Guy Sebastian- Celebrity Activism done right.

Celebrity Activism can cop quite a bit of flack and has in the past. This can be due to it being seen as a ploy to selfishly advertise the celebrity while looking like a good member of society at the same time. They sometimes lack a lot of expertise in the area of what they are trying to combat and at times may even neglect the charity after the cameras are turned off. For lots of celebrities, it’s a win win situation.

Guy Sebastian is the Australian singer and songwriter that burst into celebrity stardom when he won the 2003 Australian Idol title. He has managed to stick in mainly the Australian music spotlight for over 10 years and has also managed to mostly attract positive media attention. I think that this is a fair statement to say because it is shown through his quite extensive work done in charity and making music that creates awareness for global inequalities. He has not just been an idol for the Australian music industry, but has also been a role-model at showing how to not exploit global issues when you are of celebrity status in order to benefit yourself. An article shows how in the past, Sebastian has given proceeds from celebrity work to his charity, “From a photography exhibition in Sydney on Monday, November 18 to donating the proceeds of a story they sold to a women’s magazine announcing Jules’ pregnancy to the foundation, the charity work has Guy looking at ‘celebrity’ in a whole new light.”. The foundation that is mentioned and the one that Sebastian owns is called “The Sebastian foundation” whose main goal is to “help families in need”. Their mission statement is “Our focus is people. Our love is people. We want to see the need and meet the need. We want to help in any way we can and we hope you join us in our mission”. His charity also collaborates with like-minded partners and charities on an on-going project basis. His foundation collaborated with the Red Cross’s aid of the Australian bushfires and also has a range of personal photography for sale with all proceeds going towards the foundation.

His song “Get Along” which was released in 2012, was probably one of his most memorable songs due to the message imbedded. The lyrics aimed to raise awareness about the harm caused by racial, cultural and religious intolerance around the world which goes to show that he has used his high profile status as a platform to positively advocate for global issues that need to be addressed. The difference that separates Sebastian from many other celebrity activists is that he does not exploit the people involved in his charity and always releases information regarding its intentions.

Celebrity Activism can be looked down upon due to the possible exploitation and selfish intentions behind many charity ventures, so Sebastian is definitely setting a trend worth following.

References:

Lewis, M 2013 “Charity the foundation of a solid life for Guy Sebastian and his wife Jules”, The Daily Telegraph, November 13 http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/charity-the-foundation-of-a-solid-life-for-guy-sebastian-and-his-wife-jules/story-fni0cvc9-1226758508643

Bastaldo, B 2012 “Justin Timberlake fired for neglecting charity”, Tribute, October 4 http://www.tribute.ca/news/index.php/justin-timberlake-fired-for-neglecting-charity/2012/10/04/

http://thesebastianfoundation.org/?country=AU

White Feminism.

The term “white feminism” is a term that probably confused you just as much as it confused me. Before, I was only really familiar with the term “feminism” which is described by Urban Dictionary as, “The belief that women are and should be treated as potential intellectual equals and social equals to men”. In fact, the term “white feminism” only really occurred to me after reading an article on a 13 year old Disney star bringing this topic into media discussion. In her Instagram post discussing why we should be talking about white feminism, she says that “Issues that are commonly thought of as feminist issues include, sexual assault, rape, abortion, planned parenthood, domestic violence, equal education and the wage gap”. She goes on to say that this typical form of feminism excludes other female societal groups that face gender oppression and other issues due to their racial origin. Other issues that she says that “traditional” feminism tends to exclude include police brutality and trans-women violence. She implys that these “white feminists” need to obtain a more “intersectional feministic” view. Blanchard states Kimberle Crenshaw’s quote defining intersectional feminism as “The view that women experience oppression in varying configurations and in varying degrees of intensity. Cultural patterns of oppression are not only inter-related, but bound together and influenced by the intersectional systems of society. Example of this include gender, race, class, ability and ethnicity”. Blanchard raises a fair discussion topic because the current media today does show a very “white feminist” view point:

