Reflection

Blogging for my BCM110 assessment, ‘doomed!’ Screeched through me. Turns out, it wasn’t that bad. Facing weekly blogs, I thought, ‘how hard could it be?’ But finding that fine line between formal/ informal (for a blog that’s being critiqued mind you) is a bit more difficult than it sounds, especially with a word limit.

This activity, prompted me to face a different topic each week, I found ones with passion, motivating me even more so, or something with a shock or twisted response from me; for a strong reaction from the audience, such as the controversy show The Bachelor; love, mediated public sphere or feminism? Or ‘Bangerz tour’ and Miley Cyrus; “I think my show is educational for kid”, a connote figure, which was also something I learnt, how justified images are and who’s in the interest of the media. This feedback tells me “Controversy leads to publicity.”

After observation; the media, being an important factor in my life, was surprisingly different. Focusing on details, including, ‘who is the media’ my answer came down to one name most of the time ‘Rupert Murdoch’. I have since concluded that media may be bias and for the ‘full factual story’ further research will take place, creating in itself a controversy state of mind for myself and more than likely people of BCM110, media challenging views and expectations.

Overall, giving it a good shot, I gained an interest in researching; finding loops and cover-ups in stories, though getting referenced information across in ways I hoped could be improved upon, I have realized that hyperlinking can solve so many problems (example; word count).

This activity has significantly made me more aware of the media and given me confidence to share opinions and how to do it precisely, so I guess that’s a long-term benefit, right? With hindsight, I should perhaps have taken on more challenging topics that would create great controversy and a split in the audience, though that could be a hold back.

 

References

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Staff, F. 2014. Miley Cyrus: “My Bangerz Tour Is Educational for Kids”. [online] Available at: http://www.fuse.tv/2014/02/miley-cyrus-fuse-news-interview [Accessed: 11 Apr 2014].

Ten, N. 2014. The Bachelor winner announced. [online] Available at: http://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/the-bachelor/finale-news-article [Accessed: 11 Apr 2014].

Zelda Lily: Feminism in a bra. 2011. The Bachelor Versus Feminism: Feminism Fail? [online] Available at: http://zeldalily.com/index.php/2011/01/the-bachelor-versus-feminism-feminism-fail/ [Accessed: 11 Apr 2014].

He loves me, he loves me not

I choose you

A rose can determine how far love goes.

A red rose, what love can come down to, so says TV show The Bachelor, a fairy tale or blinded reality? Twenty-five women competing for one man’s heart, is finding love the message raised or the competitiveness survival and feisty drama?

Contributing to the debate in the mediated public sphere, it provokes what love really is. This illusion that competing for love is a ‘social norm’, baits the audience to back competitors; seeing from the women’s perspective, people debate: who the bachelor should choose, why they support her.

However, in reality, is the whole picture seen or saucy, dramatic, mediated extracts for anticipation? Based on finding love, it provokes sexual identity and behaviour; men having the right to flirt and be intimate with any of the twenty-five girls, raising moral issues. Cultural differences; between the women and audiences beliefs about marriage and love; therefore attracting people who have similar principles.

Is the love real or for the show? Being an emotional and personal roller-coaster; it has ideological control over the audience as the perspective of love and treating others is shown through these ‘real life’ scenarios. It manipulates fragmented, apathetic and not genuine relationships, “It’s really hard to believe what has just happened. I’m in shock. I can’t imagine that he could be that close with me but it not be me,” Runner up Rochelle said.

What is love? Who’ll be pricked and who’ll be picked?

Thirteen weeks, strangers to lovers, irrational in reality but The Bachelor- not so much. Love; a constant in everyone’s life is portrayed (being an aired show) as trivialised love; impacting the public sphere, debating when love can be found; age, majority of the contestants fall in age brackets (21-34) and gender; “The Bachelor is probably the most anti-feminist show out there at this moment, and yet its ratings are pretty terrific … It portrays women as shallow and desperate unto of that they purposely cast women to cause unnecessary dram for the cameras. But women – and men on the show – eat it all up”.

References

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[Accessed: 6 Apr 2014].

Bing.com. 2014. the bachelor – Bing Images. [online]

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[Accessed: 6 Apr 2014].

Bochenski, N. 2013. The Bachelor’s kiss from a rose causes feminism to wilt. [online]

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Bochenski, N. 2013. The Bachelor’s kiss from a rose causes feminism to wilt. [online]

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Happened., T. 2013. The Bachelor. It really happened.. [online]

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[Accessed: 6 Apr 2014].

Ten, N. 2014. The Bachelor winner announced. [online]

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[Accessed: 6 Apr 2014].

Ten, N. 2014. The Bachelor. [online]

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Ten, N. 2014. Love Leaderboard. [online]

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Ten, N. 2014. Love Leaderboard. [online]

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[Accessed: 6 Apr 2014].

Zelda Lily: Feminism in a bra. 2011. The Bachelor Versus Feminism: Feminism Fail? [online]

Available at: http://zeldalily.com/index.php/2011/01/the-bachelor-versus-feminism-feminism-fail/

[Accessed: 6 Apr 2014].

