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Natalie Cupac

Week 5 Module – Critic of ‘Shot’

I really enjoyed Sharri Lembryk’s audio, ‘Shot’.

At first, when I heard her speaking I was unsure of what to expect. However, once the background music started to play I was instantly intrigued. I think it was a good idea to keep the music going while the man was talking, it helped to add the war-time context and I think if there were nothing in the background it could have come off somewhat stale.

I think the story is one that can be hard to address, it is definitely an intense experience to hear about. This could be quite challenging for people to convey in an audio with only one image. But I think Sharri did a fantastic job.

The way the shifting of the chair emphasises the story is important also, it makes you feel as though you are right there with him.

Overall I thought this was a brilliant piece.

Week 4 Module – Why I chose Blake for my assignment

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I chose Blake for my first assignment because I could see the potential. How many teenage boys do you know you are offered a scholarship to play soccer in America? Not many right?

I want to try and show the transition of soccer being something he played when he was a young boy, to something he could eventually turn into a career. Something he is working hard towards.

Having already interviewed him, I know that Blake’s words will be able to convey the message I am trying to convey. What I will add are some ambient sounds such as kicking a soccer ball, the sound of crowds, a whistle etc.

These I feel will strengthen the audio, really creating the atmosphere Blake is talking about when he is on the soccer field. I hope to make people who are listening to it realise exactly why Blake loves the sport and the field so much.

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‘Everything else goes away when I play soccer, its just not there.’

Having played soccer for 12 years, Blake has developed a strong connection to his local soccer field, its become a part of his daily life and his safe haven when the rest of the world gets a little too crazy. However, in a years time he will be leaving for a scholarship in America and so will have to adjust to completely new soccer fields, something that he has thought about before. That being said it shouldn’t take too long for him to adjust to his new surroundings because for him, ‘Everything else goes away when I play soccer, its just not there.’

References:

1) Whistle sound (at beginning of audio) can be found at 

https://www.freesound.org/people/Pablo-F/sounds/90743/ 

2) Soccer stadium sounds (around 30 second mark) can be found at 

 
All other sounds I have recorded.

Week 3 Module – Audio Reflection

When I initially started recording sounds while in the city it was just going to be of passersby and cars and the general stuff, and then me and my friend stumbled upon a protest on the current Israel/Palestine conflict. This was a game changer and I had to completely rethink my entire post in a short period of time.

I think the biggest issue I had was simply trying to capture the best sounds in such a fleeting moment. It was such an intense but amazing sight to see that I think I got a little too caught up in it myself and didn’t record enough. I also found it a struggle trying to get sounds for the lead up to the protest, the moment we saw it, because that is something we couldn’t really recreate.

Also, the fact that we were in a large group of spectators also meant that at times, my recordings picked up on their conversations and it didn’t let me highlight the protest as much as I wanted.

Ultimately as sudden and unprepared as it was, I like to think it came out halfway decent.

Week 2 Module – Don’t just shop in the city. Protest.

From a young age Uni student Amy knew that she wanted to help people, something she discussed with me on the train ride to the city. She wants to be able to make a real difference in the world, she just doesn’t know quite how yet. Throughout the day it all came back to wanting to help bring peace across the world, and the next thing we knew, one minute we were casually walking down the city streets and the next were viewing a protest condemning the current violence taking place in Gaza. This moment truly spoke to Amy as it was a fight by ordinary people hoping to make a difference, something she hopes to do one day as well.

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Week 1 Module – Storify – you can’t have journalism without multimedia

Hey everyone! I just finished using Storify for the first time and its all about multimedia use in Journalism and how it can benefit journalists and their stories rather than hinder them. So if you guys would be so kind as to check it out, please? The link is provided below 🙂

https://storify.com/nataliecupac/you-can-t-have-journalism-without-multimedia

What BCM110 taught me – who owns the media, semiotics and the sexualization of children

When I first started BCM110 I didn’t expect to enjoy it or learn as much as I did. A lot of different topics and issues were covered, and with some of these issues I was unaware of just how serious they actually were and how they have affected me personally, sometimes without me even knowing until BCM.

