237130_A2_Week6_Task#2_Analysis Ideology_27/04/2016.

Images and Ideology and What is Ideology?

1. Define ideology in 30-75 words and situate in your glossary.

Ideology is the ideas around society or politics based on social theory, it can invert and obscure the way things are and thinking of ideas that are detached from history. Ideology helps to define and understand how current politics and society works and stating it as a natural and unchangeable thing. Ideology is always working when it comes to personal and naturalized situations.

2. Refer to one of your selected visual texts to explain why you think ideology is an important consideration when analysing this visual text. (30-75 words)

Velázquez, Diego. Las Meninas. 1656. Museo Nacional Del Prado, Spain. Artstor. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.

Velázquez, Diego. Las Meninas. 1656. Museo Nacional Del Prado, Spain. Artstor. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.

Ideology can come into play when thinking about who is being shown within this image. With ideology being the idea of politics and society based on social theory, we can see the politics of the image being the royal family of Prince Philip IV of Spain. Ideology can help during analysis of this visual text because it can help us to understand ideas through politics and where these people within the image would have stood in society.

Reflection : will you use this as a draft for an essay paragraph?

I think that I could use some of the ideas from this paragraph but I don’t think this would be a good structure for my essay. From this I can take the ideas around ideology and think about them when analyzing the visual text used for each paragraph, then use these ideas when writing my overall essay paragraph.

Texts Referenced and Link to Video:


(Cartwright, Lisa. “Images and Ideology.” Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. By Marita Sturken. New York: Oxford UP, 2009. 22-26. Print.)

(NovaraMedia. “What Is Ideology? – Terms of Engagement.” YouTube. YouTube, 29 Nov. 2015. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.)


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