Political Cartoon Analysis

Chappatte, Patrick. “Angry? Go Vote.”  The New York Times , The New York Times, 5 Nov. 2018,®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection. This cartoon expresses two central ideas about contemporary American politics. Firstly it brings up division and anger between Democrats and Republicans, and secondly it shows how media capitalizes off this conflict. The cartoon uses an empty background and less realistic drawing to bring the viewers focus primarily on the ideas. In the middle ground we see nothing but two people voting. These people are expressed as exaggerated stereotypes. A white male with a red hat symbolizing a make america great again hat and a GOP shirt represents republicans. An African American female with a scarf and a Dems shirt represents democrats. Both these people foll

Reflection on Practice Paper 1

About a week ago the entire English class took a practice Paper 1 comparing a comic strip titled Cathy and an excerpt from a memoir called The Blindfold Horse . Both texts had similar ideas on gender stereotyping, but differed greatly in context, theme, and structure. These were central ideas that I should have and did comment on. Despite this it did not go well for me as I began writing without any idea on the structure of my paper and very few flushed out ideas on the content. The structure of my paper ended up being very limited, as I used no paragraphs and a vague intro conclusion system that was jumpy and short. The body had some quotes and some good ideas, but it was disorganized with the ideas being scattered among the text. I did have some important ideas and I did express an understanding of the text, but they remained shallow, lacking significant analysis. I did a basic amount of comparison, and did comment on aspects of the Big 5. This discussion of stylistic features was s

Bias in the News

Purpose: To expose Brenda Snipes for her mistakes and potentially altering the Florida Senate election results, as well as encouraging general opposition to her and her choices. Devices: Emotional Language: Words such as “embarrassingly” and “boasted” escalate the problem while also incorporating a more personal feeling to the article. The readers are looking for something interesting, and a personable account is more relatable and involving. It also encourages the readers to disagree with Snipes on a deeper level. Character Assassination: Phrases such as “heavy criticism,” “history of election missteps,” and “embarrassingly” present her past and the events covered as very negative. On top of this the article mentions “the growing number of people calling for Snipes to be removed from her post amid the swirl of almost-constant controversy.” All of this portrays her to the reader as bad at her job, unstable, controversial, and clo

Advertising, Happiness and the End of The World Post #4

  The major difference between the two ads would be gender. Overall they are very similar, but the kids, the general clothes they're wearing, and the writing on the ads relate to gender. The writing for the boy relates education and a future, while the writing for the girl relates to social stereotypes and popularity. My perception of GAP did not change a great amount after seeing these ads. The blatant gender stereotypes are a little shocking, but I have seen other similar ads from the company before. Clothes are something that is usually strongly separated by gender. Also I can't tell if "talk of the playground" is literal, or making fun of that situation. Seeing younger kids in more old positions can be almost comical. I feel that these representations of boys and girls are stereotyped, ignorant, and unfair. These ads are operating under the idea that boys are supposed to get successful jobs and girls are supposed to be social and popular. Today this is le

Advertising, Happiness and the End of The World Post #3

What makes you happy? I think there are a couple different categories of things that make you happy. There are material things you buy, which are great up to the point where you get used to them. This happens quite quickly and means that you always want to be buying more things. There are also things like vacations which are great and fun, but they become just a memory and don't really provide lasting happiness. There are other categories, but the main thing to contend with is time. You want something that will always make you happy, yet that is seemingly impossible. The national happiness index is great for showing the happiness of each country in relation to all other countries. The information in this index seems to conflict with some nations perception of happiness. This is useful because it shows that maybe these nations need to reevaluate what makes a human happy. The measurement of happiness is difficult and arbitrary, meaning the national happiness index is likely far from

Advertising, Happiness and the End of The World Post #2

I searched for and found two more interesting ads to analyze. To begin with I have an ad I thought was interesting because of my personal experiences with road trips. I think that was the goal of the ad, and apparently it worked on me. The ad has lots of relatively quick scenes of the family doing fun things. In most of them the car is also present to make a connection between the two. It also uses shots of some selling points of the car, like calling the aunt in relation to the family on the car. Throughout the ad the aunt is speaking to all the negative ideas surrounding driving. As she lists these negative things they happen to the family in the scenes, but it is not taken as a negative. A good example of this is as the aunt complains about having to stop all the time the family has to stop and wait for an elk on the road. The family does not speak until the end where they say we like driving, then the voice over with all the information on the car cuts in. I think this ad is