"Unpacking the Myths that Bind Us”, Christensen
The author talked a lot about how media influences us in ways that we are not aware of. Both the author and some of his students realize that our self-image is shaped by the media. This reminded me of a movie I watched in a couple of other women studies classes called Killing us Softly. This movie shows how television, magazines, movies, etc, teach us both the roles of women and the roles of men. The focus on women in advertising has a lot to do with appearance, and one that is completely unrealistic. The movie shows how images are photo shopped and the ideals are unattainable. You can find the summary here and part of the video here:
I also watched another movie called Tough Guise that showed how media teaches men to be strong, heroic, physical, and even violent. This shows that both men and women are influenced by the media. Again, you can find the summary here and part of the video here:
The author also talked about how students did not want to admit that they were influenced by the media. Some students felt like they had control over the media. I think a lot of people might feel this way, but they also don’t know that they can be influenced very quickly and subconsciously. I believe this is talked about in Killing us Softly, but I also have learned it from my psychology classes. This is called subliminal messaging.
After doing a google search on subliminal messages, I was able to find lots of examples, especially with children's media. Here's one example:
What's really sad about these subliminal messages and images in children's media, is that children are probably even less aware of what is happening and more receptive to the messages. Once you get older, you can start to realize that these things we've been watching or seeing were pretty bad. But, when you are young watching it, you're not thinking like that. You're pretty much just taking it for what it is and accepting it.
Has anybody seen these two films? What did you think about them?