Media Analysis (Part II)

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When breaking down this image I decided to first start out, by annotating the film poster and breaking each section down to gain a clear understanding of the piece. Overall the poster shows an image of a woman who appears to be a broken shell with no substance within the figure itself, because of the lack of gory and bloody details I can infer that the movie itself was going to be a thriller-horror and not a gruesome horror film; this argument can also be supported by the cloudy black shadows surrounding the figure adding to the eerie atmosphere and adding a sense of mystery to the image itself.

The mise en scene of this image was successful because the dark and eerie atmosphere of the film poster shows the reader that the movie is going to be one of mystery. The film poster has been saturated giving the poster an eerie atmosphere. The darkness surrounding the poster suggests loneliness and is relevant to the title. The contrast between the dark colours uses juxtaposition because the dark black at the very bottom of the poster signifies death however the white above can signify innocence, purity and life.

The main focus of the poster is the single female character in the very middle of the poster; this could show the reader that she is the main character of the film. The woman’s face is crack like a porcelain doll, the edges are jiggered and random, and this could show that the woman is in distress. The fact that it is empty inside could connote that she herself is empty and missing, searching for something. The expression on the woman’s face is one of fear and confusion however she is still an image of beauty with porcelain skin, plump red lips and sky blue eyes. This perfection seems like a curse because like a porcelain doll she is empty and fragile so easily broken.

‘Face your fear’ is a play on words, as the main focus of the poster is a singular broken face. This could also give the viewers a glimpse of her fear. The empty space within her broken face could imply that she is afraid of feeling empty and alone. The title the ‘The Broken is a standalone title. It is then supported by the broken face taking centre stage of the poster. The definition of being of being broken as a person is giving up all hope, it’s about someone being defeated, beaten, overpowered and overwhelmed. These two words sum up the movie either being about the path to becoming broken or the showing of a broken person breaking more.

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Reflection of my Media Diary (Part II)

After keeping my media diary, I decided to look how I use media further. Because of globalisation and advancements in technology staying in contact with people has become easier than ever, from looking at my media diary I spent a lot of time in communicating with others via social media sites like snapchat, facebook, twitter and so on. Site such as these have rapidly increased in popularity over the past 10 years and have millions of users that log in everyday. Social Networking has become such a success because it gives businesses the opportunity to reach out to a larger audience and potential customers, it is a free service that allows people to keep in touch with loved ones or gives people the opportunity to meet new people as well as the sites being incredibly user friendly allowing its users to find and join groups of people that share interests such as hobbies and fandoms. Being a university student who studies away from home I constantly use social networking because it allows me to stay in touch with my family and friends back home and instantly share photos and messages to each other, it gives me a false sense of actually having face to face physical communication.

From my media diary I discovered that I spent most of my time plugged into cyberspace then I do actually living in reality, I spend more time communicating with people over social networking than I do with physical people in the real world. Many people spend more time on the internet because we have control of how our image is seen and portrayed over the internet, many people only show their best selves on social networking and are obsessed with how many likes they get on their instagram photo and how many followers they have on twitter using it as a form of self validation. People still want to chase the american dream, and since the rise of instagram models, youtubers and viners people see the internet and social networking as a means  to attain the american dream and make their millions, because of this people put a lot of time and effort into their social networking sites as a way to promote themselves, making sure their tweets are the funniest, their photos are the most liked and their following is the biggest. But social networking comes with its disadvantages, it can be addictive and waist time that could be used to do something productive, it also allows people to spread false and unreliable information about events or people, employers now use your social media accounts to see if you fit the criteria for the position as well as it being a platform for cyberbullying that has now become a growing problem in our culture.

From reflecting on my media diary I have discovered a better insight into how we consume and produce media and the advantages and disadvantages of social networking.


Sources; 
My Media Diary – https://anishadupree.wordpress.com/2016/10/19/reflection-of-my-media-diary/

Media Analysis

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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.

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