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Robots, the Media and Culture

The current state of society has become dependant on technology and connectivity. However, when it comes to robots–which intrinsically merges these two entities together–societal views begin to alter.

I intent to research and examine media representations and socio-cultural values regarding the acceptance of robots.

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Stop horse(ing) around

We are surrounded by animals and we don’t even know it.

 

Animals don’t just live within reality, but also live within mainstream media, films, advertisements, shows and documentaries.

We, as consumers, obliviously accept most of the information that is given to us through the media and don’t question things further, especially when it comes to animals.

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Poverty Porn: Who’s story are we telling?

Poverty porn is a well-established trope in media-studies circles. Violent deaths. Bone-chilling rapes. Diseases that leave bodies ravaged and mutilated. Hunger that is evident in the rib cages of small children. These ubiquitous images practically define today’s perception of humanitarian work.” (Meikle, 2013)

Within western society, there has been an over-saturation of images across the media that advertise poverty within third-world countries. However, when I used to see images of poverty, I didn’t recognise it as poverty porn, until now.

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The Selfie and Empowerment

As a 20-something living within the current state of technology and social media, I couldn’t imagine a world without selfies in it!

I’m not saying that my phone is filled with selfies, because it’s definitely not, i’m saying that selfies have become so saturated within our lives–and the media– that it would seem abnormal to flick through my Instagram feed and not see a selfie.

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My Blogging Reflection

Blogging over the past nine weeks has allowed me to create a deeper understanding of my sense of self. Initially, my blog was a place for un-related posts that I uploaded with no real thought of the audience’s perception of my work or even what each blog post meant. Before starting this class, my blog posts looked like tiny pieces of broken glass serving no greater purpose. During this blogging experience I have transformed my blogging style in an effort to glue the pieces of broken glass together with one key and common factor—the discovery of authorship. Now, my blog posts have become auto-ethnographical accounts that link each week’s topic to an element of my life, culture or past. This allowed me to blog as a researcher whilst also blogging for myself and identifying the key links between the two.

This nature of authorship was coined by Joel Bloch and Cathryn Crosby who’s work inspired me to transform my blogging practices into something valuable.

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The regulation of cartoons in my house

As children we all remember those little rules that our parents would set for us that we didn’t quite understand. Like, why we needed to be in bed by 8pm when our cousins are still at our house or why we can’t have chocolate after brushing our teeth at night.

One rule that was enforced upon my brother and I when we were growing up was: No Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network is a television channel that had mostly cartoons like  Johnny Bravo, DragonBall Z, Yu-Gi-Oh and The Powerpuff Girls.

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Attention and multitasking in the modern world

The world that we live in today demands our attention… everywhere! But is it really possible to be everywhere and doing everything at once? So I conducted a small test to see if people’s attention can be spread across different things.

My test used my mum who is a cake decorator and my brother who is an avid car lover and I observed their media consumption habits whilst they were doing what they normally do on a daily basis.

What I discovered was very interesting.

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