As part of the 182MC module we have been given the task of creating a online individual research diary, while we make our behind the scenes video.
While some might argue that a diary should have a clear linear progression, I think it should be treated more like a scrape book. Adding theory, notes and ideas while making the behind the scenes video, I have created this diary with this idea in mind.
I wish I could say I have enjoyed every second of this module, however as I think many people might be able to understand there have been tasks that I have enjoyed more than others, such as the disruption task. I also like being able to take the photos that where used as an over lay in the sensory module (turns out that photography advantage module came in hand after all). That being said there were also times when I found the tasks frustrating. While the smell of money is a good idea, we struggled to come up with a way to represent it at first.
Over all I have enjoyed being able to use the theory from both the readings and the lectures and building something form that. Through our group discussions we were able to plan and asses our tasks based on the main theory.
Well as with many plans, they do not always go the way you plan (sorry about the pun), At the start of this module, as a group we wanted to try and edit while we went along. this way it would get to a week before hand in and we would be ready. However we found with the amount of footage we recorded when both discussing and doing the tasks that editing took longer than we had anticipated.
So the last the week has been a compilation of late nights in the library, hunched over laptops editing and re-editing of the tasks and completing a number of other coursework assignments. With what seems to be a unnatural amount of hot chocolate consumed, along with nearly 40 biscuits, 3 subways, 5 oranges and enough chicken Tikka to feed a family of four, finally the end is almost here and the video is on the brink of being completed, and ready to be handed in.
Beltran, Mary. Meanigful Diversity: Exploring Questions of Equitable Representation. Flow 12:07, 2010.
- Are the characters of colour fully realized individuals?
- Do the writers and producers appear knowledgeable about and interested in the worlds and perspectives of the non-white characters?
- Does the diversity of the cast appear natural?
- Do the series or film producers exploit the natural diversity of a story’s setting or subject matter?
Researching the Visual
- noted number of questions that could be asked regarding the sense that representations make of the world.
- who typically represents whom and in what ways. (power and Ideology)
- suggests ways in which students of media might analyse specific examples of stereotypical representations.
- also examined the questions of ‘pleasure’ – what pleasures are forced by a text and to who?
- links with a senses of self and the process of identification.
- how we become absorbed into a characters role or positioning the narrative
- inorder to engage interest media representations must provide something pleasurable.
- Whos point of view is it shown?
- Do audience members all get pleasure from something in the same way?
- who has the right to speak?
- who is silenced in these representations?
- predominance of white middle-class males in media industries could lead to some views being over-represented of tv. They are then seen as normal or ‘common sense’. Representations seen as ‘ideological’
- need to see representations as constitutive.
- do events really have a fixed true meaning?
- representation cannot capture the real event, because what is being represented (the initial event) is dubious in the first place.
- Reality is not fixed or known
- Reality has no fixed meaning until it has been represented.
- Hall argues’ reality does not exist meaningfully until it has been represented’ ‘nothing meaningful exists outside of discourse’ (1997a)
Researching the Digital
- an old utopian promise