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    Truman Show essay . Analyse how visual techniques are used to develop deeper ideas in a visual text you have studied.

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    The main character alone has no idea that he lives in a giant TV studio, where thousands of cameras capture his every movement, which is teleported into the living rooms of a worldwide audience. Another ironic name in the movie is "Christof", a manipulative character in the show who maintains a God like figure throughout the film. We see the power of Christof from the very beginning as The film opens on a close-up of the face of Christof who speaks directly to the camera "We've become bored with watching actors give us phoney emotions.

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    Assess the pluralist view of the mass media Pluralism is the belief that power is spread widely throughout the world

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    Basically pluralists are saying that the mass media is a democratic organisation, as it is the public who decides which media product is successful. "If the media have any influence over people, it is because they reflect and reinforce society's basic values, not because they impose their ideas on the public." Pluralists also argue that not all media owners are trying to control the content of the media. There have been many disputes between Editors and media owners over the control of the content.

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    GCSE Media- Adele Vogue Cover Analysis

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    The serif font used for the subtext in the puffs also evidences the ?chic? way Vogue presents itself. A medium to close-up shot of Adele has been used, which is both artistic and easily recognisable as the singer; she is also looking directly into the camera lens. This direct mode of address is used to establish a personal connection between Adele and the reader. This is a common convention of Vogue magazine- and most magazines in the fashion and lifestyle genre- as it can play a factor in persuading a potential reader to buy the magazine once combined with Adele?s level of fame.

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    Analyse the opening five minutes of The Godfather II. How does the film attract the interest of its audience?

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    The chair looks formal and impressive, which shows power and wealth. This implies that the chair is an important part of the film, as if it is a symbol. * Shots 7 to 13 is a flashback of Vito's early life from 1900 and begins by showing a funeral taking place in Sicily. The extreme long shot shows us this is taken place on a extremely rough/dry setting. This scenery suggests what life is like Sicily; it is rough and uncomfortable and this implies poverty. The camera zooms into a long shot, of a band, choir boys, a coffin, woman and a boy.

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    Analyse how the music, camera angles, special effects and presentation of characters create a dramatic fight scene in the Baz Luhrmann version of Romeo and Juliet

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    Benvolio, the next character visible in this scene, is wearing an unbuttoned Hawaiian shirt which also portrays him as an innocent character. He is sitting in the guard's high chair, conveying his authority over the people at the beach. This authority makes his 'mad blood stirring' speech sound more sincere and more like a prophecy, a severe warning of events to come later in the scene, which eventually builds up to the dramatic fight scene. In the next shot Mercutio and the Montagues' are seen joking around, with Mercutio playing with his gun, yet again portraying his role in creating the dramatic fight scene, yet their outfits convey their innocence to prevent a fight from occurring.

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    Comparison between the front pages of Bella magazine and Trout Fisherman

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    Women are regularly perceived as the more emotional gender and these emotive images affect the target audience. By comparison, only one image is located on "Trout Fisherman's" entire cover, consisting of a background of nature with a figure fore grounded. This image shows a skilled, smiling man actively catching a trout. This attracts the target audience as men are more interested in adventure and nature. The smiling expression gives a sense of fulfilment and encourages the fisherman to buy the magazine as they believe it is the key to success in fishing. The background shown is extremely applicable to its content.

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    Analyse an advertisement and discuss the imagery it contains. Evaluate the success of the advertiser's approach and give reason for your opinions. How would you adapt the advertisement to make it suitable for a different target audience? Explain your appr

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    Only the social groups could have made the brand a well known name. Therefore this makes the audience think it is a good product due to the name. The colour of the heading is black and white. This effectively connotes with style and sophistication. This is most likely the first thing the audience see in the advert. This is a success because people have already started to think that it is a good advert due to the name of the brand. The word Givenchy it self connotes style, fashion and delicacy. The next thing the audience can see is probably introduction of 'Liv Tyler'.

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    "The mass media today is part of everyday life" Using relevant theories and studies evaluate the role of the media influence on us as consumers. Almost all of us are affected by the media in one form or another, whether it is television

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    It is easy to see then why TV is the prime model of mass media. Television has modelled viewer's moral issues and ideals of life, it has the ability to make our subconscious soak up what advertisers want us to believe of their product. This is why millions of pounds are spent on advertising. Frequently, we are aware of more and more entertainment in the form of mini-films which are cleverly disguising an advertisement in a subtle way, whilst promoting their product they are also creating entertainment.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • CRITICALLY ASSESS DEBATES ON 'MEDIA EFFECTS'

    "In 1985, the American Psychological Association (APA) held that television can cause viewers to act aggressively. More recently, in its overall review of television and behaviour, the APA Task Force on Television and Society reaffirmed this view and asserted that media violence can contribute to two other outcomes, desensitising viewers to violent actions and fear of being the victim of violence. However, these studies alone are not sufficient evidence that media violence causes aggression. According to Grossberg (1998:301) 'it might be that people inclined to act violently are more likely to watch television violence, and so it is their predisposition toward violence that leads to viewing violent TV, and not the other way around'. In my opinion, APA took a wrong approach in its study, because they took the media as its starting point to explain the general problem of violence in society (which has many other"

  • In which ways do media representations construct our identities? Discuss using theories encountered on the unit, and relevant examples from the media.

    "In conclusion, it is clear that media does highly contribute in constructing a persons identity, as media plays such a vast part in everyone's life that instead of media reflecting society 'we now have a situation where society is reflecting......the imaginations of some in the media industry.' ((C,Beyer, 2002. pg19). This quote alone emphasises how powerful media has become in constructing one's identity."

  • Compare the newspaper article which appeared in 'The Guardian' with the BBC 'Panorama' documentary about Dr Harold Shipman. Discuss the different presentational devices used by each and their effectiveness as pieces of media

    "After reading through both 'The Guardian' newspaper article, and the 'Panorama' television documentary, I have come to the conclusion that the television documentary is much more effective. It included a much wider range of information, and showed coverage of the case right from when Shipman allegedly started killing off his patients. The information that it presents is presented in a very informative and effective way. It uses reconstructions of how Shipman is thought to have murdered his victims. There are also interviews with the family members of the deceased, and with friends and colleagues of Shipman. The voiceover in the program provides all the important information; he provides all the information in the newspaper article and more. I think what let the article down, is that it concentrated mainly on the final trial of Shipman. It didn't include much useful information about the murders. Even if the article was written by writers for 'The Sun' and was featured in that paper though, I still think that the television show would have been more effective. Television appeals to a huge audience of people, it's a part of people's lives. Newspapers such as 'The Guardian' are becoming a thing of the past, and are being wiped out by tabloids, magazines, television, and the Internet."

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