Whether it is Postman’s text on the truth of our society engaging the written word or The Wire’s statement of causality and identification, there are multiple personal connections from the material that are relatable to one another. In Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, readers learn that the written word is being replaced and even ignored. Print word was the media metaphor at the time, influencing discourse and classifying inferences in our history. Though, as explained by Postman, typography and exposition are replaced by show business and entertainment (Postman 63); this statement is truly relevant in our culture and can be seen in The Wire. With most characters denying their education and picking up troubled forms of entertainment, the print culture is ignored and misunderstood.
She suggests that the series relies on liminality through its ideologically diverse characters and plots and the roles of viewers as cultural “bricoleurs” and their various readings to appeal to various ideologically “niche” audience segments, in an attempt to access as a mass audience, like that which was in place in the Network Era in which Newcomb and Hirsch first theorized the cultural forum, mass audience, which is at the heart of television’s function as a cultural forum. Both pieces also cite the case of Charlie’s Angels, in explaining that different people may like, or dislike the same thing, but for different reasons, so for Parks and Recreation, conservative and liberals may both like the show, but for opposing reasons, such as their political ideologies being ‘positively’ represented. This is an important aspect of the cultural forum because it illustrates television’s role in raising questions, answerable by anyone according to their previously held beliefs, and not a circumscribed
Asma shows that his article was written for an educated or specialized audience by his continual use of complex vocabulary, as well as the place of which the article was first published. Asma did an excellent job convincing his audience using emotion, logic, and ethics. Besides his use of logic, there is a large amount of pathos in his writing, which makes the reader perceive that he is writing to a skeptical audience. For example, describing how in modern films, such as Frankenstein, “we dramatize the rage of the monstrous creature…then scold ourselves…[for being an] intolerant society”(61). “The liberal lesson of monsters
The author mentioned popular media people (like Rita Moreno) and literary characters (“Mammy” from Gone with the Wind) to show the source and the deepness of stereotypes. She includes dialogues and description of own ruefulness during the current event to create more emotion-oriented essay. Several main issues and single words are highlighted with the aid of italics, like the word ripen (Cofer 4) that showed boy’s expectances to Cofer’s sexual behavior. Was it author’s choice or not, the decision helps readers to see an important topic. The Myth of the Latin Woman explains the negative impact of stereotypes on Latin people from the point of view of the representative of this social group.
Ray Bradbury uses several craft moves throughout his dystopian story names ‘The Veldt’. Using imagery, foreshadowing, and irony; Ray Bradbury enriches the story with these varying craft moves. Each is used to place the setting and feel of the story in the readers’ minds. Imagery is a craft move that was used to detail important areas in the story and help sell the scene Bradbury is creating to the reader. This is used to build a mood; one in particular is suspense.
One undeniable fact of watching television lies in the fact that you will, at some point, get sucked into what feels like a never ending chasm of commercials. There are commercials that inspire you to change the channel, that puzzle you, encourage you to purchase something, or even commercials that make you question the purpose of it. But despite how ridiculous we might find some commercials, we will later find ourselves thinking about the advertisement. Advertisements work in three ways, by playing on our emotions, by attracting us with popular or catchy themes, or by appealing to us logically. Around this time last year Allstate came out with a commercial titled “Off Day.” The main character is a mom going about her business in a normal day.
Satire is nowadays found in many artistic forms of expression, including literature, plays, commentary, television shows, and media such as lyrics. In the text “My Satirical Self” the author explains “All these varied entertainments-human emotion on the web, on television, at the movies and between hard-lovers are attuned to the ridiculous in modern life”(Mason). This illustrates that no matter where you go in entertainments there is going to be satire. In today’s society people are accustomed to being around satire, they have accepted this fact by the passage of time. Also, according to the passage “In me straight faced language of a sermon, advocated solving me problem of poverty by selling children as meat - his made was perfect ironic”(Mason).
What is the intended purpose of the Mona Lisa, or Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night? Sure, these might appear as just a smiling woman and some stars. But is there an underlying meaning to what is seen at first glimpse? Allegory has the ability to convey complex ideas through seemingly straight-forward illustrations and text, thus being widely utilized by artists and authors as a device to communicate these hidden meanings. Arthur Miller, an American playwright, uses allegory in his screenplay The Crucible to demonstrate the similarities between the events of the Salem Witch Trials and the Red Scare, both in which individuals were wrongfully suspected and punished.
Ethnic stereotypes operate in the same ways for men and women. In the reading “ Being WEIRD: How Culture Shapes the Mind,” Ethan Watters mentions how culture shapes the way of thinking and perception. “The most interesting thing about cultures…they mold out most fundamental conscious and unconscious thinking and perception.”(Watters 496). This shows how culture is not just about the materialistic things, but how it influence’s ones thinking and judgment in general. A main source that influences an individuals judgement is the media.
In her novel 50 Facts that Should Change the World 2.0, Jessica Williams effectively uses persuasive third person writing to develop a text that is successful in using ethos, pathos, and logos to convince young adults to go into the world and make a change. Williams begins her novel by establishing a credible persona in order to maintain the readers trust throughout the book. Jessica is a journalist and television producer for the British
Temporal paradoxes, Greek Mythology, and SciFi are fascinating to me. All of these topics pull me from the realm of reality into fantasy, it distracts me from the things around me and challenges me to look at the world in a different on how it could affect the world. I always try to push myself mentally to view the world in another perspective. My sources vary from youtube to news articles. SciFi on television keeps my mind active with its possibilities of that could actually be our future.