanders’s campaign has generated so much more enthusiasm than Clinton’s.

Bernie Sanders is a transformational politician whose campaign revolves around the idea of leading a political revolution. Transformational leaders work to implement new ideas and create change by inspiring subordinates with high minded idealism and authenticity. They also encourage followers to think about group interest rather than self-interest.

Hillary Clinton is not fighting for the best interest of working class Americans, nor does she have the foresight needed to create the change our corrupt political system needs. Clinton represents the establishment and everything wrong with the current system. For Clinton the presidency is likely about legacy, power, and ultimately feeding her ego.

Clinton represents the reckless financial sector that many attribute with cause of the Great Recession of 2008. The New York Times reported that Bill and Hillary Clinton have made over $125 million in speaking fees since 2001. The Clintons gave some of those paid speeches to Wall Street firms. The New York Times reported that Goldman Sachs paid Clinton $675,000 for three speeches. The Washington Post reported that Bernie Sanders has criticized Hillary Clinton for taking over $15 million dollars in Super Pac money, many of which came from Wall Street. Just last week it was widely reported that the CEO of Goldman Sachs expressed his fear at the idea of a Bernie Sanders presidency.

Young people want real change and not deception and empty promises. Hillary Clinton represents the status quo, and everything wrong with the United States, while seeming manufactured. Bernie Sanders is a lifelong advocate for the oppressed, an authentic change maker, and a revolutionary leader. If Bernie Sanders does not get the nomination I will not be voting because that would be reinforcing the oppressive American ideological system of profits over people.

 

UNH Seton Gallery Debuts Spring 2016 Exhibit

Written by Dayna Lindo

This Thursday, February 11, UNH Seton Gallery with artists and director, Laura Marsh will debut well-known artist, Felandus Thames’ most recent works, Whereabouts Unknown. The opening will take place in Dodds Hall from 5pm to 8pm, and will provide coffee, light refreshments, and a relaxing environment, allowing students the opportunity to revel in the art, and exchange thoughts, feelings and experiences.

For the past month, Thames has been working within the UNH community as an artist-in-residence, and has transformed Seton Gallery into a space reflecting his calm, and hospitable demeanor. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, and having spent some of his childhood in Chicago and Detroit, Thames emphasized how important community is to him. He says one thing he likes to do to gain inspiration is walk through his community.

“I like to think about how dollars circulate in the community. I try never to go to the big store, because those dollars go straight out. If I can get my art materials in my community, that’s what I want to do. I don’t care if you’re the white guy, black guy, green guy, indian guy, whatever. I am a stickler about community. And I begin to make relationships with the people who own the shops too. It’s important to me to community build on that level,” replied Thames.

In 2010, Felandus earned his MFA in Paint/Printmaking from Yale University’s School of Art. He described his art studio as a scientific lab, stating that he’s constantly pulling from previous work, and scrapping other ideas completely.

“My work is self-reflective in a weird kind of way. I think about my personal experiences, but I also try not to make it too personal. I teach a little bit, but I try not to be too didactic. I also try to think about myself, outside of myself, and what people may want to gain from experiencing me. I allow multiple discourses to happen at once in my work,” said Thames.

Thames revealed that his inspiration for this particular show was the prison industrial complex. He talked briefly about his love for haikus, and how two books in particular helped him build inspiration for his most recent works, ”Ideas of Ancestry” by Etheridge Knight (central theme) and S.O.S by Amiri Baraka.

Laura Marsh, the director and curator of Seton Gallery, as well as the owner of her own gallery in Downtown New Haven, expressed what she hopes students will take away from the experience of an artist-in-residence.

“Our university talks a lot about experiential education, and interdisciplinary studies. I’ve noticed that a lot of the conversations that I’ve been a part of here, or at Yale, surrounding the idea of race, always has breaking point. As an artist myself, I think when artists work together to build on personal narratives, or community, it is essential to keep that dialogue going,” Marsh explained.

Marsh stated that when race is discussed in a classroom, most of the time, she feels it is discussed in a very didactic manner, and is not always humanizing. She expressed frustration to this practice, and hopes that the gallery will be an experiential learning experience for students to create a new dialogue in how sensitive topics are discussed.

“If there is a way to discuss personal narratives, and how communities can relate to each other through class, through objects, through sharing, but also talk about the work, where its coming from, and the diaspora; when all of those things can connect, a point of intersection happens,” stated Marsh, “I hope there will be more experiences where, instead of attempting to cover 30 years of U.S. history in one class session, we could share family experiences.”

Marsh concluded that the end result of the exhibit is definitely important to her and Felandus Thames, but the reason she asks students to come and visit before the debut, is because it is important to her that students  actively share in the experiences leading up to opening day.

