#BCM110: Moral Panics and Group Presentations

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Moral Panics – often related to the role of/concern about young people

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Concerns about children and the media often linked to Stanley Cohen’s concept of ‘moral panic’.

Link to Krinsky’s Introduction to Moral panics.

Corporate paedophilia: Sexualisation of Children in Australia

Recent moral panics in Australia:

Stoner Sloth

http://www.stonersloth.com.au/

Wear it Purple/Gaybe Baby

http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/gayby-baby-uproar-schools-defiant-on-wear-it-purple-day-20150828-gj9pr6.html

Safe Schools

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/safe-schools-program-why-zealots-are-trying-to-drag-us-back-to-the-dark-ages-20160223-gn1ryq.html

GROUP PRESENTATIONS

*** I would suggest that each group fills in a Group Charter (on Moodle) to solidify your plans***

Check out our Moodle site for some more useful resources on giving presentations.

 

Group presentation on 1 media issue that you have researched, including the following:

-An overview of the issue and why it’s of significance

-An account of how the issue has been addressed with appropriate examples drawn from a range of media sources

-A discussion of what has been included or overlooked in the media presentation of this issue and how this might be addressed in theory or practice (Assignment 2: Group Presentation Sheet, Moodle).

So  – what do we mean by a media issue? Something happening in the media (coverage) or something the media is doing (trends) … or something else?

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Which media issue? How to choose?

– Could either work from choosing the topic that most interested you? Or something that’s happening in the media that you have followed with interest?

Weekly topics:

-media effects and anxieties about these

-content analysis and cultivation theories

-reading images – representation- semiotics-connotations

-ideology and interpretation

-ownership and control of the media

-the role of the mediated public sphere

-the concept of the moral panic

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#BCM110: Introduction to Group Presentations

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Try not to be this group 🙂

GROUP PRESENTATIONS

This week we will be starting group presentations.

Check out our Moodle site for some more useful resources on giving presentations.

https://student.unsw.edu.au/tutorials-and-seminar-presentations

And…. what not to do:

Group presentation on 1 media issue that you have researched, including the following:

-An overview of the issue and why it’s of significance

-An account of how the issue has been addressed with appropriate examples drawn from a range of media sources

-A discussion of what has been included or overlooked in the media presentation of this issue and how this might be addressed in theory or practice (Assignment 2: Group Presentation Sheet, Moodle).

So  – what do we mean by a media issue? Something happening in the media (coverage) or something the media is doing (trends) … or something else?

Social-media-for-public-relations1reduzido

Which media issue? How to choose?

– Could either work from choosing the topic that most interested you? Or something that’s happening in the media that you have followed with interest?

Weekly topics:

-media effects and anxieties about these

-content analysis and cultivation theories

-reading images – representation- semiotics-connotations

-ideology and interpretation

-ownership and control of the media

-the role of the mediated public sphere

-the NEXT WEEK: concept of the moral panic

#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

 

#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:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-23/cabinet-gives-green-light-to-media-laws-shake-up/7194136

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-28/regional-tv-ownership-shakeup-on-cards/6890766

http://www.australiancollaboration.com.au/pdf/Democracy/Media-laws.pdf

https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/concentrated-media-ownership-a-crisis-for-democracy,3259

http://theconversation.com/factcheck-does-murdoch-own-70-of-newspapers-in-australia-16812

http://theconversation.com/australias-lamentable-media-diversity-needs-a-regulatory-fix-12942

https://theconversation.com/factcheck-is-australias-level-of-media-ownership-concentration-one-of-the-highest-in-the-world-68437

#BCM110: Representation and Interpretation

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This week’s topic is Representation and Interpretation of texts.

For this week, we will be learning how to decode images using Semiotic theory.

 

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Simple Explanation – Signs, Signifers, Signified

Semiotics Explained

How images can cause controversy – what meanings might this image have for different audiences?

Ideology Explained

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Equinox Campaign – an example of a complex image

 

This week’s blogging assignment:

-Locate an example of a complex image

-Discuss the denotation (what is there) and the connotation (what it means)

-Is it possible to read this image in more than one way?

Recommended reading – Semiotics for beginners

#BCM 110: Media Audiences

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Unpacking Media Effects Theory: What does media ‘do’ to audiences, rather than what does the audience do with media?

This episode of The Simpsons (where Marge crusades against cartoon violence) is a good example of a satirical rendering of a serious media issue. This is an example of a media text you could discuss in your own blogs.

This week’s reading is ’10 things wrong with the Media Effects Model’ by David Gauntlett. You can find this on the BCM 110 Moodle site under Week 2.

Topic for blog post this week: What are the current issue involving people and their use of the media?

How does (if it does) the history of media audience research help us make sense of this?

 

Another source which may be useful to you:  how violent media (video games) are blamed for real violence.