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)
- 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
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:
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: https://www.netflix.com/watch/80002312?trackId=13752289&tctx=0%2C0%2Ca432da002609625ea6bc0ee05f8ea3f55d5d61e5%3Aab79919aa5a8f41fd71e7e9c44d82a10e9a8a615 (Accessed: 20 November 2016).
Sherlock (2013) Available at: https://www.netflix.com/watch/70174779?trackId=13752289&tctx=0%2C0%2Cbae0c7f2-874f-4ab2-ae68-84dcf3ae82c0-412121 (Accessed: 20 November 2016).