Media: “DO as we SAY. NOT what we DO” – The sexualisation of Children

The over sexualisation of children in the media has become somewhat of a moral panic. Much like, child obesity, terrorism and young street gangs. Stanley Cohen describes Moral panics as episodes that condition the audience of mass media, into identifying a specific person of group of persons as as threat to societal values. (Cohen, 1972)

Moral panics seem to be prevalent in contemporary mass media today, with young Australian ISIS supporters, ominous effects of fast foods and over sexualisation of children. These examples share a common trend, the corruption of innocence.
The image of children is largely presumed as innocent. Fresh, young, and only brushing the surface of education and emotional knowledge. But the media would have us believe us (and rightfully so(in a way)) that the subversion and undermining of this innocence is the moral panic that we should be concerned about.

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Anti-social media and Narcissus’s new profile picture

When asked to consider the effects of media and media anxieties, the typical Facebook socialite will tell you that he/she has X number of friends and that Facebook shouldn’t be considered as a factor to increased anti-social behavioral patterns.

But when asked how many of those friends they know out of the confines of a media platform, they will shrivel up back into their smartphone and into their keyboard warrior alter ego and post a passive aggressive rant for all their “friends” to see.

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Its probably happened to you too. You’ve messaged a friend for a coffee and a catch up and you have exchanged some obligatory small talk. But before long, you’ll find one, if not both of you, craning your neck down to align your optical receptors with the pale glow of your phone. It’s become a crutch.

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Week One

cropped-uni-life.jpgFirst week of University is now in the bag. Considering all the things I thought I would be doing after my first week -writing a blog post was only 3rd on the list, closely behind vomiting half a case of Carlton Mid into a patch of soiled grass behind Campus East Slums, and emptying my Inbox of spam mail while sorting socks.

(Un)fortunately, I am doing neither of those coming out of my first two days. I’m planning my next week, learning buildings and testing campus food -which is actually pretty good- and I’m setting up this blog that you’re currently reading if that fact somehow eluded you.

Once, back in what my clique of friends called the glory days of irresponsible and negligent summer holiday loitering, I had a Tumblr. I would write little pieces on there but mostly I’d reblog pop culture icons, pictures of sexy musicians and their sexy guitars and movie gifs. And that’s the extent of my blogging knowledge. To my knowledge the Tumblr is still active and can be found if you look hard enough (or just check my about page probably)

This blog however, is going to be different. This will be my platform to raise questions concerning me and addressing issues I find in day-to-day life. I will find someway to incorporate some form of segregation between satire pieces and all serious work for my classes. This blog will be used for BCM110, BCM 112 and JRNL101 as I’m sure it will be used for more subjects to come.

If you’re along for the ride then please enjoy what is to come. I have experience in writing and I intend to have things up here regularly.

Harry Brandon