At AS level you were asked the following
is being represented?
• In what way?
• By whom?
Why is the subject being represented in this
Is the representation fair and accurate?
What opportunities exist for self-representation
by the subject?
In addition, at A2 level you will be:
Exploring two detailed studies of the images of
particular groups or places across a range of
Which will include looking at:
Alternative images of these groups or places across
General issues of representation and stereotyping
Problems of producing fair and accurate media
Representation and power.
Reasons for dominant representations (e.g. historic,
economic, social, political etc).
How YOU are represented in the
Sometimes you will come across people of your age
represented quite controversially in a range of media texts.
You need to look no further than the nearest soap opera to
see your age being screened to millions in a way that you
may find offensive or patronising.
Write down 3 teenager characters on TV or Film and make
brief notes on how they come across. Are they true
reflections of teenagers?
Consider what the Press has to report about teenagers
recently- what stories are very often highlighted? What
impact do you think this has on wider society?
A good starting point with
consider how these ‘presentations’ of people
are CONSTRUCTED (made).
Your turn to have a go:
Thinking about Representation
Your different roles and responsibilities
your values (things you consider to be important
or not so)
Are there times when you feel
misrepresented or falsely
How did it make you feel?
‘Presenting’ yourself: make a
How might you present the information you
just collated to your peers without giving away
your identity from your name or a photo?
What images you might use (pictures/ photos/
What colours or textures reflect you?
What language (quotations/ lyrics/ captions) would
you want on your collage?
Also, consider what you might choose to leave out and