Reading Response 2 / Sarah Row

Can Jokes Bring Down Governments? Brings an enlightenment to politics and shows how humor can provide an insight into a heavy topic. Memes and jokes within politics bring a different take on the subject by uniting both perspectives of the political statement and the truth of how people think. By making a joke or meme people tend to relate to it and remember it. Jokes are still relevant and are working today.

The power of social media today is very relevant to how these memes are thriving. Everyday you get on a site and there is some sort of political meme. People remember it and share it with their friends. The person who created the meme becomes the designer and an influencer. They have the power to bring a new perspective to the viewers mind with a simple joke. Can jokes bring down the government? Probably not, but they do bring light to hard topics and give people a different perspective whether they notice it or not.

During the presidential run Jimmy Fallon brought Donald Trump on his show to create a funny video. It’s humorous in the fact that it is Trump interviewing himself however Jimmy Fallon does ask serious questions but the humor of it helps make the topics seem not so serious.


Secondary Individual Research / Sarah Row

N/A “About Cincinnati, OH (Camp Washington). NeighborhoodScout, Neighborhood Scout, 2017,

About Cincinnati, OH (Camp Washington)


Camp Washington has a variety of people living within it in three-deckers, duplexes, old Victorian homes cut up into apartments most people living here did not live here five years ago being a diverse community.


  • Camp Washington median real estate price is $80,994
  • The average rental price in Camp Washington is currently $821
  • Rents here are currently lower in price than 67.5% of Ohio neighborhoods.
  • The current real estate vacancy rate here is 21.9%
  • There are more incarcerated people living here than 99.1% of neighborhoods in the U.S.
  • 3% of the real estate here are small 2, 3, or 4 unit apartment buildings
  • 2% of the residential real estate here was built from 1939 or earlier
  • 0% of this neighborhood’s residents have French Canadian ancestry
  • This neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 75.0% of U.S. neighborhoods
  • Camp Washington neighborhood, 30.1% of the working population is employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations


N/A “Camp Washington.” Point2homes, Point2homes, 2014,

Camp Washington


Camp Washington is an area in Cincinnati with a population of 21,439 the employment numbers show a pretty even difference between Blue collar jobs versus white collar jobs with a crime rate above national average.


  • Non family households in Camp Washington 46.9%
  • Family households in Camp Washington 53.1%
  • 9% of residents have never been married
  • 9% of the population are females
  • 1% of the population are males
  • 9% are Blue Collar occupations
  • 1% are White Collar occupations


Camp Washington Community Board office “About Us, Camp Washington.” Camp-Washington, Camp-Washington, 2016,

About Us, Camp Washington


Camp Washington is an up and coming area in Cincinnati with attractions like the sign museum and Camp Washington Chili it is also a great place to consider buying a home and setting up a business a lot of artists are moving in as the spaces here are cheap and accessible.


  • Spaces here are cheap, accessible to expressways, and, the safest neighborhood in District 5
  • For young folks priced out of Northside and OTR, Camp Washington is a great place to consider buying a home and setting up a business
  • During the U.S.-Mexican War Camp Washington was an important military location, training five-thousand, five-hundred and thirty-six soldiers who went to war
  • There are Several historic businesses here, including, Queen City Sausage, Reliable Casts, Osborne Coinage (the largest private mint in the world), Kao USA, Inc., Meyer Tool
  • Camp Washington Chili is a Smithsonian Museum icon
  • The American Sign Museum offers visitors a unique perspective of the history of signs


Overall Synthesis:

Camp Washington is an up and coming area in Cincinnati. It has struggled for years with crime and trying to bring life back to the area. It has become a more focused art community with the sign museum, different art exhibits and the new industrial lofts. The data and research found supports all of these claims. However there is data proving there are still unacceptable things happening in the neighborhood. Considering there are more incarcerated people living there than 99.1% of neighborhoods in the U.S. Despite this Camp Washington is trying to bring life back into the area.

Secondary Research/Zoe Storch

  • A plan written in 2005 to begin the regrowth and renovation of businesses and residential areas in the Camp Washington area
  • “Camp Washington NBD was once seen as a strong business community, the center of commerce for the industrial and residential communities. More recently, Camp Washington NBD has been perceived as an economically viable area for reinvestment.” (2)
  • Would be an interesting followup to see if these goals were achieved
  • Useful history about the area and what major projects have occurred over the years

Thesis: Two years before the financial crash of 2007, Camp Washington developed a multi year redevelopment and market feasibility plan. Comparing their goals with today’s redevelopment, Camp Washington hasn’t been able to achieve all of the benchmarks they set for themselves.

  • News segment about plans to renovate areas of Camp Washington today
  • Still trying to get funding and renovations under way (all still speculative)
  • Rhinegeist wants to put medical marijuana plant (needs to win bid)
  • Crosley Building Renovation (radio building to housing)

Thesis: As of July 2017, there are many speculative renovations and bids on Camp Washington area buildings to turn them into businesses and housing which points at population growth and economic upturn.

  • Comprehensive study that covers changes between 2005-2009 of many major social and economic conditions in Cincinnati neighborhoods
  • “Among the working class white Appalachian areas Camp Washington, South Fairmount, the East End, and Lower Price Hill saw improvements in the 2000 to 2005-2009 period.” (43)
  • P 59- drop out rates increase 14.5% from 2000-2009
  • P 88- Unemployment rates increase 2% from 2000-2009
  • Joblessness rates increase 1% from 2000-2009

Thesis: Taking data from multiple charts in this study, there is a small but significant increase in both drop out and unemployment rates in the Camp Washington area. These correspond to the 2007 financial crash. Although the area was slightly affected by this economic change, there’s not enough data to support a large financial downturn due to it.

Synthesis: Looking at these three documents, it’s unclear if some of the financial downturn Camp Washington has experienced post 2007 is due fully to the crash or if other factors affected it. Currently, there are a few Camp Washington area organizations that are working to renovate and redevelop with the help of investors and local area businesses (which is a good sign that money is being put into the area). Overall, it seems like the financial crash slightly affected the business district of Camp Washington, but 10 years later, they are still creating jobs and income for the area with new renovation projects.


Reading Response 1 / Sarah Row

The argument that is being put forth in Wall Street and the Financial Crisis: Anatomy of a Financial Collapse, is the lenders brought levels of risk that the U.S. financial system hasn’t seen by selling complex home loans with high-risk features. They state that there are four main causes those being high risk lending, regulatory failure, inflated credit ratings and investment bank abuse. On the other hand, the argument being put forth in The 2008 Housing crisis is the government was not to blame and that the consumers were buying risky products. They claim that the consumers only have themselves to blame from buying risky products, which would become unaffordable when the economic conditions changed. They also state that they support the government programs put in place to expand the housing market, which were to enable ownership throughout different classes.

Both articles state information that argue each other. Wall Street and the Financial Crisis: Anatomy of a Financial Collapse is biased more toward blaming the banks and that homeowners were misled because the banks were too busy trying to make money. While The 2008 Housing crisis is biased towards the government and their programs. I believe that the banks followed and took leverage of what the government put in place and were therefore misguiding homeowners into the wrong direction. In the articles the government does not admit that they are at fault but defends themselves and all of their programs. Overall, I don’t believe there are enough straightforward details to come to a complete conclusion on who is at fault.

While exploring more into this crisis I found a video that summed everything up into two minutes. With reading two bias articles it can sometimes be hard to get an overall view of what was happening. This video helped give me an overall look into what happened in the 2008 financial crisis.