Farewell!

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.” – C.S Lewis

This quote sums up my experience of BCM110. Day by day nothing particularly changes but looking over the past 7 weeks, I feel as if I have gained an enormous amount of knowledge and awareness of media through the lectures (which are my favourite out of all my subjects to go to) and the readings which I actually don’t mind having a geez at.

During week 2 we were introduced to the concept of media effects, communication concepts and theories and were exposed to the ‘effects model’ and its recurring impact on us. This was really the first time I had been exposed to such knowledge about the media which I found fascinating and definitely changed my perceptions of the role of media. When exploring representations within the media, I feel like I gained a lot which helped in my understanding of how the media wants certain images to be portrayed. When thinking of media ownership, I didn’t actually know who owned the media I was utilizing. Through this I have definitely become aware of the power of individuals over my life and how they can simply shape my views within society. This blogging task has definitely taught me to be aware of what I am being exposed to. Through things such as the information I give away on Facebook or the bias views that some news broadcasters have on topics such as the political outlook of Australia. The fact that we are being watched 24/7 scares me most. The fact I live on campus which has security cameras on every walkway and out the front of every building means I’m on camera simply on my way to dinner or just to visit a friend.

Reading others blogs has definitely shown me so many different perspectives of the different topics. Seeing and reading about others ideas has both scared me and surprised me because they are all so good and have taught me a lot. All this has definitely made me sceptical about the Australian media landscape and its effects through the messages it portrays as a result. Overall though, I’m extremely grateful to have taken this subject because of all the knowledge I have attained as a result.

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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>