Will Media Listen to Deaf Community?

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Since inauguration day, there has been rallies and protests around the world against Trump. It has been crazy weekend in nation’s capital…but wait, it is not over. It’s only beginning. 100 days of resistance will continue to disagree with Trump’s agenda. In fact, the organizers said that they have planned a HUGE Anti-Trump protest again in nation’s capital. The date: April 15th. It was supposed to be really big.

Link:(http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/01/23/organizers-just-set-date-next-huge-anti-trump-protest/)

Although there will be a problem because it is the same day Audism Free America (AFA) is going to host ASL/Deaf Pride to celebrate 200th year in honour of America’s first Deaf education. The last two AFA parades in 2013 and 2015–there has been NONE of media supporting the parade. Not even ONE. The media does not understand the value of respect, especially respecting American Sign Language (ASL). Higher learning and teaching ASL has been always challenging.

Hence, Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing coordinated everything into a blatant lies told to our general society and setting a bad example by creating enormous falsehoods. How can we describe one way which we feel punished and one way in which we feel we punish? The media in nation’s capital is big deal, they will focus a lot more on Anti-Trump protest that day instead of AFA. Why did media did not show any compassion in 2013 and 2015?

Even April 15th has played important history in Deaf community, American School for the Deaf (ASD) opened its doors in 1817, and it is also the day to celebrate National ASL Day. Again, the media thinks it is not important to learn from Deaf people and ASL should be oppressed was beyond my comprehension. We need to bring new light in the ways of thinking about media reprisals as a part of the language and cultural oppression. You know the saying: Once someone is oppressed, he or she learns to become an oppressor.

Even in 2017, Deaf people are still oppressed into nonexistence–the greatest punishment of all. How will we get respect from the media?

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Chuck Baird’s famous work. “Oppression. No More. Finish!”

-JT

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The Daily Moth, Marlee and Nyle: Crisis in Journalism

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The power of journalism is not the same like it used to be today in Deaf community. Exploring different frameworks of journalism analysis, and learning tools to recognize these frameworks, greatly enhanced my reading of journalism texts related to The Daily Moth. I was previously aware that The Daily Moth and its host Alex Abenchuchan made an inappropriate joke about Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump to use Marlee Matlin in his advertisement and mislead the public to make people think that Marlee supports Trump.

Flash news: Marlee had been a stanch supporter of Hillary Clinton before Nyle DiMarco even existed. There was a tweet that Marlee supports Hillary in the beginning of the year. It means….Marlee supports Hillary ever since.

I am also aware that The Daily Moth that the host, consciously, employed its bad journalism in the school of thought, in the public to educate Deaf community and in his journalistic skills. The Daily Moth allowed to make bad judgements in his own values and predispositions and created a self-deception of how The Daily Moth might have employed these things in his own agenda.

I am a daily viewer of The Daily Moth myself, became baffled not only by the vague, rambling journalism styles of how they treat Marlee but also by the exact mocking intended. As each story progressed, the flaws and bad character traits of American society—especially Deaf community became manifest. Almost everyone can remember a bed time story being read to them when they all are humans. Frequently these works of journalism happen to be myth or fairy tale what The Daily Moth did.

We would pick a bed time story because of its many moral lessons and the positive influence the tale can have on our lives. Sometimes the fable uses negative reinforcement and could help to condition Deaf community by what The Daily Moth scares us. The question, did The Daily Moth shows in a passive manner, how to handle issues ranging from love, respect and vanity to discipline, labor and tact?

Every experience impresses strongly upon a maturing intellect, and fairy tales are simple but powerful in the messages. Journalism provokes us to use these stories to teach Deaf community multiple positive lessons about culture and at the same time attempt to develop a humanity in a practical and positive way. These tales are a vital and important tool and are extremely useful in our upbringing. Fairy tales and myths were originally created to reinforce our current culture and highlight the habits and personality of a developing mind.

The Daily Moth lacked a certain continuity that would have allowed the journalism to flow in logical argument that Marlee was a Trump supporter. The mistake that they did was an overdependence upon the journalism honesty or qualities to convey symbolism. The Daily Moth needs to issue a public apology for Marlee Matlin. Will it even happen?

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-JT

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Media Portrayal of Deaf Identity Theft

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For me to write this the topic of Deaf Identity theft draws an immediate mental connection with the commercial campaign Alexander Graham Bell Association of the Deaf (AGBAD), dealing with the misappropriation of ASL by Deaf individuals posing as the true owners and using them for their communication.

The advertisements case the event in very comedic light, simultaneously giving weight to and downplaying the severity of their actions. The result is a memorable ad but a lukewarm message in that it is ultimately fails to create any action on the parts of the Deaf people needing protection. This mirrors the stance taken, if any, on the part of the local and national media.

Dismissing ASL on the topic are often so sensational that they remove the watcher from the possibly of it ever happening to them. Moreover, the ability to detect and prevent Deaf Identity is advertised everywhere in newspapers, billboards, etc as mostly passive-aggressive precaution to be taken care of by second parties. Overall, the media causes consumers to take less precaution with Deaf Identity than the ASL or crime merits.

Deaf identity theft is not limited to any human fraud. The AGBAD regards it as being anytime for degrading ASL, it is an punishment for the organization to do that toward Deaf people who have their own identity. We the Deaf people have been the survivors of Deaf identity theft. The emotional impact is similar to the survivors of identity theft. With it leaving such a strong aftertaste of disdainment one would think that it would get the same media coverage and respect Audism but this is not often the case.

Because AGBAD and its sister corporations have so many safeguards against Deaf Identity theft, it seems that Deaf identity at the local level often goes unreported in the states and local news. Often, when a Deaf baby is forced to change the way to learn how to “forget that they are deaf,” the corporations will contact the media to verify that they are now hearing something. Also, the corporations have put in place safeguards in which they refund misappropriated assets. People who are stealing Deaf identities often do not have to pay back and this causes a loss to the Deaf community as well. The prevalence of these instances would cause worry to the Deaf individuals who believe that their assets are safe with their lives in which they trust themselves.

Is it OK for AGBAD to rob Deaf people of their identity? No publicity is made on either the state or local level and it takes Deaf people years and years to rebuild their lives as Deaf people. The part of this episode could be that individuals are dishonest in seeking to take advantage of the system that allows feigning Deaf identity theft when actuality they make deals and try to reclaim money reimbursement for what they have spent themselves. The media has slowed its facts against Deaf identity theft considerably and this is in part due to more stringent safe guards and in part due to such a high prevalence of each instance that they only really give coverage to survivors that they deem worth mentioning. Deaf identity theft is hardly ever mentioned unless it is a considerable amount of money. The safeguards now in place has caused a considerable increase of the amount of money stolen due to Deaf identity theft.

This type of Deaf identity theft in the media generally does not have the same weight as those in which money is involved due to the non-financial gains of praise and acclaim.

Please visit David Call’s website: http://www.eyehandstudio.com

-JT

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