Media and Culture: Apocalypto analysis

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Choose a film, television program or song; TV or print or Internet advertisement. Please note that the main purpose of this assignment is to use the Cultural Studies theories we are studying as tools to analyze your selection. Read a more detailed explanation of how to approach this paper here.

Remember, the tools of cultural studies are in the Campbell text (chap. 15) p. 496-500 and include textual analysis, audience studies and political economy studies.

I also discussed them in the Week 6 discussion slides Cultural Studies 2019.pptx

To develop your paper, please keep the following in mind:

  • The body of your paper should include a brief description of the content of your selection. Please do NOT write a critical "review" judging the quality of your chosen media example. Focus on the parts of the content that are relevant to your thesis.
  • The body of your paper should apply the various theories of Cultural Studies to thoroughly analyze the meaning and messages in your selection. Cite the source of the theories (Campbell, etc.) that you apply in your paper using in-text citations and a properly formatted Works Cited page. (See Diana Hacker for formatting guidance in MLA style.)
  • Be sure to write an appropriate introductory paragraph. (The last 1-2 sentences should clearly state your THESIS--the central idea of your paper, generally a statement of your stand on a debatable issue. The rest of your paper should specifically provide support for your thesis.)
  • Write a concluding paragraph that summarizes and reiterates how your paper has demonstrated your thesis.
  • Your paper should use specific examples from the Cultural Studies articles, our online discussion and other academic references you find, as well as from your selected media to support your views.
  • Use the MLA stylebook for guidance on including internal citations and a works cited page.
  • The paper should be 5 pages plus a Works Cited page. No cover pages, please.

Review the Writing Guidelines, Written Assignment: Form and Format and Hacker for additional suggestions in structuring your paper.

Feel free to use this assignment as a building block for your term paper. Please message me through the WorldClassRoom Inbox with any questions you have about the term paper.

Media and Culture, Spring 2019 Cultural Studies Paper Use the theories of Cultural Studies (political economy, textual analysis, audience response research) to thoroughly analyze a film, television program, song or music video. Please write this paper in ACADEMIC STYLE (MLA)—using signal phrases, in-text citations and a Works Cited page properly formatted. Use the first paragraph to explain your general topic and clarify your specific thesis. The last sentence or two of your first paragraph should be your thesis statement. THESIS STATEMENT: Your thesis statement needs to go beyond saying that you are analyzing a topic using Silverblatt’s keys. Instead, you need to take a specific stand or position on a debatable issue and then support it using the keys as your guide. In other words, you are doing an analytic research paper in which your thesis statement reflects your findings. Wrong: This author will use textual analysis to explore hidden meanings in the Axe deodorant commercials. (too general, not debatable, you need to take an arguable stand) Right: Using audience response research and textual analysis as analytic tools, this author will demonstrate that the 2011 series of Axe commercials reflect current American views on sexuality while also perpetuating unrealistic standards of female and male attractiveness. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE ALL THREE AREAS OF CULTURAL STUDIES. Depending on your interest and what media text you select, it might be better to go into depth on textual analysis and either political economy or audience response research. Note: Your audience response research and political economy research will need quantitative data in support of your argument. For this data, you may cite surveys, polls and studies conducted by reliable sources such as Harris Poll, Nielsen and Pew. CITATIONS: For this paper, you do need to explain briefly that you are using a Cultural Studies approach as articulated by Kellner (CITE HIS ARTICLE). AVOID DROPPING IN NONSPECIFIC IN-TEXT CITATIONS. You must use signal phrases to introduce cited material, studies, paraphrases, quotations, etc. Wrong: Looking at the historical context of Sex and the City, it is important to recognize that young Americans were getting married at older ages than ever before (Silverblatt). Right: As media scholar Art Silverblatt notes, historical context can reveal a great deal about the messages in a media presentation (p. XXXX). In Sex and the City, for example, the show’s entire premise reflects the fact that couples in that era were less intent on marrying in their early twenties then earlier generations. In fact, according to a 2000 Gallup poll, the average age of first-time brides and grooms had risen from 23 in 1970 to 26 in 1998, the year that Sex and the City debuted. By the end of the show’s run in 2005, the average had risen to 26.5 (Smith and Jones 347). RESEARCH: You must use: Qualitative primary research (your own observations and analysis of your chosen media text based on textual analysis, audience response research and/or political economy) is essential to this paper. You may also use (and will need for your longer term paper): Academic resources (such as Silverblatt) and scholarly articles (short quotes and paraphrases; avoid long passages from secondary sources) Statistics from polls, studies, surveys that support your ideas Quotes from media communicators explaining their goals Information from the media communicators’ websites, fan sites, etc. that give you insight into such areas as function, audience response, political economy WHAT TO AVOID: --the use of “I”; instead, refer to yourself as “this author” or “this paper” --long quotations from secondary sources (in this class, it’s YOUR analysis I want, not someone else’s). --in-text citations dropped in without clear SIGNAL PHRASES that prepare the reader for cited material and create a transition. As Hacker explains, “Introduce most summaries and paraphrases with a signal phrase that names the author and places the material in the context of your argument” (114). You may use subheads corresponding to the keys you are applying to help organize and simplify your writing. To develop your paper, please keep the following in mind: • The body of your paper should include a brief description of the content of your selection. Please do NOT write a critical "review" judging the quality of your chosen media example. Focus on the parts of the content that are relevant to your thesis. • The body of your paper should support your thesis with examples that demonstrate your own critical thinking skills. Cite the source of the theories (Silverblatt, etc.) that you apply in your paper using in-text citations and a properly formatted Works Cited page. (See Diana Hacker for formatting guidance in MLA style.) • Be sure to write an appropriate introductory paragraph. (The last 1-2 sentences should clearly state your THESIS--the central idea of your paper, generally a statement of your stand on a debatable issue. The rest of your paper should specifically provide support for your thesis.) • Write a concluding paragraph that summarizes and reiterates how your paper has demonstrated your thesis. • Use MLA style for guidance on including internal citations and a works cited page. • The paper should be at least 5 pages (1,250 words) plus a Works Cited page. No cover pages please.

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Media and Culture: Apocalypto
The film Apocalypto, directed by Mel Gibson, is a story of the Mayan kingdom
during the peak of power and opulence but the empire is beginning to fall as a result of
poor societal norms. To prevent this, the leaders resolve to sacrifice more people and
building more temples. A peaceful hunter, Jaguar Paw, is seized along with his village to
be sacrificed until he decides to escape to get to his family. However, Paw’s survival
comes when his entire community is destroyed on orders from the ruler and this changes
his life completely. This film captures a contemporary depiction of the Mayan culture and
its civilization. The film’s director utilized cinematographic aspects to produce a film that
attempts to critique the government’s abuse and tyranny. Gibson explains that the film
demonstrates both the cultural and social realities of America as it strives to deal with
economic crisis, terrorism, and migration: factors threatening the country’s global
hierarchy (2).
A closer look at Apocalypto presents the idea that America struggles to hold up its
national identity about its race, conservative theological roots, militaristic culture, and
imperialist history. This film is effective since it presents social and cultural concerns that
reflect modern American society and all other societies across the globe as well. Using
textual analysis as well as audience research as tools for analysis, this paper will

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demonstrate that a civilization or society which is unable to uphold its traditions,
spirituality, and beliefs is destined to crumble.
Textual Analysis
Textual analysis in cultural research studies addresses the analysis and close
reading of cultural messages and how these messages shape and affect society (Grossberg
et al. 21). In this c...

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