More articles! More research! Let’s do it!

Adventure Time, I return to it again and again. It seems to become the main focus of my Inquiry Project. So, why not read another article about how transformative it is to the children’s cartoon genre? This particular piece is taken from the New Yorker and titled Castles In The Air: The Gorgeous Existential Funk of Adventure Time. The article is written by long time New Yorker contributor, Emily Nussbaum. Nussbaum dives fully into the philosophical side of Adventure Time. She discusses the adult themes that run throughout the show, transforming and aging in turn with the main character and sole human from the land of Oo, Finn. The crux of her main point seems to be as follows, “Adventure Time is one of the most philosophically risky and, often, emotionally affecting shows on TV. It’s beautiful and funny and stupid and smart, in about equal parts, as well as willing to explore uneasy existential questions, like what it means to go on when the story you’re in has ended” (Nussbaum). Well, that about sums it up.

Let’s move on to something a little more traditionally scholarly. The next piece I’ll review for my Inquiry Project is from the Journal of Adolescent Health Care. The analysis is conducted by Nancy Signorielli and titled Children, Television, and Gender Roles: Messages and Impact. The article takes a broader look at television’s portrayal of gender and the impact it has on children’s gender identification and perception. In general, this study found that women are less represented on television than men and are also shown in less active roles than men. Signorelli tells us that “the image conveyed by prime-time television is that women, especially if married, should stay home and leave the world of work to men” (Signorelli). She goes on to say that these images are not ignored or forgotten by children. Instead, the constant bombardment of gender norms affects how children believe they should behave, and how they believe other’s should behave as well.