Post-modernist terms:

Postmodernism: A late 20th-century style and concept in the arts, architecture, and criticism that represents a departure from modernism and has at its heart a general distrust of grand theories and ideologies as well as a problematical relationship with any notion of “art.” [1]

Hyperreality: A state in which the boundaries of what is real and what is fake are blurred. There is no 'absolute truth' and perceptions are thus merely subjective; the distinction between reality and representation is no loner sustainable. Jean Baudrillard is a key thinker. 

Simulacra: A deliberate, artificial simulation but an insubstantial form or semblance of something. One of Jean Baudrillard's key concepts. 

Media terms:

Media: The main means of mass communication (television, radio, and newspapers) regarded collectively. [2]

Red Top: A type of tabloid journalism in the U.K, known for their infamous use of glossy designs, adverts and indecent paparazzi. 

Sensationalism: The use of sensational matter or methods, especially in writing, journalism, or politics. [3]

Yellow journalism: A type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. [4]

Media imperialism: A theory which states that the media imposes and takes over public opinions. Such as the imposing of Western norms onto Eastern countries via televisions shows; creating a homogeneity of identity.


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