a public kinda sphere.

The public sphere, a metaphorical concept developed by Jürgen Habermas, explains where and how people come together to “freely discuss and identify societal problems, and through that discussion influence political action”. The public sphere was once thought to exist in 18th century coffee houses, a very bourgeois, male dominated setting. However, in today’s contemporary context, the public sphere can be found in a variety of places – from social media platforms to bars to cafes, and is inclusive of everyone. Continue reading “a public kinda sphere.”

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legacy vs. social media.

With the plethora of media platforms available 24/7, it becomes hard knowing where to go and what to trust when searching for information on topical issues. Although legacy media may never go away, Australian audiences are steering towards other sources to find information about an array of topical issues.  Continue reading “legacy vs. social media.”

representation & interpretation.

 

se·mi·ot·ics
noun
The study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation.

As developed by Semiologists Ferdinand de Saussure and Charles Pierce, semiotics is the science of signs and how they construct meaning. Saussure and Pierce developed semiotic theory by focussing on how meaning is constructed by the viewer upon observing and decoding such texts. The way in which audiences interpret signs, is partly based upon their personal context, which accounts for their pre-conceived knowledge of the idea which the sign may be signifying. Continue reading “representation & interpretation.”

audiences and the media.

People’s use and access to different types of media has indeed, dramatically transformed. Nowadays, people can access a television, camera, and more through their phones and such; whereas previously, these applications could only be accessed on individual, chunky devices.

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With such easy access to almost anything, audience behaviour is changing – people are finding other ways to stream what they want. A current issue surrounding audiences and the media, is the legality of content streaming on people’s devices. With some of the most popular TV shows being international, they’re not available on free to air television; meaning people are now searching for, and finding ways to access such content, in not necessarily the right way.  Continue reading “audiences and the media.”

hi.

Hello and welcome, my name is Ruby Toohey and I am a current student at the University of Wollongong; studying a bachelor of Communication and Media Studies, and minoring in Sociology.

Thank you so much for popping by, I can’t wait to develop this blog into something that will feed your curiosity, and provide insight into the dynamic, crazy world that we face today! This space will act as a platform for me to actively explore my University subjects in a way that is engaging and thoughtful. Continue reading “hi.”