Wednesday, June 29, 2011

(If you open the video in Youtube you can read the text much better)

For my final project I took the topic of teen pregnancy in the media.  I find that in numerous movies, television shows, and magazines that teen pregnancy for the most part is glamorized, there are a few media presentations where is it not also, but for the most part I feel it is. My first way of proving my argument I used facts about what do today’s teen say, many teens felt that sex in media has gone up over the years and that the media is glamorizing pregnancy.  For my second view point I find a YouTube video made about how the media looks at teen pregnancy.  For my third view point I found an article online by Rick Nauert PHD in the Senior News Editor, I used a few quotes from his article to help support my argument from his studies. My fourth viewpoint is a magazine cover with Jamie Lynn and her baby, and how being a mom is the best feeling in the world. My final view point is of a talk show on how teen pregnancy reality shows are sending the wrong message.  The media often looks at how everything is going perfectly for these teens, whether is it them finishing school, parents buying them a house, parents fully taking care of the baby, or even how doing adaption is easy. The media rarely look at the struggles and complications of teenage pregnancy.
While doing this final project and looking up different media texts, I felt like the biggest topic in class that related to this were the discourses by Rebecca Raby.  Many teens in the videos, magazines, and movies, show all these discourses. It proves Raby’s point those discourses can relate to every topic of a teenagers, and even adults. 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Reflection : Cinderella ate my daughter

This reading was interesting about Disney princesses and the world. The author says how parents cannot keep the world away from their daughters, and can only prepare them.
We learn why parents want to keep kids away from the Disney magic, just like in the reading how the parent kept the story of Snow White, and we saw how a fairy tale plays out in children.
Also, on page 18 we see how the image on the Welcome to our campus banner was seen, little girl with glitter rhinestone tiara. Many parents can try to keep this princess images away from daughters so they don't act this way. But eventually she's going to get old enough to learn it from our culture and that her value may well depend on submissive behavior, dressing sexy.

The best thing the author suggests is to talk about the issues with these fairy tales. To talk about the images, the products, the dangers, and help girls present there own values early in life.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

how being a good girl can be bad for girls'extended comments

For this talking point on did extended comments. For this I used Sarah's blog. I read her's first and all her points were very clear and understanding, I also enjoyed her hyperlinks she added into her blog.

In the beginning of her blog she added a video called "Why being a "Good Girl" can be bad' which tells how girls are taught to be selfless and modest, but in the future this can actually hurt them. In our society we expect a good girl to look and act like this: blue eye, little girl, quiet, perfect, sheltered, good grades, studies, no opinions on things, well rounded, follower, preppy, has to do everything right, honorable, tons of friends, wealthy, popular, boyfriend, athletic, natural hair, BARBIE, people pleaser.  Sarah made a good connection with this video and the article that girls are taught to young how to dress, look, and act. To be able to teach girl "no is okay" is not going to be easy as she put it. I agree with everything that Sarah stated in this paragraph, and thought she did a clear just of explaining it. GOOD JOB!

Easy A movie.
For the three questions Sarah made it very easy for myself to understand her points as a reader, she used good headings. I liked how for the question " How is homosexuality presented in the film" she gave myself background information about Olive and Brandon which helped to see how this movie at first hides gay feelings. I agree with her about this movie trying to "save" gays.
I agree with the second question and answer that Tolman and Higgens would be happy with how Olive is standing up for herself even if isn't not traditional. I feel that myself also Im not traditional. I've always been known to my guy friends to be the one not to piss off or else, you get the "Jackie glare" and not ride home. I agree that media can be both positive and negative, and it all depends on which side of a case you stand on.

All in all, I thought Sarah's post was good and agreeable. She could have added a little bit of a connection to her real life, or clips from the movie to support her topics.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Mastering Your Johnson

For this talking point I did connections.
Relating this article Mastering You Johnson by author Krassas I made the two connection toward Rabys article on discourses and also Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants by Marc Prensky. 

Because Mastering You Johnson says, "that magazines in today’s times have become very explicit. Krassas begins with saying how women are being portrayed in magazines. Those women are placed in a certain position because that is the role they are expected to take on." Because of many things the other said about magazines we can relate that this plays into many of the five discourses, one being storm, social problems, and at-risk. It relates to social problems because to many women are trying to get the "perfect" image, most women are doing this for attraction of men. I would also relate this to at-risk because it is making women into who they are not naturally, and also there is a chance of depression because of not achieve this perfect image. 

