Analysis of Two Music Videos

In an effort to waste my time online and stay up too late, I finally managed to put up that essay I was talking about in a previous post. It’s an analysis of two music video’s, “Afrika Shox” by Leftfield, and “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by Saul Williams. In addition to a pretentious title, I’ve embedded the clips so you can see for yourself what I may or may not be talking about.

Black Men In The Urban Jungle: A Semiotic Analysis of Two Music Videos


The music video is an interesting cultural text that contains a unique constellation of meaning, given its technical and stylistic features. Using the semiotic analysis developed by Saussure and Barthes, the various orders and degrees of meaning can be peeled back from the multiple and diverse images of the music video’s for Afrika Shox by Leftfield, and Sunday Bloody Sunday by Saul Williams. These signs and significations relate to themselves, other images in the video itself, and the wider cultural context of the viewer and in which these signs operate. Multiple political and social meanings can be teased out through this semiotic analysis which highlights the importance of a readers, and a cultures, overall paradigm in the construction of meaning within these cultural texts. [continue here]


~ by hieronymusix on August 24, 2008.

One Response to “Analysis of Two Music Videos”

  1. […] Bloody Sunday”. I wrote about it for a class last semester which  I finally managed to put it up here for someone to plagiarize. This song was actually written while Saul was in Sydney and relates to […]

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