Thursday, March 31, 2011

Homework 8: w/b 28th March

Task: Prepare your Case studies (Film and Press)
Deadline: 13C and 13D by the lesson on Weds 6th April

1. Using the chart templates provided, work out the case studies that you plan to refer to in the exam, and list them in the spaces provided on the chart.

For film, you will need to complete numbers 1,3,4,5,6 only.
For press, you will need to complete numbers . . . only

You will need to go back over all your notes to make sure you have considered all the films/cases discussed in class, and are making the best selection possible.

Make sure you keep your chart safe and bring it with you to Wednesday's lesson.

2. Creat a post for each case study. Use the film's title as the post header. Post the following:

a) brief factual notes about the film or case, including date and director
b) what points/ issues/ arguments you can illustrate by using it
c) which section of a regulation essay would it be relevant to

Here are the case study charts:

Case studies revision chart - Film Regulation

Case studies revision chart Press Regulation

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tibet, Lies and Videotape

Tibet, Lies and Videotape

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Homework 6/7: w/b 14th March

History of the BBFC and Film regulation

13C - Weds 30th March
13D - Tues 29th March

For the exam, you need to be able to compare the BBFC and the film classification process to that of the past.

1. Read pp 4-25 in the BBFC student guide.
2. There is a more interesting way of looking at the same material (with pictures!) here
3. Create 7 posts, one to illustrate each time period in the history of the BBFC:
  • 1912-49
  • 1950s
  • 1960s
  • 1970s
  • 1980s
  • 1990s
  • 2000s
4. For each post/decade you will need brief notes on:
i. Important developments at the Board
ii. Important developments to the system of film regulation
iii. Any legal developments and their impact on the way films were being regulated at the time
iv. Wider social/ political/cultural issues of the decade
v. 1 or 2 examples of key films from the time period and the issues they raised

5. In a final post, sum up in no more than 5 bullet points how the Board and the process of film classification is different now to that of the past

Week 6 Lessons

Different types of media research:

1. Media effects research (aims to 'prove' the negative effect of the media)
2. Academic or qualitative research (explores the nature of the relationship between the media and the audience, eg consideration of why a particular programme is popular)
3. Market research or quantitative research (audience habits, box office, ratings, website hits, tracking)

Effects research explores the following so-called effects:

Behavioural - aggression, crime
Psychological - fear of danger + crime, nightmares
Attitudinal - desensitisation, attitudes towards others

Which social groups are the most frequent subjects of a media effects study? 
Young males
Youth criminals

Which media forms are most likely to be considered problematic? 
Video games
Rap lyrics
Television programmes

What methods are commonly used to study effects?
Heart monitors
Monitoring over long periods of time
Exposure to violent acts
Discourse (1 to 1 or focus group)

Concerns over this kind of research?

Here is the powerpoint on Media Effects research:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

W/b 7 March (Week 5) Homework

1. Post a paragraph on each of the seminars attended this week; identify in what way they were useful, what you learnt, and anything that you felt was unexpected and/or surprising.

2. Read all 8 PCC cases in the case studies booklet in your folder. Using the 3 questions on the booklet's cover page as a guide, decide whether you think the complaint was upheld or not. Make notes to support your decision. We will then discuss these in class.

13C Thurs 17th March by the lesson
13D  Fri 18th March by the lesson

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Some useful links/articles

The Press Complaints Commission

Articles about regulation and the press: Media Watch website
PCC in the 21st Century
Stephen Hill, MediaMagazine 24, April 2008, NMT special, New online September 2008, Regulation, Privacy, Guidelines, PCC

Citizen Journalism article (Emily Bell in The Guardian 25 Feb 2011)

The Impact of Digital Media (Jeremy Orlebar article 22 Sept 2009)

Democratisation of the Media article (Jeremy Orlebar: We Media, Democracy and Convergence May 12 2010)

The Image!

PCC: The New Code of Practice

New Code of Practice 2011

Media Magazine February 11

Press Regulation Magazine Edit

Homework; w/b 28th February

1. Make notes on the PCC, using the Teacher Guide you have been given. You will need brief notes on the pages 3 - 10. Use the headings from the booklet to help break your notes up. You can complete this work as one or several posts - it's up to you. Post title: The Press Complaints Commission

2. Create a separate post entitled The PCC Code of Practice. List the 16 clauses and identify any other relevant/wider points about the code as discussed in the lesson or explained in the booklet pp 21 - 23.

Deadline: Wednesday 9 March (I will check your blogs Weds evening) 

Please note: although we won't have a lesson on Wednesday due to the trip, there will be a homework set on that day - please make sure you look at the blog.