Thanks to Colleen for sending along the link to a news story about a new “edgy” Barbie, sporting tattoos and a pink bob, and to Carol for alerting me to the new Barbie ad campaign, which imagines “Barbie” and “Ken” tweeting at each other, flirting on Foursquare (?), and reconnecting via online dating. It’s the biggest. messiest social media PR grab-bag you can imagine. Watch the video!
Meanwhile, on the “effects” side of things, Madison sent me an article about a plastic surgery addict who tries to make herself look like Barbie. That part’s old news; the article was about the gift that she gave her daughter for her seventh birthday: a voucher for a breast enhancement surgery, later on. (What I want to know is this: what if the daughter turns out to have perfectly fine you-know-whats? Can she redeem the voucher for some other kind of surgery, or just for straight-up cash?)
From Today’s Powerpoint:
Here’s the link to the Gallup poll we talked about today in class. Looks like the sample was as follows: “A random sample of 1,020 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.”
Also, I put today’s Powerpoint up in the Resources section – here is the link.
Don’t forget: email me about your topic, and we’ll brainstorm secondary/scholarly sources for you!
Sara sent me a link to this British juice company that markets its smoothies under the brand “Innocent.” I like the idea that other juices are, by contrast, guilty.
Next week I’m changing the syllabus a bit, for two reasons that I’ll explain in class. Here is the new reading and discussion schedule for the upcoming two weeks.
Mon 3 – Discussion: Dolls, Part 2. Read Elizabeth Chin, from Purchasing Power: Black Kids and American Consumer Culture (2001) (this is a handout, which you should have by today); Meredith Carroll, “Proposed Day Care Rules in Colo. Would Require Dolls of Different Races,” Strollerderby.com, July 12, 2011 (in the green packet).
Weds 5 – Discussion: Girls’ Magazines. Read Dawn H. Currie, “Girl Talk: Adolescent Magazines and their Readers,” from The Audience Studies Reader (2003); Kara Jesella and Marisa Meltzer, Chapter 1: “The Rise,” Chapter 3: “Feminism,” Chapter 5: “Girl Culture,” from How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time (2007) (both in the green packet).
Fri 7 – Workshop Day. I’ll be sending you comments on your first website entry by Thursday. Bring your laptops to class, so that we can have a day in which I go around the room & check in with you about the revisions I’ve requested.
Mon 10 – Discussion: Girlfans. Read Barbara Ehrenreich, Elizabeth Hess, Gloria Jacobs, “Beatlemania: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” from The Audience Studies Reader (2003) (in green packet); Melanie Nash and Martii Lahti, “’Almost Ashamed To Say I Am One of Those Girls’: Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the Paradoxes of Girls’ Fandom,” in Titanic: Anatomy of a Blockbuster (1999) (this is a handout I’ll give you by the end of next week).
Weds 12: Discussion: Boys in Gangs. Read E. Anthony Rotundo, “Boy Culture,” in Jenkins, 337-362.
Fri 14 – Discussion: Boys and School. Read Ann Ferguson, Chapter 4: “Naughty by Nature,” from Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity (2000) (in green packet).
From Monday, October 17 onward, we’ll be resuming regularly scheduled reading. This means we’ll skip the day on which we were originally scheduled to discuss the topic Boys and Reading.
Enough of you were having trouble with citations in class today that I thought I’d give you a couple of non-Zotero options.
1) Write and format your own citations all by yourself, the old-fashioned way. This involves using a style guide for Chicago Style (here is a link to one online).
In your Word doc, position your cursor at the end of the sentence where you want to insert the citation.
Choose “Insert,” then choose “Footnote.” Choose “Footnote” in the window that pops up (as opposed to “Endnote”), and tell Word to auto-number your footnotes.
You’ll be whisked down to the bottom of the page, where you’ll write your footnote.
Do this by visiting the style guide page I linked to above, with the information about the source you’re citing in hand. Determine what kind of source it is, then follow the Chicago guide, which will tell you how to present all of the information about the source (the metadata, including author, title, place published, date published, pages).
Note that this guide will give you three ways of citing the source: first, it’ll tell you how to footnote the source the first time you cite it; second, it’ll tell you how to footnote the source each additional time you cite it; third, it’ll show you how to format a bibliographic entry for the source, were you to be writing a bibliography (which you don’t have to do for this project).
2) If you want to try another automatic citation generator, there’s Noodlebib, which you can access through the UT Libraries site (you’ll need an EID, and then you’ll create a free account).
Unlike Zotero, Noodlebib won’t insert a citation directly into your Word document. You visit this site, with your citation information in hand, then plug it into a generator; you pick a document type (magazine article, newspaper article, website, book, depending on your document) then a style (Chicago Style, in this case) and the site formats the citation for you.
Again, Noodlebib will give you two options: bibliography form and note form. You’ll be choosing “note form.”
Looks like this:
Please email me if you have questions. I’m using this first assignment partially as a way to assess your familiarity with citations, so all feedback is good feedback.
Have a good weekend!
- Please submit to my email address by 5 pm
- Use a .doc extension (if using Open Office, do a save-as and choose .doc)
- Make sure you include your last name in the document’s name (aka, “onionassignment1.doc”)
- Don’t forget to specify which level of privacy you prefer (details on assignment sheet)
- Bring the peer review sheet that your partner filled out for you to class on Monday – I’ll collect them then.
Here’s the info I gave you in class yesterday about footnoting your website entry:
As an addendum to our discussion of junk food and candy in class today, check out this post on Jezebel about an episode of the TLC show “Outrageous Kids’ Parties,” in which a mom spends over $1300 on candy for her son’s preschool graduation. I couldn’t embed the video here, but do click over; this still of a mom-assisted Pixie Stick shotgunning is just the beginning.