In the Grade 10 English classes, we’ve been learning about media, and the way that it effects society. We focused mainly on the different portrayals of topics and how they were shown through different types of media. At the end of this unit we held a media fair, where each student chose a controversial topic, and analysed different types of media. The student had to analyse the intended audience, the perspective of the media, and how they represent that perspective. This media fair was hosted on June 4th, on Thursday.
May – Little Red Riding Hood
One of the posters I analysed was May’s, who focused on Little Red Riding Hood in them media. Little Red Riding Hood is a popular and famous children’s story, with a very clear moral of “don’t talk to strangers”. However, May had focused on different types of medium on this topic. She included a politically correct version of the story, a digital drawing, a children’s cartoon, an online TV show, and a song. The two that interested me the most was the political cartoon, and the TV show called RWBY.
This was one of the interesting mediums for me because it was weird to read the story in such a view. And as someone who is a feminist, it was interesting to read the folktale that incorporated very extreme views of feminism. This was shown through writing women as “womyn” as to not include the word “men”. Other comments throughout the story only proved how far it was going to be politically correct. The story itself seems to be from a feminist’s point of view, but instead going very extreme in their views that it almost sounds more like misandry than actual feminism. Also throughout the story the comments spoken from the characters seem incredibly out of character, and very forced, which adds to the comedy feeling of the overall story.
As someone who is a big fan of RWBY, I was naturally more interested in this source compared to the others. Though I have watched the entire series, and know that the majority of the characters are based off of fairytales and folktales, I had not stopped to think about what that really meant. However, May’s points about the Red Trailer were really interesting, but also made a lot of sense. Throughout the trailer, Ruby, who is based off of Red Riding Hood, is killing wolf monsters, called beowolves. Now this is interesting and different compared to the typically known story. Because in the folk tales Red Riding Hood is seen as a helpless naive little girl, who can’t protect herself from the evils in the world. However, in this trailer it is quite the opposite. While Ruby looks innocent and young, it is soon shown that she has a lot of tricks up her sleeve, and goes on to kill all of the beowolves.
Markus – Punk Rock
Another poster that I took a look at was Markus’ about the music genre: Punk Rock. This topic I found just interesting in general, because it was something I didn’t think about in this project, but as someone who listens to the occasional punk rock song, I was intrigued by the different types of media that portrayed punk rock genre in different ways. He included a movie, a political cartoon, a song, manifesto, and a blog post.
What really interested me was the movie, and I’m planning to watch this in the future perhaps. This movie focused on what the stereotype of punks were, and how that changed over time throughout the movie. I found this very interesting as I hadn’t known that such a movie existed. I was not aware that there were such conflicting sides to punk rock as a topic, and so many of the sources looked from the different perspectives of this topic.
Touko – Body Dysmorphic Disorder
I found this topic incredibly interesting. I understood that often people would have bad views about their body, and that could often lead to depression and anorexia, but I hadn’t realised that this disorder was an actual thing that people went through. The types of sources Touko focused on were a trailer, an article, a TV show episode, and a song.
There are many interesting aspects of this topic. This disorder is not very well known, so a lot of the time when I was looking at this poster I was trying to get my mind around how it works and what exactly it is. I learned that this disorder is when people focus on their little imperfections, so much to the point where it just plagues their entire day, and it’s all that they can focus on.
A trailer for a documentary was one of the first times that this disorder had really been explained, especially by BBC. This documentary focused on a young women and her experience with this disorder. The entire thing seems very intense as she suffered with several different types of negative emotions for a very long time. The article described people with this disorder as being “preoccupied with an imagined physical defect or a minor defect that others often cannot see.” Which is also very interesting as these people suffering are suffering ultimately over something that doesn’t exist, but exists to them.