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 The short cut to copy and pasting – CTRL+C and CTRL+V. Never used them? I doubt it.

With the development of the internet and the increase in the information we are exposed to, copyright and plagiarism are becoming an increasingly large-scale issue. With its creation in 1750, people may wonder what point there was back then. There was no internet, or email, or You tube for that matter, but it was for the protection and recognition of a creation like an artwork or play so others could not distribute it and make a profit which was extremely common.

However in this day and age, things are a little more complicated. With the creation of major corporations such as Time Warner Corporation (who possess the copyright for Happy Birthday) and Disney, copyright and plagiarism laws some may say have been “blown out of the water”.  As a result, Time Warner Corporation is bringing in USD$2 million dollars in annual royalties for their little ditty of Happy Birthday. And guess what? If you sing Happy Birthday in public without licencing, it’s copyright infringement. Who hasn’t done that?!

But let’s face it, who hasn’t copied and pasted in their life? On a silly little assignment at school just to get it done, or ideas for thesis statements for belonging. It’s just so easy to do that why should we bother to do it ourselves. 


Questioning the role of media in today’s society

How much television do you watch? Or how many newspapers do you read? Furthermore which newspapers and television shows do you view? All these factors have varying effects on individuals and what they are exposed to. For example, there’s a difference between reading The Australian newspaper and reading The Daily Telegraph. Just as there is a difference between watching ABC News and A Current Affair. It’s all too obvious which programs are there for entertainment and which are there to tell the true story. The way in which media can bend and contort a story on the basis of entertainment must be questioned on the morals and practices involved. As discussed in our previous lecture, the Port Arthur Massacre was a tragic event in which as many as 35 people died as a result of the killing spree of Martin Bryant. The media presented a photoshopped image of Bryant a few days after the event with possessed like eyes which appeared on the Hobart Mercury depicting a mentally unfit man. Along with this, another picture appeared of him constructing him as an innocent child portraying how the media over his life had corrupted him. Through this example, a few questions can be asked about media in society today. Where do we draw the line between fact and fiction for the basis of entertainment? And how differently do we interact and acknowledge various sources such as magazines, newspapers and television shows?

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My name is Willa Matchett and I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Media and Communications/International Studies here at Wollongong. I grew up on a large property in a small town, Grenfell, 5 hours West of Wollongong and as a result I’m residing at Campus East. Growing up in the country, I had little knowledge or awareness of media. Communications however was a heavily depended on asset due to isolation with dependence being placed upon telephone lines, radio and internet.  I have chosen to do Media and Communications due to my interest in the area of media and the heavy impact it has on my everyday life and the evolution it is undertaking constantly as a result of many differing factors such as globalisation and the increase in global issues. This course links heavily with my opposing degree of International Studies furthering (I hope!) my knowledge in global issues and hopefully through this knowledge I will then be able to travel and work in international aid. Social media especially is becoming an increasingly popular and advantageous thing to possess especially in a world becoming more technologically involved. Like any other student, I’m heavily involved with social media especially facebook. Social media plays such a large role in the lives of not only myself, but people all over the world of all ages and cultures due to it’s easy accessibility and dependibility in the generation of “tech heads”. In the not too distant future when I finally finish my degree, I hope to be in a career that helps others, constantly changing and of course, a job I will love doing. I would love to travel and extend my connections both nationally and internationally so a job in international aid working with like-minded people would be where I’d like to be in the next 5 years. p>