In this blog, I am going to be discussing what representation is and how it is used in a lot of TV shows because of its how the media portrays us.Representation

Representation is representing “reality”(context)

Representation is:

  • Hegemony/ Hegemonic principle (created by Mr Gramsci)
  • Gaze/ Objectification
  • Stereotypes- Visual shortcut, easy access to the character and generalisation
  • Archetypes- ultimate stereotype, specific, detailed
  • Countertypes- challenges stereotype/ Archetype

Examples of:


O.A.P-Fragile, Zimmer frame, Skin like tissue paper

Scottish- Ginger, Heavy accent, Stuck in their ways, Aggressive.


O.A.P- Margret, Floral Print, Bucket Hat, Perm, Trolley, Slightly hunched, Friendly

Scottish- Hamish, Plays bagpipe, kilt, Farmer, Tossing the “caber”


O.A.P- Mountain Biking, Going to festivals

Scottish- Archie, flouriest, no accent, never worn a kilt

The groups that are stereotyped in modern society:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Class
  • Sexuality
  • location

A British TV series with a stereotypical character:

Sherlock: Mrs Hudson

Mrs Hudson, she is an elderly woman who owns the flat where Sherlock lives, i would say she is a stereotype by the way she is dressed she wears clothing which is linked to the older generations. Also, she is represented as frail and she has an attitude of a caring and loving elderly woman but she is very accepting of the modern world.

A British TV series with a countertype character:

Jessica Jones: Jessica

The character of Jessica Jones is definitely a countertype she shows that she is strong and she is able to throw a man through a window however even by the way she dresses she comes across fairly masculine wearing jeans and a leather jacket, i believe she drinks whisky which is classed as a strong drink not “meant for women”.



Ritter, K. (2015) Krysten Ritter. Available at: (Accessed: 20 November 2016).

Sherlock (2013) Available at: (Accessed: 20 November 2016).