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April 25, 2007

Suburbs vs. the City

During the discussion about suburbs and the city, I didn't exactly understand the meaning of the exercise because my whole group was from the suburbs and trying to write about what the city was like. I wish that we had someone to compare against from the city and talking about the suburbs. I felt like the suburbs were more homey, safe, and comfortable. I thought that it wasn't so fast paced and that there's less comotion during the night. Whereas in the city, it's always full of life, and seems dangerous at night. I wouldn't want to go walking through the city by myself after dark, but it's different in the suburbs. I feel safe because it's comprised mostly of families and seems like a community of it's own; but not separated.
In class, the idea that the suburbs were physically separated from the city, but I didn't believe that was true. I just felt like half the time there's no need to go into the city unless it's for a sporting event or a concert. There's nothing holding the suburbs back from going down into the city, just that there's no reason. And I wouldn't think that people from the city really have any reason to come out the suburbs. Someone mentioned in class that they believe the suburbs are full of "stay at home moms" who drive their kids around in minivans, which is somewhat correct.
Another aspect we talked about in class is going from the suburbs to a big college in the cities. I didn't think that there was much of a transition because there were plenty of kids from Brookfield which were attending the U, so it wasn't so overwhelming. I think the U feels much smaller now that we're in classes and making friends and being involved in other activities.

April 24, 2007

Suburbs vs. the City

During the discussion about suburbs and the city, I didn't exactly understand the meaning of the exercise because my whole group was from the suburbs and trying to write about what the city was like. I wish that we had someone to compare against from the city and talking about the suburbs. I felt like the suburbs were more homey, safe, and comfortable. I thought that it wasn't so fast paced and that there's less comotion during the night. Whereas in the city, it's always full of life, and seems dangerous at night. I wouldn't want to go walking through the city by myself after dark, but it's different in the suburbs. I feel safe because it's comprised mostly of families and seems like a community of it's own; but not separated.
In class, the idea that the suburbs were physically separated from the city, but I didn't believe that was true. I just felt like half the time there's no need to go into the city unless it's for a sporting event or a concert. There's nothing holding the suburbs back from going down into the city, just that there's no reason. And I wouldn't think that people from the city really have any reason to come out the suburbs. Someone mentioned in class that they believe the suburbs are full of "stay at home moms" who drive their kids around in minivans, which is somewhat correct.
Another aspect we talked about in class is going from the suburbs to a big college in the cities. I didn't think that there was much of a transition because there were plenty of kids from Brookfield which were attending the U, so it wasn't so overwhelming. I think the U feels much smaller now that we're in classes and making friends and being involved in other activities.

April 11, 2007

Advertising and People of Color

In response to the “Advertising and People of Color� and the class discussions, I don’t exactly believe that media changes how we view races and that they create more stereotypes. Originally, when we were asked that question, I thought that according to the article, media was responsible, but then the discussion helped me realize that they’re only advertising the stereotypes that we already know about. In other words, the media conforms to the stereotypes we are already accustomed to. And that the media conforms to the different stereotypes in order to please the majority, which happens to be whites. The media feeds into our views of stereotypes and doesn’t influence us to believe in different stereotypes.
One of the examples given in the article that I found interesting was the lazy Mexican who said that he was able to be seen in all of us. And many were offended by saying that they were considered Mexican and lazy. I thought that the society took that example a little too personally because it was only a metaphor and a commercial in order to sell a product. If I saw that commercial, I wouldn’t think too much about it.

April 4, 2007

Feminist Readings of the Disney Heroine

My response deals with the discussions that we had in class about the reading of the Disney princesses. I thought that a lot of good points were brought up of how Disney might have an underlying message to all children from the ages of 3 and up. Girls are supposed to be quiet, that princesses are only pretty, and that girls are never truly happy until they find their prince charming. I think that the princesses were made the way they were because they’re more appealing to children. I don’t think that children would want to really watch a movie where the girl doesn’t get the guy in the end and ends up sad and depressed. But on the other hand, I can see where the feminist roles play into the movies, but they never caught my attention until I read this article. I understand the side that says that Disney wanted to portray that message in all the movies, but I don’t believe that was their initial intention.
I believe that the Disney movies were made the way they were because they’re most appealing to children. No child would want to watch a movie where a princess doesn’t get a prince in the end or if the princess was ugly. The movies were made for enjoyment, which would be a great reason for why they’re re-released every 7 years. For instance, I grew up with all Disney movies, and still watch them time to time with my girl friends. We don’t think much of the feminist roles trying to be shown throughout the movies, and instead we enjoy the movie for what it is and don’t take much else into consideration. This article is looking too deeply into the movies and trying to find underlying meanings that no one would think of on their own, especially children.