11.08.11

Your cultural artifact selections

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:03 pm by Dominique

After you respond to Alessandra and Cassandra posts in the forum below this one, please leave your three cultural artifact selections as a comment on this post (you may number them in order to indicate the one that seem the most compelling subject for analysis, if you’d like).  I will review these before class early Thursday morning in order to prepare for our workshop–please make sure your choices are represented here!

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20 Comments

  1.    emina said,

    November 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Cultural Artifacts:

    “90210” – Is a T.V show which is based on plastic surgery operations. This shows that our culture is scared of aging. We have built an importance in looking young, and have been taught that being “old” and “Aging” is a bad thing.

    “Law and Order S.V.U”- One of the main charcaters, Oliva who is a woman and yet plays such a masculine role. This issue is brought up many times by her being assumed to be homosexual because of this.

    3)Baby Clothing- How we as a society have adapted the thought of a boy wears blue, and a girls wears pink. This is how we identify gender.

    “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid- This poem shows the view of woman, how young girls are taught to do certain things, as cook, clean and wash clothing. Kincaid brings up her own culture, as well as growing up in America.

  2.    GordonWTam said,

    November 9, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Cultural Artifacts

    1) The Matrix – Aside from being one of my favorite movies, an apocalyptic future always brings about references to many psychoanalytical concepts. Freudian concepts especially, concerning Neo and Trinity and wresting control away from the Superego robots.

    2) The Amazing Spider-Man – There’s a treasure trove for deconstructionalist and psychoanalytics here. Spidey gets super powers, acts on his Id and inadvertently gets his uncle killed. The guilt makes him realize he must use his powers for good, and binaries are flipped when citizens of New York think his vigilantism is just as bad as the criminals he fights.

    3) Recent Miller Lite Commercials – I would love to analyze them all for gender related criticism and issues they may bring up. They’re obviously geared towards men, because it is “manly” if you drink Miller Lite. I mean.. they’re catch-phrase is “Man up and choose a light beer with more taste.” This one is my favorite this year –

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S6qVg0eGgU

  3.    jenn691 said,

    November 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Cultural Artifacts:

    1. The T.V Show Revenge:This show is about a woman who murders the indiividuals who plotted her father’s death while she was a child, witnessing the entire thing. This is an example of a woman taking on what most would normally consider a masculine role and being the dominant force and character throughout the show.

    2. “Speak Now” Album by Taylor Swift: All of the songs on the CD reflect true personal experiences that she has had and having the final say, mostly about failed relationships with guys she dated. This can be taken as a feminist approach as taking a stand and speaking up for what she feels is right against the wrongdoings that have been put upon her. I would also be able to do a reader-response analysis of this album since I know a lot about her life and know the background information about what influenced her to write these specific songs.

    3. The Movie “Grown Ups:” In this movie, Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, David Spade, Chris Rock, and others were the main characters who go out for a getaway at a lake house because their old time basketball coach from junior high has passed away and they all got together for the funeral. Sandler rented the lake house for the 4th of July weekend but him and his wife Salma Hayek were unable to stau because she had a fashion show in Milan. Since they are very wealthy, their kids become immensely spoiled and depend on their female maid for everything, and so does the mother. Adam Sandler hates this. Also, the other adults and main characers in this film lie about their occupations to sound better and more successful. This movie portrays gender criticism because it shows how people, the men, lie about their occupations because society makes us believe we have to have an elite job to be successful and that children become spoiled and depend on a female maid to do all their chores for them.

  4.    acervinaro90 said,

    November 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Cultural Artifacts:

    1. Barbie dolls vs. Cars & Tucks: In society we have put up this norm that all girls are supposed to play with Barbie dolls and easy bake oven, while boys are supposed to play with cars, trucks, and anything that has to do with sports. As a society we freak out if we see someone trying to break that barrier.There was an episode on “What would you do?” where they had set up a scenario about a little boy wanting to play with a doll. Basically everything went crazy after that.

    2. Vampier Diaries: Through the vampires and witches that are present in this show the main theme just like many other shows that we have seen in the past; is to save the damsel in distress. Typically we would see a strong man running to rescue the “weak” who is in most times a beautiful woman.

    3. The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Typically we would think a real “housewife” is a woman who would stay at home and take care of the house hold chores. What we see in this show is the opposite. Most of these women have their own careers and other then just running a house hold they do other things such as write books and make their own money.

