Written essay. 2000 words
Referring to at least one media text, write about the mainstream media`s role and influence on the construction of identity.
*** If you completed the alternative assessment task you must write about different media texts. ***
- Demonstrate an intermediate knowledge of theory in relation to identity.
- Demonstrate an intermediate knowledge of the complexity of identity.
- Demonstrate an intermediate understanding of theory in relation to identity.
- Demonstrate an intermediate understanding of the complexity of identity.
L1, L2, L3, L4, BFI visit, L7
- Introduce your chosen topic.
- Provide a brief synopsis of why this topic is worth exploring.
- Define the key terms and theories that you will refer to and then outline the sections of your essay - this is what you will be covering (300- 500 words).
This is where you develop your argument through a series well constructed sub-sections, though usually no more than three. Ensure that you retain the central focus that is related the your chosen topic. I recommend that you use subheadings and signposting to guide your reader through the constructed narrative (1000-1400 words).
You will likely include the following:
- Define ‘mainstream’ media and say whether this is still a relevant term to use. Why? Why not?
- Identify the media text you will focus on, provide details of its ownership and ideology
- Identify the intended audience of the text and your evidence
- Explain the relationship between identity and the media – generally and in relation to your chosen text
- Identify the aspect of identity that is addressed/you wish to focus on and say how this is represented
- Media Effects Theory – due to a limited word count you should choose the most relevant to your essay as you cannot cover all of these.
Remember that you MUST write about identity theory
- As with any conclusion you need to bring together all the ideas that you have covered in relation to the chosen topic (circa 300-500 words).
- This means recapping on what you have covered.
- Your reader should end with a clear understanding of your view on the mainstream media’s role and influence on the construction of identity.