Hi all, This week's topic covers the influence of the media (or lack thereof) on moral panics in our society. A moral panic describes a panic or stress induced throughout a large group of people. Although it is fairly common and has happened regularly throughout history, it rarely yields good results. The media has many times been socially convicted of … Continue reading Get Off My Blog, I Need to Pray
It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen. But it wasn't 1984, it was 2015, and a young university student had just sat down at her desk and begun to write her BCM110 blog post on the public sphere. In the course of the writing of this blog, her … Continue reading Surveillance Strikes Thirteen
Hi all, This week, my topic covers the ownership of the media, and why it is (or isn't) an issue. There's plenty of Murdoch hate going around, so I'm instead going to focus more on why the idea of media consolidation worries us so much in comparison to other high-concentrated ownerships in society. But first, what … Continue reading Murdoch Makes Headlines – For Real
Hi all 🙂 You've probably all seen various versions of this meme - it's all over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram - the works. But how did it start? Someone woke up one day and decided it would be a good idea to take a salad advertisement out of context - or removed its connotation, and simply look at … Continue reading Lettuce be Hilarious: Side-Splitting Semiotics
Is the media really to blame?