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A2 media revision booklet1a

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A2 media revision booklet1a

  1. 1. A2 Media Revision SectionA:Theoretical Evaluationof Coursework Question1(a) will ask you to explain how your skills have developed in your AS and A2 coursework in relation to one or two of the following areas:  Research and Planning  Digital Technology (including research, planning, and production)  Post-production  Conventions  Creativity To do well on this question you must:  use specific and detailed examples  evaluate your progress over time  spend 30 minutes answering the question  refer to both AS and A2 coursework You need to have selected the specific examples you intend to use for each of the five areas. Remember the areas overlap so you can re-use examples (e.g. all post-production examples will be examples of digital technology. For each example you need to include specific detail, evaluate what this allowed you to do, and explain how this shows progress. Research and Planning Example Evaluation Progression AS 1 AS 2 A2 1 A2 2 Digital Technology Example Evaluation Progression AS 1 AS 2 A2 1 A2 2
  2. 2. Post-production Example Evaluation Progression AS 1 AS 2 A2 1 A2 2 Creativity Example Evaluation Progression AS 1 AS 2 A2 1 A2 2 Conventions Example Evaluation Progression AS 1 AS 2 A2 1 A2 2
  3. 3. Question1(b) will ask you to apply one of the five following concepts to one of your coursework products:  Representation  Audience  Narrative  Genre  Media Language To do well on this question you must:  show understanding of the key concept and theories  apply theory to specific elements in your production work  use a range of relevant examples  use terminology  use theory to analyse your text  evaluate theory – be critical  spend 30 minutes answering the question  focus on one coursework product (A2 main task) For each concept decide on which theorists you intend to use (at least three) and explain their ideas briefly in your own words. How can you apply the theory to your media text? Identify at least one specific example and evaluate the usefulness of their ideas in analysing your product. Remember you can explain how a theory does not apply as well as how it does. Representation Theorist Explanation Application (including specific examples and evaluation) Saussure Dyer Mulvey Baudrillard Audience Theorist Explanation Application (including specific examples and evaluation) Blumler and Katz
  4. 4. Hall Morley Bourdieu Fiske Narrative Theorist Explanation Application (including specific examples and evaluation) Todorov Propp Levi-Strauss Barthes Genre Theorist Explanation Application (including specific examples and evaluation) Ryall Neale Altman Cawelti Hartley Media Language Theorist Explanation Application (including specific examples and evaluation)
  5. 5. SectionB:Mediaand Collective Identity You answer one question in this section on the Media and Collective Identity topic. The question will ask you to discuss the representation of one or more social groups. You are discussing the representation of young people in the media. To do well in this section you must:  refer to at least TWO types of media (e.g. film and television)  spend 1 hour answering the question  focus mostly on contemporary representations (made in the last 5 years)  refer to the past and the future  refer to theory consistently and accurately  consider the extent to which identity is influenced by the media  present a balanced argument giving different viewpoints Theorist Key Concepts Giroux Acland Cohen Hebdige Gramsci Althusser Gauntlett Fiske Gerbner Hall Introduction Quote – paraphrase – link to focus of essay/wording of question. State argument – how young people are represented – effects – influence on identity
  6. 6. Historical Representation – Rebel Without a Cause (1955) How are young people represented? How might that reinforce hegemony? What does the film suggest about the effect of media on identity? WHAT THEORISTS HAVE YOU USED? Contemporary Negative – Hoodies or Altar Boys (2009) What was it? What did they find? What effect do the representations have? Do media representations influence perceptions or not? Yes – Gerbner/Althusser No – Hall/Fiske (Contemporary Negative – Hoodie Cinema – Harry Brown (2009)) Relate to Newspaper study. How are young people represented? Effects? WHAT THEORISTS HAVE YOU USED? Contemporary Sympathetic – Misfits (2009-13) YOU MUST REFER TO MISFITS Use of negative stereotypes – explain how? How does the representation become more positive? What does the representation suggest about the effect of media representations? Attack the Block (2011) Compare to Misfits – subverting negative stereotypes. The Selfish Giant (2013) Use of negative stereotypes about working class youth – representation encourages sympathy – suggests hegemonic middle class society fails them. What do these representations tell us about the role of media in influencing identity? (e.g. contradictory messages – effect of media complex) WHAT THEORISTS HAVE YOU USED? ‘Generation Citizen’ (2014) study by DEMOS thinktank (include if you have time) Findings about representations of young people. Responses from young people and teachers. What does the study suggest about how people respond to media representations of young people? Relate to theory (e.g. Hall/Fiske). Conclusion Sum up your argument – how are young people represented? What effect do the representations have? What conclusions can you draw about the relationship between media and collective identity? What do you think will happen to media representations of young people in the future?

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