Body and the media: the case of Channel 4

Chesterman, Ellen-May (2012) Body and the media: the case of Channel 4. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation examines Channel 4 as an organisation and their use of sensitive and marginalised topics as a focus for programmes specifically concentrating on disability, disfigurement, weight and body image. Many have argued that the increasing representations of such topics have been used as a way of supplying information for viewers and audiences, yet there has been some question over the exploitation of participants within these programmes, as merely offering a source of entertainment. By using discourse analysis on two of Channel 4’s recent programmes, 'Beauty and the Beast: the Ugly Face of Prejudice' (Channel 4, 2011) and 'Supersize vs. Superskinny' (Channel 4, 2010), this dissertation investigates the extent to which just entertainment is supplied for the viewer. The results illustrate that it is difficult to label whether the broadcaster is attempting to present these programmes under the informational or entertaining category as it offers varying perspectives and aspects which defend both arguments. This dissertation, therefore, concludes with the argument that Channel 4 attempts to provide a platform for those who suffer with disability, disfigurement and eating disorders, informing the viewer of such issues while also consisting of technical and structuring aspects where there are elements of exploitation used for entertainment.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2014 14:26
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:33

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