How are social groupsrepresented in my magazine? Click to edit Master subtitle style
How are social groups represented in my magazine?The social group in my magazine is most likely to be working-middle class who has a disposable income that can afford themonthly cost. They will most likely be in further education oremployment.How are your ‘characters’ represented? What couldthis representation say about your audience? The characters in the magazine are represented asworking class people who have worked hard to bewhere they are now.
GenderThe main gender featured in the magazine is mainly female althoughthere is also males featured from the appearance of ‘Barney Revella’and ‘Sam Acee’. I have tried to make the attractive to both male andfemale by as my work has developed through this project. I have cometo realise that female would tend to read this as they may socialisewith friends and talk about for instance, this months edition ratherthan male being less interactive with what they read and what theydon’t.From the media packs which I looked at, Q magazine said that 75% oftheir readers was male and 25% being women. Rolling Stonesmagazine statistics showed that 52% of readers are male and 48% ofreaders are female. Although, these statistics reject my view that Ithink most of the readers would be female as I believe the heavy useof women been present in the my magazine cover, contents anddouble page spread.
Age The reading age for my magazine would be 16-24. they will be exceptions ofthis depending on whether older or younger people would enjoy themagazine. For example, when I was younger I used to buy music magazinesthat aged ranged for a older reader but I bought them as they may have beena free gift or may have featured one of my favourite artists.•On a whole, I believe that my magazine challenges peoples opinions of age asthe main story of betty Davison is 17 years old in the story.•In addition, looking at the magazines that I used for existing research; themedian age for Rolling Stones magazine was 32 years old, Q magazine was 29years old and Billboard magazine was 47 years old. This also rejects my viewthat my magazine will have younger readers although I believe with thelayouts, colours and content of the magazine, that it will appeal to youngeradults and older teens.
classI personally believe that the dominated class who wouldread this magazine would most likely be middle class asthe primary reader and working class as the secondaryreader.This is only because someone who is middle class wouldmore likely have an disposable income that could affordthe monthly price. However, the magazine is muchcheaper than most music magazines at only £2.60 unlikeother music magazines that can be priced over £5.00.
Ethnicity• I personally believe that my magazine belongs to a monoculture group rather than an multicultural. This is because the music that is presented in the magazine is pop music, although this covers a large music base. I don’t think that it is enough to say that the magazine is part of a multicultural group.
Class In addition, I live in York and York isnt alwaysclassed as been multicultural city unlike othercities such as London and Leeds.There isnt any negative representations of other ethnicity groups at all in the magazine.
Extras• I believe that I have presented a positive role model from the ‘Betty Davison’ story. She mentions ‘I hate girls who dumb themselves down for attention or whatever’, this shows a positive message to girls not to act dumb to look cute to people. This challenges the stereotypical image of how a lot of female performers are presented in the media today.
Why do people use media?• People use many reasoning to use media in their day to day life. McQail (1987) explains this reasoning in a serious of answers. For example, you may choose media to escape problems, as an relaxation technique or you may just enjoy media. I believe the entertainment category fits well with my type of magazine as the main aim in music media is too entertain people often relating to their problems with can make feel better or even have the reverse effect.