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OCR A2 Media Studies G325 Sec B Collective Identity: Representation of Youth

Rob Miller | Thursday February 13, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Collective Identity, Representation of Youth, Key Concepts, Audience, Ideology, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Fundamentally this topic, as with all Section B topics requires the examination of contemporary media texts published or released within five years of the examination date. With this in mind, students need to be fully aware of a ‘past, present and future’ relating to topics (as reflected by some of the exam questions) hence a historical context is relevant but with an emphasis on the present day.  Study must be through case study analysis reflecting two different media including debate, theory and research. A minimum or two case studies must be explored but with reference to a range of other texts.

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In terms of linking with existing media theory, a minimum reference to 4/5 theorists is required, as is the need to develop an argument through debate and offer opinion from one’s own experience – this would particularly relevant when studying the representation of youth and collective identity. In relation to the actual exam questions, MediaEdu advise that once you have fully understood the question have a final point in mind that you are working towards when writing your essay e.g. “Youth are still subject to a constructed, stereotypical identity in many ways but within a rapidly changing digital landscape?.

OCR state: “Candidates may analyse the representation of and/or the collective identity of one or more group (s) of people. Candidates might explore combinations of any media representation across two media, or two different representations across two media?. This resource focuses on the representation of youth and its impact on collective media identity and is not an exemplar exam response - students hopefully will be able to use the resource as stimulus, both in terms of analysis, debate and applying theory.

In the 2-hour exam (1 hour of which you will be writing your Collective Media Identity response) you will choose one essay from two:

Examples of Past Media and Collective Identity...

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