The Media Games

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As defined by philosopher Jürgen Habermas, the public sphere is as follows;

‘A domain of our social life where such a thing as public opinion can be formed [where] citizens…deal with matters of general interest without being subject to coercion… [to] express and publicise their views.’ – (Habermas, 1997)

Habermas’ concept of white-collar workers discussing public matters of general interest in what Habermas described as 18th century coffee houses has now eroded due to the evolution of technological media platforms. The media has now revolutionised Habermas’ concept, to introduce the space of the ‘mediated public sphere’. At the click of a button the public are now capable of interacting, and commenting on general issues concerning society including the ongoing social stigma of gender inequality that needs to be rectified. 

The Hunger Games, I believe, is paving the way for gender equality within society with it’s revolutionary role of a female protagonist who is emotionally and physically strong. Katniss Everdeen, the heroine, provides somewhat of a role model for young women to strive towards as she is not a typical ‘damsel in distress’ character, rather a character who is by all means obtainable, unlike many other celebrity role models in a 21st century society.

Jennifer Lawrence who plays the role of Katniss Everdeen is also an advocate for gender equality and providing a healthy, realistic role model for influential young women. An example of which is on her first Oscar’s red carpet walk, Lawrence proceeded to say the following after hearing Kate Moss say ‘Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’.

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Also, Jennifer Lawrence, when given the position of the female protagonist in The Hunger Games was told to lose 10 pounds, she provided the following response;

‘We have control over this image, we have control over this role model. Why would we make her something unobtainable and thin?’

This quote, as well as the push towards gender equality and healthy life choices provided by The Hunger Games, and Jennifer Lawrence, provide an inspirational perspective for other celebrities and producers when making films or galavanting around and club-hopping to follow, in hopes to change the way we view women in society.

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5 thoughts on “The Media Games

  1. I LOVE THIS!
    Katniss Everdeen has always been a futuristic Joan of Arc to me.
    It seems as if she is always saving Peeta’s ass when normally we feel it should be the boy who comes to save the girl! I love it! He can’t walk two steps without needing her help.
    I love the way the display girl power in this movie. They show a female protagonist going against the grain and fighting for freedom.
    Jennifer Lawrence alone fights image expectations put on her by the media and provides a realistic role model that young girls such as myself can really look up to. She is so genuine and fake. She can get away with an embarrassing stack at the oscars!!!
    Love you post!!!!
    This is for sure talked about by many. Your topic choice was great!

  2. I really like the use of The Hunger Games as an example for this post, the fiction Katniss Everdeen and the very real Jennifer Lawrence are both fantastic advocates for breaking the stereotypical female mold in the media today. I like the use of the .gif set of Lawrence at the Oscars, it provides humor and a very honest opinion, which (as the Kate Moss quote exemplifies) is quite rare. I like your writing style too, very engaging. Keep it up!

  3. This is some serious quality work! Seriously, the seamless hyperlinking and short paragraphs make the whole thing so aesthetically pleasing and easy to read. I’m loving the use of Hungers Games and J-Law as an example too. I think it was a great choice and angle to take with this topic! And it’s so relatable to us 🙂 Love it!!

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