This essay requires you to use ideas from “Monster Culture,” and “Masters of Desire” or “Decoding Advertisements” to analyze and interpret a static visual advertisement in order to make an insightful argument. The advertisement you select should either depict an explicit “monster” or something that the intended audience would arguably perceive as “monstrous.” Your goal is to decode your exhibit’s explicit and implicit messages and the methods by which it conveys its message(s). As in the first essay, you must also determine the intended audience for your selected advertisement. You must also consider how analysis of your exhibit complicates or extends the intellectual conversation occurring between “Monster Culture” and “Masters of Desire” or “Decoding Advertisements”.

Imagine that you are writing to be considered for publication in an upcoming issue of a respected scholarly student journal focused on modern visual culture. The journal is distributed to colleges and universities around the country.

Decode advertisement