Textual Analysis Toolkit

Each type of text you will analyse is below, together with a list of things that could be analysed for it. Let me know in the comments in you think of any potential additions!

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Print

  • Codes and conventions
  • Layout and design
  • Composition
  • Images/photographs – camera shot type, angle, focus
  • Font size, type of font (e.g. serif/sans serif), colour
  • Mise-en-scène – colour, lighting, location, costume/dress, hair/make-up
  • Graphics, logos etc.
  • Language – slogan/tagline and copy
  • Anchorage of images and text
  • Elements of narrative

Moving image

  • Codes and conventions
  • Camera work – framing, shot types, angle, position, movement
  • Editing – pace, type of edits, continuity/montage Structure/narrative
  • Sound – music/dialogue/voiceover
  • Mise-en-scene – colour, lighting, location, costume/dress, hair/make-up

Music video

  • Codes and conventions – performance/narrative/experimental features
  • Camera work (framing – shot types, angle, position, movement)
  • Editing – beat-matched?
  • Elements of continuity/montage
  • How does the video interpret the music and/or lyrics?
  • Structure/narrative
  • Intertextuality
  • Sound
  • Mise-en-scene – colour, lighting, location, costume/dress, hair/make-up

Newspapers

  • Point of view and ideology
  • Codes and conventions of news products/newspapers/type of newspaper
  • Layout and design
  • Composition – positioning of headlines, images, columns, combination of stories
  • Images/photographs – camera shot type, angle, focus
  • Font size, type of font (e.g. serif/sans serif)
  • Mise-en-scène – colour, lighting, location, costume/dress, hair/make-up
  • Graphics, logos
  • Language – headline, sub-headings, captions
  • Copy
  • Anchorage of images and text
  • Elements of narrative

Television

  • Genre codes and conventions
  • Genre theory
  • Genre fluidity
  • Camera work – framing and composition shot types, angle, position, movement
  • Lighting and colour
  • Editing – pace, type of edits, continuity
  • Narrative construction, related to narrative theory
  • Sound – dialogue, music
  • Mise-en-scene – setting and location, props, costume/dress, hair/make-up

Magazines

  • Codes and conventions – changes over time?
  • Layout and design
  • Composition – positioning of masthead/headlines, cover lines, images, columns
  • Font size, type, colour
  • Images/photographs – shot type, angle, focus
  • Mise-en-scene – colour, lighting, location, costume/dress, hair/make-up
  • Graphics, logos
  • Language – headline, sub-headings, captions – mode of address
  • Copy
  • Anchorage of images and text
  • Elements of narrative

Online media

  • Homepage and other pages
  • Codes and conventions
  • Layout and design
  • Composition
  • Font size, type of font (e.g. serif/sans serif), colour
  • Images/photographs – camera shot type, angle, focus
  • Mise-en-scene – colour, lighting, location, costume/dress, hair/make-up
  • Graphics, logos
  • Language – formal/informal mode of address?
  • Anchorage of images and text
  • Elements of narrative/structure around the site
  • Interactive features
  • Menu bar and navigation – structure and design of the site

NEW SUBJECT CONTENT MEDIA THEORY: READING LIST

Media, Gender and Identity by David Gauntlett

Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks

Feminist Media Studies by Liesbet van Zoonen

Gender Trouble by Judith Butler

After Empire by Paul Gilroy

There Ain’t No Black In The Union Jack Paul

Media Regulation by Lunt and Livingstone

Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky

Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky

Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices Edited by Stuart Hall

Power without Responsibility: Press, Broadcasting and the Internet in Britain by James Curran

Reading list for a young media thinker

See also: Mishra, PankajAge of Anger (Listen to the author read it here) – Thanks @OasisEnfield!

 

Human as Media

What to read to be read. What to quote to be quoted. The list is always under upgrade. What is highly recommended is highlighted. Any good additions are welcome.

  1. Baudrillard, Jean. Simulations. New York: Semiotext(e), 1983.
  2. Carr, Nicholas. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains . W. W. Norton & Company. 2011.
  3. Carr, Nicholas. Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2016.
  4. Carty,Victoria. Social Movements and New Technology. Boulder: Westview Press, 2015.
  5. Cassirer, Ernst. An Essay on Man. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday Anchor, 1956.
  6. Castells, Manuel. Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age. Polity Press, 2012.
  7. Cernovich, Mike. MAGA Mindset: Making YOU and America Great Again. Castalia House, 2016.
  8. Derrida, Jacques. Of Grammatology. 1967.
  9. Derrida, Jacques. Speech and Phenomena and Other Essays on Husserl’s Theory of Signs. 1967.
  10. Dewey, John. Public and Its Problems. Athens, OH:…

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  • The Art of Protest: Pussy Riot
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Useful websites

Comprehensive website resource list

General

http://www.mediaed.org.uk Good starting point

http://www.mediaedu.co.uk Fee-paying general site

http://www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/ Good overview of gaming issues

http://youtube.com/mediaedu Media Studies related entries

www.meccsa.org.uk Media Communication and Cultural Studies Association

http://www.britmovie.co.uk/forums/media-studies/ British Movie/Media Studies Forum

Archives

http://www.tv-ark.org.uk/ Non-contemporary television

http://www.movinghistory.ac.uk/ Moving image archive

http://www.tvcream.co.uk/ Non-contemporary television directory

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NEW: Library Resources

The menu on the left of this post has a new addition, ‘Library Resources’.

This site has a variety of really useful AND helpful AND free resources; some for general research, but also some specifically for A-Level Media Studies students.

Mr Iona (@oasisenfieldlibrary) has done a fabulous job of finding and organising these resources for you, they are there to be used!

He will be popping into your lessons this week to give a short talk and demonstration, so that you know how to use them.

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