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Shannon Rose: Gen Y and Celebrity Culture.

Shannon Rose is like every 16 year old girl. She studies for Year 11, goes to the beach with friends and has developed an extended limb through her iPhone 4. An active member of social media and a fan of popular culture, I thought Shannon to be the perfect subject for an interview on celebrities and the effectiveness that they play in aiding and promoting charity organisations and campaigns. Below is a series of possible questions that my group and I have decided to use within our surveys and focus group, followed by an analysis of the questions and answers. 1. Have you donated to any charities in the past year? Yes I have. I have donated to the Kids Wish Foundations, as well as the Illawarra Disabled Basketball Association. As of recently, I have also been involved in ‘Project Compassion’ though my school community, though in previous years, I have also donated to cancer charities as well as other minority charities. 2. Have you ever participated in a social media activism campaign? I did participate in …

Ethics: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Ethics. Aren’t they something that have been instilled into us since we were children? Well if so, why do some people have strong ethics, whilst others do not? Albert Camus ultimately states that ‘a man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world’, so one must question what would research practices be like without ethics? Academically, ethics are defined as “norms for conduct that distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour” (Resnik, D, 2011). So research ethics must be tied to the idea that researchers are doing the ‘right thing – by the project, its participants and society at large’ (McCutcheon, M, 2015). It is however, important to remember that there is truly no universal definition of ethics as they will always vary from country to country, culture to culture. But in the media, why should we strive to be ethical? Well firstly, the media is the centre for news. It is the very foundation by which society can communicate and learn. Journalists, from their very first days on the job, are drilled in media ethics. Report …

Media Research: Doing It On The Daily

Research. It’s a word that so many students are familiar with. Some may groan and roll their eyes into the back of their heads, but to me, research is brilliant! Our entire lives are saturated with investigations and research! I wake up in the morning and conduct research by scrolling through my Facebook and Instagram, sourcing information on what has happened in the previous 12 hours. I get stuck or intrigued by a question or idea, so I immediately turn to my friend, Google. Heck, even having a quick stalk on Facebook for the attractive guy or gal you have recently just met can be deemed as research. Research is educating us daily and opening our eyes and minds to so many new ideas and experiences. Simply put, it is when we are “looking for information about something” (Berger, A. 2014). But what does media research truly mean? Well, firstly within our course we are both conducting and engaging in scholarly research, which by Berger’s definition “is more systematic, more objective, more careful and more …