What an amazing couple of weeks! I definitely suggest BCM110 too everyone. It has been such an eye opening experience with the new topics i’v learnt including;
Blaming the media on issues in our society additionally looking into the media effects model. This concept made me realise that we can’t blame everything on the media; at the end of the day it’s us that click on the TV.
Semiotics; the science of signs, we looked at the denotations (signifier: Things that give meaning – word/image) and connotations (signified: What is evoked in the mind – mental concept) of controversial texts.
‘Who owns the media?’ This post I struggled with the most, I didn’t know much on the ownership of the media and couldn’t wrap my head around that multiple people owned it. It really extended my knowledge on who and what to trust.
The issues the mediated public sphere may provoke. Talking about the mediated public sphere and researching about it was my favourite. It was so interesting and confusing and that’s why I loved it! I realised that I already had an understanding on the public sphere, we are always interacting and communicating with one another through commenting and sharing.
Finally our last topic and it’s a very interesting one; Children and the media. Everyday a new social issue emerges often accompanied by people questioning; What’s to be done? Who is to blame? In the 1990’s panics where about mugging and dangerous dogs. Now they are centered around the Internet and media’s effect on children. Miley Cyrus is the main focus for debates on children growing up, sexuality, drugs and how they are heavily influenced by the media at the moment. If children are perpetually in the media, does it sexualise them? Looking at Miley Cyrus, Disney’s beloved Hannah Montana, has the media forced her to the extent in which, Miley, outrageously forced her adulthood on the world with sexual characters? Or are we just in shock that ‘Hannah Montana’ has grown up? I believe we are in shock, but in saying that I don’t believe the way she has shown her age is particularly right, then again this is who she is, so why should we question her tactics?
So on reflection I am so happy for choosing this course! BCM110 has been so self satisfying and I have reached a new level of achievement! I can’t wait to see where this takes me!
- Turnbull S, 2014, Lectures 1-6, PowerPoint slides, BCM110, University of Wollongong.
- Then they came for the dogs! Author manuscript, published in “Crime, Law and Social Change 55, 5 (2011) ://peer.ccsd.cnrs.fr/docs/00/68/78/14/PDF/PEER_stage2_10.1007%252Fs10611-011-9293-6.pdf
- Concerns grow over Internet’s harmful effects on children, 4th March 2012 http://www.todayszaman.com/news-273201-concerns-grow-over-internets-harmful-effects-on-children.html