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OCR GCSE Media Studies Television/Radio Comedy Glossary

Barry Rainsford | Wednesday June 01, 2016

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Radio, Radio Comedy, Television, Television Comedy

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Using this Glossary

This glossary of terms is intended for use with the EDUSITES work pack for the Summer 2017 GCSE Media examination.


To support your understanding of key terms used in the Workbook and in the unit of lessons. For any additional terms that you do not fully understand or may be unfamiliar to you then you should seek guidance and support from your teacher or contact EDUSITES where you will find a wealth of information.

Media Term with Explanation and Example

  • Anchorage: In Media Studies this is the fixing of meaning. A piece of text [words on a poster] or pairing of images in a product’s content that attempts to anchor (i.e. fixes to one understanding) the meaning of an image for an audience. E.g.: Happy upbeat music in the opening credits might help us understand that the programme is a comedy or light-hearted. Ominous music would suggest that the product is something that will be tense or frightening. Think of the music pads used for radio news; the caption for an image.
  • Alignment: The way that a media product attempts to position an audience in relation to what they are being shown – the deliberate attempt to make us feel about a person, place, object, idea the way that the producer wants us to. E.g.: we may sympathise with a character if we are shown situations from their point of view, if we have shared their suffering. The opening beach sequence from Saving Private Ryan is a good example of Spielberg creating a feeling of understanding in the audience for the horror of war and what these soldiers endured to make the world a ‘better’ place for us. News stories might in their coverage...

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