I related this to the article Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants because I think the way magazines are looked at are very different. Our generation just looks at most of these girls as normal, pretty, and what men want. While the Digital natives would look at this as trashy and respectful. I actually saw a example of this in a television show Friday night. While a mother thought a outfit in a magazine would look good for her daughters party and a grandmother thought it was showing to much skin, and trashy slutty feeling. I think every person looks at magazines a different way, just like everyone looks at life in different ways. I personally would relate the author of Mastering the Johnson a Digital Immagrant because he doesn't understand the new generation of readers. Readers today in most of these magazines don't care about issues in the world, they care about gossip and how to make them self more attractive and valuable.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Media text

I choose this article and picture because it shows teens participants in the Adventures in Media program. Its a  picture of them standing in front of a mural on 14th street mall designed and installed by The Urban Studio. The Urban Studio is basically a storefront space reclaimed by imaginative neighborhood residents interested in using creativity to shape and strengthen community. It’s one of the many bright spots making the near north side a lively and changing place to live.
As part of the program, the teens are making some media of their own and also blogging about there own media. In which here is the link to there blogs to learn more. Blogs Click here

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants the author Marc Prensky

A good quote to open ones mind to the reading is on page three paragraph five, “should the Digital Native students learn the old ways, or should their Digital Immigrant educators learn the new?”
In Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants the author Marc Prensky talks about the education gap between what he calls the digital native generation to the digital immigration generation.  The digital natives are said to be the kids who were born into this digital world, basically our generation, we know this like computer and internet, facebook, MySpace, word, excel, making webpage’s. However, people like our grandparents are not the same they are a generation of digital immigrants. During this time everything was simple, between having to read books for answers compared to Google. These two groups are compared to be very different in our society, where we look at it as they had it hard and the other generation’s looks at the internet to being hard. We learn in this article that the biggest problem with in our education today is that our teachers who are from a different generation then the students are having a hard time teaching this generation because of how the learning ways are different. This is explained better on page 2 of the reading. I believe that this is a reason schools should start employing younger teachers rather than keeping the ones who have been there for 20 years. Teachers need to see the difference between times and learn the new ways because this is the future not the past.
Quote that I found on another blog in which I totally agreed with is, “We need to invent Digital Native methodologies for all subjects, at all levels, using our students to guide us.” (Page 6, paragraph 1) 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

A tangle of Discourses:Girls Negotiating Adolescence

In this reading by Rebbecca C Raby we read about a research study of 30 interviews, all being from teenage girls and their grandmothers all from the Toronto area in Canada. For this reading I choose to do a reflection on the text.  

What does it make you think about ?
This reading seemed to open my mind as to how teenagers are  looked at and many of the different stereotypes that classify todays youth. Mostly being that they are moody and rebellious. One quotes in this article that really stood out was on page 444, “Yeah, I think that teenagers, they are trouble- maker and they do things”. I believe we stereotype teenagers to much and not all teenagers are trouble makers and shouldn't be punished or label as a trouble- maker, until proven other wise.  I however do understand that the majority of teenagers do cause trouble but us as a community we shouldn't continue to label these teenagers as trouble maker. I feel that if teenagers are always looked at as negative then they will have nothing positive to look forward to or will fall into the trap of trouble makers because they feel it is just what is excepted from them. 

How does this relate to you?
Still being a individual who not long ago just got out of her teenager years I can relate this article to myself of how teenagers are stereotypes mostly as trouble-makers and moody.  When you are looked at this way you feel like nobody has faith or trust in you because of the whole stereotype on teenagers and not someone just personally getting to know you. There are many times when just walking into a store you can feel a sales person following you around because you are a teenager and they just assume you will steal something. Also, within the past few weeks I have felt like even others who don't realize you are now a adult still look at you as a teenager and treat you differently. When we went looking for cars nobody wanted to help us because they thought o they are to young they don't mean business and for us that honestly just made us leave and go look at other places.

While doing some research I came across a question that caught my attention to ask everyone.
Is Adolescence viewed as biological, and how is adolescence and discourse viewed within our society, not only by women but men as well?

Youtube video about stereotypes and teens :

Video by my chemical romance called Teenagers