As well as producing media we also need to anaylse the media and the ways in which it can influence audiences. Ways in which we can anyalse the affect that media has on its audiences is to critically watch tv shows and sit coms.
Whilst it is best to try and put as much Australian content into your essay as an example, we can also use American content as examples of how their culture dominates Western society not only through military and economic influences but also through their media.
Watch youtube videos or go to surfthechannel.com and watch sitcom episodes from the 1950’s through to the 2000’s
Compare the changes in various exchanges and relationships
1/ What is the role of the mother and father?
2/ How do children relate to their parents?
3/ How do siblings relate to one another?
4/ How do they relate to people other than family
5/ What do their houses look like
6/ What sort of issues are discussed
7/ How are issues resolved
8/ List some of the stereotypes from various eras
9/ What is the overall message
10/ Are the portrayals mainly middle class or working class white people?
11/ How might you present issues in Australian families using the sitcom formula
If you are not using sitcoms then discuss the same questions in relation to dramas. Try using mainly Australian dramas like:
- All Saints
- City Homicide
- Packed to the Rafters
When you write your essay you must give examples. Do not make generalisations or sweeping statements that cannot be backed up by evidence. Use the mock essay that I have uploaded with the essay questions to help guide you.
The due date is the 15th of April.