Monday, February 25, 2013

So all I could think of when watching this is how our class is currently using a social network to connect and comment haha. Also i was on skype and looking at fb while watching it, totally feeding into the "not paying attention sterotype. This is something I think we can all connect to on our social networks have completely changed our life. I think its safe to say that most people especially teens have some form of social network. When the video of free hugs was shown it made me think of kony and how quickly that spread. I love going on twitter and updating my tweets and going on facebook to creep or post events. This class has and others like it help students learn by having them go on the computer, an object many people are familiar with. Its engaging and better then sitting in a lecture hall being talked at instead of talked to. I think Wesch wants adults and educators to learn how to reach out to kids to get them to enjoy learning and even just learn something.

Monday, February 18, 2013


This link is in reference to the part on page 21 about how teens need to have the conversation about sex with their parents.

This picture is how society sees teens today.Young, niave, and all together, judging each other and making faces that are suggestive or angry. Hines says that the teenager is paitined in societies image of them. This image being parties and unawareness of the world around them.

Hines says that we are always becoming but never mature. Even parents have teen tendancies.
Parents with tattoos and going to parties is taboo and frowned upon, yet still common today. The balance is off Hines suggest in adults judging teens with they themselves have not yet matured.
such as the idea of talking about sex with their kids, awkard and uncomfortable, yet their the damn parent suck it up and speak.

This seems to be the attitude of teens as suggested by Hines, yet they have not perfect the not caring part. Each person young or old still yearns for acceptance.
I am using Angelas post about Raby as the center of my post for the extended comments portion of our asignment. I figured I would extend off of her post because i had a hard time with this peice. Angela broke down in her post about what discourse and adolesence meant, which i found to be helpful. Discourse being "verbal experssion or writing". She then had a picture of the word discourse being broken down to show that discourse constantly changes depending on the person. She also goes on to talk about her teenage years in a brief paragraph and how difficult it was to feel like she was always being poked at to change or conform. A feeling im sure many people have felt then and now. Angela then broke down further Rabys stages of being a teen. With each stage she comments on what the stages mean. I wish Angela had elaborated on how she felt at each stage or if she even felt she was in any of those stages at any point. Her last comment about wanting to hear about peoples teenage years i thought was cool. I think it would be fun to have a class where everyonet talks about what they have gone through and why they are here now. I know this can be personal but sharing ones story of self helps to engage others. Angelas block was easy to read and a fun read. Her break down of Raby helped me better understand what was going on in that article.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"My waist didn't dip into an hourglass: in fact, according to the novels I read my thick ankles doomed me to be cast as the peasant women reaping hay". pg 126
This quote foreshadows what the reading is about. The introduction about the authors body gives leeway to undoing media. As little girls most of us wanted to be beautiful skinny princesses and felts ashamed when our bodies did not turn out like Cinderella. The author sheds light on this fact in her opening paragraph. A subtle dig at women that most people do not see or turn a blind eye to.This small quote brings up so many issues teens face as a result of media.

"Children's cartoons, movies, and literature are perhaps the most influential genre "read". pg 127
The purpose of this article is presented plainly in this quote. That from a young age people are exposed to society and its influence on children. The article goes on to talk about how girls are seen as homemakers and told to be skinny, while men are seen as strong and powerful. Much like media the article does not bluntly express this, it is an underlying tone. The media is sneaky like that and makes innocent movies about princesses into making sure kids know their place when they get older. All my childhood was spent dressing like a lady and receiving easy bake ovens for presents. Small yet overwhelming acts that prove media is the puppet master.

"That we can quietly rebel in the privacy of the classroom while we practice our writing skills, but we don't really have to do anything about the problems we uncover". pg 134
The rest of the article goes on to explain the role she had her students take in regards to the media. She has them explore cartoons and educate parents on the issues surrounding the media and how it effects their children. This is something I hope we can accomplish by taking this class. She encourages and challanges her students to open their eyes and see the bigger picture. That society is running around spewing nonsense and no one is stopping it.

This article was a great idea to read in the beginning because it gets us fired up about the issues we will tackle in this class. That other people recgonize how corrupt society can be and that the media should no longer get away with this. Corrupt princesses are just the start of our problems concerning media.

That link i found to be intriguing

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Argument: After reading the passages from Croteau on the topic of media and ideology it is clear that Croteau feels that media rules the way we view the world. He pulls from ideas around hegemony and Marxist. Marxists believe that media is controlled by the upper class and teaches the working class how to act and what to believe. Hegemony means that it is common sense to act the way the media dictates. This idea of hegemony is always in motion due to the fact that some images in the media are considered "not normal" and people begin to question if the "not normal" is even a bad thing. Croteau is trying to make the reader understand that even when people think the media is progressing to be more inclusive, it is always taking steps to make sure the viewer does not think those appearing inclusive are correct.The example used is having people on talk shows that are not in the main media stream. This appears to be a good thing that society is becoming excepting. Yet these people are placed on these shows to be seen as bizarre and abnormal. It is a constant battle between who is in power and those who are not. Trying to express being individuals in a world where individuality is dictated by those in power.
here is a link to the root of the word Hegemony. This is a word was one I did not fully understand so here is a link if anyone else had any trouble with it.
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Hegemony in Antonio Gramsci. Hegemony. "Hegemony" was most likely derived from the Greek egemonia, whose root is egemon, meaning "leader, ruler, often in the sense of a state other than his own" (Will...