However, from reading this article and educating myself about the term “white feminism”, I couldn’t help but question if this is just a ploy to create victims out of nothing when the issue is far greater than what is being discussed. After finding an article by The Huffington Post on “white feminism”, the statements I found about traditional feminists or “white feminists”, to me were quite ignorant. If you watch the video at the beginning of the article, pay particular attention to some statements such as “they have a lot to learn” and “…but, most white feminists are white”. I find both these statements quite ignorant and ludicrous because they are basically saying that it is unusual to have a non-white female standing up for traditional feminist values and that “they” have a lot to learn about being a “better feminist”. I think intersectional feminism has been around for a very long time, but I think that the women that wrote that article expect white feminists to have a sign up saying “I’m an intersectional feminist” plastered to their forehead. Some comments from readers such as “the oppression olympics is still in full swing I see” and “Wow that’s another sub sub sub group I need to care about when I used to care about all, but now your here to tell me that I never really did at all and to shut the F up. I’m enlightened…” show that these kinds of discussions regarding feminism could existent just for the sake of there being something to discuss. You be the judge.

References:

Saul, H 2015 “Rowan Blanchard: 13-year-old Disney star sparks debate about ‘white feminism’ with engaging Instagram essay”, The Independent, 24 August

Blay, Z & Gray, E 2015 “Why we need to talk about white feminism”, The Huffington Post, 10 August

Humans of New York and the World.

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Humans of New York is an independent photography project run by Brandon Stanton. He is a young American who runs the photoblog on the social media websites Tumblr and Facebook whose original goal was to photograph 10,000 New-Yorkers and provide a powerful snapshot of their personal story. His quite vibrant blog has now gone overseas with Stanton taking trips to Pakistan and Iran with the goal of providing inspiring and heartwarming stories from people in parts of the world that to the Western world are mostly seen as ‘faceless’. What I mean by the term ‘faceless’ is that the Western media tends to group up all of the ‘remaining countries’ and classify them as one. Edward Said argues that “the Europeans divided the world into two parts; the east and the west or the occident and the orient or the civilized and the uncivilized”. The traditional Western media doesn’t allow an emotional connection with the people of these parts of the world because we just simply do not know enough about them. This can then cause cultural ignorance in forms such as cultural appropriation.

Staton’s recent travel to Iran shown through his photo blog, not only puts a face and personality to many Iranian people, but also shows us that they are as human as the Western population “Like all the stories that Humans of New York bring us, the tales from Iran make for beautiful reads. From wise little kids to proud new parents to old couples still in love, the stories will touch a chord with anyone who reads them.” In one portrait of this young Iranian women, the caption underneath says “she plans to be an actress”. Without this quote that came from this young woman, many people that are consumed by the Western media would just see an ethnic woman in a headscarf from somewhere in the East. The simplification of the Western mind by the Western media inhibits us from recognising people from these “parts of the world” that are not the West. Through these very intimate portraits being taken, we are allowing ourselves to make a personal connection with them. Stanton’s blog is the perfect example of how breaking down the cultural barriers is not as hard as it is commonly perceived to be. Through Statons project, we are learning about quite a foreign cultures way of life. We get a deeper insight as to why they dress and live in certain ways and why it means something to them when to us, it doesn’t mean anything.

References:

Kohli, A 2015 “These Stories of the People of Iran Will Make You Happy and Sad”, NDTV http://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/these-stories-of-the-people-of-iran-will-make-you-happy-and-sad-1211228

Website: http://www.humansofnewyork.com/tagged/iran

Said, E 1994 “An Introduction to Edward Said’s Orientalism”, Vintage http://www.renaissance.com.pk/febbore2y6.htm

If you’re a man, how are you a feminist?

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If I were to be honest with you, when I learned about the notion of Feminism I did not think that males could have possibly been feminists too. What I considered a feminist was a strong woman who believed in equal rights between both genders and would stand up for the inequalities that women face in day to day life.

I used to think that if a man tried to be a feminist, it would be seen as highly provocative and patronising because at the end of the day, us men aren’t women and we do not know what it’s like to be one. But after doing some research, I was enlightened by the fact that male feminists exist and there are quite a few! This tumblr blog dedicates itself to the awareness of male feminism which shows how positive it can be. This blog has quite powerful images of men holding up signs with different messages on them including “women don’t owe you shit”, “because alpha males lead by example, not force” and the last one which I think is a very important message ” Men, by remaining silent, you are further perpetuating the war on women, SPEAK OUT!”. These Male feminists went against what I first perceived to be a male feminist. They weren’t arrogant, provocative and patronising. They are merely helping the fight, and spreading more awareness for their fellow women.

