Media Analysis

war-of-the-worlds-cover-by-kjell-roger-ringstad

The image above is a book cover for H.G Wells ‘The War Of The Worlds’. The components to the image that make up the book cover give a clear understanding to the reader of what is going to happen in the story. There are three colours to the cover itself, red, black and white, the use of these colours gives the image and eerie atmosphere. The use of red in the image is striking and pulls in the eye, having the sky as a blood red colour could infer many different things, in relevance to the story itself it signifies that doomsday is coming, with death, war and destruction following in its footstep. The use of the black silhouette of the skyline can connote the barren land that will be left behind after a culling. The use of the white can show that there is still hope and that at the end the problem will be resolved.

In the middle of the cover you can see a machine, it’s shaped like a typical UFO indicating to the reader that this is a science fiction novel. You can tell it the book will be about aliens because of the single light hitting the three figures coming from the vessel, this is very cliche of alien invasion where a single beam of light hits its prey and  pulls them up into the space craft. The way the alien vessel looms over the city silhouette with its mechanical arms outstretched, this shows that the book will be about an alien invasion, with the position of the alien above everyone and everything else this can show that the aliens have the most power and on the winning side.

The focal point of the cover is the figures that the spotlight is shining on. There are there figures standing under the light. Two male and one female, the girl is harder to spot because she standing closer to the tall man maybe because she wants to hide from the alien or standing close for support because he’s scared, you can see that these figures are probably a family. Because the spotlight is shone on this family the reader can infer that this is the family we will follow in the story. Because they are plain silhouette this suggests that the story is following a simple everyday family in a big situation.

The layout of the cover isn’t very busy with too much going on, it is very minimal with a lot of space meaning the imagery that is used is very striking but still basic. The title of the book almost jumps of the page, the contrast between the white font and the red background draws the eye to the title at the top of the page, the title and name of the author is also in capital letters showing the importance of the title. ‘The War Of The Worlds’ the title explains the whole plot itself it’s the war between humanity and the alien invaders from another planet.

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Reflection of my Media Diary (Part II)

My Media Diary kept from Monday 3rd October 2016 to Sunday 9th October 2016

Monday 3/10/2016

7.00 – 8.00 
Consumed
Just woke up surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Answered text messages and facebook messenger both group chats and individuals.
-Took photos for my snapchat story.
8.00 – 9.00
Consumed
-Listened to spotify while getting ready.
-Continued to check social media.
Produced
-Answered text messages.
-Commented on facebook posts.
9.00 – 10.00
Consumed
-Read scholarly readings in prep for lecture as a refresh.
-Spotify playing in the background for white noise.
Produced
-Answered text messages.
-Took snapchats for my story.
10.00 – 11.00
Consumed
-Reading and analysis text and image in lecture.
11.00 – 12.00
Consumed
-Reading and analysis text and image in lecture.
12.00 – 13.00
Consumed
-Reading and analysis text and image in lecture.
13.00 – 14.00
Consumed
-Reading and analysis text and image in lecture.
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
-Commented on instagram posts.
14.00 – 15.00
Consumed
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
-Listened to Spotify.
-Watch videos on youtube.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
-Commented on instagram.
-Posted a picture to instagram.
15.00- 16.00
Consumed 
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
-Listened to Spotify.
-Watch videos on youtube.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
16.00- 17.00
Consumed 
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
-Listened to Spotify.
-Watch videos on youtube.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
-Wrote a tweet on twitter.
17. 00 – 18.00
Consumed 
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
-Sent snapchats to friends.
18.00 – 19.00
Consumed 
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
19.00- 20.00
Consumed
-Watched series on Netflix.
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
20.00 – 21.00
Consumed
-Watched series on Netflix.
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
21.00 – 22.00
Consumed
-Watched series on Netflix
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
22.00 – 23.00
Consumed
-Watched series on Netflix
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Responded to messages.

Tuesday 4/10/2016

8.00 – 9.00
Consumed
Just woke up surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site. 
Produced
-Answered text messages and facebook messenger both group chats and individuals.
-Took photos for my snapchat story.
9.00 – 10.00
Consumed
-Listened to spotify while getting ready.
-Continued to check social media.
Produced
-Answered text messages.
-Responded to snapchats.
-Retweeted tweets on twitter.
10.00 – 11.00
Consumed
-Reading and analysis text and image in lecture.
11.00 – 12.00
Consumed
-Reading and analysis text and image in lecture.
12.00 – 13.00
Consumed
-Reading and analysis text and image in lecture.
13.00 – 14.00
Consumed
-Reading and analysis text and image in lecture.
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Answered messages.
-Sent out snapchats to friends.
14.00 – 15.00
Consumed
-Read Readings for uni.
-Listened to spotify.
Produced
-Sent snapchats to friends.
-Answered messages.
15.00- 16.00
Consumed
-Read Readings for uni.
-Listened to spotify.
Produced
-Sent snapchats to friends.
-Answered messages.
16.00- 17.00
Consumed 
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
-Listened to Spotify.
-Watch videos on youtube.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
-Wrote a tweet on twitter.
-Snapchatting friends.
17. 00 – 18.00
Consumed 
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
-Listened to Spotify.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
-Snapchatting friends
18.00 – 19.00
Consumed 
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
-Skyped friends back home.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
19.00- 20.00
Consumed
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
-Skyped friends back home.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
20.00 – 21.00
Consumed 
-Watched series on Netflix.
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
-Snapchatted friends.
21.00 – 22.00
Consumed
-Watched series on Netflix.
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
-Snapchatted friends.
22.00 – 23.00
Consumed
-Watched series on Netflix.
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Responded to messages. 

