What I should add to my Section B answer – Shiloh

My question for Part B was “Convergence allows audiences to access media content from multiple platforms on one device. Assess the impact of convergence in your cross-media study. My three products were Teen Wolf (Network: MTV), The Originals (Network: The CW) and American Horror Story (Network: FX).

I think I should include stereotypes and countertypes in my Section B answer. Stereotypes are a fixed cliché of a person or thing. For example, the saying that blonde people are dumb. This is stereotypical as not all blonde people are dumb. I believe this can be used in the Part B answer. For instance, for my three choices of the broadcasting platform, I could talk about how the genre of production is portrayed and how they relate to the generalisation of such shows. Countertypes are positive stereotypes that accentuate the positive attributes of someone. For instance, a countertype could be that blonde people are smart. This is a countertype as it accentuates the positivity that blonde-haired people are smart. I could talk about how countertypes are used to influence the audience into wanting to watch such shows and movies, and to increase the popularity of the shows so the audience talk about it to people who do not watch it, which can intrigue others to watch it.

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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.”

Can we trust the Media?

Can we trust the Media?

Nearly every media text we consume today as an audience is controlled by an organisation. This organisation however can deform or control the texts they produce in fit with their ideas, though occasionally these ideas are controversial, illegal or simply not factual. Can we trust the media?

My starting argument begins with, no, we cannot trust the Media. 83% polled [1] stated that no, you cannot trust the media, while 17% said yes. This large divide is not entirely mere opinion- the film Starsuckers  [3] showed how the fabrication of a celebrity’s medical record was widely accepted by newspapers as authentic- despite the information being more gossip than news the newspapers were eager to publish the story. Continue reading “Can we trust the Media?”

Bechdel test

This is an easy test for you to try out on any media text that has at least 2 females in it. Bechdel test was introduced by an American cartoonist called Alison Bechdel in a 1985 strip. In the comic, the character points out the rule in relation to movies, however it is transferable to any text.

The rules for the Bechdel test are simple:

  1. It has to have at least two women in it,
  2. who talk to each other,
  3. about something besides a man.

Much to my surprise, many media texts don’t seem to fail to meet these simple requirements. I wonder if there were many in the last decade that do….

Are you a Sherlock fan?

Are you a Sherlock fan?

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Talking about the just ended BBC One Series 3.

For those who are suffering in the so called cold turkey after the last episode Sunday gone, Empire decided to treat fans by revealing secrets from the series.

First up is based around the set, which you can get a nice panoramic view of here.

So if you want to know exactly how he fell off a building and survived, why the Mary reveal wasn’t predicted by audiences or even how the next series is panning out, go straight to 20 Sherlock Series 3 Secrets.

The Worst Movie of 2012

A lot of low budget movies have been the surprise of the horror genre, but the main film that always comes to mind is Paranormal Activity. As I am not really a horror fan to begin with, I usually stray away from those type of movies. But today, I was shown that sometimes the biggest horrors in film is the gross made at the box office. Well for producers anyway.

Cue the movie ‘Playback’.

Whenever I think of “tanks” in film, I’d probably mention an action movie such as xXx 2 or White House Down, where explosions literally rained down from the sky. And they had tanks.

But I’m a year ahead of Playback… a movie which cost $7.5 million and only made $252 on it’s opening weekend.

Wait, what?

Yes, it only made $252 at box office, if you don’t count the first week, where they earned an extra $12 dollars on that total. So a total of $264 in a week (if you count overtime).

The producers shouldn’t be too upset. It could be a lot worse, they could’ve ran out of tissues for a start.

For all your crying and snotty needs

Playback (2012) – IMDb.