Gender Roles in the Media

Here is a transcript for the video as the sound was really crappy!


Our issue is the way gender roles are reinforced in various forms of media and the way moral panic is induced when women – and men – stray from their traditional gender roles. Continue reading

Duck, Duck, Goose

So BCM112 will be over soon – blogging has finished up for this subject and now it’s time for me to pick my three best posts and justify my decision to do so. So here I am taking a mad guess at which posts I like more than the others!

  1. On Making Our Mark in the World
    This post talks about the ways in which we can use various media technologies create new things and upload them to the Internet and the variable success some people have had. I loved writing the post because one of my favourite things about the always-evolving media technology is that there are so many creative outlets. In BCM112 we have a lot of discussions about topics like these, talking about how being able to use media and media platforms enables us to become more than a “passive audience”.
  2. Adventuring in Virtual Reality
    Tying in with the above post, I talk about the many ways in which TV shows, books and movies have been expanded upon in other media platforms. The creativity of the creators of the original content is now discussed, instead of the audience’s. Showing two sides to the “audience and creators” coin, I think.
  3. Three Clicks and You’re Home! 

    A more serious post, I discuss our generation’s need to get focused on the important issue as we have a lot more power than we are led to believe by older generations. I also theorise on why the older generations keep discouraging us and calling us lazy and try to encourage the millennial generation to take an interest in politics. This brings home the amount media and technology we have at our command, and how much more we will keep having due to converging technology.

I picked these because they are topics that I really like and that I think are important to focus on when we learn more about the media and emerging technologies. Creativity and social movements are where it’s at, in my opinion.

Putting Us In Our Place

The Internet hates women. A pretty bold statement, but in some corners of cyberspace it’s very true. Take Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist vlogger who wanted to do a series of videos on the portrayal of women in video games. She started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for her project and was instantly vilified for it by male gamers. Ouch.

I have never received any hate on the Internet, but really, all I do is sit on Tumblr all day. I don’t try to offend anyone! What’s terrible is that in some cases, a person doesn’t have to offend anyone to get hate mail. Trolls are something that all Internet users have to accept and ignore. People love to hate. Something people love to hate it women. The way we dress, our bodies, our actions, our words. Anything is fair game because “it’s the Internet and we opened ourselves up to criticism the second we posted online”, as most people will tell you.

A screengrab from the above video of some of the hateful comments Anita received.

Women have definitely copped their fair share of mistreatment. A Twitter campaign titled #mencallmethings had women recounting the things said to them by men.Being called ‘sluts’ and ‘whores’ is some of the ‘cleaner’ stuff. I personally don’t understand what people gain from abusing fellow human beings in such a vile manner. In my tutorial we discussed the reasons and one of my classmates said that trolls could possibly come from an abusive background. I personally disagree because it doesn’t take a traumatic past to become a hateful person.

“Don’t feed the trolls” is a phrase that everyone knows but some people don’t abide by it. Xiaxue, a very popular Singaporean blogger, decided to share the Facebook profiles of people who posted terrible things about her and her friends on a photo album where she’s shown to be supporting a political party. Nothing stirs up a good debate like politics! Left-wring, right-wing, this politician sucks, another politician deserves more than bread thrown at her…

In the end, it’s very hard to change the treatment of women as the Internet is such a vast space and there will always be groups of people whose hearts are black as coal. The best we can do is stand up against the bullies and prove to them that they are worthless and have no effect on us. Of course, if these trolls cross the line, the police are a good place to visit because some people really are crazy and are willing to let out their hate in real life rather than behind an avatar on Twitter or Facebook! Be wary.

Would you be brave enough to ‘unmask’ your haters like Wendy (Xiaxue) did? How do YOU deal with hate?

Three Clicks and You’re Home!

Just kidding, this isn’t Wizard of Oz. What it is though, is clicktivism.

Clicktivism is the pollution of activism with the logic of consumerism. Activism is debased with advertising and computer science… Clicktivism neglects the vital, immeasurable inner events and personal epiphanies that great social ruptures are actually made of. The history of revolutions attests that upheaval is always improbable, unpredictable and risky. A few banal pronouncements about “democracy in action” coupled with an online petition will not usher in social transformation.

source many online petitions now exist to help people in need and to support worthwhile causes, but so many fail because they’re not causes that touch us personally. Kony in 2012 went viral for a bit before quickly puttering out because people lost interest.

This week’s lecture focused on bringing political and economic issues to the attention of youths. Power to the people – especially those in their twenties. Henry Giroux says that the mainstream media “certainly see[s] them as disposable populations; young people are often defined in the United States as lazy, utterly self absorbed – it goes on and on.” A very true statement, but maybe this stereotype is perpetuated because older generations know exactly the kind of power our generation has and want to stifle it? Young people have a ridiculous amount of technology and media available to them as well as the numbers. There are now more millennials (1982-2003) than baby boomers! Oh the things we can achieve if we just focused and ripped ourselves away from Facebook, Tumblr and YouTube!

So yes, we youths are very important and we need to realise this. Many young people don’t vote in America because they don’t really understand politics or don’t want anything to change. In Australia it is mandatory to vote but I have several friends who don’t really care or have no idea who to vote so they vote for the smaller parties like the Greens. Why? Guys, we need to put great people in charge of our government. Of course, I like to take advantage of my friends’ cluelessness and recommend that they vote for the party I am going to vote for. 😉

Remixing and Renewing?

Learning all about remixing this week was quite interesting. I love to avoid remixes of Rihanna and Madonna songs by ‘DJ Squire’ or ‘Lil’ Pete’ (fictional, so don’t look it up on YouTube!) and I love to pretend that they don’t exist.

In this time where everyone is a produser, remixes are one of the easiest things to create as long as you have the right instruments and technology. One of my old school mates is now a DJ and I get regular Facebook invites to the clubs he’s playing at on the weekends. Being a fun sponge (and owner of ridiculously sensitive ears) I haven’t been, but he shares his music on SoundCloud. The fact that it’s so easy to create upload advantages budding artists whose works get shared around.

A few of my favourite remixes include Taylor Swift’s ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ with the goat screaming plus 3OH!3’s ‘Starstruck’ lyrics “Nice legs, daisy dukes, makes a man go–” with various sounds tacked on at the end. It’s ridiculously fun to reinvent music and audio files because they can be so humorous. Another thing that caught my attention this week is this one guy feeding Ryan Gosling cereal but Ryan Gosling won’t have any of that, nuh uh.

What has really happened is that the increasing availability participants an equal chance to have their message heard – has simply amplified the existing cultural activities of independent fans and artists to an extent that they now stand side by side (and sometimes overshadow) the cultural output sanctioned by conventional publishers.

Axel Bruns

A positive benefit of this new remixing ‘culture’ is the way we connect. With so many ways to connect, remixing adds another element. Like-minded people can collaborate, can befriend each other through mutual interests and find connections to further their careers. The Internet is a great place to be ‘discovered’ on! In his era of technology, we are finding so many new ways to connect every day and why not enjoy warbling sound-bites whilst we’re at it?