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OCR G325 A2 Media Section A 1b Music Magazine Essay Plan: Representation

Rob Miller | Wednesday March 25, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Representation in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing the front page, contents page and double page spread of my music magazine which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied representation in existing music magazines such as XXL, The Source, Kerrang!, Q, NME, Rock Sound and online magazines such as We Love Pop and Drowned in Sound. This enabled us to fully understand how representation can be applied to our own productions?.

The front cover of a magazine is one of the key selling points but also an obvious way to analyse representation – front covers are high impact and make statements. NME once ran a front cover with a central image of the Sri Lankan British artist MIA smoking a cigarette, wearing a union jack sexualised vest top with the anchoring text: “Lady Gaga sounds more like me than I f**king do?. Here, issues of gender and national identity can be discussed – what impact do you make on audiences with your front cover, how are your representations mediated? Remember you have directed a photo-shoot/s with a specific representation in mind.

Develop areas of representation in your magazine that are relevant to illustrate your points on - social class/status, ability/disability, gender, sexuality, national or regional identity, race and ethnicity. This will involve a close textual analysis but remember only some of the above will apply. There may also be issues of intertextuality in relation to genre you may wish to discuss that are relevant to a representation.

It is highly likely that gender will be a key focus in terms of analysis of representation and stereotyping although other music genres lend themselves to an analysis of ethnicity for example e.g. hip hop magazines like The Source, XXL and Hip Hop Connection. Sexuality is occasionally explored by the representation of indie artists like Pete Doherty for example – there will always be something to write...

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