CST120: garbage


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


Moral judgement about garbage?


Cult of tidying?



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?

#BCM110: Introduction to Group Presentations


Try not to be this group 🙂


This week we will be starting group presentations.

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


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

CST120: Technology



(Turkle to 5.05)


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



The Attention Economy:



Extra Reading: Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto


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?

#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