Stuart Hall - Audience Positioning

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1. Stuart Hall–Encoding/Decoding Stuart Hall is a cultural theorist and Professor of Sociology at the Open University. Stuart Hall looked at the role of audience positioning…

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1. Stuart Hall–Encoding/Decoding Stuart Hall is a cultural theorist and Professor of Sociology at the Open University. Stuart Hall looked at the role of audience positioning in the interpretation of mass media texts by different social groups. Hall came up with a model suggesting three ways in which we may read amedia text:   2. Encoding and decoding Dominant reading - reader fully acceptsthe preferred reading(audience will read the text the way the author intended them to) so that the code seems natural and transparent. The negotiated reading– the reader partly believes the code and broadly accepts the preferred reading, but sometimes modifies it in a way which reflects their own position, experiences and interests.  The oppositional reading– the readers social position places them in an oppositional relation to the dominant code. They reject the reading. 3. Media Power Hall was concerned with media power, including how it propagates particular social values, to createdominant ideologies(in other words framing public debate surrounding certain issues; e.g. the role of women in society, asylum and immigration, the welfare system, the monarchy etc...) He believes that the mass media create and define issues of public concern and interest throughaudience positioning . Polysemy - is the capacity for a text to havemultiple meanings. It is to do with how individuals interpret anddecode readingsin different contexts and cultures.