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Understanding media: The celebrity in the text

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This unit is concerned with the very things that we, as ordinary people, talk about as a consequence of listening to radio, watching television or reading newspapers and magazines: the programmes and articles that constitute media output. We examine the everyday evidence of celebrity activity – what academic media analysts call ‘texts’. Texts are socially constructed assemblages of items such as spoken or written words, or pictures.

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This material is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Understanding media (DA204) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this subject area.

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