In Mickey Mouse Monopoly, the Media Education Foundation has produced a documentary which looks underneath the family fun image of the Disney empire to examine the underlying social messages within these childhood classic films. In particular, the film examines the ways in which gender roles are enacted, how racial groups are portrayed in heavily stereotyped representations, and the increased consumerism of childhood.

I am interested to find out what Disney movies have meant to you. Answer any of the following: How should we understand the social role of media? How have you understood this critique of Disney and what is your response? Can you find examples of race and gender representations in Disney movies via online movie clips? Are there other media corporations that have more positive representations? How can media representations be improved? What questions and comments do you have?

Please be sure to post your #1 blog response by Friday, January 21, before midnight. See syllabus for details on the blog post requirements.

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