Whitewashing Hollywood

Hollywood film is a vehicle in which sociocultural context can be examined by the roles, or lack of roles, offered to actors of diverse backgrounds, effectively commenting on the social mores of the day. The representation and roles of cultural groups, such as the ‘blacks’ (including the Negro, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and darker citizenry) within […]

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Mediated Suffering & Poverty Porn: Auschwitz and Birkenau Memorial

 Travelling in the 21st century is equally about self-enlightenment, than it is about taking the right holiday snap, at the right angle, with the right lighting and panoramic background, to convey a message of being #blessed and #cultured. In 2014, I ventured across the globe to explore my mother’s homeland (Poland) and the neighbouring regions. By default, […]

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The Great Defamation Debate: Hockey v Fairfax Media

Defamation like any other law requires a balance of rights, being the public right to freedom of speech and the private right to protect one’s reputation. Judgements such as Hockey v Fairfax Media have highlighted the contentious legal principle and reignited debates as to whether said laws are a tool of oppression or a private […]

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National Film Appropriation or Appreciation: Hatufim v Homeland ?

National film is a sacred art, slowly suffocating to the harsh grip of the dominant cultural imperialism of western film industries. Although some nations are developing a stronger and more independent film industry, such as India, other nation states that are less influential are becoming crippled by the Americanisation of film. Domestic film is a […]

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Does Internationalising Education Promote Cultural Competency?

‘International education is Australia’s third biggest export earner, second only to the sale of natural resources of iron ore, coal and natural gas. It is worth $16 billion per year to the country’ (Sydney Morning Herald – The Threats of Exploiting Foreign Student). Students are sold the image of Australia as a secure nation, where multiculturalism […]

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Globalisation, Media Flows and the Illusion of Beauty

Much alike international political, technological and economical interdependence, the process of globalisation has equally contributed to and shaped cultural ideals of what is considered beautiful. Traditionally, international standards of beauty were considered heterogeneous, differing in relation to where in the world an individual lived.  Historical development, cultural paradigms and interactions with religion shaped the independent nation’s standards. However, […]

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How does Convergence Affect the Relationship between Media Technologies and Audiences?

Instagram as a photo and video editing, sharing and social networking platforms relationship has developed and altered at an exponential rate. This changing relationship can be partially attributed to ‘the flow of content across multiple media platforms, the cooperation between multiple media industries, and the migratory behavior of media audiences.’[1] Convergence between Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, […]

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Constructing a Media Persona: Rise of the Micro Celebrity

Social media has proved a catalyst for a cultural shift. Fame, traditionally proved a pipe-line dream only attainable by societies elite or supremely talented. However, The rules of fame are being redefined and rewritten – or alternatively, retweeted and regrammed. No longer is fame a distant dream, but something that can be self constructed through the emergence […]

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Harry Potter and Transmedia Narratives

The convergence of media practices has altered media industries, audience relationships and use of technologies. In contrast to previous practices, no longer is a narrative presented wholly through one medium, instead through a multiplicity of forums where convergence causes a complete narrative. These scattered pieces of the puzzle, effectively making up one multifaceted story that […]

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