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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
This week the St. Louis Rams announced their decision to cut Michael Sam, who many know as the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. Although Sam could still be picked up by another team and the cut does not necessarily mean the end of his career, it is undeniably a loss for those who believe gay rights are bound up with greater visibility in the public. Sociologists often discuss the politics of representation and remind people that public visibility on its own is not enough. In other words, it matters enormously how a group is depicted. A season full of images of Michael Sam being respected and perhaps celebrated by fellow Rams teammates would have been even more beneficial than the simple fact that he had been drafted by the team.
In our video of the week, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses his own experience of being a black man who became publicly visible for his expertise in science and inadvertently became a player in the politics to black representation ... Read more here and check out our board, which explores media that continues to center the faces, stories, and perspectives of white people.