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    • Hating With Sam
      BY: CASSANDRA BUTKOWSKI
    • Rationale
      Why does this matter?
      • Parents are trying to raise their kids to be kind and caring.
      • iCarly uses vocabulary and actions to promote children to discriminate against each other.
      • We need to understand what their media is teaching them.
      • Sam is violent, sadistic and selfish. Everything we hope children don’t become.
      • We need to know if her behavior is teaching children to be like her.
    • Questions & Research!
      Otherwise this would be pointless.
      Questions
      • Does iCarly’s use of hate words and violence promote bullying to children?
      • What was the rationale of creating a character as mean-spirited as Sam? 
      Research Methods
      • I researched what other scholars have written about hatred in media.
      • I watched more episodes than I am comfortable admitting.
    • Defintions!
      According to Mr. Weber and me.
      Hate (noun): 1. intense hostility and aversion; 2. an object of hate.Hate (verb): 1. to express or feel extreme enmity; 2. to find distastefulHatred (noun): prejudiced hostility or animosity.Hate word (noun): a word that expresses animosity or inspires hostility towards anyoneHate action (noun): actions or mannerisms that express animosity or inspire hostility towards anyonePut down Humor: Language or actions that imply something or someone to be distasteful in a light or subtle manner and is found funny by people who empathize that distaste.
    • Some Episodes I Researched
      *iHurtLewbert *iChristmas *iMake Sam girly *iSaw him First
      Some great examples:
      • iHurtLewbert: Sam says she chooses to not think of anyone other than herself.
      • iSaw Him First: Sam tells Carly its obvious she has a date because of the “helping” bra.
      • iMake Sam Girly: Sam asks if its really wrong to rip a girl’s head off.
      • iChristmas: Sam offers to help Freddie out of his outfit, only to drop him on the ground and leave him to squirm free.
    • What are Scholars Saying?
      Not much actually.
      Larry Williamson's and Eric Pierson's article " The Rhetoric of Hate on the Internet: Hateporn's Challenge to Modern Media Ethics“
      • “hate group” as anyone who advocates, “ beliefs or practices that attack or denigrate an entire class of people, typically for their beliefs or immutable characteristics”
      • Is iCarly acting as a hate group?
      • I think they are and if you disagree, you are a loser.
      •  Hate groups create hateporn that entices people by being funny and playing on already existing stereotypes and bigotry.
      • iCarly often presents their hatred in a comical light.
      • From being at school children already have an understanding that being anything other than “cool” means you are a “loser”.
    • Why is Sam so mad?
      And why don’t parents care more?
    • Sidekicks don’t have to be nice.
      That is Carly’s job!
      "Producing Children's Television" by Robby London
      • Child relatable characters are a must!
      • Children can easily relate to a self-center and violent character like Sam.
      • She is the show's outlet for those negative emotions that the main character shouldn't have.
      • Carly as the main character, is seen by parents as a potential role model for kids, Sam is not.
      • Sam being the violent sidekick helps bring a sense of balance to the show's characters but still allows for ample amounts of violence for children to enjoy.
    • So did I discover anything?
      Yeah and it wasn’t what I was expecting.
      • There is no evidence that iCarly teaches put down humor.
      • iCarly enforces already learned biases.
      • The show often states that Sam is not someone you should desire to be like.
      • Sam’s job is to add dry humor, violence and attitude to an otherwise happy-go-lucky show. 
    • In Conclusion:
      • iCarly may not be teaching violence but promoting instilled hatred is still an issue.
      • Instead of put down humor, iCarly should focus on more positive ways for children to view their peers.