    1&2 I’m equally interested in. I would really like to do either or.
    Alessandra Cervinaro

  5.    marissae17 said,

    November 9, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Cultural Artifacts:

    1. Ziva from NCIS. Ziva is the only female on Gibbs’ team and is a former Israeli Mussad officer. Constant references are made about her that because of her backround and her roughness, she is incapable of love and relationships. A running gag in the series is Ziva frequently misusing, misunderstanding or just completely mangling American slang.

    2. Dr. Pepper Ten commercials. This is a new commercials featuring, not Diet Dr. Pepper but Dr. Pepper with Ten calories…. for only men. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iuG1OpnHP8

    3. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The question here is, what is a “real housewife”? Should they be married? Have kids? Have a job?

    1 and 2 are my preferences.

  6.    awilliams108 said,

    November 9, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    1. TV show “Bones”- This is about an smart, well educated Anthropologist women who solve crime by figuring out the deaths of human remains, and how, what, who, when, killed that person. This show display Feminism because Bones as an smart women at her job, she too is well smarter than booths (Cute FBI Agent). He thinks that she isn’t masculine enough, which she is where in curtain episodes she expresses fighting defends and shooting. Bones as a character also expresses lack of love, hard working women, she doesn’t believes in god and christmas, as a term of psychoanalysis.

    2. “New Girl” – Is about a young, smart, teacher who moved into an apartment with three men. In this show is expresses the term of lack or masculine and more of feminist. Its more like stereotype, curtains scence show her being naked with one of her roommates, and at the end of the shows she help one of her roommates with mental or girl problem.

    3. “Old Spice” commercial – The commercial fore plays with a man advertising “MENS”, only “MEN” shower gel. This show gender criticism, with a man masculin body that is displayed on how good the product is and that its not for the use for women. The comment he made “Komodo can”. Is he referring to penis and how he can please women with it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=J8IW78vJecg

  7.    joshuak314 said,

    November 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    “Lord of the Rings”- everyone desires the ring. Everyone desires money and success. We put the world at risk by thinking only of our own desires. This is due to the failure of the education system in the US and the improper use of media.

    “Les Miserables”- Unfair laws. Rich spoiled kids leading a revolution. Young people falling in love and caring only for love in the midst of all the chaos present in their lives.

    The Big Bang Theory(TV series)- One of the main characters is ignorant to the accepted social conventions. Like why we have to give gifts to our friends on their birthdays. It shows what the norms of our age are.

  8.    beezy said,

    November 9, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    “Shutter Island”- Movie of choice under a psychoanalytic lens. Leo’s character is a detective running around this mysterious ‘shutter island’, with the help of his partner. He hopes to solve a crime, and throughout his investigation, he digs within himself, uncovering a hidden truth that is all too much for him to bear, mentally.

    ‘Axe’ Deodorant- Could be seen as one of the essential products that define gender criticism. A man, with nothing but axe deodorant at his disposal, could have any woman he wants, simply because it’s “the smell ladies love”.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCnkxY7XDA4

    “Tomb Raider”- Based on the popular video-game series, Lara Croft is an extremely wealthy, established, thrill seeking, independent woman. Under the feminism lens, one could observe all the ways in which she is empowered; overcoming impossible odds, defeating foes without assistance, all while chasing adventure and priceless relics.

  9.    beezy said,

    November 9, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    ^
    Enes Mrkulic

  10.    terrylghong said,

    November 9, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Disney movie Mulan: The story is about a young Chinese girl who learns that her weakened father is to be called up into the army in order to fight the invading Huns. Knowing that he would never survive the war in his state, she decides to disguise herself and join in his place (note that women are allowed to join the army at that time). This is a great example to apply gender criticism (feminism) in this movie.

    The movie Inception: the movie is about a guy enter the subconscious minds of their targets, using two-level “dream within a dream” strategies to extract valuable information. This movie may help us better understand “mirror stage” and “dream” from psychoanalytic criticism.

    The movie Yes Man: the movie is about a guy challenges himself to say “yes” to everything for an entire year. Does it give us more opportunities by just say yes to everything? I will definitely apply deconstruction (binary opposition yes/no) to this movie.

    I don’t have any favorite at this moment. I think I will make a decision after tomorrow workshop.

  11.    amark916 said,

    November 9, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    1.) The Iphone- I chose the Iphone because it defines the culture that we live in today. It is culture that is filled with innovative technology. I personally would not be able to live my everyday life without it. The perks range from surfing the internet, downloading all of your music on one device, and complete access to your email accounts. I am still amazed at the capabilities of the iphone. It offers complete versatility for people of every age group.

    2.) Social Media- I view this as a cultural artifact because the world revolves around social media. Even though I do not have a twitter, facebook, or my space account, I can see why people obsess over it.

