Representation in Music Videos

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Published on October 26, 2016

Author: meghanmooreg321


1. Representation By Meg

2. Whatisrepresentation? What is the technical meaning of representation?

3. Introductiontorepresentation (HaydonMediaWebsite) The concept of representation embodies the theme that the media construct meanings about the world – they represent it, and in doing so, help audiences to make sense of it in particular ways. For representation to be meaningful to audiences, there needs to be a shared recognition of people, situations, ideas and values. What require closer examination are the ideas and meanings produced by those representations. There may be shared recognition through the world as represented through familiar or dominant images and ideas, but there is sometimes little social consensus about how to interpret those representations, and always the possibility of alternative representations. A key in the study of representation concern is with the way in which representations are made to seem ‘natural’. Systems of representation are the means by which the concerns of ideologies are framed; such systems ‘position’ their subjects. All texts, however ‘realistic’ they may seem to be, are constructed representations rather than simply transparent ‘re ections’, recordings, transcriptions or reproductions of a pre-existing reality. Representations which become familiar through constant re-use come to feel ‘natural’ and unmediated. Representation is unavoidably selective, foregrounding some things and backgrounding others. Simple Terms: Media constructs meanings about the world Needs to be a shared recognition of people/ situations/ ideas/ values- could be through familiar images and ideas Closer examination of ideas and meanings produced Representations are constructed, become familiar through constant re-use

4. Whatisrepresentation? Representation in music videos could involve: Gender Age Sexuality Ethnicity Class and Status Physical ability/disability

5. Whyisrepresentation important?

6. Whyisrepresentation important? Music videos never represent the world directly- they’re a construction of the world. However, they still take inspiration from the world, and is a demonstration of reality, or part of reality. Representation matters because seeing yourself accurately represented matters- if accurate representations aren’t there, why not? What are the representations you see and how should they change?

7. GenderRepresentation Example Why the way we represent certain types of people (in this case women) is important: Check That Body! The Effects of Sexually Objectifying Music Videos on College Men’s Sexual Beliefs - Jennifer Stevens Aubrey, K. Megan Hopper, and Wanjiru G. Mbure (written in 2011) Summary- sexual objectification of women in music video’s perpetuates a distorted portrait of women, including stereotypes concerning women and their sexuality. “As expected, the results showed that exposure to sexually objectifying music videos primed male college students’ adversarial sexual beliefs, acceptance of interpersonal violence, and, at a level of marginal significance, disbelief in the legitimacy of sexual harassment.” Works in part with the general “media priming” we have today (where the images we see in the media stimulates thought in those that absorb the media we see)

8. Whatarethetheories associatedwith representation?

9. Theorists/Theories Laura Mulvey- Media positions the audience as male. When we watch music videos we watch them as a male, so we are shown the females in a sexual light Antonio Gramcsi- Ideas around hegemony. Discusses the ability of the dominant class to project its own way of seeing the world, the subordinate accept it as ‘common sense’ and ‘natural’. Representations come from producers, can be used to control the way audiences view the world. Stuart Hall- Media appears to reflect reality, actually constructs it. Media constructs what we think, rather than reflecting it Richard Dyer- A star is an image which is constructed, rather than a real person- constructed from advertising, magazines etc. The audience sees the “reel” image rather than the “real” image. We are presented a constructed image of a star which we then have opinions about, though it’s probably

10. KeyTerms

11. KeyTerms Semiotics- the study of signs and sign systems; the social production of meaning by sign systems, how things come to have significance and meaning Symbol- an arbitrary sign in which the signifier has neither a direct nor an indexical relationship to the signified, but rather represents it through conventions Signifier- any symbol, image or word that can be read (basically anything) There are three types of signifier: 1. Iconic- these signifiers always resemble what they signify- they're always used to signify something 2. Indexical- these signifiers act as evidence- smoke means fire, sweat is proof of effort, ambulance means someones been hurt 3. Symbolic- these are visual signs that are arbitrarily linked to referents- crowns are now used to refer to monarchs, they are a symbol of the monarchy Denotation- signs signify or ‘denote’ different aspects of our experience of the world. They are the work of that part of the sign (the signifier) which is immediately recognisable to the reader and which has a direct relationship to a real world entity or referent. It refers to something literal, as opposed to metaphorical. The colour red for example we know as a colour in the light spectrum, different from blue or pink Connotation- these are the meanings interpreted from a sign which link other values to it. For example, the colour red brings up notions of love, blood, anger, danger, stop signs, heat etc. Polysemic- literally ‘many signed’- an image in which there are several possible meanings depending on the ways in which its constituent signs are read Binary oppositions- sets of opposite values said to reveal the structure of media texts. These define through their opposite and chose a lesser and greater position. For example, man/woman; weak/strong; black/white; civilised/savage; good/evil etc Conventions - ‘un-written rules’ in the production of mainstream texts. Conventions are the dominant codings in any media

