A group blog for Introduction to Media Criticism at NYU, Fall 2009.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Representation of Boy Meets World
For this blog, I am going to examine Cory and Topanga from my all-time favorite TV show, Boy Meets World. What is being represented in this photo is a young, white, attractive, blonde girl named Topanga, and white, curly haired brunette boy named Cory. These two people are dressed in casual clothing and are sitting in a natural setting outside on top of a convertible car. Some codes I used to determine this representation are gender codes, because I noticed that one of the teenagers is female, and the other is male. Race is another code because both of these people are clearly the typical, white American teenager. Additionally, Cory and Topanga are cuddling and holding each other so one can assume through 'commonsense' this code shows that they are dating. The genre of Cory and Topanga's show, Boy Meets World, is definitely a comedy/family-oriented genre because it has been aired on television channels such as ABC and The Disney Channel. Finally, the representation is very positive because both people are smiling and happy to be with eachother. They look like a very happy couple, and if I didn't already know and obsess over the show I would definitely want to watch it because I am a hopeless romantic :)