Month: August 2015

A Trainwreck Movie Visit

Having to go to the movies for research; who can really complain? I mean, for myself, the cinema has always been a great way to go and unwind, forgetting about the stresses of the outside for a few hours, so I definitely believe that this little trip was a well deserved study break! But who’d have known that a simple trip to the movies rely on a serious of other factors. Torsten Hagerstrand, a Swedish geographer developed a theory of three key human constraints, believing that ‘time has a critical importance when it comes to fitting people and things together for functioning in socio-economic systems’. These constraints lie within the capabilities of the event (how to get there), the coupling (getting there at the right time) and authorities (whether or not you are allowed to be there). So with this explained, my sister and I decided to head to the movies to see Amy Schumer’s newest hit comedy ‘Trainwreck’. The movie was playing in Warrawong Hoyts and we also had to meet up with our friends beforehand, so we …

A Dark Room Review

Gemma Mollenhauer’s ‘A Dark Room’ is a fantastic example of an audio interview. The interview is incredibly genuine and raw, supporting the idea that depression is a very important issue within our society. The metaphor of depression being this dark room within ones mind is also incredibly effective and through the use of ambient noises, as listeners can definitely feel and imagine the sense of isolation and hopelessness. Through using the sounds of doors opening and closing, the idea of depression becomes more and more real, giving the interview in-depth emotions and purpose. The continual heavy breathing also creates tension within the interview and is effective in giving the listener and idea of the struggle that someone must undertake when battling depression. I also liked the simplicity of the guitar plucking at the end of the interview. The guitar lightens the mood ever so slightly and represents a way that the subject who is struggling with depression finds an escape. Overall, the piece is incredibly effective and easy to listen to. Audiences alike are able …

Internet: The Creator of Family Feuds, Communication & Narcissism

The internet. It is one of those technological advancements which either lights up the eyes and minds of younger generations or gives older generations the shakes. Why is this? How is it that two generations can exist within contemporary society and have completely contrasting ideas about the internet. Firstly, it is no surprise for you, my dear reader, to learn that the internet is everywhere. I mean, right now you are on my blog for university, reading a post. The internet has saturated every aspect of our lives from being social, to the way in which we are now being educated. It has ultimately became an extension of our very minds. I mean, when I don’t know a fact or figure, I instantly google for the answer and BAM – there it is! Returning home to talk to my Dad (Carl Stanbridge), Mum (Narelle Stanbridge) and sisters (Shannon and Aimee) I was eager to find out how they felt in regards to the internet as a whole and they ways in which they have access to …

LACHLAN DENT: A YOUNG BASKETBALLER WITH TALENT AND AMBITION

Lachlan Dent is one young basketball player to keep an eye on. At just 15 years of age, Dent was selected to play for Australia in the World Championship Qualifiers. Playing basketball since a very young age, Dent continues to grow as both a player and student of the sport. Darren O’Brien, coach of Dent’s Illawarra Representative team wholeheartedly agrees that Lachlan has the potential to go professional and supports him on his ventures playing with the Australian Nationals Goanna team. Such huge achievements and aspirations keep Dent busy with a strict and intense training regime though he is eager and determined as ever to break into the international sporting community and represent the country that he loves in a profession which he so clearly excels in.

Gary Tolhurst

For my audio assignment, I have decided to focus on the relationship that my grandfather has with the bush. Growing up, Gary Tolhurst spent each day playing outside and exploring the bushland that is the Illawarra escarpment. I am also confident that I will have an abundance of sounds to work with as the bush is a place which really is alive and active! These natural sounds will be used to represent the sounds that Gary heard growing up as a ‘bush kid’ and also the activities that he got up to in the bush, during his youth. I am to start off the audio assignment with single layered sounds and as Gary begins to explain how he feels when entering the bush, layer the eclectic sounds to create an audio representation of the escarpment. I may also source some sounds of animals to give context to my piece.

Surfing the Beach Soundscape

The relationship of which I was focussing on for this exercise was the connection my sister has with the ocean. Having grown up near the beach her whole life, Shannon has a real love for all beach related activities and culture. She spends most afternoons in the summer surfing and swimming and during the winter will often walk the beach to relax and get out in the fresh air. When creating this soundscape, I focussed on Shannon getting ready at the beach, listening to the wind, sand and water, and then finally her walking towards the ocean for an afternoon surf. One major challenge which I did face however was the velocity of wind that was blowing into the mic, though I was able to edit this level out the sounds at a more even balance.

Ethno-huh?

Ethno-who? Ethno-what? Ethno-not-my-problem. As it turns out though, ethnography is my problem. As an aspiring journalist and communications and media student, ethnography lies at the heart of these communicative fields. Ethnography in its most simplest form is the study of how people see and make sense of the world (Northey, 2012). Here, as a researcher one is able to have the luxury of looking into thoughts, feelings and ideologies associated with particular audiences. Ethnography ultimately has such a profound significance, which is why it is so incredibly important to understand the stories and perceptions of audiences. Collaborative ethnography can be successfully used when analysing contemporary media through the collections and analysis’ of stories from people of different background and generations. It furthermore requires the researcher to actively work with the subjects through means of engagement (Lassiter, 2005). Interviewing my father last week about the introduction of television gave me understandings of his feelings and perceptions, which were also through later discussion, very similar to many other members of my family. As the interviewer, I was also even able …

Through the Looking Glass: An Introduction to Television.

Imagine being present during the introduction of television into Australian society. Here is this grandiose invention, a new way of seeing the world. Would you be one to look through this new looking glass and fall into a new and modernising world? For my father, Carl Stanbridge, 50, the introduction of television into his life was something that he will always remember. It was in his family home in Thirroul, when my grandfather, Cyril Stanbridge brought home a television. Cyril, his wife and my grandmother, Penny, my father and his brother, Ross, all eagerly awaited the unveiling of this new television and in doing so, the revelation of this new era which they were entering in their lives. “The television that Dad brought home was a small box. We really couldn’t afford anything more, but it was a symbol of stability for us. We were able to own our very own television”. Whilst the introduction of television did not alter family routine, with my father and his brother continuing to play outside until the streetlights …