The teenager seems to have replaced the Communist as the appropriate target for public controversy and foreboding. ~Edgar Friedenberg, The Vanishing Adolescent

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

things you need to bring to next (last) class

Please bring these objects with you to the final class

1. Your blog comment sheets
2.Paragraph on group dynamic in final project
3. Media artifact grad(ed) sheet
4. Midterm blog assessment

Remember we will be meeting in the S.U. Ballroom for class at 4 and then will spend the last hour finishing up the final project presentations and wrapping up the class.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Extra Credit Opportunity: Boston Slut Walk Information

Boston Slut Walk
When: May 7 starts @ noon

Where: Government Center     Boston, MA

"This event will not only entail standing up against rape culture and slut-shaming, but will also create an environment of grrrl love and a sense of solidarity.  We will be marching in protest of rape culture and slut-shaming."

Final projects groups and topics

Amanda M.- working solo on songs with teenagers in the title or are about teenagers

Ron, Taylor, Hillary- representation of teenagers and the mall through different medias

Diana, Mary, Lauren- TV portrayals of teenagers through the decades

Lexi and Deirdre- Easy A

Melissa and Blue- teenage lesbians and the media

Jane- working solo on teenagers representing themselves (and their teenage friends) in media

Raquel, Nneka, Jessica- sex in Degrassi: past and present

Annie, Leecy, Jasmine- teen body image

Dante- solo work on LGBTQ teen representation

If you missed class today or are not in a group listed here please comment below and I will add you :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

ideas for final projects discussed in class

Remember: Whats your argument? Claim?

• Teens in television over the years old school vs contemporary
o 60-70s, 80s, 2000s
• Methodology-close readings (jane)
• LGBTQQ in TV and Movies  video mashup
o Survey
• Images of LGTBQ Teenagers vs. Adult representations in the LGBTQ community
• Degrassi past and present in its representation of sex
Losing your virginity
o Sexual violence
• Easy A- sexuality through the lense of power dynamics in the binary
• Songs with teenager in the title- the representation of dominant ideology
• Body image and the “teen” body
• The mall!!!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

A chance to disect some more media!

Sugar Rush is a show that aired on Channel Four, a United Kingdom's TV station targeted at teenagers.  This is the station that aired the original Skins and the show Misfits, all which re-present teenage life in the U.K.  The pilot episode of Sugar Rush aired in 2005 and the show ran for 2 seasons and was awarded an Emmy before being cancelled in 2007.

This is the first ten minutes of the pilot episode:

Use the readings from class, the discourses in the syllabus, and SCWAMP to analysis this text and answer the questions:
How does this perpetuate the dominant ideology?
How does this dismantle the dominant ideology?
Think about Raby- how does this re-present teenagers?

I am super interested to see how the class feels about this text!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Quotes from the Jared Ball Readings

Hey Teenagers and/in the Media Class-
Since everyone is only assigned one reading I thought it would be helpful to post some quotes I found important in each reading to give you an understanding of the broader picture Jared Ball is trying to present in this 4 part series.  Remember this is what I found to be important, so you may have found different quotes or ideas to be more important then the ones I'm listing and thats fine too.

Hip-Hop, Mass Media and 21st Century Colonization READING 1
"Given the societal need and function of mass media and popular culture, all that is popular 
is fraudulent. Popularity is in almost every case an intentionally constructed fabrication of what it claims to represent."

"Like mass media and popular culture, hip-hop too is often removed from its proper context (Hip-hop is often taken out of the existing context of political struggle, repression, or the primacy of a domestic/neo-colonialism) as the cultural expression of a domestically-held internal colony otherwise known as Black America."

How colonialism is still present in US
1)   "Black people remain held in spatially distinct communities, neighborhoods, projects, etc. where they, 2) form the basis of this country’s source of cheap labor and, 3) raw materials – which include cultural expression and, specifically, hip-hop."

"held intentionally in poverty so as to create conditions of desperation, Black people must then sell their labor cheaply and/or be willing to conform themselves to the needs and will of an elite in order to “succeed.”

"corporations are themselves legal entities that give sanction and anonymity to those involved in the process of protecting the ruling elite. Therefore, their ability to sign (via contract), promote, disseminate, etc. the cultural expression of the colonized allows them to determine the direction or content in most popular hip-hop."

"there can be no popular representation of the colonized that does not reflect a justification or omission of their colonized status. It is the status of a neo-colony that needs changing, not the beats used by those expressing a desire for something different."

