Case Studies: Mental and Ted

Disclaimer: coarse language ahead. In 1939, the film Gone with the Wind sparked controversy when Rhett Butler dropped a ‘damn’ onscreen. Since then the use of profanity in cinema has only grown more, which has raised some interesting debates. In this post I will be focusing on ye olde c-bomb, as it was voted the […]

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Swearing: the Do’s & Don’ts

The use of profanity in films has been controversial since Gone with the Wind was broadcast in 1939. The use of the word ‘damn’ by Rhett Butler in that movie sparked large-scale outrage. Today, almost eight decades later, that word could pass pretty much without impact. However, there are other swear words presented in cinema, […]

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Project Proposal: A Look into the History of D@mn Swearing in F#cking Films

It was a good seven years ago, but I’ll never forget the day my three-year-old sister walked up to our mum and called her a ‘reckless little sl*t’. We realised she had memorised the line from the 2008, PG film Mamma Mia.   I’ll admit it, I cuss pretty damn regularly, but there’s a limit as […]

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And so it ends (starts?)

Writing in Public: A Reflection Over the past nine weeks I have been focusing on creating and curating blog posts on a variety of topics relating to media, audience and place. This subject was challenging in that it was quite prescriptive in terms of the blog topics compared to other subjects which allow for more freedom. Initially […]

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PG: Parental Guidance Regulated

The regulation of media forms has been driven by social anxieties regarding them. This is by no means a new phenomenon; anxieties relating to media content and form have existed since the birth of the cinema in the early twentieth century. The introduction of the television into the family home in the mid 1900’s meant […]

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The Attention Econo – omfg look what she posted!

The attention economy is the newfound social paradigm which refers to the adjustments which have occurred to the human attention span as a result of new media practices(source). Attention has become a scarce commodity in a world characterised by an abundance of information and it’s hyper-speed rate of transfer. The way in which the general public sort […]

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