The Public Sphere Is Sooooo Fetch!!

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)

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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.

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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.

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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!

xoxo


 

References:

BCM 110 Lecture notes week 5 

Mean Girls 2004, Film, Paramount Pictures

Wiseman R 2002, Queen Bees and Wannabes, accessed 12/4/14, http://rosalindwiseman.com/publications/queen-bees-and-wannabes/

Au.eonline.com. N. p., 2014. Web.

GIFs, ‘Mean, and Sydney Bucksbaum. ”Mean Girls’ 10-Year Anniversary: Celebrate With The Most Fetch Moments In Gifs – Zap2it’. Zap2it.com. N. p., 2014. Web.

‘Mean Girls’. Wikipedia. N. p., 2014. Web.

‘Queen Bees And Wannabes’. Wikipedia. N. p., 2014. Web.

‘What Were All The Cliques In The Movie Mean Girls.? – Yahoo Answers’. Au.answers.yahoo.com. N. p., 2014. Web.

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6 thoughts on “The Public Sphere Is Sooooo Fetch!!

  1. I really enjoyed reading this article! You expressed your ideas really clearly and Mean Girls is a perfect example of a text being a central part of the public sphere – I know I’ll be wearing pink on April 30, 2014. Bullying is an issue that is always being debated in the public sphere and I thought it was really clever of you to take what is supposed to be a teen comedy and focus on the fact that it has a very harsh concept at the core of it, instead of just picking a dry article on bullying and discussing the publisher. Good job!

  2. Your post was so fetch! (I had too, I’m sorry hehe)
    I really liked the way you utilised a movie such as Mean girls to highlight major concerns such as bullying that is almost always being debated in the public sphere. Your take on the public sphere was excellent, great work! 🙂

    • thanks so much! i was a bit worried about this post cause it took me like 178482 days to figure out something to write so that means a lot! haha :))

  3. A really interesting post Emma! A great way to introduce you ideas about bullying and how its debated in the public sphere through a platform like the Mean Girls movie. A really enjoyable read!

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