Here are two shirts are from the Avengers. Both are designed for their children apparel production line, but I don't have to tell you which one is marketed for boys and which one is marketed for girls.
Questions to ponder: How (and why) do companies use cultural ideas and values to market their products? How do companies shape cultural ideas and values? What impact do messages like this have on a society's culture? Do seemingly subtle differences is pop cultural products like this matter?
Tags: perspective, culture, gender, popular culture.
We live in a world where this shouldn't even be an issue right? Aren't woman supposed to be equal, earn equal wages, equal respect, 'anything you can do, I can do better' kind of thing? So, why do subliminal and not so subliminal messages like these still exist? You find this type of thing ALL over the world but here in America, we focus on it more. We were once a leading nation on the topic of women equality so as a leader who is trying to set examples for the rest of the world, how can we find this stuff still appropriate?
It's surprisingly hard to find safe drinking water on Earth--this on a planet covered in water.
Sabrina Conroy's insight:
Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink. With the worlds population quickly increasing, we need to take into consideration the 'carrying capacity' that we were discussing in class. What new technologies are available to us so that we can grow more food, have more clean drinking water, etc? But to also find a way to do it cheaply, because lets face it, what good is a $1,000,000,000 machine if theres only one and no one can afford it anyways. So, here we have an article discussing one of the many ongoing studies on how to turn our salt water oceans into drinkable water. If we can find a reasonable way to do this, we can then move onto the food aspect and agriculture and continue to grow food for our ever growing earth family.
No secret that immigration is a touchy subject for most Americans. Funny, seeing how the United States was built BY immigrants. Here is an interesting article that makes it seem like everyone is trying to find a happy medium, a middle ground if you will. Taking immigrants and sending them to parts of the country that need workers/population. Now, is it just me, or does this seem like some sort of 'abuse of power'? Here, you can come play in my clubhouse but only if you stay in the corner and mop my floors and fix my windows and play only when I say its ok. Seems a little controlling, America. On the other hand, I can see where in lies the compromise... come to the land of the free, but put some work into it first. Do a little, to get a little.
Facebook has created a platform that allows sites and apps to share information about users in order to tailor offers, features and services to each one's interests and tastes
Sabrina Conroy's insight:
Something we were discussing in class, and I'm sure we've all noticed beforehand. At first you can't help but think, is it coincedence that I'm getting ad's on the side of my homepage about ultrasounds and going for my MA in pyscholoy? but then you realize that hey, your friends homepage has ad's about the local bars in providence and boston. What gives? Well, now that we all know that facebook 'personalises' your homepage for you, they also go on to share your information with sister companies who you are linked with. What will this new platform of the 'Open Graph' system bring? what will it mean for the future? who else will use it? What will they use it for? right now it's used for marketing but maybe in the future it will be used for school and teaching purposes, or online dating!
It's 10 o'clock at night, do you know where YOUR food is?
Sabrina Conroy's insight:
Would you think that two competitive companies such as 'Hellmans mayonnaise' and 'Miracle Whip' are owned by the same parent company? Many of your favorite brands and foods are owned by one company, Monsanto, who is not only altering the way we grow crops, but refusing to label their products so the consumer isn't bothered by the idea of eating/using GMO products. Not to mention the impact it is having the regular 'farmer'. Not labeling their products is taking away the choice that we, as consumers, have a right to. Many people turn a blind eye towards the groceries they put in their cart. 'Deals of the Day' and name brand labels often distract us and in order to save a few bucks and earn some extra gas points (because lets face it, who doesn't love cheaper gas?) we forget to ask questions of WHERE our food is coming from! If you're interested in knowing where your food is coming from but don't know where to start I suggest downloading the app Buycott ( found here http://www.buycott.com/ ) and simply scan the barcode of your items. It's all about knowing, even if you don't switch brands, at least you have knowledge of where and what you are consuming. Knowledge is power.
The 17-nation bloc had a jobless rate of 11.6 per cent in September, while inflation eased slightly in the last month.
Although some countries in the Eurozone have lower unemployment rates like Austria (4.4%) and Germany (5.4%), more are in the worst collective tailspin since the creation of the common currency. Spain has the worst unemplyment rate at 25.8% of the adult population out of work. It has taken a nasty cultural and political turn as resentments and frustrations are boiling over in the Eurozone. Some are derisively referring to the struggling southern European countries as P.I.G.S. (Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain).
Being a 'victim' to your gps, is apparently an all too common occurance. This survey sheds some light on approximatley how often that occurs and to who it occurs. Why is this so important? becuase of its relevance to your everyday life. Personally, I know I rely heavily on my gps to take me to my destination, but its an all too new technology still. and nothing is perfect.
Dr.Robert Vincent talks about geological mapping with LANDSAT.
Sabrina Conroy's insight:
Absolutley amazing the technolgy advances in just a 10 year period. This is an older video but Dr. Vincent explains the technology boom in the remote sensing department over just a short time. They basically were able to get double-triple the amount of information with their second launch. They are now able to percieve so much more information about the earth and to help with data records over the last 30 years.
With so many new technologies out there its good to know the difference between them. What they're used for, who uses them, and most importantly WHY they're being used. A simple article to clarify some of those questions.
With so many outlets for social media, do you wonder if everyone uses the same websites and apps all around the world? Personally, I know that my family in Italy use tools such as We Chat and Viber... Here in the U.S. where unlimted data and text messaging is available with most, if not all, phone plans we take more advantage of the apps that give you special effects.
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