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305MC – 29/10/10

November 3, 2010 Leave a comment

I was absent for this lecture but received feedback from my research cluster as to what the next presentation would be.

From communication with my research cluster we are basing our presentation around The Stanford Prison Experiment and also the CCTV culture that has emerged.  For this i shall be researching into how CCTV has become as dominant as it has, from our high streets to our own homes-we are always being watched.

I shall post url links to articles that i have found and also my own views and points.

The Stanford Prison Experiment

News Items relating back to the 1971 psychology experiment:

This article is based around a reality TV show that is a recreation of the 1970’s Stanford Prison Experiment.  The modern twist that the shows producers have entailed within the show is that there would be CCTV cameras in place so that the carnage and danger of the original experiments would not be repeated. 

The official website for the experiment which has links to web articles and videos.

A very recent article which talks about the ‘Gaza Experiment’ and relates it back to the original Stanford Experiment.

Some unknown (?) facts about the experiment.

An article about the Abu Ghraib Prisoner Scandal which shocked the world with the photos of soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners. 

Another article about the Abu Ghraib Prisoner Scandal and the details regarding what caught the attention of the worlds media.  Features some of the photos which illustrate just how horrifying the torture and abuse was.

CCTV Culture

The question of how our privacy has been affected by the rise of CCTV.  Also talks about how film footage can help provide crucial clues to some of the most horrifying crimes, such as the Jamie Bulger abduction.

Talks about the ‘Surveillance Society’ with which we are living in today and how the lack of freedom of privacy is being affected.

How the rise of CCTV within schools is helping to reduce false allegations made against teachers as well as monitoring troublesome pupils.

An investigative article into how no-one seems to mind the rise of CCTV, with the UK being the highest in surveillance camera rates.

A very shocking article about how two women were sexually assaulted in a notorious public underpass and 13 out of the 18 cameras were switched off.

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Intro Lecture & Seminar 15/10/10

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Lecture – 15/10/10

In this first lecture for 305MC Analysing Media, we were introduced to the themes of Power, Spectacle and Memory (yet again!) which have been the catalysts for which we are basing all of our work around this term.  This is a very good way of broadening ourselves into other modules and focusing on the same themes instead of having to do 2 completely different pieces of work that have no connection.

The essay question which we have to produce a 3,000-3,5000 word essay for and which we were given to ponder over was:

 “Choose a current issue/debate/controversy & analyze how it is informed and determined by Power, Spectacle and Memory within contemporary mediated culture.”

On first impressions i honestly couldn’t understand the question but after reading the question a few more times, i managed to get a grasp of what it actually meant.  We were shown a clip from the opening ceremony of the 2008 Bejing Olympic games which pretty much encapsulated the 3 themes.

Over the following lectures we shall be looking at the different themes and looking at case studies of news and events (such as the olympics) and can start to build an essay plan which we shall receive feedback from before we have to hand in our finished essays on December 10th.


This very brief seminar in the afternoon was used to put ourselves into ‘research clusters’ with which we would work within to undertake research and do presentations for the different themes.

The first theme which we are to do a presentation for is Memory.  For this we have to create and present an object with which ‘should evoke strong memories of important times/events in our lives.  As a cluster of 5 people we only need to have one object, so firstly we each told the rest of our group what objects we have that follows this.  After deciding what object we would create a presentation for, we shared contact details such as e-mail and wordpress blogs to view each others research.  We then planned to meet up next week to go through what way we would create our presentation.

As i have done plenty of different types of presentation, i personally tink we should do an AV presentation which would have a narration of the memories and feelings toward the object.  This would be very achievable to do by next friday and if scripted out and done correctly will be a nice starting point for which we will be able to progress with each presentation.

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