Month: March 2014

Media Ownership – THE BIG FOUR

So at the beginning of our fourth BCM110 lecture we were posed with the question ‘who controls this media’? This was my exact reaction. I felt as dazed as Miss California being asked a question about global warming, under the spotlights of flashing cameras. Who did own the Australian media? It was here that I also remembered a quote I once read by Jim Morrison, “Who ever controls the media, controls the mind”. This made me rather concerned. I mean, who does hold the power to influence us within Australian media. Who delivers us what we believe is the whole and factual truth? Well, luckily for me, it was made apparent that there are indeed four main personalities who own the majority of the Australian media. Kerry Stokes, Gina Rhinehart, Rupurt Murdoch and Bruce Gordon. In a previous blog post of mine, I actually looked into the role and influence that Murdoch and his ‘News Corp’ infleunces had during the most recent Australian Federal Election, in which he campaigned heavily against Labor and widely distributed his support …

‘We are doing it because we love you’ – Apple

How much control do you really have over your device? Surely my iPhone is my own, but is it really? I mean, I can’t personalise it, and Apple still maintains control over it. So it is here that I arrived at a crossroads. Some believe that our media and technologies are out of control, but others disagree. Ultimately, Henry Jenkins poses the thought that ‘some see a world without gatekeepers, others a world where gatekeepers have unprecedented power.’ (Jenkins, 2006) Now think of Apple and Android, two devices that share the same media platform. However, one can be viewed as an open device whilst the other cannot. Guess which one is which. Congratulations, you’re correct! Android offers its consumers the luxury of having the ability to modify the device to their personal needs, whilst Apple has a closed environment, taking the stance that ‘we are locking this device for your own good’ (permission culture). Here are two very different ideologies and I believe there is no right or wrong answer, it is rather subjective. Personally, I am an Apple …

Copyright. I can say that? Can’t I? ©

Safe to say, this is how I felt after our copyright lecture. I’d always known about copyright, but never truly understood the complexity of it. Who knew I couldn’t play music that I had bought, in the public domain for others to listen too? This lecture really had my head spinning. What was I? A cold blooded serial downloader, guilty of copyright crimes. Surprisingly I didn’t have more of an in-depth understanding of copyright, it’s not like it is a new concept! It has been around since the Enlightenment Period in which the notion of property now included thoughts and expressions! With the invention of the printing press, copyright was now in full swing. Charles II became concerned with unregulated copying of books and passed the licensing of the Press Act, 1662. Copyright laws have since become more regulated, with such acts as the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Mickey Mouse Act. Now this is where I become conflicted. Copyright protects the media that we all know and love, but these laws are only …

Instagram – the 21st century window.

Instagram is by far my favourite social media platform and as an active user, I love uploading my own photos/videos as well as browsing through that of my friends, celebrities and companies profiles. It wasn’t however until I saw this image and read this particular quote that I knew that Instagram should be the platform that I choose to follow for my duration of studying BCM112. ‘ You are what you share.’ – Charles Leadbeater, We Think: The Power of Mass Creativity. The image and quote really got me thinking about the impact that Instagram has had upon the 21st century and furthermore and what it actually is able to achieve and develop into. Instagram, since its creation by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger in 2010, has since become an international phenomena and continues to develop and challenge social media platforms. Instagram, having been active for the past four years has already transformed within itself, as well as transcending to impact other social media platforms, and I am eager to follow this platform for this semester …

A picture is worth a thousand wordssss…

Semiotics have become a part of our every day life and defined by two distinct aspects, the signifiers and signified. The image I have chosen has been labeled as ‘disgusting’ yet still immeasurably  ‘intriguing’. This image of course is the promotional poster for the 2013 ‘horror and erotic thriller’, American Horror Story: Coven. The signifiers within the image are primarily the three female characters. The precise positioning and facial expressions of all three characters also give the poster near symmetry. However, the true centrality of the poster lies with the white snake, which appears to be coiling itself between and through the three females mouths, ultimately linking them all together and alluding to a form of grotesque connection. The text within the image also lets the audience know that this is indeed a promotion for the upcoming release of the third series, further going on to name the majority of the cast, who are all predominately female. Now whilst the denotation elements of the poster may be widely shared amongst most people, the connotations (signified) …

Adam, Eve and the Media – Do you dare to take a bite?

Our society has become a post-modern ‘Garden of Eden’, though it is no longer a place of perfection, failing to ameliorate the human condition and mind. We are all merely Adam and Eve,  influenced and tempted to take bite of that juicy apple which is being dangled in front of us. This apple, of course, has grown into becoming the media. The media definitely does have a profound influence upon society and can be blamed for some factors, but a sword does have two sharp edges. We are just as guilty for allowing ourselves to be manipulated. I remember watching ‘Underbelly: Razor’ with my fifteen year old sister when she commented on the beauty of both Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine and the exciting lives that they must have lived. Little did she know that such a TV show ‘based on true events’, had also put its on spin on the tale between these two Queens of the Underworld. The glamour of both Leigh and Devine was greatly exaggerated and the lifestyle was nowhere near as exciting …

An Awakening

Greetings and welcome to my blog for BCM110! My name is Blake Justin Stanbridge and I am studying Communications and Media this year at UOW. I am 18 and have always lived around the Illawarra, currently residing in the Northern suburbs! I have recently just graduated from Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts, where I was both a music and drama student and am now eager to begin my studies at UOW. I have always been an avid reader and had a keen interest in media and communications. Ideally, once I graduate I would love to work in Public Relations, but that could very well chop and change as my degree progresses and as I continue to broaden my understanding and skills. I also hope to travel the world, Europe in particular and would also love the spend time studying abroad! My passions include music, acting, reading, history and watching TV shows. I also believe myself to be creative, ambitious and quite competitive person. I do look forward to meeting more people throughout this …