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Understanding Ideology »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday December 01, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Ideology, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts

Definition

Ideology means a set of values, beliefs and ideas that guide our lives.

Literally the word means the ‘study of ideas’. It has become accepted as the set of values and beliefs that we believe to be true, and that have become part of our daily life. These are the natural agreed values, or common sense, that keep society running. One such belief is that we all need to work to earn money to live, and we agree to pay taxes to support the state that supports us....

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What is Media Studies? »

Richard Gent | Wednesday November 11, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Other Topics

Media Studies isn’t easy to describe. It’s a living concept that continues to change just as technology and our experience with technology change. The purpose of Media Studies is to provide audiences with access to information no matter how it is experienced and allow people to adopt diverse critical positions.

Media Studies is desirable because its curriculum is inclusive; it recognises that the form of delivery as well as the content to be delivered needs to be studied in...

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An Introduction to Key Concepts in Media Studies »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday November 10, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Intro to Key Concepts

Studying media is about watching, reading, discussing and evaluating media texts such as films, television and radio programmes, newspapers and magazines, and advertisements.

An important aspect of Media Studies is evaluating (this is called ‘reading’) a media text to find out what it is trying to say to the audience, and how that message is being communicated. The first AS module is usually known as ‘Reading the media’.

In the course of this A level you will also...

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Using Theory in A Level Media Studies »

Antony Bateman | Tuesday January 05, 2016

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Edexcel A Level, Edexcel A2, OCR A Level, OCR A2, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Theory, Application of Theory, Feminist Theory, Gender Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Poststructuralist Theory, Race Theory, Representation Theory, Structuralist Theory

There is a need in Media Studies, like all social sciences and critical subjects, to engage with theory and students should be encouraged to do so in their work. Using a theory is an effective way of a student demonstrating their understanding of the topic under discussion, adding weight to their arguments and undeniably lending gravitas to their answer. A key requirement in a successful Media Studies response is also to provide evidence of the validity of the arguments...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A BGT Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 27, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Gossip Magazines, New Media, Synergy, Television, Reality TV, Television Industry, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Section A Unseen (32/32)

You must read the information provided for Section A in great detail. You will be given approximately 15 minutes to study and make notes on the two texts. These notes will not be marked during the assessment process. You must spend 45 minutes answering the three compulsory questions in detail.

Clips

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9aXhfT1pfs
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdZL_UyBpWU

The first clip is from Britain’s Got Talent, first broadcast...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Interactive Science Fiction Films Resource »

Rob Miller | Friday August 21, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Advertising, Marketing, Film, Action Adventure, Comedy, Disaster Movies, Drama, Fantasy, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Language, Film Promotion, Film Trailers, Horror, Independent Film, Mise-en-scene, Science Fiction, Social Realism, Thrillers, War, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Digital Graphics, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Production, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Understanding Key Skills, Understanding Key Topics, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, Skills, Textual Analysis, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development, Television, Storyboarding, Website Analysis, Web Pages

Milan, Italy - January 26 2013: People of 501st Legion official costuming organisation take part in the Star Wars Parade wearing perfectly accurate costumes.

Welcome to this interactive resource on Science Fiction films, your Unit 1 examined topic that focuses on all areas of exam questioning. Use in conjunction with the Edusites Media Specimen Exam and Preliminary Material.

Have a look at some Science Fiction events around the country. Comic Cons have a reputation for...

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Representation of Sexuality in Film »

Rob Miller | Monday October 27, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Collective Identity, Representation of Sexuality, Film, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Queer Theory

This resource focuses on representation of sexuality in contemporary film, both English language and non-English language cinema using three 2014 LFF (London Film Festival) screenings as source material – Love is Strange, an English language French-American drama, A Girl at my Door, a South Korean drama and also The New Girlfriend, a French drama. It is worth acknowledging the increasing presence of more ‘mainstream’ films like Brokeback Mountain (2005), Black Swan...

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Viral Advertising »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 22, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Advertising, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, Making Money, Synergy

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Viral advertising spreads messages, ideas and associations about a brand quickly, commonly using digital technology – in many ways viral advertising relies on the consumer to pass on information with the producer either seeding videos via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or on many other interactive digital platforms with the consumer at the point, knowingly or unknowingly spreading the communication – viral advertising spreads like a cold virus,...

