Across the nation
(for your chances of a 7 if you don’t understand it sufficiently well enough in the summer – I’ve spent weeks doing these worksheets on those scallies throwing gun signs behind David Cameron so I’m not explaining it again)
This is how I used to begin my introduction to the thorniest of media topics. In my head I wanted to sound like a Scouse version of Linton Kwesi Johnson, the greatest political roots reggae poet of our times. Cool beyond cool, his searingly brilliant but memorable rhymes were my template; my key to unlock the mystical door of representation for my knowledge thirsty students. I actually sounded like I was just trying out a new set of Poundland dentures. “Sounds like Stanley Johnson that Sir”
Well let’s get this over with…
This, in many ways, is the concept that students have the most consistent difficulty with. This is because it’s subjective at times, and also requires (ideally) a somewhat developed sense of social and cultural understanding to help join up the dots of the images and ideas being discussed.
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