Imagine that the Media Education Foundation (MEF) has asked you to be a consultant for them. According to their website, the MEF’s mission is as follows: “The Media Education Foundation produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media” (http://www.mediaed.org/wp/about-mef (Links to an external site.)).
Your assignment as a MEF consultant is to deconstruct a recent print advertisement and analyze the ad you deconstructed.
Choose a provocative advertisement that provides you with sufficient fodder for your analysis, and address the following questions:
Looking for provocative ads? I would suggest starting here: http://www.genderads.com/ (Links to an external site.)
You are welcome to use any print advertisement that you find. Please include the advertisement and/or a link to it in your submission.
This assignment should be proofed/edited and be approximately 2 pages in length (double-spaced).
Media Consumption Journal – Advertising Analysis
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLink to advertisement or copy of advertisement included||10.0pts|
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeResponded to questionsAddresses the following 6 sets of questions: Background: What is the ad selling? (e.g. product, brand, lifestyle) Target Audience: For whom is the advertisement intended? How do you know this? Are you the intended audience? Hook and Story: How did the ad get your attention? What story does the ad tell? What “problem” is the product meant to resolve? What do the advertisers want you to believe? Assumptions: What assumptions does the ad make about gender, race, class, success, beauty, etc.? Intended and Unintended Effects: What do you think are the intended effects of the ad? What could be some of the unintended effects of the ad? What other meanings could audiences consciously or unconsciously construct from the ad? What the Ad Does Not Show: What information is withheld from the audience? Labor involved? Resources used? Cost to the environment? Health concerns? Etc. Optional inclusion: Anything else you would like to discuss: Are there other questions/ideas that come to mind as you critically analyze this ad?||40.0pts|
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeReflectionPersonal Reactions/Reflections included in response to following questions: What are your personal reactions to this ad? What are your reflections on the social, political, and cultural impact of ads such as this on American society?||20.0pts|
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTied to course contentConnection to Course Content provided: What concepts/ideas that we have read about/discussed/viewed do you see illustrated in this advertisement? (Consider Chapter 11 in our textbook, Kilbourne & Levine readings, and other related material.)||15.0pts|
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCollege-level writingProofread/edited. Well-organized.||15.0pts|
|Total Points: 100.0|