This week took a look at how media content is regulated. What was learned was how the government regulated what media audiences consumed, produced, copied and shared, and how media space and place.
Regulation in media has always been present, some more tamer or stricter than in other media spaces. An example of media regulation in Australia is the list of films which are banned from being consumed in Australia. This can be found here:
Many of these films eventually managed to be sold in Australia, but all the films in the this list was once or still is banned in Australia.
A common connection between all these films is that they all fall within the same genre of horror/action. As can imagine, this shows that the level of violence within these films are/were of an extreme level of the time. Upon looking through these films there are also a high level of controversial themes, an example of one of these is The Serbian Film which revolves around a brutal sexually based plot.
While banned films are still able to be viewed within Australia through the internet, the effect of regulation in the case of banned films are more targeted towards the younger audience, and how this content is stopped from reaching the interests of young audiences. This means some 9 year old kid walking through the shopping centre doesn’t come across the DVD case of The Serbian Film, and through reading the plot, gains an interest into what it is about.
Other things which the Australian media regulate are advertisements, video games, books and other media.
To conclude this week’s blog, here’s a compilation of banned advertisements:
During out tutorials this week we were given a handful of videos to watch which tested our attention to detail within a space.
These videos I found really interesting, especially how simple yet complicated they were which were awesome. Our task for this week is to make a test of our own, test it on someone and write on my blog what happened.
It took a while but I made a simple test that didn’t need much thinking. So what I did was I put a horror movie on called Don’t Breathe which is a pretty intense movie, and I watched it with my parents and my sister at home. All I did was just watch how many times they lose attention or check their phones throughout the movie.
At the end of the movie I had observed that they had not lost much attention at all throughout the movie as it was a high paced film. Only during the beginning of the movie where nothing was happening was when I saw my sister check her phone, and my parents weren’t so into it. What I also noticed was as I got stuck into the movie, my attention slowly drifted away from checking on their attention.
This was a really interesting exercise and really makes me think about how the maintenance of attention in media products is highly important.
For this week’s blog we were asked to recount a successful or failed cinema experience. I go to the cinemas very often and besides seeing some pretty bad movies that I thought would be good e.g Batman vs Superman, I couldn’t really think of any failed experiences, and a successful experience would fall under every good movie I enjoyed
A distinct memory I had of a cinema experience which sucked that was more what happened to me rather than seeing a bad movie was when I was around 14 years old.
Being only 14, we weren’t able to view MA15+ movies in the cinema, but we still tried. One of the movies we attempted to see was American Pie Reunion. To get into the cinemas me and 4 mates bought tickets to some kid’s movie, and we thought it was a genius idea at the time. The kids movie started at around 3pm, while American Pie started at 4pm, so we sat down watching the kid’s movie for an hour. When 4pm hit, we walked out of the cinema and went into the one showing American Pie Reunion. We thought we were genius.
10 minutes into the movie, 3 of the workers walk up the stairs, points us out and tells us to leave. At the point everyone in the cinema looked at us and laughed, but the worst part is some of my older friends who were already 15 were in that Cinema and recognised me. I was teased for weeks after that