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Friday, 31 December 2010

Theory for the A2 exam

Back in November, I asked members of the OCR Forum to post details of which theories/theorists/critics they had used for the A2 exam last year. I think most members of the forum must be very shy as hardly anyone responded! Anyway, thank you to those who did and here's what they said. I'm also doing another link to the Examiners' report from last summer where others are highlighted. After the January exams, I'll put up another post to indicate what we find in the scripts we see from the small January entry.

Collective Identity - British Asian and British Black:

Stuart Hall - Racial clowns
Chomsky - relationship between profit seeking media and govts.

And for identity creation in the Online age:
Huizinga - Homo Ludens

(Manju Nair)

This extract on Anthony Giddens' ideas from David Gauntlett's book, Media, Gender and Identity, is very interesting on collective identity: http://www.theory.org.uk/giddens3.htm

(Julian Gurr)

A useful selection related to music video:

Synaesthesia - Ferdinand Saussure
iconic indexical symbolic signs
Roland Barthes Mythologies
Interpellation Louis Althusser
E. A Kaplan visual hook
Laura Mulvey
Intertextuality, parody, pastiche
Andrew Goodwin
Sergei Eisenstein - montage
Classic Narrative text
Lyrics  and visuals - High level of incoherence, amplification, disjuncture, contradict, undermine
Dyer - utopia
Dyer - star quality
Hybrid of identities
Postmodern text - hyperreality, state of simulacrum
WE Media Gillmor
(Susan Gorney)


Lyotard (Grand Narratives) and Jameson (Constitutive Directives) as well as Baudrillard's simulacra. 

(Sophie Hill)

Once the students could apply the theories to this focus text, I started
to link these ideas to specific philosophers (Baudrillard, Deleuze,
Foucault, Barthes, Lyotard) and used 'PoMo Theory Cards'

(Matt Hall)

Any more for any more? feel free to send them on!

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