Comic Relief: Lee Lin Chin takes on Australia’s News Teams

SBS New Reader, Lee Lin Chin

SBS New Reader, Lee Lin Chin

If you didn’t catch Lee Lin Chin‘s fight against some of Australia’s biggest news anchors, you definitely missed out.

Late last year, as a part of the final episode of ‘The Feed’, on SBS2, many of televisions biggest faces took part in an epic battle, including TEN Eyewitness News’ Sandra Sully and Hugh Riminton, The TODAY SHOW’s Karl StefanovicLisa Wilkinson along with Richard Wilkins from Channel Nine; Channel Seven’s Derryn Hinch and ABC’s Juanita PhillipsSteve Cannane and Annabel Crabb.

It’s the strangest thing I’ve seen news readers take part in – but it’s hilarious! For those who have already seen it I’m sure you’d love to watch it again and for those who haven’t here it is:

Lee Lin Chin’s fight to the death in Broadcast Battleground.

You can thank me later…

Anti-Vaxxers slammed on Mediated Public Sphere

Q. What do ‘Q&A’ and ‘My Kitchen Rules’ have in common?

A. Both illustrate examples of a mediated public sphere.

The term ‘mediated public sphere’ was established in 1962 by Jürgen Habermas and Hannah Arendt (The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere), and is defined as “a conversational space in which citizens freely gather to debate matters of significance to the public”. Habermas pictured the public sphere as an 18th century coffee house in which citizens debate about common concerns, separate from the state and separate from the official economy.

Beginning our discussion public spheres in BCM110 a couple of weeks ago; it quickly became evident that this concept is not just important in media communications. A mediated public sphere offers a platform through which we can share our thoughts, opinions, enter into debates with others, and can vary in forms from trending #hastags to widely broadcasted television programs. Continue reading

Who is telling you how to think?

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The Daily Telegraph Article (5.8.13),   “Kick     This Mob Out”

Have you ever watched or seen something and just felt like an opinion was being smeared forcefully in your face?

Yes?

I would think most of us have. Whether it’s been done consciously or not, no article, news story or blog post is free from bias. Not even this one. This certain type of bias is known as media bias, which can be defined as: “political bias in journalistic reporting, in programming selection, or otherwise in mass communications media”. Although often journalists strive to exclude bias from their work, more frequently the bias of the media owner isn’t excluded.

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Take a look: Nightcrawler (2014)

“…to capture the spirit of what we air, is think of our news cast as a screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut.”

MV5BMjM5NjkzMjE5MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTMzNTk4MjE@._V1_SY1200_CR69,0,630,1200_AL_ I’d never seen a film quite like this. It’s the perfect dark and thrilling snapshot that manages to capture everything that can be wrong with the media. I work at a cinema, a job I absolutely love, so I knew about the upcoming release of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nightcrawler late last year. However I hadn’t heard much about the film… The trailer, which I saw again and again during each of my shifts, was gripping and intense, sparking my attention as something I might want to see if I could find some time. So when a group of my friends from work invited me to see it, I responded with an instant ‘hells yeah’! But it wasn’t at all what I’d expected… Nightcrawler is set in L.A and follows Lou Bloom a man who is desperate for work. Lou manages to force his way into criminal journalism, filming horrific events and accidents, as they happen, in order to sell the footage to the highest bidders – television stations grappling for graphic footage to boost viewer ratings. He blurrs the lines between documenting these crimes and taking part in them himself and is completely blinded by his growing success and ego as he partners with TV-news veteran Nina. 75Gyllenhaal’s character consumed me… a greasy, egotistical sociopath who holds no regard for human life. It was almost unbearable to watch his character who holds no morals and does anything to get the footage in order to make the money he wants – regardless of the cost to human life. As we began discussing “who owns the media?” in our Communications and Media lecture (BCM110), last week and “does it matter who owns the media?” I very quickly though of Nightcrawler. This film makes a very important message about the media and who controls it. It challenges us to think carefully about what we see and how it has been manufactured to make us view things in a certain way. This creates a question surrounding the reliability of the information we are given by the media, as it will always be influence by bias from those who control it. It is incredibly tempting to dive deeper, and continue writing but I know I’ll only end up ruining my next blog post which will discuss whether or not it matters who owns the media… Watch this space because my blog post about this will be up in the next day or so. I cannot recommend this film highly enough, especially for Journalism and Media Communications students! But also if you feel like being challenged to think about much darker areas within the media world… or just feel like watching a movie that will keep you transfixed, leaning forward and desperate to know what’ll happen next… Take a look at the trailer below and enjoy! 🙂 – H. x

ReferenceIMDb – Nightcrawler (2014)

UNHATE:

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  Edited 17th April 2015

I was immediately captivated by this image.

