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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Welcome to this blog dedicated to understanding how poverty and affluence are portrayed in the media.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Since the 2016 Presidential election, our country is at it’s all-time, most polarized. It’s not as simple as “democrats vs. republicans” or “liberals vs. conservatives.” All kinds of intricate issues have become nuanced in a way that many issues don’t fall on poverty lines. Among those issues is gentrification. Gentrification, defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.” To some people, gentrification is a good thing; it brings jobs, money, opportunity, networking, health foods, etc. Yet, the narrative of people being pushed out of their neighborhoods or losing local business that does not thrive in an upper-middle class neighborhood is all too often ignored.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The use of media has become an ability of everyone. In one way or another, people use a type of medium to either learn the news, to socialize, or to network. These medias are wonderful tools to help people become aware of the issues if used properly. All types of interesting narratives about social, political and economic issues have been put out there by writers, bloggers and reporters of all ages. For some reason, there is still misinformation and not enough coverage about poverty or the way it is viewed in America.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Historically, politicians and entrepreneurs have used “dog whistles” or racially-coded and class-coded language to appeal to their voters or consumers to help them believe that minorities and poor people are the problem in this country. Presidents like Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and most recently Donald Trump have used the “Southern Strategy” to successfully gain popularity in states where racism is overt. Instead of overtly saying racist things, these people in power will often declare “a war on drugs” or demand “law & order,” which sound nice, but in practice almost always target minorities and perpetuate the problems rather than fix them

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 This website is a compilation of articles from all over the internet, from left-leaning publications like The Guardian, to right-wing sites like Breitbart. Within their articles about poverty and how to deal with it or affluence and its defense, there is language that is coded. By breaking down the language in each article, we can better understand what the author of each article is trying to articulate, and subsequently we can determine if what they’re saying falls into the narrative of poverty being a pathology, or if poverty is a symptom of something greater.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 I hope you learn from this and can get a better, more open-minded perspective on why poverty persists in America.

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