running head: Game Shakers Shakes up tv.
title of paper: Game Shakers Shakes up TV – a critical framework is in use. author name: Tyler J. Shepard.
institutional affiliation: University of Washington Tacoma
date: April 26, 2017 The tv show I plan on watching is called Game Shakers. Game shakers is about two teen age girls who create an app called Sky Whale for a project that helps society. When the app becomes popular they start selling it. They make millions of dollars and When it proves to be successful, the two girls form a company called Game Shakers with the help of their friend Hudson. The three of them later befriend rapper Double G, who becomes their partner and the investor after a compromise involving the illegal use of his song “Drop Dat What”. Which is the theme song of the show. Also, Double G’s son Triple G becomes the video game consultant.
The thing that stands out with this show besides it’s awesome cast which I will discuss shortly, is the idea that you can truly play the games they create on the show. Sadly I have no knowledge on if these games are accessible. That would raise deeper questions that this paper cannot answer.
The cast includes: Cree Cicchino who plays Babe. She was one of the inventors of the company and the app. Madisyn Shipman who plays Kenzie is the girl who wrote the code for the game. Benjamin “Lil’ P-Nut” Flores, Jr. is called Triple G on the show. His father is the famous rapper Double G played by Kel Mitchell. Thomas Kuc plays Hudson a friend of Babe and Kenzy who isn’t very smart.
The episode I am reviewing is called MeGo The Freakish Robot: from Season 1. The episode is described by the tv thusly: “A company asks the Game Shakers to build a game based on a robot they created; the robot becomes depressed and malfunctions” (tvline.com.) The robot’s name is MeGo and one line stands out for me. A line that stood out for me in this episode was when the creators of MeGo said: “MeGo is not gender specific . So, he is welcome in all restrooms.”
Granted that is a perfectly ok line to say in a tv show. Now I don’t think that the writers meant any ill-will toward anyone who is non-binary. Rather, I think it was more of a hopeful term. The head writer Dan Schnider seemed to have put this nugget of social commentary in his script. I have no doubt that Dan is hoping that we will have a day where non-binary and lgbtq people can go into the bathroom of their choice. The episode came out after the North Carolina law – which band people from using their chosen bathrooms –
was passed. So, with this one line Dan has changed the conversation although I do not think a child would pick up on it. It took me some time to think about it.
This show deals with the intersection between race and gender in a unique way. If I am to just explore the show using one episode I find myself filled with conflicting messages. Perhaps exploring each message will make me like the show even more than I already do. girls can code and be a success
The idea that girls cannot be a success in Science, technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields is a misconception by people. This show strives to combat this idea through making two girls the lead characters in the show. One is a master at marketing and one is a master at coding. Lyman, 2011.)shows how all-consuming gender stereotypes can warp a young child’s view of the world.
“I divided the students into two groups and asked the girls to decide on 10 facts about boys/men, and asked the boys to do the same in regard to girls/women. Before the activity, I tried to clarify the difference between opinions and facts, but the lists of “facts” revealed the futility of my attempts:
Facts about Boys/Men
(written by the girls)
Boys are selfish.
Boys are different than girls because of their body parts