FC: Evaluation Question 2 | How does your media product represent particular social groups?
1: By using all males we upheld the dominant ideology that the majority of crimes committed are by men as they are more delinquent and violent. | The use of the guns as props helped connote this as they are perceived as dangerous and a very masculine object due to it representing a phallic symbol.
2: During this time period homosexuality was not acceptable and was stereotypically seen as being weaker and more feminine. This is why we represented our characters as heterosexual males to adhere to the popular ideology that gangsters are strong, scary and masculine. | We also based our opening sequence on gangsters from the 1940s era where sexism was still very apparent within society.
3: Although we were basing our opening sequence on 1940s gangsters which consisted of older men in suits, we decided to use young adults within it to connote that gangs and violence are still as much around now as they were back then, however people are joining from a younger age and being less secretive and discreet about it.
4: The use of mise en scene with them wearing suits connotes that they have been forced to take on an adult role at a younger age which suggests that they have been forced into this lifestyle either through a rough childhood or lack of money and support which adheres to the dominant ideology of young adults in gangs in today’s society.
5: We represented race/ethnicity within our opening sequence by having two white, and one black male as stereotypically it is white straight males that are usually represented, however we wanted to show other ethnicities as black males are often also included within this culture. | The fact that the black male was the only one with the drugs represents that he is dangerous and intimidating, as well as the fact that he won the poker game which connotes his authority and power over the other white male especially within the gang culture as this adheres to popular ideology that black males dominate.
6: We represented these males as being of a lower class as they were situated in a run-down, grubby hideout, however the mise en scene contradicts this as they were dressed smartly wearing suits which connotes that they do have wealth, which therefore glorifies the gangster lifestyle for the working class.
7: Within society these gangsters are seen as having no class or status, however within their sub-culture they have an oppositional status as everything that makes society give them a low status, gives them an extremely high status within their gang as they have respect and are threatening and intimidating. | Although they are of a lower class, they have a high status, not within society but within their gang culture. The props used such as drugs and guns connote violence and danger as well as the fact that they were gambling shows that they have an alternative status.
8: Within society your class and status are dependent on various different things such as wealth, material belongings, mannerisms, education, dress and heritage. The fact that these young adults are unemployed without an education connotes that they are bottom of the social class hierarchy and are earning their money through illegal activities.
9: These are all the preferred readings in which we have tried to represent our particular social group, however I know that everyone interprets things differently and there may be other oppositional readings which we have not yet thought of or noticed within our project.