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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Lost in (mobile) Space

Twas a dark and stormy Tuesday afternoon and the University of Wollongong was swarming with malnourished and impoverished students. I was tiptoeing slowly in the shadows. I heard footsteps behind me; my pace quickened. The footsteps broke into a run. I look around at the gloomy corridors of building 19; where do I run? “Hey […]

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“Never had time to use Netflix” – why the internet places a 10 000 foot wall between Grandad & Me.

Netflix: it’s at all of our fingertips. Grandad doesn’t use it, Mum does use it, but doesn’t understand the dire social consequences of saying she’s having ‘Netflix and chill’ with her children, and I have the wonderful world of closed-garden, digital film libraries down pat – how’s that for an illustration of a generational gap? My use […]

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Let’s go to the movies!

My mother still talks about the time, a good fifteen years back, I visited the local cinema with my Nanna. “Did Grandpa go too?” Mum asked me. “No, someone might eat chips”, I informed her gravely, in all my five-year-old seriousness. What I was referring to, through my mother’s wanton hysterics, was no doubt the […]

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To thine own television be true

Last week I interviewed my grandparents about the role of television in their lives (check out my post here), as did many of my classmates. I was astonished at the extraordinary insight I received from my Grandma and Grandad; their story felt so real. However it was difficult to fathom the extreme differences between television then and […]

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I have a (Black and White) Dream

The year was 1956. It was a warm Friday night in the coastal town of Cronulla and the Goddard family (who consisted of my grandmother, Sue, her younger sister, Kathy, and their parents, Ethel and Tom) were crossing their front lawn to join their neighbours, the Telfers, to watch television. Resources were scarce and the family could not purchase […]

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