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About adambutt2

I am a media student at Bridgwater College and I like Star Wars, Torchwood, Primeval, Atlantis, The Musketeers, Our Zoo, Doctor Who, Hollyoaks, Merlin, Transformers, Marvel, DC, LOTR, Harry Potter and Sherlock :)

Family Guy: The Freaking FCC: Censorship

This is a clip from ‘Family Guy’ in which members of the Griffin family sing a song about the FCC which tries to censor everything.


Debates: Censorship

Many things are censored in the media, mostly sex and swear words but occasionally violence, drugs and alcohol too. The main purpose of censorship is to protect the innocence of young people under the age of 18. Popular culture mocks censorship all the time and the general public seem to laugh every time they see the censorship sign. Even people posting videos on You Tube have censorship logos in their videos sometimes.

A prime example of popular culture mocking censorship would be in ‘Family Guy’ when Peter Griffin makes his own channel and the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), try to censor everything on the channel, including sex and swearing, but Peter doesn’t appear to have much violence on his channel so they don’t need to censor that. They then start censoring real life with things such as Peter getting out of the shower, Peter farting, and Peter and Lois trying to have sex.

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Continuity Error

In ‘Star Wars’, Darth Vader is said not to have force lightening because he has had his arms and hands cut off and he now has robotic arms and hands. However, in the ‘Star Wars: Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith: The Video Game’ Vader can use force lightening.

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Doctor Who Slideshow: Analysis of a Media Product (1963-2013)

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Media Focus Group Survey Results

Graphs- Media Focus Group Survey


Doctor Who: Analysis of a TV product over the years: Evolution of the show from 1963-2013

‘Doctor Who’ first aired on 23rd November 1963. Another version of it’s pilot episode (‘An Unearthly Child’) was shown the following week due to not many viewers watching it’s orignal transmission due to them watching the news about President Kennedy being assassinated. The ‘Doctor Who’ program itself was interrupted at one point to, and this was to broadcast yet more news coverage on the Kennedy assassination.

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Understanding the Nature and Purposes of Research in the Creative Media Industries & Techniques

There are many methods and sources of research. Primary research includes interview techniques, observations, questionnaires, surveys, types of questions, focus groups, audience panels and participation in internet forums.

Secondary research includes books, journals, reference-based books and directories, periodicals, newspapers, film archives, photo libraries, worldwide web, searching internet forums, CD Rom databases, audio material, ratings, circulation figures and government statistics.

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Media Effects Theories

The hypodermic needle model is when people get constantly injected with content on a daily basis, whether the content is pointless or not is another subject. Most of the time time some of it is pointless whereas other parts of it are not. It’s in a similar fashion to a doctor injecting someone with a needle.

Uses and gratification involves how people use content in a different way and how people are gratified by content in a different way. Reception theory is how people receive content and cultivation theory is how people cultivate content. Cultivation theory can also be does the content a person consumes fit into popular culture. Passive or active consumption can involve people passively ignoring content or actively engaging with content.

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Some Useful Links About Media & Media Theories

This link goes into how media effects the body image and examines media exposure in the broader context of internal and other social factors:

http://ac-journal.org/journal/pubs/2012/SPRING%202012/McKinnally3.pdf.

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Purposes of Market, Audience and Production Researches (Also Methods, Techniques & Sources of Information)

There are three ways an audience can respond to a product. Number one would be acknowledging engaging with it, number two would be identifying with it an interpreting it, and number three would be totally ignoring it and disregarding it.

The purpose of market research is to gather information on markets, customers and consumers. It is a business strategy to identify what appeals to your chosen market and what your chosen target audience identfies with. Many companies see market research as a competition and they often compete with other companies to analyse the same chosen market. Some companies end up getting what they are into right, others end up getting it wrong because they don’t analyse the research closely enough. Some companies do get it right but it is often to late as another company has already worked it out and they have already produced content for that market so that gap in the market is gone as anything similar to it would be seen as an attempt to rip the other company’s product off and ‘copy it’. This is the main reason why copyright is put on content so people don’t ‘copy it’.

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