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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Random post

This is just a random post I wanted to put up after seeing it on aol.  This connects back to the topics that we were raising in class about raising a boy or a girl and choosing whether you want to raise the child as a different gender.  This mother in the video raised her daughter as a male and refused to show the female characteristics of her.  Heres the video.

Monday, November 12, 2012

"Media and Ideology"- Croteau

Hyperlink/ Quotes
To begin this blog post I had to complete more google searching in what ideology means.  This article created confusion for me as I felt like there was no real definition for what this word means.  Although I had read this article I'm still confused as to what the whole meaning and sense of this article is.  I did some researching and I found out that ideology means a set of ideas, goals and actions. "Ideologies are systems of abstract thought applied to public matters and thus make this concept central to politics.  Every political or economic tendencey entails an ideology whether or not it is an explicit system of thought".
So basically ideology revovles around the media and politics.  While reading the article I found a few quotes that some what clarifies the meaning.
1. "Virtually all forms of mass media- radio, television, movies, music, and the internet are standard targets, attacked by politicians from different political perspectives who have t=little doubt that the media are ideological, selling certain messages and worldviews" (161).
2. " Media sell both products and ideas both personalities and worldviews" (161).
3. " The ideological work lies in the patterns within the media texts.  Ideas and attitudes that are routinely included in media become part of the legitimate public debate about issues". (163).
These quotes somewhat clarify my confusion.

After reading the whole article I'm still confused as what ideology means.  I would like to learn more about it and how it comes in place in the media and politically.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Event Post

Just wanted to say that Friday I was working and I was in the BabyGap section and a mother and her probably 5 year old daughter were looking at the toddler clothes and I was walking around offering customer service.  When I overheard this mother and daughter talking and the daughter said "Mommy there's no princess like clothes here" just with that comment I was hooked to see what the mother would say and I was shocked thinking oh good is this really happening.  So the mom turned around to the daughter looking at me saying "yeah there is no princess clothes here, lets go to the other section (kids) to see if we can find something for you to wear that's more Princessy"  I just was shocked that the little girl was saying that and the mother just went along with it.  We do sell pink clothes and we have pink tutus but I'm so confused as for why that would happen.  In my head I was thinking about this class as this was taking place in my work place.  Really!??!! Just another day at work with little kids categorizing themselves already from a young age.
This event relates to the article we read in class called Cinderella Ate my Daughter.   As it talks about girls and how society is revolving certain colors for genders.  It mentions pink and then I connected this to my day at work as it was unbelievable of how this girl was acting and how her mother was promoting it.  This article has made a difference of how I look at things.  Although when I gift wrap the customers bought gift I use the baby blue string to go around the box and then we have three types of sticker; a green owl, a blue whale and a pink elephant.  Its ironic that the company sends us just those certain types of colors for supply.  Usually I ask the customer what color sticker they would like and sometimes people say its fine anything is good so normally I put the gender color of what gender there buying for.  I question myself now should I give them a choice or should I just supply it on the box?  This situation also refers to "What about the Boys" as it shows what is occurring for the boys point of view and how society is categorizing .

"And the winner is....."-Election 2012

Reflection, Connection
So this was the first time I actually got involved in this Election Year.  I usually watch the election on TV when I'm flipping through the channels just to see whos in the lead.  But I never really "Watched it". I think I was more involved in this year election because it was a project and I wanted to see who would be leading the rest of the four years as I am going to be in college.  So the good news is that question three was passed yeah to a new Fogarty Life Science Building.  Besides watching the election on TV, I didn't vote this year but I am still glad to see the end results.  I am a supporter of Obama, (Sorry) but I don't think that Mitt Romney is real he sounds fake and I just don't think he would have been a good president.  (Sorry to offend anybody otherwise).  I was still involved in the election day because at my work place we had 30%off an entire purchase when you present your "I Voted" sticker, which I thought that was a nice thing to offer to the customers.  So I watched the election on Abc6 and Nbc10 too, the results were neck to neck, I took a couple notes, and here's what I found: (Obama =78  Romney = 76) And Romney won in Tennessee, this was @ 8:30p.m.  Channel 10s results (Obama = 57% Romney = 41%) at 8:42.  Then at 8:50 (Obama = 78   Romney=82).  At 9:12 (Obama = 123  Romney = 153).  Then at 9:48 (Obama = 153  Romney = 153) it was a tie and they need 270.  When I was watching the election I kept an eye out for Jill Stein which was the third opponent that my group chose to look at in this 2012 election year.  I had seen that at 8:42, Jill had 1% vote.  I connected this election to the group project as I watched the election.  This election was connected to the two readings that we had read in class regarding Obama and Romneys speeches of their wives explaining their husband.  We analyzed the aspects of their speech to the language and word choice that they were saying towards one another.  We had wrote on the board the comparisons about the first lady speeches.  This election relates to my academic stance as we analyzed both political parties as they gave their speeches.
Along with the election project I felt as though I was involved more in this years election than others as we looked at every aspect made t-charts in comparison and how we were assigned to watch the election.  I never would watch the election but this year this class made me feel more involved in the political sense and what is going to be going on in the next four years.  Hopefully Obama keeps his word and helps the economy and the crisis that we are having.