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MS4 Music Pack: The Beatles, AC/DC and Leonard Cohen »

Rob Miller | Friday October 03, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Ideology, Hot Entries, Music, British Pop Music, Fan Websites, Music Distribution, Music Industry, Music Promotion

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Below is an analysis of three music artists to assist research for MS4, Music Industry. For details of alternative artists, and a breakdown of admin related to the unit please see MediaEdu’s MS4 Music Pack: Beyonce, One Direction and Green Day.

WJEC permit one historical case study only from three chosen texts and The Beatles will be this first case study, also evidencing a British band that has received commercial, global success. AC/DC are...

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The Times, Daily Mirror and i Newspaper Study »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 30, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Ideology, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Synergy, News, News Ownership, News Values, Newspapers, Popular Press

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The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4 by exploring key potential exam areas of questioning – a relevant balance of Newspapers could be a tabloid, mid market tabloid and a broadsheet or replacing the mid market tabloid with a local newspaper or a newspaper aimed at a specific demographic. This resource explores The Times as a national, traditional broadsheet, The Daily Mirror as a national,...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Identities and the Media British National Identity »

Rob Miller | Friday September 12, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Collective Identity, National Identity, Key Concepts, Ideology, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Representation Theory

With AQA’s new ‘Identities’ topic, it is worth stressing from the outset the similarities and differences with Representations in the Media – the use of representation is a process for constructing identity and in this regard, a representation or representations can lead to a collective identity. This resource attempts to explore the concepts of ‘Britishness’ or British National Identity by studying a range of media texts, across a number of media platforms but...

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WJEC A2 MS4 Advertising: BT Infinity Campaign (2012-2014) »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 03, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Advertising, Marketing, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4 by exploring key potential exam areas of questioning – the advertising campaign is contemporary while in the exam you will be expected to analyse three, one of which must be British and it would make sense to have one global and the other with lower production values and more niche audience to enable a full answer to all potential question areas.  BT Infinity and BT Sport are high...

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Breaking Bad Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday August 18, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, American Quality Television (AQT)

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Institutional Factors

Breaking Bad has, in a short period of time become iconic, ‘must see TV’ that in terms of genre conventions can be categorised as Crime Drama but also as AQT (American Quality Television). The programme has eclipsed the status of critical and commercial success and become widely accepted as one of the ‘greatest television programmes of all time’ in a range of polls canvassing a broad demographic – it entered the...

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Newsround Case Study »

Rob Miller | Friday August 15, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Hot Entries, News, News Values

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Origins and Launch

For many ‘40 somethings’, the name John Craven will be etched in the memory forever as the presenter who originated, and anchored a news show for children that has run continuously since 4th April, 1972. Back then it was called John Craven’s Newsround whereas now, ‘Newsround’ is the title of this quirky news magazine programme. Along with Doctor Who, Jackanory, Play School, Mr. Benn and Magic Roundabout, the BBC had a...

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BBC News Case Study »

Rob Miller | Thursday July 31, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Hot Entries, News, News Values, Popular Press

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Origins and Launch

BBC News is a global, recognisable brand that offers 24-hour, rolling news 365 days a year. The BBC has a pedigree as being a quality national, local and world news as part of the government’s public service television remit (PSB). Presenters have become household names over the years and have resisted criticism that the BBC is a breeding ground for Oxbridge public schoolboys and schoolgirls and that one of the feeder routes...

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WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Film Pack: Star Trek: Into Darkness, Philomena and The Double »

Rob Miller | Monday July 28, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, Film, Action, Action Adventure, Biography, Drama, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Promotion, Film Studies, Thrillers, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  • Philomena (2013)
  • The Double (2013)

The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4 by exploring all key potential exam areas of questioning – the three films are all contemporary, two are British (only one needs to be in the exam) and all reflect the different ‘types’ of films consumed by global, and national audiences. Star Trek into Darkness is a high production value, globally distributed...

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TV News Al Jazeera English Case Study »

Rob Miller | Friday July 25, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Synergy, News, 24 Hour News, News Ownership, News Values, Popular Press

Origins and Launch

“Al Jazeera” means “The Island” in Arabic which is taken to mean the Arabian Peninsula. This is an important part of the Middle East and Arab world not least for its huge reserves of oil and natural gas and is home to 80 million citizens. Al Jazeera English is a 24-hour English language television news channel owned and funded by the House of Thani’s Al Jazeera Media Network based in Doha, Qatar. The House of Thani has been the ruling family in...

