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    There are things one may never avoid observing, hearing or being told about and an advertisement happens to be one of them. Our lives are dynamic and surrounded by all sort of advertisements. When we don’t read papers, we are either on internet or watching television, listening to radio thus we become a soft target for many companies advertisement. The main role of modern day advertising is to market products of a company but also ensure a large group of customers are targeted and left satisfied so that a company can position itself and create a brand. Semiotic analysis of advertisements is a mirror of cultural norms and values in a given social set up. Thus advertisements becomes critical in this analysis due to the fact that they can be analyzed on ‘surface’ level and “ideologically or mythically on function” (a denotative and a connotative level). This research paper will analyze an advertisements Pantene Hair Fall Control "Colossus…

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    Signs are a commonplace feature of daily life. A sign is defined as anything that can be used to represent something else. (Berger, 2013). Commodity signs are a crucial part of consumer culture. These signs can be found on websites, in advertisements or even in a company’s logo. The principles of semiotics and the criteria for a successful commodity sign can be seen in the logo for Apple Inc. Semiotics is the study of signs and the meanings and codes created by these signs. The pioneers of…

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    Semiotics is, in simple words, the study of signs. Semiotics can be exercised to anything that can be seen as signifying something, that is to say, to everything that has meaning within a culture. The main goal of a semiotic analysis is to establish the elemental conventions by identifying significant differences and oppositions in an attempt to show the system of categories, syntagmatic and paradigmatic relations, connotations, distinctions and the rules of combination present. Using a…

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    In 2010, Beam Global Sprits and Wine launched an advertising campaign aptly titled “Provocatively Premium” to launch their recently acquired brand Effen Vodka. Being launched in 2003, the brand was relatively young. The campaign had to be align with the bold and risky character of the brand. The campaign was designed and executed by the advertising agency Euro RSCG, Chicago, USA. I will use Semiotic analysis theory which finds it’s first mentions in a the book Course on General Linguistics by…

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    Communication in advertising transpires through decoding and encoding levels of messages from the sender to the receiver via a particular medium. Advertisers use on-linguistic and linguistic cues designed to communicate a desired message towards a targeted audience in order to achieve their ultimate goal of selling their product. This essay examines the Katy Perry ‘Killer Queen’ perfume advertisement with a semiotic analysis approach. Furthermore, it analyses the conglomeration of connotations,…

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    In the TV show Struggle Street Semiotics is used to make the viewer perceive the characters worse than what they actually are. In scenes where they make people seem like they are swearing when they aren't or in scenes when they are showing people help trying each other, the editors have made the people seem worse than what they actually are. The show is centred around a family, two teenage girls, and a homeless man. During the show we see the Dad of the family who is swearing and all his swear…

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    Ideas of semiotics come from mainly two people- Charles Pierce and Ferdinand De Saussure. They often share the same thoughts. According to Johnathan Bignell (2002 p.5,6) “Semiotics or semiology, then, is the study of signs in society, and while the study of linguistic signs is one branch of it, it encompasses every use of a system where something (the sign) carries a meaning for someone”. Semiotics according to Ferdinand De Saussure refers to “The signs of life within society”. As said by…

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    around us, informing and recording to its audience. Burgin goes as far as saying photographs are accepted in the same way ‘environment’ is accepted. (Burgin 1982, 142) Burgin notes that until the 1960’s there was no real in depth study of how to read photographs within society. However, soon came the emergence of semiotics, which Burgin perceives brought photography to the forefront and shifted photography in terms of theory. Burgin references Roland Barthes’s Elements of Semiology and further…

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    Introduction (succinctly) The mass media embodies a distinct symbolic system of expression for delivering messages to audience. Semiotic analyses on advertisement expose cultural norms and values associated with a particular society or group of people. The semiotic concepts of the icon, index and symbol must be carefully considered when analysing the media. “Semiotics highlights the way that we ourselves take part in the creation of meaning in messages, suggesting that we are not mere bystanders…

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    only after this that we begin to see ‘beyond the human’; as Kohn describes, it is a “kind of thinking that grows” (2013:27). Set out in six coherent chapters, Kohn begins by introducing familiar anthropological concepts. His exploration of semiotic dynamic, and how symbols and language are unique to humans, remind us of the well-known concept of homosapien dominance over other species. It is however, as we are introduced to various semiotic concepts within the sub-sections of each chapter, that…

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