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Cartoons and Social Theory

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  • 1. CARTOONS AND SOCIAL THEORY Presented to you by The TrenchcoatMafia
  • 2. CARTOONS AND SOCIAL THEORY We decided to look at children’s TV shows, primarily popular cartoons from our childhood We decided to look at cartoons and how they socially impact children today and to look for social concepts being portrayed in the episodes We each picked a cartoon and wrote a short blog post and published it online on the class website
  • 3. THEMIGHTY MORPHIN’ RANGERS: A SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY Link to Post
  • 4. POKEMON AND THE CULTURE INDUSTRY-WHY DO WE HAVE TO CATCH ‘EM ALL? Link to Post
  • 5. RUGRATSAND A LESSON ON LEADERSHIP Link to Post
  • 6. RECESS: A REFLECTIVE LOOK ON CAPITALISM Link to Post
  • 7. “ECONOMICS OF RECESS” TJ Detweiler returns to Third Street School and finds that recess has been commodified; capitalism rules over recess You have to pay for activities and goods to play using “Monstickers” Pivotal point of the episode is when TJ sells his trademark Red Baseball Cap for Monstickers; he sells his identity and individuality At the end, TJ realizes that he isn’t happy with all the Monstickers in the playground; he forgot that he only wanted them so he could hang with his friends Works well with Marcuse and culture industry and one- dimensional thought Unfortunately, Monstickers loses its value and is replaced by Lick N’ Stick Alien Stamps which shows that capitalism can survive through repressive tolerance
  • 8. HEY ARNOLD!: A PRIMER ON RACIAL AND OTHER POPULAR STEREOTYPES Link to PostHEY ARNOLD
  • 9. ARNOLD • Protagonist • White heterosexual male • Popular and well-liked • Always saves the day
  • 10. GERALD• Sidekick• Token black guy• Cool kid• 33 on shirt: reference to basketball or other sports?
  • 11. PHOEBE • Asian • Brainiac • Always studying • Plays piano • Quiet
  • 12. OSKAR KOKOSHKA • Eastern European • Lazy • Selfish • Con artist • Unemployed
  • 13. SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT Why are there so few minorities if they live in such a big city? Shouldn’t it be more diverse? Why is it that minorities are paired together (Gerald and Pheobe) and the whites are paired together (Arnold and Helga/Lila)? Why do minorities have such thick accents and specific stereotypical traits? Is this necessary? Overall, why does society reinforce these stereotypes and certain images but not for others?

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