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Samantha Snyder CMCL-C401 November 3, 2010 Literature Review In discussing the topic of beauty images and ideals in our culture, I plan on using a number of literary analyses. Some of the pieces of literature I plan on using deal with the topic of women’s beauty ideals while some deal with larger ideas such as images we view and how they affect us. Beauty ideals have always been in existence but because of the technology we are capable now, we are exposed to more images than ever. The images we see of women’s bodies are so prevalent in today’s day and age that it is virtually impossible to avoid them. The readings I plan on using will help me emphasize my idea that images of the body are more powerful than those portrayed through typographic culture. It is safe to say that the images we see on a regular basis are highly influential. I know this because it is evident in the statistics of cosmetic surgeries and eating disorders. The problem is that these images are not natural; most of them are unreachable goals and unrealistic ideals that are airbrushed and tweaked in Photoshop. Women see these unrealistic pictures and yearn to resemble them using extreme measures such as plastic surgery and eating disorders. Daniel Boorstin’s book “The Image” introduces the idea of “pseudo-events.” Pseudo- events are manufactured solely in order to be reported. Pseudo-events can sometimes be dangerous, much like some of the images shown through various media outlets. Images of women are tweaked so that their faces look stretched, their eyebrows are raised, and their waists are magically smaller than their heads. I consider these images to be a sort of pseudo-event. As Boorstin suggests, these images are deceitful and convey unnatural portraits of what the female body should look like. Fake or “retouched” images of the body encompass all aspects of a pseudo-event, explained by Boorstin: First, “It is not spontaneous, but comes about because
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someone has planned, planted, or incited it,” (Boorstin, 11). These tweaked images are definitely planned; they are edited in a particular manner purposefully. Secondly, in order to be a pseudo-event, “It is planted primarily for the immediate purpose of being reported or reproduced. Therefore, its occurrence is arranged for the convenience of the reporting or reproducing media,” (Boorstin, 11). These edited images are changed purposefully so that they will draw attention. Thirdly, in order for something to be considered a pseudo-event, “Its
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2011 for the course CMCL-C 401 taught by Professor Simons during the Spring '10 term at Indiana.

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