There are however, some people that do not agree with male feminists. In this article, a self-proclaimed male feminist was told to “shut up and listen” by the quite renowned feminist Clementine Ford and that he shouldn’t be involved with feminism. He then responded by insisting that feminists needed mens support. The article brings up the question whether or not men should stay away from feminism which I completely disagree with because at the end of the day, men are usually the oppressors of other women therefore there needs to be male role models that promote equal rights. It’s a good start at least in my opinion. But as this woman discusses, she believes that there are a lot of male feminists out there that say they are all for equal rights but then still demonstrate mysogonist and sexist behaviour. This blog really questions the notion of males being able to involve themselves with feminism “if you’re a man living in a Patriarchy, meaning you benefit from Patriarchy at almost every turn of society, then calling yourself a feminist does not exempt you from perpetuating male supremacy. Yes, you heard me right: even the act of calling yourself a feminist can be patriarchal”.

The real question that we need to ask ourselves is what makes a good male feminist? There is no question in my mind that in order to achieve gender equality, we need both genders fighting for it. Us men just need to know when we are being pro-feminism instead of fake feminists.

Connection is everything.

“Connection is everything” is the slogan on the The National Broadband Networks (NBN) website. The website continues to say that this plan “is delivering an Australia wide project to upgrade the existing fixed line phone and internet network infrastructure. It is essential for Australia’s transition to a digital future. Fast broadband has the potential to fuel growth and drive improvements to local economies, businesses and homes, bringing new opportunities to the whole country.”

What does this actually mean to you and what does it mean in regards to ourselves and our households in the future? Should we be excited or should we be scared? For me, it still has not reached my area as I live in the Sutherland Shire and it seems to be going to rural areas primarily, but after looking deeper into the NBN plan, I asked myself, “will this plan really change my life?”, but more importantly, “is connection really everything?”. Just from being a young person and observing my surroundings, I think it is safe to say that for us connection really is everything and yes it could change lives. Last week I didn’t have a phone since I just came back from overseas so I had to find other things to do, doing things that would normally involve a smartphone firmly planted in my hand to give me comfort and security from the big bad world. Just by sitting on the train, looking at 90 percent of the people with their faces planted into their phones, laughing, smirking and snickering at their screens as if it were another human being. Most of the time it probably is them connecting with another human being, but they could be anywhere in the world. I thought to myself that this is sort of sad how we have become like this, but at the same time, we all do it, whether we like it or not. Also, I am a Media student with an internship for a digital magazine which means I do most of my work online. Bad connections or dropouts really can make things complicated and with most things turning online, fast connection would make things so much nicer. However, I personally believe that there is a dark-side to being connected all the time and that I am a little scared to be honest where this will take human interaction (or lack of) in the future. Sherry Turkle had some fantastic points about how our constant connection with our devices can really affect our social lives. As Turkle questions “As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other?”. Take a look at her Ted talk:

After questioning how this NBN scheme would affect myself and my doings, I turned to Patricia (52, Nurse) again to ask her how the NBN coming to her area would affect her and her household. She told me that as a Nurse she does not really need the internet that much so the current broadband plan she has right now is fine for her. She in fact said that she had no idea about the NBN plan until I came and asked her about it and that she thought that her broadband connection couldn’t really get any better. However, as a mother of 3 and having a husband who works in the IT industry as a computer programmer she says that the introduction of the NBN would definitely affect her household’s workings. She said that she believes that her Husband will be able to get his work done quicker and always will be able to work from home as sometimes he has to go to his office in the city if the connection is poor at home. After being asked about how it will affect the lives of her teenage children she laughed and said that she doesn’t think they could possibly become more anti-social regardless of the NBN coming through. She said that since they each have at least 2 devices, she hardly ever sees them until dinner or when they want food. She thinks that the household is very “connection focused” at the current time, and that the NBN really could segregate the household even more, especially amongst her children. She then added that she might have to bring in some restrictions within the household so that it doesn’t turn her family “into a bunch of zombies”. From hearing this, I was quite curious to know her views solely on the internet, so I showed her Danah Boyd’s description of the internet, “a world populated by people who share idiosyncratic interests and are ready to discuss them at any time, day or night” (Boyd, D 2014, p. 4). She responded with a slightly perplexed expression because she said she wasn’t sure how she feels about it. She said that if she had interests to discuss, she wouldn’t post them on the internet, but she can see how that is how the world is functioning at the moment. She added that she didn’t grow up with it and the world didn’t end because she couldn’t always be connected. She just said that things were different and with a smile said that the only differences is that “kids have thousands of friends now, but I would like to see them count on one hand the amount of true friends they think they have.”

