Teacher Blogs

GCSE Media

A Level Media

Codes & Conventions

Legacy Resources

Useful Materials

OCR AS and A2 Media Studies Theorists

Rob Miller | Monday January 13, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, Theory, Media Theorists, Admin, Staffroom

click on image to enlarge

All exam boards have their ‘favourite’ Media theorists – this resource explores both contemporary and historical theory and the different approaches to studying core AS Media Studies concepts of Narrative, Genre, Representation and Audience. For AS Media Studies pupils/students would only be expected to make limited reference to theorists in both G321 and for TV/Radio Drama at G322/G323 (TV Drama and Representation). This resource is a guide only for further research.

Narrative, Genre, Audience, Media Language and Representation theory can also be mapped onto G325 Section A:  Q1 and 1b but dependent on the question areas and dependent on the production work completed by the pupil/student. Below also are suggested theorists whose work can be explored when studying topics offered for G325 Section B: Contemporary Media Issues – it is recommended between 4-6 are referenced in the exam resonse.

Overview

Narrative

  • Levi-Strauss: binary oppositions
  • Todorov – four act structure
  • Roland Barthes – cultural, semantic, symbolic, hermeneutic, proairetic
  • Goodwin – useful for analysing music videos – 6 key features
  • Propp – 8 character roles
  • Lyotard – post modern theory against meta narratives, pro micro narratives and fragmentation
  • Joseph Campbell – monomyths and journeys

Genre

  • John Fiske – genre as ‘convenience’ for producers and audiences
  • Henry Jenkins – genre constantly ‘breaks rules’ e.g. evolving hybridization
  • John Hartley – genre is interpreted culturally
  • Daniel Chandler – genre is too restricting
  • Steve Neale – genre as repetition and difference
  • David Buckingham – genre in constant process of negotiation and change
  • Jason Mittell – industry uses genre commercially
  • Barry Keith Grant - on sub genres
  • Rick Altman – genre offers audiences a ‘set of pleasures’

Audience

  • Jeremy Tunstall – primary, secondary, tertiary audience engagement
  • Blumler and Katz – uses and...

Please subscribe or log in to access the rest of this resource (including associated media).

This website offers a wealth of enriched content to help you help your students with GCSE & A Level Media. Please subscribe or log in to access this content.

The content of this site has been produced by teachers and examiners. Edusites have similar support sites for English and Film called Edusites English and Edusites Film.

If you would like more information about Edusites Media, get in touch using the contact details below.

Kind regards, Richard Gent
Edusites Ltd

[email] admin@edusites.co.uk
[telephone] 01604 847689
[fax] 01604 843220