The medias vast complexity allows it to range from entertainment, important messages and opinions to audiences on a large scale. Over the last six weeks of BCM110 topics from aspects of the media have been covered ranging from ‘television makes you fat’ to the influence of the Public Sphere. Through blogging my perception of the media within society has changed, as it has allowed me to communicate and reflect upon perceptions portrayed within the media. I have successfully been able to determine the positive and negative aspects of the media in relation to the public sphere, media control and ownership, semiotics, concepts and theories.
The focus on who ‘controls’ the media and the role of the media in relation to the public sphere caught my attention. The idea of ‘controlling’ made me realise how greatly society is under the influence of the medias biased opinions on social and political issues that surround us. Interacting with the idea of media control by Rupert Murdoch and Gina Rinehart it came by surprise the large amount of media components in which the Walt Disney Company owns. The idea of a ‘public sphere’ and the way in which individuals come together to share opinions and thoughts based on the fundamental topics within society, which often are under the medias biased opinions such as the idea of same-sex marriage and the conflicting perspective of equality within society.
Over the duration of the past six weeks and the challenging blog posts, I have interpreted many topics of the media and my knowledge of these has dramatically increased. The concept of the blog posts has allowed me to develop my own opinions, and to allow me to reflect upon society around us. By looking and commenting on other student’s blog posts it has been interesting to see different views and opinions on a specific topic, and encouraged and supported my understandings of these.