Today, the whole grade 10 had an opportunity to show their understanding on any any topic they chose that seemed interesting to them and the way that a topic of their choice was portrayed across different types of media(TV advertisement, posters, articles etc). Everybody made a poster analyzing the five types of media on who the intended audience was, what was the attitude or the perspective towards the topic, and the features of each media. For example my topic was on “Cosmetics” and I presented about how advertisements of cosmetics have both good and bad influences to people. Here is a picture of my poster.
We all had time to go around and look at different people’s posters, so these are the four posters I found very interesting.
Positive Body Image in the Media – Lia M
The first poster I looked at was Lia’s, which her topic was about positive body image in the media.
First of All I really like how the layout of the poster is very organized and how there is a pink border around the title which effectively draws people’s attention. It very easy for me to go through her writings along with the images. She explained to me that on the left hand side of the poster she analyzed the media that has shown body image in an negative way because of how advertisements only use people that are skinny or tall to make a stereotype that beauty=skinny. On the right hand side she showed medias such as videos that supports the statement of not only skinny or people like models are allowed to have confidence.
Napping – Fuuko K
The next poster I went to look at was Fuuko’s which was about “Napping”.
Again, her title is very big so it catches people’s eyes, and it is very organized as you can see that the section for different media types is clearly separated and it was very easy to look at. She has told me that during her research she found out that the more simple the message is(less words and short)the more stronger the message will reach the audience because it is very straight to the point.
The Catcher in the Rye – Kate M
After I looked through the poster in my class, I moved to the class next door to find any more posters that looks interesting. I found Kate’s poster very interesting because her topic was a little different from everyone and it was about a book called “The Catcher in the Rye” and looking into why this book is banned to read in many schools.
She told me that the book was about a 16 year old boy who suffers with deep grief after the death of his younger brother, and he also suffers from not being able to have real friends in school and how he fights or criticize everyone around him. She has analyzed that there are medias that both agrees and disagrees with banning students to read this book. Kate said that books can easily influence the readers feelings or attitudes and she found out that there were some cases where the readers thought of acting as the protagonist in the story and has caused some serious issues. That is why she does also agree not to let students read this book at least in schools, although she thinks that it is important for students to know that there are many types of people who exists in this world.
Tea Cup Dogs – Zerric M
The last poster I thought that was interesting was about “Tea cup Dogs” by Zerric.
This was about how advertisements only show the good side of tea cup dogs and how they are very small and cute, when actually there is a very serious issues surrounding them. I learned that tea cup dogs are forcefully breaded to become tiny and the truth is that that is causing serious health problems as their organs becomes too small to be able to live long. Advertisement of tea cup dogs are stating that their life span is about 8 to 14 years when actually it is only 2 to 3 years. Also they do not have an explanation of how to take care of tea cup dogs different from normal healthy dogs so they do not break the image of cute small dogs to let many people buy them.
I really enjoyed how everyone chose completely different topics as it showed who had interest in what kind of topic, and by looking at other people’s posters and also while researching my own topic, I found that there is always a good side and a bad side about many things and I learnt that we should always be careful of what medias or advertisement we trust and which ones we do not.