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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Social Media Myth Busting and Cyborgology

As Mary Shelly stated in Frankenstein; “The instrument has taken control of its maker, the creation control of his creator.”

The blueprint of our society has now become dependent on social media. We find ourselves living simultaneously within the digital social media world as well as the physical world where Jean Baudrillard argues the absence of the original reality due to the takeover of the “instrument.”

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Social Media Mythbuster: Hashtags

Hashtags have become a staple for social media marketing. The first hashtag was coined by Chris Messina in 2007 where he proposed an idea that Twitter should start using hashtags to create groups online.

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(Chris Messina’s Twitter account)

Since then, hashtags have become an integral element within the social media realms of Facebook and Instagram.

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Social Media Mythbusters: Inclusion of others

Social Media is about the inclusive online environment of interaction. Instagram allows a two-way dialogue between the brand and the consumer. “When it comes to brands, this phrase embodies a very specific marketing strategy: personification”. ( Petronzio, 2013)

The first myth that I will be uncovering within my social media myth busting experiment is the inclusion of others through building rapport.

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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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Social Media Mythbuster

When we reference our reality, it’s hard to differentiate between the physical and digital. The two realms have seamlessly begun to integrate itself into one form of reality—meaning that we live within the physical world and cyberspace simultaneously. Social media is the perfect ideal of living in both worlds at once, always connected and always interacting regardless of physical constraints.

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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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