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17 Questions to Ask About Soap Operas and TV Series

These questions are based on those in Tony Watkins’s book ‘Focus: The Art and Soul of Cinema’ (Damaris, 2007). They are intended to help you organise your thinking as you watch a soap opera, television series and such. As well as helping you in your own thinking about series like this, these questions also provide a useful framework for group discussions.

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12 Questions to Ask When Watching the News

News media play a significant role in the everyday lives for most of us, and we need to actively engage with it. If we don’t, we fail to appreciate the demanding and significant work of the journalists. Nor do we become critically aware of the explicit angles and the underlying perspectives in the news. The following set of critical questions will help us reflect carefully when watching, reading or listening to the news, whether global, regional, national or local. If you apply such questions as these consistently, engaging the news become increasingly meaningful!