Media tagged News & Documentary

Age Discrimination - John Stossel Report

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This clip of John Stossel comes from ABC's20/20program. In it, he criticizes laws that protect older workers. Many who are over 40 and in the work force are getting fired for “being too old”; they’re seen as too slow and incapable of keeping up with the pace of the working world. Stossel suggests that lawsuits against employers who fire older workers are inappropriate, and that companies should be free to fire and hire whom they choose.

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Ageism in Hollywood

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This clip comes from a CNN television show calledShowbiz Todayin the 1980s and 1990s. It reports on a 1989 conference of the Writer's Guild of America that focused on ageism in the entertainment industry, especially as it pertained to not hiring writers and producers over the age of 40. It shows writers and producers who are considered to old too write material that would appeal to the 18-30 consumer demographic.

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Asian Americans and Hillary Clinton

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This CNN report was broadcast in 2008 as a feature on the Asian American community’s stance to the upcoming Democratic Party Presidential primary elections. The report suggests that the Asian American community, while diverse, was a big supporter of Hillary Clinton. Many of the interviews are conducted with Asians whose English language proficiency is minimal; in another instance, a 4th generation Japanese American man suggests that Japanese Americans would be averse to supporting then-Senator Obama on account of his race.

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Bachelorette, 34

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This trailer from Kara Herold’s 2008 short film titledBachelorette, 34graphically depicts the drama that ensues when Kara’s mother sets out to find a husband for her daughter. The clip overviews the various plans Kara’s mother has to achieve this goal and the advice she gives to her daughter, while hinting that Kara may have different goals in mind. The clip illustrates the pressures felt by a young woman attempting to negotiate traditional ideas about marriage and family.

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Barack & Curtis - Manhood, Power & Respect

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This brief documentary was produced by filmmaker Byron Hurt in 2008, shortly before Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. It is an exploration through the historical construction of black masculinity in America over time. It compares and contrasts the masculine representations as exemplified by Barack Obama, on one hand, and rapper 50 cent (Curtis James Jackson III) on the other. Ultimately, it pushes the viewer to think of black masculinity in between the extremes.

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