#BCM241: Regulating Audiences


From news.com.au


This week: Regulating Audiences

  • fears (moral panics) over the introduction of new technologies and the need to ‘protect’ the vulnerable from these influences.

Media use in public: Your rules

So far this session we have discussed rules for cinema going, and rules for technology use in public – here is what you think:


BCM240: Rules for cinema going


BCM240: Tech Use in Public – What is OK, and What is NOT OK

What are your ‘rules’ around cyber relationships?


Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and Video Tape (2010) trailer:



Moral Panic and A Clockwork Orange (1972)




Pirating, illegal downloads:

Why do Australians pirate so much material?

Figures showing Australians twice as likely to pirate content as Brits ‘disappointingly high’



WATCH: Meta data laws regulating citizens




Self regulation of file sharing?



For final assessment: Media Alliance Code of Ethics



#BCM240: Attention, presence and place


“Pay Attention” – by Jeff Stvan https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/




TED Talk: How Better Tech protects from distractions

This Is Your Social Life on ‘Pokémon Go’

Blog task this week: Find a friend or family member and co-design a short task that will examine their attention capacity, relative to yours. ★ Write up what you learned, including links to some research. ★ Remember to ask about their experience of the test, and check how they would like to be represented in your blog.

#BCM241: Personal devices and public spaces

Bus stop prank – public use of technology

Pokemon Go – Russia says no

Street photography and ethics?

  1. http://jmcolberg.com/weblog/extended/archives/meditations_on_photographs_a_terrified_young_woman_surrounded_by_a_group_of_male_photographers_by_an/

2. http://jmcolberg.com/weblog/extended/archives/the_ethics_of_street_photography/


4. https://theconversation.com/is-it-ok-for-people-to-take-pictures-of-you-in-public-and-publish-them-27098

Read and Watch: San Francisco street photography

Street Photography: Exploitative vs Respect

and the ‘policing’ of behaviour?



#BCM241: Locating the networked home


Source: Funniestmemes.com

Ideas about ‘home’ are changing – connectivity.

Alone…but together?

Changes to traditional family life…

WATCH: http://time.com/38219/south-korea-food-blogger/

MORE on mukbang (if you are interested):



What is being promoted:

Versus: most people’s reality/experience with telcos:



Kath’s award winning floral design: ‘Waiting for Telstra: an absurdist piece’ S2E5

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#waitingforTelstra : Kath’s floral design madness still in the popular discourse around the waiting experience



Activity and – 1st BLOG POST THIS WEEK:

Try to return to your previous interview subject and ask:

-find out how the internet is changing practices and spaces

– what kind of internet access is there (if any?) what kind/how many devices? What kind of data plans? Is there access to the NBN?

-if no internet, why? Personal choice, or difficulty accessing (either the internet, or perhaps lack of affordability of devices?)

THEN: compare this to the themes you uncovered from your TV interviews – any overlap?

Here’s a sample of ‘best practice’ from last year: https://igoogledthisname.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/the-blue-pill-leads-to-a-short-movie-but-an-enjoyable-life/




The final blog that you will submit next week. This should be a proposal for your final digital storytelling assignment: think about what interests you in relation to media, audience, and place? and how might you present this?

*We are expecting you to be ethically bound by the MEAA Journalist Code of Ethics, available on Moodle*

Responsible Blogging:


#BCM241: Media Audiences and Ethnography


Image: Donald Iain Smith via Huffington Post

Additional sources for this week’s tutorial:




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BCM241: Intro to Media Spaces/ Television


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.