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This site is designed to help sociology instructors incorporate videos into their classes. Check out our blog, look through our pics page, and search our growing database of video clips. Each clip is tagged with appropriate sociological themes and organized for busy instructors. We invite you to join the discussion and comment on how you have used the videos in your classes, and to submit a clip of your own. Enjoy!
Video of the Week
In the week leading up to Super Bowl XLIX, public controversy continues around the Patriots' deflated footballs, the NFL continues trying to make-up for their fumbles in handling sexual assault with their No More campaign, and the long-term effects of concussions weigh heavily on the sport. Football, as with other popular sports, can be a lens for understanding important social issues, such as ethics, gendered violence, work, and health. Race is also a frequent underlying issue in football news, as it was with Seattle Seahawks star cornerback, Richard Sherman.
It was just one year ago that the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers in a thrilling last-minute victory that secured their spot in Super Bowl XLVIII (which they went on to win). Immediately following the Seahawks' defeat over the 49ers, Sherman gave an emotional, on-field post-game interview with FOX Sports reporter Erin Andrews. In the interview, Sherman portrayed a loud and brash display of aggression, in which he “trash talked” San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree. In our video of the week, political commentator and TV host Chris Hayes highlights how the media framed Sherman--a black football player--as a “thug” after the interview. Hayes discusses the framing of black men and athletes as violent and hypermasculine with Dr. Jelani Cobb from the University Connecticut. This clip would be useful to guide discussions on the intersections of race and gender, racialized masculinity, and perceptions of threat and violence. Read more.