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  1. Identify and compare the main codes and conventions of two television documentaries and explain what effects they have on the presentation of the subject matter of the programmes.

    Whereas Faking It takes a modern more up beat approach when introducing it's main characters, again we see this in the music and camera angles used. The codes are also very different. Only now are people realising that the dry and stuffy documentaries that used to dominate the documentary industry are out of fashion and the new funky, modern, entertaining documentaries are IN. The ideology of boring, stuffy and dull fits in with Killing with Kindness and the new funky ideology fit's in with Faking It.

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  2. For this piece of coursework, I am going to describe the different systems used in a supermarket like Tesco and A bank.

    In addition, Sony music entertainment lately decided to move back to normal CD-audio format discs for all future releases because of the reason that music users' increased consciousness about copyrights and maintenance of legality It can be considered that customer might feel conformity to the CD-audio format specification. However, meanwhile there is a fact that the issue of piracy- both physically and online continues to be a major problem for EMI, particularly in Latin America, China, South Asia and South Europe. Economical * The overall economy might be doing well especially in three largest markets, US, Japan and the UK.

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  3. Rap Sucks

    (By the way, in case anyone forgot, those losers in Aerosmith were totally washed up at that point--they hadn't been selling records for years. But that one song gave them a second chance, definitely one of the more unfortunate turns in music history.) Although I didn't buy much rap music back then (I was too busy listening to pop records at the time), I was still a fan. I think I even wanted to try to learn to break dance once.

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  4. "The main aim of the recording industry is not to make music but to make money."

    Most pop songs come with a pop video which is shown on channels such as 'MTV' and 'The Box' and television programmes such as 'Top Of The Pops' before the release date, programmes like this also give the artists a chance to perform. A pop video normally features the artist and/or actors acting out a story which may be connected to the song; other genres such as rock tend to have the band performing in front of an audience instead of the video having any underlying story.

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  5. Narratives are constructed in many different ways. What method or media devices do the directors of,

    Jess asks her parents permission but they refuse as it's against their culture. Jess doesn't want to give up her football so she tells her parents she has a job down HMV and she goes to football. One day her sister Pinky (who is getting married) tries to pick her up from work but Jess has come home from football and is sitting in the living room in front of the television. Pinky then asks her about the "boy" that she's sneaking off to go and meet but Jess denies everything but eventually gives in and tells Pinky everything about the football.

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  6. Youth Sub-Cultures, Popular Music and Social Change

    At instances of profound transformation, however, youth's potential capacity has become powerfully extended. Popular music as an important symbol, or element of youth culture is now familiar of everyday life in a range of global diffuse social settings. Initially restricted to the developed industrial regions where the musical and stylistic innovations had the greatest cultural impact on youth, music and style have gradually become important cultural resources for young people all over the world. Popular Music and the Social Change In many different parts of the world popular music is a primary, if not the primary, at least the main leisure resource for young people.

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  7. Asses the claim that youth cultures are hybrid cultures

    During the presentation all of these points were covered, however as the person who was giving the final conclusion it would have been better to have summed up each part in more detail, having said this it would have taken a lot of time if this had been done. Individually and as a group we should have paid more attention on our artist. As stated before, Madonna was used in this presentation because we felt that her music was a good example of hybridity.

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  8. Critical analysis of a sequence from

    At the beginning the sky is full of warm colours red, orange and yellow. These colours are soft and gentle showing that the mood is calm and happy. It could also show that it is night as the sun is setting. The colours are all mixed together to create an effect that its very peaceful. The colour that the crocodiles are wearing is red. They wear red cloaks this colour would make them seem more dangerous and more threatening. It also draws you to the fact that red is the colour associated with anger and also it makes them stand out more.

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  9. Internet digital piracy in the music industry.

    However the introduction of CDs has led to the development of the CD-R which brought a major disadvantage to the music industry because of the ease of reproducing CD recordings: anywhere, using inexpensive equipment and without a quality loss. The equipment required to manufacture CD-Rs is relatively portable and quite inexpensive - a few hundred dollars for the hardware, and less than $1 for a blank disc.4 Because of the very cheap investment which is required, pirates can set up a shop in their own homes, making it almost impossible for them to be tracked down.

