QUESTION 2 How does your media productrepresent particular social groups?
GenderMy magazine features all male characters within the musicfeatures. As my cover page features a medium shot of amale singer. My sub images are all of the said band anddevotion of my contents page and stories within themagazine are to bands that are dominated by the malegender. I chose to do this as the stereotypical indie bandare of male gender and I wanted to follow the conventionsof the normal bands that are more popular in the chartstoday and seen to be successful. This matches up to myaudience in different ways as although more girls answeredmy survey, girls enjoy and are more likely to listen to malebands and invest in wanting to know about them than theywould into girl bands that aren’t seen to be that successfulin this genre. Personally I would say that males are mostlikely to purchase music magazines of this genre as they arelikely to be aspiring to be the same as those featuredwithin the magazines. Males are therefore featured to bemore dominant and successful within my magazine but in away that females would also take interest in; for examplewithin the article the researcher asked about girlfriends ofthe band which is things that females would want to knowand be interested in finding out about.
AgeMy magazine represents males throughout mymagazine from an age of 17 to around 25, this matchesto the audience of my magazine. I chose to representthis age throughout the magazine as I feel that this willattract my audience to invest in the magazine as theycan relate to the age of the bands shown. I think thatmy age range of people in my magazine is of thisbecause this is commonly the age range of indie rockbands as they are quite a new thing to be making acomeback so its important to show up and comingbands within this magazine to make it different fromothers. My magazine supports the stereotypes that thisage range are very into festivals as the bands that I haverepresented are touring and going to various festivalsand enjoy to party and host gigs. This I believe is a goodthing as my audience is of the same age so they will begoing to festivals and enjoying this type of musicthrough going to see them live as this genre of musicwill be most pleasing when seeing them live. I like theway that I have represented this social group of agewithin the issue as I feel that all of it slots togetherperfectly within each story and the images featured asthey are all in a gig setting.
Class within the magazineMy magazine I feel is focused on working class as I feel that this class would have more access toinstruments and be more likely to take an interest of music through their education and opportunities.Having the tools to pursue it and having the resources to get started will fuel them to purchase a magazineof this sort. Also as this is not a budget magazine selling at £2.50 so this would probably appeal more to theworking class market as they would more likely want to spend money on the magazine with thecompetitions featured inside this could appeal to the class of the audience buying the magazine morewhich is what my audience would most likely be as they would be students and studying with universityfees. This class are most likely to go to gigs which is a feature which is shown quite a lot with the bands usedwithin the magazine is that they are live bands that tour which is what people will enjoy and most likeabout the bands is their ability to perform to an audience. Most of the bands featured in the magazine willbe from a working class background giving them the ambition to do something different and somethingthat can improve their lives forever. Working class people seem to have more determination to succeed.
Ethnicity The ethnic minority featured in my magazine mostly is white British males as this is an English magazine and mostly indie rock bands are of a white origin with the exception of some of mixed race. I involved this ethnic group in my magazine purely by chance of who is successful and a new up coming artist which is what I want to feature mostly in the magazine. I do not believe this represents my audience as Great Britain as a whole is a mixed race society so it could be anyone who takes an interest in this magazine and its genre as its growing in popularity very fast in the past year so it would be a diverse audience. There are only positive representations of ethnic groups inside my magazine as I would want my audience to be diverse and everyone to be interested in my magazine and what it has to offer. I would go on to include many ethnicities into my magazine so that I can get the age range of my audience to as many people as possible to broaden my magazines expectations in the future of the many artists that can be included.