What my section B is about and What I should add to it.

My Section B is focused on music, mainly the Pop/Rock genre. I chose 3 Bands to compare and contrast; These bands being Babymetal, BTS and One Direction, as they all have a fair amount of credibility in the world of music.

Babymetal are a Japanese Kawaii-Rock (A genre of their own creation) band, that have gained a worldwide cult following since their formation in 2010. Their debut single with a major record label, Ijime , Dame, Zettai (Bullying, No good, Absolutely. Occasionally known as no more bullying), was also their first standalone single after splitting from Idol band Sakura Gakuin. In British media, Babymetal are (really) only portrayed online, with major news networks and print media (Apart from genre specific (Rock) magazines (Kerrang) and TV channels (Kerrang again) shining some light on them) barely showing any news or info on them. As the creators of the Kawaii-Rock genre, I have to say that they follow all codes and conventions, as they are the ones who set them.  Continue reading “What my section B is about and What I should add to it.”

Was it Facebook ‘wot won it’? – BBC News

Here’s an article I just read closely related to my post yesterday: Is the media responsible for Trump’s victory? (In a way you may not expect)

Is broadcast and print media not as influencial as it thinks it is?

Facebook played a large role in the US election, but Mark Zuckerberg is not engaging with claims that it helped Donald Trump win.

See below for the full article:

Source: Was it Facebook ‘wot won it’? – BBC News

A print publishing reality: advertisers, not readers, are the customers via The Guardian

As Trinity Mirror closes another free title while bemoaning a lack of audience, a US newspaper owner tells it like it is: journalism is of secondary importance

Further reading: Curran (1986) – In your theory booklet.

Curran (1986) argues that the advertising industry has a major influence on the structure and output of the British print media.  It is argued that media producers focus on providing the media for the sectors of the population that the advertising industry wants to address.  For many publications, advertising is the main source of revenue and therefore the advertisers could wield significant power in print publications and may affect the content; the use of sponsored promotions in magazines like Empire may seem harmless, but what if a newspaper was reluctant to print a story because it might upset one of their major advertisers?

Source: A print publishing reality: advertisers, not readers, are the customers | Media | The Guardian

Institutions and political allegiances

An important part of learning about institutions is that they tend to align with political parties. This can be for a number of reasons, but is mostly to please the dominant ideologies of their audience.

This is clear to see in this first image:

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It is clear by looking at this that The Guardian is predominately read by a labour supporting audience (centre-left), whilst The Telegraph, in contrast, leans very much to the centre-right, supporting the Conservatives (Or Tories). Other observations; over a quarter of Daily Express readers support UKIP (quite obvious if you just look at the front page), along with The Star and there is not a single newspaper that has anything near a 50/50 labour/conservative split.

The history of such allegiances can be seen in the diagram below, with support shown in every general election from World War 2 until 2005, note how support from institutions – like audiences – tends to change to reflect the zeitgeist and ideologies of the era:

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Only The Mirror and The Telegraph‘s support has remained consistent since the end of World War 2.

What other observations can be made, based on these two diagrams? Answers in the comments please.