Monday, 14 November 2016

Media theorists and theory help

A general overview of media studies can be found at Wikipedia:

And a selection of media theorists can be found here

Some of the main media theory and theorists can be found at this link. Download it and print it off to take notes. We will be working from it over the next few weeks:

Have a look at the slides on this page which covers some areas of media theory

There are good examples relating to mediate theory in The Media Theory Toolkit

Other useful links which look at various media theorists include:

Other useful links:TERMS COMMON TO ALL MEDIA


Propp's analysis of folk tales

Incredibles Clip (Propp)

Vladimir Propp

Narrative theory

Mods, Rockers and Moral Panics

Adam Curtis is seen as someone who is respected in his criticism of mainstream media. Towards the end of this 6 minute clip he looks at moral panics which are discussed in your media theory notes.

Adam Curtis-Paranoia and Moral Panics (2010)

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Here is a look at how TV journalism will often look at picking a side in various conflicts or stories around the world as opposed to reporting.

Oh Dearism by Adam Curtis

This is a trailer for Adam Curtis' interesting series The Power of Nightmares

The Power of Nightmares Trailer

The Wide-ranging influence on how the mass media constructs stories

As we looked at in the previous post, there is a variety of ways that the media constructs stories. Sometimes the story is dependant on the medium used. The chosen medium to  can constrain the effectiveness of the story by the media.

Can you apply Marshall McLuhan's idea of "the medium is the message" to any of these clips?
Can you apply any of the theory given in the handout to current media coverage?
Can you source any other clips, stories, articles or documentaries to back up media theory?

Here is a clip from controversial media analyst Charlie Brooker on the media coverage of the death of celebrity Jade Goody from his programme Newswipe. When analysing the story, focus on the manner of media coverage rather than the celebrity.

How is the media constrained by the medium chosen in these examples below?

How is the public influenced as a result?

Charlie Brooker on Jade Goody's Media Coverage

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Adam Curtis - The Rise and Fall of the TV Journalist

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Adam Curtis-Paranoia and Moral Panics (2010)

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Newswipe on celebrity as newsworthy

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Charlie Brooker's Newswipe - News Coverage Of "Frozen Britain"

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Guy falling on Snow / Ice in Dublin, RTE Six one report

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Look What's Happening To TV News?

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Charlie Brooker's Newswipe: Party Political Broadcasts

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Oh Dearism by Adam Curtis

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Soviet Montage

The concept of Soviet Montage

The Odessa Steps and Its Descendants 

 You can see how the clip shown below from Battleship Potemkin influenced a series of films here

Odessa Steps clip: Battleship Potemkin (1925) 


When trying to source the clip below, the closest I could get to the original was a russian language version of this clip from Youtube. However, since there is very little dialogue you can see how this film was influenced by the film Battle Potemkin.

the entire film of Battleship Potemkin can be viewed here for free

The Stairway Shootout - The Untouchables (8/10) Movie CLIP (1987)


The odessa steps scene even influenced the film The Naked Gun.

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (7/10) 

 The Kuleshov Effect is a film editing effect demonstrated by Russian filmmaker Lev Kuleshov in the 1910s and 1920s. It is a mental phenomenon by which viewers derive more meaning from the interaction of two sequential shots than from a single shot in isolation.

Hitchcock Explains the Kuleshov Effect