Will you be MY Audience?

Technological convergence is a never-ending evolvement within society and the media. Below i have attached a prezi presentation that i have created in regards to this concept and my media platform!

http://prezi.com/e6eewjnb4yvc/present/?auth_key=4wr6mvk&follow=l1nh5ypt90tp

References:

http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/412/1/Challenge_of_changing_audiences_-_spoken_version.pdf

https://storify.com/brittballard2/media-convergence-and-its-impact-on-our-changing-c

http://adage.com/article/digitalnext/facebook-twitter-accelerating-convergence-ad-tech-software/236140/ 

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Children growing up too much.. too soon?

Spray tans, mascara, foundation, wigs, crop tops, short shorts. Just your average five-year-olds attire don’t you think?

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Children are vulnerable sources within the media, and are exposed to lifestyle shows such as Dance Moms and Toddlers & Tiaras, which both convey the message to encourage young girls to dress more sexually and act older than they really are. How is it okay to be dancing around in your crop top, performing positions that could potentially portray a sexual nature to the audiences? Is it okay for a three-year-old girl to have acrylic nails and spray tans? Both of these television shows are broadcasted by Lifestyle, who thrive off the motto “celebrates, entertains and supports women,” where is the line drawn?

Young girls featured on the television show Dance Moms, are seen more often than not in bare-all crop and shorts. Each episode reveals the girls, as young as eight years old, performing in front of the general public clothed in skimpy costumes, with faces saturated in make-up. With anybody being able to view the performances, it seems to be encouraging paedophilia amongst children and the media. A prime example is seen in a performance titled “Fantastic,” conveying the message to the audience that the young girls are “hot, “mean” and men “cant afford” them. From a personal opinion, being a dancer myself, I find this absolutely disgusting that young girls are being educated to believe this is considered acceptable. Although the dancers themselves are vulnerable within the media, the lifestyle television series portrays the message to young girls in particular that it is “okay” to behave in such manner.

Closely trailing is another lifestyle show, “Toddlers & Tiaras,” also following the notion of publicising young children throughout the media. The series focuses on young children, some younger than one, dressed as living dolls and performing in pageants in front of audiences. An article discussed in this weeks lecture, ‘Too Much? Too Young? The Sexualisation of Children Debate in Australia’, Media International Australia, No 135, May 2010, evidently reveals the inappropriate sexualisation of children in the contemporary media.

Do the children do it out of their own will or is it a purely pecuniary motive on behalf of the parents? The disheartening truth being that the children are too young and unmistakably vunerable to understand the difference between what is considered as acceptable. Toddlers and Tiaras portray the message to children that tantrums, and greediness is tolerable, leading to larger issues in regards to children’s behavioural manners. I personally consider the show to be teaching young children, particually targeting their market at young girls, that an individual’s value is purely based on their appearance.

Each show encourages young girls to dress older and more sexually as both lifestyle shows emphasize the normality to behave in such way. It is seen to interrupt the natural flow of age and social development amongst young girls, leading to self-confidence issues in their personal appearance at later ages. It is through these concepts that the media has disgustingly portrayed to young girls what “they should look like and how they should behave,” evidently causing a whirlwind on children and their self-images within the media.

 

 

References

 

Dance Moms, (2014). Dance Moms; Fantastic- Group Dance.

Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA36WFp2uP0 [Accessed 17 Apr. 2015].

Hensen, M. (2011). ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ and sexualising 3-year-olds. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865567072/Toddlers-and-Tears-The-sexualization-of-young-girls.html?pg=all.

Morgan, M. (2012). Toddlers and Tears: the sexualisation of young girls. [online] Deseret News. Available at: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865567072/Toddlers-and-Tears-The-sexualization-of-young-girls.html?pg=all [Accessed 17 Apr. 2015].

O’Connor, M. (2012). Here’s the TV Episode About 8-Year-Old ‘Topless Showgirls’ Yanked Off the Air. [online] Gawker. Available at: http://gawker.com/5895847/heres-the-tv-episode-about-8-year-old-topless-showgirls-yanked-off-the-air [Accessed 17 Apr. 2015].

Does An Image Lie?

Global fashion brand American Apparel is renowned for its controversial advertisements, but when is the line drawn?

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Is it really necessary to advertise clothing from a sexual perspective?

