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Representation - Media Studies
Transcript of Representation - Media Studies
How have different age groups been represented?
How have different races or religions been represented?
Have any groups been unrepresented? if so why?
How accurate is the representation?
Can the representation be interpreted in different ways?
Who has constructed the representation?
What effect does the representation have on the intended audience? Soap operas are meant to be true to life, 'reality tv' claims to follow the lives of 'real' people, and magazines expose the 'real' lives of celebrities. What we see hear and read in the media is a representation of a subject. Representation Key Questions What is Representation? Why is representation important? Now you must consider the representations in the clips that you have studied. look for representation, misrepresentation and unrepresentation Conclusion Representations are influenced by the cultural, political and social contexts in which they are produced Representation in the Media is concerned with how people, events and ideas are presented to audiences. The media often claim to show reality You need to think critically about how people and events are represented, misrepresented and unrepresented. Even a live broadcast is a representation because you only see what is filmed by the camera operator However none of this is truly real: They are all versions of reality edited and packaged by the media. It is the media who decide how to represent people and events, as a result they have an enormous potential to influence their audience. Representations can have a positive and negative effect. People can be portrayes as heroes or villains. The way they look can be airbrushed or altered and what they say can be edited. Representations can reinforce stereotypes and erode self image of people.