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Moral Panic - Uses and Gratifications + Reception Analysis

(2 of 3) L3 Media and Games students guide to theory relating to the P3M3D3 assignment. twitter @bcotmedia
by Scott Hayden on 19 September 2013

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Transcript of Moral Panic - Uses and Gratifications + Reception Analysis

MORAL PANIC
Lesson Objectives

Continued to create detailed lecture notes
Understand and apply USES AND GRATIFICATIONS theory to a Moral Panic
Understood and applied RECEPTION ANALYSIS theory to a Moral Panic
Define and provide examples of this weeks theories to your Moral Panic Assignment
Develop your Animation on a Moral Panic
'Violence in the media releases tension and desires through identification with fictional characters and events'

In your Report use phrases like....

'I disagree with this statement. For example...'
'I agree that violence in the media releases tension for some people. For example...'
'The statement is only partially correct because...'
Research on this is inconclusive but some psychiatrists claim to have successfully used pornography to help sex offenders release their emotions.
ARE WE ALL WATCHING THE SAME TEXT?

As we have discussed last week, the idea that everyone consumes the same text in the same way is of course untrue - each individual has their own way of interpreting a text.

Yeah? Yeah.
For example, some might see the Twilight Saga (2008-) as a parable of abstinence, others might see them as the sexiest goddamn films ever made.

Others might call it a feminist work of pop art...
I, for example think South Park (1998-) is an intelligent satire that highlights all that is laughable about society with the view to bring about change.

Others might see it as crass, vulgar and infantile.

We make up our own minds.
Roland Barthes said in his essay ‘The Death of the Author’ (1967) that meaning is applied by the Reader (audience) of the text, not by an Authors (producers) set-in-stone univocal meaning for the reader to uncover...
‘The death of the author gives way to the birth of the reader’
However....

When placing so much emphasis on the individual’s ability to make up their own minds about media texts, we may risk ignoring the real dangers that SOME TEXTS ARE MORE POWERFUL than others and more likely to have a bad influence on their viewers.
Individuals react in different ways...

‘Video nasties’ and their influence on children (e.g. the Bulger case)
Games/ Mobiles allegedly damaging literacy skills (lke spllg n lat)
Internet contributing to violent behaviour (e.g. the ‘Grand Theft Auto’ series)
USES AND GRATIFICATIONS:

Why we make use of the media

We all have different uses for the media and we make choices over what we want to watch.

When we encounter a media text, it is not always just mindless entertainment – we are expecting to get something from it: some kind use and gratification (satisfaction/ fulfillment/ pleasure).
In the USES AND GRATIFICATIONS model the individual has the power and he/she selects the media texts that best suit their needs and their attempts to satisfy those needs.

McQuail and Katz have broken down the kinds of gratification we get into four categories...
It is important to remember with this theory that it is likely the audience can get a number of gratifications from any text rather than just one.
We generally have to choose the media from what is available – this undermines the idea of USES AND GRATIFICATIONS as we may not all have the same access to use and enjoy the media products that we want.
In society there are in fact plenty of minorities who feel that the media does not provide for them the media that they want to see
ACTIVITY

Open your Report/ Notes from last week....

Define USES AND GRATIFICATIONS theory
Apply the theory to your Moral Panic e.g. which of the four reasons are relevant to the Moral Panic you are creating a Report about?
RECEPTION ANALYSIS:

What we see when we watch a media text

In a sense, this is an extension of USES AND GRATIFICATIONS

Once you have come up with the idea that people are using media in different ways, it is just one stage on to actually look in more detail at how this happens.
RECEPTION ANALYSIS does this and concentrates on the audience themselves and their reading of the text.
The most important thing about this that you should bear in mind is that RECEPTION ANALYSIS suggests that the audience themselves help to create the meaning of the text (like Barthes said, the meaning is created ‘by the Reader of a text’).

