These two simplistic yet extravagant words, evoke diverse emotions and reactions within individuals across the world. The denotations of the media are relatively basic – “the means of communication, such as radio and television, newspapers, andmagazines, that reach or influence people widely.” However the connotations of the media are exponential. From political corruption, sexualisation of children, a mediated public sphere, mass communication, controversy, exploitation, heroes, the list goes on.
I always thought that my knowledge on the media was current and knowledgable. That is until the #BCM110 took over my spare time and I was exposed to the big wide work of the media. Extending far beyond celebrity hot gossip, sport highlights and natural disasters… it is the unheard stories on unheard mediums, addressing unheard concepts which captured my attention and heart.
Some of these new concepts were difficult to initially understand, helping me criticise, debate, comment and re-evaluate certain aspects of my knowledge. The concept of “Media Ownership” challenged the way I viewed everyday ‘news.’ Was I hearing biased, personal, edited stories from the likes of Rupert Murdoch or Gina Rineheart? By figuring out the small network of people who own various aspects of the media, it allows myself and others to critically assess the validity and integrity of specific media platforms.
The discussion of ‘corporate paedophilia’ regarding the sexualization of children in the media and moral panic, is a very controversial topic, one in which I am interested in investigating further. “Children’s general sexual and emotional development is affected by exposure to advertising and marketing that is saturated with sexualised images and themes,” (Rush and La Nauze, 2006) highlights the impending issues regarding such a sensitive topic and its importance to address it. We all treasure our childhood and children should be innocent and carefree as long as they can, before the pressures of growing up/adolescence/adulthood kick in. I don’t believe it’s a cause of ‘moral panic’ due to the long term effects it has on each individuals sexual and emotional development.
Being a woman in today’s society, I am very passionate about equal opportunity for everyone on this earth and unfortunately, the media is blamed for its misrepresentation of women, which can limit these opportunities. It is a renowned fact that ‘sex sells’ and from a young age, we are told that beauty is a primary concern, other than intellect or personality. The media is both the solution and the problem and a path I would like to further develop is working towards positive representation of women in the media.
Throughout this journey of awareness, understanding and evaluating the media on a local and global context, I have learnt many things about the world and myself. It has reinforced my passion for exploring and learning about places, events, people and concepts which ultimately shape who we are.
Emma Rush and Andrea La Nauze, Corporate Paedophilia, The Sexualisation of Children in Australia, http://www.tai.org.au/documents/dp_fulltext/DP90.pdf, October 2006, accessed 9/04/14
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZkC_fNxmQk, 2011, accessed 9/04/14
7 thoughts on “Looking Back to Move Forward”
a good and strong reflection touching on the serious issues bought up through out the course
I really tried to capture my understanding, yet explore other possible and different aspects in which I would be interested. I guess with the media… It’s never ending.
Good, solid reflection! I like that you were able to critically assess yourself and your blogs. You have a fresh outlook on Media Panic and the way we act upon it. Well Done 🙂
Media Ownership also got me thinking about who is controlling the media I consume? I also liked the point about sex sells for young people. Especially in the digital age, sex is more and more a hot topic relating to young children and the media. A good representation of the issues studied over the past weeks!
I’m sure that you can agree that every video clip, magazine cover, tv shows, movies, social media etc is smothered with provocative girls and guys implying certain messages/ideals… and in reality, those will not all be achieved. I don’t see the point of setting unrealistic expectations on society about your body/lifestyle when there are more important things out there.
I appreciate your feedback.
Great reflection! Your blog is truly wonderful. I agree that I thought i knew enough about the media before BCM110 came around. You have a very good way of writing and intercepting quotes which relate to your posts.
Thank you so much for those kind words. I really want to have a unique writing style which differentiates me from everyone else. Something that I’ll continue to develop throughout this course.
I really appreciate your feedback 🙂