Representation in media is important, but we also need a diversity of people working behind the scenes: lgbtq directors, producers who are women, disabled writers and so on. We need a diverse range of perspectives in storytelling.

Honestly, even if we have diverse casts, it’s kind of undercut if all the stories we tell are straight, white, cis, male stories.

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Speaking of "all women are goddesses" i also don't understand why tumblr gets so pissed if you say you don't like a certain woman. Like the whole taylor s. thing. "B-b-but she's a feminist why would she write a song talking shit about aNoTHer WOmaN?!?!?" like, what? I'm no fan but sometimes you just dislike people. You don't have to get along or support every woman just because they're women.

The FCC just repealed a 42-year-old rule blocking broadcast media mergers
The move paves the way for greater consolidation in the TV and radio industries.

Federal regulators rolled back decades-old rules on Thursday, making it far easier for media outlets to be bought and sold — potentially leading to more newspapers, radio stations and television broadcasters being owned by a handful of companies.

The regulations, eliminated in a 3-to-2 vote by the Federal Communications Commission, were first put in place in the 1970s to ensure that a diversity of voices and opinions could be heard on the air or in print.

One long-standing rule repealed Thursday prevented one company in a given media market from owning both a daily newspaper and a TV station. Another rule blocked TV stations in the same market from merging with each other if the combination would leave fewer than eight independently owned stations. The agency also took aim at rules restricting the number of TV and radio stations that any media company could simultaneously own in a single market.

A major beneficiary of the deregulatory moves, analysts say, is Sinclair, a conservative broadcasting company that is seeking to buy up Tribune Media for $3.9 billion.

“This has a huge impact,” said Andrew Schwartzman, an expert on media law at Georgetown University. He added that the decisions will “reduce or eliminate” the need for Sinclair to sell off many stations to receive regulatory approval for the deal.

Critics of the FCC repeal effort say that the decision will lead to the concentration of power in the hands of a dwindling number of media titans.

“Instead of engaging in thoughtful reform,” said Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, “this agency sets its most basic values on fire.

“As a result of this decision, wherever you live, the FCC is giving the green light for a single company to own the newspaper and multiple television and radio stations in your community.”
'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show' Fans Getting Scammed Out of Thousands in China
'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show' fans are getting scammed into dropping tens of thousands of dollars for a prized ticket.

‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’ fans are getting scammed into dropping tens of thousands of dollars for a prized ticket to the China show … and we’ve learned the tickets aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.

We did some digging and found out the company behind the show is not selling tickets … the real tickets are free by invitation only.  

The Chinese equivalent to eBay is now littered with offers to purchase tickets … we found the rock-bottom price was $7,000 and the highest was a staggering $35,000 which supposedly got you a seat in the first 5 rows. And get this for audacious … the $35k includes a phantom afterparty.

Other fake listings promise front row seats and claim Taylor Swift and Harry Styles will be performing. Not true.

Producers are trying to scrub the fake offers from the online marketplace, but they’re still up.

The 2017 'Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’ will air November 28 on CBS.


The problem is not that Tropes exist, and are in our media. The problem is that too many Tropes are done poorly.

At best, they’re just boring because of over-saturation. A creator packs so MANY of them into one work, it lessens the weight and meaning of the piece and keeps an audience from feeling properly invested in the story and/or characters and/or setting.

Sometimes when they’re over-saturated in this way — and sometimes even when they’re relatively sparse — Tropes are done in a way that isn’t creative or interesting and simply bores the audience. It’s like food, if you’ll allow me the liberty of metaphor here. Like, everyone who knows me knows that I love pasta. I would eat pasta every single day if I could. I freely admit that the repetition of pasta is a good thing… but I’m not JUST gonna have pasta the SAME exact way every day. I’m going to want to change it up every now and then. Switch from plain, buttered noodles to spaghetti and meatballs and from there switch to macaroni and from there switch to spaghetti with pesto and so on and so forth. And most people would want those changes in their pasta consumption to change on an even more FREQUENT basis than I normally do. Tropes are great. They’re forms of universal archetypes, part of the foundation of writing. They make many a story into what it is, just as pasta is the centerpiece around which so many meals are made. But they can’t just be the same version every time. The taste-buds need variety; as do the minds of media consumers.

At worst, however, they do more than simply lack variety and ingenuity. They are too often reduced from a foundation to a mere crutch, and end up harming consumers as a result. Tropes that perpetuate stereotypes, that make jokes about people who do not deserve to be the butt of a joke, that reinforce outdated and/or outright malicious ideas about the world, that misinform and misdirect people… they’re usually not intentionally malicious. They’re usually just lazily put together, in a way that feels like a slap in the face to an audience MAINLY because it shows that the creator(s) did not put any thought toward WHO their audience would be. They did not care whether this Trope or theirs was done well, only whether its presence fit into a formula that would make writing/marketing/selling easier for them.

The problem is not that tropes exist, and are in our media. I, myself, am fully aware that my own writing has its fair share of tropes even after the editing phase. I know their value, and appreciate their role as a foundation that helps stories to be understood and enjoyed by so many different types of people. The problem is not that we use Tropes. The problem is that we don’t think deeply enough about which Tropes are best to use for which stories, which Tropes should be phased out, and which alterations and/or additions and/or subversions will make Tropes most interesting and compelling to an audience.

Keep writing Tropes, and don’t feel discouraged by people who say that the mere addition of a Trope is a writing sin. Just… write them carefully. Write them consciously. Thoughtfully. Creatively. Write them well; always have a purpose for them, and always think about what impact they will have on/to your audience.

Write your Tropes well, and watch as the complaints about their existence gradually decrease.

Styles, who previously charted at No. 3 for two weeks earlier this year (charts dated April 22 and 29), scored a 107 percent gain in all chart metrics, including a 162 percent boost in Twitter reactions, according to Next Big Sound. He landed 460,000 reactions in all, adding to the 11.3 million he snagged on Instagram and the 532,000 on YouTube around the release of “Kiwi.”

From an American ARMY

Please don’t think the media that interviews BTS in any way represents how all Americans would act towards BTS. They asked some seriously stupid questions.

Also from a media standpoint, I’m a photojournalist and I know damn well that the media shouldn’t have wasted their time asking stupid questions when they could’ve really used that opportunity to truly get to know the boys.

So from an American ARMY and also a mature photojournalist, I apologize on their behalf.