Download e-book for iPad: Disability, Obesity and Ageing: Popular Media by Debbie Rodan

By Debbie Rodan

ISBN-10: 1409440516

ISBN-13: 9781409440512

Incapacity, weight problems and ageing bargains an interesting account of a brand new zone of urgent drawback, analysing the way ‘spurned’ identities are depicted and reacted to in televisual genres and online boards. analyzing the symbolic energy of the media, this e-book offers case experiences from truth, drama and comedian tv programmes well known within the united kingdom, united states and Australia to make clear the illustration of incapacity, weight problems, and getting older the way during which their prestige as undesirable and unwelcome identities is perpetuated.

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Selena, was often depicted as unmotivated and struggling on The Biggest Loser. As a result, a large number of the online audience members also interpreted her as unmotivated. ’ Such comments would be removed if posted on official sites that tend to have clear moderation policies. For example, discussants of the official Biggest Loser discussion forum must adhere to the following moderation policy: Like any social situation, there are simple rules and protcols that you should follow. Don’t abuse people (your membership will be cancelled).

Bunter frequently talks about food – namely treacle, oranges, cake – he has pilfered from others or has hoarded himself. On the BBC programme Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School, Bunter was played for comedic effect and often mocked by the other peripheral characters. Cartoons in popular culture such as those in Life magazine also used largesized bodies as a signifier of inferiority to caricature middle class changes in social levels during the early 1900s (Farrell, 2011). Farrell (p. 41) contends that such cartoons, ‘mocked middle-class white fat people for too excessively indulging in the pleasures and freedoms that had been ushered in during the advent of the modern era’.

Huff (pp. 42, 52) proposes that Banting’s pamphlet is part of the common ‘cultural discourse’ that disparaged corpulent individuals for self-indulgent practices of excessive eating and drinking, as well as sedentary living. In the nineteenth century, fat bodies were depicted in Life and Harper’s Weekly magazines (Farrell, 2011, p. 29). For example, the portrayal of the ‘fat cat’ capitalist who was seen as a wealthy ‘powerful man’ because he (mostly male) had power over working people’s lives (Farrell, pp.

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