All posts tagged: society

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 …

Smile! You’ve Just Been Spotted!

Technologies have in most recent years successfully invaded and integrated themselves into contemporary social spaces. Audiences are constantly consuming information from laptops, mobiles and tablets and as it would appear would much rather converse to our friends in the screens, than the real and living people who surround us, which arises the question, are we anti-social or social? As technologically savvy as we have become, are we possibly redefining the traditional social and public space as ‘people make places, more than places make people’. I for one know that I always have my phone on me, even though I may be in a social space. If I am on the train heading into university, I will be texting my friends arranging where to meet and possibly even scrolling through my Instagram, uploading photos taken as the day goes on. However I am also often using the app snapchat, where I am able to send quick snapshots of photos I have taken accompanied with text and whilst the majority of the time, these snaps may be …

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 …

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 …