Both are valid arguments.

Entertainment Television as Journalism: Plastic Pollution, Sweatshops, and the Environmental Impact of Fast Fashion
Cite all of your sources in either MLA or APA, including the readings for the week. Yes, reflect/respond to each prompt.
Due Sunday 10/2 @ 11pm Sweatshops and Environmental Injustice
Part 1: Reading/Viewing Reflection (minimum 500 words)
1. After watching the Norwegian web reality show Sweatshop: Deadly Fashion and reading pages 87-137 in “My Pants: Made in Cambodia”, reflect on how each medium engaged you with the topic of sweatshops in Cambodia—one is very visual, the other is more of a traditional piece of journalism on the topic but both present as first-person experiences of the topic of sweatshops.
What feelings, thoughts, reactions, or images stood out for you while watching the reality show through the eyes of three teenagers? What thoughts, feelings, reactions, and insights did you have after reading Timmerman’s personal journey through Cambodia in search of how his jeans were made?
What quotes or moments in the reading and film stood out to you?
After seeing/reading these two pieces of media, were you surprised about the realities of sweatshops in countries like Cambodia and our choices as consumers? Which of the two, or both, engaged you more in terms of the topic, and why?
The issue of sweatshops and garment factories is very complicated and complex—there are no easy answers or solutions. But, as a consumer of clothing who knows about the challenges and injustices in the garment industry, does this make you rethink how you consume clothing?
2. There are two polarized thoughts online about Sweatshop: Deadly Fashion. One side argues that the show is a form of white savior complex and poverty tourism, and the other side argues that sometimes people need to see “the other” through the eyes of someone who is like them (for example: Western teen consumers are more likely to find empathy and connection to Cambodian garment workers by seeing them through the eyes of other Western teens). Both are valid arguments. What are your thoughts?
3. What were your thoughts on Hasan Minhaj’s use of sketch comedy to reflect on and bring awareness to the human and environmental impact of fast fashion? Did the use of comedy, multi-visual media, and his own personality and style give you more of a sense of engagement with the topic, bring more interest and education around the issue, or did you find it distracting or limited/diminishing in bringing awareness around such a huge global issue? Who do you feel was the target audience he was trying to reach, and do you think given his target audience that his style and presentation was effective?
4. Reflect on the articles “How Fast Fashion and Racism are Intricately Linked” and “The Global Environmental Injustice of Fast Fashion”. What quotes or sections of these two articles stood out to you? Why? Did any of the information make you question your own clothing choices as a consumer knowing the breadth of racial, gender, environmental injustice in the industry?

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