Archive for February, 2018

Magical Design Found in My Mailbox

I am a Travel Agent who specializes in Disney Destinations, so I get these in the mail probably about twice a year. I’m throwing any bias I might have out the door for this post though. I’m taking off my Disney Mickey ears and putting on my Design thinking hat! I feel like the most…

Design Fellowship Poster, Excellent Design in the Wild

This Design Fellowship poster immediately caught my eye when I was walking down the stairs leaving Brooks Hall. The use of color in this poster was the first thing that stood out to me and was what grabbed my attention. Placed on top of the dark grey background, the yellow to coral gradient popped out…

Tropes in Media- Mammy

I initially decided to research the stereotypes related to the representation of Blacks/African Americans in American media, but I felt that was too broad of a trope. I then decided to focus on the Mammy trope in American media prior to and following the end of slavery. The Mammy trope began in the deep south…

Tropes in the Media: Asian Stereotypes

My chosen trope for this assignment, Asian stereotypes, has been very present in media for many years. Because this can date back to the time of the Chinese Exclusion act in 1882, if not much earlier, the earliest forms came in political cartoons. In present day media, we can see many memes involving the common…

Tropes in the Media: Nerds

At some point in one’s schooling, either you or someone you know has been referred to as a nerd for acing the paper or knowing a lot about a particular topic. Though being a nerd refers to one’s high intellect, it’s often perceived in a negative light.  This perception of nerds can be contributed to…

Tropes in Media: The Little Dutch Boy

The trope that I decided to pick was the Little Dutch Boy. This trope is more American than Dutch, since the book that popularized this symbol was written by an American author. Despite this, this trope is used often to establish trust in a brand, and show it as a brand that “saves the day”…

Don’t Be a Sucker

The 1947 film, Don’t Be a Sucker, was produced by the U.S. War Department as a means of propaganda following the end of World War II. This film contains a variety of rhetoric that influences and persuades the viewer through a compelling message. Although this is a propaganda piece, it also acts as a narrative.…

Tropes in the Media: The Virgin Mary

Madonna and Child (Painting) Il Soferrato: 1639 In this piece, we see one of many depictions of the Madonna and infant Jesus. Around the renaissance and a few hundred years after, depictions of Christ were extremely popular, and nearly expected out of every artist. This trope in paintings usually has tropes in and of itself:…

Tropes in the Media – Hispanic/Latino Stereotypes

The trope that I chose for this assignment was Hispanic/Latino stereotypes. Some common Latino stereotypes are the “Mexican” cultural costume consisting of a sombrero, serape, mustache, and maracas, the view of Latinos as dangerous drug dealers/thugs, or the view of Latinos as hyper-sexualized “Latin lovers”. All of these can be found in the media, which…

Trope-Hercules

Farnese Hercules Statue- Glykon https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/museum/collections/museum-highlights/farnese-hercules Steven Dye GD 203 Flinchum 2/15/18 Trope-Hercules       Hercules is a very well-known man and trope that has been passed down for centuries. He originated from Greek and Roman mythology and was one of the best-known mortal heroes of his time. Zeus, the ruler of all gods, was…

Professionals

For my first example, I chose a cover of Charm Magazine from the 50’s. On it is portrayed a business woman, dressed to the nines. My first impression of this led me to believe that being professional and business-like can be glamorous. This woman seems very powerful and capable, but also drop-dead gorgeous. Sure, she’s…

Tropes in the Media: The Stars and Stripes

For my trope, I decided on the flag of the United States. This one I feel is especially relevant given the current tensions and situations that are occurring in our country. At the center of much of the imagery, the flag has played a key role in representing the ideals of all sides of the…

Tropes in the Media: Mother

  Commercial Screenshot, Chiffon Margarine 1970s Source: https://www.theretrosite.com/mobile/watch.php?vid=ac5116235 The first image is a screenshot of the commercial for Chiffon Margarine created in the 1970s. In the commercial, Mother Nature is given a sample of the Chiffon margarine to taste. After tasting the margarine, she beams of happiness and gawks over the wonderful taste. The Chiffon…

Tropes in the Media: Nurses

Nurses  Whether it is guardian on the battlefront, or vixen in the emergency room, the representation of the nurse has changed and developed over time to reflect the different ideas of nurses, like gender roles and norms, as well as healthcare and medicine.   Cigarette Advertisement  Here is an advertisement from 1932 for Camel cigarettes featuring a nurse. The very…

I SEEM TO BE A VERB

For this assignment, I to choose to review the book ” I Seem to be a Verb” by R. Buckminster Fuller. My first impression of this book was neither overly enthusiastic or possessing feelings of detestation. My first impression of the outward appearance of this book was indifference. To me, this book seemed as though…