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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
THEMIGHTY MORPHIN’ RANGERS: A SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY Link to Post
POKEMON AND THE CULTURE INDUSTRY-WHY DO WE HAVE TO CATCH ‘EM ALL? Link to Post
RECESS: A REFLECTIVE LOOK ON CAPITALISM Link to Post
“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
HEY ARNOLD!: A PRIMER ON RACIAL AND OTHER POPULAR STEREOTYPES Link to PostHEY ARNOLD
ARNOLD • Protagonist • White heterosexual male • Popular and well-liked • Always saves the day
GERALD• Sidekick• Token black guy• Cool kid• 33 on shirt: reference to basketball or other sports?
PHOEBE • Asian • Brainiac • Always studying • Plays piano • Quiet
OSKAR KOKOSHKA • Eastern European • Lazy • Selfish • Con artist • Unemployed
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?