Our latest blog assignment is to read four blog postings by our classmates and comment on them. If Dr. Nichols had not created this assignment then I honestly would probably have never read any of my classmate’s blogs, which would have been a shame. I found my classmates blogs to be very fascinating and most of them much more interesting than my own.
Below I have posted four different blogs that I really enjoyed reading and my feedback for the authors. I learned a lot this semester from Dr. Nichols and learned even more after reading my classmates blogs.
Jonathan “Jonny” White : Semiotic analysis of a print ad
I’m very glad Jonny chose a print ad with Wayne Gretzky on it, who is one of my childhood heroes. On the other hand I’m not much of a watch guy so I really did not know much about Breitling watches until I read his analysis of the print ad.
Turns out it makes perfect sense to use Wayne Gretzky in a Breitling watch advertisement. Jonny points this out in his blog using examples of how Wayne is dressed and the fact that he is an extremely successful hockey star. I also learned a lot about the watch company from the ad and the demographic that they target.
His analysis of the ad is extremely thorough and informative. Jonny took into account every aspect of the ad from the color of the water to the fact that the plane is parked at a private dock (one would assume so). I believe that this blog posting truly represents what Jonny has learned from class and his ability to use semiotics to analyze a text. I really have no criticism for this posting because I feel I could not have done a better analysis of the print ad that he used.
Ben Cooper: Ideo for Idiots
If someone who knew nothing about media criticism read this blog posting they would become an expert on ideological criticism. Ben does such a great job of making it easy to understand. It actually cleared some things up for me about ideological criticism and how it preserves the dominant elites ideologies.
The images used in the posting served as great support and I found many of them humorous, which made me like the posting all the more. I liked how Ben tied the Consuming Kids and Mickey Mouse Monopoly videos together and pointed out the similarities between the two. Ben really expanded on what we learned in class through his analysis of the two films.
The only criticism I have on this posting is that some of the paragraphs may be a little too long and the layout is not as smooth as some of the other postings I read. Overall the information that I pulled from the posting is very interesting and informative. This is the sort of posting I would show to a friend to help them better understand the hegemonic society that we live in.
Paul Siegel: Using Propp’s Structuralist Theory for “The Cape”
This blog posting really made me want to watch The Cape. The reason I choose this posting was because I had seen advertisements for this show but never watched an episode. I was interested to find out what its all about. You did a great job filling me in on the characters in the show and how they fit into Propp’s structuralist approach to classifying characters.
The blog is wonderfully laid out and easy to read. The link to the website was helpful but I was hoping for an actual clip from the show or something along those lines. The only other criticism I have is that I really wanted to see a picture on the blog of every character that was used in the analysis, but I can always just look them up online.
Overall this blog was informative and well done. I think I might give the show a try after reading this.
Tracy Johns: Media Criticism
I enjoy learning about things that I don’t know much about. When reading through other classmates blogs I came across your first blog and I was immediately intrigued because I have never seen the shows “Real Housewives”, “The Bad Girls Club”, or “The Game”. I was interested in learning about them because some of them I had never even heard of them before reading your blog.
I love the way you related the shows to people in America. Just based on the descriptions of the shows I can defiantly see that they have an influence on American culture. I see people my age trying to be like the people on the shows you described all the time.
I also find it ironic that I came across your blog right after my cousins went to see Nikki Minaj a few weeks ago. Honestly I did not really know who she was until they went her concert and it turns out that my cousins think she is amazing (which I assumes means they want to be like her someday).
It is well written and has great pictures. I think it may look a little cooler if the text were to wrap around the pictures but overall I think its cool.