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Wolfgang Tilmans at TAte Modern

February 24, 2017 in uncategorised

I highly recommend this- its very relevant for our PTBM pathway…. a really interestingly hung show!

Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017at TAte Modern

Exhibition…runs until Until 11 June 2017

This is Wolfgang Tillmans’s first ever exhibition at Tate Modern and brings together works in an exciting variety of media – photographs, of course, but also video, digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects and recorded music – all staged by the artist in characteristically innovative style.

Photograph showing a close-up view of an opened cooked crab with a fly on it

 

The Celebrity industry in the media. Journalism & Society 17.11.16

November 17, 2016 in Journalism & Society

During our seminar this week we were attempting to define what a celebrity is. Its not necessarily a modern phenomenon. But some people would argue that mass media and the development of ‘star figures’ has evolved the idea of what exactly a celebrity is. Celebrities are associated with favourable public recognition and even sometimes, they are associated with unfavourable recognition. So when does the name ‘celebrity’ become beneign?

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First Lady of the president of the United States, writer and Lawyer.

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Stephan Hawking.

Physicist, Director of research in cosmology at the University of Cambridge.

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Osama Bin Laden.

Founder of Al Qaeda who claimed to be responsible for the September 11 New York terrorist attack as well as hundreds of other attacks worldwide.

All of these people are well known in modern society. They have all been in the media. Does that mean you’ll call all three of these people celebrities? What all these people have in common are that they have all been in the public’s eye. “It is not only about the collective of specific celebrities themselves, but also about the industry that produces them and the different commodities built around them that people consume, about the different meanings attached to celebrities, and about what people do and say in relation to celebrity.” (Mouton Page:115 Theorising celebrity cultures) 

Which brings me to my next point. To first define what a celebrity is, I believe you would have to look back at where a ‘celebrity’ is first created- which in my opinion, is in the Media. Media representation is the cement that creates the popularity of a certain person as it is how the ‘celebrity’ reaches the attention of the public’s eye. With this sort of power that the media industry has, they are capable of building up a person in a positive eye as well as capable of crushing a celebrities reputation through just one story. “Celebrities acquire so much honorific status and wealth that their downfall becomes a matter of public speculation and, on occasion, is even desired.” (Rojeck. 2001 page:79)

When discussing in the seminar, I came to the conclusion that journalists have a huge amount of power when it comes to celebrity culture and tabloid celebrity ‘juice’. Nowadays, the public are o easily shifted by the media that one article that bashes a certain person or even reveals something about a certain celebrity can completely change the way the public sees that celebrity. Whether it was true or not.

My point is that celebrity culture is a very manipulated industry and has been tainted by the likes of the Kardashian’s and Paris Hilton who have gained celebrity status just through the publics attention. Whatever the public finds interesting, the media will cover.

Journalism & Society 10/11/16 – Tabloid media in the UK

November 17, 2016 in Journalism & Society

Tabloid media. When I hear the word ‘Tabloid’, I think of celebrity gossip and right winged political opinions. This is not a new form of media.

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‘What is Journalism?’ – Journalism and Society Seminar 13.10.16

October 17, 2016 in Journalism & Society

What is Journalism? 

The question that has been asked repeatedly throughout my first week. This is probably because its a hard question to answer. “What is Journalism?” 
It is a way to gather Information and assess stories, creating and presenting educational news and to entertain the public. But then some would argue that it is also used to fabricate information or even disseminate false stories. This question creates more questions. “Where do you draw the line with Journalism?” Read the rest of this entry →

Seminar XII: Globalisation and Global Media

January 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Before our advancement in technology, trading took months. Travelling took months. Hell, everything took months.

James Mittelman gives my favourite definition. Simply put, “globalisation compresses the time and space aspects of social relations.” (2010)

With globalisation, the idea of competing to be the best; better, faster, stronger…the most powerful nation is, come to think of it, all but obliterated. I admittedly did not understand this when I first came across the term. Globalisation exists not to separate, but to unite. To make the heterogeneous become the homogeneous. Stepping away from the logistics and conglomerates’ motives, we can say it has been a very effective

But stepping up and addressing it, globalisation raises more questions than it does answers:

  • To whom does it benefit?
  • Is there an ulterior motive behind it?
  • Would nations that have yet to be “globalised” welcome it with open arms?

All these question’s answers crunch down to Westernisation.
It would be naive to think there was no motive behind it. The conglomerates benefit from their products reaching a larger audience, ergo, more money. The western governments take great pleasure in one less nation to convert to their methods.

Am I getting ahead of myself? Surely not, these things all work like domino effect.

There could be numerous outcomes for our distant friends.
The argument against cultural erasure has begun on local soil (with the gradual demise of local pubs in London), how much more for distant lands?

But, there is the chance that witnessing this change across the globe, many want what the west have to offer. Word of mouth is still an active form of communication, after all. Although it doesn’t travel fast, travel it does. Western conglomerates and their products are the shiny new toys of the 21st century.

They are, in some people’s eyes, one step closer to those “golden pavements” the West supposedly has to offer.

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