November 2015

Media city.

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3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.1 The magazine industry.



The First magazine is the ‘National Geographic’ magazine produced by William Randolph Hearst in the early 20th century. The second magazine is ‘Cosmopolitan’ produced by Joanna Coles in 2015. As you can see there is a very big difference between both of the magazines. The first magazine is a lot more conventional and traditional whereas the second one isn’t. The first magazine is very dull and doesn’t even have an image to look at on the front cover, which would be found very boring today. The second image however is visually appealing. People will see the bright colours, the image and all the text and be appealed to the magazine and want to buy it, to see what more it has to offer.

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Be careful what you tweet.

The law has been broken many times on twitter due to what people tweet. Below are some examples of the law being broken.

Ched Evans.

The case: Twitter users name the victim of rape by footballer Ched Evans.

Various supporters of the footballer tweeted the name of the women who was a victim of Ched Evans. This broke the deformation law as it could of seriously harmed the women’s reputation.  The people tweeted about her made it clear that they didn’t realise that naming the victim was breaking the law.

Jon Venables.

The case: Social media users circulate alleged pictures of child killer Jon Venables.

This breaks the ‘contempt of court’ law. It is always made clear that nobody’s identity should be made known throughout a case as it is very dangerous. Not revealing their identity also protects them from vigilante attacks and later allows them to start a fresh, new life under a new identity.

Joanne Fraill

The case: Juror Joanne Fraill contacts defendant in trial by Facebook.

She exchanged messages back and forth with the defendant on facebook,  This was a contempt of court as she is only supposed to make up her mind on the evidence presented to her only in court, not what they have seen in the media in order to have a fair trial.

Paul Chambers.

The case: Paul Chambers joked on Twitter that he would blow up Robin Hood Airport.

He tweeted “Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!” after the airport was closed due to snow. He was convicted for Making “grossly offensive” comments under the Malicious Communications Act 1988.

After we did this we had to look at tweets on twitter and use them to make a spread in a magazine. We were able to choose a topic that interested us and I chose to do the tweets on Christmas, positive and negative.


The uses of Twitter.

Twitter is used in many ways by different people.

  • To express yourself- To share your thoughts and opinions.
  • To socialize – To connect with people; Friends, family and others.
  • To promote- This is often used by companies, celebrities and organisations.
  • Campaigning/ raising awareness.
  • news
  • business
  • keeping up with recent trends/ topics.

Examples of an organisation, company and individual that uses twitter to promote.

Organisation- To Write Love On Her Arms. This is an organisation that uses twitter to raise awareness of mental illnesses such as addiction, depression, self-injury and thoughts of suicide. It is an organisation which aims to present hope for people that are struggling with these things, hoping later they will invest into treatment and recovery. It shows that they are not alone and there are people which can help them get through whatever they are going through.

Company- Starbucks. Starbucks uses twitter to advertise new offers within their company and it is also a place which they can discuss things with their twitter followers. Weather it be

An Individual- Justin Bieber. He uses twitter as a way to promote his music or other projects he is getting involved with. Recently Justin Bieber returned from a break and was about to release a new single, because he hadn’t been in the industry for a while he had to do a lot of promoting, he did this by having various different celebrities take pictures counting down to his new single.

Twitter has become a very important news source. A lot of people use twitter these days to find out the latest news. 74% of twitter users now use it as a news source as well as social networking, daily.

An example of a news story that was broken on twitter is the Caitlyn Jenner story. Caitlyn first came out as a transgender women on twitter.


All these uses of twitter fit into the uses and gratifications theory. This is where we use the media to gratify our need for diversion, Personal identity, Personal relationships and surveillance.

To divert us from our own problems, or just to relax we will often turn to social media, to connect with friends, to express ourselves, opinions and feelings. Twitter also helps us to maintain personal relationships, we can talk and connect with those closest to us.

Twitter is where celebrities promote themselves, and where we, as fans/ supporters of those celebrities, keep in touch with whats going on in their world through surveillance. We follow when new music, films, tv shows etc come out and in general what they are up to, daily. Celebrities on twitter may also help many people with personal identity. This is because a lot of people find what they want to be as people, in celebrities and aspire to be like them in the future. They will buy the brands they do, listen to the music they listen to and try to achieve what they achieve.

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