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?

BCM241: Intro to Media Spaces/ Television

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Hayden Orpheum, Cremorne. Image: Renee Middlemost

Welcome to BCM 241!

  • What does your media space look like?
  • The above picture is of one of my favourite spaces to consume media, the Cremorne Orpheum.  I am really interested in cinemas as a place/space, and how ideas of public and private consumption of films overlap with the advent of home theatres, online viewing, Netflix etc. This is a discussion we can have in class in the coming weeks – particularly in Week 5 where our focus is on cinema spaces.
  • Practicalities: have you –
  • entered your blog/twitter details in the big spreadsheet (accessed through Moodle)?
  • made sure you are receiving SOLS messages? Be sure to check our Moodle site regularly for messages from the teaching team.
  • subscribed to the combined BCM241 blog (Maphub)? This is a space where we will reflect on the weekly topics, and showcase the best student work across the session. If not here is the link: https://maphub.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/week-1-2017-the-story-continues/

 

  • WEEK 2: Television: strange objects and media spaces
  • This week our focus is on the introduction of television into the home, and how this changed the media space, both in private (issues of rearranging furniture, schedules, family life) and more recently in public (how we consume television on different devices, and in public spaces).
  • Memories… if you are too young (!) ask your interview candidate about some of these!
  • http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/history-culture/2016/06/top-10-aussie-tv-dramas
  • READ this: http://actf.com.au/news/10249/lasting-memories-of-australian-children-s-television
  • Reflect on your own experiences with television.
  • What are you first memories of television? Can you remember a time without it? How did it fit into the flow of your everyday family routine?
  • Keep those answers in mind while you carry out this week’s blogging task: to carry out an interview with someone older than you, on their memories of television spaces in their childhood. To guide you in what questions you might ask, take a look at the Memory Conversations Guide (under the week 2 tab in Moodle).
  • Be sure to behave ethically during the interview process, especially as the information will be published on your blog. Ask permission to use this information, ask how your interview candidate would like to be identified (or not) etc.
  • If this is someone you know well, you might like to try an unstructured conversation; for someone less familiar you may stick more closely to the questions in the Guide.
  • In writing up your blog, consider comparing what you have learned to your own experience; in class next week we will discuss the key themes that have emerged.
  • For those of you who completed BCM212 last session this is an opportunity to practice the research values discussed such as respect, flexibility, and reflexivity.

 

 

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/

http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/issue-sections/staff-editorials/10853/food-porn-psychology-addiction/

Porn: Good for us?

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