Week 2 Topic: Cultural Flows and Globalisation
E. Crespel, “Controlling Social Media Flow: Avoiding Unwanted Publication”, Journal for Communication Studies, Vol. 9
This article deals with the cultural and technological impacts made on social media platforms and the rise of oversharing and how it is perceived by everyone in the very public domain of the social media spheres. Its relevance is clear to see in how it breaks down the Ethno and Techno-scapes covered in this week’s lectures, this is obviously done through the recognition of increasingly large numbers of ethnic groups taking to social media to either spread or create online communities revolving around religion, culture or political practices. As social media is arguable the most powerful and influential media format in today’s society, I feel it’s usefulness lies in the abundance of example provided throughout the paper, allowing me to make case study based references in the presentation, as to provide clarity for those not quite grasping it. This article by Elodie Crespel is modern, and immensely useful but what it lacks is any semblance of respect for meta data. towards the conclusion it becomes clear that the author views Facebook, Twitter and even Foursquare as News outlets, and part of her argument is that relationship status updates are meaningless and clutters up what could be a streamlined program of information, choosing to ignore the fact that that meta data, that information she is dismissing is not only expensive, but useful to hone in on target demographics, advertisers and so on. The ignoring of media relevant data for the sake of an aging argument is outdated in my opinion.
S. Kerry, “Australian news media’s representation of Cate McGregor: the highest ranking Australian transgender military officer”, Journal of Gender Studies, 27:6, 683-69
Presented in this article is an in depth case study, revolving around Cate McGregor and her transition period or as the article describes it as ‘coming out’. It meticulously follows the news coverage of this event and compares it to Cats McGregor’s supposed level of willingness to be subjected to public scrutiny. As a public figure in both sports commentary and Australian politics, the news compared her life decision to the opinions of her known associated; one of the more prominent being the very conservative Tony Abbott. The article portrays the local media’s reaction as slightly out of bounds, reminding me of the quote on the slides in week 2 by Castell’s: ”We are not living in a global village, but in customised cottages globally produced and locally distributed”. It was quick to, in a way demonize this person due to her decisions in relation to relationships she had, if only because it was beyond the norm of the accepted village ethos. I plan on using this particular case study to further investigate and present the negative affects a closed media community can have. One of the Limitations of this article is the fact that based on its subject and theme it may be accused of bias, it does in fact come from the Journal of Gender Studies, and deals with the treatment of a Transgender individual. Comments in the ‘Discussion’ section of the article reference “sources of snide humour and ridicule” when speaking about the media as a whole when they cover transgender topics, and this type of referencing could colour ones analysis of this article.
Week 3 Topic: Internationalising Higher Education
I. Cong, “Ostracism, attributions, and their relationships with international students’ and employees’ outcomes: The moderating effect of perceived harming intent”, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology
This article deals with the effect of ostracism in communities of international students, done so in a highly scientific and meticulous way. A limitation of this article for me is that much of its content is in the form of experiments or diagrams that i simply cannot understand as i personally have no training or, frankly interest in that field. It does on the other hand have relative data as it deals with the main commodity when discussing the process of Internationalising Higher education: International Students. Its usefulness lies in its analysis of the problems facing international students, most prominently Ostracism. During the lengthy, ‘Theoretical Contributions’ section the author cites ostracism as the reason for an overall “reported lower level of self-esteem” and a general “negative emotion” in relation to how international students feel about their higher education away from home. As I said above, I do not understand a massive amount of the mental health language and science in this article, but even i know that a potential limitation of this studies work is that it places external ostracism and the sole reason for internal reservedness, meaning it blames host nations society for the potential closed off nature of some international student communities and does not take into account cultural or religious reasons. It is in my opinion to focus on its topic to see anything that could affect international student besides external factors.
S. Riley and G. Li, “Bridging the language divide: an innovative teaching project to help international students from China in learning business law subjects”, International Journal of Law and Education, Vol.15, No.1, pg 109-124, 2010
This paper discusses the solution to a major problem facing many international students and educators trying to help those same international students: Language Barriers. This report breaks down an attempted process to assist natural born Chinese students integrate into an English speaking Law Class through the use of provisional notes and assist peer programs. This is broken into stages, English translated corporate law terminologies being the simplest. The report is a viable option for me to reference in relation to the topic due to its engagement with internationising of education, that is to say its primary purpose is to demonstrate how the education of international students and therefore their experience can be improved. Frankly it is my opinion that a happier student is one that allows the positive elements of their cultural/religious/personal upbringing to bleed into a multicultural education system. The fact that is a solution seeking essay allows me to answer the question “What are we doing to improve International student’s experiences?” a question that will surely become relevant in the upcoming presentation group task. A Limitation of this report is its specificity, it is about helping specifically Chinese students adapt to the specific criteria of Corporate Law, and as such requires a measure of analysis and conversion to adapt to other academic areas and cultural groups.
Week 4 Topic: Global Film/Media
S. Yoon, “East to East: Cultural politics and fandom of Korean popular culture in Eastern Europe”, International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, Vol.12, Issue No.2, pg 213-227
Through the analysis of South Korean Popular culture mediums like fandom’s and Soap Opera audiences, “East to East” makes claims to its effect on European viewers. It demonstrates the explosive nature of South Korea’s media industry and helps further cement the idea that the nation has move from a position of resisting outside influences on their culture to trying to spread it more aggressively. The article speak to the betterment of culturally different media groups, particularly South Korea, which aligns itself with the message of Week 4’s lecture which spoke about it as Asia’s newest Pop culture reference point. This is a success story, South Korea’s media boom that is and as such makes an excellent case as to why other nations/cultures media movements should be encouraged. In a similar fashion, in the presentation if I choose to cover global media it will be useful to answer the question of “What benefits does the international community reap from supporting global media movements?” Limits wise the article is only seems to analysis the Korean’s work through the lens of Western politics, disregarding the internal issue presented by a more socially open media movement at the heart of a country that is currently wrought with political strife, or how that strife might affect the tone of the media coming out of the country, questions like will it have a propaganda like tone later on? Or so on are not present.
P. Floribert, “Nollywood in Cameroon: Trans nationalisation and Reception of a Dynamic Cinematic Culture”, Cinej Cinema Journal, Vol.6, No.2
Put simply this is a comprehensive and easily adaptable analysis of the ever increasing Nigerian Film Industry, it’s focus remains mostly on its success, and more specifically the sheer amount of film produced in the country, citing at least “30 films a week”. Nollywood, or Nigeria’s Film industry have made significant impacts of the ‘Collywood’ environment (Cameroonian Cinema) with terms like “Hostile Takeover” and “Nollywood Imperialism” appearing more than once throughout, ironically these would make interesting counterpoints to the idea of the argument of improving the international media community, which is how I plan on potentially using this report in the group presentation. If i could say that this article had one limitation it would be its amount of content, while it does build on the content in the reading in some ways it does not provide a significant well of extra knowledge, meaning that it is not as useful as my other source for this week for example.