Society and pop culture | Mackenzie Matheson | TEDxLakeTravisHigh

Society and pop culture | Mackenzie Matheson | TEDxLakeTravisHigh

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pop-culture recently made an immense stride giving Leonardo DiCaprio an Oscar and I was deserving of this award as he is it wasn't all that impressive in fact Snow White and the Seven Dwarves won eight Oscars back in 1937 just after the Titanic sunk for the first time we'll just let that sink in for nearly a century now the Disney Company has been making us laugh cry and reminisce on our childhoods all while purifying ourselves
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from society's evils yep Disney movies when society connects pop culture to Disney movies the result is a fixed generation headed back on the right track now my love for Disney started out of very young age with my grandparents retired in Florida and where nearly everyone is over 70 and drives the golf cart to the grocery store we frequented the Disney World park very often sporting our matching fanny packs and bright neon shirts drawing a big crowd
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now as dorky as it seems well yeah it's really dorky but in between binge watching Gossip Girl for the 3rd time I'm binge watching High School Musical for the 87th time and purifying myself from society's evils simultaneously now we've all heard of celebrities like Kim Kardashian Drake the weekend and Justin Bieber and we've all watched shows like Gossip Girl Pretty Little Liars The Bachelor and my favorite Grey's Anatomy and these shows
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are very prevalent among teens in fact Gossip Girl when it was first released in 2007 gained rating of eight and a half out of 10 stars by their demographic of ages 12 through 17 these shows are very popular and the icons are - in the music industry 92% of teens choose rap or pop / enemies genre incessantly listening to the top 10 songs they play on the radio over and over again sung by artists notorious for their rebellious nature we live in a generation where a person cannot wear
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white vans cough into their shoulder or express their dehydration without a slew of comets thrown at them this is a result of the mature content we are exposed to which consequently is shown to have a negative impact on our decisions since the early 90s drug use has increased by 58% in its accessibility to teens and nationally 25 23 percent of high schoolers claim to smoke marijuana recreationally and locally in our little Lakeway bubble
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thirty five percent of high schoolers smoked marijuana for those who didn't why on the survey this is this is really bad because it's shown that the information and the content we are exposed to isn't always intended for teens Gossip Girls intended demographic was ages 18 through 35 yet a majority of their viewers are still in middle and high school these shows glamorize druggies as the only means to have fun and sure dan and Jenny may miss the
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masquerade ball for one or two mistakes here and there but those are only social impacts drug use among young minds causes stress schizophrenia depression accidental injury and even internal organ damage which are far worse consequences than a missed night out this does however have a solution it's Disney movies what may seem like a childish source of recreation actually possesses a really entertaining outlet for all ages a recent study at the Florida Southern College of 26 females
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and 15 males aged 18 to 22 showed that 38 out of the total forty one had seen classic Disney films such as Aladdin Sleeping Beauty Cinderella Beauty and the Beast Mulan and Snow White in seven dorms these movies were targeted 10 to 15 years their junior yet a third of them also claimed to own these movies and a third of them claim them to be their favorite movies of all time these statistics are astounding and proof that did movies are entertaining and very good at a very good outlet for all ages genders
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ethnicities and interests Disney movies are not only entertaining they're very wholesome they teach good Family Values that other people seem to overlook Disney movies have taught gender equality diversity obedience love and self-respect for the nearly century that has been around in Disney taught gender equality in the movie most particularly in Snow White in the Seven Dwarves when it was made in 1937 as the first animated movie of all time with a female animator working alongside Walt Disney
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himself in a time when women had only recently gained the right to vote let alone a position in the work force and Disney's a princess in the frog diversity has been taught with in 2009 the very first african-american princess however diversity has been a very crucial element since 1947 when Disney has always had a very diverse voice cast to match the theme and mood of the movies and even consulting the n-double-a-cp for accuracy Disney taught
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obedience in Cinderella where Cinderella she accepts her stepmothers chores and does them respectfully with no sass or backtalk and she only speaks up when abuse is a question and she's sure of her morals motives and future actions which is something we as a generation really need to learn instead of subtweeting little emojis all over Twitter I digress an Aladdin love is taught but also in Mulan Mulan goes out in search of not love but to save her father from a most
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sure death in a war and she disguises herself as a male to go and save her family which speaks proudly on women's empowerment and feminism as well Mulan doesn't have any repeated right swipes on tinder or an updated Christian mingle profile she finds love where she least expects it and instead she ends up being happy by the intervention of destiny lastly Disney teaches self-respect and Beauty and the Beast Belle phases in place of the last school appropriate term a player known as Gaston who
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literally has throwing themselves at him yet no means no and she doesn't take any of his passes and respects her morals and ass all of these elements make Disney an entertaining source and very wholesome for all ages to be a remedial replacement for the evils of pop culture as a result I have three calls to action one find your Disney sidekick whether it's a boob Pascal Mu Shu or gus-gus surround yourself with people who make you happy and keep you grounded from temptation these people will watch
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Disney movies at your side and make sure you don't fall in with the wrong crowd secondly to feed the Disney villain whether it's Lady Tremaine Mother Gothel relative ale or Maleficent or the big one pop culture and defeat the Disney villains in your life and make sure you don't get rid of pop culture completely because it's a reality check on what's out there and let's face it really entertaining instead gee pop culture at a really healthy balance that will outweigh the bad with good lastly enjoy your happily ever after I
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know I'm about to sound like every adult ever but make good choices because right now is when our decisions start to count for something so to ease the stress of daily life without getting arrested connect you and your friends to a Disney movie and I promise this generation will be way bigger than the weekends hair ever could be thank you

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