Project #85247 - Television/film

Assignment: Write a 3-4 page essay that provides a semiotic analysis of ONE of the following options:

1. Select a television program or a film/movie. If you select a television program, use examples from specific episodes rather than talking generally about the series as a whole. For example, if you select Friends, you may discuss the characters in the program (e.g. Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey), but you should also call attention to specific moments of dialogue and specific situations in particular episodes. NOTE: DO NOT SELECT ANY OF THE TEXTS WE DISCUSS IN CLASS UNLESS YOU HAVE SOMETHING SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT TO ADD TO OUR CLASS DISCUSSION Note the signs/images in the text such as clothing, setting, body positioning, words (dialogue) and any other elements that the text incorporates. Draw conclusions about what those signs/images stand for and what cultural messages, values, norms are being invoked and why. Use these notes to develop your argument: what overall interpretation can you offer about the text? One way to approach this is to examine your text as a representation of the culture in which it was produced. If you did not know anything about that society, what image of that culture is constructed through the text? What values represent that culture? Is the text reasserting these values or is it parodying (or "making fun") of these values? Another way to approach this is to consider the social, cultural, or psychological messages that the text is conveying (whether intentional or not).

 

Objectives:

* To think critically about the signs that entertainment media uses and to provide a semiotic analysis of how those signs somehow reflect or try to subvert the culture in which the text is produced.

* To utilize other writers’ theories to help support and/or to articulate your own opinions and disagreements with those writers.

* To provide a central thesis statement and to support that thesis statement with evidence from your analysis.

Logistics:

* Must be typed and double-spaced with 1” margins on all sides. Use MLA formatting.

* Standard 12 pt. font should be used.

* The paper should include an informative and interesting title (do not use “Essay #1” or “Advertising” as the title).

* Papers must be a minimum of three FULL pages in length (not including the heading and title). Papers that are shorter will be graded as if there were not a page minimum then multiplied by the percentage that is completed. For example, a paper that is 2.5 pages will be graded and then multiplied by 83%, which is how much of the assignment was completed.

* Papers are due at the beginning of class on the dates noted in the syllabus. If you arrive to class more than ten minutes late on either peer review or the final paper due date, your paper will be considered late.

Include THESIS and Intro paragraph Attached Files: "SAMPLE PAPER"

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 10/22/2015 12:00 am
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