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  • 1. Using the marking criteria award the essay the most appropriate grade. Be honest!
    Using the language from the marking criteria to write down why you have awarded them these marks.
    Write down one way they could improve (look at the level above the awarded mark).
  • 2.
  • 3. Learning Objective
    To explore how different audiences respond to representations differently and why.
  • 4. Match the images with the correct representational theories…..
  • 5. What example of tokenism for teenagers can you think of?
    Clue: PSB/Alternative Representations.
  • 6. Skins
    Who is the target audience? (Age Range)
    How do you think most teenagers respond to Skins? Do they enjoy it? Positive? Negative?
    Why is it so popular with young people?
    How would adults respond differently to Skins than teenagers.
  • 7. BBC News
    Who is the target audience? (Age Range)
    Why do adults watch The News?
    How do teenagers (youth audience) respond differently to BBC News than the target audience?
  • 8. Active Audience
    Texts are interpreted differently by the active audience, bringing their own experiences, values, ideologies and identities to each media text.
    How does this affect representations then?
  • 9. How do you feel about this image?
  • 10. How do OAP’s feel about this image?
  • 11. Uses and Gratification Theory
    Actively choosing media texts to meet an audiences needs.
  • 12. Why do people watch The News?
    Uses and Gratifications
    Information, Learning, Personal Identity, Social Interaction, Entertainment, Provide a sense of humour, reward from work, escapism, focus to discuss current affairs, moral/social issues.
  • 13. Choose a Media Text
    Using the uses and gratification theory – why do audiences consume the text?
  • 14. Question
    Representations are there for a reason and responded to accordingly. Using what you have learnt today, discuss.
  • 15.
  • 16. Homework
    Choose a representation you can base your case study. You will use this information to answer MEST 3: Section B in your exam.
    A range of different media products from the three platforms
    Detailed examples from particular media products
    Evidence of research into media debates and issues and relevant wider contexts
    Theory used to explain and support
    A real interest in the case study they had chosen to do, evidenced by engagement with the products and issues and their own opinions.
    Don’t write everything they know about their case study but focus the questions.
    Detailed examples to support the points made, with detailed referenced to particular media products – rather than just general examples.
    They show range in their answers – genres, platforms and institutions.
    Have a clear focus – use one case study (not lots!).
    Applying media issues and debates, what does their case study suggest are the current issues in the media?
    Applying relevant media theories to their case study and media products - don’t just list theories.
    Up to date issues and theories.
    Candidates rewarded for using their own case studies.
  • 17. Examples
    Person, Place, Event
    Refuges in British Newspapers and British TV.
    LA in Hollywood Films and TV
    Celebrities in Newspapers and Magazines
    Teenagers in TV Soap Opera’s
    How the Travelling Community is represented.
    Try to avoid Clichés (women/masculinity etc)
    Pick something which interests you.
    (Social Group/Place is represented across Print, Broadcasting and E-Media)
  • 18. Homework
    Decide on a representation case study for next MEST 3 Section B Lesson.
    (10th October).