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Archive for January, 2010

    I believe that many people might saw these 12 satirical cartoons before, they were first published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September 2005. Now, this ” Muhammed Cartoons” has become famous all around the world, and also has caused many reactions and anger from the Muslim community, some aggressive Muslims even threatened to kill the artists who drew these caricatures. Especially the one who portrayed Muhammed as a bomber in  a picture of Muhammed with a bomb in his turban.

  After the violent treats from Muslims, plenty of countries have started to re-publish these drawings on newspaper, politicians around the world have stood out and expressed their support through media, moreover, there come up lots of people who begin to post their opinions towards these controversial cartoons on their blog or website.

The orange part on the map are countries that have re-published these drawings

  This issue, which is called “The Muhammed Crisis”, just becomes bigger and bigger, and caused more arguments and outrage among people. Indeed, this is a quite sad and sensitive issue in human society, however, if we look at it from the mass media aspect, it could be interesting.

  Let us back to the old days and imagine the life without television or Internet this kind of new media. In those days, it is almost impossible for people to concern about what is happened on the other side of the world, or to know what people from other countries said or wrote about anything that offend our culture or religion. Perhaps they will know eventually, but it might takes at least couples of weeks and months for one person to deliver this message from one side to the other side of the world.

  However, because the invention of new media, especially the Internet, people can get the instant news or participate in any discussion easily. On one hand, it seems to be more convenient to understand all the global issuses quickly without traveling to certain places; but on the other hand, it also means that every little piece of news or events can be known to everyone in a very short time, even worse, lots of subjective stereotypes or biased judgements can be added in during the process of  dissemination.

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As I told you before, the main item of our project will be about the stereotypes. There are different kinds of stereotypes, such as gender, race, religion and so on. Those stereotypes have been formed in people’s mind through various media. For example, many people are spending tons of time in front of their television and watching the news, the soap drama and the commercial films. Especially, the commercial films use many stereotypes because usually it’s funny and therefore effective to deliever the messages in a very short time.

I found a short, but great article that analyize two commercial films using an Asian stereotype and introduce one home-made video about ‘silent racism'(http://blog.sojo.net/2009/06/05/i-am-more-than-a-stereotype/).

Like the aurthor of this article, Euhene Cho saying, it’s true that there are many ‘unhealthy‘ images of Asian people on visual media. When the Asians speak wrong English and do some weird martial arts or meditation, the people in the western countries start laughing. Both advertisings that mentioned in this article are also using Asian people as a funny item. I might be biased, but for me, the Asian guy in the first ad really looks like a dumb, seriously.

Some examples of Asian stereotypes in advertising that I found today might not be appropriate to our project because I shoud’ve found examples in the Internet. But, I just wanted to say the way the advertising uses the Asian stereotypes. So, I’m going to try to find the examples for that in the Internet. I think I can make it on the Youtube or Twitter.

Lastly, I want to say that you should watch the video posted on that article. It has a clear and meaningful message about the stereotype. On the top of that, in terms of our video project, I think that video can be a great example. I’m thinking I will make our video in that style.

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Hello, everyone!Asian and math

For last two weeks, Me and Grace have discussed what the topic of the project would be. In the first meeting, we confirmed that both of us were interested in the kind of ‘cultrual difference’. I think that’s because we came from other countries, specifically Taiwan and South Korea. While living in the another country and talking with the people who we met here, we’ve found that many people have certain stereotypes  about the culture and the people from other country. For example, I might say many western people think ALL the Asian people are good at math. But, it’s not true. For me, I HATE math when I was in high school. Seriously, it was the worst subject ever.

Also, we talked about the origin of those stereotypes. In other words, where those stereotypes come from? Of course, there are a lot of elements that affect making the stereotypes in people’s mind, but maybe media such as TV, newspapers and the Internet can be the most influential sources of them because people get the most of the information they know from the media and those information form the stereotypes. Since the Internet has become the most powerful medium in last two decades, we decided focusing on the Internet among many media as our main subject.

So far, it seemed we didn’t have any problem in preparing our project, but the only problem we had was to find the connection between this item and the theories of McLuhan and Innis. Our Prof, Dr. Starangelove, asked us that we should use their theories in our project.  We really like this topic – the impact of the Internet on making Stereotype, but we are not sure that we can make the project with their theories. I know that McLuhan and Innis were noted media theorist but I’ve never heard that they talked about any ‘stereotype’ by the media.

So, we are going to focus on finding the connection between our subject and their theories. That’s our first task. Even though it’s gonna be tough, I believe me and Grace can make it[fingers crossed!].

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