Given we are identifying three specific perspectives on the role of the media, I’ve been giving a little thought as to how you can check you understand the concept. Perhaps the easiest way to do so is to consider which TV shows would appeal to those who hold each of the perspectives. Remember, the perspectives are traditionalist, capitalist, and public service, so, for example, which of these three would like the following shows?
- The Big Painting Challenge
- Dragons’ Den
- Top Gear
- The Secret Lives of Elephants
- Benefits Street
- Jamie’s Comfort Food
- Four Rooms
You need to be able to give reasons to support your choices based on the Three Perspectives page in the handout you were given on Friday… but don’t leave it at that. As you watch TV, try to think which of the perspectives would be most closely aligned with the programmes you are watching. In doing so, you will be developing your understanding of the editorial voice and the core ideologies that underpin the programmes you are watching.