Archive for October, 2011

Tupperware Advertisement Project

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Our group decided to create a print advertisement that focused on the social aspect of new groups being founded for women around tupperware parties. It was an interesting approach and a great idea to focus on the changes in the social status of women during the 1950s because of Tupperware parties. Not only did Tupperware allow women to become a financial aspect of home life it created an idea of the early coffee houses for women.

For the project I was able to take photographs of actual Tupperware supplied by a friend of mine who has well over a hundred pieces of unique and one of a kind items she has collected over the years as her mother did host several Tupperware parties. I also helped in creating the slogan for our advertisement. While researching the advertisements of the time period, catchy slogans were a large focus of the print. Overall the project while challenging was fun to work on.

Code Talkers

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Reflecting on the class discussion about the code talkers and the important aspects of their vital role during World War Two, it seems that there would be more interest to study that role within the world war and how it changed the dynamic of coded messages. To take members of a society (Native Americans) for which at that time little attention was given, and for the most part were considered almost less than human, and give them an important job is an interesting reversal of fortune. How many of those same people were turned away before the draft and during the draft only to be asked to help once the govenment found a “use” for them?

Also it would be interesting to study the breakdown of the economic issues between the code talkers and the amount of work in training people to use code machines, publish code material, and train people to work on the machines when all you needed to do for the code talkers was very little training other than develop words for things not in their language. Since few if any were officers, most enlisted men made less than $100. a month depending on several conditions, we said in class that there were 17 of the Comanche code talkers, on average that would be $1700 a month plus expenses to pay these code talkers, I would be willing to bet that the expenses for other methods would far exceed that amount.

Propaganda and Brainwashing

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Brainwashing can be a subversive form of propaganda. Both stem from the idea that you want a desired effect from an individual. With propaganda the effect is usually in the form of fear. For example during World War 2 the posters of the Germans/Japanese were made to cause fear by presenting the enemy in the form of sub-human, the repeated exposure to such posters would make people believe that the idea was true. With brainwashing, there is still the idea of a desired end effect, the person will believe in the ideas that they are subjected to. The constant repetition of propaganda could have a brainwashing effect that would produce the same desired effect as torture in actual brainwashing.

Advertising is both propaganda and a form of brainwashing. The advertisements are placed in specific areas and for specific groups of people in mind to create a desired effect. Today with the advantage of technology, most people pay little attention to TV commercials, however with global media such as it is one can never really escape advertisements. How often to we see a commercial/advertisement for something, even in passing, and later have a desire or want for a product?