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Media Analysis: How do you analyze the themes and ideas of a piece of media?

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GAP Formerly G.G. from Who Knows? Relationship Status: Holding out for a hero
Formerly G.G.
Mar 1st 2021 at 6:10:08 AM

Whetner you are an academic or amatuer, what is a good way to analyze a piece of media? I know every piece of media has some underlying themes or ideas but how do you accurately analyze the media you are looking at?

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Mara999 International Man of Mystery from Grim Up North Relationship Status: Crazy Cat Lady
International Man of Mystery
Mar 1st 2021 at 11:07:22 AM

It will inevitably be a matter of interpretation, based largely on subjective factors that affect how you experience a piece of media. So I'd say the really important bit in an analysis is to explain how and why you've reached your particular interpretation. It's good to know your own biases, such as taste and preferences, which you need to make clear for others so that they can better understand your viewpoint. It also helps to keep Death of the Author in mind, because authors aren't always knowledgeable of their own biases and such things and a given work will often have themes the author is blind to, so it's good to point out how your interpretaion doesn't necessarily have to be connected to the author's original intent.

Edited by Mara999 on Mar 1st 2021 at 9:07:43 PM

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