Week 11. Diasporic Media.
Last year I was walking through the streets of London, 17,000 kilometres from my home town of Sydney Australia, I had been away for just over a week and I was missing my older brothers birthday despite us having an insane sibling rivalry it felt very poignant as I realised that 17,000 kilometres away my family would be gathering without me so I did what any 19 year old would do, I found a pub that was screening the Ashes and (despite a complete lack of interest in cricket) I sat and watch Australia get beaten with 60 – 70 of my new closest friends. This connection to my homeland that I felt even while so far away highlights the importance of diasporic media. Homesickness is something that can be avoided by keeping a connection to your home alive and diasporic media can help people do that.
The Chinese community in Australia is a vibrant, and ever growing community and with them they bring a rich culture and history. Walking through the areas in which they have congregated in such as Hurstville and Chatswood the examples of dasporic media are ever present. The diasporic media of newspapers in their native tongue is important for them to keep up with the politics of their home countries and our country that we live in together. Having newspapers available in their native tongue with stories on Australian issues as well makes it easier for people who have not been able to develop their english reading skills just yet to stay informed on the political and national issues that make up Australia’s current affairs thus making them a part of our future rather than allowing them to drop off the radio as such.
Week 10. Globalisation.
I am a citizen of Australia, but we are all citizens of the world. It is all of our responsibilities to ensure that the people in this world are treated justly and that they have the basic human rights that we should all be afforded, the globalisation of the media is important in ensuring that we are all informed of our international neighbours and they’re safety.
I care about refugees in Syria, I care about the future of Ukraine and Russia and I care abut the state of LGBT rights in Uganda and as citizens of the world we should all care and we should all strive to keep up to date on all the topical issues of the globe and the globalisation of news can only enhance the information we are receiving at home. But globalisation is also occurring on a much more superficial way every day. Television hits such as Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad are airing in Australia mere moments after they finish airing in the USA, this usually means 3pm in the afternoon but that is the world we live in – if your not watching it live some idiot will most definitely ruin the ending on social media.
The glabalised world can lead to a more informed world, and it can also lead to a more entertained world with a greater expanse of viewing available for all people, Chinese dating shows, Big Brother and The Voice are all examples of television programs that are heavily globalised and reworked for different audiences throughout the world and they demonstrate how some things – such as the desire to be entertained – completely transcends cultural boundaries.
Week 9. Race.
That was mainly for my own entertainment but I really any excuse for a little Michael Jackson!
Representation in the media will become representation in history, therefore it is important that each and every race is accurately depicted in its true light, both positive and negative, because their is no “bad race” or “bad people” but a bad action that is carried out but one or more people.
Islamaphobia is a massive issue in the current worldwide race debate, since the spat of terrorist attacks in the early ‘noughties’ many Muslim people have raised concerns about the islamaphobia that is present in todays society. The “Ban the Burqa” campaign is just one way that Islamic people that been discriminated against in society. The racial profiling that occurs is also an issue not only in real life crime situations but in television procedural crime dramas it is often the Arab who is made to defend themselves against the assumptions of racist individuals where the phrase “innocent until proven guilty” means nothing to them.
An example of the different ideas of the representation of race in the media is Australia’s Hey Hey It’s Saturday’s international Black Face scandal. During a segment on the variety show performers presented a routine in which they had painted their faces black, Harry Connick Jr was a guest judge and immediately told them that in America that would be considered incredibly racist. It was picked up across the world, most notably on popular American talk show ‘The View” with hosts raising our treatment of the Aboriginal people in the early days of settlement.