The following post is my eighteenth entry in a Media Journal that I am required to keep for a Journalism class: Men and Women in Media. This class analyzes the portrayal of men and women in media and the often times skewed images and gender expectations that create. I am not required to post online, but I felt that this would help my blogging entries and also create ample discussion among my peers, if I have any. In all truthfulness, this class will probably sink itself into my skin until I bleed, and these journal entries that I post online are a fun way to have the reader watch me squirm as I deal with issues that sometimes I don’t agree with. This can be fun…
Media Journal #18
Death is tragic and fragile, so I broach the subject with much sensitivity.
Actor Paul Walker’s sudden death stirs many emotions, sadness only one among many. Although I did not know the man, I was a big fan of his acting talent. And in the spirit of being honest, he was a mediocre actor at best, but placed in the right action movie, he shined as bright as he could. My favorite, the underrated film “Running Scared.” A psychotic thriller with non-stop action. Thanks for that Mr. Walker. You will be missed.
There is one thing that greatly disturbs me in the aftermath of Walker’s death, and it may be more disturbing than the sudden death itself.
As I scroll through countless social media networks: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, etc… I see what Paul Walker has turned into - eye candy. Senseless, mindless, ridiculous eye candy that people loved to watch, or pretended to love to watch. And now that he’s gone, those who praised his good looks will no longer be able to oogle at him, and that’s what they’re concerned about. Not his gruesome death, or the fact that the vehicle was zooming over the speed limit and could have possibly killed someone else or majorly damaged property, oh no! People are sad be cause Paul Walker was so “hot” and “sexy” and now he’s gone.
It seems Paul Walker has suddenly become more popular in wake of his death than he was when he was alive. But he still is popular for the same reason - good looks. And people are greatly sad when young good looking people die: President John F. Kennedy, Princess Diana, etc…
Congratulations to American society for turning Paul Walker into a sexual object who we pretend to love more than we actually do simply because everyone else is moved by his death, some more justified than others. Death is funny like that. It brings everyone out of the woodworks so they can bandwagon together like it’s the thing to do.
What I’m really trying to say to the deceased Mr. Walker is I’m a fan, brother. Miss you and your Fast and Furious series.