Personally, I don’t believe promoting ‘Bodysuits and Thigh-Highs’ regardless of the intent of the advertisement, should involve a woman photographed only waist below. In addition to the position of the pictures, the model is situated in what appears to be of a sexual nature, focusing each image on her lower torso region; enhancing to the notion of ‘sex sells.’ It is clearly evident through the high-cut bodysuit, that no underwear is being worn, which is further emphasized by two of the images captured on the right side of the advertisement as her crutch is exposed as a sales focus.

But who is the marketing focus?

From the method that American Apparel globally markets their garments, it is depicted that it would be targeting adolescent males. If this were to actually be the case, the company would be correctly marketing its apparel. In the instance of this image, it is actually aiming young women, surprising hey? Well it definitely shocks me.

In my opinion, I find these images quite repulsive and uncomfortable. It astounds me that such a successful and renowned global apparel company believes in using young women in a sexually promiscuous nature to promote garments of clothing. Personally, from personal research of this company, I no longer believe in purchasing apparel from this company after its clearly evident that they believe ‘sex sells’.

Selling clothing amongst this concept is wrong. I strongly believe American Apparel should re-consider their marketing ideas, Don’t you?

That’s all for now,

Tegan!

“Closed Garden” or Generative Platform? You decide!

I bet your probably sitting here reading this thinking, what is this girl on about? Let me answer your first question!

A “closed garden” or most commonly known as a locked appliance, or closed platform is completely restricted to its manufacturer. So basically, the manufacturer of the product has total control of each and every sector of the platform, ultimately this includes the user themselves. A metaphoric prime example of a closed platform, is the Apple iPhone. When buying the iPhone many consumers are unaware they aren’t just purchasing the device itself, they are also purchasing a “package” which consists of a wireless contract, software and hardware. Each component of the operating system, currently known as “iOS8”, has gone through a procedure of approval to be able to be used on the device. This includes each application seen on the “App Store”, this process has seen to be quite tedious and Apple is known to decline many “apps”. Regardless of the product being a locked appliance, many people will see it as rather a necessity than a privilege, as statistics show 1 in 3 people currently own, or have purchased the smartphone before.

In significant contrast to a locked appliance, a generative platform or most frequently known as an open platform, is a platform that has no central control. The manufacturer of the product has no preside over powering the platform. A prime example of this concept is Google’s Android. Juxtaposing Apples’s restricted appliance, the Android is an “open garden,” allowing users to contribute to all aspects of the software up to and including applications.

So which is “better?”

Personally, I am an Apple user myself and enjoy the advantages that con-inside with the operating system. In contrast to Android users, Apple’s restricted operating system rarely receives viruses, which improves the reliability of the device. Although Android devices are more “economy friendly” and open, I strongly believe that regardless of Apple being a restricted manufacturer are successful in the production and sales of their products, which is clearly seen in society today.

Well thats my opinion, what do YOU believe is the more efficient and “better” product?

Above is the link to my Soundcloud podcast i have recorded from a clip I have found while researching on the internet, please feel free to share your opinions on their controversial opinions in regards to Apple being a closed platform. I have attached the link to the original clip below!

Thats all for me.. Well for now anyways!

Tegan 🙂

References:

Soundcloud podcast sound source: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2011/04/01/t_webbys_pc_mac_android.cnnmoney/

http://techliberation.com/2009/08/02/newsflash-to-fcc-iphone-is-a-closed-platform-and-consumers-love-it/

http://www.extremetech.com/mobile/108911-is-android-the-most-closed-open-source-project

https://clebrocque.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/locked-appliances-vs-generative-platforms-you-decide/

http://www.hyperorg.com/blogger/2010/04/12/is-the-iphone-generative/

The World of Copyright..

Although copyright is a law known to many amongst social media, it is one that regardless of its simple term, is commonly breached.

Following this weeks discussion on the ‘world’ of copyright, I was personally intrigued to further research the concept in depth to gain a deeper understanding as to HOW and WHEN copyright is violated. Prior to this research I was blatantly unaware of how often this law is ignored. As media platforms are frequently evolving, streaming sites and torrent files are being used on a daily basis as a source of entertainment, little are many aware they are performing illegal actions…

Copyright infringement, from my research has proven to has hefty consequences, up to and including prosecution. The constant debate to have the right to what is ‘yours’, Is one of a constant battle as the power of social media constantly expands, resulting more individuals breaking the law. I personally believe copyright infringement is a law that needs to become further enforced as it becomes more of a common practise, specifically in todays youth potentially institutionalising young delinquents from a simple ‘click’ of a button.

