Monday, 27 March 2017

Studying Representation


Many television game shows are aimed at mainstream audiences and have broad appeal. Part of that appeal is having contestants from all walks of life competing – either just for the challenge, but often for fantastic prizes. Audiences can relate to these people. 

A discussion around how the contestants are represented on the game shows would make an important starting point for work on this key concept. 

Likewise, celebrities have been a staple of television game shows. From hosts who are, or become, celebrities to the guests on panel shows and the plethora of celebrity versions of established game shows on our screens.

Suggested activities
1. Look at how contestants are portrayed on television game shows.  Are they portrayed in a positive or negative way?

2. Look at how celebrities are portrayed in television game shows.

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