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Essay Questions
10th Edition

A self-help tool to aid in the study of the First Look text (started with the 9th Edition)


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Chapter 26—Semiotics

  1. One critique of the theory is that Barthes’ approach “borders on conspiracy theory.” Explain whether you agree or disagree with this assessment of Barthes’ work.
     
  2. Explain the relationship among a sign, a signifier, and a signified. Use a sign prevalent on your campus or in your town as an example.
     
  3. Think of your favorite recently-released movie. Using Barthes’ ideas, explain how the movie reinforces the dominant values of society.
     
  4. Unlike McLuhan, Barthes says little about the medium through which a sign is communicated. Write a dialogue between McLuhan and Barthes where they debate the question: Which is more important, the medium or the content of a message?
     
  5. Keeping his analysis of wrestling in mind, how might Barthes respond to the genre of reality television shows? How would he characterize the basic premises and plot elements that comprise the shows? How might he account for their great popularity?

You can access the Essay Questions for a particular chapter in several ways:

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  • To quickly find a theory by chapter number, use the Table of Contents and link from there. It will take you directly to the theory with available options highlighted.
  • You can also use the Theory List, which will take you directly to the theory with available options highlighted.

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New to Theory
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in this short
video overview
(3:01).

Essay Questions
10th Edition

A self-help tool to aid in the study of the First Look text (started with the 9th Edition)


List mode: Normal (click on theory name to show detail) | Show All details | Clear details

Chapter 26—Semiotics

  1. One critique of the theory is that Barthes’ approach “borders on conspiracy theory.” Explain whether you agree or disagree with this assessment of Barthes’ work.
     
  2. Explain the relationship among a sign, a signifier, and a signified. Use a sign prevalent on your campus or in your town as an example.
     
  3. Think of your favorite recently-released movie. Using Barthes’ ideas, explain how the movie reinforces the dominant values of society.
     
  4. Unlike McLuhan, Barthes says little about the medium through which a sign is communicated. Write a dialogue between McLuhan and Barthes where they debate the question: Which is more important, the medium or the content of a message?
     
  5. Keeping his analysis of wrestling in mind, how might Barthes respond to the genre of reality television shows? How would he characterize the basic premises and plot elements that comprise the shows? How might he account for their great popularity?

You can access the Essay Questions for a particular chapter in several ways:

  • Switch to View by Theory, then select the desired theory/chapter from the drop-down list at the top of the page. Look in the list of available resources.
  • To quickly find a theory by chapter number, use the Table of Contents and link from there. It will take you directly to the theory with available options highlighted.
  • You can also use the Theory List, which will take you directly to the theory with available options highlighted.

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Resources available to all users:

  • Theory Overview—abstract of each chapter
  • Self-Help Quizzes—for student preparation
  • Chapter Outlines
  • Key Names—important names and terms in each chapter
  • Conversation Videos—interviews with theorists
  • Application Logs—student application of theories
  • Essay Questions—for student prepatation
  • Suggested Movie Clips—tie-in movie scenese to theories
  • Links—web resources related to each chapter
  • Primary Sources—for each theory with full chapter coverage
  • Further Resources—bibliographic and other suggestions
  • Changes—for each theory, since the previous edition
  • Theory Archive—PDF copies from the last edition in which a theory appeared

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  • Discussion Suggestions
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  • Short Answer Quizzes—suggested questions and answers
  • Compare Texts—comparison of theories covered in A First Look and ten other textbooks

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