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Adam Koscielski <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 23 May 1995 21:03:51 CDT
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Hi everybody,
        I am a student at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois,
and am currently enrolled in a media criticism class (part of my
broadcasting major).  I am in the middle of a study dealing with Disney's
The Lion King.  I am doing a semiotic and structural/post-structural
analysis of the film and researching available intertextual discourses.
(any academic articles I can get my hands on!!!)  The real thrust of my
research deals with reader oriented criticism.  After doing my own study
of what signs and symbols are in the film, and finding out what
ideologies other media crit. folk might see being pushed, I intend to
find out what the average person gains through the film. I want to see if
anyone recognizes what the High-Brows say is present in a film except for
other High-Brows
        In my research of The Lion King, I have come across some, well,
just far out opinions on what messages the film contains and sends to
viewers on a number of issues, social, racial, ecological, and more.
The only problem is that not many of the viewers were aware that they
are  receiving such messages--even after I told them so! Sheesh. So, I
began to think, if no
one picks up on the hidden meanings and pushed ideologies, how are the
effectively present?
        Here's where you, my new friends, come in. Please send me any
opinions you have on The Lion King. You loved it, hated it, hate it
because your kids love it, feel it is going to bring our society
crumbling down, feel it should be considered a national treasure, very
academic research, your three-year-old's testimonial, whatever. It will
be most appreciated! Please include some demographic info on yourself.
(If I need to use someone's age, names will be changed to protect the
        Sorry I haven't discussed the material I have uncovered, but I
want to keep your opinions objective.  Some key points of discussion I am
looking for deal with the characters Scar, the Hyenas, and Mufasa's death.
I'll leave it pretty open for you. Remember, anything is welcome.
                                        Thanks again everybody,
                                         Adam Koscielski