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My friend's got to give a talk about media studies tomorrow, anyone got any good jokes about the subject?
is a joke isnt it?
'do you want fries with that?'
i provided the obvious one. come on.
about english lit. and most arts subjects.
when we need him?
You will all be against a wall
"well not really"
WISHPIG'S A MEDIA STUDIES STUDENT!!!
It is true that such a qualification is very useful, not necessarily because of the certificate but because of the knowledge acquired.
However, it is indicative of the anti-intellectulaism of society that such knowledge is considered more important and useful than say, a politics degree, a history degree, an English degree...
go do work experience for a media company as soon as you finish school and get a job quicker
except in a toilet paper manufacturer, that is?
says i, the politics student
but i also do media stuff, some of it is interesting, some of it is pretenious bollocks
i enjoy it
I think degrees should be more encompassing and less narrowly focussed. Media Studies seems a more focussed version of existing studies and therefore I am slightly suspicious of it, I suppose.
I think degree subjects are better used to learn a lot of different stuff because you're only going to forget most of it anyway. Better to have a degree in something general and then learn what you need to really well to do your job or whatever.
a knowledge of history and politics should be more useful in a positive way, whereas media studies is learning how stupid things work.
the fact that you are disillusioned with the current state of some facets of the media in this country does not affect this theoretical truth.
is that media is derived from other things, such as history,english and politics- and a media degree takes away the individual element a graduate could bring to media. its just a generic degree, whereas english and history or langauges or whatever would let you bring your own skills and adapt them to the media market.
because history, politics and literature/language have been integral to human society for as far back as it's recorded, and Ver Meeja is a very recent phenomenon, thus not as established. but does anyone think the media is going to go away anytime soon? for the foreseeable future, it's now as integral to our society as the aforementioned.
poissonally i think media studies, IF it's taught well, is really useful for understanding the mechanisms of the world we now live in. but so often it's taught appallingly. as are many less traditional/established subjects.
there is a massive black cloud over the subject, employment prospects are VERY low, so that must mean that its rarely taught well. I think that to see the subject refer to more sociological and literature style concepts instead of just the kind of mass collective psychology thing and the interpretation of things would be far more beneficial.
the problem is everyone thinks the moneys in TV, yet they have no concept of english language or literature, because they've been taught badly or put off teh subject. teh roots of media lie in language, and thats what we should be teaching as part of media studies.
Media Studies is pretty useless right now because (a) it's not been taught long enough for anyone to really know whether the current teaching methods work or how to best utilise the skills that are being taught, and (b) it's not taught at the right institutions.
At the end of the day, most academic qualifications are going to be judged by where they were gained. I got my job because I had a BA from Leeds, not because it was in a relevant subject.
And yeah, it's all about the language. Language is the basis of everything, particularly when it comes to communication, and it should be the foundation of any education. But since every skill I have is in language manipulation, I'm more likely to make a living if everyone else remains ignorant.
otherwise wishpig wouldn't have to reply defending it, and it wouldn't be continually slagged off as a 'mickey mouse course'.
the normal reaction is 'oh, are you going to be the next prime minister then? HAR HARARHSARHAHS' or 'Euw, why?'
as a politics studnet in waiting, I get inundated with people saying that. cretins.
traynor obviously aspires to.
I did it at GCSE and A Level & I think it's rubbish. Is that an apparant good reason?
not a post it note on teh bog roll dispenser in our student union toilets that said 'pull here for a media studies degreee'
one in my old uni. on one wall of the cubical it said, "lets play toilet tennis. look left", on the other wall it said "look right".
hours of fun
i hate when people say that media studies isn't a 'real' degree.
It's full of theory and is a lot harder than it seems.
look at how important the media has become in our lifetime. of COURSE it's important to study it and see how things work.
MY media degree (although coupled with anthropology) included courses on the history of this country, the integration of immigrants, politics, music, global relationships...
people who say it's easy are full of shit and have no idea.
All you history doubters are starting to sound like Henry Ford.
Everyone calm down, I am a media studies student and so is the friend in question and the actual talk in question is for a media studies event, we just wanted it to be a bit more funnier than it is. So I'm not a snob or whatever you want to say but granted, having studied it for two years I can say it is a pretty stupid, although fun in parts, subject.
what do you get if you cross an anthropological demographic who embrace deviancy in a sexual way with an embracement of cyber-technologies and multi-platform communication?
marshal macluhan's global village people.
*tumbleweed crosses DiS slowly...*
it is a little annoying all the MS bashing, after all on statistics its harder to get an A than a Maths A is at a-level (well, based on the percentage of people getting an A, not comparing them directly)
i think its very beneficial in regards to honing skills such as analytical skils, flow of writing and things in that area, but as listed earlier its not the best to use to go straight into a job for. although come to think of it are there really 3/4 A-Levels that would all combine into a single job?
I've had just about enough of your maths bashing.
media studies covers everything media (not just Tv, and if you say that you dont really understand the term media :P) it borderlines on cultural studies.
and yes this comes from a media student.