Critical Article #3
For this assignment, you are writing for the third issue of ADmosphere.
This coming issue is about sexuality and intersectionality.
This project is both theoretical and practical.
As usual, after finishing writing your piece, you have to reformat and transform your article into a digital storytelling piece so as to contribute your content to our website.
You can choose the one of the topic options provided in this document. It is crucial for you to read the guidelines and follow them closely
There are four important basic criteria that you must meet, no matter which topic option you decide to choose:
• The ethics of sexual shame
• Moralism and morality
• Sexism and racism in LGB media representation (e.g. death treatments of lesbians and bisexuals, lesbian of color, and transgender woman of color)
• Femininity and Masculinity in LGB community and representation
If a concept is not useful for your case analysis, don’t just mention leave it there disconnected. Same should be applied to your case; if your chosen contexts/cases have nothing to do with sexuality or have no potential to be analyzed through those concepts of sexuality, then you shouldn’t select these context/cases. (Criteria #1 and #2: 70% )
Meeting these criteria will help you achieve 90 in most cases. Failing to meet one of these aforementioned basic requirements will lead to an automatic 80. Grading on other aspects will start at this threshold.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. (Midnight), April 14, 2019 (Sunday)
OPTION #1 – Open Topic
Now that you have been following alternative media outlets and media covering difference/diversity for more than half of the semester, you should be sensitive to and knowledgeable about the topics media are talking about as well as the ones the media are omitting in sexuality.
Now you get to plan your own special topic for Mediated Culture. It could be based on the hot cases in the media or the cases that are important but receive limited to no media attention.
You are required to follow the aforementioned overall requirements:
OPTION #2 – Alternative Space?: Technology and Sexuality
To what extent do you think new media technology have influence people’s sexuality? You can explore one or more aspects of below possible questions.
OPTION #3 – Oppression Among the Oppressed
Oppression and discrimination are ever-evolving concepts that take different shapes and forms, depending on the historical context and the community.
Does being gay, lesbian, and bisexual automatically means one is immune to being an oppressor?
What do these oppressions and discrimination look like in the LGBTQ community, given all the concepts and analytical that we have covered thus far? (e.g. “no femmes, no fats, no Blacks/Asians” that intersects gender, body, race.)
What are media representation and/or technology’s role in promoting, hiding, or suppressing them?
How has structured racism, sexism, or gender discrimination has evolved and prompt the discrimination within the LGBTQ community.
What has changed? What hasn’t changed?
What does it mean to live as an LGBTQ community members and ally today?
OPTION #4 – The Personal is Political
“In each instance we uncovered that ‘the personal is political,’ i.e., the experiences, feelings, and possibilities of our personal lives were not just a matter of personal preferences and choices but were limited, molded, and defined by the broader political and social setting. They feel personal, and their details are personal, but their broad texture and character, and especially the limits within which these evolve, are largely systemic. In this sense, the contribution of the New Left was to say that we suffer a “totality of oppressions,” systemically based, entwined, and all needing to be eliminated via a “revolution” in existing institutions, and the creation of new liberating ones.”
“The ‘personal is political’- meaning that personal outcomes are largely a product of systemic relations and of structures beyond each individual that need to be addressed-came to mean, instead, that all political phenomena arise from the accumulated personal choices of individuals, so that what needed to be addressed to win better circumstances was primarily people’s personal choices.”
As stated above, personal experience and decisions are political and “limited, molded, and defined by the broader political and social setting.” Instead of trivializing your personal experience, I am asking you to use the analytical tools and theories that we have covered on sexuality that we have learned so far to re-interpret your personal experience and stories of sexuality and white male privilege, and how they are related to the bigger picture, broader political and social setting. Do those theories, perspectives, and analytical tools make the way you see your past life events differently? If so, how? If not, why? What would you have done differently if you can?
By personal experience/story, I mean:
1) The things/events happen to you growing up or the people around you (your experience as an LGB and Queer community members, an LGB and Queer ally, an outside observer, or an opponent);
2) The parallel development of your personal experience and a certain media event in a certain period of time (e.g. your personal stories/thoughts/involvements during the time Supreme Court rules gay couples nationwide have a right to marry occurs);
Or 3) how you use of media or new technologies help you in terms of forming your identity, finding a sense of community/belong, feeling in-group discrimination, or getting to know other outgroups better.
