Month: April 2014

Come one, come all, to the Circus of Media!

It’s  a living and breathing thing within our society. It’s the monster that hides under our beds waiting for the moment to strike and the wind that carries our voices, giving us strength, hope and power. It’s the apple of temptation, the wrecking ball which shatters innocence, and the puppeteer who plays and plucks with our strings. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the 21st century media. BCM110 has been such a great opportunity for me to grow as a writer and to develop my understanding of media concepts and ideologies. Week two, we explored the extent to which the media is blamed for issues within our society, furthermore looking into what is wrong with the media effects model. Is the media really as dangerous as we make it out to be? Well, at the end of the day the impact it has upon us is heavily reliant on whom we are as people. The impact is neither good nor bad. It’s all subjective. The ball is truly in your court or the media in …

The Bling Sphere

We are the generation of narcissism and fame. We understand that if you can’t be famous, be infamous and that you’re nobody until you’re talked about. Such themes are witnessed in Sofia Coppola’s 2013 film … Based on true events, the film follows a group of five teenagers, fuelled by their obsession with celebrity culture, as they rob the homes of countless Hollywood stars. Celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom were all among the victims and this continued until the members of ‘the Bling Ring’ were ultimately caught, arrested and sentenced for their crimes. So what is so important about films such as this? Well, it is all related to Jurgen Habermas’s ideology of the ‘public sphere’, a social arena for news and debate. Furthermore, media professor Alan McKee believes the public sphere is a metaphor for how humans come together and exchange ideas, feelings and information which make up and matter to contemporary societies. With this in mind, I watched the Bling Ring again and found that the movie does contain areas …

I am media. Media is me.

With many different platforms in today’s society, we, as people are no longer just consumers. Gone are the days when we used to just listen or view content via institutional media forms. We have further developed into becoming social prosumers. We are now not only consuming, but also producing content. At the slide of an unlocking iPhone, we are able to deliver news or content to audiences whilst also reading or viewing what others have uploaded. Our media world now has moved from being just monologic and is progressing to dialogic. With such social platforms as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter people are now able to act as citizen journalists, recording events and also being able to interact with other users on issues too. We are able to ‘like’, ‘comment’, ‘share’, ‘retweet’ and even using hashtag platforms to find conversations which we take a certain liking or view too. The world of the gatekeeper has disappeared. In the monologic and controlled media world, information was often regulated before being published though now with it is as …