BCM111 The Refection of an Adventure!

The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey, 2012.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2012.

So once again another semester of blog posting is coming to a close, this time for BCM111, and I have to say second semester has definitely felt like quite an eye opening journey. I felt like Bill Bo Baggins from the film, The Hobbit (2012) screaming I’m going on an adventure!

At the beginning of International and Media Studies, I was not sure what to expect, but since then I feel that through second semester, a veil has been lifted and I have learnt so much about how the different international countries can influence each other through globalisation and hybridity. With how music, particularly Hip Hop, has integrated and influenced many internationally – especially through Samoan Hip Hop dancing. How through transnational films, especially wuxia/ martial art East Asian films can become Americanised when remade – for example ‘The Seven Samurai’ (1954) and its American remake, ‘The Magnificent Seven’. (1960) It is also awesome how East Asian martial art films have also had their own impact on American films and televisions as well – like “The Transporter” (2002), “Kill Bill” (2003), and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997).

What was also interesting, was how humour and other television shows that originate in one country, may or may not have an equal success as a remake in another country. To realise that humour is very different globally, that though a show like “Kath and Kim” was considered a great comedy hit in Australia, it had a different response from the American Audience when remade and Americanised.

Last but not least, what also had an impact this semester was how much as an audience and reader of mass media we can be blindfolded by the media to what is happening internationally because it may not be considered news worthy.

Overall the journey through this subject has been awesome, and to think it’s just the mid-point for the next two years left of my study at UOW! Time to see where the next part of the journey starts…farewell BCM111!


Climate Change, Media, and the Voices that should be Heard!

In our week nine lecture we learnt about Global crisis, when it comes to climate change and the media.

It was revealed to us about how the media, when talking about Global warming, focus on scientists’ opinions and evidence that they have accumlated about the issue of climate change. In the reading, ‘Journalism ethics and climate change reporting in a period of intense media uncertainty’, Bud Ward explains this by saying:

“So instead of the over-simplified notion of providing ‘balance’ in reporting on news involving differing perspectives, journalists increasingly, and rightly, take their clues from the leading and acknlowledged scientific experts when it comes to the facts and causes of global climate change. That means, in effect, reporting as a given- until science show otherwise – that warming of the Earth actually is occuring…” (Ward, B 2009, p14)

So because we are only getting the scientific evidence of climate change, this then in turn causes what Ward explains as ‘false balance’ where we, as an audience, only are given scientific judgement, as Ward also highlights. (Ward, B 2009, p14)

So what about the people/ places that are actually being highly effected by Climate change?

In lecture, a place that was brought to our intention that is suffering fromglobal warming was the Pacific Island, Kiribati. It was revealed that though there is low carbon emmissions, Kiribati is sinking into the Pacific Ocean. The result of this is suffering from floods, erosion, roads destroyed – and history ultimately in risk of being lost.

In a recent article by Phillip Ross from the blog, International Science Times, Ross reveals about Kiribati’s president, Anote Tong’s idea of building floating lily pads cities, with the help of Tokyo Company, Shimizu Corp – which if succeeded will ensure the future of Kiribati.

Ross explains this by saying:

“Tong wants to turn Kiribati into a state of floating “Lilly Pad” cities. The President is working with Shimizu Corp, a Tokyo – based construction company, to come up with blueprints for the worlds first floating Country.” (Ross, P 2013)

Overall we need to consider both sides of the issue of Climate Change, though in my opinion the people that are actually in the middle of Global Change deserve to have more of a voice!



Ross, P 2013, ‘Kiribati President To Build Floating ‘Lily Pad’ Cities To Save Pacific Islands’ Inhabitants From Rising Sea’, International Science Times, accessed 29/9/13

Ward, B 2009, ‘Journalism ethics and climate change reporting in a period of intense media uncertainty’, Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, Vol.9, pp13-15