SEQUENCEANALYSIS ESSAY #1 & Lecture Notes Class #3
American Psycho (2000)
How is the professional class being depicted?
they have a secretary that takes care of their businesses and do not have to do a lot by himself
power over class and women
intellect based on education post degree
focused on health and appearance, consumerism promotion and having leisure time to have to work out
living as a professional in a high end neighborhood plus have high class furniture (all white and silver rooms)
How are adults being depicted?
Professional class families are the good adults that take good responsible roles in terms of taking care of their
Age: defined age from the time we were born to continuously age and progress through life and different markers
throughout our life, become signifiers of our age. Adults age from young adults to old adults (teenagers to adults and
adults to elders).
Ageism: prejudice and discrimination towards teenagers. Under capitalism, we think adults work we give them
praise. When it comes to consumerism, teenagers are the ideal group but when it comes to work we’re depicted
Ideology of youth: we value work and consumerism
Invisibilizing: a group is not part of a media product
Tokenism: a character in the background that are not contributing too much to the product
Moral panic: narratives where hysteria is created around social group. They are considered to be a threat to society
and police and security are implemented to control the threat group. (ie) teenagers
Older seniors are inviisiblized by society and tokened from marketing of a product
How are children depicted? What are some markers?
immature children who want to watch age inappropriate content on t.v / lack intelligence and do not have
understanding about social issues and do not follow age appropriate rules
peer pressure and only has friends who are children
Interests of children are very different from adults (ie) watching pointless entertainment
not respecting adults
white children is tokened
regulated by adults; do