"Fewer people, almost all exclusively within the same self-identified racial, class, and gendered interest group, have a greater ability today than at any other time to produce a global consciousness conducive to their interests… In a society where culture is used as a primary component or mechanism of
social control, that which becomes “pop culture” is fraudulent in that it is forced, as Fanon has explained, to “testify against” its creators and to serve those able to determine its reach or societal penetration."

"Hip-hop’s popularity has done nothing to improve Black America’s overall wealth, education, health-care, or certainly rates of imprisonment. In fact, the popularity of hip-hop is used to deny these conditions or explain them as natural to the conditions of African America."

Hip-Hop and the Corporate Function of Colonization READING 2
"Within the last few weeks alone we have seen recent decisions and trends evolve demonstrating the intent and need among those in power to further ensure that mass media will perform its primary (only?) function of manipulating popular consciousness for the purpose of manipulating behavior of the audience (victims). These developments can only be understood in the context of a continuing process of subjugation in which media play a primary role in suppressing dissent."

"This elite uses the structure of corporate governance to maintain this control in relative anonymity where CEOs and commercial spokespeople become mere illusions masking their position as modern-day colonial administrators… they are simply that group which, as administrators, administer to society that which limits or confounds ranges of thought so as to keep people from stepping – intellectually or literally – beyond acceptable parameters."

"This corporate-led lockdown of mass media and popular culture is part of a long historical process to maintain “order” over populations whose ability to produce and popularize a revolutionary culture and, therefore, conscious behavior would mean the end of established power."

"This popularity then encourages perceptions of the colonized that support their colonization and, in fact, encourage a behavior among the colonized which produces self-inflicted wounds that while in reality result from externally-based oppression are justified via perception."

"Censorship is political not linguistic. It’s not the “fuck” in Young Buck’s Fuck da Police that was censored."

"Money… itself exists only to manage/manipulate the behavior of the majority who have none"

"Corporate lockdown of popular media is a political necessity … Our approach to the study of and response to media must be akin to that of Huey P. Newton who said he “studied law to become a better burglar.”

Colonialism is the Lens and Hip-Hop is the Mirror READING 3
"colonialism, without conscious and organized interruption, reproduces itself even as it goes often unnamed or perhaps misunderstood."

"Colonialism demonstrates itself daily and discourages any consideration of its application so it is perfectly appropriate … to establish colonialism as model, method or lens through which to explore its contemporary expression."

"Artists described their inability to book space in the city’s theaters as well as their difficulty in reaching much of the youth of DC who either never hear of their work or who upon hearing/seeing cannot penetrate the established and accepted notions of themselves. But this is inevitable in will by definition be difficult to find places to perform what have been forced to be counter-images of themselves."

"if youth are to be forced by the city’s two leading Black-targeted commercial radio stations to hear Keyshia Cole’s “Let it Go” or T.I.’s “Big Things Poppin’” a combined 120 and 80 times per week (respectively) then it is, again, inevitable – whether the songs are liked or not – that these will largely define their standard for cultural expression."

Why is Hip-Hop Controlled?” …by controlling the means of selection, promotion, distribution and, therefore, societal impact it is labels who manage hip-hop for their international conglomerate owners themselves in need of mechanisms of limiting ranges of thought and behavior among as wide a population as possible."

“these indigenous peoples – nations, actually – compris[e] a ‘Fourth World’… upon the expropriation of whose lands and resources all states depend for their very existence” what land would D’mite have us buy and with what money? In other words, Black poverty is not the result of the choice to purchase “spinning rims” as D’mite suggests, it is that fundamental to colonialism is the monopolization of land ownership which forces, promotes and relegates only the purchase of rims and other trifling goods to the poor. And if this basis is understood all systems of media and popular culture can be more clearly identifiable as to their function and necessity in keeping image, thought, and action within what those in control find to be acceptable ranges."

"Colonialism must be or be part of any lens constructed to analyze hip-hop just as its being a mirror must be understood to be reflecting the colonial process currently in play."

Hip-Hop and Colonialism: Recognition and Response READING 4
"My point within this series can best be 
summarized similarly and in microcosm; our concern cannot be with the
prevailing wisdoms contained within popular hip-hop journalism, scholarship or
media reform which often argue or describe a struggle for “power” within a
colony. Ours must be a concern over how,
in this case hip-hop, can demonstrate the existence and need to overthrow the
colonial status or the very existence of colony."

"attempts to understand anything
about our current world, including hip-hop, without recognizing the
fundamentality of this colonial relationship would be like trying to
“understand the tides absent recognition of the moon.”

