At this point in the project, I am starting to work on my Powerpoint presentation. I have collected all of the ads in my series, totaling 100 advertisements, from the 1950's to the 2000's. I was originally thinking of reducing the number of advertisements featured, but that would detract from the results, so I refrained from doing so. I have narrowed down my topic to the representation of race, removing gender from the focus, as many sub-topics would have to be considered if gender was factored in. If possible, I will create a poster with all 100 ads featured on it, while my powerpoint would focus on the ads which I felt best represented the decade they were made in.
By studying advertisements from the past, we can more accurately gauge how progressive we are, and where we can expect to be in the future. At the very least, it'll show who was marketed to the most, and how much that has changed over a period of 50 odd years. Thus far, I have learned that the focus of advertising was massively skewed towards whites during the 50's onward, with the inclusion of other races not present until the 70's... at least, that's what I have found in my selection of ads. In conclusion, I need to work on presenting my findings in an effective and meaningful way, while remaining relevant to the topics we have studied in class.