Spectacle Vs Compassion

I feel that to see others suffering as a ‘topic’ – it becomes more difficult to feel empathetic towards those who are suffering. I think this is mainly to do with storytellers who basically exhibit the suffering to us – commonly those who are contrastable, and do not bare the suffering for themselves. Can bystanders…

CHANGING OUR LIVES ONE SELFIE AT A TIME.

19% of us are uploading selfies regularly to our social media accounts, by all different kinds of people and in all kinds of situations – and what for? We all know they provide a visual representation of your identity, who you are, what you do, how you feel, but they can mean and function more…

BCM210: Are sites like facebook offering us researchable content?

When gathering knowledge, we are conducting research. Most of the time in everyday life, we are researching without consciously knowing at the time. When I scroll through my facebook feed, I see all sorts of different articles (which seem to be mainly provided by unreliable, un-news-worthy sites. Yet, I open them, eagerly interested in acquiring…

Children and the media (something for this week)

When it comes to how children are presented in the media, it is expected that they will be happy, curious, and ordinary. Perfectly moral and ethical, after all, they are generally thought of as adults’ own children, or a symbol of where it is thought future generations will be heading. But when the line is…

Reflection

Throughout the last six weeks I have been exploring the ideas, concepts and theories of media effects and the effects the media has on society, visual controversy and how they include signifiers and signifieds, the importance of media ownership and the influence it makes on our lives, the role of the mediated public sphere in…

Do the owners of media corporations have an influence on us?

Why does it matter who controls the media? People who are in control of Australia’s largest media organisations such as Rupert Murdoch have the power to spread their opinions thoroughly across Australia right? But we don’t have to listen or oblige to these opinions – Australia today is a lot different than Nazi Germany during Hitler’s reign. Television and newspapers are…

BCM110: Operating as a ‘Sign’

The above AACT advertisement is a controversial text that uses connotations and denotations to reveal the ‘sign’ viewers see to create a meaning from the text. Firstly, we need to discuss the things we see in the text, the denotations, to give insight on what it makes people think about. The rabbit is obviously a…

BCM112: SNAPCHAT: Quick communicating

Generally speaking, Snapchat is a free ‘app’ that allows users to send photos or ‘selfies’ to each other for a set period of time (10 seconds or less). Not only is it included in the common array of social networking apps that most smartphone owners use alongside Facebook and Instagram, it is increasingly being used…

BCM110: BLAMING the media – Is it their fault?

Because particularly technological media is relatively new to society, it has brought cautions to those who were raised without the internet, text messages and social media platforms. This potentially causes older generations to criticise the media due to the difference between their social life at a young age compared to the children of the 21st…