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Political Discourse is Getting Ruder, but De Anza Isn’t

By Esau Carpenter

Week 8: Media Law

BY: Esau Carpenter

In 2015, the Oregon-based sporting goods company Tannerite Sports sued NBC News for libel and slander. Tannerite Sports claimed to have been defamed by “false and misleading statements in the NBC news piece.” The NBC report called Tannerite’s explosive rifle targets “bombs,” and implied(according to Tannerite) that they pose a serious threat to public safety. A federal judge ruled in NBC’s favor concluding that the rifle targets were meant to explode and could therefore be referred to as “bombs.” Any dangers reported by NBC would be known as improper use of the product by any “reasonable viewer.”

Week 7: Propaganda in Advertising

By Esau Carpenter

In this ad by Donald Trump uses framing, labeling and slogans to express the corruption of the political system for his own political gain. He adds a negative connotation to everything he mentions has been done by the political establishment. For example he calls the establishment “failed” and “corrupt,” and calls our trade deals “disastrous.” He attacks the entirety of the American political system by referring to them by, and only by, the “political establishment.” In this way he is naming no one specific, so anyone listening can assign any identity they want to this “political establishment.” And last but not least he uses his slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

Week 4- Newspaper

By Esau Carpenter

I don’t think the gender or race of a source should be revealed unless the writer of the article has some reason to do so. If the information has no bearing on the story, then its simply useless information taking up a piece of the page. I believe having both sources and reporters from every background is key for solid, unbiased news. Differences like race and gender, although socially constructed, are real barriers that separate people day in and day out. In a perfect world a man would be able to see the world through the eyes of a woman and vice versa- but good luck finding some one like that.

Week 3: Books


The first series of books that truly captured my attention were the Captain Underpants books when I was a child. I once stayed up until 5 in the morning, determined and ultimately accomplished in reading one of these books front to back. I hold these books up to no real literary value, but for me they were important. Books/dp/B011TPBTM2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1476558324&sr=8 2&keywords=captain+underpants

Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favorite books of all time. What’s funny about this book about the burning of books is that I first received it as a gift and let my dog chew it apart before I ever picked it up.  Years later, I read through a different copy and couldn’t get over the irony of my pre-teen apathy.

I read Crime & Punishment last summer and this book held plenty of importance to my life at the time. I was homeless and traveling through Oregon and Washington and life got pretty hard from time to time. I never killed anybody like Raskolnikov, but I delved into petty thievery and even flipped some drugs a couple of times. One thing the book didn’t have to teach me is that what goes around comes around.

Week 2- Business Aspect of Media

BY Esau Carpenter

Wherever one goes, they are faced with dozens- if not hundreds- of possible choices. Even then people seem to bend to a rhythm. Many people simply go through the motions- eating the same breakfast while sitting in the same chair, watching the same TV shows and following the same streams cycling through the internet. Choosing a media source is like picking a type of soda to drink at Safeway. Sure, the flavors are different and so are the names but the product is still soda and about four companies own the mirage of choices screaming at you from the shelf: “buy me, buy me.” When companies become oligopolies the consumer looses variety in producers and therefore- product. I’m not sure who owns these media conglomerates but whoever they are, reporting news is not at the top of their list of priorities. And that is all I need to know.

Case and point:

10 Stories the Mainstream Media Ignored While Obsessing Over #CaitlynJenner

Week 1- Media Autobiography

Media is everywhere

by Esau Carpenter


For the most part, I’ve always liked books. Once when I was a child i stayed up 5 am reading one of the Captain Underpants books- I finished it in one night. The only time when books and I started to stop seeing eye to eye was in high school. It’s hard to enjoy a book you got to write a two page summary on after every chapter, take a quiz on every week- a test at the end- and deal with an arduous in-class discussion where the teacher let’s you speak then gently explains to you why you’re not even close to being right. High school wasn’t education- it was purgatory. And now, class- welcome to Hell.

Newspapers I tried to read for a little while last quarter. I even got a NYT subscription and found I was doing more recycling than reading so I gave it up. Magazines I’ve never cared for. I like movies a lot, but the majority of movies coming out today suck major c***. Art has begun to evacuate Hollywood as we swap the word “film” for “movie.” But with that said you still have some great film makers out there. Music has always been an important part of my life. I  grew up in a racist household and hip hop was what made me realize: “hey, maybe blacks aren’t so bad.” I listen to radio on the way to school. There is a community-funded radio station that broadcasts out of Cupertino that sometimes plays old radio shows. T.V used to be a big part of life when I was I child but now it just bores me. The only time I watch T.V is when my sister Bre wants to hang out (which means watch T.V.) and I know I would feel bad saying “no.” I spend a good deal of time on the internet streaming music, wasting time on YouTube, fact-checking bullshit, etc. Social media is annoying and I don’t pay much attention to it.

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