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Understanding media: The celebrity in the text
Kylie Minogue, George Clooney, Nicole Kidman are all prominent celebrities, but how has...
Kylie Minogue, George Clooney, Nicole Kidman are all prominent celebrities, but how has the media created their status and how does what we read in the press influence our opinion? This unit will teach you how to analyse media texts and look at celebrity in a new light.
By the end of this unit you should be able to:
- identify various techniques that can be used to analyse media text;
- give examples of how celebrity activity is represented in the media;
- define specific media terms such as genre and tabloidisation;
- understand the term celebrity in relation to its representation in the media.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Introduction and overview
- 2 Representation and the text
- 3 Categorising texts
- 4 The celebrity persona and the celebrity text
- 5 Celebrities and newsworthiness
- 6 Conclusion
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Understanding media: The celebrity in the text
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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Originally published: Monday, 4th April 2011
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