I remember sitting down at my very first BCM110 lecture just six weeks ago and being told that our first assignment would be to create and own a blog and also to write a series of blog posts. I was naturally very excited about this even though I’ve never really owned a blog or done any sort of blogging before (does Tumblr count?) So naturally all good things must come to an end, including this assignment. However as an aspiring journalist I feel like this isn’t the last time i’ll be posting my thoughts on this website.
There were a number of things that stood out over the past six weeks. I thoroughly enjoyed learning all the theories and issues associated with the Media. In week two we discussed the concept of the ‘Media Effects Model’ and what the media is continuously blamed for. I found this topic quite interesting, and was later intrigued with research I found on these theories for my blog post.
Week five was also a stand out for me when we discussed theories and issues in regard to ‘The Public Sphere.’ The overall theme of the lecture was, “Media Mythbusting: Big Brother is watching you,” and as soon as I saw this, I knew this topic was going to be good, being a huge fan of the reality TV program in all it’s glory. Sure enough I was not disappointed as we discussed how shows like ‘Q and A’ and ‘Big Brother’ contribute to debate in a mediated public sphere. I had a lot of fun with week five’s blog post, as I chose ‘Big Brother’ and the issues and political debates that have arisen from behavior on the show as the main focus.
All fun aside, I did face a little bit of writers block during week four. During this week we discussed ‘Who owns the media.’ I really struggled with my blog post that week, being stumped about what to write about and why it matters who controls the media. I discovered that after about ten attempts to edit my post, (literally it took me that long to be okay with what i’d written) I really don’t care who owns the media. As long as I have access to Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr 24 hours a day I will be content no matter what.
Last week was one of the most memorable weeks. It was probably the first time I’ve sat through a lecture and did not want it to end. We discussed sexulisation of children in the media and ‘moral panic’ with Miley Cyrus’ erotic behavior being one of the main topics. This lead me to do some research about parent’s fear of sexualised culture and videos and their children being exposed to “lewd viewing.” A discussion stated that most (75%) of parents with daughters said very sexual pop acts were teaching girls they would be “judged on their looks, not their achievements or personality,” alluding to Miley and Rihanna being some of the main offenders. So is this the case? Well according to young role model turned rebel, Miley Cyrus, people were “over-thinking” what she had done (during her performance at the VMAs) and that she had been trying to “make history.” She’s also stated,“My job isn’t to tell your kids how to act or how not to act because I’m still figuring that out for myself.”
In conclusion, I would say I’ve definitely learnt a lot during the first half of this semester at Uni. Exploring theories and concepts used in the media has definitely made me look at it in a new light. I’ve enjoyed learning and reflecting each week’s topics through my blog posts and sadly it has now come to an end.
Thank you to all who took the time to read and leave feedback on my posts, it certainly put a smile on my face knowing people were following along with my work.