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OCR G325 Section B: Contemporary Media Issues - Postmodern Media

| Saturday October 19, 2013

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Hot Entries, New Media, Postmodernism, Theory, Postmodern Theory, Staffroom

What is Postmodernism?

Group Activity

Pupils are asked to undertake secondary research and find 3 possible definitions of postmodernism. Suggested resources - Strinati, D., (2004) An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture, Second Edition, Routledge, London and Kruger, S., Rayner, P. and Wall, P., (2004), Media Studies, The Essential Introduction, Second Edition, Routledge, London.

Share these with the group and compare definitions. What similarities can be drawn from the various definitions? Now as a group pupils must arrive at their own definition for postmodernism. They need to consider all the different views on the theory carefully. (This is a very useful exercise as it allows pupils to debate key points and consider what theories really mean).

There is a considerable amount of debate over the definition of postmodernism – when and where it occurs for example and what it really suggests. One way of understanding post-modernism is to look at the social, political and cultural values that were and still are prevalent at the end of the 20th and early 21st centuries.  Postmodernism works on a structural and political level; it can be used to analyse the fragmentary and contradictory nature of many of the contemporary media texts encountered by audiences.

Strinati (2010) states that there are a number of points to consider when defining postmodernism – firstly, he points out that postmodernism describes the emergence of a society in which the mass media and popular culture are most important and powerful institutions, and control and shape all other types of social relationships. Popular cultural signs and media images increasingly dominate our sense of reality, and the way we define ourselves and the world around us. Postmodern theory is an attempt to understand a media saturated society.

Postmodernism is largely a reaction to the assumed certainty of scientific, or objective, efforts to explain reality....

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