Educating The Simpsons : Teaching Queer Representation Of Contemporary Visual Media Essay

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Throughout our readings this semester, the three best topics that I have read were chapter 18, “pretending to be post racial: the spectacularization or race in reality TV’s Survivor,” chapter 22, “educating the Simpsons: Teaching queer representation in contemporary visual media,” and chapter 50, “video games and machine dreams of domination.” These specific readings helped me learn more about various forms of diversity, including race and sexuality. These chapters presented the material well, allowing me to better identify the diversity issues that our society faces, which I was not aware of before. Chapter 18 was about the CBS TV show “Survivor.” This chapter focused on the series 13th season, known as the “race wars.” In this season, the show grouped its contestants by races, including African-American, Latino, Asian and white. After being divided, the African-American tribe was presented as feeling no awkwardness over the division, as if nothing had changed. They did not seem to be bothered by it. The tribe’s togetherness was a main focus for them. They depicted themselves as a central black community, referring to each other as blood and family as they rooted each other on throughout the competition. The Latino tribe also felt a sense of togetherness, believing that they were the most equipped for the competition since they were all used to the Caribbean environment and the heat. One competitor even noted that his family came to the United States on a boat, so the

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