All posts tagged: life

The Saviour: Anthropomorphism

Animals and humans have always had intricate relationships with one another. Since the beginning of time, animals and humans have worked along side each other, hunted one another and lived side by side with the other, so it is only natural to see animals present in the media within contemporary society. From the youngest years of our childhood, we are introduced to animals in the media. I for one, was obsessed with animals as a youngster. My favourite movies consisted of The Lion King, Dumbo and The Land Before Time, all of which were films based around animals. These films attempted to portray the natural world as a reflection of our own humanity, developing the concept of anthropomorphism. By giving these animals a human conscience and understanding of the world, we are opening up new doors to the way we feel towards animals and the way in which we understand their nature. There would not have been a dry eye in the cinema as Scar acted on his plan to murder Mufusa in front of Simba. Even …

For the Traveller

There is no feeling more euphoric than setting off into the cloudy blue skies, for the journey of a lifetime. A smile will be composed across your face as you begin to imagine the possibilities of adventure and the beautiful cultures and sites that you will see and experience. This moment is something that every person deserves to experience. Young at heart, wise at mind and a burning passion for all that life has to offer, the traveller is a unique being. Be you travelling alone or friends, travelling truly is the opportunity of a lifetime. Travelling has the opportunity to shape you, to change the very essence of your being, challenging what you thought you knew and who you thought you were. It’s a liberating and entrancing experience. Every one of us a story, something that has unconditionally changed or inspired us. Travelling the world is no different. You may temporarily leave behind your life back home, though you will fall in love with people who have their own stories and journeys, with cities …

Who Truly Counts In Global Media: The Value of Life

News is the very foundation by which society is able to find out information or events on local, national and international scales. Though it is surprising that as a Western society, our news broadcast focuses a lot of time and resources on events that only directly affect us. After this week’s lecture and having done some further research, I have since decided to focus on the idea of death on the news and in the media and the unsettling ideology that ‘all life is precious, sacred and equal, but as far as our media and politicians are concerned, some is more precious, sacred and equal than others’. This, I believe, is a great problem evident in contemporary global media and something which needs to be addressed. Stephen Romei, the Australian newspaper’s assistant editor, in charge of the foreign affairs pages, has written an article on what he terms ‘the cynical calculus’ of news values, arguing that how is it possible that ‘one Australian is worth five Americans, 20 Italians, 50 Japanese, 100 Russians and 1000 Africans’. Interestingly …