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Q2. How does your media product represent particular social groups?

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Q2. How does your media product represent particular social groups?

  1. 1. Question 2. How does your media product represent particular social groups? By Joseph Wilson
  2. 2. Before I made my product, I did research on the type of people that listen to the genre of music my magazine is about and I did research on the type of people that usually feature in them. I found out that it is mainly men that are featured in these types of magazines because they dominate this genre because of its aggressive style of music and their rough looks. Most of the people that are featured look really rough and often wear shirts, jeans and trainers. This type of outfit is very basic and to conclude, it looks like they aim to look like they don't really care what people think they look like and its mainly about the music, meaning their rapport with the audience will be very strong because the music is for them to listen to. When I was taking my pictures I tried to mimic this persona by using the same style as what most magazines feature and what I think the typical reader would look like, which is very basic clothing, very rough looking and aggressive.
  3. 3. I used a basic, plain coloured chequered shirt because it makes him look like he isn't making and effort and doesn't care what people think of him I used plain jeans because it goes well with this outfit and it is something plain which also gives the impression that he is comfortable with how he looks and doesn't care about fancy clothes. The model I used looks very rough because he isn’t smiling and the way his hair is and his beard makes him look tough and slightly aggressive, which is how I imagine my audience would look like. I used a basic, plain coloured t-shirt because it makes him look like he isn't making and effort and doesn't care what people think of him Why I chose this outfit
  4. 4. Why I chose this outfit I used a basic white shirt that has a classic band that is really famous because it shows his love for music, like the audience will have. I used plain jeans because it goes well with this outfit and it is something plain which also gives the impression that he is comfortable with how he looks and doesn't care about fancy clothes. The model I used looks he doesn’t care about how he looks. His messy hair and his hat hanging off his head shows this.
  5. 5. The reason I chose the first style of image over the second for my main images was because I think the model looked much more aggressive and looked like he would be the kind of person that would feature or read the magazine. This means it would be more relative to my genre and in effect, would sell more copies.
  6. 6. For my magazine I have decided it will be aimed at an age group of 16-25 year olds it will be aimed at men. This means it is targeted at young people that listen to music he most and a lot of them will still be living at home but will still have jobs, meaning they will have a lot more money to buy things such as magazines. This also means, my magazine will be aimed at people that are in band D/E because this is what most of my audience will be under. People I the D/E category are often students or teenagers. The reason I chose this age range was because a lot of the artists featured will have started at this age and some of the readers may be able to take inspiration from them. I researched the cost of most other music magazines, such as Kerrang and NME and I decided the cost of my magazine should be about £3.50 because it will be published weekly and that cost is very low, so teenagers and students that don't earn much will still be able to buy it. In my magazine, I have featured a plug that will be giving away tickets to Leeds festival 2014. This is because Leeds is the closest to the genre of m magazine and it also offers a wide variety of music, even if they don’t particularly like the festival. Also, with them being in a low band grade, this could be an opportunity or them to go to a festival that they may not have the chance to without the competition, being a once in a life time opportunity.
  7. 7. Artist Lyrics Blink 182 ‘If young love is just a game then I must have missed the kickoff’ ‘My emotions are something that I will always hide.’ A day to remember ‘I hate this town, it's so washed up. And all my friends don't give a fuck, they'll tell me that it's just bad luck. When will I find where I fit in.’ ‘I reserve my right to feel uncomfortable reserve my right to be afraid. I make mistakes and I am humbled every step of the way. ‘ Sum 41 ‘Knowing endless consequences, I feel so useless in this.’ ‘I haven't been home for a while, I'm sure everything's the same: Mom and Dad both in denial, an only child to take the blame.’
  8. 8. The lyrics some the bands that are featured in the pop-punk genre use are often quite depressing but they are what a lot of people might have gone through at some point. Making them relatable, and when they can relate the listener often builds a connection with certain bands or songs. Also, if the songs have deeper meanings, the music may be quite aggressive. Majority of the artists featured are considered to be social outcasts, like the readers probably are, and they often sing about how they broke out of being outcasts or how they got over it, which could help the reader, give advice to them, or just be there as something they can relate to. But people that cannot relate to the music often see the musicians as being depressing or boring.

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