CARTOONS AND SOCIAL THEORY   Presented to you by The TrenchcoatMafia
CARTOONS AND SOCIAL THEORY   We decided to look at children’s TV    shows, primarily popular cartoons from our    childho...
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
RUGRATSAND A LESSON ON LEADERSHIP                     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; capita...
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         •   Unempl...
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...
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Cartoons and Social Theory

  1. 1. CARTOONS AND SOCIAL THEORY Presented to you by The TrenchcoatMafia
  2. 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. 3. THEMIGHTY MORPHIN’ RANGERS: A SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY Link to Post
  4. 4. POKEMON AND THE CULTURE INDUSTRY-WHY DO WE HAVE TO CATCH ‘EM ALL? Link to Post
  5. 5. RUGRATSAND A LESSON ON LEADERSHIP Link to Post
  6. 6. RECESS: A REFLECTIVE LOOK ON CAPITALISM Link to Post
  7. 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. 8. HEY ARNOLD!: A PRIMER ON RACIAL AND OTHER POPULAR STEREOTYPES Link to PostHEY ARNOLD
  9. 9. ARNOLD • Protagonist • White heterosexual male • Popular and well-liked • Always saves the day
  10. 10. GERALD• Sidekick• Token black guy• Cool kid• 33 on shirt: reference to basketball or other sports?
  11. 11. PHOEBE • Asian • Brainiac • Always studying • Plays piano • Quiet
  12. 12. OSKAR KOKOSHKA • Eastern European • Lazy • Selfish • Con artist • Unemployed
  13. 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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