I began exploring today the idea of making an e-book that analyzes film, simply because I know in the past I've written papers on films that have been successful all but for the fact that I couldn't easily show the reader examples of what I was trying to prove. Writing a thesis about film in e-book form sounds like an excellent way to get around that problem. I believe being able to show clips from film throughout the text would be an interesting and fun way to incorporate such media into a nonfiction e-book.
That said, I want to create an e-book that analyzes the themes and ideas within Disney animated classics and do a kind of longitudinal study examining how frequent exposure to those themes has affected the ideologies of people of our generation. As someone who grew up in the nineties, I know I watched animated Disney movies on at least a weekly basis and that others my age watched them just as frequently if not more. Disney movies are still a topic of discussion within college lunchrooms today as a result of the monopoly that Disney had on family videos in the second half of the 20th century, especially in the 1980's and 1990's when the company launched so many of its animated classics such as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and the ever-popular The Lion King.
For a lot of young Americans, the ideas of morality put out by Disney classics were the only moral teachings they received on a regular basis. I intend to research what kinds of ideas and behavior define my generation today and how often people of my generation watched Disney movies while they were children (quite a lot, I believe) so that I can maybe find correlations between the two to try and determine whether or not frequent exposure to Disney ideals has affected what people my age do and think today. It's a study of moral development, an analysis of film, and potentially one of brainwashing.
I'm envisioning an e-book that delves into a possible phenomenon and presents the findings in the form of text, film, charts, graphs and any other kind of media I'll need to report the results of my study.