I knew before BCM not to trust everything that I read or hear in the media, but I never stopped to think who was in charge of it all. Thanks to BCM110 now I do, and now it’s all a lot clearer. BCM showed me just how much of the media is owned by Rupert Murdoch and how much of what the media shows is what he believes.

I also learnt not only the extent of the power of semiotics, but also how to analyse images in order to uncover their deeper meanings rather than just the ones we see at first glance.

BCM110 also introduced me to the ‘mediated public sphere’. I’ve found this isn’t just one big group but can also be a small group debating issues that relate to society. I personally found this aspect really interesting and it ranks as one of my favourite topics.

Now I can’t reflect on my blog without first covering our final topic – Does the media sexualise children? I’d have to say yes, a prime example being the show ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’, where we see little girls covered in make-up and spray tans getting their eyebrows shaped (something most girls don’t even start doing until their teens), we even see these poor little girls forced to lose weight. And then there is this….

Yes. You did just see that. A 3-year-old girl dressed up as Julia Roberts in ‘Pretty Woman’ – a prostitute. Now while the mother of the child didn’t seem to think that anyone would sexualize a toddler, I disagree, whether it be dressing children up as we see in the show or just letting them view that may have sexual connotations, there is no denying that children are becoming more and more sexualized in the media. In our lecture we discussed how at times we are asked to view certain images of children in a way in which we will see something sexual, but in certain cases like the video above no one needs to ask us, its blatantly obvious.

Now to talk about my blogging experience. Initially I was really worried about how I would make my work appealing to both my teachers and peers, as I was writing for two separate audiences along with the fact that writing a blog requires a different approach to writing an essay. Nonetheless I truly enjoyed my blogging experience, being able to view and comment on my fellow peers works has allowed me to grow as a student, coming across views which have both challenged and supported my own and caused me to rethink and even change some of my views.

References:

  1. TLC. (2011). “Pretty Woman” Toddler | Toddlers & Tiaras. [Online Video]. 08 September. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAxEt5YL8w4. [Accessed: 12 April 2014].
  2. ABC News. (2011). ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ Mom Discusses ‘Pretty Woman’ Outfit on Season 5 Preview. [Online Video]. 07 December. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxB8hC2snDE. [Accessed: 12 April 2014].

 

 

It’s just a bit of Blood…

The concept of the mediated public sphere was first introduced in 1962 by Jürgen Habermas and was thought of as a place where individuals could come together and debate about news ideas and issues, whatever they may be. Now this definition may at first seem pretty straightforward but since its inception it has been widely criticized for many reasons, primarily for being trivialized, too fragmented, relying too much on spectacle and finally for being too apathetic.

Now each of these issues can be seen in most of today’s most popular television shows, one of them being Kurt Sutter’s drama series “Sons of Anarchy” particularly in regards to the argument that the public sphere has become too apathetic which can be seen through how frequently the show portrays violence and to what degree.

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From the very first episode, fans knew to expect a lot of action-packed scenes, and consequently A LOT of blood, I mean the show depicts an outlaw Motorcycle Club and their illegal acts, so of course violence is going to be involved, but it does raise the question: where do we draw the line? As the show went on, it only pushed that line further and further, becoming more intense and confronting and eventually the fans (myself included) became used to it, and arguably, we became apathetic. You have to understand, from the shows inception we have seen characters raped (both men and women), a woman be burnt alive in front of her chained up father and a fan-favourite be beaten to death with a pipe in front of his best friend and fellow club members.

Statistics show that the series has some of the most involved viewers, which is evident in how the fans reacted over the death of the protagonist’s wife Tara in the final episode of its sixth and most recent season, with one viewer tweeting, Well ‪@SonsofAnarchy fans, if we survived Ope’s death, we can certainly handle this…” indicating that while the death, which occurred with the character being stabbed in the head multiple times with a cooking fork by her mother-in-law was still able to shock and horrify its viewers, it wasn’t the first time a major character had been brutally murdered. A recent online article discussing the shows most recent season also stated that, “The violence no longer feels particularly shocking or even provocative; it just feels arbitrary and a little tired.”

