Evaluating Representations of Youth in The MediaAims and ObjectivesTo research and record a range of representations of young people in the MediaTo apply media key concepts to presentation (ML/TA/REP)To create plan of own representation of youth image to develop later Representation Presentation In this task you will you find a range of images or articles from the media that re-present youth to a wider audience. You will use your textual analysis skills to explain what is being re-presented to the audience. You will use your evaluation skills to assess how something has been represented to you (see sliding scale provided). You will also use your understanding of target audience to outline who the images are being represented to.
Success Criteria For The TaskMain Task (Everybody to complete)1. To produce a presentation that analyses images of youth in the media. Use BRIEF annotations to discuss the following: · Use of Technical Codes · Use of Costume/Props Codes · Use of Non-Verbal Communication Codes: Facial Expressions/Body Language · Use of setting or context 2. To comment upon how you think youth have been represented in the media. Do you think the representation is fair, legitimate, positive or negative? Use the Questions of Representation work sheet to help you. Use the sliding scale provided mark an x where you think the representation lies to help you judge how it has been represented and prepare you notes.Development (most will complete)3. Consider and record the context of the media that the image is found in and suggest who might be reading it. Outline who you think the target audience is that’s reading the image. This will help you consider the effects of the representation.Extension Task (some will complete)4. Are there any facts or statistics that you can find to support the VALIDITY of the representation you have covered? Include these in you presentation to support your findings.
Evaluating RepresentationHere is a sliding scale that will encourage you to consider how young people are represented in themedia. Choose an image that has been represented in the media and use this scale to mark whereyour opinion is on the spectrum. Harry Potter has been plotted as an example. You could then usethe writing frame below to draw out extended comments. X X X XRepresentation of Youth: Harry PotterHarry Potter is a childrens fantasy novel involving wizards and school children. The representationof youth is more fantastic that it is authentic. However, the positive qualities of resilienceand determination can be found in young people today. Even though young people do not fly orcast spells they can be heroes. The representation of youth in Harry Potter is both entertainingand surreal as it is a big budget film with the purpose of entertaining a wide audience.
Questions of RepresentationWhat is being represented? Opportunity to use technical codesHow is it being represented? Opportunity to use sliding scaleWhat messages does it send to teenage boys? Opportunity to consider media effects debateWhat messages does it send to teenage girls? Opportunity to consider media effects debateFair and legitimate Positively/NegativelyStereotypical adhering or challenging stereotypes?Use this sliding scale evaluate howyouth have been represented the media
Youth Representation in Harry Potter This image has used a medium long shot to show Harry Potter in full school uniform including wizard robes to connote the fantastical aspect of the film. A slight high angle has been employed to elevate HPs status and represent him as a hero. He is looking directly at the camera connoting confidence and his facial expression conveys resilience and determination representing him in a positive way. The use of props involve a wand, which seems to be used in a conflict situation, and this is anchored by the facial expressions of HP which connote resilience and determination. The glasses might suggest intelligence as that is what the stereotype is often used for. The body language is suggestive of determination and discipline as HP has a straight posture which represents those qualities, this is no slacker, and works in harmony with the facial expressions of the character. Youth Representation in Harry Potter Harry Potter is a childrens fantasy novel involving wizards and school children. The representation of youth is more fantastic that it is authentic. However, the positive qualities of resilience and determination can be found in young people today. Even though young people do not fly or cast spells, they can be heroes. The representation of youth in Harry Potter is both entertaining and surreal as it is a big budget film with the purpose of entertaining a wide audience.