Derf Mocking Society

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Register to read the introduction… This message of avoiding outside manipulation on people’s actions is shown throughout the cartoon because, in each box, he shows how a group of people follows another by using a fad just to stay in actuality and fashion. One example of this is Madonna, which Derf includes in the cartoon. Probably the intention of adding Madonna using a “booger”, which symbolizes a piercing, is to demonstrate that probably she is not really using that booger because she loves it but more because she wants to stay in actuality with her fans and media so she could gain more fame. With this example, Derf wants to demonstrate that people just follow others to “fit in” in actuality or society. He wants to express to people they should be unique in their own ways without the influence of anyone. Furthermore, Derf also mocks how High School students are influenced and manipulated by media. In the cartoon, he clearly critiques how Tabitha Soren appears in the very popular channel MTV with a booger, which is watch by an immense young population. He attacks this by saying that after she appeared in television “30 million High School kids blindly follow” the booger fad. With this statement, he clearly critiques how people, in this case students, are influenced and manipulated by media. Many times, these persons adopt a fad so they are not discriminated or ignored in school because they are not “cool” since they are not using a certain fad. Often, people feels it is necessary to feel “cool” so they can be accepted in society and not be judged, and that is why they start using a fad. This is what Derf is mocking, he is trying to encourage people to do not be followers just to feel “cool” or be accepted in …show more content…
Around two years ago, I noticed that some of my masculine friends at school started to use very bright color skinny jeans. Then, I realized that some of my neighbors started to use those jeans too. One day, I went to the mall and observed that many guys were wearing those jeans as well. So, as Derf expresses in his cartoon, a fad starts by a little group of people and eventually it starts to spread around. These colored skinny jeans were becoming very popular and I observed many more people started to use them as well. Later, I realized that these jeans were used by a famous hip-hop group “The New Boyz”. They had a very famous and popular song that became one of the teenagers’ favorite song, its name is “You’re a Jerk”. In their musical video of this song, the singers were using those bright color skinny jeans and they served as a big influenced for the many kids who started using this fad. Just as Derf concluded, media plays a big role in expanding a fad because the more the kids watched these singes on television with those jeans the more they would wear them. In addition, every time I would go to the mall, I would see those jeans almost in every store. This relates to how Derf included Calvin Klein in his cartoon to show how businesses are a big part to make a fad bigger. After “The New Boyz” song was not heard no more, these colored skinny jeans are not seen as often in kids as they were two years ago. It is not really known if these singers were the ones who started this fad or if they were just followers, but it seems the jeans became very popular when they started using them. In conclusion, Derf theory is true, just as the booger in his cartoon, these colored skinny jeans started to be used by a small group of people, then it spread to schools, then to neighborhoods, then to shows in TV, they were seen in

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