Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Final Project :) Male Teens in the Media
This project to say the least was definitely challenging. I underestimated how hard the project was going to be when I first heard about it. However, when I went to start the project I could not figure out iMovie to save my life. I texted the teachers and after still not being able to figure it I finally went to the Apple store. They helped me download software and I finally figured it out. I was originally going to do my project on rape victims, however when doing more research; I switched my topic over to teenage males in the media. I watched dozens of video clips before finally figuring out which clips I wanted to use.
The first thing I noticed when my project was done was that every clip showed some parts of S.C.W.A.A.M.P in it. I saw straightness in the sense that whenever a male was doing anything, his focus was always on a female. All these men were also abled bodied and American. Maleness was a given when I watch my final video. The simple fact being that I focused only on male teens. Finally, a lot of the males in my video had property ownership in some sort of way; whether it was shown through their house, clothes, cars or money. Another text I saw was Christensen’s “Unpacking the Myths that Bind Us.” Every stereotype I saw, I felt guilty because it’s often what I think of when I think of black teen males. Even though I have black guy friends who don’t act like these males, I still fall victim to these stereotypes. It’s something that I grew up learning was the norm. For the future generations I think all we can do is teach them at a young age that these stereotypes are not only untrue but offensive. The final text I saw when doing this project was Raby’s “A Tangle of Discourses.” The first discourse I saw was the Storm. These young men were all in turbulent situations of some kind or another. Some of the men were also hormone driven. For example; when Will constantly hit on all the girls he saw. The next discourse was At Risk. The two boys who beat and killed the Asian man were definitely in trouble. They had the free will and chose to do something bad. You also saw sexual scenes and the use of drugs. Finally, I felt I really saw Pleasurable Consumption. With the clips from TV and music videos, the guys were all in nice clothes, had money and women hanging all over them. For any young male, this is a very impressionable view.
When this project first started I really felt like a digital immigrant. I could not figure out IMovie at all and felt really pathetic. I had to get help from not just the teachers, but also the Apple professionals. However, once I got over the initial hump of figuring out the software, the project flowed smoothly.