Final Paper

November 22, 2009

Final Paper Communication 283

10-12 pages

In this paper you will demonstrate and apply your knowledge of key concepts we have studied in this course by analyzing a hip-hop song of your choice. Your presentation will briefly summarize the ideas you are working with for your classmates. Plan to present for 5 minutes, including any clip time. I know that is extremely quick, but we have limited time. Choose the most engaging point from your analysis to share. If you present on December 3rd, it is understood that your work is at an earlier stage.

Please have your song chosen a first draft of a thesis Tuesday, 11/24.  Bring the first draft of your thesis and a printout of the lyrics you plan to address to class on Tuesday.  When choosing a song to analyze for this paper, remember that you may choose to focus on one stanza and a chorus, or the entire song.  While I hope you find a rich text to discuss, the focus of this assignment is on demonstrating and applying your knowledge of the course.

The key concepts that should be addressed in your paper are:

1) Authenticity or “authenticity”

2) Social Construction of Race

3) Historical/Industrial perspectives (who is profiting, who is buying, who   owns these representations, where do they come from)

4) Stereotype analysis (do these lyrics and images refute/reclaim/resist/critique or reiterate stereotypes? Which stereotypes, and how?)

Please refer to your notes, the readings for the class, and my handouts to be sure you are using terms correctly. Remember, you are not alone in writing this paper.  I expect you to cite at least two of the following scholars that you read for the class, in order to clarify and support your argument:

bell hooks

Michael Eric Dyson (From Beyond Beats Video)

Beverly Guy Sheftall (From Beyond Beats Video)

Melanie Campbell

Joan Morgan

Arlene Davila

Mako Fitts

Your paper should include:

a) a brief summary of the history or context of the artist who created the song.

(no more than 1-1.5 pages)

b) A brief summary of the song’s critical and audience reception
(no more than 1-1.5 pages)

c) Your own analysis of the song’s lyrics in terms of 1-4 above

(bulk of your paper 6-7 pages)

d) Brief analysis of an images relating to the song, either an album cover, a publicity image, or a music video. How does this extend/undermine/reinforce your reading of the lyrics? (approximately 2 pages)

e) Conclusion, summing up your points.


Response Due 11/12

November 11, 2009

Comment under assignments: Identify a quote or fact from each reading that surprises you, bothers you, or strikes you as particularly interesting. Write three sentences about why it is interesting, strange or puzzling or bothersome to you. Do this for BOTH readings. As best you can, connect the readings with your own media viewing/experiences.

Response to Smoke Signals

October 26, 2009

Respond to Smoke Signals: How does the film address/respond to/critique stereotypes of Native Americans. You can compare it to the media you addressed for the midterm paper, but be sure to also address Smoke Signals. 5 sentences.

For Class–post here by noon on Thursday–how did the film Broken Blossoms (D.W. Griffith 1919) imagine/portray Asian Americans? How does this fit into the history of “yellowface performance” from the Ito article. Please write 5 sentences. You should  also do some simple Internet research on the film to have a bit of context, but please respond to what you see (as opposed to just summarizing what people say about this film.) REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR COMMENTS AND THE ARTICLE TO CLASS.

We’ll be in Young 417.

Watch the film here:

http://www.archive.org/details/BrokenBlossoms

Response to Julia article

September 30, 2009

Please write a 4-5 sentence response to the article comparing black, white and anonymous responses to Julia. Please post by 9am Thursday, so we can discuss the responses in class.

See you Thursday.

Commercial Analysis

Present in Class on 9/22, Turn in your notes
Prepare a 6-8 minute (2-3 page outline) analysis of a commercial and its social constructions of race.

Your response must answer the following questions:

Choose a character to analyse-how Identify a current commercial:

Analysze Key External traits

-clothing
-body type
-jewelry

markers of race/class/gender

i.e. type of car, home etc.

Also emotional/affect traits—attitude, accent, behavior, mood etc.

Make an analysis—what are the big ideas in this commercial?

How do they build their message based on stereotypes? Or are they reacting to and criticizing stereotypes? How?

Respond to the ways that hooks characterizes whiteness. What surprises you? What intrigues you? What is familiar or unfamiliar about her perspective?

Journal Due 1/20

August 27, 2009

Answer one of the following two questions (and be ready to discuss both in class)

How does Davila’s methodology (what she did) affect her findings?

How would you summarize what she learned about the social construction of Latino Identity?

stuff white people like

August 24, 2009

Read and be prepared to discuss in class one entry in: http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/

Please post which entry you will be discussing here, and summarize how this item participates in the social construction of whiteness.

Journal Entry Due 1/14

August 24, 2009

Journal Assignment due 1/14 : Identify a quote or fact from each reading that surprises you, bothers you, or strikes you as particularly interesting. Write three sentences about why it is interesting, strange or puzzling or bothersome to you. Do this for BOTH readings. As best you can, connect the readings with your own media viewing/experiences.