I enjoyed this weeks discussion, it was a nice change to have our peers lead the reading discussion. I gained a different perspective on the readings. Both of this weeks reading were long and hard to completely follow. Discussing them amongst the whole class and hearing from classmates made the concepts much more clear to me. It was interesting to read in the Soap Empire article about the "real" first advertisements we were exposed to and the effect that happened after people viewed them. It was really interesting how highly they valued the soap and how it made you in a higher class status if you used it weekly. I think that the fact that racism was so bluntly used in the ads and the fact that some of our classmates pointed out that its still employed somewhat today. The example in class that was brought up was magazines. How there are some magazines geared only to black women, but there aren't any that are just geared towards white women, they are geared at "everyone." Everyone meaning mostly whites, but it doesn't specifically say that, but the majority who consume it are white. I feel like if we just had a magazine that bluntly said it was for the white female it would get a lot of criticism. The same goes for the channel BET, if we had a WET I think we would be harshly criticized and be seen as racist. But is it racist for the BET to have their own channel? Or the latinos to have their own spanish network? I do not necessarily think so but if we were to make a all "white" channel we would not hear the end of it. I think this is because we are the majority it would seem as though we are secluding everyone else? Thats not necessarily what I believe its just something I would think our society would think that. It is interesting to think about it all.
Blog post week 5
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