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Compare the Market Advertising Campaign Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday July 23, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Advertising, Marketing, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, New Media, Internet, Social Networking, Making Money, Synergy

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Institutional Factors

Compare the Market the company was founded by The BGL Group (insurance companies) in 2005 as a ‘Price Comparison Website’ while Compare the Meerkat is an advertising campaign for this brand. The campaign was launched January 2009 and is still running as of July 2014, centred around a CGI anthropomorphic Russian meerkat called Alexander Orlov, plus his family and friends.

The idea of choice that is represented in the...

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Nivea for Men Print Advertising Campaign “It Starts With You” Case Study »

Rob Miller | Tuesday July 22, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Advertising, Intro to Advertising, Marketing, More on Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Synergy

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Institutional Factors

In 2012, the global skin and body care brand Nivea aggressively advertised its skin care products to an emerging male demographic that was becoming more and more comfortable with using ‘products’ to enhance their appearance – owned by the German Healthcare multinational conglomerate Beiersdorf, their intention was to exploit this market but also respond to recent negative criticism and controversy that in 2011 saw them...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A Honda Exemplar »

rlsmedia | Monday June 09, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Advertising, Marketing, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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Honda Power of Dreams Advertisement

Honda Top Gear Review

(From 2.30 min – 4.30 into the clip)

Section A (40%)
1 hour including 15 minutes reading/viewing time (32 marks)
The first section will be based around unseen stimulus materials which may be print, e-media, audio or moving image based. The stimulus materials will be designed to be easily assimilated by candidates in the space of 15 minutes and there will be time for note-taking and...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A Captain America Exemplar »

rlsmedia | Monday June 09, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Advertising, Marketing, Film, Film Trailers, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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Trailer Captain America: Winter Soldier

SKY Advert

Question 1 (Media Concepts)

How do the two texts (the SKY Advertisement, and The Captain America: Winter Soldier Trailer) use Media Language (Media Concept) to attract its target audience?
(8 marks)

Both tests use fast paced action and establishing shots to place the audience right in the centre of the main events. (Note how the candidate managed to identify key media language features and...

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WJEC AS Media Studies Representation of Issues: Immigration »

Viki Walden | Monday March 24, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Ideology, Media Language, Hot Entries, News, Newspapers

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Immigration is a rich representation topic for WJEC AS Media Studies because it can allow us to explore ethnicity, nationality, events and issues simultaneously.  It can be quite a sensitive topic in the classroom, so it is important that students understand some of the key terminology that is often misinterpreted or conflated in the Media.

  • Immigration: Coming to live in a country different to your birth-place.
  • Immigrant: Someone arriving in a...
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WJEC AS Media Studies MS1 Representation of Class »

Viki Walden | Friday March 21, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Reality TV

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Representation of Class (the Underclass)

Exploring representation of the “underclass” offers much opportunity for discussing a wide range of topics relevant to the WJEC AS specification including class, national and regional identity, and issues: poverty. You may also want to consider the broadcasting of the Channel 4 series Benefits Street as a media event. There is also scope for considering gender and ethnicity issues too – you might for...

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OCR A2 Media Studies G325 Section B: Media and Collective Identity Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Monday March 17, 2014

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

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Broken Down, Exemplar C-B Grade Response

Analyse the impact of media representation on the collective identity of one or more groups of people.

You have one hour only to answer this question so the essay needs to be well planned and structured – MediaEdu suggests that students detail sub headings for the essay and then bullet point the main areas underneath those headings that are to be covered. It is also good practice when preparing for the...

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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...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Unit 3 Exploring Media Industries: Conglomerates »

Rob Miller | Friday January 24, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Advertising, Marketing, More on Advertising, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Intro to Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Ownership, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, More on Magazines, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Integration, New Technologies, Synergy

Print Magazines Conglomerate Case Study: Bauer Media Group

Bauer are a multinational media corporation whose business interests are global – H. Bauer Publishing, part of the oligopoly of magazine publishers are the magazine publishing division whose other media interests include Bauer Radio and Box Television (50% owned by C4).

The company was founded in 1875 and was owned then, and still are today exclusively by the Bauer family who are based in Hamburg, Germany. H. Bauer...

