Alpha Chi Nu Chapter

Phi Theta Kappa at Southern Maine Community College

Dr. D and Seduce Me Presentation

Posted by alphachinu on March 20, 2006

Dr. D is a former advertiser and presented on the way media influences our lives. He likened the physical black hole from our eyes to the mental black hole. Our brains have been trained to fill in the missing information from the spot where the optic nerve enters the retina. Our brains also fill in missing data from the media.

Take a few minutes and close your eyes then use your imagination to picture a man walking on the moon. I will come back to this later.

In pictures from various media, Dr. D drew our attention to many things. The changes in Betty Boop were remarkable. In the 1920s, Betty had huge eyes, a huge head, and huge hips. Today, she still has a large head and eyes, however they are slightly smaller. More amazingly, her hips have shrunk. In parts of a presentation from one of the glamor magazines, Dr. D showed how the media changes the dimensions of a woman, Cindy Crawford, by thining her thighs, waist, and arms. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think she has anything to worry about. Both Betty Boop and Cindy Crawford examples show that the media is constantly sending us messages. Currently, those messages are along the lines of: “You are unworthy. You don’t deserve love/belonging. But, if you use this product you will be loved/worthy/belong.” The thing is that is a lie. Anyone who has bought a product believing the lies and then not received the miraclous change implied in the message will tell you the advertising was a money scam and participation left them depressed more than before.

Now back to the man walking on the moon. Do you remembered what you pictured? What did you see? If it was anything other than the original moon landing walk, then you did not use your memory to fill in the missing information. Congratulations! For the rest of you, there is hope. You can learn to imagine by recognizing and analyzing what the media is telling you, then deciding if the message is one you want to remember. If there is less stuff filling your head with messages, you have more space to imagine something you haven’t seen or done before.

I hope you learned a little from the sharing of this information and remember to question what the media is telling you, and why. I include this blog in that reminder. 🙂

Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

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