(Original post by Cretin)
Most people don't understand how the media works and often take what they read in newspapers or see on television etc at face value.
The point of media studies is to provide critical skills and the ability to 'read between the lines' whilst gaining a deeper understanding of how the media works. It also develops communication, language and argumentative skills. These not only apply to the study of media but are useful in every area of academia.
By the way I don't even do media studies (I did it at GCSE though) but i'm sure any mron can see the usefulness of the a subject, especially considering that the media is such a hugely important social institution. If it is so pointless then why do schools/colleges/universities bother teaching it? Surely a waste of governmetn funding. The reason why is because it isn't.
I spoke to someone today who has enough experience and works in a credible enough position to make her comments valid. I asked her about this and she came up with the following:
Despite what some people say media studies is seen as a soft option, the sort of course that you do when you dont really know what you want to do.
Contrary to what you might think a degree in media studies is not very highly regarded by most of the industry. Try ringing up the BBC, Sky or the Telegraph and tell them that you are doing a degree in it with a view to employment and see what they say.
It is one of these new "fashionable" courses that are questionable to say the least.
These were her words, not mine. Slate me if you want but I really find it hard to believe that Media Studies is in the same class as Maths, English, Law, the Sciences, the Languages etc...
Anyone who honestly believes that a degree in Media Studies is going to elevate them to the top of the employment ladder has obviously believed the hype and course information. There may be the odd exception but I bet that most people on such a course are doing very little for their overall employment prospects.