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G325 A2 Media Studies: Media and Collective Identity

Easter research project

Your task is to research into media representations of British youth during the August
Riots of 2011. You need to look at newspaper, television and film examples. You should
also find evidence related to how social media was used, as reported by newspapers and
television. Due: first lesson back after the holiday (bring it on a memory stick).
1. Newspapers
a. Only look at recognisable and popular British newspapers. You must have a
mixture of tabloids (e.g. The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Mirror) and
broadsheets (e.g. The Guardian, The Independent, The Times). They all have
websites where they publish a lot of the same articles from the newspapers;
look at the dates.
b. Save the links to the articles you find in either a PowerPoint or Word doc.
c. Print-screen any images of newspaper headlines and covers that you find
(again, look at the dates). Try Google images to find these.
d. The Guardian has a dedicated section on their website called Reading the
Riots definitely check this out!
2. Television
a. Look at news clips on YouTube from the riots themselves. Focus on the key
television news providers: BBC News, Sky News, ITV (ITN), Channel 4 News
b. Save the links to these, as with the newspaper articles
c. Also look at any documentaries attempting to understand the riots, taking
note of anything Media related:
i. BBC Newsnight England Rioters in their own words
ii. Perfect Storm: UK Riots Documentary
iii. Search YouTube for other examples.
3. Film
a. Look at the film Ill Manors (2012), directed by Ben Drew (aka Plan B).
Although the film does not depict the riots themselves, it was made as a result
of the Media depiction of British youth during the riots (Drew has openly said
so in interviews).
b. Read articles and reviews related to this film (Rotten Tomatoes/Flixster is a
good starting point; Empire and Total Film are dedicated film magazines with
good websites; The Guardian has a good film section too). The relevant ones
will consider representation.
c. Try to find interviews with Ben Drew (Plan B). YouTube is often good for this.
4. Social Media
a. Find examples of articles or news clips where the influence of social media
during the riots is discussed.
There is no specific length to this work, but the more research you do, the stronger your
case study will be.
Begin to think about how the representations you see link to any of the collective identity or
hegemonic theories that we have looked at.
Looking ahead to after Easter; once we return, you will have one week to write a response to
the following essay title:

Essay: Analyse the ways in which the media represent one group of people you have
studied (1000-1500 words)

For this essay you will need to include both past and contemporary (within the last five
years) representations. I suggest the following:

Past Mods and Rockers; the demonisation of British Youth up to 2011.

Contemporary British youth and the August Riots of 2011.

You are welcome to make a start on this during the Easter holidays, using your research.
Due date for the essay: 13B Monday 18th April; 13A Wednesday 20th April

You MUST make reference to at least two types of media; we have looked at newspapers
(including online news websites), film, television and social media.
You MUST include a range of theories related to collective identity and hegemony, linked
clearly to examples from the media.
You can consider the exam boards key questions when planning your ideas (these are the
questions they provide as the basis for your case study. The questions they write for the
exam are based around these):

How do the contemporary media represent social / collective groups of people in

different ways?
How does contemporary representation compare to previous time periods?
What are the social implications of different media representations of groups of
To what extent is human identity increasingly mediated?