Survey of works - Popular Media - How is OCD represented through these…
Survey of works - Popular Media - How is OCD represented through these forms of media?
Web resources - Web resources aim to educate people on the disorder,, this is an informal approach, however these websites still often use examples of cleansliness and organisation as appose to other symptoms which are completely unrelated to both. Although the explaination is a good insight to a branch of the symptoms and common obessive thoughts whivh are experienced with individuals with OCD it doesnt really give much detail on the different forms of OCD or an indication of just how awful it really is to live with daily.
Who is the audience? Anyone looking to find out what OCD is or means
What is the purpouse of this text? To give a definition of OCD.
What type of infomation does it provide? It provides a definition of the term OCD.
Does it touch on information which isnt widely known? No it only mentioned the one branch of OCD and defines it as a cleansliness issue which is right only to a degree as there is more to the disorder than cleansliness. The disorder is an obsessive thought which causes distress powerful enough for the individual to perform a compulsion which is used as a method of neutralising the initial feeling of discomfort.
How is OCD represented here? It depicts OCD as an illness of washing hands and fear of contamination
What have they tried to achieve from this text?
Who is the audience? Anyone who wants to get an overview on what the disorder is and what it entails
What is the purpose of the media found? To educate individuals on OCD and the most common symptoms
What makes this different to the rest of the media found?
What are the key themes?
What type of information does it provide? An educational perspective, which gives information on the disorder and its most common symptoms
Does it touoch on information which isnt widely known?
How is OCD represented on this website?
Does it touch on anything other than the standard cleansliness information found in most other placces? I think goes into more detail of the different types of OCD however does not give a massive indication on how these struggles imact an individual on a daily basis and the effects the condition has on peoples every day lives.
How is OCD represented in this form of media?
Compare to the NHS website? Is there any differences or similarities between what they are trying to acomplissh?
Videos - tend to have more infomration on other forms of the condition, unlike the television series and films which give only one side of the condition which is often mocked.
That dudes 3 minute video of personal experience
This is a more realistic view on OCD presented in media.
This video looks to be informative also but from a real life perspective. The person films this through their own eyes and gives a 3 minute glimps of how OCD is dealt with on a daily basis.
This representation of OCD is through the eyes of someone who suffers with the condition.. A lot of the other sources are informative writings, personal experience accounts by text and misrepresentations through film etc.
TV series - Pure representation - they all seem to present the 'typical' and more common OCD symptoms. There is more to the condition than cleansliness and organisation and films and TV series have a way of stereotyping the condition. I want to stop the stereotyping of the condition and give a real view on how debilitating the condition can actually be.
The Big Bang Theory
This represents a light heardted view and humerous element to OCD which is not the case for people who have to deal with the condition on a daily basis. The days can be unbearable as there is other ways in which this condition can be present.
Sheldon - main character - exhibits OCD like behaviours with cleansliness and having things organised
Television shows like this glamourise the illness and does not depict just how serious and life controling the condition really is. It gives a false sense of how an individual has to go through each day and makes OCD appear to be something that is beneficial to a person.
A detective with OCD who has fears of heights, snakes, crowds etc
This series however differs a little from the others, even though elements of ccleansliness and organisation are portrayed, it also gives suggestions of oother areas of the condition, including irational fears and compulsions which are not the same as your standard cleansliness etc.
This program makes light of OCD in the sense that is contralable andused as an advantage. This is not quite the case for most infdividuals as obsessions are intrusive thoughts which an individual may not want and feel forced to complete a compulsion in order to feel better and neutralise the thought.
Emma Pillsbury character has a fear of germs and contamination
Even though she does mainly show fear of contamintion etc it is still more realisitic as her contition forces her to avoiod situations which is another element of OCD which is often not presented.
Even though this series follows a bit more of a realisti approach a the woman clearly struggles with her issues
Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners
A documentry style program that shows people with OCD who feel the need to obsessivly clean.
This documentry only re-enfources stereotypes portrated in tv series etc that OCD is only about cleansliness and organisation. Although this is one branch of the OCD tree, it is not the only area.
Podcasts - Similar to the web resources however tends to be more informal. Aims to educate individuals on what it is like to live with the condition and some elements of personal experiences are shared within it.
The OCD podcast I read about
Heard a persspective from abother person with OCD, however listening toa voice didnt really feel as powerful as the story could have been. It is hard to percieve emotion through voice and i think this would work better as a short film on their experience.
Games / VR
A lot of VR stuff seems to be for treatment of the condition rather than detailing what the condition is.
There is a gap in knowledge on other forms of OCD and a lack of personal experiene videos. Although there are some personal experiences written about in blogs and interviews etc. Interactive film immerses the viewer and makes them feel closer to the topic. Maybe show somevidence as to why videos work, and then as to why interactive film works to learn and then about how it could work with the gap in knowledge.
The gap in knowledge is there are other forms of ocd other than cleansliness and the need for organisation. There are other branches of the subject including repetition, fear of death, and some more. Maybe refer back to the stuff Sharon gave me as that wil give more detail on the different types.