For our final blog assignment in Media Criticism, the class was to read a few of our classmate’s blogs and then pick four that we liked and wanted to discuss. Each student was to give feedback on our four classmate’s blogs. We should have each discussed the positive aspects of their blogs, what we liked, what we agreed with, maybe what we disagreed with, anything they may not have covered, additional places to find information, and how they might improve their blog. I enjoyed this last assignment! It may have been one of the most fun and interesting blogs we’ve had to do thus far. Below are the text of my four comments:
I really enjoyed this blog about media criticism. I also enjoyed that you used “Skins” as your example text; I have never seen the show but it has gotten a lot of notice so it was interesting to hear your point of view on things.
I am glad that you spoke about the British version first. Until reading your blog, I didn’t know that MTV’s “Skins” was derived from another version. From your blog I also learned that the British version is quite different from ours. Based on your blog, I gather that the British version is not nearly as risque and a little more realistic. I think it may be interesting to watch the British version!
I agree with you that it is tough to see such young children act out lewd acts like the characters took part in on “Skins”. I agree with many parents that the show seemed like child pornography; the show really did take it a little far at time! I think this show is crazier than any show on MTV when were in high school watching MTV at 10 p.m.
I liked that you discussed parent’s reactions to “Skins”. I had read about parent’s harsh reactions to the show but your blog gave a really good description of them as well. However, I think it may have been interesting to read about the viewers reaction to the show. I wonder what kids thought of the show? Maybe they didn’t see it as so crazy and risque. Or, maybe even they were taken back by some of what they saw.
Overall, I think this was a great post. I learned some interesting information that I can definitely take away with me and consider when talking/ thinking about media criticism. Great job!
I really enjoyed you blog about Disney and their hegemonic power. I agree with everything you had to say; I believe my blog on this same topic was very similar! The movie we watched in class called the “Mickey Mouse Monopoly” was definitely a good one!
I also agree that Disney influenced each of us growing up. I too only wanted my mom to buy Disney themed macaroni and cheese and Disney Princess Band-Aids. I had also convinced myself that products with their characters on them tasted and worked better than any other product or brand.
I too believe that Disney themes influence the way children think about their gender roles. Like the movie shows, the way the Disney characters act influences the way that young children act. Little girls often play the “damsel in distress” role while little boys play the “tough guy” coming to the rescue.
I like how you discussed how differently our parent’s and grandparents grew up. They did not have the brands coming after them the way that we did. They had more simple toys that were just that: toys. No brands, characters to buy, etc. It was much simpler then and you did a good job pointing that out.
It would have also been interesting if you had a parent’s take on Disney’s hegemony and children. I’m sure there are parents out there who have a few opinions on the way Disney influences their children and other children’s lives!
The one suggestion I would give you to improve your blog just a little bit is to have connected your discussion about Disney more with ideology and ideological criticism. Maybe at the end you could add how everything you discussed and explain relates back to your first description of ideological criticism.
Overall, great job! The blog was very informative and interesting.
This is a great blog post! I enjoyed reading about your thoughts on consumerism and I agreed with basically everything you had to say. Your writing was interesting and keeps the reader involved. It is refreshing to not have to read paragraph after paragraph, but to stay interested with questions and good pictures.
You did a good job relating consumerism to ideology and ideological criticism. You also did a great job defining ideology and ideological criticism to the readers. You also cleared up some confusion I had about political economy.
I liked how you discussed “The Mickey Mouse Monopoly” and related it to quite a few things from class. I agree that we are constantly subjected to everything that Disney owns and puts out.
You could have also related this back to our child hoods. I’m sure you, like me, were influenced by Disney characters and movies. “Mickey Mouse Monopoly” also discussed the way Disney markets to young children. It would have been interested to get your take on this point!
Nice job talking about the second movie from class that dealt with treating children as consumers.I was also bothered by the fact that toy companies find it necessary to market sex to young children, more specifically girls. Why do 10 year old girls need to worry about being sexy? Maybe they wouldn’t think about it if their dolls weren’t so sexualized. And the fact that companies market violence to boys is scary too.
The Bratz Dolls discussion in the movie threw me for a loop as well. I think these sexualized dolls send young girls the wrong message about what is important in their life. 15 year olds shouldn’t be thinking about sex or being sexy. They also shouldn’t be so bombarded with material things. The fact that their Bratz dolls come with so many different accessories and toys may be giving them the wrong message about material things.
The only thing you could have done to improve your blog a little bit would have been to connected the two in-class movies. It would have been interesting to read about how the two movies are similar or different. I’m sure this would have been especially interesting in this blog because you made so many other great points!
Great job with this blog. Very entertaining and informative.
This is a great blog! I really enjoyed reading it and agreed with everything you had to say. Also, you chose a really great advertisement. You dissected it well when discussing semiotics.
To relate this advertisement back to more of what we learned in class you could have talked a little bit more about the parts of semiotics. For example, you could have discussed the codes and signifier in the ad. It wouldn’t have made too much of a difference in this interesting blog, but it could have tied more information together.
I like how you discussed the slogan and name of the perfume. Interesting how you noted that the word “heat” was in red, like fire. Red is also known to be a color of romance, which is something that this ad is definitely trying to sell/ get across. I also agree that the slogan should have been bigger to be more obvious to the readers. The slogan should be something that the reader sees to get them to buy the product! Also, I agree that the perfume should have been in the ad, not so much Beyonce. The ad is to sell the perfume, not Beyonce.
Nice job discussing the cultural idea that “sex sells”. I have also wondered why this is. You’re right; we do hear this saying all of the time but no one really ever discussed WHY sex sells. What is it about sex that makes people more eager to buy a product? Your blog explained and discussed this well. And based on this picture of Beyonce, her brand obviously agrees that sex does sell!
I agree that this is a risque advertisement for Beyonce to be a part of. She does have many young fans, so I guess it was a good thing that this ad was mainly placed in adult geared magazines like Cosmopolitan. Interesting comment about how the ad did not get good feedback. I have seen this ad a few times before and often thought “Wow, I can’t believe Beyonce is in this ad!” but didn’t realize that others thought the same.
Good job citing that you got some of your information from the book. Somewhere that you could have found additional information may have been the internet and/or google searches. I’m sure there have been a few things written about Beyonce’s ads. You and I definitely aren’t the only people who think that this ad is risque and totally sexualized!
Overall, great blog. I feel like I learned a lot from it and you made some really good points. I found this blog interesting and entertaining. Nice writing too; you kept the reader intrigued with a couple quotes and questions.
I enjoyed using a blog as a way to complete assignments. It made me feel like my writing was more relaxed and didn’t have to be so straight-edged like I normally feel when I’m writing a paper for a class. By using a blog, I felt that I could use jargon that my fellow classmates understood and I didn’t have to be so “by the book”. I like how some students phrased parts of their blogs as questions and added quotes. This kept me, and I’m sure other readers, more intrigued then we would normally be when reading a response to something. WordPress also made it very easy to post and read comments that other students had left. These posts/comments gave me good ideas for future writing assignments. I would recommend that Dr. Nichols keep blogs in her future assignments. They make students feel more at ease yet they are still a great learning tool and writing tool.