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Induction Resources & Activities »

Rob Miller | Monday September 30, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Firsts, BTEC Firsts, Key Concepts, Introductory Resources, Intro to Media Audiences, Intro to Media Institutions, Intro to Media Languages, Intro to Media Representations, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teacher Zone, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, iTraining Workshops, Staffroom, Induction

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Welcome to MediaEdu’s Induction Resources and Activities – please find below a suggested approach introducing GCSE, AS and BTEC students to studying the Media. Schemes of Work and assessment deadlines are tight these days but there is always/should always be an Induction Week when the learners can grapple with the fundamentals of the subject.

What happens next?, media charades, hangman and decorating the classroom are tried and tested and still...

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Sherlock Holmes Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday September 16, 2013

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Action, Action Adventure, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

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Institutional Factors

Sherlock Holmes was released on 26th December 2009 (Boxing Day) maximising chances of commercial success by exhibiting the film during a time when cinema admissions are higher than the rest of the year – young cinemagoers are on school holiday and benefitted from the 12A certification (PG13 in the US). Sherlock Holmes is based on the character of the same name created by the prolific writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1830),...

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Casino Royale Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday September 16, 2013

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Action, Action Adventure, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

Institutional Factors

Casino Royale, the 21st Bond film arguably rebooted the James Bond franchise and has been discussed as ‘the best’, if not one of the best films in the James Bond series of 23 films (September 2013). English actor Daniel Craig appeared in his first outing as the British secret agent after securing the role in part on the strength of his performance as an unnamed businessmen turned gangster in the British crime thriller Layer Cake (2004) directed by...

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Angry Birds Independent Video Games Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday September 16, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Integration, New Technologies, Synergy

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Independent Games Production and Distribution - An Institutional Context

Games like Angry Birds have become a cultural phenomenon – the game is deliberately simplistic and primarily targets a female demographic. It has benefited from the current (late August 2013) fragmentation of the computer game industry into a multi-platform marketplace where more mainstream, high profile so-called Triple A games like Call of Duty, Halo, Assassin’s Creed and...

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WJEC AS Media Studies MS1 Representation of Events | Operation Yewtree »

Rob Miller | Thursday September 12, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

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Operation Yewtree is a Police investigation, led by London’s Metropolitan Police into alleged sexual abuse, predominantly of minors that commenced on October 2012. It started after enquiries were made following the death of Sir Jimmy Savile on October 2011, a year earlier and expanded to include other high profile celebrities, mainly accused of similar offences in 1960s, into the 1970s and for some of the accused the 1980s – literally hundreds...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A Gatsby Static Image Sample Paper & Responses »

rlsmedia | Tuesday May 28, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Film, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, New Technologies, Synergy, User Generated Content, We Media, News, More on News, 24 Hour News, Popular Press, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials, Mocks

MEST3 Section A (40%)

1 hour including 15 minutes reading/viewing time (32 marks)

The first section will be based around unseen stimulus materials which may be print, e-media, audio or moving image based. The stimulus materials will be designed to be easily assimilated by candidates in the space of 15 minutes and there will be time for note-taking and essay planning. The materials will be chosen to raise issues about:

  • media concepts (form, representation, institutions,...
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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A Olympics Static Image Sample Paper & Responses »

rlsmedia | Wednesday May 22, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, Postmodernism, User Generated Content, We Media, News, More on News, 24 Hour News, Popular Press, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials, Mocks

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MEST3 Section A (40%)

1 hour including 15 minutes reading/viewing time (32 marks)

The first section will be based around unseen stimulus materials which may be print, e-media, audio or moving image based. The stimulus materials will be designed to be easily assimilated by candidates in the space of 15 minutes and there will be time for note-taking and essay planning. The materials will be chosen to raise issues about:

  • media concepts (form,...
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AQA AS MEST1 Section A Guide & Exemplar Response »

rlsmedia | Tuesday May 14, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Unit 1 Investigating Media

50% of AS, 25% of A Level, 2 Hour Written Examination 80 marks

Two Sections: Section A

The unseen text will either be a moving image or a static image. You need to do four compulsory short answer questions.

(1 hour 15 minutes including 15 minutes reading/viewing time) will consist of four short answer questions, all compulsory, relating to a piece of unseen stimulus material. The unseen material will take the form of one of the following: moving...

