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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 …

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 …

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 …