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.
Continue reading “Media: “DO as we SAY. NOT what we DO” – The sexualisation of Children”
So one day, years from now, you’ll be organising you iTunes library, adding album art and changing the mp3 tags and sorting the whole library by artist. But you’ll be sitting there and you’ll think to yourself,
“Man, iTunes would be a great way to make nuclear weapons. Or better still, Biological weapons!”
Continue reading “EULA: Apple’s answer to terrorism?”
An interesting trend, common in popular social media is the introduction of creative limitations. Snapchat, Vine and even Twitter have limitations on how the user publishes content. Normally, a limitation would become a downside the functionality of the platform but these apps have proven to be incredibly successful despite the limitations. The internet has given users infinite possibilities, but these social media applications have restricted their users either by 140 character limits, disappearing photos and only six seconds of video footage. So what other creative limitations can be restricted to encourage new and more innovative creativity.
Continue reading “Social media limitations breed more creative humans.”