Key Concepts

Year 10 – Film Studies – Sound

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Year 12 – Theoretical Framework – Audience

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 The Hypodermic Needle Theory

Bobo Doll Experiment

Two Step Flow

Reception Theory

Uses and Gratification Theory

Passive and Active Audience

Dyer – Fandom and Utopia

While some have suggested that fandom is a pointless pursuit of escapism, Richard Dyer suggests otherwise.  Fandom is not merely a celebration of fastistic utopia, but rather an active pursuit of utopianism.  Fans are creative.  They form social communities, they share ideas and common values and produce political statements.  For example, Star trek signposts a utopian future where racism is a distant and forgotten prejudice.  Fans responded to the show with a version of slash fiction in which homophobia was also a lost discrimination.  This was a clear and creative initiative which used alternative representations to point to a new future.

This leads to

Jenkins and Participatory Culture

Gramsci – Power and Hegemony 

Gramsci is primarily concerned with power.  As a Marxist, he believed that society was structured unfairly.  The rich upper classes were an elite in society who owned the means of production.  This power gave them a control over the masses who work but do not receive their fair share of wealth.  Indeed, 80% of the world’s resources are controlled by only 5% of the world’s population.  Gramsci was interested in how this unfair status quo is maintained and reproduced.

Hegemony is the idea that the masses are controlled not through coersion or military force, but by ideological manipulation.  The Media is one of the institutions in society, along with religion, politics and education that pass on a dominant ideology to the masses of conformity and consent.  Indeed, Gramsci believed that the masses were manipulated into giving their consent to the unfair capitalist system.



There has definitely been a development of audience theory over the years.  Create a timeline – either using an online timeline maker, an infographic maker or a short film – showing the development of audience theories from hyperdermic needle through to fandom and hegemony.  Each theory should have a brief description with it.




Year 12 – Audience: Find My Tribe and ABC1 Model

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Demographic – dividing the audience by jobs and social status.

Psychographic – dividing the audience by lifestyle and personality.



ABC 1 Model


This is the link to see what Channel 4 has already found:

And this goes to show that they are not the only ones to think of audience in this way:

Psychographic model

Year 12 – Representation of Gender

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There is some fruity language in the following video – but it explains Male Gaze well 🙂



In pairs create a detailed presentation (similar to the ‘representation of masculinity’ one above) or note sheet, covering the representation of femininity.  Marks and credits will be awarded for detail and construction.  You will not have to present it to the class, but Mrs B show the best ones!

Minimum requirement slides:

  • Typical female
  • Dominant female stereotypes
  • Evolution of woman – historical contexts
  • 2 x case studies (with clips)


Year 13 – Key Concepts – Genre

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Genre Conventions







Create a vlog summarising the key genre theorists and ideas mentioned above.  It should be no more than 4 minutes long.  Marks will be awarded for the quality of the editing and use of visuals.