Communications Theory: Identity and Difference

These pages are derived from a Communications Theory seminar in which students discussed elements of popular/media culture which are (or have been) personally meaningful to them. The themes shown on the primary page (above) are those which seemed to make up the 'core' of the reasons why people might identify with or relate to particular media figures.




Identification and relationship

For all of the media icons covered on these pages, there is obviously a sense of identification with them (see for example sexual confusion and being different).

But for some this was stronger than others. There was identification with the pain of Richey, the vanished ex-Manic Street Preacher, for example; and those who had read Boy George's autobiography (see being different) were quite sure that they'd get on very well with him.

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