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AQA AS MEST1 Case Study & Exemplar Response »

rlsmedia | Tuesday May 14, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, New Media, Convergence, Internet, Social Networking, Community, Mobile Phones, Making Money, New Technologies, Synergy, User Generated Content, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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Unit 1 Investigating Media

50% of AS, 25% of A Level, 2 Hour Written Examination 80 Marks

Two Sections: Section A

The unseen text will either be a moving image or a static image. You need to do four compulsory short answer questions.

Section B: Case Study

You have a choice of one from two essays.

AQA Specification (2013)

Section B (45 minutes) will require a sustained response to one of a choice of two questions which will give the candidates...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A Static Image Sample Paper & Responses »

rlsmedia | Tuesday April 30, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, New Technologies, Postmodernism, User Generated Content, We Media, News, More on News, 24 Hour News, Popular Press, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials, Mocks

Associated Resources

  • Static Image Sample The Sun.pdf
  • Static Image Sample Hackney Gazette.pdf

MEST3 Section A (40%)

1 hour including15 minutes reading/viewing time (32 marks)

The first section will be based around unseen stimulus materials which may be print, e-media, audio or moving image based. The stimulus materials will be designed to be easily assimilated by candidates in the space of 15 minutes and there will be time for note-taking and essay planning. The materials...

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Radio Times Magazine Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 30, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Image Analysis, Intro to Magazines, Listings Magazines, More on Magazines, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, Synergy

Institutional Factors and Marketing

Radio Times is a weekly Listings Magazine in terms of genre that has been published by the BBC from 1923 until 2011. It is now published by the Immediate Media Company after the merger of BBC Magazines (BBC Magazines used to be owned by the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide) while the Immediate Media Company is established as a combined publishing house.

Radio Times is still a branded BBC publication however and its key focus is BBC...

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2014 AQA GCSE Media Studies 2-Year Gaming Scheme »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 24, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Games, Computer Games, Machinima, Video Games, Timeline, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Integration, Internet, New Technologies, Synergy

Scheme

  • Unit 1: Investigating the Media (Promotion and Marketing of Video Games)
  • Unit 2: Understanding the Media (Controlled Assessment)
  • 2014 AQA GCSE Media Studies 2-Year Gaming Scheme.doc

Associated Resources

  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Case Study
  • Minecraft Case Study
  • Halo 4 Case Study
  • Video Games Quiz
  • Understanding Video Games
  • An Introduction to Machinima
  • OCR AS G322 Section B The Games Industry Case Study
  • OCR AS G322 Section B The Games Industry Practice...
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2014 WJEC GCSE Media Studies 2-Year TV Crime Drama Scheme »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 24, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Television Crime Drama

Scheme

  • Unit 1 - Section A: Thinking about the Media: Investigating TV Crime Drama
  • Unit 1 - Section B: Thinking about the Media: Magazines
  • Unit 2 - Creating for the Media: Investigating and Planning (Controlled Assessment)
  • 2014 WJEC GCSE Media Studies 2-Year TV Crime Drama Scheme.doc

Associated Resources

  • Lewis Case Study
  • CSI Case Study
  • New Tricks Case Study
  • Heat Magazine Case Study
  • The Big Issue Magazine Case Study
  • WJEC GCSE Media Studies TV Crime Drama Mock Exam 2014.docx
  • ...
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The Big Issue Magazine Case Study »

Rob Miller | Tuesday January 22, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Intro to Magazines, Street Magazines, New Media, Digital Media

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Institutional Factors and Marketing

First published in 1991 The Big Issue has gone from strength to strength to become the world’s most widely circulated street newspaper. It officially belongs to the hybrid genre of entertainment and social business and as such, runs regular reviews on films, book releases, theatre, music and art but no television listings – the entertainment aspect attracts advertising revenue while the editorial content is...

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Heat Magazine Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday January 21, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Gossip Magazines, Intro to Magazines, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Synergy

Institutional Factors and Marketing

Heat is a weekly gossip magazine published by Bauer, one of the oligopoly of magazine publishers with a circulation of just over half a million.

When it launched in 1999 it launched as a Listings/Entertainment magazine achieving a lower than expected circulation of below 100,000 – as a result the decision was made to re-brand and reposition Heat in the marketplace as an out and out Gossip Magazine aimed at C2, D and E women.