We bring our own baggage, experiences and meaning and see it our own way.
We all decode the texts that we encounter in individual ways which may be as a result of our upbringing, the mood that we are in, the place where we are at the time or any combination of these and all kinds of other factors.
You may have watched ‘The Hunger Games’, heard a lovely bit of Dubstep, or enjoyed watching someone 'fail' on youtube and enjoyed every minute of it.

Others may have hated it.
We create a meaning for it based on OUR experiences
What reception analysts have found is that factors such as GENDER, our place inside SOCIETY, and the CONTEXT of the TIME we are living in can be enormously important when we make the meaning.
The best known theorist to tackle this line of thinking is David Morley who in 1980 suggested that audiences tended to fall into three groups based on their readings of a text:
Allow me to demonstrate...
ACTIVITY

Please continue to develop your Report:

Define the RECEPTION ANALYSIS model
Apply it to your own Moral Panic
Please use your Google+ Page for all Unit 6 work

Contact 'Scott Bcotmedia' if you need help with anything
I am trying to prove to my bosses that social media is a glorious thing and can help us learn

I have shared the 'CRITICAL THINKER' community with you all on Google+

Please add articles/ share ideas and comment on each-others posts so we can help each other through LO3.
What is a Moral Panic?
What is the Hypodermic Needle Model theory?
What is the Two-step flow theory?
What is the 1st Assignment for Unit 6?

What do you have to create?
ACTIVITY (P3)

Please spend the remainder of this lecture developing your Animation on a Moral Panic

REMEMBER - you need to show two sides to the debate and can improve your grade by mentioning the theory we have covered.
RE-CAP ACTIVITY

Please use your cards to show your level of understanding:

RED
(Hey man, I don't get it, man)

or
AMBER
(I've got some of it)
or
GREEN
(Scott. I got this)
It is for LO3 and you need to create an:

Animation to show at least two sides to a Moral Panic debate
A Report on a Moral Panic of your own choosing (Vlogs or Written)
REMEMBER - you need to include ALL the theory we are covering in your Report
The best known theorist to tackle this line of thinking is DAVID MORLEY who in 1980 suggested that audiences tended to fall into THREE GROUPS based on their readings of a text:
HOMEWORK

Organise your Report so you have sections on the following

Define what a Moral Panic is
Hypodermic Needle Model
Two Step Flow
Uses and Gratifications
Reception Analysis
Sasha Grey (former Adult actress) challenges the social order by wanting to be accepted as a mainstream actress and by reading to children in American schools.

This caused a Moral Panic in the US.
Did social media cause the London riots?
Opinions on the following please....
KONY 2012 has caused a Moral Panic online

The now infamous viral video threatened our accepted social order of charities being trusted, ethical organisations.

It also challenged our view that social media gives us a true representation and asked us to confront the fact that we must be a bit more skeptical in this age of free information.
ACTIVITY

Which media texts effect us the most?
In the 90's, two children decoded the film 'Childs Play' in a way that would raise the Moral Panic debate about Horror films in to the Media once again.
Both of the 10 year-olds claimed that watching 'Childs Play' had encouraged them to do what they did.

Are children more vulnerable?

Up to what age?
Karina @mediaknowall has written short blog entry summarising this - interesting read

http://www.mediaknowall.com/as_alevel/mediaviolence/violence.php?pageID=child
EXTRA

Brass Eye satirises Moral Panics - a good place to start if you are still unsure of what is meant by the term 'Moral Panic'
If you are still unsure what Moral Panic to do I suggest you look at Gender Representation as we have many links, articles, and videos on our bcotmedia tumblr to help you.
We all receive the media our own way.

For some it could be a trigger for other acts - it's down to you to report on this and find out the truth.

Other Media, while less prone to inciting aggression, can still divide individuals.
OPPOSITIONAL or
ACTIVITY

In teams film a short comedy sketch tutorial showing the viewer what the Uses and Gratifications theory is....
You have covered this for Film Studies LO1 - if you have forgotten use the rest of the Prezi to remind you or refer back to your WordPress notes
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