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Media Coursework:Comparing Kerrang and Top of the Pops magazine

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Media Coursework: Comparing 'Kerrang' and 'Top of the Pops' magazine The two magazine articles that I am comparing are from two different styles of music magazine. The 'Paramore' review is taken from February 16th 2008 issue of 'Kerrang' whereas the Kelly Rowland interview is taken from the February 26th 2008 issue of 'Top of the Pops'. 'Kerrang' is a music magazine aimed at people in their high teens or early twenties. However the readers of 'Top of the Pops' are most likely to be aged at young teenagers. You can identify this because of the simple language. Music magazines are important to teenagers because teens nowadays like a wide variety of music from pop to rock, so they like to know specific things about their liking of music mainly from magazines. In the two articles there are similar choices on colour. For example they have both chose the colour black and white. In the Kelly Rowland article you can clearly count how many colours have been used. There is black, white, blue and pinky-red. I have also noticed that these colours are what Kelly Rowland is wearing. ...read more.

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There are lots of celebrities like Kelly so seeing her in front of you is easier. In the two articles graphics have been used. In the Kelly Rowland article the only graphics we can see is the "miss-behaving" title. It is on a slant and is in a glowing blue colour. This presentational technique draws the eye in, so this means that it is important to the article/page. I think that it has been used in this way as it makes the article stand out and it makes the article more informal. The colour and style of this title matches the two other text boxes which has text in them. Similarly, in the Paramore article graphics have been used too. It's in a baby blue colour with a black background. The title is not the only graphics on the page because all the subheadings are in graphics too. In comparison to the Kelly Rowland article it doesn't have any glowing 'alien' colours. Both of the articles have large text boxes in the bottom left hand corner. They have been used in that way as so it can add extra information to the articles but without changing the subject completely. ...read more.

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It says 'dirty Avril', 'upset Lily' and 'bad Britney', this is triple cluster. These four people (including Kelly) are all competing in the charts so the writer is making them look shameless. This is improving Kelly's reputation. However, the Paramore article shows a textbox that has a miniture interview with a member of the band. He is giving his point of view of the gig. My views on the two articles are below. Firstly, I didn't enjoy reading the Paramore article as the colour scheme was very dull and the subject didn't interest me at all. Also, the language used was very complex and dreary. However, the Kelly Rowland article was more attention-grabbing with the bright colours, simple sentences and exclamation marks. Having exclamation marks brings the excitement to you and includes you in the fun. Nevertheless, both of the articles succeed in getting the information across by using colours, pictures, presentational devices, and their choice of language. Overall, out of the two articles my favourite was the Kelly Rowland article as its simple, colourful and attractive and the writing is in brief chunks which make reading easier. ...read more.

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