Social Movements & Culture

Post a link to some example of cultural production (art, film, music, or some other form). Write a few sentences to explain what you think is interesting about it, and how it connects to your research topic. Comment on two of your group members’ posts as well.

Your link and sentences are due by 1pm April 30th, replies by the following week. Two places to get you started:


12 thoughts on “Social Movements & Culture”


    I like that the water project has t-shirts and travel cups that you can buy them while the money gets used to help support projects they are working on. I like that you do not have to set up a fundraiser event just to donate. The merchandise that you can buy has the water projects logo incorporated onto the items so you can wear and use it proudly in support. The travel mugs have very interesting designs that make them look like they are from Africa. They even have coffee tumblers and water bottles.

    1. Merchandise like this is interesting because it promotes awareness of these social movement organizations. Not only does purchasing the items help the issue, but also other people see the organization when the items are used.

  2. The link I’m providing is to a gallery on The Guardian’s website. This gallery features graffiti from Brazil. The graffiti is in protest of the Fifa World cup which took place in Brazil. The Brazilians protested and were completely against the government spending money to build infrastructure for Fifa and The Olympics, but not on public works. We learned about the struggle the Brazilians had with Fifa earlier this semester.
    It’s relevant to deforestation, as that it another turmoil taking place in Brazil. Some of the graffiti features indigenous people from the Amazon. These people are shown eating Mcdonalds, and conforming to modern society, selling the Amazon and their ways of life.

    1. These images powerfully illustrate the impact that deforestation for the FIFA world cup has on Brazilian society. The image that struck me the most was the picture of the crying child with the soccer ball on his plate. FIFA and the Brazilian government both are devastating the poorest communities in Brazil

    2. This was a good find for your topic. I agree with Matt – the image that I found to be the most powerful was the starving child crying with the soccer ball on his plate. Powerful message that the priorities for spending became all about FIFA, leaving their most vulnerable and needy left out. FIFA and the World Cup did nothing for those people, there were no trickle-down economics, and probably not even leftover soccer balls for poor kids to play with, let alone a meal to eat. Instead, several just lost their homes for the monstrosities they called stadiums.

    Gasland is an award winning film written and directed by Josh Fox that highlights the environmentalist’s perspective on the issue of hydrofracturing, commonly known as fracking. This film is interesting because it shows the perspective of the people who claim to be directly involved in the dangers created by hydrofracturing, spanning from Pennsylvania to Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Texas. The health problems existed not only within the people who drank the contaminated water, but also the animals. One of the more shocking pieces of evidence of water contamination was the extreme discoloring of the water and its flammability, despite there being no recorded malfunctions within the wells. This fits my project perfectly since it is a major social movement documentary, which focuses on the problems that exist within the United States. Gasland is controversial, as many people question the validity of the information that is recorded. In fact, another documentary called Fracknation was released that opposed many of the anecdotal evidence in Gasland. However, the validity of Fracknation is also under question, since its funding was primarily done by pro-fracking lobbying groups.
    (First link is the documentary, second link is to the website)

    1. Matt,

      Its really interesting to see that these two groups are both calling each other out for being false. Which do you think is presenting legitimate facts?
      That’s awful that people and animals are drinking contaminated water. I think it can relate to Anita’s topic, as people from both sides of the argument try to dissuade the public. In your case, Fracknation is trying to convince us that fracking is beneficial, when it really isn’t.

    2. The part about houses in PA – where people complained that their wells were contaminated, and vent pipes were put on the wells (water wells don’t need to vent, they only would need to if there was a flammable gas buildup), not to mention the woman who was told she couldn’t use their water – and their cats and horses had all their hair falling out – it’s crazy that the companies could get away with telling them their wells were not contaminated. I was also shocked that fracking companies are excluded from the clean air and water act, and CERCLA. I worked in hazardous waste for a long time, and those acts are the keystone of regulating companies from gross pollution of water and the environment. I would have never thought that any industry could get a free pass on that.

  4. Here are two images/ artwork from anti-vaccination movements:

    Both incorporate swastikas in the image, the first one says: Do you also know who supported vaccination? (Implying Hitler).
    The second image says “Bringing your child to the clinic for vaccinations is LITERALLY like bringing your child to Auschwitz!”

    I found both of these rather shocking, especially the second one, but it goes along with my research in that there are common themes among anti-vaccination websites that can be found that can really try to sensationalize, or really exploit people’s deeper social anxieties and fears, and are rife with undocumented statistics, or disingenuous information, not to mention – extreme ideas and imagery, just like how the second image suggests that taking your child to a vaccination clinic would “Literally” be like taking them to Auschwitz. I guess in that it’s supposed to be a death sentence? It’s so crazy that it is in reference to something that has actually saved hundreds of thousands of lives, and significantly reduced morbidity from serious diseases. Literally.

    1. Dang Anita. I knew the anti vaccination movement was a little off, but I didn’t know they would make such a big leap to compare vaccines to genocides. I don’t think that helps them get their point across.

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