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BCM332: UNESCO, diversity and the digital divide

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The course is centred around two aims:

To examine strategies and campaigns to address global inequalities in media and information flows; and

To explore the rights and responsibilities of global media citizenship through case studies of media regulation, and citizens’ media initiatives.

It is a good idea to keep coming back to these ideas, and refer back to them as a touchstone throughout the semester,  as you write your case studies, and plan out your activities for peer teaching. Ask yourself – how do the examples you have chosen relate back to these aims?

The digital divide – Broadband access in India. Watch this:

What did you learn from this?

How might it relate to the issue of the ‘digital divide’?

 

Have a look at this report on digital inclusion in Australia.

  • What did you discover?
  • What can a document like this tell us about the reality of digital access in Australia?
  • Thinking critically, what voices are absent from this report?

CST120: The Happiness Industry

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Happiness by flickr user Davide D’Amico licensed under CC-BY-NC2.0

 

What makes you happy? Would you rate yourself as being happy?

Try this:

http://www.oprah.com/spirit/take-the-happiness-test-quiz_1

 

Denmark has it all figured out!

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/welcome-to-the-happiest-country-on-earth/

Do you think they have the balance right?

 

Focus questions:

– How has happiness become a business?

– how does happiness intersect with consumption?

– how is unhappiness culturally coded?
– what is affective labour, and why is it important?
Read this:
– what are the main points raised in this article?
– what do you think?

 

CST120: Work

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– What do you think of, when you think of work? (how does the idea of work shape society?)

Focus Questions:

– what is the cultural significance of work?

– how does technology enable work? What changes in work has it enabled?

– why is there not more resistance to work?

-what is the role of gender in relation to work?

– What is the protestant work ethic?

What do you expect/hope for from work?

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35460401

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-things-about-australian-working-culture-that-can-surprise-foreigners-2015-3

CST120: Pornography

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Focus Questions:

  • -how does one define pornography? Why is pornography so hard to define?
  • – what is the role of legislation in defining/regulating pornography?
  • – how does pornography demonstrate the cultural coding of texts?
  • – has modern society become ‘pornified’?

Sexting:

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/nsw/2016/04/07/sexting-laws-in-nsw–criminalising-teens-.html

http://www.lawstuff.org.au/nsw_law/topics/Sexting

Porn in Public?

http://theconversation.com/youre-watching-that-here-the-politics-of-porn-in-public-8394

Protest or Porn or Empowerment? Pornification of Popular Culture

http://www.thedailybeast.com/witw/articles/2014/04/05/rashida-jones-and-the-pornification-of-pop.html

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-11/kim-kardashian-nude-selfies-and-empowerment/7310348

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/free-the-nipple-protest-brighton-beach-censorship-social-media_uk_575949ede4b041514369549f

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/rendezview/free-the-nipple-campaign-is-not-empowering-for-women/news-story/cddc69e61100b512758adc8939808aa4

Art or Porn?

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-09/bill-henson-model-alice-heyward-defends-controversial-photograph/8338430

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/12/21/mathilde-grafstrom-female-beauty-exhibition-banned-by-police_n_8852594.html

Playboy:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/18/playboy-nude-photos-bunny-gender-feminism

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/news-and-views/news-features/playboy-says-it-was-wrong-to-ditch-nudes-after-all-and-will-bring-them-back-this-year-20170214-gucqow.html

Other types of ‘porn’:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-03/young-inspiration-porn/4107006

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/04/what-food-porn-does-to-the-brain/390849/

Why you’re secretly addicted to food porn

Porn: Good for us?

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/28803/title/Porn–Good-for-us-/

CST120: garbage

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‘Rubbish’ by Glen Scott licensed by CCBY-NC 2.0

 

Moral judgement about garbage?

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/all-too-much-the-people-who-cant-let-go-20130809-2rnca.html

Cult of tidying?

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/the-cultlike-rise-of-decluttering-is-it-healthy-20150908-gjhhzd.html

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-economics-of-decluttering-how-i-learned-to-ignore-sunk-costs-20160204-gmlnv1.html

Throwaway fashion?

 

Focus Questions:

– how is waste part of the moral economy?

– consider the paradox of waste in regards to consumer culture?

– what waste do we feel responsible for?

– how is waste an index of taste?

CST120: Technology

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http://www.vulture.com/2015/10/30-best-pop-songs-about-telephone-drama.html#

(Turkle to 5.05)

 

Moral panic? https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wicked-deeds/201507/moral-panic-who-benefits-public-fear

https://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2014/sep/15/china-mobile-phone-lane-distracted-walking-pedestrians

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydneys-inground-street-signals-to-combat-wayward-pedestrians-on-mobile-phones-20170329-gv9ii5.html

The Attention Economy:

http://fortune.com/2015/08/12/attention-economy/

https://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2016/jul/06/attention-economy-demise-middle-ground

Extra Reading: Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto

Click to access Haraway-CyborgManifesto-1.pdf

Focus Questions:

-how does technology influence our understanding of time?

– how have mobile phones changed us as humans?

– What is ‘intimate serendipity’?
– what is the attention economy?