The...

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Halo 4 Case Study »

Rob Miller | Tuesday January 08, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Games, Computer Games, Machinima, Video Games, Timeline, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, New Technologies, Synergy, Other Topics, Iconography

Production and Distribution

Halo is a commercially successful, science fiction FPS game that was first developed in November 2001 for Microsoft X Box. Versions were developed for Windows and MAC OS X but fundamentally it now remains exclusive to the X Box 360, the second console developed by Microsoft and as such, has received critical success for being one of the best first person shooters on a video game console. Some gamers prefer the format and mode to the successful COD...

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Minecraft Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday December 31, 2012

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Ownership, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, New Technologies, Synergy, We Media

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Production and Distribution

Minecraft is a massively commercially successful and critically acclaimed multi-platform ‘Open World’ game. In terms of genre (see ‘Genre’ below) it is a Sandbox Indie Game although key focus is on building, strategy and to a lesser extent survival. It was created by Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, a Swedish Computer Programmer who is not a traditional Games Developer which may account for its mathematical,...

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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Case Study »

Rob Miller | Friday December 28, 2012

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Advertising, Marketing, Viral Advertising, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Ownership, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Other Topics, Iconography, Nostalgia

Production and Distribution

World of Warcraft is an immensely popular, established RPG that was released in 1994. Several game sets and expansions later it has 10 million subscribers with the fourth expansion Mists of Pandaria released on September 25th 2012 (the date was eagerly awaited and much promoted in the same way an Event Movie is marketed). It is the world’s most subscribed MMORPG (see below).

Technically WoW is described as a MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online...

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Authenticity in TV Documentaries »

Jeremy Orlebar | Monday November 12, 2012

Categories: Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Reality TV, Television Documentary

A recent (Oct 2012) TV documentary has shocked Britain. ITV’s Exposure on Jimmy Savile alleged that a formerly well loved DJ and charity worker was a paedophile. This has led to a police investigation, and the BBC and the government setting up independent inquiries with hundreds of people coming forward as witnesses.

This has been a most unusual reaction to a TV documentary, but it reinforces the power and relevance that well researched and produced television documentaries...

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Lady Gaga Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday September 10, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Music, Music Distribution, Music Industry, Music Promotion, Music Video, The Press, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Integration, Internet, Social Networking, Making Money, New Technologies, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

Lady Gaga – Sony Music Entertainment | Universal Music Group

The music industry can be split into mainstream and independent artists with the so called ‘Big Four’ (now the Big Three) controlling the market. In a similar way that the oligopoly of film distributors control film distribution (Warners, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Universal, Sony, Disney) mainstream music distribution is controlled by the Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group...

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Textual Analysis Checklist »

Clare O'Carroll | Wednesday June 27, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Intro to Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright, Ownership, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Skills, Textual Analysis

All texts taught should include this checklist for textual analysis:

Download Link: Textual Analysis Checklist.doc

Selected Text [Enter Text] | Industry [Enter Industry]

Industry Issues

  • Production
  • Background / Context
  • Marketing Promotion
  • Regulation
  • Global Implications
  • Distribution / Exhibition

Audience / Users

  • Targeting
  • Positioning
  • Debates
  • Responses

Key Media Concepts

Genre

  • Conventions
  • Iconography
  • Signifiers

Narrative

  • Structure
  • Conventions
  • Key Codes

Representation

    ...
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Postcolonialism & Cultural Imperalism »

Richard Gent | Wednesday April 25, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR A2, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Ideology, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Theory Downloads

We had an enquiry recently about Postmodernism which led to some productive responses. Ellen Grundy’s approach involved:

(L)ooking at representation and postcolonialism (as follows):

A research task on Gurinder Chadha and her films. How do her life and the themes of her films suggest a post colonial identity? For example Bend it like Beckham as a coming together of different ethnicities / cultures.

The classic clip of going for an ‘English’ in Goodness Gracious Me that turns...

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Ideology Quiz »

Phoebe Prentice-Terry | Tuesday August 25, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Ideology, Other Topics, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes, Skills

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Firefox is an excellent alternative to Internet Explorer which is available free for both PCs and Macs.




Ideology Links »

Richard Gent | Friday May 29, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Ideology, Other Topics

Englishbiz on Ideology