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Media, Media Media… or better to say; Rupert, Rupert, Rupert?

 

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Familiar face? Or do we know him better by his voice?

Everyone has the freedom of speech, but the right to remain silent because it could be used against them. What if news companies operated you? Just like Rupert Murdoch. Running fox news, for example, equals great influence and manipulative thoughts over a lot of people. Why, why does it matter who ‘controls’ the media? Simple; power. People with power hold influential, manipulative control. Sure we get news, but are we getting all of it? Rupert may have power and control but not over everybody, for example, The Guardian, recently published; ‘Rupert Murdoch tweets all kinds of crazy over flight MH370 disappearance. World’s premier media mogul offers conspiracy theories about ‘jihadist’ terror threat, despite total lack of evidence’.

This article touch bases on flight MH370’s disappearance, in spite of having no evidence, terror threat theories are offered through twitter, an act to cause manipulative authority? Surely a man with this power will know the effect from his uttered words.

Illustrating this, partaking in the liberal party, publicly backing Tony Abbott stating; ‘Australian public now totally disgusted with Labor Party wrecking country with its sordid intrigues. Now for a quick election’. Again, ending in controversy; Julie Bishop states; ‘He (Rudd) seems to be descending into some dark world of conspiracies where everybody’s against him and it’s led by Rupert Murdoch’, after the News Corp Tabloids instigated Rudd about Murdoch’s bias opinions backlashing that he’s lost the plot.

Regulating the media, Murdoch has the control to line his children with wealth and employment. Why? He has the power. A family line rather a registered corporation; Reuters show his companies as private stability not public interest. Rupert Murdoch Brings His Son Lachlan Back To The Top Of His Media Empire.

Influence, manipulation, deception; key elements to, ‘Who controls the media?’ Bias opinions and ideas; Rupert’s twitter posts (below) have caused a great dispute. Being a prominent, powerful figure; most hear what he has to say. So are these innocent remarks projected or underlining influences…

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>777crash confirms jihadists turning to make trouble for China. Chance for US to make common cause, befriend China while Russia bullies.</p>&mdash; Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) <a href=”https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch/statuses/442680012630945792″>March 9, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>World seems transfixed by 777 disappearance. Maybe no crash but stolen, effectively hidden, perhaps in Northern Pakistan, like Bin Laden.</p>&mdash; Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) <a href=”https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch/statuses/444645058575630336″>March 15, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>777. Still think this a reminder that US and China should be working more closely on Muslim extremist threat.</p>&mdash; Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) <a href=”https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch/statuses/444645760144248832″>March 15, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

 

 

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Booger, B. and Around, C. 2014. Who owns Fox News? | Mortgage & Real Estate Forum. [online] Available at: http://www.loansafe.org/forum/threads/who-owns-fox-news.17176/ [Accessed: 29 Mar 2014].

Heraldsun.com.au. 2014. No Cookies | Herald Sun. [online] Available at: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/special-features/how-the-worlds-media-view-kevin-rudd-julia-gillard/story-fnho52qj-1226670546493 [Accessed: 29 Mar 2014].

Malik, S. 2014. Rupert Murdoch tweets all kinds of crazy over flight MH370 disappearance. [online] Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/mar/16/rupert-murdoch-tweets-conspiracy-theories-flight-mh370-disappearance [Accessed: 29 Mar 2014].

Mirkinson, J. 2014. Rupert Murdoch Gives His Son A Huge Promotion. [online] Available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/26/lachlan-murdoch-news-corp-rupert_n_5033492.html [Accessed: 29 Mar 2014].

Murphy, K. 2013. Rupert Murdoch and Tony Abbott: is a post-election catch-up on the agenda?. [online] Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/oct/16/rupert-murdoch-and-tony-abbott-is-a-post-election-catch-up-on-the-agenda [Accessed: 29 Mar 2014].

Reuters. 2014. Murdoch sets up sons to take over media empire. [online] Available at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/26/us-twentyfirstcenturyfox-appointment-idUSBREA2P0JQ20140326 [Accessed: 29 Mar 2014].

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Is news just another word for gossip?

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Is this really education?

News, where is the line drawn? Impacting lives, but interpretations and perspectives vary between every person. Why? Ethics, judgement and upbringing; a few examples of what could determine your outlook and vision on everything. Miley Cyrus, consistently advertised, but portrayed in ways five years ago no-one would think possible. Photographs; big interpretations for her stories, example, her disputed tours. Shown but questioned as a connote figure in today’s society through timely changes: looks and personality, she’s continuously questioned about her motives and reasoning when in fact, an exclusive interview (Fuse news, February 7, 2014) Miley states; “Even though parents probably won’t think this, I think my show is educational for kid” whereas the picture (top-right) representing new ‘Bangerz tour’ says otherwise.

Representation; comparative to her words creates a complex diversity between private eyes and public views; how messages are misjudged, misinterpreted and misread through actions. Miley, however, a stated denote figure, saying it literally how it is, has caused a controversial interview with Fuse, through the contradictory of her being a connote figure. How do we decipher the difference; what do we chart? Her words or her actions.

