When I first heard the term “public sphere”, I honestly thought to myself “what the hell is that?” So if any of you bloggers out there don’t know either, here is the definition:
“The concept of the public sphere’ is a metaphor that we use to think about the way that information and ideas circulate in large societies. It’s a term in everyday use to describe information when it’s made generally available to the public: we say that its in ‘the public sphere’” (McKee, 2005)
When it comes to a debate in the mediated public sphere, the movie Mean Girls (2004) is a perfect example. The hilarious movie Mean Girls is a film that almost every girl can relate to when going though high school and has had such an enormous impact on teenagers over the years.
The screenplay Mean Girls was released in 2004 and based on Rosalind Wisemans book, ‘Queen Bees and Wannabes’, published in 2002.
Mean Girls is a cleverly directed film, which focuses on teen girls at high school how they bully each other, and say nasty things behind each other’s backs. How the school is divided into ‘cliques’ such as the “freshmen, ROTS guys, preps, J.V. jocks, Asian nerds, cool Asians, varsity jocks, unfriendly black hotties, girls who eat their feelings, girls who don’t eat anything, desperate wannabes, burnouts, sexually active band geeks, the greatest people you will ever meet… and the plastics”.
So why is this film being mentioned to frequently in the public sphere? Close to being the most quotable movie of all time, for some of us teenage girls its hard to finish a conversation without bringing up a mean girls quote such as:
- “That’s so fetch!”
- “Get in loser we are going shopping”
- “She doesn’t even go here!”
- “On Wednesdays we wear pink”
- “You can’t sit with us!”
…And of course…
- “Glen Coco? Four for you Glen Coco! You go Glen Coco!”
The main issue addressed in this film is definitely bullying. Characters Regina George, Gretchen Wieners and Karen Smith have a “Burn Book” where they cut out photos of their classmates and write harsh words about them. Many teen girls now and before could relate to this as the majority of girls at high school have either said something behind someone’s back or had someone say something about them behind their back.
This film is timeless and clearly relates to the past, present and the unlucky high school students of the future and of course you will be hearing about this movie in the mediated public sphere for many more years!
Now get in loser, we are going shopping!
BCM 110 Lecture notes week 5
Mean Girls 2004, Film, Paramount Pictures
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