A prominent ‘media panic’ in society today is the sexualisation of children in the media. Images such as the example below have many worried that due to today’s exposure to the media, children are growing up too fast. This raises issues about the representation of children, art & pornography, censorship and the concept of childhood. However it … More Media Panics or Media Overreactions?
The concept of a ‘public sphere’ was penned by Jurgen Habermas as a “place for citizens to debate about common concerns” (Carlisle, 2013). It is a place that is independent from state, the economy and is democratic. When this concept first arose it was only the “elite” or those of a higher social class what … More Everyone’s A Critic
Does it matter who owns the media? In short, yes. It comes down to 4 main reasons: IDEOLOGY, PRIVACY, ACCESS and POWER. The media in Australia is owned and subsequently control by some of likes of Gina Rinehart (Fair Fax), Rupert Murdoch (Fox, News Limited) and Bruce Gorden (WIN). Their influence over the media results in the power … More Media Monopoly
All images and signs have a message but what they mean to different individuals is arbitrary. This is notion is greatly explored in the study of semiotics which tries to gain a better understanding about how a certain image/sign or signifier can have a certain significance or meaning to an individual. An example of this … More Signs…Symbols…Ideas…
We are always quick to put the blame on something and much of this blame is aimed towards the media. This is the essence of ‘media effects’ in which the public blames the media of over its perceived ability to influence vulnerable groups in society such as children, youth and the uneducated. The media envelopes … More The Blame Game: Media Edition