The Advantages of “Shallow” Journalism

Written by Dayna Lindo

Published December 4, 2015

While the western journalists shown in the movie The Year of Living Dangerously were portrayed negatively, the viewer can come away with some positive thoughts about journalism. The western journalists were portrayed as crude, insensitive and money-hungry with only the intent to capitalize off of the Indonesian citizens’ struggles. But if examined more critically, their role in Indonesia are essential because they embody the “mainstream media.” Though the journalist’s news stories might not illustrate the personal reality of the Indonesian citizens’ struggle, their objective reporting still leaves room for individual interpretation.

            When compared to mainstream media of today like NBC news, CNN, or FOX news, the role of the western journalists in the movie prove no different than these popular news outlets’ objectives. The western journalists are seeking to produce news stories that will generate the most profit. Although shallow, the stories that the journalists in the film produce are important because their audiences are diverse. People who read their stories are not only citizens of the west, but also freelance journalists, non-profit journalists, bloggers, and other diverse forms of medium enthusiasts. These kinds of writers are less interested in making the most profit from their stories, and more interested in reporting journalism from a humanitarian perspective. But in order to invoke change, journalists who pride their success on spreading awareness have to acquire their inspiration from some form of media first.

            In short, getting rid of the western journalists in The Year of Living Dangerously movie would do more harm than good. It would decrease awareness of a pressing international issue. However, like with anything, I do believe there is always room for improvement. To do this, the western journalists could have reported the facts of the Indonesian government and environment, while also including Indonesian citizens’ testimonies to support the facts. Not only would this improve their news stories, but it would also paint a picture, or put the reality into perspective for media consumers.

This piece was written by Dayna Lindo for a Pictorial Journalism course taught by Professor Robert Rattner. The assignment was to watch the film, “The Year of Living Dangerously” and provide a response to whether the Western journalists portrayed in the film served a purpose, or if the Indonesian citizens of the time would have been better off had the journalists not sought to exploit their harsh reality.

Media Literacy Combats Media Bias

Written by Dayna Lindo

Published December 4, 2015

With each story we encounter, what we deem most important and choose to take away depends on our individual ideologies. Ideology refers to how an individual understands the world in which they live based on the experiences they have had. Every written story is brought about from the same thing; a storyteller. The same logic holds true for news stories published in the media, but instead, the storytellers of news stories are referred to as journalists. Any story, be it fiction, non-fiction, folktale, or a biography, leaves each individual reader with a different feeling. The content published in the news medium we consume has been censored in one way or another. It is impossible to write an unbiased news story, unless a journalist solely limits their story content to who, what, when, where, and why. But even then, the content that is selected to portray the “who” and the “why” are still influenced by a journalist’s ideology.

Critically examining the top news media outlets’ headlines on the recent tragedies taking place in Paris is a prime example of how collective ideology seeps into news stories. American media channels such as the NBC News display similar headlines with words like “terror” or “ISIS.” These  word choices are influenced by the terrorists attacks of 9/11, and invoke fear and excitement in the targeted audiences. International media channels such as BBC News display headlines such as, “Paris Attacks: Search goes on for missing.” This kind of headline places emphasis on the victims of the attacks. The ideology within international news and American news content varies widely, and exposes what each medium deems as most important.

Most American citizens consume messages within media passively. They accept what is laid out in front of them as truth, and often forget to analyze the content critically to ensure it is in line with their own ideology. Most are not even aware that they have the power, freedom or ability to challenge the content within the media. The content that news sources select, and how they are covered embody media bias. A revolutionary approach to interpreting media and technology, known as media literacy, seeks to provide a framework that educates and encourages individuals to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate in media messages. It is the process of understanding and using mass media in an assertive and non-passive way. Media literate individuals understand the nature of media, can identify the hegemonic techniques used in a medium, and explain the impact of these techniques.

Media literacy involves watching carefully, and thinking critically. Because most news media take part in agenda setting, which is the persuasive ability to tell people what to think and who to talk about, media literacy advocates encourage media consumers to take advantage of their access to news sources. Access is the ability of media consumers to produce their own texts and to have those texts acknowledged by the agenda setting media. Consumers of media are encouraged to respond to the dominant media and challenge the connotations within news stories. Simply looking for political agendas, stereotypes or misrepresentation is not media literacy; it also involves exploring the systems making certain representations seem “normal.”

Works Cited

            Boles, Derek. “Language of Media Literacy: A Glossary of Terms.” Language of Media Literacy: A Glossary of Terms. Center for Media Literacy, n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.

Chrum, Alex. “A Quest for Truth: A List of the Top 8 Unbiased News Sources.” Debateorg Blog. N.p., 24 Aug. 2012. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.

Engel, Pamela. “Here Are The Most- And Least-Trusted News Outlets In America.” Business Insider. Business Insider, Inc, 21 Oct. 2014. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.

“Media Literacy: A Definition and More.” Media Literacy: A Definition and More. Center for Media Literacy, n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.

This piece was written by Dayna Lindo for an American Government and Politics course taught by Professor Kate O’Gara. The assignment was to support or refute the statement, “The is no such thing as an unbiased media source.”