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!