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The Student Livestyle Show

It’s Alive RMIT!!! Episode 1 of The Student Livestyle Show! For this episode I was in charge of live streaming. This involved cutting between studios and bringing up live tweets to the screen. Ā It was challenging but very fun and I felt really important to the team šŸ™‚ Overall, we were pretty happy with how things turned out, room for improvement as always though.Ā aaaaaaa

 

Anti- Library

The week 2 reading made me realise how anti-library I am as a person. It’s not that I have anything against libraries or people who use and abuse them, it’s just that I NEVER take advantage of them. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever borrowed a book out of my own will (obviously i was forced to in High School).

The variety libraries offer is insane, however I’m honestly not into reading at all so I’ve never had the urge to go in and borrow a Ā book. I suppose the fact that i’m tech savvy, interferes with my ability to sit down and read from a book, I’d much prefer to research information online. When it comes to university I’m all over the online library in regards to referencing, though I’ve never been over to the State library despite the incredible feedback I hear about it from peers.

You’d think todays ‘epiphany’ would send me running to the next library I see… guarantee it won’t happen. I’m just anti- library!

Dating show: Yes or No?

Whether youā€™re a fan of reality dating shows on television or not, you canā€™t deny The Bachelor to be a successful program. Attracting hundreds of thousands of viewers across Australia, The Bachelor consistently sits at the top end of channel 10ā€™s popularity listing. If youā€™re notĀ familiarĀ with the concept of the show, itā€™s pretty much exactly what theĀ title suggests. One man (or ā€˜bachelorā€™), and multiple womenĀ competingĀ to win over and fall in love with Mr. Perfect.Ā The girls go on group dates and if lucky enough, individual dates with the bachelor. At the end of the week the bachelor hands out roses to the girls he wishes to keep on the show, the sad few who donā€™tĀ receiveĀ a rose are sentĀ packingArticle Lead - wide6117583110f7lc1410401155558.jpg-620x349, pretty brutal I know. The drama is built during the rose ceremony, the added music and camera close ups depict the scene as though it is life threatening. My worry is that for some of the women, it is.

The weeks continue and there are fewer and fewer girls remaining, until ultimately during the finale, and after meeting the families of each girl, theĀ bachelorĀ must decide on whom he wishes to spend the ā€˜rest of his lifeā€™ with. There is always controversy surrounding the popular reality show,Ā particularlyĀ in 2014Ā when Blake (the Bachelor) was accused of sleeping with one the contestants on the show. And no, it wasnā€™t Sam, the one he deemed his ā€œsoulmateā€. Regardless, the show returned for its 3rd season this year and yet again became a smash hit. So much so, the second half of the year welcomed TheĀ Bachelorette. WhereĀ heartbroken Sam from 2014 began a new search for love, one where she was in control.

Of course The Bachelor is not the only dating show on television. However, it is really the only one Australia hosts. Organisations such as MTV broadcast a ridiculous number of dating shows including, ā€œDating in the Darkā€, ā€œDating Nakedā€ and ā€œMarry My Boyā€, I could go on and on as the titles get more and more ridiculous. Despite Big Brother being a socialĀ experiment, some also argue this falls under the category of ā€˜datingā€™, however we will dismiss it in this case. TheĀ type of audience these shows attract are fairly obvious, typically women between 14 and 50 are the ones who watch it religiously. In fact, most of The Bachelors audience base are dedicated fans. Itā€™s not exactly one of the shows you watch every now and then. I have a friend who watches The Bachelorette every Wednesday with 2 girlfriends, and their gay male friend. It has become a part of their routine every week, and they always make sure they have chocolate along side them. I promise Iā€™m not one of her 2 friends.

Thereā€™s no denying that dating shows are ā€œchick flicksā€, hence why most of their viewers are female. Women are drawn to romance, and watching shows like The Bachelor gives them hope that they can also find love one day. Not to mention the competition side of The Bachelor. It encourages discussion amongst viewers. I would know, Iā€™ve actually fallen out ofĀ conversationĀ when friends of mine were talking about who Sam should pick on The Bachelorette. I hate toĀ be stereotypical, however itā€™s no wonder the male audience are disinterested in dating shows. Theyā€™re rather corny, do not involveĀ violenceĀ or sex, and perhaps they exert too much pressure on men to be moreĀ romantic.

Itā€™s not that all males dislike the show, in fact I bet the majority have never watched one for a second. Itā€™s just that there are so many more options for television these days,Ā particularlyĀ through the likes of Netflix and Hulu. Who even has timeĀ for free-to-air television anymore?

References:

– Styles, A. and Clarke, J. (2014). The Bachelor Australia: Ten confirms Blake Garvey split from Sam Frost. [online] The Sydney Morning Herald. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/the-bachelor-australia-ten-confirms-blake-garvey-split-from-sam-frost-20141003-3h72j.html [Accessed 25 Oct. 2015].

Semester 1 Blogging Re-cap

In all honesty when we had our first workshop 12 weeks ago I felt like a deer in the headlights. I had no blogging experience, and it took me a couple of weeks to really get the hang of things. However, it quickly became a common part of Media Comm at RMIT and ensuring we blogged after every class became easier and easier. Once I finally decided on a theme for my blog, I started to personalise it as much as I could. By week 4 I figured out how to link the whole Monday Crew down the side of my page. I also created sub-categories and an about me page etc. Now I know what I’m doing, and i’ll be able to use this blog as much as possible. If you look back at my first blog post, well lets just say I’ve come a long way šŸ™‚

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Here are links to my top 5 posts for semester 1:

http://www.mediafactory.org.au/alana-cooper/2015/04/19/media-portrait-tom/

http://www.mediafactory.org.au/alana-cooper/2015/04/17/project-brief-3-written-reflection/

http://www.mediafactory.org.au/alana-cooper/2015/03/11/reflective-week-2-noticing-media-everywhere/

http://www.mediafactory.org.au/alana-cooper/2015/03/16/50-words/

http://www.mediafactory.org.au/alana-cooper/2015/03/26/self-portrait/

HERE IS MY LEARNING GRAPH:

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FIRST DAY

First day at RMIT University!!!

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