Yesterday in English we did a media fair. In this fair, everyone put up the poster they made on the wall and we looked at each others posters. The posters could be about any topic, just as long as we use 5 different text types to analyze.
The first poster I looked at was Margot’s. Margot’s poster was about plus size models, and how the media portrays them. Her text types were an ad, a movie poster, a poem, a youtube video/psa and an article. Most of the sources she had were positive and depicted plus size models in a positive light, except for the last one which was a negative one in which a doctor talked about how he/she thinks that plus size models are unhealthy and overweight. What I found interesting about her poster was that she drew mannequins of plus size models and when we asked her why she said “because mannequins are usually unrealistically skinny and I think this is a more accurate representation of people”
The next poster I looked at was Adina’s. She did hers on animal testing. Her text types were a
video, a poem, a magazine article, a poster and a blog post.
An observation that she made that I thought was interesting was that all of the sources that were against animal testing had pictures so that people could connect more to the animals and feel empathy for them, whereas the ones that were for animal testing had no pictures.
Another one I looked at was Caycee’s. Hers was about “haafu” (half Japanese people). Her text types were a trailer, an image, an article, a poster and a blog post on social media. Most of her sources were positive and said that half Japanese people are still Japanese, but some of them weren’t, and said that half Japanese people aren’t ‘truly Japanese’. One thing I learned from her poster that I found interesting was that apparently there are people who think that half Japanese people that look like foreigners and can speak English are the blessed ones, and ones who don’t look like foreigners and don’t speak English aren’t.
Another one I looked at was Paula’s, which was about AFD (a very conservative political party in Germany). Her text types were a debate, a tweet, an article, a satire video and a blog post. She had many sources that talk about how bad their beliefs are, such as how they are against refugees and want them out of the country, how their very big on the typical classical families (a man and a woman raising kids) and how in general they seem to be not very big on human rights. I really liked her satire video, because it depicted what’s wrong with what they’re doing in a funny way.
The last one I looked at was Alina’s. She did hers about stay at home dads, and her text types were a self helps book, a song, a political cartoon, a magazine article, a commercial and a campaign poster. She had three sources that were for stay at home dads, and 3 that were against. She found that the ones that were against had a lot of stereotypes that depicted all stay at home dads as lazy or having no other choice but to raise the child, whereas the ones that were for stay at home dads had arguments that counteract the arguments that people who are against stay at home dads have. Another thing she said that I found interesting was that she said that she liked how the ads main focus wasn’t really directly at stay at home dads, which sort of shows that it’s not an issue and that’s it’s perfectly normal to be a stay at home dad.
In conclusion, I think there were many interesting posters that I saw with many different interesting topics. I think I have learned from this experience, and it has helped prepare me a bit for next year when I do lang-lit.