Month: August 2014

To Hollywood & Beyond!

The film industry has always been the production of lights, glamour and stars, and for many of us no star shines brighter than that of Hollywood’s. Each year, tourists from all around the world flock to the sun-kissed west coast of America, in hope of either seeing the stars or becoming the next biggest hit themselves. For me, Hollywood has always been the epitome of the film industry, however it wasn’t until our most recent lecture I realised that this is not entirely true. Bollywood, Nollywood and even the emergence of Hong Kong and Bombay film industries have began taking the film world by storm. As globalisation continues to spread throughout our contemporary societies, the film industry too has been greatly affected. Such cultural hybridity is central to globalisation and is becoming increasingly evident within films around the globe, as other Eastern countries begin to ‘wrestle the control of global film from Western dominance’ (Schaefer, Karan, 2010). Indian culture in most recent years has also exerted a strong influence in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. This …

International Exchange: The University Dream or University Hunger Games?

University international exchange programs seem to truly offer the opportunity of a lifetime and it is continuing to grow, becoming Australia’s third largest export industry. Chances to make new friends, see new and exciting cultures and travelling the world are all promised and expected! So why wouldn’t students want to participate in such a vibrant and rewarding experience? Hoping to go on exchange next year to either the USA or Europe, I already have envisioned the positive experiences described above, but is this really the case for all students going on international exchange? As we pack up our bags and textbooks, jetting off around the globe, have we ever thought about what the experiences are like for students landing in Australia on exchange, entering our universities and hoping for the same colourful experiences? After looking into the reading by Peter Kell and Gillian Vogl, I began to understand that international students coming to Australia don’t just experience our sunny beaches or lovely weather. They are subject to language barriers, culture shocks, societal fears and other worries about security …

The World Is At Your Fingertips

In a society like our own, we are able to immerse ourselves into a huge variety of different cultures! The 21st century world now involves incredible interactions of new orders and intensity, opening so many windows and doors. Personally, I live a very Americanised lifestyle. I love American brands, the film industry, and ultimately the American dream. Meanwhile, I have friends who have been completely absorbed by the Japanese culture. Each of these experiences are unique and subject to the individual and I think it truly demonstrates just how connected our world has become! Such a utopian view of globalisation can be understood through looking at Marshall McLuhan‘s concept of the ‘global village’, in which it is argued that the world is able to be brought closer together through the globalisation of  connected communications. International interactions have grown to become so easy! Education, arts and ideas can be shared freely, with global events also now being able to be organised. Countries are no longer just subject to celebrating their own cultures heritage, but can now engage and …