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How do contemporary media represent different collective groups in different ways?• focus today: young people• diverse representations including fiction, non-fiction and self-representation• for the exam, your own examples from the group you are studying will gain you marks
How does contemporary representation compare with that of the past?• today: young people on TV/online and in film- mainly contemporary• examples needed for similarity and difference (Eden Lake, Misfits and Harry Brown)• examples from the past (Quadrophenia and Press Gang)• Fan cultures from the past (e.g. Star Trek fans creating films, fanzine culture of the 1980s, representations of rave culture of the 1990s)
What are the social implications of different media representations of groups of people?• stereotyping: what is its impact?• what power does the audience have to ‘resist’?• how do we ‘measure’ the representations we encounter?• Richard Dyer: ‘Typography of Representation’• Social Media and Social Action: The Arab Spring, The Harry Potter Alliance – groups that use social media for political and social action. How do these groups defy the top-down nature of traditional media ownership?
To what extent is human identity increasingly ‘mediated’ ?• increasing media = increasing mediation?• re-presentation by others/by selves• Facebook study: personal identity and the perfomative nature of Facebook photos and updates