The Simpsons’ use of postmodernist techniques, such as fragmentation, serve to highlight the diversity of our culture and the impossibility of establishing moral authority in the pluralism of postmodern society. It is a sentiment closely related to Jean-Francois Lyotard’s theory of metanarratives, which involves a distrust of totalizing explanations of the world . In effect, The Simpsons’ stance is the same as Lyotard’s – to reject systems that aim to exert their authority in order to proclaim absolute truths. Lyotard’s view is that these metanarratives, which purport to explain and re-assure, are really illusions,fostered in order to smother difference, opposition and plurality.Through various implicit and explicit methods, The Simpsons essentially takes the same stance, criticizing any and all who perpetuate such metanarratives. One of the ways The Simpsons does this is by making anti-authoritarianism one of its most prominent recurring themes.
Describe the metanarrative (dominant opinion) that is commonly held about oneof the following groups in society:
Lawyers / The Law
Educators / Teacher
Families / Parents
Celebrities / The Media
You will be allocated a character from The Simpsons. You need to research their characters, narratives and how they represent someone that may or may not, help bring about the destruction of the grand narrative. Create a slide in the shared presentation on google drive.
We will be looking in detail at a more recent episode of Black Mirror as our detailed case study later in the term. In the meantime, this episode from the previous series, called Nosedive, really spotlights the world that we live in: the simulacra, the hypereality and the consumer culture that surrounds us.
Listen to the above analysis of the episode and watch it in class with your teacher.
Now you can get ‘reality on demand’ for just £3.99 a month! Really? Reality on demand? Or constructed reality on demand – that’s more like it! What would Baudrillard think of the new channel where you can see all the reality TV you want on demand? He would be horrified. A whole new world, where constructed reality, hypereality becomes the norm.
Gogglebox is a ‘reality’ TV show (although in my opinion no reality TV is actually proper reality, but that’s another blog post altogether!) in which participants sit at home and watch TV, commenting on it all the while for our entertainment. Gogglebox celebrates the world of television and invites us to critically watch what’s on TV through the eyes of other people, so in a sense we are analysing TV through a TV show. We are being invited to watch a TV show about TV shows, it’s a TV show about its own medium that invites people, both participants and the viewers at home, to mock, laugh at and celebrate everything that comes to our screens at home. Gogglebox sounds like a bizarre TV show, watching people watch TV, but is actually strangely entertaining! And what is perhaps most ironic is that the armchair critics that participate in the show have gone on to become minor celebrities and the show itself is winning Television awards. Totally, self-referential – self-reflexivity at its very best!
We will be running a specific session before Easter and several after Easter but start now. Don’t wait. Read through the resources and start practising TV drama note writing and start learning some case studies for Film Industry.
A recent mini series on BBC 3 highlights the absurdity of the Vloggers we are all so involved in on youtube. Using mockumentary (bricolage of documentary and parody) it highlights how the industry works. Lots of self-reflexivity as it shows that it is making a documentary on Vloggers but also shows how highly self-reflexive Vloggers are (shows the sound boom, shows the camera, includes the outtakes and how they bend, play with representation through editing, post production and distort time and space etc). It is subtle because you have to be in it, to get it i.e. culturally competent to get the nuance references and jokes.
A postmodern take on a postmodern phenomena! Great example of how postmodern media plays with time, space and the audience.
Have a look at it – it made me laugh, especially Episode on Health and Beauty.
A really interesting analysis of The Lego Movie and why it is a postmodern film.
Try and find your own examples from your own film and TV consumption. There are loads of examples out there and the more you can evidence your ideas in the exam with up to date examples to illustrate your debate, the better your mark will be.
1975 are prone to making fun of themselves, being self-reflexive and making a comment on pop music and its predictability. Do you remember at the 2017 Brit Awards they gave a performance that many thought had been ‘hacked’ on TV as irreverent, critical, social media type warrior key board comments appeared as if ‘trolls’ had taken over.
This music video is self-reflexive. Draws attention to itself in a shameless way. Pokes a finger up at celebrity culture – he ‘ribs’ himself about his celebrity lifestyle. Read this Article for more background.
Just a reminder that we move on next week to Postmodernism so all your outstanding tweaks and ordering, branding of your blog needs to be done by the end of school on Friday.
There is an essay on Classroom for you to plan and submit that we would have been doing in class this week. It is a Post-production Skills essay so you should be able to use a lot of your production skills stories from your blog as examples as long as you have stories from earlier on in the course to show the progression of that particular skill. Always remember to have a specific anecdote to illustrate the impact the skill had on the product. Submission is Monday 4th March.
Here is some initial feedback from the Mock exam which you should read so that this Skills essay does not make any similar mistakes. Mr Gregson and Mrs Cobb will be going through your essays individually.
Good luck and take the opportunity of some home time to get on top of stuff.
Fully Complete your Skills template in classroom. In particular focus on RP (this will be your mock question). Remember some of the stories you have already done for PP and DT could be used here – don’t make work for yourself.
Do not complete the Conventions section yet.
Always remember the skill needs a starting point and a finishing point. This can be anywhere in the course but each skill story needs to show progression.
The most important aspect is that you evidence how the skill impacted specifically on the product i.e. not just that it made it nicer, more professional. What do you mean by that. How did the colour filter directly impact on the anarchic, grungy star image? How did the transition develop the narrative disruption for the story?
Remember to use the name of the tools, techniques.
Revisit your essays for excellent examples and revisit classroom for exemplar paragraphs that others have submitted.
Write like a media student: use terms from across your media learning.
click to open a file with all kinds of backgrounds that I took at home last night. As black canvases they are not particularly exciting but take them into photoshop and play with the filters and liquify and you could end up having some really funky backgrounds for your Digipak.
You have to get some shots in – experiment and look for angles, perspectives, textures and composition of random objects.
You need to annotate an advert for a digipak from your performer or a similar artist from your genre. Find the advert for the DP that you annotated if you can, if not find another advert that has a DP cover that you can include in your annotation to highlight the similarities. Whatever happens, the advert should be for your Genre/Performer. Deconstruct it for meaning – why colours, fonts, composition, images, register have been used in the way they have. Some of the DP analysis were not particularly detailed enough as textual analysis so take this chance to show the examiner that you can decode, read and understand how media language is used in print texts.
Conventions of a Magazine Ad for an Album
ALWAYS CONSIDER AIDA:
A = Attention – does it catch up eye, stand out, stop you flicking through the pages?
I = Interest – now that it has caught your eye, does it make you want to find out more?
D = Desire – the purpose of all advertising is to make you WANT/DESIRE something – does the advert make you want to buy the album?
A = Action – does the advert tell you what you have to do to buy, download, stream engage with the product – part with your money?