I found this concise guide for helping young people analyze the media....Thanks Itaca!
KEY QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN ANALYZING MEDIA MESSAGES www.projectlooksharp.org
AUDIENCE & AUTHORSHIP
Authorship Who made this message?
Why was this made?
Who is the target audience (and how do you know)?
Who paid for this?
Impact Who might benefit from this message?
Who might be harmed by it?
Why might this message matter to me?
What kinds of actions might I take in response to this message?
MESSAGES & MEANINGS
What is this about (and what makes you think that)?
What ideas, values, information, and/or points of view are overt? Implied?
What is left out of this message that might be important to know?
What techniques are used?
Why were those techniques used?
How do they communicate the message?
How might different people understand this message differently?
What is my interpretation of this and what do I learn about myself from my reaction or interpretation?
REPRESENTATIONS & REALITY
When was this made?
Where or how was it shared with the public?
Is this fact, opinion, or something else?
How credible is this (and what makes you think that)?
What are the sources of the information, ideas, or assertions?
Cindee Case, MAPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.