No Sweet Tooth, Just Trigger Fingers

NVW Administrator Advertisement Analysis, Argument, Social Criticism

Editor’s Note: The following essay refers to an advertisement that can be viewed here. A smaller version has also been included in the text. Americans have a special relationship with guns. Gun ownership is protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, but some people believe the rights of citizens to own guns has led to a culture …

Women in Films: Sidekick or Equal

Amber Norwood Argument, Film and Media, New Voices, Responding to a Text, Social Criticism, Visual Rhetoric

Analyzing images helps deconstruct the message the image is trying to convey and helps us understand why everything is portrayed the way it is. As Jack Solomon explains in his article, “Reading Visual Images Actively,” “In analyzing images, you will develop the ability to identify specific telling details and specific evidence” (33). Supremacy is the quality of being superior and …

What Makes a Man

Amber Norwood Argument, Literary Analysis, New Voices, Social Criticism

Finding the yin to your yang is a quest most people spend their lives searching for.  In the novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamin Alire Saenz, Aristotle and Dante are teens on their way to discovering who they are. The narrator of this novel is Aristotle, aka “Ari.” The struggle with race, family, …

Seeing More Broadly

Amber Norwood Argument, Film and Media, New Voices, Previous Editions

Individuals always have a tendency to criticize from first impression without acknowledging the full outlook of the situation. On January 7, 2015, Sia debuted her music video “Elastic Heart.” In the music video, Sia uses Maddie Ziegler, a 12-year-old girl in a nude leotard who is locked in a bird cage battling a thirtyish Shia LaBeouf who is also wearing …

Target: Empowering the People

Amber Norwood Advertisement Analysis, Argument, New Voices, Previous Editions, Social Criticism

In today’s marketing trends, gender based products is just the norm in the United States. This has become a great controversy in the past few years, due to a higher level of gender equality as well as same sex marriage being legalized. Target is a large corporation that is taking a big hit for introducing the idea of removing gender-based …

Feminist

Amber Norwood Advertisement Analysis, Argument, New Voices, Politics, Previous Editions

Over generations, women’s lives have been created for them by  the men surrounding  them, but no more. The organization UN Women which focus on human equality and empowerment, created an entire campaign to bring to light how women  are still deprived  because  of their gender. The image chosen focuses on discrimination against women  naming  the image “Women Shouldn’t.” Women ‘s …

Misleading Gym Advertisements

Amber Norwood Advertisement Analysis, Argument, New Voices, Previous Editions

There are advertisements at every store, gym, and street. Every day, we walk by hundreds of advertisements without even stopping to see what message the advertisement is trying to send. Even when we do notice, we usually do not stop to fully analyze what is being sold to us. Most advertisements have a deeper meaning and sometimes that underlining meaning …

Till Eternity

Amber Norwood Argument, Film and Media, New Voices, Previous Editions, Responding to a Text

On January 2013, Justin Timberlake announced his 20/20 experience album, which was released on February 11th, 2013. It was nearly 7 years since the pop star artist released an album, and on it was a song called “Mirrors.” Imagine being a newlywed and wanting to write a fascinating song for your partner. Well, that’s where the song “Mirrors” comes in. …