In your writing, pay attention below aspects:
OPTION #5 – Media Critique: (Mis)Representation of LGB in the News, Entertainment, and Advertising
What is the current state of LGB and queer media representation?
In the media, Lesbians and bisexuals are underrepresented, tragic, or constantly killed; gay men are White, muscular, and rich…among others.
Find TV shows, movies, news articles, entertainment portrayals, or advertising representations that provide good representation, misrepresentation, or superficial representation about gay, lesbians, bisexuals, or other sexual minorities. Explain why the portrayal of your choice is a case of superficial diversity/misrepresentation or a meaningful representation of difference. Then you should suggest what a meaningful representation should be, and provide an existing example in the media if there is any. Lastly, propose your solutions for improving the representation narratively (e.g. depiction, narrative, rhetoric) or/and institutionally (e.g. newsroom practice, casting, writers’ room practice/hiring, policy).
Alternatively, you can also start with progressive media representation, analyzing why it is progressive. Is there any problematic aspect? If so, why? Lastly, propose your solutions for improving the representation narratively (e.g. depiction, narrative, rhetoric) or/and institutionally (e.g. newsroom practice, casting, writers’ room practice/hiring, policy).
In your writing, pay attention below aspects:
OPTION #6 – PR and Marketing in Difference
In recent years, companies, non-profits, celebrities, universities, and the media start to capitalize on and commodify “diversity,” so as to build their organizational or personal brands. For example, Absolut Vodka’s “Drala,” Vicks’ #TouchOfCare, P&G Always’ #LikeAGirl campaign, Dove’s ‘Love Your Curls’ Campaign, Google’s ESPY transgender ad, etc. While some are successful, some get themselves into PR and marketing crisis. You need to find a case or multiple case(s) to analyze the missteps or successful aspects of the case(s) of your choice. Even when talking about a successful case, are their strategies problematic?
WRITING, FORMATTING, AND GRADING
I will grade heavily based on below three criteria:
1) Professional media writing: position yourself as a writer creating content for a digital media outlet.
2) Your capability of explaining the concepts;
3) Your capability of synthesizing the concept, analytical tools, and cases with the context/topic of your choice, in-depth.
4) The research you have done for the topic and the case(s) of your choice.
5) The flow of your writing, the cohesive of your argument, grammars, typos, and editing.
6) The layout of your post on the website (e.g. The featured picture, accompanying pictures, hyperlinks, etc.)
Title: You need to come up with your own unique title.
Page Limit: at least 4 pages, double space.
Font: 12 pt
Format: Microsoft Word Document
Website Post Formatting: We will have in-class instructions before the paper#1 is due.
Deadline: Deadline: 11:59 p.m. (Midnight), April 14, 2019 (Sunday)
1) “The first draft of anything is shit,” as Ernest Hemingway says. Please don’t turn in your first draft without proofreading. Try to finish your first draft at least one day or a few days before the deadline, let it sit for a few hours/days, and come back to read it with fresh eyes and a clear mind. You will find some sentences that do not make sense at all. That’s okay. Revise it and turn it in 🙂
2) Using subheadings will not only helps you structure your article better, but also helps you get your point across to your audience effectively.
3) If you feel lost, I highly encourage you to go back and review some of our previous assigned readings, particularly the Zoe Saldana piece, to see how the authors construct their arguments with relevant facts/contexts, effective theories/analytical tools, and great writing.
How to Insert a Featured Image for your Publication on Mediated Culture?
When you post an article on Mediated Culture, you post will be shown and featured on the front page of the website. In order to add visual appealing and persuasiveness to your article, you are required to format your content in a professional manner that is closely aligned to real-world digital media outlets.
The first step is to add a featured image for your post. The feature images will be shown as a thumbnail or a large slider for your article. Your featured images will appear as below:
Displayed as a thumbnail
Displayed as a slider
Step 1: Find one image that is related to your article.
This image has to be medium to high quality. The idea picture pixel dimension should be 1900 x 1200.
As media practitioners, you should be aware of copyright infringement. For this class, you are encouraged to use 1) Original Photos taken by yourself; 2) Photos with Creative Commons license; or 3) Screenshots from the source website with noting credits.
In order to find photos that that don’t have the risk copy rights infringement, you do it through below approaches:
Step 2: Set this picture as your feature image.
Add a new post
Set up your feature image