How art affects society

Respond to Amie and Dontrell post and consider the example they chose and how they explain its effect on society–do you agree with their assessment? Why or why not? What would you add to their observations to increase our awareness of how art affects society?

Amie post

For this discussion, I chose to write about the Harlem Renaissance, because it’s a big part of our history. “The Harlem Renaissance referred to the flowering of African-American cultural and intellectual life during the 1920s and 1930s, centered in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood.” One artist that stood out to me was Zora Neale Hurston because of the novel she wrote (1937). Their Eyes Were Watching God, which is a feminist novel. It was also the first novel written by an African American woman. She wrote her book for her 23-year-old lover who wanted her to quit writing.

As she was the first African American woman to write a novel she didn’t get paid as much because white publishers didn’t want to publish her books. At the time it was during the depression and she was very poor. I just feel sorry but mostly proud of her because she didn’t let discrimination, racism, or sexism bring her down.

In responding to Jamie and Julie post, consider the norms they were raised with and how they changed with age. What influences from the world of technology and media/social media did they perhaps not consider? Comment on any similarities or differences from your own experiences.


I was raised by my Grandma and my adoptive family. I watched everyone work to support the family and everyone chipped in with doing all the house and yard work. I did notice that us girls had to do a little more house work while the boys did more yard work, but in the end we all worked together to get them all done. Since growing up, we both work to support the family and I make all my kids (1 girl and 2 boys) help with all the work. When it comes to social norm…. I would have to say I know that my norm might have not been the norm for some. I do know plenty of women that was raised the same as I was.

Dontrell post

The Uncle Sam: We Want You poster was revolutionary during the process of recruiting soldiers to volunteer during WWI. It is known as one of the most polarizing images in all of American history. It made an exceptional impact on American society in several ways.

First, it allowed for an inanimate character to represent America and its federal government. The image personifies patriotism and enabled Americans to propagate colonialism and war around the world.

It was presented publicly in June 1916 on the front cover of Leslie’s Weekly Magazine and over 4 million copies of the poster were printed between 1917-1918. Flagg’s influence instilled the American fighters spirit for WWI and WWII as it was used throughout the entirety of both wars. The verbiage “Uncle Sam” is heavily used in the military culture even today.

The image includes a white, elder male presenting with red, white, and blue clothing on and a pure white goatee, sternly pointing at the viewer with the words “I WANT YOU FOR U.S. ARMY” text in bold red lettering. This was said to offend non-white racial groups because some felt Uncle Sam represent the white male and the power they may hold in government bodies. It lead to a multitude of Uncle Sam art works from the early to mid 1900s.

Julie post


When I was growing up, I was raised by my mom. Before I was old enough to stay at home by myself, my grandma watched my brother, my sister, and me. I was raised by females and hardly ever saw my father. I never experienced gender roles or cultural roles growing up. My mom was a single mom, who always had at least two jobs to make ends meet. I do believe that watching my mom be a single mom of 3, taught me how to live as a single mom. Since, I am a single mom, I do not have gender roles in my house. I have 3 boys. I teach them how to cook, clean, do laundry, clean toilets, and anything else that they may need in the future. I have fixed the brakes on my car, changed the oil, fixed headlights, mowed the yard, and many other things that are usually labeled as the “man’s job.” Although, I also watched my mom do these types of things too.

I do believe that technology and media/social media has impacted gender and cultural norms. I believe that media and social media have shown that there are not gender roles. I have seen post on Facebook about the men in the house are stay at dads, while the woman works outside of the house. Although, most generally, it takes 2 incomes for a household to live comfortable. There are television shows and movies showing woman in higher positions than the males are or the female being in the lead role.

I do not believe that I have changed over time because of societal and gender norms. Since I was raised by females, it has instilled strong independence in me that I utilize every day. I am able to instill that in my own children and teach them how to clean and cook. I do believe that household roles should not be gender specific, and it should be a team effort.

Be constructive and professional with the next two post

Sherri post

There are a few things that can help you with the audience of your PowerPoint presentation. First who are you presenting too, is this a voluntary sign up if your interested presentation or a work/school required presentation for your audience to go to. Then what is the theme. Start off with information that will get the audience attention and hopefully keep it once you have it. You need to find out or know, if the information you want to give is better in a graph, pie chart or a diagram. You want to have a consistent and a good flow of information. I like to see charts and graphs when I am watching information regarding numbers rather than watching a bunch of numbers in text that the presenter reads to me. Pictures are always helpful, and I also believe you have to engage with the audience with conversational information not just looking at a overhead or just graphs take a break between the information on PowerPoint and then go back to the Power Point information. One of the most important things is to know your information you are presenting; you don’t want to be questioned and jeopardize your creditability of your presentation.

Angela post

When making a presentation your audience is your guiding light. You check your jokes in speaker notes for appropriateness, graphics for relevance, tone of the speaker notes to relay the correct amount of emphasis. It is important to avoid Death by PowerPoint, which is common in business settings. Without an understanding of your audience and your material, your presentation will fail. This will reflect poorly on your credibility as a presenter.


I spend a lot of time putting on these shows as a trainer in Scouts BSA. I understand my audience comes from all walks of life, and some have more education than others. I have to keep the information on my training slides clear enough for all to understand yet maintain its meaning. I also understand that my audience is comprised mostly of unpaid community volunteers. These people are not only unpaid volunteers but usually pay out of their pocket to go to these training sessions. I have to ensure that these people don’t walk away feeling like they wasted money. These people need to be on fire for scouting to continue to volunteer. I have earned a reputation as a good presenter. Many sign up for my classes based solely on my name in the instructor slot.

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