Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Romantic Comedies

  My article is based on the movie Romancing the Stone from Linda Seger's article "Greating the Myth". My question is; Do Romantic Comedies Help or Hinder Real Life Relationships?
One source I found was from the Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. It's an article written by Kelly Albada called "Media Influences on Relationships" The main purpose was to address the effects of media on viewers expectations for romantic relationships. She states how some of us have unrealistic ideas which cause low relationship satisfaction and can lead to break-ups. She goes on to state the power of media lies in our consumption. The more influence media has on us the more unrealistic or ideas will be. Albada says that as we age we may become more realistic in our ideas and counteract media models. It is said that experiments were done where some females of different age groups were given heavy viewing while others were given light viewing to check their responses on certain aspects of life. Depending on the age range, responses were conflicting showing that age does play a part in how immersed we get while looking at movies or television.

Here is part of the article from Kelly Albada

Media content also sends mixed messages about the likelihood for relationship success. Romantic relationships are highly valued on television and in movies but are often presented as fragile and difficult to maintain. Viewers report corresponding perceptions. Heavy-viewing adolescents saw singlehood more negatively than did light viewers. Heavy-viewing young women in the study conveyed the strongest desire to get married and have many children, and they wanted to engage in these activities at a younger age. Heavy-viewing college students of soap operas more strongly endorsed the belief that marriage is fragile than did their light-viewing counterparts.
Some experimental studies have attempted to clarify the causal relationship between media content and relationship success beliefs. In one study, elementary schoolers who were exposed to heavy doses of soap operas decreased their estimates of the number of happy marriages and increased their estimates of the number of divorces and extramarital affairs. Similarly, in an experiment with college students, extensive exposure to sexually explicit films led to greater acceptance of sexual infidelity and sexual promiscuity. Being exposed to highly attractive women in magazines may also alter relational outcomes. Males who viewed highly attractive women in magazines lowered their partner's attractiveness ratings and rated themselves as less committed, satisfied, serious, and close to their actual partners.
In sum, research supports that media content can alter people's beliefs about and expectations for relationships. Yet, people may also gravitate toward media presentations that coincide with their belief systems. Ultimately, researchers need to account for these prior belief systems, as well as for the nature of the media content, frequency of viewing, and other viewer characteristics, when studying the influence of media on relationship expectations

Fuchsia= trans
Blue= elab
Red= sum

The metacommentary used word for word was "In sum" The author used examples to explain her point. She makes a claim, elaborates on the claim using examples and then sums up the article. Her use of metacommentary enhances her writing cause it was easy to follow, it had a nice flow, from claim, explanation and summary

Source Citation (MLA 7th Edition)
Albada, Kelly. "Media Influences on Relationships." Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Ed. Harry T. Reis and Susan Sprecher. Vol. 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2009. 1083-1085. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 23 July 2013.

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