So next time you really want to fast track your favourite TV show from the US, or downloading your favourite album off a torrent site, think to yourself, Is it really worth NOT waiting?

Feel free to explore my Prezi presentation in relation to this blog post, I aimed to focus briefly on what copyright is and how it is misused, hope you enjoy! – http://prezi.com/z9itpiq4j7xo/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

Thats all from me for now, until next time…

Happy Blogging!

Pfft… Get Real Barbie; “The Barbie Effect”

Barbie dolls have been a prized childhood possession for decades, but what is she really teaching society?

I mean do we really want young girls growing up visualizing themselves of having a 16-inch waistline that’s only able to hold half a liver and a few inches of intestine? Due to Barbie’s frail body, she would be incapable of holding up her 12 inch head, I mean this is every little girls icon… Who wouldn’t want to look like her?

Despite Barbie’s 3.5 inch wrists, her 6 inch ankles and teeny size 3 feet that would certainly prevent her from any form of practical activities… So don’t except Barbie to be able to physically walk on all fours. Disgustingly enough, Barbie’s physique compares her to an anorexic woman.

Is this REALLY the message society and the media aims to Get real barbiegive young girls? Advertising the 50 different types of a doll that is living an idealistic life? A 16-inch waist in comparison to the average human 35-inch waistline… In my opinion the media is educating nothing but eating disorders, and promoting that it is “okay” to look like a doll that would be unable to undertake of any aspect of life. She lives the life every girl dreams, perfectly placed hair, lives in a mansion that has practically everything! We cannot forget the fact she has a perfect boyfriend… and that years could pass by but can you see any signs of aging on Barbie? I didn’t think so. Sounds practical doesn’t it? I SURELY don’t believe so.

This is the same doll in 1965 that was released with her very own book labelled, “How to lose weight” having the main concept of the book stating,” don’t eat.” To make body image matters worse, A set of scales was included, configured to remain on 110lbs. Unlike Ken, who appeared with milk and cookies, not a scale in sight.

The Barbie Effect” issues young adolescents the concept that this is the life and body figure that they can have. An article from Teen Inc** has stated, It’s estimated that 8 million people in the United States has an eating disorder, and only 10-15% of them are male. Which leaves the 85- 90% of them to be female. And 80% of those females are under the age of 20. Many admitting that they started worrying about their weight when they were between the age of 4 and six years old.” – Saren Dipity. Yet, so many STILL adore their anorexic little doll.

Barbie facts

Despite all these horrifying figures, Barbie is still a childhood hero toso many young girls worldwide. Amongst the many distressing facts given through social media regarding Barbie’s unrealistic and disturbing physic, yet the media still advertises this pint size doll. I strongly believe society desperately needs to address the effects that childhood icons can play on each individual and their well being. I speak for myself when I say I admired Barbie dearly growing up… but seriously who really needs to look like an unrealistic plastic doll?

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References:

http://www.teenink.com/opinion/pop_culture_trends/article/175098/The-Barbie-Effect/

http://www.chapman.edu/students/health-and-safety/psychological-counseling/_files/eating-disorder-files/13-barbie-facts.pdf

Is the message the medium OR is the medium the message?

“Television is cool and radio is hot, thats the message and the medium is  Marshall Mcluhan”- Part One of Marshall Mcluhan’s lecture 1977

Okay so lets be honest here… “The medium is the message” has to be one of the most frustrating quotes to grasp an understanding of. The past week i have been constantly reading and researching into what really does this concept mean? Is the message the medium or is the medium the message? 

I would be lying if I said to you that after trying to deconstruct this quote word for word, i still struggle to master and grasp my own perception on this historical quote. However, from my research, I have managed to gain a simple understanding breakdown. It states that different technologies must be used in different forms of the media, and the fact the medium itself influences society..sounds easier to understand doesn’t it?

As i stumbled across Marshall Mcluhan’s lecture,”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImaH51F4HBw” I had come to the conclusion that the medium does NOT lie. From watching his insightful lecture, I soon discovered another youtube clip “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6eJyth8Dvo” by John Zimmerman which focuses on Mcluhan’s concept of the media being the message of his evolving understanding of the media. Zimmerman has used Mcluhan’s written concept and created his ideas into an entertaining web form that i have attached below!

So Is the message the medium or is the medium the message? …

My question has been answered in the meme i created-

http://i.imgur.com/lGyvys8.png

Thats all for now, speak soon!

Tegan 🙂

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