All posts tagged: UOW

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 …

A New Window: The Rich Kid$ Of In$tagram

They say that they eyes are the window to the soul but how many of us are really looking at one another and truly seeing each other? Those who take ‘selfies’ and upload them to various social media channels are supposedly sharing their life but what are they really sharing? The only window which modern society deems more worthy to look through is that of a glowing screen. The selfie is the window to narcissism. Sure, selfies can be fun, silly and a great way to capture a particular moment with yourself or those close to you though it can also argued, “selfies seem inherently to contain the most explicit elements of ostentation and self-propagation” (Weiser, 2015). Has the selfie transformed to be so much more than just a peace and pout? Is it really possible that through the impact of social media channels like Instagram, the selfie has become a money-maker and a façade on so many levels? Enter ‘The Rich Kids of Instagram’. This documentary focuses on the lives of incredibly wealthy youth …

Humans of Technology

Each individual has a story, a tale of how they see or embrace the world. Our world has now become incredibly dependent on the advancements of technologies, so they have inevitably become apart of our stories. It has entered nearly every aspect of our work life, education and social lives. They have essentially redesigned the ways in which our society runs, as well as the very relationships we have with other individuals and our own digital devices. It was these thoughts that inspired the creation of @tech_humans. For the digital project, Monique and I thought it would be best to create an Instagram to photograph people in their everyday lives. As we would ask their permission to take their photo and explain to them the aims of our project, we would begin to conduct a small and simplistic interview, asking them a bunch of questions. From here, we would then take the most interesting quote that they said and use it to accompany the image of the person, both of which would then be posted to …

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 …

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.

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 …

I Bet You Thought You’d Seen The Last Of Me.

Well, I am back into it! I have finally finished my first week back at university and it feels so strange. I have spent the past month and a half travelling the world and now I am back into the world of blogging, but nonetheless I am motivated as ever! For the past 5 weeks Europe and New Zealand have been my playground and I have definitely had the time of my life, though travelling really put into perspective the significance that the media space has upon myself and my life. Whilst my trips were filled with laughter, amazing friendships and sleepless nights, they were also filled with various wifi battles! It is funny to see how quickly a friendship disintegrate when you find wifi access, though the connection is only strong enough for one person at a time. Social media generations have become so immersed into the online world that we feel that we must continue parts of our lives on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Seriously, give me mediocre wifi connection, my …