Last week we were tasked with engaging in a conversation about television with someone older than us. I chose to interview both my dad and my uncle Tommy who’s opinions were identical. I learnt from them back where they grew up in the Phillipines, the most popular form of television and film amongst the young were action TV shows such as the A-Team.
After creating my blog, I proceeded to check twitter and read everyone else’s blogs. What I noticed immediately is that they went for a more formal interview type of approach whilst mine was simply a casual conversation which I took mental notes and then wrote down. Both my father and uncle grew up in the Phillipines too, so I immediately noticed a culture difference as many other people who’s interviewees are from Australia seemed to have similar habits. I read 3 blogs where they had a grandparent who were heavily into watching Australian television programs such as Countdown.
During my tutorial we had an activity where we would talk in a group about our interviews and likewise to reading blogs, they have questioned their parents and they had similar television experiences. I found this activity highly informative about the topic as the other people in the group recounted their interview and I started to notice common trends within the older age group. This lead to comparisons made between our generation watching television and the older generation who would watch television. One thing that both generations did have high similarities with is watching cartoons as children. While our generation consisted of watching The Simpsons and other shows on ABC, the older generation were highly into Looney Tunes programs such as Bugs Bunny, some programs that we also were watching as well.
One thing which was highly interesting was the parents recounting the moon landing, the JFK assassination and 9/11, and those were moments involving television which have still impacted them to this day. From the different stories, the interviewees always recall going about their day normally, and then turning on the TV to watch the news reports of 9/11 occurring. Most of us children were infants at the time so we couldn’t really comprehend what was happening, but fro asking other people they do recall seeing their parents highly intrigued in the event and couldn’t keep their eyes away from the TV throughout the duration of 9/11.
This method of research is highly effective and I personally do not see any weaknesses in this method. The main strength is that through your reflection you are able to learn a lot about your own habits with television, and through knowing others, you gain a wide understanding of how similar or different our habits with television are, and thus we further reflect on different aspects such as the trends that are present in society, in same or different generations.