Wednesday 5/10/2016

12.00 – 13.00
Consumed
Just woke up surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
-Kept up with current affairs on the buzzfeed website.
-Watched youtube videos while getting ready.
Produced
-Answered text messages and facebook messenger both group chats and individuals.
-Uploaded a tweet to twitter.
-Sent snapchats to friends.
13.00 – 14.00
Consumed
-Reading and analysis text and image in lecture.
14.00 – 15.00
Consumed
-Reading and analysis text and image in lecture.
15.00- 16.00
Consumed
-Reading and analysis text and image in lecture.
16.00- 17.00
Consumed
-Reading and analysis text and image in lecture.
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Answered texts.
-Snapchatted friends.
17. 00 – 18.00
Consumed 
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
-Listened to Spotify.
-Watched Youtube videos.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
-Snapchatting friends.
-Sent a tweet on twitter. 
18.00 – 19.00
Consumed 
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
18.00 – 19.00
Consumed 
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
19.00- 20.00
Consumed 
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site. 
Produced
-Responded to messages.
20.00 – 21.00
Consumed
-Watched series on Netflix.
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
21.00 – 22.00
Consumed
-Watched series on Netflix.
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
22.00 – 23.00
Consumed
-Watched series on Netflix.
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Responded to messages. 

Thursday 6/10/2016

12.00 – 13.00
Consumed
-Just woke up surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site. 
Produced
-Answered text messages and facebook messenger both group chats and individuals.
13.00 – 14.00
Consumed
-Read a fiction novel.
-Listened to spotify.
Produced
-Answered texts.
14.00 – 15.00
Consumed
-Read a fiction novel.
-Listened to spotify.
Produced
-Answered texts.
15.00- 16.00
Consumed
-Read a fiction novel.
-Listened to spotify.
Produced
-Answered texts.
16.00- 17.00
Consumed
-Read a fiction novel.
-Listened to spotify.
Produced
-Answered texts.
17. 00 – 18.00
Consumed
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
-Listened to Spotify.
-Watch videos on youtube.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
-Commented on instagram.
-Posted a tweet on twitter.
18.00 – 19.00
Consumed
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
-Listened to Spotify.
-Watch videos on youtube.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
-Snapchatted friends.
19.00- 20.00
Consumed
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
-Skyped friends back home.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
-Posted a blog post on tumblr.
20.00 – 21.00
Consumed
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
-Skyped friends back home.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
-Snapchatted Friends.
-Commented on Facebook status.
21.00 – 22.00
Consumed
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
-Skyped friends back home.
Produced
-Responded to messages.
22.00 – 23.00
Consumed
-Watched series on Netflix.
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Responded to messages. 

 

Friday 7/10/2016

12.00 – 13.00
Consumed
Just woke up surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
-Listen to spotify .
Produced
-Answered text messages and facebook messenger both group chats and individuals.
-Tweeted on twitter.
13.00 – 14.00
Consumed
-Reading and analysis text and image in lecture.
14.00 – 15.00
Consumed
-Reading and analysis text and image in lecture.
15.00- 16.00
Consumed
-Reading and analysis text and image in lecture.
16.00- 17.00
Consumed
-Reading and analysis text and image in lecture.
-Surfed most social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) was subjected to advertising on every site.
Produced
-Answered text messages.
-Responded to snapchats.

During my studies at UCA I kept a media diary for a week to reflect on how I consume and produce media. Media influences the masses and the individual in many different ways and the importance of knowing how you are affected is crucial to the study. After keeping my diary for a week I could see the patterns in how I consume and produce media, and how I constantly chose to subject myself to it without being aware of it.

I already know that I am a creature of habit but looking back at my media diary I was surprised to see how repetitive it was, I was constantly doing the same things. At the time I was binge-watching the season one of Stranger Things on Netflix before anyone else gave me any spoilers and one of the thing I consumed the most. When Netflix started becoming a household name the amount of people binge watching television shows and movies started to rise showing that I am not one of the only people that partake in binge-watching TV. According to a survey taken by the American population back in 2015 last year 86 percent of Millennials and 33 percent of those over 69 years old engage in binge-watching TV series. Binge watching is a common trait in the mass media.

On top of my binge-watching habits I noticed how much I was constantly plugged into the internet. Being from a generation where the internet is so freely accessible to the masses as well as the need to stay in constant contact with people via a virtual space. But I never thought that my habit was that bad until I could see my media usage in front of me. I spend every waking hour being subjected to a type of media never truly unplugging from its influences, even when I’m asleep I have music or a television programme playing in the background. This has both pros and cons, on the plus side I’m almost always up to date with current affairs and am aware about the cyber space as well as how to navigate it giving me a useful tool for research. But it also has its down sides, because I’m constantly living in a virtual reality I’m never truly cemented in the real one, caring more about my virtual image.

Another noticeable pattern in my media diary was the production of media content. I found that I produced a lot of media, it was on a smaller scale to the media I was consuming, but it shows how the consumers are now becoming the producers. This supports Henry Jenkins theory of Participatory Culture written about in ‘Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century’ which talks about how the increase in the access to the internet has become a crucial factor in Participatory culture.


Sourced From;
-https://www.statista.com/topics/2508/binge-watching-in-the-us/ 
-Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century