Sunday, February 23, 2014

A cycle of outrage: 3 quotes

The first quote I found explains a lot about how society works, even in the 1950s. “Look focused on this visual confusion, claiming that the new adolescent subculture of the 1950s looked aggressive, even if not all the youngsters were on the way to becoming criminals( pg.12).” The article focused on how teenagers lived by primarily focusing on a visual picture and then describing the adolescents to look aggressive, and on their way to become “criminals.” Even today there is a constant stereotype that distinguishes people from being aggressive or being sweet. I remember one of the first weeks of class we discussed how within every generation things will differ such as experiences that individuals encounter, but I think the stigma or visual around pictures of teenagers being “gothic” or “preppy” will always remain. Stereotypes remain present within society today; people are characterized by how they look and what their wearing constantly and usually judged just as Look describes them to be on their way to becoming a criminal (which is crazy to even say). I think it’s important for teens to experiment with their looks and can come to a place and be happy with who they are, so if that means looking not as the other kids, then who cares. I found this article that is great that describes a male teen who understands the misconceptions of teens.  
Cosmopolitan put it another way in a special issue devoted to explaining teenage behavior: We’ve stop trying to teach them how to live, but were asking them how they think we should live (pg. 13).” I found this quote to be so interesting because at this time in the late 1950s society was realizing how much of an impact that teenagers have on shaping culture today. The public only interprets the problem of teen behaviors rather than negatively stereotype teens. This quote reminded me of last week and Raby’s 5 discourses. The discourses categorized teens and what we perceive by them, rather than understand what an influence they have on culture today.  

My final quote describes music culture, “Although older American grew up jitterbugging in the 1930s, and then lost their hearts to Frank Sinatra during the war- and although there were countless efforts to soften and disguise the raw edges of the new music of the 1950s- somehow, the new music appeared hostile, and aggressive.” (pg. 15) After that quote the article explains how Elvis Presley’s music appeared to be lower class, and aggressive because of what he was singing. I think within every generation there are new styles or new fads, different experiences and different languages that we can talk about and sing about. Music now isn’t going to be the same as the 1950s post war for example, because of the different experiences and environment. Parents blamed rock and roll music as corrupting teens and making them misbehave because of the changing American culture. In the 1930s the music was a support during the war and in the 1950s the music became more edgy but all because of the heartbreaking and many different experiences America was encountering. Today music is going to be different because of the changing culture.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Tangle of Discources


A tangle of discourses discusses the dominant discourses in North American culture: the storm, becoming, at-risk, social problem, and pleasurable consumption. The material was drawn from young girls and their grandmothers to better explain the discourses through experience. After reading the text I could relate to some of the discourses throughout my teenage years.  I think parents and society are way too hard on teens, usually calling them immature, or having an attitude, when being a teen should be about being independent and learning/ being comfortable with you are and who your becoming. When I was 13 or 14 all I really wanted to do was be left alone and hangout with my friends. But it’s so typical today to be called moody or cranky. I found this text from the reading that is so common today,
 “On the one hand, Jess accepts the definition of her as moody and sees this as inevitable to teenage hood. Then she experiences herself being punished for it (moodiness as a social problem?)” pg.441
 I think parents are too quick to judge… I don’t think when they were in their teenage years they were the happiest to be around 24/7. I thought it was interesting how most of the teens could cite the negative stereotypes held on teens and how they are usually “bad, rude, or trouble makers.” The at-risk category I think for me didn’t happen so young, I think that teens may be exposed to drugs and alcohol much earlier today then I experienced it because I was so young that I didn’t really understand it. One of the grandmothers explains how children are at risk, “Jan was concerned that there is more stress and pressure on teens today than there was in the past.” I think the media has a lot to do with the pressure children face such as being skinny and pretty or drinking to fit it. The social problem reminded me of myself being a teen because it’s a time of trying to fit in and find our own identities, see who our friends our, when parents and society brand and stereotype children who have nose rings or that are dressed differently to be troublemakers and are
bad kids. All five discourses are present in society today  and people generalize
teens as being irresponsible and rude. I think the pressure on teens is just way too much, I would like to talk about in class how teens experience a great deal of pressure from parents, society, and the media.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Unlearning the Myths

“Our society’s culture industry colonizes their minds and teaches them how to act, live, and dream.” This quote is a great depiction of how society suggests and influences children to value such characters like Cinderella and cartoons. As I child I remember wanting to be Cinderella and loving anything princess, which is what society emphasizes. The article talks about how the impact of racism begins very early, and we often get a distorted view of people outside of our own racial or ethnic group. Last semester I took an online course of gender and society and I remember this article which is something that can change the ordinary for little girls.

“ Many students do not want to believe that they have been manipulated by children’s media and advertising.”  Children don’t understand that the media is influencing the stereotypes present in society today. The media is presenting racism, sexism, and class throughout movies, pictures, and literature. I thought it was interesting that older students could analyze children’s books and agree that the media presents an image for these children that is shaped by the media. Students were able to decode the assumptions that are presented today. 

"Women's role in fairy tales disort reality." The article provided examples how Tinker Bell is giving children the message that the mirror is the enemy and that her hips were too big. Every child looks up to whoever it may be, Tinker Bell, a cartoon, Spiderman, Barbie, whoever it may be that they want to be just like them, which can be unrealistic. Girls go to extreme measures to look like a barbie and go to such extremes as dieting and having an obsession with something very unrealistic and media-driven. After reading about the teachers idea to reconstruct and analyze the inequalities by creating characters that contained "relationships of respect and "equality."