In reflecting upon this blogging experience in the subject BCM110 I have gained a thorough insight into such diverse impacts and opinions of the media. Through investigating media ownership; blaming the media; the mediated public sphere and controversy toward the media; and having the opportunity to read, comment and reflect upon other peers’ thoughts; I have gained such an understanding and different opinion of my own about the media.
Having the opportunity to explore not only my own studies, but to read the opinions and findings of fellow peers, has allowed me to expand my knowledge and insights. I have uncovered such things about the media I had only little clue it or “they” were even capable of?
If you were to ask me what I found as the most difficult concept to explore… my answer would be the ‘mediated Public Sphere’ topic. I found it hard to grasp the ideologies initially – however after many sessions of editing (and still not being entirely happy with my post), I got there in the end!
If you were to ask me what my favourite topic was I would definitely have to say the post about the media “sexualizing children.” I found this topic the most interesting and most astounding when it comes to what the media really are capable, and the various opinions shared. Through investigating my chosen case study: the ‘Dekota Fanning’ conspiracy, it has taught me not only how the media can blow events (in this case photos) way out of proportion, creating a public scandal, as well as the effects it has on the child involved. Fanning being only 17, believed as well as Marc Jacobs, that the shoot was in utter most innocence. And to a point, I agree.
“If you want to read something into a perfume bottle, then I guess you can. But it’s also like, ‘Why are you making it about that, you creep?’ (Fanning 2013)
In a way I feel sorry for not only fanning but her parents being the centre front of headlines, with media accusing the ad as ‘child sexualisation’, as well as fanning herself a bad role model to children. Along with Miley Cyrus, Lindsey Lohan and Vannessa Hudgens – previous child Disney stars – being in the fore-front of the media, being sexualized, talked about and made frowned upon by many individuals of the community is unfair. The media can manipulate our way of thinking, socially and politically depending on the agenda and circumstance of whoever is in power.
I have gained so much knowledge and understanding of the media and all that surrounds it through this blogging experience. I hope I will have the opportunity to blog again
Telegraph.co.uk- Belinda White. 2013. Dekota Fanning laughs off her banned Marc Jacobs ad. [ONLINE] Available at: http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/news-features/TMG9839155/Dakota-Fanning-laughs-off-her-banned-Marc-Jacobs-ad.html. [Accessed 14 April 14]. Youtube- The young Turks. 2011. Dekota Fanning perfume ad controversy (oh Lola!). [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSltPSxD-Bc. [Accessed 08 April 14]. Huff Post Style.. 2013. Dekota Fanning on her banned Marc Jacobs ad: ‘We just laughed about it’ (photo poll). [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/30/dakota-fanning-banned-marc-jacobs-ad-perfume_n_2581749.html. [Accessed 03 April 14].