Lorissa Humble grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico and began attending New Mexico State University for her bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2017. She is currently a sophomore, but her educational goal is to obtain a PhD in computational social science, and eventually become a professor and researcher in this discipline. Lorissa’s research interests include popular culture, sports identity, and big data, and she is currently working on a team research project examining moral messages and social identities in cartoons. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Title: Postmodern Identities and Modern Moralities: 21st Century Cartoons as Socialization Agents
Abstract: Multiple studies have demonstrated the socialization influences on children through television, specifically cartoons. As we move through the 21st century, the saturation of stimuli children are exposed to jeopardizes clarity of morality narratives. This is a reflection of multiphrenia associated with postmodern culture. Given this potential contradiction, we ask “do cartoons express this postmodern multiphrenia, or do they relay classic modernity moralities?” In this study, we explore 36 episodes of the most popular children’s cartoons from 2013 in order to test if they reflect postmodernity or modernity characteristics. Using Content Analysis, we test for both identity and morality characteristics at the scene and episode levels. We hypothesize that most recent children cartoons will display postmodern characteristics at the identity level, and modernity characteristics at the morality level.
Lorissa’s mentor: Dr. David G. Ortiz:
David G. Ortiz is an Associate Professor of Sociology at New Mexico State University. He grew up in Mexico City and received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. He is founding editor-in-chief of Mobilizing Ideas, the leading scholarly blog on social movement research. His current research agenda focuses on the influence of time on protest-repression dynamics, the effects of disasters on social movements, the relationship between digital media and activism, and state repression and mobilization in Latin America. He has won several awards for his research and teaching, and has served as an international observer in elections throughout Latin America, including the 1994 Mexican elections with Alianza Civica, and the 2004 Venezuelan Referendum with the Carter Center and the OAS. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, landscape and nature photography, scuba diving, and collecting Star Wars paraphernalia.