Electronic Media Career

(WB 6)

As mentioned on this blog probably about 100 times already, the media that interests me the most, and the one I would most definitely want to have my career in, is television. I know the great impact TV can have on its audience, I learned that myself growing up watching a lot of TV, and I now what to have a say in the kind of content produced. I still watch a lot of TV, I probably follow about 30 different shows at the moment, and the content is a lot better than what it was when I grew up, but there’s still room for improvement.

According to a report made about prime-time TV for the 2013-2014 season, “women comprised 27% of all individuals working as creators, directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and directors of photography”. Only 27% of the content creators in broadcast TV are women!! No wonder why women are underrepresented and misrepresented on TV when they barely have a say on what goes on air! Cable, satellite and online sources like Netflix aren’t doing any better, the same report says that only 25% of the key behind-the-scenes roles were held by women for the 2013-2014 season..

These numbers don’t scare me, they excite me! This shows that the TV industry needs to change, and I want to be that change. There’s room for more women behind the scenes in the TV industry, because now people are finally realizing that shows centered around women, shows with female leads, can be just as good, funny, critically acclaimed, interesting as shows about men, just look at Orange Is The New Black, The Good Wife, Jane the Virgin, Girls – awesome shows about women with at least one woman creator.

It’s a tough business, I know that too, but if I get to make a difference at least one tiny bit, then I’ll be happy.

Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 11.43.10Comparison of women vs men working behind the scenes in broadcast TV

Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 11.42.52Percentages of females employed behind-the-scenes in broadcast TV


Internet. Is. Everything.

(WB 5)

I know it, you know it, we all know it – internet is everything in today’s society. Can you imagine living without it? I’m a millennial, I grew up with the internet so I can’t literally remember a time when the internet wasn’t a part of my daily life, but of course, it’s never been as big as it is today and it’s probably just gonna get even bigger. Back when I was a kid just learning how to navigate the internet, I used it mostly for emails, as a means to communicate. Later on came chat rooms and instant messaging, but then again, I used it mostly to communicate. Then came online games, websites started to pop up, Google, Wikipedia and I could check everything from the bus schedule to a new recipe online!

Now it’s everywhere, the internet is no longer confined to computers but accessible on smartphones and tablets, with apps that can handle everything and a bit more. I probably use the internet more on my phone that on my computer now… I am so dependent on the internet and being constantly connected to the rest of the “world” (the online world, that is), but I am also a bit afraid, or at least worried, on what’s to come. Are we all going to have a like a computer chip implanted in our heads so that we will be able to connect to the internet directly to our brains someday?! I have no idea what’s going to happen, all I can say is that it’s moving SO FAST. 20 years ago, the internet wasn’t big, not a lot of people used it, but now… Oh boy, it’s everywhere!!




Cable TV Impact

(WB 4)

To be honest, I never learned about the difference between broadcast and cable TV until I took this class. I’m serious, I thought all TV-programming was different just because it came from different channels… ? All I remember from back home in Sweden was that up until I was like 12, we only had like 6 channels (which I now know are the broadcast network channels), and after my dad bought a little box and connected it to our TV we suddenly had like 100+ channels (cable TV)!!

Now here in the US I’ve had to learn the distinction between broadcast and cable TV programming, and I’ve found it all very interesting. It turns out that most of the TV shows I watch are from broadcast networks, but that the most interesting, fun and oftentimes more challenging and mature in content come from cable TV (Game of Thrones, Veep, True Blood, Penny Dreadful, Masters of Sex etc). Since cable TV doesn’t reach everyone like broadcast TV does, since you have to pay for it, it can be more narrow in it’s programming, all to the audience’s benefit! If you don’t enjoy watching bloody gore like True Blood or Game of Thrones, then you simply don’t pay for HBO. I’m glad there’s a platform for great shows like these to be shown, and it’s not just me who think they are great. For the past few years, cable shows like Game of Thrones, Veep, Mad Men, Girls and Breaking Bad have been breaking boundaries, and winning Emmy’s on the way – beating out broadcast TV shows! Cable and satellite TV belong to the future of TV as well as internet streaming sites like Netflix, where the FCC restrictions don’t apply and the shows are allowed to go a bit crazy!

hbo-vennPerhaps a bit outdated, but you get the point..



Broadcast TV Impact

(WB 3)

When I grew up, broadcast television was by far the media that impacted me the most. The extent to which I watched and took after TV is ridiculous when I think back on it now, but as young, na├»ve and lonely as a I was then, it was my savior. This was in the early 2000’s and broadcast TV has actually come a pretty long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, I still think there are many, many problems to the content as it is today, but compared to the kind of shows I was watching as a kid, children today can watch more inclusive and varying shows with more diverse characters.

Broadcast TV, as with film, has been dominated by men both on screen and behind the scenes since it’s beginning, and that has definitely shaped the available content. In the early 2000’s when I was looking for female role models on TV, there were only two good enough for my standards; Xena of Xena: Warrior Princess and Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Most other female characters back then were still mostly interested in their family or finding Mr. Right, but Xena and Buffy kicked ass and fought for the greater good. In broadcast TV today there are many more characters out there who remind me of them (and you can probably still catch Xena and Buffy on syndication…) and I know that if I had been able to see this many great female role models on TV as there are today, well, who knows what I could’ve learned?! Again, there still a long way to go, women are still severely underrepresented and misrepresented on TV compared to men, but at least it’s an improvement from the 50’s and 60’s sitcoms – and from the early 2000’s content I grew up with.




The future of movies

(WB 2)

As a film major, I’ve been studying film history, film production, cinematography, script writing – all things related to making movies, but what I’ve noticed is that the reality is not as simple as the textbooks makes it look. In the golden days of cinema, movies were produced by studios in an assembly line fashion, distributed and exhibited by the same production companies in their own movie theatres, with actors and crew on contract to make the whole process as smooth as possible.

Nowadays, the process is much more complicated as there is much more competition. One could argue that it is at both much simpler than before to make a quality movie, but at the same time it is also harder. Anyone can make a movie with a cheap, easy-to-use equipment such as a digital camera, a microphone, or just a camera phone even. Upload the movie online, and boom, there you have it, it could be as simple as that!

However, making a big-budget Hollywood movie is way more complicated than what it used to be, they are not made in the same assembly line fashion as before, and there are of course many more ways today to watch movies than just going to the movie theatre. Watching movies online, on your tablet or phone, getting them on DVD’s, watching it on TV or DVR’ing a movie airing on TV to watch later – the possibilities are endless! But – the problem of course is that when the audience is moving away from the movie theatres, the studios are loosing money. Piracy is a big issue and while studios produce more expensive movies than ever, the movie tickets are getting more expensive too; its an evil spiral really, audiences want cheap movies but studios keep making it harder to get it, and so audiences leave and they have to raise prices even more!

I don’t know what the solution to all of this will be, there has to be a way to find a balance between it. Audiences still loves movies, we just have to figure out a way to give it to them without the studios loosing too much money and without audiences paying a fortune.