BCM210: Involving others in your research

Guidelines for focus groups:



#BCM110: The Media Theory Toolbox and the Public Sphere

What do Big Brother and Q and A have in common?

Both are examples of a ‘Mediated Public Sphere’, which McKee (2004) defines as: ‘a metaphor for thinking about how individuals come together to exchange idea, information and feelings about what matters to them in a liberal society’.

A chapter on the public sphere and social media – Twitter and Democracy: A new public sphere? Christian Fuchs.


Suggested reading: Questions and Answers or More Confusion?

McKee, Alan (2004) The Public Sphere: an Introduction. Port Melbourne, Victoria: Cambridge.


This week’s blog post: Find an example of a popular media text (magazine; TV show; film; social media) presenting an issue

  • How might this media text contribute to debate in the ‘public sphere’?


In class:

What issues are presented in these examples? What other issues might these examples raise?

Where (what media form) did you find debate?
Zayn leaves 1D – fan reaction

I’ll Ride With You:

Bring Them Here – Australia’s refugee policy

Safe Schools Policy debate

Change the Date – Australia Day


CST120: taste


Banquet Still Life (1644) Adriaen van Utrecht

– What discourses do you notice depicted in this sequence?
-What do you notice here – what, and who might be missing?
Focus Questions – think about these, referring to one or more of the weekly readings:
What are the similarities in the discourses employed for travel and food writing?

How is ‘taste’ related to class identities?

How is taste conditioned by ideas?

What is ‘ethnic’ food and what makes it culturally desirable?

What is ‘slow food’ (as understood by the foodie), and what makes it desirable?

Taste Discussion points – Wed 830 Class

CST120: Travel

Traveler not Tourist - spotted in a window in Amsterdam image: Renee Middlemost

Traveler not Tourist – spotted in a window in Amsterdam Image: Renee Middlemost

Focus Questions:

– What is the importance of travel? Is it important?

– What is the gaze, and how does it shape our travel encounters?

– How does tourism relate to the notion of departure?

-What is the difference between a traveler and a tourist? What does this say about value judgements?

– According to Boorstin, how has the notion of adventure changed, and how does the ‘pseudo-event’ come about?

– What is the distinction between the authentic and the inauthentic? Is Disneyland a ‘real’ place?



Additional reading:


#BCM110: The Media Industries and Ownership

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This week we will be examining Media Ownership.

1. Media ownership in Australia is extremely concentrated.

2. Fears about media ownership being concentrated in the hands of the few can be traced back to the 1930’s and Hitler’s use of propaganda

3. In modern society there is an additional cause of anxiety for democratic societies – anyone with an internet connection and/or a camera can make and spread propaganda, which is then picked up and spread through mainstream media channels

4. Look at these images of headlines from The Daily Telegraph (owned by News Corp/Murdoch) – what ideologies are present?

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5. There are also issues regarding the moral conduct of the media –  News of the World Scandal


Blog post for the week:

Your blog topic for this week is all about media ownership and why it matters.

Who ‘owns’ and/or ‘controls’ the media you use to access your ‘news’?Why does this matter?

Why does this matter?

What trust do you have in your news sources?


Recommended Reading: (log in to UOW library for access) McCutcheon and Pusey Media Moguls or Moneymen?

Some other sources:








LHA101: Referencing

UOW Library Style Guides:


How would you reference these sources:

  1. YouTube Clip

2. Radio Transcript


3.Online Article


4. Website Article