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AS and A2 Media Studies Deconstruction of representation guide


MAIN TEXT:

ANCILLARY TEXTS:

TITLE:

• Explore how gender, ethnicity, age, nation, place, events or issues are represented in [chosen text]

• Explore how far the representation of one of the following is challenged in [chosen text]: gender, ethnicity, age, nation, place, events or issues

• Explore how far the representation of one of the following reinforces conventional points of view in [chosen text]: gender, ethnicity, age, nation, place, events or issues.

REPRESENTATIONAL ISSUES IN MAIN TEXT

Who or what is being represented? How is it being represented? By whom is it being represented? Why are they being represented like this?

DETAILED ANALYSIS

Mise-en-scene, palette, camera angles, shots, movements, composition, proxemics, montage, editing pattern, locations, iconography (Buscombe’s), signifiers (Saussure and Peirce)…

THEORETICAL ANALYSIS

Genre / subgenre; Male Gaze; Virgin / Whore Dichotomy / Hall’s classifications of ethnic representation / Gramsci’s hegemonic structures; star theory, star persona, parallel narratives.

LINKS TO SUBSIDIARY TEXTS

What part of your main text does your subsidiary text(s) link to? Genre? Star? Label? Aesthetic? How are they different?

INSTITUTIONAL / ORGANISATIONAL ISSUES

Major or Independent or sublabel? Distribution issues? Marketing, branding, synergy?

AUDIENCE APPEAL / ISSUES:

Who is the audience? How does the text appeal to them (Uses and Gratifications…)? Are there any possible audience effects issues? (Conditioning, desensitisation, Mean World, modeling, catharsis?)

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