A2 Media Studies: The Essential Introduction

Overview

Written by experienced teachers and examiners, A2 Media Studies builds solidly on the groundwork laid by the AS Media Studies syllabus and develops key topics in greater depth and introduces students to the notion of independent study.

Bang up-to-date, this full colour, fully-illustrated text is designed to support students through the transition from a focus on textual analysis to the consideration of the ...

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Overview

Written by experienced teachers and examiners, A2 Media Studies builds solidly on the groundwork laid by the AS Media Studies syllabus and develops key topics in greater depth and introduces students to the notion of independent study.

Bang up-to-date, this full colour, fully-illustrated text is designed to support students through the transition from a focus on textual analysis to the consideration of the wider contexts that inform any study of the media.

Specially designed to be user-friendly, A2 Media Studies includes:

  • sample AQA exam questions
  • activities and practical assignments
  • further reading
  • case studies
  • a glossary of key terms and resources.

This is a book no A2 level media studies student can afford to be without.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415347679
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Series: Essentials Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures ix
Acknowledgements xi
Figure acknowledgements xiii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Wider contexts 4
Reality TV 7
Sport in the media 10
Getting at these wider contexts 14
Further reading 18
Chapter 2 Independent study/research 19
Making a start 22
Title 24
Structure 31
Bibliography and references 34
Presentation 35
Some more on AQA Unit 5 36
Further reading 36
Chapter 3 Genre 37
Genre: codes and conventions 37
Pinning down the identities and meanings of genre 40
Genre studies 43
Hybrids 50
Case study: celebrity lifestyle magazines 56
Case study: British television crime fiction 64
Ideas for exploring genre 72
Chapter 4 Representation 74
What is representation? 74
Mediation as a process 76
Stereotypes and minorities 78
Alternative representations 83
Types of realism 84
Ideology and representation 87
Introduction to case studies 92
Case study: 'In a Big Country': the meanings of Scotland 93
Case study: 'Slugs and snails and puppy dogs' tails': the meanings of men 101
Reality TV 109
Chapter 5 Audience 113
Introduction 113
Who is interested in the audience and why? 117
Public service broadcasting and the audience 129
The segmented audience versus the mass audience 129
Audience theories 131
Active audiences 134
Audiences and hegemony 142
Reception theory 148
Television schedules and the audience 150
Beyond the active audience 151
Further reading 154
Chapter 6 News 155
News room roles 162
Construction of a news story 168
Television news presentation 171
Case study 179
Further reading 185
Chapter 7 Comparative textual analysis 186
Places to take off from: comparative critical strategies 186
Postmodernist readings 201
The conditions of production 206
The contexts of consumption 207
Putting it all together 208
Chapter 8 Theoretical perspectives 215
The popular culture debate 217
The toolkit of theory 219
Semiotics 219
Structuralism 221
Poststructuralism 223
Postmodernism 224
Feminism 226
Queer theory 230
Marxism 231
Liberal pluralism 236
Cultural imperialism and postcolonialism 237
Further reading 239
Chapter 9 Passing exams 240
Why do we have exams? 240
Common sense prevails... 243
Concepts and contexts: the Media Studies focus 245
Unseen text exams 247
Chapter 10 Crime fiction 251
Historical background 251
Some gender issues 254
Enter the expert 257
Economics of scale and locations of choice 258
Intertextuality: the knowing audience 259
The Bill and The Cops 259
Further reading 261
Resources 262
Glossary 263
Bibliography 271
Index 274
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