That last statement really touched down with me as I couldn’t help but go back to Sherry Turkles quote “As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other?”. Yes, the NBN might bring us faster internet, but it also might bring us the death of social interaction inside and outside the house. So maybe we should reconsider the notion of “connection is everything”.

References:

Boyd, D 2014, ‘It’s complicated: The social lives of networked teens’, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Sherry Turkle “Connected, but alone?”: see link in the text

http://www.nbnco.com.au/about-the-nbn.html

Almond, Skim, Low, Full, Soy. All I wanted was a coffee..

Living in Australia in this day and age, food seems to be as hot as the sun. People just cannot get enough of it because hey, it makes our Instagram feeds look better. But coming with this current trend comes high-profile figures putting in their 2 cents about absolutely, positively life-changing diets (or not so much). The lecture looked at high-profile figures such as Jamie Oliver and Pete Evans who seem to be more about making more money for themselves than considering the damage they are doing to the consumers of the information they give. The problem is, there isn’t much that can be done about it, because well, they are high-profile. Pete Evans has been promoting a Paleo diet for quite some time now which is totally fine, because fad diets have been around for quite a long time. The main issue is that he is using his status to fling out all these wild and ridiculous statements regarding the health benefits of his diet, when there is in fact, little or no scientific evidence that can actually back-up his claims.

This can actually be doing the opposite to what the diet intends, because there is evidence that some of his claims can in fact cause quite severe health problems. He claims that his diet can help Autism, cure Cancer and provide infants with a healthier diet to develop healthier. What makes things worse is that Evans is nothing more than just a qualified Chef which makes his claims sound even more ridiculous. We need to ask ourselves, why is he allowed to use such big media platforms such as national television to promote such ridiculous ideals when he is quite obviously under qualified and overstepping the mark? Looking at this topic closer, we should start looking into how prevalent powerful media personalities turned food warriors are. There are so many ranging from Sarah Wilson to Daniel Churchill who was an ex Masterchef Australia contestant. These personalities have intentions to influence healthier eating, but at the end of the day it is also about making money. They have usually always entered the media realm through a different medium other than food, but then seem to use this as a stepping stone into a sector that they may be passionate about, but not so qualified. Everyone has their own vision of ‘perfect health’, and most of us work towards it even if it isn’t an easy path. These personalities also have their own views on ‘perfect health’ but due to money, fame and a different set of ideologies, they see it as an opportunity to make money while at the same time, boosting their own profile.

On the other hand, not all food warriors have negative effects on the public. Lucio Polli de Carvalho is a food-warrior that has used his expertise in the food industry in a good way. Through using his knowledge with good, healthy food, the condition of Autism and a good attitude about helping others, this chef helped turn the eating habits around involving a school of autistic kids. He didn’t force anything down their throats and he didn’t throw any overloading amounts of confusing information at them. He worked with all the kids needs, some at an individual level which saw a great improvement in their eating habits and all around health. He also underwent professional training in the condition of Autism that legitimises his position and role. I would call him a healthy Food-warrior that is less self-serving and more giving.

Being a “Food warrior” has become somewhat of a trend in this day in age with social media booming. A lot of new media platforms with little gatekeeping such as blogging and YouTube allow everyday individuals to become self-made advocates of healthy eating. You never know if what they are telling you is true, so sometimes its best to just leave it up the experts. Also, we do need to ask ourselves why these personalities that do use their status for their own personal gain stay in these positions and that we shouldn’t tolerate these personalities that think that it is ok to feed us this information.

It’s Culture, NOT Costume.

