The Public Sphere and ‘Black Comedy’

The public sphere is a theory that German sociologist Jurgen Habermas proposed in 1962 which can be summarized as a ‘social space in which different opinions are expressed, problems of general concern are discussed, and collective solutions are developed communicatively’. The emergence of new media has enabled new public spheres to form in our society which…

Is the media influencing your ideology ?

What first comes to mind when you see or hear the word ‘shark’? I can imagine the words ‘attack’, ‘killer’, or ‘predator’ surfaces in your mind. Think about where you have heard these words used and where this perception of sharks has been represented. The answer is in the media; in newspapers, on television, in…

Semiotics

What instantly comes to mind when you see this image:  {image source} For some, it may be that the ugly duckling story springs to mind, or you think of UOW’s aggressive geese that won’t hesitate to steal your lunch. Basically there could be many interpretations , but there is one that is the true, deeper meaning…

Media Audience Issues

Since the 18th century, the development of media has profoundly shaped the world in which we live. As a society, we are excessively consuming content through new modes of media allowing trending patterns to develop that are impacting society and individuals in many ways. This has given rise to many issues related to the influence…