Sunday, March 29, 2009

New Leaf

It’s time to roll into a new phase with this blog...

I believe that colors were an important start to the study of visual rhetoric; colors have the power to persuade both subliminally and blatantly. But it’s time to start a new leaf. I have given you the tools- now you need to know how to use them. Like I’ve said before, every experience (and modern rhetoricians share this same view) is relative and each individual person sees the world through his or her own lens. There can be no finite map for the study of rhetoric because it relies on preconceived notions and individual perspective.

With that being said, I have decided to focus on the “Sex Sells” aspect of the media. We have all heard this term. We have all encountered it first hand. But why is sex so affective? It certainly hasn’t always been. The next posts are going to be dedicated to “speculating” the answers to these questions. How and why does sex sell? Why is it so persuasive? Are we even aware of how these sexual images shape and mold our standards of beauty, normality, and attraction?

When studying rhetoric, it is vital to understand that there is no right or wrong answer. Many of us have different views on sex in the media. We like having standards because if we somewhat resemble these iconic images, we are glorified. But if we differ from them, we are shunned. It’s a matter of opinion…

What’s yours?


Anonymous said...

That is a suprisingly hard question to answer! When I really thought about it, advertisements that bear the idea of "sex sells," don't explicitly have sex in them at all. They have heavy sexual overtones but they never show the act of sex (for obvious censorship reasons :)).

They do feature very "sexy" people who are pretty much perfect in every way. Perhaps the "sex sells" advertisements are really just trying to appeal to our vanity, i.e "Buy our product and you'll look like this!"

That is a really interesting question and I'm looking forward to your posts!!

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