Different Representations of Britishness in Media Texts
The purpose of this essay is to analyze the representations of Britishness in different media texts. I have chosen the movie Hot Fuzz, the drama The Office and the Best Of British Magazine for my analysis. I will discuss how Britishness is represented in these texts and what conclusion can be drawn about Britishness from my analysis.
2. Britishness in the movie Hot Fuzz
The movie Hot Fuzz is a comedy about two police officers who are transferred to a small town where they investigate a series of mysterious deaths. The movie is set in England and includes many stereotypes about Britishness. For example, the town where the action takes place is called Sandford and it is described as a “perfect” English town. Everything in Sandford is traditional and English, from the pubs to the village green. The police officers wear traditional English police uniforms and drive traditional English police cars. Even the food in the movie is traditional English food such as fish and chips and pies.
The humor in the movie is also very British. It is full of sarcasm and self-deprecation. For example, when one of the police officers asks a woman if she has seen anything suspicious, she replies “Only you two.” This type of humor is typical of British humor.
3. Britishness in the drama The Office
The Office is a mockumentary about the everyday lives of employees working in an office in England. The show is set in Slough, which is a town outside of London. The office itself is very traditional with wood paneling and ancient computers. The employees wear traditional business clothing such as suits and ties. Even the food in the office is traditional English food such as sandwiches and biscuits.
The humor in The Office is also very British. It relies heavily on sarcasm and cringe-worthy moments. For example, one character, David Brent, often makes inappropriate comments or jokes that make his coworkers uncomfortable. Another character, Tim Canterbury, constantly makes sex jokes that make his female coworkers uncomfortable. The humor in The Office is typical of British humor: it is often uncomfortable and awkward but also funny at the same time.
4. Britishness in the Best Of British Magazine
Best Of British Magazine is a monthly magazine that celebrates all things British. The magazine covers topics such as fashion, lifestyle, politics, and economics. Each issue includes interviews with prominent Britons such as politicians, businessmen, and celebrities. The magazine also includes articles about traditional British culture such as tea drinking and queueing.
The magazine’s website includes a section called “What does it mean to be British?” which includes articles about what it means to be British from different people’s perspectives. For example, one article is about what it means to be black and British while another article is about what it means to be Muslim and British. These articles show that there are many different ways to be British and that there is no one correct way to be British.
From my analysis of these three different media texts, I have concluded that there are many different ways to represent Britishness depending on who is doing the representing. For some people, beingBritish means being traditional and following certain customs such as eating fish and chips or drinking tea. For others, beingBritish means being modern and cos