MEST 3 – Past New Digital Media Questions

“As a result of developments in new and digital media, traditional media institutions face a struggle to survive.” Use your case study to discuss this statement.

Data is “retained and subsequently used without the subscriber or registered user being informed… private lives are the subject of constant surveillance”. European Court of Justice – April 2014
With reference to your case study, discuss the extent to which you agree that ‘private lives are the subject of constant surveillance’.

One of the great benefits of new and digital media is that they have enabled audiences to set their own agenda in terms of how they use the media. Does evidence from your

MEST 3 – Past Identities Questions

“Popular ideas about the self in society have changed, so that identity is today seen as more fluid and transformable than ever before.” David Gauntlett

Use your case study to explore this idea.

“In an increasingly globalised world, the ability to create an ‘alternative’ identity is becoming more difficult.” Does your case study support this view?

Access to social media has empowered people to assert their true identity. Does evidence from your case study suggest that this is the case?

“To argue that audiences have their identities shaped by the media they consume is simply to insult them. People are much smarter than that.’’ Does your case study

indicate that people are ‘much smarter than that’?

Using your own case study, evaluate the appeal of stereotypical representations for

producers and audiences.

Does your case study suggest it is possible for representations to challenge dominant ideologies and values?

MEST 3 – Past Question 3s

Should the media provide accessible platforms for alternative or oppositional voices?

You should refer to other media products to support your answer.

How important is it to media producers that audiences adopt a positive attitude to the use of new and digital media?

You must refer to other products to support your answer.

What are the advantages and disadvantages for audiences of media products that do not rely on advertising, government or business funding?
You should refer to other media products to support your answer.

How important is it for producers of print products to have a multi-platform presence? You should refer to other media products to support your answer.

Do you think that official and unofficial websites contribute to a film’s box office success? You should refer to other media products to support your answer.

Is the media able to challenge traditional representations of femininity? You should refer to other media products to support your answer.

Why do media institutions celebrate new technology to market their products?
You should refer to other media products to support your answer.

MEST 3 Example questions & Exemplar answers

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Pay particular attention to the A2 Case Studies & Exemplars section which has loads of exam stuff, including example questions and exemplar (love that word) answers.

Please be testing yourself and looking at the way the answers are structured in the exemplars.  PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE.

Past MEST 1 Section B Questions

Try adapting your cross-media study to some of
these.

Explore the ways target audiences consume and respond to media products across different media platforms.

  • Support your answer with reference to examples from your case study.

Write a talk to present to media producers making a case for using a range of different media platforms to reach consumers.

  • Write the bullet points or notes you would use to support your talk, and include references to advertising, marketing or promotional opportunities.
  • Support your answer with reference to examples from your case study.

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How to structure a written answer for MEST 3 Section B

How to structure a written answer for MEST 3 Section B
(based on A grade example from Representation question June 2009)  Time 1hour.

Note: this is for guidance only, use a method that is best for you.

Q. A dominant representation is one that is repeated overtime and so are the values that it carries. Discuss.


USE  PARAGRAPHS!

START – Read and reread the question make sure you understand what is required. Make notes on issues, theories, texts and points you will want to make. Try to focus on question – not all theories etc. will apply.

5 – 10  mins

(1) INTRODUCTION – no more than one paragraph (approx.10-15 lines of handwriting)
Introduce your case study (e.g teenage girls) and provide some historical context (e.g ‘throughout history – despite many changes women’s representation has remained the same’) with examples from past texts, issues and relevant events. Use some older texts and cultural history to introduce wider context.
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