Audience Ideology

Here is my fake dating profile of a typical fan of our artist. To create and idea of what our average fan would look like I used information of YouGov from a similar artist as there was not one for our actual artist.

The aim of this activity was to get us to think about how our media would be received by the audience and our audiences uses and gratifications for watching it. Blumler and Katz said that audiences consume media for 4 reasons, Information, Personal Identity, Social Interaction and Entertainment and through this task we had to think about these ideas and what kind of people would want to consume our media and how they would consume it. The YouGov poll helped to do this as it outlined our target audiences political leaning and where they are from which can influence a persons opinions and ideals greatly.

We also had to think about how the audience would receive our media. We looked into Stuart Hall’s Reception Theory and how our audience would decode our text using their own ideologies and how it fits into our own ideologies as producers. By knowing our audience and their ideologies we can gain an idea on whether they view our video in a preferred, negotiated or oppositional way. We would want our audience to accept the values and ideals which will be encoded into the video so knowing our audience will allow us to do this.

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