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  10. Comparison essay: Music Videos

    In this way we can identify this music video as part of the 'chart pop' genre because it has been appropriated to be glamorous. It uses typically attractive people who are noted for their appearance in other publicity materials; in this instance, 'Friends.' In terms of representation they each supposedly signify figures that all audiences can relate to. Each character represents a 'type' of person while the idea of them being friends, being there for each other, is encouraging and uplifting for the audience.

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  11. Heroes of the 'Six String' - Jimmy Page.

    After hearing this song, Jimmy picked up his first guitar and he was only 13 years old, hey that's exactly when I started so there's hope for me! Jimmy then found his calling in his first real rock band, Neil Christian and the Crusaders, who to be totally honest with you I have never heard of. However Jimmy put all of his talents into this band and went on to tour with them all around England. Jimmy found this exciting and began to base his career around it.

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  12. Stevie Wonder has been a major figure within the Black Music scene over the last forty years.

    Attempts to repeat the success of 'Fingertips' was difficult, and Wonder's career was placed on hold during 1964 while his voice was changing. From 1965-70, Stevie Wonder was marketed like the other big Motown stars, recording stuff that was chosen for him by the label's executives, and issuing albums that mixed conventional soul compositions with pop principles. Stevie also recorded his versions of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' ln The Wind" and Ron Miller's 'A Place In The Sun' in 1966. He co-wrote almost all of his singles from 1967 onwards, and also began to work on releases by other Motown artists, especially co-writing Smokey Robinson And The Miracles' hit 'The Tears Of A Clown', and writing and producing the (Motown)

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  13. Madonna has been a very influential female "popstar" over the last 20 years: to sell her music she has publicised herself through the media, and through this media she has stuck to the concept that "sex does sell" - discuss

    Louise eventually left her ballerina days, and turned to music. She was part of the Patrick Hernandez Revel, The Breakfast club and Emmy: dance and pop groups that didn't make it to the top. It was through these small groups that she was scouted as a solo artist and in 1982 Louise was signed to Sire Records, under the performance name "Madonna". By the end of 1982 she released her debut single "Everybody", which became an instant hit. This was the start of Madonna's influential music career. Madonna debuted as a young, innocent, Christian girl, with strong morals and values.

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  14. How do the techniques used in Cabaret give us an insight into the characters of the film?

    After she has had an abortion we see Sally in ordinary clothes. On a visit to her father, the little girl Sally emerges and she dresses normally to please her dad. Sally wears glamorous, revealing clothes when she is in a position where she feels she is glamorous, decadent and so on. In times of reality however, she adopts plain clothes. It is as though her clothing reflects not only her mood and feelings, but also her grasp on reality and submission to illusion. Brian's costume is also very reflective of his personality.

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  15. How has Music shaped our world?

    A good example of this is when I feel the world has turned its back on me and there's no one that's willing to share my feelings, I just head towards my room, turn on my stereo full blast and listen to the screams and heavy beats of music that is called "Heavy Metal," the screaming, wailing and sometimes the cries that echo out represent my anger and help soothe my soul and calm my mind. To others listening to this type of music does the opposite and gives them nothing but painful headaches, for they don't hear what I

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  16. Kurt Cobain

    Born on the 20th February 1967 in Abertine, Washington, when he was only seven years old his mother and father divorced. Following this incident, Kurt was moved between various family members and friends, and for this the situation got to the point of being unbearable so he started to spend most nights under a bridge near the road he used to live in- immortalized in the song "Something in the Way"-. Here, Kurt's time was mostly spent writing, the writing which then became his earliest lyrics.

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  17. Analyse How the Film 'The Matrix' presents two Different Versions of Reality

    When the delivery man enters the scene and gives Neo the package it is all done in a monotonous way. Neo and the delivery man do not make eye contact and even when the delivery man talks to Neo he does so in an emotionless way. This accentuates how people in the Matrix act like machines and tend not to show much human emotion. Neo opens the package to find a mobile phone inside. The phone rings as soon as neo opens it, this makes it seem like whoever is phoning him is watching him.

