Well hey there media critics! I am sad to say that this is my last blog post for Media Criticism class. Time has flown by and I am graduating in 2 weeks! Over the past few months, I have learned some intriguing and interesting concepts from Media Criticism. While taking this class, I have developed a better understanding of how saturated media texts are with symbols, signs and underlying meanings and messages. While I know you all love my explanations of the Media Criticism process we have been challenged to change it up a bit. For this blog post, you will be hearing how some of my classmates view the Media Criticism process and their thoughts about how we are impacted by this media saturated society that we are currently living in. I like this assignment because it gives our classmates a chance to see how their perspectives compare and contrast with each other.
Do I have your attention? Good, because up first is Mark’s blog and you don’t want to miss this. Mark highlighted the movie Mickey Mouse Monopoly and how the ideologies within these movies have a tendency to have an impact on children’s sense of reality.
In his post, I said “Mark, your blog post entitled Disney’s Dynasty…A Magical Kingdom Or A Problem, is brilliant. The title is very intriguing and caught my eye instantly. I developed curiosity about it and wanted to see what comments you had to offer. Your explanations of the concepts learned in class were very clear within your blog. By introducing ideological criticism and hegemony in your blog, it gives the audience a better understanding of how these terms relate to us and overall how these ideas are introduced to us through texts. Along with explaining the concepts I really enjoyed the examples you gave out of the movie, Mickey Mouse Monopoly. You offered a great point when you said that the Disney Princesses are controlled and made to seek out men to gain their help. I have to agree with you when you brought up the point challenging us to think if we wanted our children to see and learn these ideologies. The problem is that Disney as a corporation has a reputation of being family friendly, where your dreams come true. It is up to us as the consumers to challenge the elites and understand what we are being shown. I liked the images you included throughout your blog and I never once questioned the information that was presented to me. Your blog is very reader friendly. However with this being said, I would’ve liked to see a few more examples through graphics and some links to make the flow a little better. Otherwise great job, I enjoyed your blog and I hope you continue to blog in the future.
Interesting huh? Next up is Arco’s blog. Arco did a great job introducing Media Criticism by explaining that as media critics we are simply critiquing the media and challenging values that are demonstrated in our favorite texts.
In his post, I said, “Arco, your blog post entitled Media Criticism, offers an intriguing perspective why one should take the time to learn about Media Criticism. I found that while writing this blog, I had a difficult time trying to get my point across to the audience. However, after reading your post, I was easily convinced to take the time to understand Media Criticism and why it is so important in society today. In your blog you said “In our current generation we are practically living under a media saturated environment. We consume all different forms of media almost as if it were a part of our diet. The power of the media can shape our individual lives, society and even culture.” I couldn’t agree with this comment more. You did a great job explaining that we are simply critiquing the media, dissecting it and challenging the various symbolisms and values that are demonstrated in our favorite everyday texts. The most fascinating aspect of this, is we are challenging symbolisms that we might view as the norm. It is interesting that as consumers, we accept the images that are shown to us. You break the idea down that Media Criticism helps us understand deeper meanings and foreign perspectives. I also liked that you used How I Met Your Mother as a reference because that is a text that is chock full of material that should go through the Media Criticism process. The only thing I would suggest is to add a few more examples on your page to support your theory and explanation. You did an amazing job explaining and breaking down the meanings and it is always good to have examples to support. Great job, Arco!
Still have your attention? Good, because I saved the best for last. Maggie’s blog is the last one that I am going to highlight today. Between graphics and in depth explanations, Maggie’s post about syntagmatic, paradigmatic, semiotics and structuralism became alive throughout her blog.
In her post, I said, “Maggie, your blog post entitled What Does It All Mean is absolutely outstanding. You offer a step by step break down of how media critics should use semiotics and structuralism in our media saturated environment. When you said in your blog “syntagmatic analysis is used to understand the sequence of signs in an ad based on convention, while paradigmatic analysis is used to understand how the signs are constructed based on their shared characteristics” it brought an extreme understanding on how our society makes sense of objects within texts every single day. The way you used your graphics throughout your blog post to create a visual impact is amazing. Some of this information is difficult to explain and portray but everything is so clear on your blog post. Your explanation of binary oppositions is also brilliant. When you said “Because the way we make meaning from media texts can be very ambiguous, these different approaches help us study and better understand the process. By doing so, we gain a better grasp of the implications on society as a whole” I believe that this is best understood by your usage of the good and evil picture. While this picture seems to be simple it has a huge impact. It basically illustrates that a text can be the same but two different people can interpret the message two different ways. This is why using the processes that you illustrated throughout your blog is extremely important. I believe your blog is one of the most intriguing and enjoyable blogs that I have read. Thank you for making this easy to understand and easily relatable. I am interested in seeing other blogs posts of yours. Great job, Maggie!
Media Criticism has been an amazing class. I have learned to be open to others perspectives and views throughout the class. I learned that while viewing texts, we all interpret them differently and all of us will place our own values and conventions on the texts. I am so happy I was able to blog and apply everything throughout my time in this class to examples that are shown in our society. This isn’t the end of my blogging future. I will be back around. Until then, keep critiquing you expert media critics! 🙂