12. Representationinmy musicvideo“LookThe Part”

13. Whatdoesmymusicvideorepresent? In regards to representation, my music video is mostly focused around representing gender and age in conjunction with each other, considering my music video is representing the fears of teenage girls. It could be said it focuses more on gender because this is stereotypically something that most girls deal with. However, it could also be said to focus more on age because this is an issue that teenagers deal with and it just happens to be shown through a girl. Gender seems to be the most prominent feature of representation.

14. Howisitrepresented? I am representing the anxieties that come from teenagers through the mask that my main actor wears as it demonstrates that she wants to hide her face, as well as the idea that she is specifically presenting a version of herself to the people around her. The fact that this then comes off demonstrates the idea that she learns to shrug off the problem.

15. Howdotheoriesrelatetomymusicvideo? Laura Mulvey- it could be said that the way I present women is very typical of media since all the girls are stereotypically pretty with long hair and makeup. Since lots of my shots of Georgina will start at her toes and move up to her face, this could be seen to be very typical of male directors also. However, I don’t think that I oversexualise Georgina at all, due to the very conceptual nature of my music video- we are meant to be more focused on the emotion of the song and the message as opposed to Georgina as a brand that is trying to be sold Antonio Gramsci- since I am presenting women, it could be said that I am going against the natural hegemony of the world and the media as I am using the story of women and I am demonstrating my own view of the world which is not the stereotypical masculine one. However, it could also be said that I am working very much within stereotypes since it is stereotypically women that have these anxieties and to be truly progressive I should have focused on men’s feelings Stuart Hall- I very much appear to be reflecting the media’s general view that teenage girls are only focused on themselves and their own anxieties. However, I believe that I am sharing my own opinion as a teenage girl and that I am somewhat going against the media as I am presenting this an issue to be focused on rather than ignored and considered the norm Richard Dyer- Overall, it does appear that I am creating a “reel” image of my star since I am going along with typical conventions of what to do when your star is unknown such as do a lot of close ups and consistently mention the songs name. However, since we initially show Georgina as an anxious girl, while this could be seen as a ploy to make her seem more relatable, it could also be seen as very sincere and therefore showing Georgina off as the real Georgina. While some aspects of Georgina have been changed for the music video such as her look, there is a lot of influence of her true character.

16. Whatcriticismscouldbemadeofmymusicvideo? Men are hardly seen in my music video compared to women. I could be seen as conforming to the stereotypes of women being weak because of their anxiety, as well as the fact that I am seemingly ignoring the fact that men also feel these anxieties. However, I personally believe that my music video instead shows a very strong female character who manages to overcome her anxiety. We also don’t follow the stories of the extras, so it could be said that I too show their own anxieties as they don’t react.

17. Representationin“Take MeToChurch”byHozier v=PVjiKRfKpPI Take Me To Church Video

18. TakeMeToChurch-Hozier Representation relates to sexuality- the video revolves around a homosexual relationship and the community being against it- one of the men in the relationship is taken from his home and beaten Many ideas about what the box is meant to represent. Some believe it is the hidden sexuality, some believe it is a more

19. TakeMeToChurch-Hozier Filmed in Cork in Ireland (ironically- see Wikipedia article: Ireland#Law_regarding_same-sex_sexual_activity) Hozier stated, "The song was always about humanity at its most natural, and how that is undermined ceaselessly by religious organisations and those who would have us believe they act in its interests. What has been seen growing in Russia is no less than nightmarish. I proposed bringing these themes into the story and Brendan liked the idea." “According to an interview with The Cut, the song is also about homophobia in general and state oppression of homosexuals in Russia.”

20. TakeMeToChurch-Hozier Images of the men’s love are put between the violent attack on one of the men’s houses as a juxtaposition between love and hate and a further demonstration that the video is about the ridiculousness of the attacks on them being in love. “I’m not condemning the church or religion on the whole, just that one policy [the anti-same sex marriage policy], which seems so wrong to me. And obviously I’m not alone in thinking that.” “If you feel offended or disgusted by the image of two people kissing, if that’s what it is, but you’re more disgusted by that than the actual violence…I think you should take a look at your values, maybe.”

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