Exam 1 b representation

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Exam 1 b representation

  1. 1. Learning Objectives: <ul><li>Learn a variety of theories on representation. </li></ul><ul><li>Understand how to answer question 1b on representation . </li></ul><ul><li>Decide which of your productions you would write about for a question on representation. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Laura Mulvey “The Male Gaze” <ul><li>Mainstream Hollywood adopts the position of the male’s gaze – the camera lingers on legs, lips and breasts. Men are not objectified in the same way: they are active. Women are presented as passive. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Laura Mulvey “The Male Gaze” <ul><li>Critics point out that most women don’t seem to have a problem with such patriarchal texts. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, women can gaze at each other for comparison, not for sexual reasons. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Laura Mulvey “The Male Gaze” <ul><li>Critics also give examples of mainstream texts where women are active and not objectified – e.g. the ‘Aliens’ films. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Laura Mulvey “The Male Gaze” <ul><li>But even then … </li></ul>
  6. 6. Dyer <ul><li>Stereotypes are a way of reinforcing differences, and representing these differences as natural. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Baudrillard <ul><li>Society is so reliant on representations we have lost contact with the real. This leads to hyper-reality (e.g Disneyland) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Representation <ul><li>Identify characters, events or issues within the production to discuss. </li></ul><ul><li>How does your video represent different social groups/ people/ places/ lifestyles? What values/ ideologies are you representing/ promoting? </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the specific elements of character representation, i.e. modes of address, facial expression, costume, behaviour etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Have any stereotypical representations been generated? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the production conform to, or subvert, any dominant ideologies? </li></ul><ul><li>What would Laura Mulvey say about your production? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sample Question “ Representations in media texts are often simplistic and reinforce dominant ideologies so that audiences can make sense of them.” Evaluate the ways that you have used/ challenged simplistic representations in one of the media products you have produced.

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