Blue's Clues Essay

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Hannah Louise De Guzman Professor Karaan Ateneo De Manila University English 11 11 October 2013 A Complex Power Play in Blue’s Clues Power has been a human function ever since the beginning of time, and according to Michel Foucault, “it exists everywhere and comes from everywhere”. It is a key concept because it acts as a type of relation between people. Furthermore, Foucault believes that knowledge does not prevent power for knowledge itself is a form of power (Moya). Following this line of thinking that knowledge is power itself, then it can be said that the media is no doubt the most powerful institution in the society. Since it encompasses everything from the newspapers to the Internet, it has become a medium by which power relations are performed. The very fact that we watch the television means we’re already subjecting ourselves into this hierarchy of power. On the other hand, the media sometimes show quite the eccentric types of power relations that are surprisingly present in the society through television series and commercials. In the context of television series, the relationships between the characters sometimes violate the conventional supremacy that society dictates that each of the characters should have. The perfect example of this would be the children’s television series, Blue’s Clues. Blue’s Clues is an American children’s television show that features an animated, tri-colored blue hound named Blue. The non-animated host of the show and Blue’s owner, Steve, follows the series of paw prints that Blue leaves behind. These paw prints serve as clues, and Steve, alongside with the audience, tries to solve the mystery of Blue’s message. At the climax of the show, Steve returns to the living room and sits on a red sofa, known as the Thinking Chair, wherein he tries to connect each clue to the other to come up with the answer. The moment that
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