Now, don’t get me wrong I am a HUGE fan of the show, but I can’t deny that it has caused me to become somewhat indifferent to the violence it portrays, I mean now I’m more shocked if there isn’t a death in an episode than if there is. Therefore, I have no doubt that the show has caused debate in public spheres over just how much violence is acceptable on TV and if as a result it has caused us to become desensitised and indifferent to such scenes.

References:

  1. Habermas, J.H., 1962. The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere. 3rd ed. Germany: MIT Press.
  2. FX, (2013), Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Poster [ONLINE]. Available at: http://seriesnews.biz/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Sons-of-Anarchy-Season-6-Promo-Poster.jpg [Accessed 06 April 14].
  3. ListenLogic. 2011. ‘Glee’ and ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Have Most Involved Viewers, ‘Mentalist’, ‘Good Wife’ Least. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.listenlogic.com/news/press/tv-ivr-ratings/. [Accessed 06 April 14].
  4. Fansided. 2013. Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Finale: Twitter Reacts to Major Character Death. [ONLINE] Available at: http://fansided.com/2013/12/10/sons-of-anarchy-season-6-finale-twitter-reacts-to-tara-death/#!CQiIQ. [Accessed 06 April 14].
  5. Screenrant. 2013. ‘Sons of Anarchy’: Not Bad, Just Familiar. [ONLINE] Available at: http://screenrant.com/sons-anarchy-season-6-episode-4-wolfsangel-review/. [Accessed 06 April 14].

Does Australia really need Tony? – Controlling the Australian Public through the Media

“What happened to truth? Did it go out of style?” – Michael Jackson 

Why does it matter who ‘controls’ the media? Personally I think that the answer is quite simple and straightforward. Whoever ‘controls’ the media controls not just the stories that are reported but also the way in which they are told, which ultimately affects how society as a whole views them, and thus can even create a totalitarian state. The individuals who control the media have the ability to completely alter your opinion on something to benefit their own agenda, regardless of whether or not the story they’re telling is in fact true, and you don’t even realize their influence until its already been established. One such individual is Rupert Murdoch.

Rupert Murdoch is the founder and CEO of the media company News Corporation which happens to be the world’s second-largest media firm, so you can imagine just how powerful he is, its practically impossible to not become susceptible to his conservative political views, especially when you also consider that Fairfax and News Corps own 11 of the 12 capital city newspapers, meaning that majority of the news that is produced is fairly similar, printing the same stories and the same views, especially in the case of the papers owned by News Corps, Murdoch’s company. For example, look at the picture below.

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This happens to be the front page of one of Murdoch’s newspapers, The Sunday Telegraph which is obviously lacking any subtlety, being completely obvious in who Murdoch was backing at the time for Prime Minister of Australia, and just who ended up getting elected? Coincidence? I THINK NOT!

Okay, now I’m not suggesting that Murdoch’s approval of Tony Abbott was the only reason he became our current Prime Minister, but in retrospect its definitely not as big a shock as it was for most when it first happened. Think about it. The man was plastered all over newspaper magazines with nothing but positive words said about him, and what of his opposition? Hmmm lets take a look shall we?

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I can only imagine how hard it would’ve been for the voting public to constantly see the most popular newspapers within Australia carry similar messages of propaganda and not be swayed to vote for Tony Abbott.

So, clearly who ‘controls’ the media makes a HUGE difference, especially in Australia where Rupert Murdoch is considered to ‘control’ the media and as such abuses his position of power, printing stories that suit his bias and thus may not necessarily be true and may be considered opinion rather than fact, which begs the question, is the story that is being printed even really news?

References:

  1. Goodreads. 2014. Quotes about Mass Media. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/mass-media. [Accessed 28 March 14].
  2. Biography. 2013. Rupert Murdoch Biography. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.biography.com/people/rupert-murdoch-9418489?page=3. [Accessed 28 March 14].
  3. The Sunday Telegraph, (2013), Australia Needs Tony [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2013/09/murdoch-press-steps-up-anti-labor-bias/ [Accessed 28 March 14].
  4. The Daily Telegraph, (2013), Finally, you now have the chance to…Kick this mob out [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/why-does-rupert-murdoch-hate-the-nbn-asks-kevin-rudd-20130806-2rbdh.html [Accessed 28 March 14].

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