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  18. "The relationship between individuals mirrors the relationship between nations." Discuss this statement with specific reference to the film.

    The answer to this question is Gallimard's misunderstanding of the East. The Western misconceptions of the East and the Western fantasies of protective masculinity towards the East can be seen from the relationship of Gallimard and Song. The misunderstanding of the West towards the East is foregrounded when Gallimard met Song after Song's performance of Madame Butterfly. Seeing Song on stage as Cio Cio San in Madame Butterfly, an Oriental woman who kills herself for the white man Pinkerton, Gallimard assumed that Song would be an equivalent of the submissive Oriental perfect woman.

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  19. Compare the famous shower scene from Psycho with the boat scene from Jaws. How do the directors build up tension here?

    Norman doesn't know that it is really him killing people. The mother is actually dead all along, Norman thinks he is her and keeps her body in the house. The music in Jaws is strange but very clever for the type of film, you would expect it to be fast and a bit more suiting the film, but it is a relaxing type of music. A combination is used - the infamous Jaws music is quite threatening, but also there is jollier music is used to lighten the mood - to relax the audience.

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  20. An Analysis of the Influence of Music and it's Contrasting Message on the Youth of Today.

    Dynamite aka Naomi Mclean-Dayley, was born in London in 1982, and lived on a council estate. The eldest of 11 brothers and sisters, she was raised by her primary school teacher mother whose passion for roots, reggae and soul had a profound effect on Naomi. This early part of Ms. Dynamite's journey differs from 50 Cent. 50 Cent was born Curtis Jackson and raised in Queens, New York. He grew up with his grandmother after his mother died under mysterious circumstances when he was 8, and his father left shortly after.

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  21. Thelma and Louise : Micro Analysis.

    Then Thelma and Louise look at each other and the helicopter comes up from in the canyon taking them by surprise. The helicopter is black and symbolises the good verses evil of the modern western film. As the helicopter flies over tem Louise turns the car around and tries to run quickly coming to a stop and realising the huge convoy of police cars surrounding them and trapping them in a semi circle again the cliff. The helicopter flies behind the cars and lands, Hal and Max exit it.

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  22. LDV reflection (3rd May 2004-16th May 2004).

    After a few repeats, I managed to get all the correct lyrics. The activity was fortifying as other than improving our listening skills, the song had also taught us how to recycle and care for the earth. In the other hand, one more mind fulfilling activity we had been doing was an activity in which we are given a scenario in which a woman have worked in a pet shop that actually selling illegal wildlife. Here, we had discussed whether she should report it to the police or keep quiet.

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  23. Today, these masquerades have evolved into the socio-cultural or socio-political heritage of the Caribbean islands. They serve as a way to find avenues for artistic expression, to provide release for pent-up tensions and an alternative way to make money.

    In the Caribbean the Catholic planters took this time off and had their carnivals. These have become major cultural events in islands, such as the aforementioned Trinidad, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda and in islands such as St. Lucia and Dominica, which were associated with France during colonialism. Carnival has gradually evolved from a marriage between the traditional white middle class costume parties and African folk retentions to what it is today. Similarities can be traced to the Junkanoo festivals in the Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Jamaica and the Carnival of Cuba, all of which are correct.

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  24. Batá Drumming in our Modern Popular Music.

    To understand why and how Santer´┐Ża has had such a major impact on our popular culture and music, we must have a basic understanding of how this religion's roots and how it came to be what it is today. Santer´┐Ża is a religion with its origins in the Yoruba tribe from West Africa, more specifically around what we know today as Nigeria and along the Niger River. They had a very powerful and complicated structure organized into kingdoms. One of the most important ones was Benin, which lasted about 12 centuries.

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  25. An analysis of the influence of music on the youth today, using the music of 50 cent and Ms Dynamite.

    I think people should pay more attention and listen to what the artist is saying, and take it in and do something about it. Ms. Dynamite and 50 cent have contrasting messages and have nothing in common. The artists I am studying are of course Ms. Dynamite and 50 cent; I am using them because they have different and contrasting messages. 50 cents real name is Curtis Jackson, and his father died when Curtis was at a very young age.

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