Reflection on David Croteau's "Media and Ideology.": The main idea of the chapter is what the title states. The role of ideology in the discussion of media. Croteau first explains what ideology is in terms of the media. It is not so much about defining an image, and comparing that image to real life, because real life is a subjective term.
Reflection of Linda Christensen's "Unlearning the myths that Bind Us": The basic idea behind what Christensen wants her readers to look at familiar cartoons and children’s shows and analyze what the underlying messages are. How do shows portray women? How do childrens’ show portray those in lower classes? What do characters without money look like? How are minorities portrayed? How are men portrayed?
Quotes of Raby's "A Tangle of Discourses": Rebecca Raby, “A Tangle of Discourses: Girls Negotiating Adolescence”
“Discourses of becoming negate diversity. Lesko observes that adolescents, like other subjugated peoples, are subject to psychological ‘typing’ in which they are assumed to act alike, to have identity crises, and to be outside of social and material relations. Adolescents are thus Othered, allowing them to be generalized and dismissed in their collectivity. Here the position of becoming is one that lacks power” (434).
Thomas Hine, "The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager" -- Argument: In "The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager," Thomas Hine argues that the discourse surrounding the word “teenager” creates a “mystique” around adolescents (A word that brings an image of a different "problem with no name"). This mystique has multiple facets.
Micheal Wesch, "From Kowledgeable to Knowldge-Able," -- Connections: I decided to both read the article and Watch the TED video. So my response is a mix of the two.
The main argument is that students need to be more than knowledgeable, they need to be “Knowledge-able.” Because in this new media age, information is infinite and at the tip of our fingers.
A Short History of the Rise of the Teenage Ideology in the 1950s: Teenagers have had a an interesting history with their role in the media. However, it was never very long. The "teenager" as it is known today, has only been around since the 1950s. The "teens" of the '50s were the children who grew up during the WWII, when everything, gender roles especially, were upturned for the war effort. However, when the troops returned, there was a scramble to get back "normal."
Peggy Orenstein, "Cinderella Ate My Daughter," Hyperlinks: The Peggy Orenstein reading is about the exploration of the growing influence that the princess, pink craze is having on young girls. She does this within the two chapters “What’s Wrong with Cinderella” and "Pinked!” These chapters talk about the princess craze that is currently sweeping the nation as well as the pink craze respectively. Together, Orenstein talks about the what these dominant images teach, which is largely consumerism. This is the magical, sparkly, pink and purple wave of products that too many executives have figured out parents buy for little girls en masse. Orenstein contends that this movement, despite any good intentions, is inadvertently constricting girls’ self image.
Michael S. Kimmel and Mathew Mahler “Adolescent Masculinity, Homophobia, and Violence: Random School Shootings, 1982-2001” Extended Comments: Kenia Trinidad: The article was really interesting. I completely agree with the conclusions that the authors drew. The points that the authors made, were ones that I had never considered, but they make complete sense. These school shooters, are all white middle-class, hetero sexual males. They were all bullied, taunted and “gay-baited, and the authors believe that the extreme responses might be as a result of this treatment and an attempt to assert their masculinity.
Dr. Tricia Rose TIME Magazine and “Hip-Hop Wars” Excerpt – Argument: In her interview with TIME Tricia Rose argues against mainstream hip-hop and the critics. She claims that “Commercial hip-hop is dead.” She doesn’t agree with what it has devolved into in order to sell. Many artists have reverted to perpetuating racial and gender stereotypes because it of its popularity. Additionally, artists who are alternative are part of an “under-ground” aren’t as popular because of their choice of topics.
Glee: “Pilot,” “Never Been Kissed,” “Furt” -- Reflections: I have always been a supporter of Glee if for the only reason that it means that I didn’t have to watch Jersey Shore. There are definitely episodes that I enjoy, and the messages that it over all presents, are good messages to send: anti-bullying, pro-diversity. It is a piece of dominant discourse that, like Brave, is trying to resist dominant Ideology. However, that does not mean that I don’t have problems with it.
Examples of Teens Resisting Dominant Ideology (or not) - Reflection(ish): This week’s assignment had sounded easy enough: spend time on the internet searching for examples of teens resisting dominant ideology. However, it isn’t as easy as it sounds. I, much like Julie, found that many teens perpetuate dominant discourse. However, I was able to find a few examples of resistance. However, these instances were not something you could simply Google, because more than likely the sites one would find would actually be about how to control teens effectively.