How to use this blog

 This blog is for those students who are studying Media and Collective Identity for the A2 OCR Media G325 paper. Media and Collective Identity is one of six topics included in the Section B.

Below are the four prompt questions from the OCR Specification - basically the type of question you could expect in the exam.

How do the contemporary media represent nations, regions and ethnic / social / collective
groups of people in different ways?

How does contemporary representation compare to previous time periods?

What are the social implications of different media representations of groups of people? 

To what extent is human identity increasingly ‘mediated’?  

OR How does media influence collective identity?

Candidates might explore combinations of any media representation across two media, or two
different representations across two media. We mainly did TV and Film, but there's bits of advertising on this blog, comics, newspapers etc.

The collective we studied was BRITISH YOUTH. (The British bit was mainly there so we don't have to worry about all the Hollywood coming of age films.)

Clicking on the above links should take you an attempt to answer these questions. These aren't the right answers or even a suggested essay plan - just several ideas of how to tackle the question, links to examples and articles, and to be fair, a bit of waffle. They should be use to supplement your own ideas and approach.

Also on this blog are clips, reviews and articles related to the texts we viewed and used during the course. The clips are important as you must back any arguments or views, during the exam, with specific examples.

How I suggest you use this blog - is look at the Prompt questions, see if the content in these post make sense. If not explore the blog using the tags.

Lastly please leave comments - any suggestions on what you find useful or not, or accurate or not would really be helpful.