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Introducing Media Representations 2

Steve Campsall | Wednesday December 08, 2010

Categories: Introductory Resources, Intro to Media Representations

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  • Read the following extract from an article that appeared in the Sunday Times in 2005.
  • Using your knowledge of semiotics (that is, the use of signs and codes), choose one of the images below of girls’ magazine covers to analyse.
  • Can you identify a few of the ways in which the image you choose uses signs and codes to reinforce what an “ideal female? or “ideal male? should be like. Remember that language, as well as images, acts as a sign so you can look at the words used, too.
  • Remember that media images reinforce more than just appearance. The signs and codes used also work to connote much more. For example, the models used have smooth and flawless skin, almost certainly having had all blemishes (such as spots and acne) airbrushed out using PhotoShop.

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