An image has the power to instantly communicate a vast amount of information, often with different ways of looking at them, depending on your personal knowledge and beliefs.

Denotations: First we see two adult men, from the shoulders up, dressed in similar suits – one navy blue, and the other, black. The man on the left has thick black hair, wearing reading classes and appears to be of Asian heritage. The man on the right has darker skin and short, Afro hair, suggestive of an African background. No context is suggested by the setting, which is blurred and generic. They are both in focus, and take up majority of the image, drawing our eyes to centre of the photo and their kiss. The two men have their eyes shut and lips puckered. In the top left hand corner “UNHATE” is written in bold, white, capitals and in opposite corner, a dark green box frames the words “United Colours of Benetton” also written in white. Beneath this “Support the Unhate Foundation unhatefoundation.org” is written.

This illustration is constructed of signifiers, what is in the image, describing the denotation of the image before we begin to interpret the signified, forming meaning from what we see. Every image is made up of two parts: what you see, and what you interpret. This can be studied through semiotics, a term coined by its fathers, Charles Pierce, Ferdinand Saussure and Rowland Baths. Semiotics is, defined by the University of Vermont, as “the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation”.

Connotations: Clear to some, the two men in the photo are the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama (right), and the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping (left). These two governments are recognised as being ideologically opposed to one another, yet in this image their leaders are seen sharing a kiss. This confronting image makes us instantly question the purpose. This affection, combined with the white text “UNHATE” suggests a message of love and harmony. This image, of two great leaders of opposing world superpowers, suggests that they have put aside their differences in order to share an act of love asking: if they can do it, why not us?

There are many other ways this image can be read. It could be viewed as an advertisement promoting cooperation between the American and Chinese governments, or a campaign promoting equality and acceptance for LGBT relationships. The text “United Colours of Benetton” suggests that it could also be interpreted as a ‘shock-value’ advertisement for the clothing brand.

So what does the image actually stand for?

“What does UNHATE mean? UN-hate. Stop hating, if you were hating. Unhate is a message that invites us to consider that hate and love are not as far away from each other as we think. Actually, the two opposing sentiments are often in a delicate and unstable balance. Our campaign promotes a shift in the balance: don’t hate, Unhate.”

This image was used as a part of the Unhate Foundation’s, 2011 campaign titled: UNHATE. The Unhate Foundation is founded by the Benetton Group who run the clothing brand “United Colors of Benetton”.

What how did you respond when you first saw this image? Loved it? Hated it? Do you think it was successful in communicating it’s intended message?

Let me know what you think in the comments below, I would love to hear your thoughts…

– H.

Want more information? Go to: Unhate Benetton

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“Every fact is disputable. There is no such thing as truth.”

Today during my first lecture for Government, Power and Political Systems (POL150) our lecturer said something I found very interesting:

“Every fact is disputable. There is no such thing as truth.”

There was something about this statement that I absolutely loved. Probably because I feel like it’s a quote that urges me to not simply be contempt and agree with the information we are provided in the media This is something I want both my reader and I to keep in mind as I start this blog and continue to develop it over next couple of years.

It’s exciting to start something for the first time, and for me this week it’s been several things. First day at University. First lecture. First tutorial. And now first blog. It’s all apart of my progress into developing a career in Journalism, which is something that I’ve wanted to do for the past six or seven years now. This is what I want to do.

IMG_4500As for introductions, well, my name is Hannah! Welcome! I’m nineteen years old and I finished high school just over a year ago. I spent just under eight months at the beginning of 2014 working, often fourteen hour days, in order to save for another passion of mine – travelling. I know many people either, aren’t interested in, or don’t like the idea of, a “Gap Year” but it was something that I’ve always wanted to do and found incredibly beneficial. Not only was I able to spend three months travelling around Europe with four of my closest friends; prove to myself that I could independently save the money I needed for my trip, but also felt that my ambition to go to university and become a journalist grew even stronger. I mean, I love travelling, and I love journalism! Why not do both, right?

So now I’m here: sitting on a slightly over air-conditioned train between the busyness of Wollongong and my picturesque home of Berry, hoping that someone is actually reading this and if I’ve at least succeeded in that, that you’re as excited as me to see where this will all end up.