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I think it is definitely fair to say that there are some people in this world that really do nothing but give us a topic to talk about, and most of the time it being a negative topic. I think the Kardashian Klan would make an excellent addition to this entry because for me, they are nothing but a great example on how not be. At the end of the day, most people with a decent amount of brain cells left would know that these kinds of people are worth ignoring because there are MUCH better things to pursue in this incredible world that we live in. Sorry to any of their die-hard fans, but it is true. BUT, from the endless dribble that seems to make the digital magazines, blogs, Instagram feeds, twitter feeds and all kinds of social media about the Kardashians, it is pretty hard to fathom the fact that there could be something even a little educative that could come from them. And yes, it does come at their expense as per usual. After the big leaps and bounds society has taken over the years in regards to racism from say the 1960’s, it is still a sad reality that it is very much still prevalent in our society. Nowadays, it may not be as blatant, because the majority of us in this world simply just do not tolerate it anymore, so this is where a form called “Cultural appropriation” comes up. This refers to “only taking aspects out of a culture that are deemed desirable I have been seeing multiple online articles regarding certain fashion choice/statements that the Kardashians love to flaunt. These fashion statements get some people inspired (god, I really hope not), and for the rest of us, it leaves us picking up our jaws up off the floor because it can be pretty hard to swallow the fact that some people can be THAT stupid.

Quite recently, the youngest member of the social-media hoarders Kylie thought it would be a great idea to “blackface” herself for a photoshoot. To anyone unfamiliar with the term “blackface”, it is defined by Urbandictionary as “the application of make-up to a white performer to make them look black”. She basically had a close-up face shot with her face darkened and bronzed in a *shock* *horror* unnatural way and then posted the photo onto Instagram. Then the best part is the caption saying “I wish I looked like this the whole time”. Obviously she caused a ton of Twitter backlash with that photo and comment and swiftly deleted it, probably off to her next photo shoot with her in a headscarf because you know, fashion is fashion. Then we have the eldest daughter, but certainly not the brightest (or she even could be), Kim Kardashian who has the taken the world by storm by her large hips and behind. The constant talk over whether her hips are real or fake is not only a little annoying, but the real question is that why is it even now fashionable to even consider Bottom implants. Taking aspects from other cultures that you deem as the only attractive aspects for your own personal image is not ok. What makes it even worse is when these cultures are oppressed by society. You can look at “cultural appropriation” by many view points, but you have to consider the damaging, disrespectful and demeaning results it can have on these cultures. Maybe next time before you put on that Indian headdress going to a dubstep festival or get a maori sleeve tattoo just to show off your guns, maybe you should think twice. There is light at the end of the tunnel however, because “cultural appropriation” is being picked up on and there has been action taken specifically against the use of Indian headdresses at music festivals “The headdress is not, contrary to its depictions in popular culture, a fashion accessory, or common component of a day-to-day indigenous ensemble.” Im not trying to say that people should never wear anything from another culture if you are not part of the culture, but there is a difference between wearing it without a purpose other than to make yourself look pretty or wearing it to try to raise awareness and making somewhat of a difference. The Kardashians have all the social media power in the world to raise awareness about other cultures, but instead only want to raise awareness about themselves.

The life of a Brazilian television.

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Patricia (52) is originally from Brazil and has been living in Australia for 22 years. She was brought up in a fairly large family with 5 brothers and sisters. She was around 8 when the first television came into her household and you can tell that it was quite the event, but at the same time, they stuck true to their upbringing before the television came. Nonetheless, her experience with the television is such a contrast to the modern day type. I was lucky enough to conduct an interview with Patricia and the following extract is from a voice recording that I took during the interview.

From what I remember, we only got a television in the late 60’s. The brand was a “telefunken” from Germany and it was colour. That for us was truly amazing, watching the Television in colour, wow. In Brazil, having a television definitely represented your social status because Brazil is a country that is strongly divided by class. In fact, thinking about it now, I think that not much has changed in that sense. Even when my brothers, sisters and I were little, we never really watched much television because since the television was new, we were so used to playing outside to entertain ourselves. But when we did watch the television it was at night time to watch soap operas. We loved the soap operas because it is a very big part of the Brazilian culture. Sports also (mainly Soccer) were a huge part of my families television culture. When we watched television it was all together as a family. We enjoyed watching variety shows the most. Where there were people dancing, doing silly things and where there was a live audience. Those sorts of shows to us were amazing because there was so much atmosphere. Some of the shows that I used to watch were “buzina do chacrinha” and “fantastico”. Even though you wouldn’t have thought so, but sometimes we did watch the television whilst eating because my father had to watch the news. When he didn’t have anything to watch, we were never allowed to sit in front of the television whilst eating because the kitchen wasn’t close to the living room so we had no choice but to sit at the table. Plus, before the television came, we were always sitting at the table together so it would have been strange to get into the habit of starting to sit around the TV.

