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.

 

 

BCM212 social responsibility: links

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Wake Up America by Wonderlane used under license CCBY2.0

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/how-our-likes-helped-trump-win

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/04/nigel-oakes-cambridge-analytica-what-role-brexit-trump

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/29/facebook-users-emotions-news-feeds