Daily Archives: April 15, 2013

Reflection #bcm110

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I have enjoyed everything that has been explained from the Lectures and discussed in the Tutorials, from talking about who controls the media to the mediated public sphere. I have been shown the biased and agendas that appear in our media in order to persuade an audience, to the male only coffee houses where discussion and concerns took place.

Through blogging on the weekly topics I realise that it helps with getting some practical use on what the topics are about and also my perceptions of what stands out to me about the concepts/topics being talked about. Such as the topic of Semiotics and Ideology where looking at images and ads are made for multiple purposes such as the denotation (what is the image) and connotation (what does it represent) of an image.

From reading other students blogs doing the same subject I have realised that everyone has takes a different aspect to the concepts and produces their blogs in their own way. It is also enjoyable to view the videos and links other students post that are something I have not seen in awhile or thought the way they did about it.

BCM110 Introduction to Communication and Media Studies is a great and interesting subject that has my interest and has pretty much set in what I want to do at University and is a stepping stone to what I want to do in future.

What am I this week Media?

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Celebrating a mate’s birthday at the local club – being the designated driver, I find myself watching my mates and their behaviour as they are constantly consuming alcohol. I am noticing the typical early signs of being intoxicated – odd movements, random bursts of laughter and obscure ideas, higher confidence, lower social awareness and the increase of volume and vulgar language when speaking to someone that is right next to them. I also noticed the increase of appearances from security guards and staff watching us, so… it wasn’t just me paying attention to my mates.

It isn’t odd that we were being watched, the establishment, the guards and staff do have to do their jobs. Watched from across the room or being watched from all of the cameras – that were obvious. It was more about being watched about the potential dangers that could happen, not the actual behaviour going on. Watching through the cameras I suspect there to be no audio just video, so It would be not until an action that could be seen as a potential escalation of something more dangerous that my mates and I would be able to stay.

This seems to be how surveillance/CCTV/phone footage is being used by the media. To produce content for, yet against, the public by controlling the potential dangers society has to offer, until a danger occurs, then it is displayed in the media everywhere alerting the audiences to the troubles of people and countries.

For example with the current label of Australians being racist in the media shown by:

From 2 weeks ago – discussion on Sunrise

From 4 months ago

When I type “racist” then press space, I am greeted with “racist Australia” as the 4th most searched phrase in both Google and YouTube. If I type in “racist a” I get “racist Australia”, “racist Aussie jokes”, “racist Asian names” and “racist Australia jokes” rounding out the top 4 displayed on Google.

It is not just Google, YouTube and the news showing some simple clips that portray racial discrimination in Australia – sticking with the racism in Australia’s media, we are shown documents, research and interviews that both portray Australia as racist. Such as this ground breaking SBS report (published 23/2/11 – brought up each time racism enters Australian media) that says 1 in 10 Australians are racist, this story (published 5/4/13) of daily real life events from Waleed Aly (appears also on Tens The Project) who describes the passive, pervasive racism that has always been in Australia or the following video from website All Together Now

Our media has focused on a topic that creates discussion and concern to everyone. Looking at the videos above, comments made and looking at what is being searched on the net (globally), Australia is racist… until the next news story when fickle Australia becomes something else.