Review the module resources and overview, then select a popular culture example. (It can be a television show, a commercial, a game, a movie, etc.) Analyze the representation and social message that is associated with the example. If you like, you can select a particular episode of a show.
In your initial post, briefly describe the popular culture example you selected and address the following:
- Share a link and/or summarize your topic so that we all have enough information to understand your discussion even if we are unfamiliar with the example.
- Discuss how your example relates to the concept of wellness as defined in this course and how it relates to specific challenges or supports of wellness.
- What are the social implications of this message? Briefly discuss any potential social impact or response to the example.
In response to your peers, provide feedback about the example used and the social message that was provided. Are there other messages being represented?
Make sure you support your responses by referencing the module materials and any other sources if needed.
To complete this assignment, review the Discussion Rubric document.
In Bones season 1 episode 20 “The Graft in the Girl” it is about the FBI directors daughter, who is a teenager, who gets a bone graft from a 60 year old cancer patient and now is dying of cancer herself. Booth, Bones, and her team discover this information and that the original information about the graft was a lie and was illegally harvested. The culprit was discovered and arrested and other recipients of the donor had a scan to check for cancer as well. The daughter, Amy Cullen, was a lover of art and drew to help herself through her treatments. Angela, an artist and co-worker of Bones, made a VR of the Louvre so that Amy could experience the “masters” art work herself.
When a person is physically sick it take a lot out a person both mentally and emotionally as well. Being stuck in a hospital for days, weeks, months, and even years is draining on a persons spirt. Having hope can be hard at times and having something that brings joy to you can be even harder in that type of environment. Small things like being stuck in a hospital at the holidays and being allowed a very small Christmas tree or lights can lift your spits 100 fold. For children being allowed to color, draw, or paint allows them a small amount of time where they get to forget that they’re sick and get to enjoy the experience. Child life specialist are the very special people who help their pediatric patients have this “break” and have hope. Having the ability to have distractions by individuals who care and love the patient is sometimes enough to increases wellbeing in mental, emotional, and physical aspects. Even in the study by Eisen, Ulrich, Shepley, Varni, & Sherman (2008), they discovered that children did have a preference with art styles but those hospitalized (non-chronic) preferred the social care aspect of loved ones and child life specialist, however they did state that with chronic patients having an “art cart” would be an added benefit to the social aspect. This provers that different types of patients have different types of needs, but both need support and distractions.
Hanson, H., & Bookstaver, S. (2006). The graft in the girl. Josephson, Far Field Productions.
Eisen, S., Ulrich, R., Shelley, M., Garni, J., & Sherman, S. (2008). In stress-reducing effects of art in pediatric healthcare: Art preferences of healthy children and hospitalized children. Journal of Children Healthcare, 12(3), 173-190. Retrieved from1367493508092507
The television series, Stranger Things
is set in the 80s that begins with supernatural events that where
connected to the disappearance of a young boy (Will) (Wikipedia, 2016).
Later, a girl (Eleven) with psychokinetic abilities helps find the boy
and fights off the Upside Down. The Upside Down is not visible unless
you are in it which makes it even more fearful. Eleven was part of
scientific research which was what caused her to have these abilities.
Later seasons include the Mind Flayer with children fighting off forces
of darkness all while trying to be normal teenagers (Wikipedia, 2016).
Things such as a social anxiety and obstacles to overcome in this series, and not to mention almost every teenagerâ€™s life, impact wellness. Will develops PTSD after he is freed from the Upside Down and he is also mentally tortured, leaving him very vulnerable. Eleven also suffers from PTSD from her being tortured in a lab and trying to find her true identity. Some of our readings, states that the benefits of arts include restring sense of identity (Ettun, Schultz, & Bar-Sela, 2014). This could benefit Will and Eleven immensely. The social implications are related to how traumatic events can continue to influence how someone is feeling and how they will react. The presence of the Upside Down created fear just like many of us may be afraid in certain situations.
Ettun, R., Schultz, M., & Bar-Sela, G. (2014). Transforming Pain into Beauty: On Art, Healing, and Care for the Spirit. Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine (eCAM) , 1-7. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.snhu.edu/2014/789852
Netflix. (2016). Stranger Things. Retrieved from Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80057281
Wikipedia. (2016). Stranger Things. Retrieved from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stranger_Things