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We Media and Democracy Lesson One

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  1. 1. AIM: To reflect on the recent news and understand how theories are developed Must: show an understanding of recent events and attempt to develop a theory Should: the above plus write up ideas as a theory Could: also shape and craft your theory Lesson One ‘We Media’ and Democracy A2 Critical Perspectives Exam Section B = 50 marks 1 hour
  2. 2. Next lesson. You will need to answer questions about your summer work. You will also be set an assessment question about the information you collected over the summer.
  3. 3. Quick news quiz: summer 2015 1. In pairs or threes discuss what the news story is, what you know about it and what you think about it.
  4. 4. 5 main questions we need to consider in A2 1. What is/are ‘We Media’ and what are the main arguments in this school of thought? 2. Where / how has ‘We Media’ emerged? 3. What are the positives and negatives of ‘We Media’? 4. In what way are the contemporary media more democratic than before? 5. In what ways are the contemporary media less democratic than before?
  5. 5. ‘We Media’ and Democracy – Previous exam questions How far can the media in 2010 be considered to be democratic? Assess the claim that the media is becoming more democratic. Discuss the meanings of the term ‘we media.’ Explore the claim that the ‘new’ media are more democratic than the ‘old’ media. What is ‘we media’ and what difference does it make to citizens? ‘We get the media we deserve.’ Discuss, in relation to the role of media in a democracy.
  6. 6. Theories We are going to look at a range of different media theories to look at democracy and the media. You know lots already! But a theory is just a clever way of explaining the meaning or effect of something. A theorist spends a long time researching and find examples to back up their explanation. Some are more complex than others but often it is the LANGUAGE used that makes them difficult to understand: the question and their answers are often simpler to understand. Why do they spend so long on it? Answer: because they want to convince us that they are right! They haven’t proven something beyond question and they want their theory to be accepted and believed.
  7. 7. Today you are all going to become media theorists. In 30 minutes. You will need to be logged on or have access to a thesaurus. You will need to be in a group of no more than 4. By the end of next week your media theory will be on the wall of ENF3.
  8. 8. You are going to invent a media theory In groups of 3 or 4 you are going to have 10 minutes to discuss an area of media of your choice. One person will need to be the scribe, another will be the ‘Chair’ Here are some suggestions but you can come up with your own: - What is the point of horror films? - Is it immoral to illegally download? - Why is most news depressing/negative? - Does violent content make you more likely to be violent? - Do some music videos encourage sexist attitudes towards women? - What makes a good TV Drama? Why? - Why do some people avoid the news?
  9. 9. Stage One: Discussion and note-taking Discuss your question. The scribe will have to make notes about what has been said. Try and summarise your discussion into 3 or 4 clear bullet points. Use a thesaurus to explain your ideas in a clever way!
  10. 10. Stage 2: Ok, now you have the main parts of your theory. Now name this theory. Using a thesaurus, find better words for the main ideas in your original question. For example, my question: Why do some people avoid the news? Another word for avoid is avert. So let’s call it a ‘News Aversion Therapy’ Theories are often named after the people who came up with them. So name your theory after yourselves.
  11. 11. Stage 3: Write up your theory Underneath each one of your bullet points for your theory. Explain the ideas behind each bullet point. Try and use the best possible vocabulary. FINALLY: Get ready to feedback your ideas to the whole group. Stage 4: You are going to produce an A4 poster explaining your theory. You have until next lesson to meet, improve and decide the wording of each main point of your theory. You need to use the best language possible and choose images to go with it. The class will vote on the most convincing theory and your group will challenge/provide a counter-argument to one of these.
  12. 12. For teacher’s info only: I tried this question on Natalia Why do some people avoid the news? 1. - Some people don’t care or aren’t interested - Some people cannot cope with it as it is too upsetting and choose to disengage - There are more interesting things to watch or learn about 2. LACK OF COMPASSION OR DISINTEREST CHOOSING DISENGAGEMENT AS A COPING STRATEGY ENTERTAINMENT AND DISTRACTION
  13. 13. 3. Alternative word for avoid = aversion 4. Add name and come up with your media theory. CONCHA-LONDONO’S NEWS AVERSION THEORY
  14. 14. 5. CONCHA-LONDONO’S NEWS AVERSION THEORY LACK OF COMPASSION OR DISINTEREST: People are not immoral or have bad intentions as evidenced by their care for their family members or immediate neighbours. However, they feel detached from the people or situations that do not apparently immediately effect them. CHOOSING DISENGAGEMENT AS A COPING STRATEGY: people do care about the plight of others around the world but they feel disempowered as they are unable to change it. They avoid the news as they feel frustrated and upset by systemic political failures. Their day to day pressures mean they cannot cope with these pressures. ENTERTAINMENT AND DISTRACTION: due to lack of compassion (see above) and the need for a coping strategy frustration is released through the pursuit of entertainment which may appear a superficial enjoyment. However, news aversion is misleading as values and attitudes can be shaped by what appears to be ‘harmless entertainment’.