I then asked her how certain behaviours in her household had changed since the introduction of their television, “I don’t know why but the television for me was never a big part of my life, nor was it a big part of the lives of my brothers and sisters. Only my mother who had to constantly watch her soap operas because in Brazil, it was a big topic of conversation amongst the mothers and women. I guess if they did not watch their soap operas and reported back to their friends, they would  either have no friends left, nothing to talk about or be looked down upon.”

When asked about the amount of nudity and/or sex in the programs Patricia swiftly responded with “No, no, no! There was hardly any sex or nudity on the television back then! That would have been utterly inappropriate. I must say, I do like Game of Thrones, but if my Mother saw the amount of boobs on the screen as I do, my god, I don’t even want to know what she would do. Back then, society was definitely much more traditional and since the television was a symbol of status, anything like nudity and sex in quite a conservative society would bring down the class of owning a television. You can see how this has changed over the years as the television has been around for quite a while. Since everyone has one or two or three, there is little prestige. And since we are not going to sit around all day watching just soap operas, I guess the program creators need to keep the entertainment fresh and shocking. Now it’s not so much about the TV box itself, much much more so what we watch on it. I’m sure that now the topic amongst the middle aged mothers and women now is about My Kitchen Rules or Desperate Housewives or some garbage like that. In saying that, I hate reality TV. It’s so fake and there is no excitement watching it because you know all these people are fake. It’s nothing like watching a live studio audience show like what I used to watch.”

Patricia concluded by stating that the television of today has been over-run by the internet, “The amount of access that we have now to everything online has taken away the special feeling that I had when I got to watch the television back in the late 60’s. It’s a shame but that’s the way the media works!”

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We like Snapchat apparently. But why?

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It is definitely fair to say that amongst the endless see of social media applications that we are currently being exposed to, Snapchat is definitely one of the most popular. The statistics that I have found on the app Snapchat from an American based research project, have given me a lot of useful numbers, percentages, graphs and stats to give me a pretty good general understanding about how popular Snapchat is and more specifically, in which cultural demographics. The research article states that there are 100 million active users and that 400 million “snaps” are sent everyday. And this is just America. Wow. I can’t even begin starting to imagine what the figures would be like in Australia. Possibly a bit less due to our smaller population, but just by watching my 13 year old brother sit there taking 4 snapchats in the space of 5 minutes, I think that could give you a pretty good idea. Another figure states that the main age demographic of Snapchat are young users and that 50% of the users under 24 are aged between 13-17 years old. This statistic doesn’t really shock me, because I know that within our own media spaces, our ages play a big role in which Media outlets we absorb ourselves in. Just like I said in a previous post, WhatsApp was treated like a god when I was in Spain. The statistics of the use of WhatsApp in Spain may show it is very high, but from my own first hand experience, I know that it was so high because it was used as a convenience application.

Now, with the ever so popular Snapchat, we need to start collaborating some of the ethnographic research that has been done to make these reports on media outlets a bit more detailed. Because at the end of the day, numbers are just numbers, but what we really want are trends, behaviours and reasons. With that being said, certain researchers say that the reason that the percentage of young Snapchat users is so high is because it is a pretty unique form of social media. One major factor is that kids do not need internet connection “Kids who use them don’t need a credit card or even a cellphone, just an Internet connection and device such as an iPod Touch or Kindle Fire”. That’s pretty scary considering that most kids do have access nowadays to internet from a personal device. With that being said, this brings up a whole new subject of privacy and online safety for young people with access to media platforms such as Snapchat “it’s time to talk frankly to kids about privacy controls and remind them – again – how nothing in cyberspace every really goes away”. But aside from that point, the main point that I am trying to get across is that these quantitative media reports should include much more ethnographic data. With Snapchat, we can see that young users like it, but they like it because its a new way to connect with their younger peers. Also because they think that the 10 second time limit will allow them to get away with some pretty naughty agendas that they might have. You know exactly what I’m talking about! It is actually quite scary that young people have such free access of Snapchat and use it  without a care in the world, but have no idea how easy it can be to get access to these supposed “private” snaps.