    3.) Carey Bradshaw (Sex in the City) – This is one of my favorite shows and favorite characters. She does not abide by the typical “gender role” and I love what she represents as a woman which is style, intelligence, a true friend, and love.

  12.    brianfinnerty91 said,

    November 10, 2011 at 12:11 am

    3 Cultural Artifacts

    1. Dexter: tells of a man who is a blood splatter analyst at day and serial killer by night who only kills bad guys. In the show psychoanalytic Criticism is easily shown because it shows how Dexter can maintain his rational self even though he acts irrationally when external factors such as “immoral” people come into play.
    2. “If I Were A Boy” – Beyonce: In Beyonce’s song she tells us the listeners what life would be if she was a boy for just a day. In the song gender criticism is easily shown because it compares a man and womans’ roles when it comes to relationships and work force.
    3. Snickers Commercials: In the most recent snickers commercials we see how in the beginning of the commercial we see a weak or elderly woman complaining about an issue than we see a person hand them a snickers bar and they are turned back into a strong and confident man. These commercials represent gender criticism also because it points out the woman as being weak.

    -Brian Finnerty

  13.    nadiab said,

    November 10, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Cultural Artifacts:
    “The Tell Tale Heart”- by Edgar Allen Poe. It is a short story in which the narrator tells the reader that he has murdered a man. After murdering the man, the narrator has a guilty conscience. The effects of the narrator’s guilty conscience overwhelms him. He starts to hear sounds. Are the sounds real or is his mind imagining the sounds?

    “The Scarlett Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The main character Hester Prynne committed adultery and has to wear on her chest the letter “A”. In that era, females were punished for such acts. However, later on in the story Hester embraced the scarlet letter. It became a part of her identity. Her role as a female was different than what was to be expected from the society she lived in.

    The Real Housewives of New Jersey- the female cast aren’t the typical housewives. They represent a somewhat “modern” take on what it means to be a housewife. The women are different from one another which indicate that they have their own beliefs on what it means to be a housewife.

  14.    kocampo100 said,

    November 10, 2011 at 1:23 am

    1) How I met your mother- sitcom that’s set 30 years into the future, Ted tells his kids the story of how he met their mother. He is seen as super sensitive and in a way feminine because of this urge to find “the one”.

    2) Shameless- series on Showtime about a super dysfunctional family living in Chicago trying to just find a way to make ends meet. The show also revolves around alcohol, drugs, sex and other weird things. This shows how different families live.

    3) I used to be Fat- this show is one of the many weight loss shows that are on. it’s on mtv wherein overweight high school seniors take the whole summer to work out with a trainer to lose a trememdous amount of weight to prepare for college. This shows society’s obsession with being skinny and fit. The students are so desperate to have a new image for the start of college that they give up a summer to change their identities.

  15.    khaff88 said,

    November 10, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Kelly Haff
    Cultural Artifacts:
    1. William Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’- This comedy is focused on the main female character, Katherine being called “shrewish” because she speaks her mind and is against the idea of being married off for property from her father. Katherine is set to wed a man who is determined to tame her by using any sort of torture he can think of.

    2. The movie, ‘Mona Lisa Smile’- An art professor who is somewhat of a “rebel” because of her social views on women in the 1950s starts to teach an all girls college. While she is teaching there she sheds a new light of living to her students that they don’t have to rely on a man and getting married isn’t an occupation.

    3. The movie, ‘All I Wanna Do’- A movie based in the 1960s at an all girls charter school that is in the process of becoming co-ed. A group of girls are torn toward whether they would like having boys attend their school; when they realize they are better off without them they have to fight the school board to get what they want.

    All three of these artifacts can be viewed from a feminist or gender criticism. I also was thinking as a fourth option the movie ‘A League of Their Own” focusing on a professional women’s baseball team during WWII.

  16.    Terry said,

    November 10, 2011 at 1:38 am

    In no particular order of preference as I’m struggling to decide.

    1984 – Novel by George Orwell about a dystopian society that demands conformity and inhibits individual expression/identity. It is considered a crime to think for oneself which ultimately destroys the essence of a person. I’ll most likely compare this with how corporations of today are treating people like numbers, and how the vast majority of Americans contribute to the ‘rat race’ in some way, shape, or form.

    OK Computer – Album by Radiohead. As with all music, the impressions left behind by the sound and lyrics is subjective. I will go into detail on how OK Computer embodies a fear the artists, namely Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, have concerning everyday society. It is a rather existential album which makes one question all aspects of life around them. It presents a paranoid yet eerily astute view on life that I am guilty of adopting, at least partially, in my own life.

