Exam day

Oct. 15th, 2008 09:07 pm
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The exam today went ok. I had to answer three questions

The first one was looking at research on active and passive audiences. I looked at experiment where kids got to watch a doll beaten up and then were left in a room with a similar dull. Unsurprisingly they beat up their doll too. Then I looked at Stuart Hall who argued media audiences look at media in different ways, I moved on to a stufy of different ways audiences perceived Nationwide a 1970s new magazine.

The second essay was on power in the media and involved looking at two theories. The first theory was Chomsky's theory of filters whereby news reports are influenced by personal relationships with news sources, advertisers, flak from government, the owners ideology and societies pro-capitalist attitudes. So news media tends to focus on sport, entertainment, media and crime. I contrasted this with the fact audiences have power and looked at studies of how audiences in Trindad and Tobago actually respond to a US drama called The Young and The Restless, far from being converted to capitalism they seemed more interested in personal relationships.

Finally I chose an essay on how media technology influences society and vice versa. I basically looked at the history of media technology from the mass printing press today and how these factors influenced society(by increasing knowledge) and how society seeks to influence them(by regulation and censorship). I feel this was my weakest essay as it lacked real academic rigour and comes across as a bit of chat.

The exam seemed pretty tough the questions I answered(we had to choose 3 from 7) were probably the only ones I could answer. One of the questions asked for an analysis of the Conservative Party's change in logo a few years ago. It basically changed from someones hand holding a torch to someone's had holding a torch. How anyone could spend 5 minutes, much less one hour talking about that is utter beyond me. But apparently Laura did. I think it slightly confirms my theory that media studies sometimes spends too long doing studying things of little real consequence. Presumably no-one votes Tory because they like the logo?

Anyway it is done I think I have done enough for a pass mark. I hope so, I know that I towards the end of the course my interest flagged and I am glad that it is over now. I would like to do something else, but I am not really sure what. I think a shorter course would be better because I will be too busy getting married to write an essay next summer. I think I must be quite unusual in that I actual like exams, I have always liked the pressure and feel that it is when I perform best.

After the exam we went to Henley and had a nice Greek Meze meal. It is like tapas, we had five mini dishes and they were rather nice. Then we came back here and went to the gym and now it is really late in the evening again.

Exam day

Oct. 15th, 2008 09:07 pm
radiantsoul: (Default)
The exam today went ok. I had to answer three questions

The first one was looking at research on active and passive audiences. I looked at experiment where kids got to watch a doll beaten up and then were left in a room with a similar dull. Unsurprisingly they beat up their doll too. Then I looked at Stuart Hall who argued media audiences look at media in different ways, I moved on to a stufy of different ways audiences perceived Nationwide a 1970s new magazine.

The second essay was on power in the media and involved looking at two theories. The first theory was Chomsky's theory of filters whereby news reports are influenced by personal relationships with news sources, advertisers, flak from government, the owners ideology and societies pro-capitalist attitudes. So news media tends to focus on sport, entertainment, media and crime. I contrasted this with the fact audiences have power and looked at studies of how audiences in Trindad and Tobago actually respond to a US drama called The Young and The Restless, far from being converted to capitalism they seemed more interested in personal relationships.

Finally I chose an essay on how media technology influences society and vice versa. I basically looked at the history of media technology from the mass printing press today and how these factors influenced society(by increasing knowledge) and how society seeks to influence them(by regulation and censorship). I feel this was my weakest essay as it lacked real academic rigour and comes across as a bit of chat.

The exam seemed pretty tough the questions I answered(we had to choose 3 from 7) were probably the only ones I could answer. One of the questions asked for an analysis of the Conservative Party's change in logo a few years ago. It basically changed from someones hand holding a torch to someone's had holding a torch. How anyone could spend 5 minutes, much less one hour talking about that is utter beyond me. But apparently Laura did. I think it slightly confirms my theory that media studies sometimes spends too long doing studying things of little real consequence. Presumably no-one votes Tory because they like the logo?

Anyway it is done I think I have done enough for a pass mark. I hope so, I know that I towards the end of the course my interest flagged and I am glad that it is over now. I would like to do something else, but I am not really sure what. I think a shorter course would be better because I will be too busy getting married to write an essay next summer. I think I must be quite unusual in that I actual like exams, I have always liked the pressure and feel that it is when I perform best.

After the exam we went to Henley and had a nice Greek Meze meal. It is like tapas, we had five mini dishes and they were rather nice. Then we came back here and went to the gym and now it is really late in the evening again.

Exam day

Oct. 15th, 2008 09:07 pm
radiantsoul: (Default)
The exam today went ok. I had to answer three questions

The first one was looking at research on active and passive audiences. I looked at experiment where kids got to watch a doll beaten up and then were left in a room with a similar dull. Unsurprisingly they beat up their doll too. Then I looked at Stuart Hall who argued media audiences look at media in different ways, I moved on to a stufy of different ways audiences perceived Nationwide a 1970s new magazine.

The second essay was on power in the media and involved looking at two theories. The first theory was Chomsky's theory of filters whereby news reports are influenced by personal relationships with news sources, advertisers, flak from government, the owners ideology and societies pro-capitalist attitudes. So news media tends to focus on sport, entertainment, media and crime. I contrasted this with the fact audiences have power and looked at studies of how audiences in Trindad and Tobago actually respond to a US drama called The Young and The Restless, far from being converted to capitalism they seemed more interested in personal relationships.

Finally I chose an essay on how media technology influences society and vice versa. I basically looked at the history of media technology from the mass printing press today and how these factors influenced society(by increasing knowledge) and how society seeks to influence them(by regulation and censorship). I feel this was my weakest essay as it lacked real academic rigour and comes across as a bit of chat.

The exam seemed pretty tough the questions I answered(we had to choose 3 from 7) were probably the only ones I could answer. One of the questions asked for an analysis of the Conservative Party's change in logo a few years ago. It basically changed from someones hand holding a torch to someone's had holding a torch. How anyone could spend 5 minutes, much less one hour talking about that is utter beyond me. But apparently Laura did. I think it slightly confirms my theory that media studies sometimes spends too long doing studying things of little real consequence. Presumably no-one votes Tory because they like the logo?

Anyway it is done I think I have done enough for a pass mark. I hope so, I know that I towards the end of the course my interest flagged and I am glad that it is over now. I would like to do something else, but I am not really sure what. I think a shorter course would be better because I will be too busy getting married to write an essay next summer. I think I must be quite unusual in that I actual like exams, I have always liked the pressure and feel that it is when I perform best.

After the exam we went to Henley and had a nice Greek Meze meal. It is like tapas, we had five mini dishes and they were rather nice. Then we came back here and went to the gym and now it is really late in the evening again.
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Off to do my OU essay in a bit. I am not precisely confident, but it is an easy subject so I should be ok I hope.
radiantsoul: (Books are magic)
Off to do my OU essay in a bit. I am not precisely confident, but it is an easy subject so I should be ok I hope.
radiantsoul: (Books are magic)
Off to do my OU essay in a bit. I am not precisely confident, but it is an easy subject so I should be ok I hope.

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