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Media Analysis Essay Topics: 10 Ideas You Might Not Thought Of


Media analysis essays are often fun and thought provoking but difficult to describe using word alone. You are expected as the writer to carefully observe a painting, film, song or any other media and write about your observations analytically.

This process requires a higher level of thinking than most are accustomed to but it can be much more intellectually satisfying than other essays. Unfortunately, due to the difficulty in describing a piece in words that must be experienced using many other senses, this list of topics will need your imagination to work very hard if you are to see how these can be used effectively. Some will be familiar and others will be novel. If you like you can try a little bit of everything.

They are as follows:

  1. Isolate the most frequently occurring lyrics in the top ten most popular songs in the world on any given day and analyze their significance
  2. Compare the original and remade versions of a popular film to decide which era tackled the most important themes better
  3. Explain the reason for the curious lack of foamy mouths in toothpaste commercials
  4. Look at commercials that are aimed at men and analyze the types of beauty that they most frequently promotev
  5. Study the famous painting of “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci and argue whether you believe he intended to paint Mary Magdalene into the scene or a very effeminate disciple (give reasons for your answer)
  6. Consider a compelling example of dance and explain how the movement was used to express emotion in as much detail as possible
  7. Consider the modern gaming industry and discuss how the hyper-realism of first person shooter games may be desensitizing young people to acts of gun violence
  8. Look at the appearance of hate speech in music over the past few decades for trends that indicate a greater acceptance of people who are different
  9. perhaps even celebrated in pop culture
  10. Create your own piece of artwork and then use others’ interpretations of it to help create your written analysis

If you have never tried this type of essay before this is a good opportunity to get the practice before you are asked to think this way under exam conditions. You can also get better at the skills of analysis that are useful in your daily life.