    Boondock Saints – Film directed by Troy Duffy about two normal Irish brothers living in the meat-packing district of Boston. After getting into an altercation with the the local Russian mob syndicate and eventually killing two of their members, the brothers receive a ‘calling’ from God to eradicate all the mobsters in Boston. After a few successful assassinations, the public praises them for their vigilantism, dubbing them ‘The Saints’. However, they are wanted by the police. The detective on their case struggles to make a moral decision to apprehend them or not. There are conflicts in morality, religion, gender and more.

  17.    seng101 said,

    November 10, 2011 at 1:39 am

    1) The Reluctant Fundamentalist- Moshin Hamid: Set in the post 9/11 period the main character Changez must come to grip that he doesn’t fit in as an American. He puts aside his fundamentals in order to adopt new ones from his life in America. This can be approached through a post colonial or psychoanalytic lens. As foreigner coming to America to learn their ways and become successful he loses himself. His id, ego and superego are all affected by his need to become an American.

    2) The Godfather Part 2- As part of the mob the main character Michael must fit into the role that he never wanted as being the head of the family. Michael must make decisions that would benefit the family through any means necessary. This can be analyzed with the gender criticism and psychoanalytical lens. Through a gender criticism we see Michael taking on the role as the dominant male of the movie. Through a psychoanalytical view Michael’s id, ego, and super ego are always in battle with each other. The decisions he makes are not always the safest ones or the most legal ones, but they end up being the best decision for “the family.”

    3) Pirates of the Caribbean at Worlds End- The main character Jack Sparrow can be is a quirky character. He somehow always gets himself into trouble and he always seems to get out of it. This can be analyzed through gender criticism and psychoanalytical. For one we don’t know why he acts a certain way like for instance his manner of walking. It seems almost feminine in nature. Through a psychological view the character’s superego is always being touched upon, he always seems to desire something and is always on the hunt to obtain it.

  18.    Terry said,

    November 10, 2011 at 1:41 am

    In no particular order of preference as I’m struggling to decide.

    1984 – Novel by George Orwell about a dystopian society that demands conformity and inhibits individual expression/identity. It is considered a crime to think for oneself which ultimately destroys the essence of a person. I’ll most likely compare this with how corporations of today are treating people like numbers, and how the vast majority of Americans contribute to the ‘rat race’ in some way, shape, or form.

    OK Computer – Album by Radiohead. As with all music, the impressions left behind by the sound and lyrics are subjective. I will go into detail on how OK Computer embodies a fear the artists, especially Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, have concerning everyday society. It is a rather existential album which makes one question all aspects of life around them. It presents a paranoid yet eerily astute view on life that I am guilty of adopting, at least partially, in my own life.

    Boondock Saints – Film directed by Troy Duffy about two normal Irish brothers living in the meat-packing district of Boston. After getting into an altercation with the the local Russian mob syndicate and eventually killing two of their members, the brothers receive a ‘calling’ from God to eradicate all the mobsters in Boston. After a few successful assassinations, the public praises them for their vigilantism, dubbing them ‘The Saints’. However, they are wanted by the police. The detective on their case struggles to make a moral decision to apprehend them or not. There are conflicts in morality, religion, gender and more.

  19.    mary03 said,

    November 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    1) bad girls club – a show that deals with a bunch of girls trying to be bad . we can view this in a feminist perspective and masculine who is the toughest . and how can u elminate the other girl psychologically with out hurting the other female
    2)married with children – how al is protrayed as a father who drinks beer and works in a shoe place not making a lot of money and his wife beggy is always nagging him and asking him for money.im thinking gender lense .
    3) boys dont cry – with hilary swank , how a female wanted to be a boy , and how she wasnt accepted by the other guys , because she was really a female , so we can view this in a gender role lense
    4) the black swan – this can be viewed in a psychoanayltic point of view of how the id and superego , made her irrational and crazy that she ended up killing herself.

  20.    emendoza said,

    November 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Mendoza

    –either of two of Michael Jackson’s albums, Thriller (1982) and Bad (1987), which both cemented Jackson’s status and career as one of the most successful artists of the 80′ s (and of all time, in my opinion) with multiple billboard top ten hits for each album.

    –Samus Aran, the female space bounty hunter protagonist from the Metroid video game series distributed by Nintendo.

    — the tv comedy-drama sitcom Scrubs, which follows the lives of several characters who work in a fictional hospital, ”Sacred Heart”

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