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Mediation, Meaning and Representation

This content collection unpacks the idea of mediation and meaning in contemporary culture and examines a range of media representations and ideological discourses implicit in the ways that the media portrays particular groups, identities, communities, experiences, ideas, or topics.

A Definition of 'Discourse'


Discourse is generally used to designate the forms of representation, codes, conventions and habits of language that produce specific fields of culturally and historically located meanings. [Read more...]

The Critical Media Project

The Critical Media Project is a useful introduction to the politics of representation in contemporary media. The site contains a wide range of media artifacts that explore the politics of identity across issues of race and ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality.

Jean Baudrillard and Simulacra

 The simulacrum is never that/Which conceals the truth—it is/The truth which conceals that/There is none./The Simulacrum is true. Abstraction today is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being or a substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: a hyperreal. The territory no longer precedes the map, nor survives it. Henceforth, it is the map that precedes the territory — precession of simulacra — it is the map that engenders the territory and if we were to revive the fable today, it would be the territory whose shreds are slowly rotting across the map. It is the real, and not the map, whose vestiges subsist here and there, in the deserts which are no longer those of the Empire, but our own. The desert of the real itself.

Four things we learned from the ethics of representation

Three leading media voices explain what makes diverse representation a challenge. Some of the things we’re still discussing after The Ethics of Representation, featuring Marina Go, Peter McEvoy and Elizabeth Ann Macgregor.

Semiotics web tutorial

Welcome to the semiotics and advertising web site. Click here for the basic tutorial on using semiotic techniques to analyze advertising and contemporary culture. For the hypertext essay on the male gaze, click here.

Seth Godin Talks Emotion And Storytelling In Marketing

“Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make but about the stories you tell”– Seth Godin

“The only way to truly grow in the marketing world is by creating meaning for people”– Seth Godin

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    Dr Jodie Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in Media & Cultural Studies at SAE Creative Media Institute, Brisbane. Through the lens of critical pedagogy, Jodie’s praxis-orientated approach to education is guided by the desire to help students become aesthetically inspired, media literate, culturally sensitive, critical and creative thinkers.

    She is the author of Playing it Queer: Popular Music, Identity & Queer World-making (Peter Lang 2012), and co-author of Redefining Mainstream Popular Music (Routledge 2013) and The Festivalisation of Culture (Ashgate 2014). She has published more than 30 scholarly articles & chapters on popular music, gender, sexuality and ageing; queer theory, youth culture and subcultural style; and ethical relations in ethnographic fieldwork.

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