What is a genre?
- Media texts that share a common structure are grouped into a genre.
- That structure serves as a special code related to such things as technique, production values and the medium itself.
- A genre is a code shared by the author and the viewer.
- This code provides context in the form of objects and sounds that signify a sense of place.
- A genre is not a clear, sharply defined group.
- When we say that the author of a media text seeks to make the work seem “natural,” we often mean natural to a certain genre.