Final Character Message

 

What is your objective? What effect should your message have on viewers? This will strongly inform how your photo message is graded however. How well does your image live up to its intended message and effect?

 

My character is trying to emphasize several issues that I have with the treatment of women/individuals in this post modern society. I’m particularly proud of the last image, and I think that they certainly convey (perhaps with some thought) the message that I’m trying to portray.

What concrete, specific actions do you want people to take after seeing your message– for example, visiting a website, volunteering, donating money, or buying a product? What action links will you use?

 

http://moveon.org

http://www.occupywallstreet.org/

My ideal outcome would simply be for people to stop and think. Go to these websites and sites similar, and think about the role of individuals in groups and the treatment of all people as equals. Even if it just changes the ideas of one person, then enough change has been made.

Compose a series of three or more possible variations on the same message. What fun and different ways can you word and re-word your basic idea?

 

Use words that contain the word female or woman/women and emphasize those, to elaborate the same idea in the first sequence.

Replace the words in the second one with community, and seeing where individual fits within that.

Replacing the word government with corporations in the bottom one.

What kinds of people or audiences do you intend to reach? Who are some of the people that your message won’t appeal to? This will also inform how your photo message is graded.

 

These messages are ideally for individuals who are already sensitive to issues like these. I feel as though people who are supportive of corporations and a strong federal government, we can call them federalists, would not be influenced by messages such as these. I know however, that the people I’ve already shown them too, really enjoyed them, particularly the bottom one. Although this environment is an open-minded and close-knit one.

 

Can you think of any news events, current happenings, and cultural trends that to which you can tie your message?

 

Obviously occupywallstreet and the subsequent protests, and any other news related to sexual equality. But predominantly the occupywallstreet movement.

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One Response to Final Character Message

  1. You’ll need to choose one of your three ideas and further focus and refine it.

    I think your first one may be the most promising. You could easily connect it to this current action organized by the National Organization for Women: http://bit.ly/qL0OZ6. Although your message is good and interesting, it is also very much a double edge sword. Someone could look at it and say, “yup, that’s the way it has always been; that’s the way it should be.” Your typeface choice works in the same way; it could be seen to reinforce the historical authority of gender stereotypes. So somehow if you choose to develop this one further, you’ll have to push and clarify the socially progressive side of your message.

    The second one is quite interesting, but much harder to nail down as a focused message (for me anyway). The ruled paper effect does not suggest higher education at all; it’s a clear reference to elementary school. Perhaps you could try to link this message to some not-for-profit think tank focused on community building? Google+ may be a good possible connection, but I really haven’t played with it enough to say for sure.

    I like the big ideas you are playing with in the third, but when someone takes in the actual visual content of the message I think most people will get something more muddled than what you intend. How exactly does big government devouring individuals relate to the problems with male dominated power structures? Why is this a current issue when women have (arguably) equal access to seats of power and are spread around through all branches and levels of our government? I’m not saying that misogyny doesn’t persist, but rather that as a general trend it is fading. I mean do you see and are you concerned about any current counter trends?

    Since you have already posted your drafts here to the class blog, please just edit and change this post per these requirements: https://decisionjourney.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/character-message-twitter-experiment/. Then craft a twitter campaign around one of the messages, and link the Tweets here.

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