Barbie doll informative speech - INFORMATIVE SPEECH Jessica...

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INFORMATIVE SPEECH Jessica Pochtar September 25, 2002 Title: The History of the Renowned Barbie Doll General Subject: Barbie Dolls Specific Subject: A timeline of the progression and changes of Mattel’s Barbie doll coinciding with America’s beliefs and values of the era. Purpose: To inform the audience about the history and various stages of the Barbie doll that paralleled the changing values of American society. Main Ideas: I. The Barbie doll caught America’s attention from its introduction in 1959, and almost immediately, alterations to her physique, character, and entourage began. II. With the confusion, chaos, and uproar of the 1960’s leading into the psychedelic 70’s, Mattel decided to alter Barbie once again. III. The most significant rise in Barbie’s comeback occurred in the late 80’s, as a very trendy, modern, and independent woman. Central Idea: In an every changing, controversial society, Barbie has constantly transformed to fit the American ideal from its introduction in 1959, to the turbulent 60’s and 70’s, and to the present, remaining a role-model and inspiration for young girls. Introduction: According to Steven Dublin, two Barbie dolls are sold somewhere in the world in every second of every day (McDonough, 1999). It is incredible to think about the impact these dolls have had on American society. An insignificant plastic doll that originally sold for a mere three dollars is now viewed as an American icon, a representative symbol of American society and ideology, a role model for all young girls. As a young woman in America, I can attest to the influence Barbie had on my neighborhood, even on my own childhood. In 1959, Barbie was first introduced at the American Toy Fair in New York City by Ruth and Elliot Handler, founders of Mattel Toys. From her debut, Barbie became a controversial issue. However, from her preface in 1959, to the psychedelic and turbulent 60’s and 70’s, and to the modern 80’s, 90’s, and the new millennium, Barbie has remained a triumphant image for all women to admire. Body:
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2009 for the course COMM 2010 taught by Professor Berggren,k. during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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