"colonialism requires a
domestic and foreign policy to which empire-promoting concepts of people and
the world, of the exchange of money and culture can be grafted, shaped."

"So Chang does well to note the global
popularity of hip-hop which has by now become “a lingua franca that binds young
people all around the world” but in that same sentence negates the power of the
first thought by concluding that this gives “them the chance to alter it with
their own national flavor.” For if that
which binds are chains – or more appropriate to the immediate moment,
nooses – than what good is it? Or better yet, for whom is this bind meant to
benefit and for whom is it meant to hurt?"

"important point of colonialism which is that individual or even small group
collective agency is no even match for the power of mass media and
communication or their ideological content which they are employed and designed
to impose on we the subjects."

"hip-hop has not eradicated one ghetto or slum
or done one thing to slow the increasing
gaps in wealth or freed one political

"colonialism cannot sustain a situation where Malcolm X becomes the standard for
pan-African unity. It needs, as Chang’s
article states, for exported hip-hop to be what some in Africa have realized
more than we; that, musically popular hip-hop has been made to be what
McWhorter is to us politically, “white-boy oppressor music” even if performed
in Black-face by Black faces."

"None can or
are willing to discuss this intentional shift as part of maintenance of power
and as being connected to a legacy and continuation
 of colonialism where the cultural expression of the colonized must be formatted
to the needs, goals, aspirations and ideology of the colonizer."

"Just as in politics there must be abnormal
 organization there must be the same regarding the pursuit of quality cultural expression 
or answers to ending the cycle of colonization which remains unfortunately 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Just thinking about today's class

This quote by Adrienne Rich reminds me of what we are doing each time we critically view our world. Thought you all might enjoy this snip it from her poem Diving Into the Wreck.

Friday, March 18, 2011

sites to find Glee episodes for free

Hello Teenagers and/in the Media class,
Here are some sites that you can watch the episodes from Glee for free. If you would feel more comfortable buying them they are available for purchase on Itunes and Amazon as well. Below are some direct links but if for some reason they dont work for you check out which will give you a list of sites that offer the episode.
Pilot Episode(S1E1)-
Never Been Kissed (S2E6)-
Furt(S2E8)- I can not find a free site that has this video everyone has been taken down due to copyright infringement, that means you may have to buy this episode to view it. if anyone finds a site that has the video to watch for free please comment with the link.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Anita Hill voicemail

An ABC blog post quotes both the voicemail left for Anita Hill by Virginia Thomas and both of their responses after the voicemail was left.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Thought you would get a kick out of this!

Christensen is not the only one that finds issue with the way Disney perpetuates gender ideals that are harmful to both genders and create gender binaries which exclude anyone different from the norm.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

our wordle!!!!

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A Media Artifact reference

To give you an idea of how media artifacts works I have put up the one I did last year with my partners for the class along with the questions we asked. You can use this as a reference when your creating your own media artifacts this semester.



1. How is this progressing or digressing the feminist movement?

2. When the general public views this video how are they educated about feminists?

3. How does this educate us about men?

4. What does this tell teenagers who haven’t been exposed to women studies or media analysis courses?

5. How does this educate us about the LGTB community?

6. What is this trying to sell us?

7. “Women’s bodies are not present in “Telephone” for male pleasure, they do not progress a male storyline, nor are women defeated for male purposes of sex or domestication. Women are not “othered.”-Electric Emily, Jukebox Heroines.
Do you agree with this blogger?

Monday, January 31, 2011

Just got finished reading everyones blogs and they are AWESOME! Each and every one of you has a unique outlook and world view that you bring to the classroom community. I am so excited to finally meet everyone and have our first in class discussion on the reading!
:) See you tomorrow!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hey All-
My name is Kayla and I will be doing my Women Studies internship as the teaching assistant to Professor Bogad. I am a senior in the Women Studies department and will be looking for a real job when i graduate at the end of this semester. :) I loved this class when iI took it last year and am so excited to be involved in the teaching aspect of it this semester. I currently work at D&G Auto Services part time and live in Cumberland with my best friend and pet ferret. The TV shows I am currently obsessing about are Modern Family, Gossip Girl, Greek, and Skins all of which perpetuate ideas about teenagers to teenagers. Mindless TV isn't so mindless, media has an extraordinary amount of power over what you think and thats why I find it so intriguing. It is my hope that through media education I will one day be able to change the way our society views gender, race, ability, socio-economic status, and religion.