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Snapchat is just an example, but there are so many reasons behind the use of all the modern day media outlets that we use in this current age. We have all the numbers to give us a “WOW” reaction, but then we are sort of left wondering why and then have to make the assumptions up ourselves.

References:-

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/18/instagram-and-snapchat-kids_n_2899732.html

http://www.businessofapps.com/snapchat-usage-statistics-and-revenue/

Media Space. Hop onboard and enjoy the ride!

Hey guys,

So my name is Nick and this is my introductory post for this semesters BCM240 subject. Even though I have only just arrived 4 days ago from my one year exchange in Spain and have only been to one tutorial so far, this subject sounds pretty cool! It could be the jet-lag that could be giving me this false impression but I actually do think that I will enjoy this subject quite a lot because I think the media is one of the most fascinating, important and diverse aspects of our modern day society. I say that because we all know that nowadays we are basically drowning in Media all around us, whether it being social or periodical. The topic this week is all about our experience in the Media space. In saying that, I think I would be one of the only 22 year olds that would not be in the Media space if that were true. Because we all know that it is virtually impossible to avoid.

The media for me is a massive part of my life. Even when I think I’m not even being heavily involved in it. In fact, right now I am without a phone due to my Spanish shenanigans which is proving to be quite challenging. I am always behind on the news now since I have no constant access to Facebook or even just catching up with friends that I have not seen in a while. I knew that it was a fact that my smartphone had a big impact on the way I lived my life, but I just wasn’t so sure how much it would affect me when I did not have constant access to it. In saying that, I think my experience in the media space definitely depends on my location and situation. When I was in Spain, I think it is fair to say that I could not have lived without Skype, Whatsapp, Facebook and maybe a cheeky little bit of Instagram. All these applications basically formed a massive part of my experience. The people that I met, the way I organised my life over there, the way I contacted home, the way I sorted out problems, the way I uploaded numerous tapas photos (insta ops galore) and the method of probably never feeling homesick. I would like to put a little emphasis on the application WhatsApp though because before going off to Spain, it virtually does not exist here in Australia. Of course there may be some people who use it occasionally, but over there it is probably an official religion. People worship it and practically depend on it. If WhatsApp HQ exploded, shit would hit the fan big time. I have never seen such a big following for a communication app since Facebook until I saw WhatsApp. In fact, it was basically the first question a Spanish person would ask you “Cual es tu numero de WhatsApp?” before they even know your name. Even the Spanish MP’s are on WhatsApp! So that was definitely a change to my Media Space experiences. I needed to alter my own behaviours and adapt to a new one that to me isn’t of the norm. Even though it was the easiest thing on earth to get. It’s all from the click of a button and there you have it. But I know you are probably thinking, why is he even talking about this? Because we all know that there are a gazillion of applications out there right now that make our lives easy, but all I am trying to emphasise is that this is why the Media space to me is actually one of the most fascinating things on earth. The behaviours that people have on social media, to the way we consume the media through so many different portals. It’s one thing that has boomed since the birth of the smart phone, and will not stop growing. Myself and everyone from my generation that has grown up with these sorts of media outlets will also shape the way they live due to these things. More problems will arise and there will be incredible discoveries. But who knows, right?

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For me personally, to get the most out of the Media, you need to look at it as if it was one of those dodgy trains in India. Even though it is incredibly overcrowded and overflowing, you just need to push your way in and then once onboard, go for the ride, to…..well…..wherever it is taking you.

I hope you are all as excited as I am to get this subject underway and start looking into our own behaviours in the Media space, because I think that you could learn a lot about yourself doing so.

Thanks for reading guys!

Nick.

References:

http://www.thelocal.es/20150218/spanish-mps-turn-to-whatsapp-to-lure-in-voters

ymuchomas.com/…/whatsappwhy-spains-over-the-sms