Representation of Transgender People on Television

Textual Analysis & Representation

This is an area which we haven’t explored as much as the others so I thought I’d put something together.

Here’s a lesson plan and glossary terms which you will find really helpful:lesson_transgender_representations

Here’s an article from GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) where they review the last ten years of trans representation.

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Here’s a pretty good Prezi about representation of trans people from the past to the present. Some cool things in it which could be useful.

And from The Independent:

TV has hit a record high for black and transgender representation, GLAAD report finds

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But remember, it is all about how:

  • Mise-en-scene
  • Position, movement, proxemics
  • Editing
  • Sound

is used to represent trans people. We will look at a clip from either Transparent or Orange is the New Black in class today and apply our understanding of ideology and representation to it. We’ll be focusing on how the technical areas challenge or conform to ideological representations of trans people and issues.



Media in the Online Age

David Byrne has written a new opinion piece for his award-winning journal and it’s all about Media in the Online Age and focuses on a trend in reducing human contact from work, culture and social interaction. You can read the full piece here. It is full of his usual insight and features references to fascinating research.

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The DB piece mentions a recent piece in The New Yorker by Malcolm Gladwell, so I’ve linked that up too as it’s a great counter-argument to the active impact of social media on things like the Arab Spring, read the full short article here.

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Conservatives launch online offensive against Corbyn

Media in the Online Age

Interesting article from today’s The Guardian about how the Tories are using Facebook advertising to target groups with tailored messages.

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Are You Wired?

Media in the Online Age

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WIRED is the magazine about what’s next – bringing you the people, the trends and the big ideas that will change our lives.

Each month, through thought-provoking features and stunning photography, we explore the next big ideas in science, culture, business – wherever innovation and new thinking are reshaping our world.

You will found well researched and written articles as well as video and podcasts.

Why You Should Read Motherboard

Media in the Online Age

Motherboard is part of the Vice family and focuses on in-depth reporting from the world of tech, culture and science. Here they are in their own words:

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This is a really great source of revision for Media in the Online Age and many, many other things. Here are just a few which I think we could apply:

You’ll find hundreds of articles there as well as video so use this as a research/revision source.

Representation of Disabilty

Textual Analysis and Representation

Interesting article on the BBC today about the representation of people with disability.


Things to consider:

  • How does this conform or challenge our dominant ideology?
  • What role do the programme makers play in positioning audiences? Think about Stuart Hall’s theories on representation.


DIGITAL MAOISM: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism & More

Media in the Online Age

Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, author, and composer. Lanier is one of most celebrated technology writers in the world, and is known for charting a humanistic approach to technology appreciation and criticism.

His books are international best sellers. “Who Owns the Future?” was named the most important book of 2013 by Joe Nocera in The New York Times, and was also included in many other “best of” lists. “You Are Not a Gadget,” released in 2010, was named one of the 10 best books of the year by Michiko Kakutani, and was also named on many “best of year” lists.

He writes and speaks on numerous topics, including high-technology business, the social impact of technological practices, the philosophy of consciousness and information, Internet politics, and the future of humanism. In recent years he has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine, one of the 100 top public intellectuals by Foreign Policy Magazine, and one of the top 50 World Thinkers by Prospect Magazine.

Read this fascinating interview with him here.

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You can also read his book, You Are Not a Gadget, here.

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