I think that the media’s fascination with Jeremy Lin, the 1st Asian American NBA player in over 50 years is noble. I am the last person to speak/watch basketball and I even heard about Jeremy Lin. Unlike Floyd Mayweather, I think the media covering a boy who was probably signed for a ham sandwich and a high five is great. I agree when Mike Pesca states, “just because someone talks about race doesn’t mean that the motivation of that person is racist”. I think it is very important to point out his race especially when it has become such a huge phenomenon in the Asian American community. A sport that is 75% African American could now be open to a new demographic. Everyone likes to see the underdog succeed and Jeremy Lin, against all odds is doing just that by bring the New York Knicks back to what they used to be.
Another topic on this episode of On the Media was about how music conveys emotion. It’s amazing the effect music can have on a person. Who knew that science was behind the reason why songs such as Adele’s Someone Like You produces so much emotion? I certainly did not. All I knew was that I either loved a song, hated it, or had to have it grow on me. I failed to realize that it is the simplicity of a song made interesting that I enjoy the most. After listening to this episode of On The Media, I went and listened to an artists that I would hear everyday (Drake) to an artist that I would almost never listen to (Beethoven). To my surprise I enjoyed them the same. Although they both struck different emotions out of me, I still enjoyed listening to both artist. Dan Levitin describes it best, what we want as listeners is for music to surprise us but not to much; and each artist I listened to after did just that!