Media Fair Write-Up

Adina's poster on Animal Testing
Adina’s poster on Animal Testing

About the Media Fair

On the Eighth of June, 2016, Grade 10 students conducted a media fair in the classrooms of M302 and M303. The purpose of this event was to show how different forms of media can portray the same topic differently, and to analyse the portrayal of the individually chosen topic in that media. Occurring in the first block of the day, and in the second-to-last block, this event analysed numerous topics, from Plus-Sized Models, to Animal Testing.

Some of the Topics chosen

The topic of Plus-Sized Models was explored by Margot. She explored the portrayal of plus-sized models in a variety of media, from advertisements, to movie posters, even to Youtube Public Service Announcements. She showed how the portrayal of plus-sized models, on the most part was quite positive, as many forms of media used them to help make women feel that they do not have to be extraordinarily skinny to look beautiful. However, there was one source that portrayed the topic negatively, as it blamed Plus-sized models for a variety of issues. However, considering that the vast majority of portrayals were positive, it is likely that this source was merely an outlier.

The topic of Video Game Violence was chosen by Peter. Studying sources such as news articles, tweets, even pictures from the internet. He showed how the portrayal of the topic was primarily divided into two opinions. Either that it causes violence, or it doesn’t. Peter’s information was highly interesting, as his sources showed very strong signs that violence in gaming does not cause violence, though some of his more opinionated sources disagreed. His sources also showed that they desensitised individuals to scenes of violence. In the end, he concluded that it was likely that violence in video games did not cause violence.

Caycee chose the topic of “Happa”, or mixed-blood japanese. She analysed sources such as documentaries, posters, even blog posts. She showed how the common portrayal of mixed-blood japanese were that they to become celebrities, and looked more foreign than Japanese. She showed through several sources that this was not the case, as many just led normal lives (contrary to public opinion). She also showed that despite the rose-tinted public impression of half-japanese, they were often bullied at school. Despite all of this, efforts are being made to create a more realistic impression of them, and to dispel some of the stereotypes.

Ayana chose the topic of the Columbine Shooters. Her chosen sources ranged from the Washington post, to Social Media, even to Interviews. One of the more unexpected results that she showed was that there are a significant amount of people who sympathise with the shooters. There was also a mixed opinion on whether or not they were bullied, or were bullies themselves. Many have sort of raised them to be misunderstood individuals, while others still consider them killers. It was particularly interesting when she showed how some even fantasised about the Columbine Shooters.

In Conclusion…

The media fair was highly informative, as the topics explored were vast and varied, and explored them in an increasingly varied combination of media. While I could not see all of the posters, the ones I did see, were highly informative, very interesting, and explored multiple opinions on the chosen topics. Overall, I felt that most, if not all of the posters were excellently made, and accurately represented various media.

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