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    GCSE Media- Adele Vogue Cover Analysis

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    Comparison between the front pages of Bella magazine and Trout Fisherman

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    Women in advertising from The 1920’s to the present day

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Media Studies is the study of a range of mass media and popular culture such as advertising, TV, comics, popular music, magazines and radio. During the time you spend on the course you’ll investigate how each medium plans and effect its communications with its audience and you’ll cover language, forms and conventions, audiences and representation. There’s plenty of practical activity and this forms a critical part of the coursework; for instance you may find yourself planning, shooting and editing a short film. Media Studies improves your powers of interpretation and analysis and you’ll need to be able to express yourself clearly and concisely in the examination. Marked by Teachers has over 1,700 GCSE Media Studies homework examples on its website which can really help you pick up the skills required. If you choose this option as a subject for your GCSE selections then you’ll come out knowing considerably more about the media and how to ‘read’ it; given how much our lives are affected by the various forms of media, this is a powerful strength to possess.

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  • Assess the claim that uncensored press is dangerous

    "Thus, from the ideas expressed above we can conclude that the media should have a high degree of freedom to publish things they wish to publish. But having said that, there should be some form of regulation to monitor the publication of information since any libellous statement and any derogatory remark against a particular group of people may spark a retaliatory action from those accused. To sum up, we can say that an uncensored press can be dangerous when it invades peopleâs right to privacy, when it libels public figures, when it endangers the judiciary and when hate speeches are broadcasted. On the contrary, we can also assert that an uncensored press can be an advantage since it educates the public and strengthens democracy by giving all citizens their right to opine."


    "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."

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