Presentation on theme: "Christine Harold Reviewed Whatcha need to know for your future quiz and tropes."— Presentation transcript:
Christine Harold Reviewed Whatcha need to know for your future quiz and tropes
Barbie Liberation Organization Think about the rhetoric in the video. What are some ways the BLO is communicating persuasively? What is the BLO doing? Are they pranking, rumoring, or subvertising? What’s the difference?
Tropes A common pattern in a story or a recognizable attribute in a character that conveys information to an audience. – Damsel in distress – a woman needs to be rescued (usually by a dude). – My brain is big – brains or foreheads are exaggerated to show intelligence. Big brain=big smarts. – Children are innocent - captures the idea that children are never naturally evil.
Tropes have power They can perpetuate stereotypes. Smurfette principle – is the tendency for works of fiction to have exactly one female amongst an ensemble of male characters, in spite of the fact that roughly half of the human race is female.
Tropes have power They can be used to view one as an object rather than a subject – a thinking and feeling person. Instrumentality - refers to the practice of using virtual women as tools or props for the player’s own purposes. Video games or interactive media afford audiences a participatory experience.
Tropes have power Background Decoration: The subset of largely insignificant non-playable female characters whose sexuality or victimhood is exploited as a way to infuse edgy, gritty or racy flavoring into game worlds. These sexually objectified female bodies are designed to function as environmental texture while titillating presumed straight male players.