What we see: A mysterious, questionable star that’s gone through major changes.

What we hear: “They’re going to be exposed to art most people don’t know about. People are taught to look at things so black and white, especially in small towns. I’m excited to take this tour to places where [art] like this wouldn’t be accepted, where kids wouldn’t learn about this different kind of art.”

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Who is Miley?

The ideological position the news sits on; entertaining, but factual, targets the multifaceted views on Miley. Unfocused on whom the star is, her morals and values, it questions if news is knowledgeable information or gossip, impacting interpretations on media messages; positive and negative, their perspective on Miley, however, can be blurred and juxtaposed by her commentary, thus, “No-one wants to look at something like that and see the positive because it doesn’t sell a magazine.”

References

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[Accessed: 22 Mar 2014].

Harper’s BAZAAR. 2014. The Real Miley Cyrus. [online]

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[Accessed: 23 Mar 2014].

Lara, M. 2013. Twerking, Breakup Anthems and That VMAs Performance: Inside Miley’s Big Year. [online]

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[Accessed: 23 Mar 2014].

Lisa Respers France, C. 2014. 5 things we learned from the new Miley Cyrus interview. [online]

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[Accessed: 22 Mar 2014].

 

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Violent intake, total destruction.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=children+and+violence+from+media&qs=n&form=QBIR&pq=children+and+violence+from+media&sc=0-22&sp=-1&sk=&id=B5B73F32A448A16AE6B73EF4D2BEF007195B1617&selectedIndex=885#view=detail&id=B5B73F32A448A16AE6B73EF4D2BEF007195B1617&selectedIndex=0

we may not even see it

Is innocent a good word for children? Statistics say violence and murderous acts are seeped through children, countless times, before the age eighteen. Animation shows such as The Simpsons, Family Guy and Tom and Jerry are consistently showing acts of violence, but rated PG, so it’s allowed right?

Portrayed as humour, violence is given a blind eye, but where does it stop? Violence affects the development of a person’s morals, attitudes and actions. Blurred lines between right, wrong and reasoning for the action, why? Animation shows, trying to get a laugh out of violence, overlook the imprint it has. Impacting the child’s behaviour can amplify emotional states through relation with violent characters. Homer (a Simpsons character) for example, strangles his son Bart every-time something occurs that isn’t wanted or standard, shown as humour through the constant occurrence of it partaking. This message demonstrates that it’s acceptable to physically take anger out on someone, if something doesn’t go to plan. Violence is seen as a criminal offence, so why is the media educating children that it’s ok? Humour. The answer is to create humour; the sarcastic extents these fictional characters will go; an example; the YouTube clip below:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSkXDJqld3U

 

How do children know better? Short answer: they don’t. Vulnerability; a key asset as a child growing up, learning how to conduct yourself and finding your identity, making television shows role models- inspiration to grow, how they should act, dress and be. Showing violence through multiple shows including ones for children can portray violence as a ‘social norm’. The media represents violent characters such as Homer (Simpsons), Peter (Family Guy) or Jerry (Tom and Jerry) as average people with family, income, home and stability, so quite relatable characters. Their violence; manipulated as bursts of anger, still result in a loving and happy environment concluding to the episode. Message: violence is allowed, it shows anger and it’s just an emotion? Without properly stating that violence is unacceptable, media’s only promoted it to being justified.

if you don't want this

if you don’t want this

then cut out this

then cut out this!

 

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Introduction

Hello, my name is Allana Tapp, born the 28th of June 1995. I attended John Therry Catholic High School and graduated in the year 2013. I am from the Macarthur region and I am currently a part-time swimming teacher. My end goal is to make a difference but to also be myself about it, I eat what I want, do what I want and be who I want as it makes me positive and striving as it’s what I want to do, I treat people with the benefit of the doubt and upmost respect. I’m described as the good kind of weird because I’m out there and real about what I do and what I say. I do not have expectations as that usually leads me to a let down so I am one of them people that like to take it as it comes, but in saying that I am very organised and have my time management under control as I getnauseated if I am underprepared. I’m very adventurous especially outdoors and up to a challenge but I also like to keep indoors with a good movie on with a lot of good snacks. I am studying a double degree, bachelor of journalism and a bachelor of arts where I’ve taken up creative writing and philosophy to gain more knowledge and skills for writing. I am also doing (#BCM) bachelor of communications and media studies and Journalism as it was compulsory courses I had to take but I also have a great interest as it interconnects the world and gives me understanding and justification on influence and perceptions. In five years time, I would like to be at the completion of my degree and have a foundation in the career I am currently aiming to achieve. I have set goals to have experience and foundation in this time frame and exceed past this into a full-time career. I have a great passion for writing and expressing various ideas across a page, and in the future I wish to be a part time author. I am hoping to make a difference with what I do with my life so hopefully a ripple effect will form and others will be influenced to strive to help another person.

oh and this is my dog

oh and this is my dog