Technology & Media

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In our day and age, technology almost seems to be synonymous with media. The media that we previously experienced in its original “true” form, like print newspapers, magazines and books, movies and TV shows shot on film, music listened to on an actual radio or on a disk like LP’s or CD’s – everything can now be accessed digitally online! The technology today is quite overwhelming, and it’s hard for “old” media to catch on and not loose money in the process. Why buy a magazine/newspaper when you can read the articles online for free? Why go to the movies when you can stream/download the same movie online for free? Why buy a CD when you can listen to the album online for free?

The biggest kind of media online though has to be social media. While sites like Facebook (and it’s predecessors Friendster, MySpace etc) originally started out as sites used for finding and keeping contact with friends, it’s sooooo much bigger now. I sometimes use Facebook to talk to friends, but mostly I use it for other purposes; getting news from newspapers – updated instantly, getting news from my favorite artists, restaurants, stores, TV shows etc! The same goes for Twitter, I think I follow about 3 friends, and the rest of my 100+ follow list consists of people and organizations I’ve never met.

Social media has it’s good and bad sides though, because while it enables us to be instantly updated with what goes on around the world and with our friends, we also seem to spend less time IRL with them. I can talk to my friends on Facebook messenger instead of actually SPEAKING to them or even meeting them. I hope that parents of today’s kids are aware of this and don’t let them stay too long in front of the computer, chatting with friends instead of playing outside together. But then again, who am I to judge? Just because I grew up thinking a childhood should be relieved playing outside with your friends (just like my parents, and their parent, and so on…) are used to it being this way does not mean it’s the RIGHT way. We’re in for quite the paradigm shift, who know what’s going to happen in the future?

This video became viral about a year ago and now it’s probably forgotten… I still love it though, and it has some very valid points!


Ethics in Reality TV

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My favorite kind of TV shows used to be reality TV. I followed shows like the Swedish versions of Survivor and (American) Idol every year as if my life depended on in, and later on when shows like “Real Housewifes of ….” became the new thing, I watched them too with great interest. I loved it, because they contained lots of drama and suspense, and they featured real people!! When I was about 10, my biggest goal in life was to be on a show like Survivor, I’m serious… Luckily for me, I’ve learned a lot since then and now I wouldn’t even do it if I was offered money for it. Reality TV is the worst kind of entertainment because it uses and exploits real people for ratings = money. Of course, the people all (hopefully) know what they have gotten themselves into, but still, now I just find it painful to watch.

Reality shows aren’t as unscripted and natural as they might seem, there’s a whole orchestra behind the scenes, all there to create the most entertaining aka outrageous drama behind the people as possible, because who’d watch a show where the people all just got a long and played nice? The ethics and moral behind these shows are very questionable; starving contestants, egging them on to fight, purposely revealing things about them for no other reason than to generate higher ratings… But still we keep watching these shows.. Is it really because we care so little about other people, or do everyone know what’s actually happening behind the show – that it’s all FAKE – or do we watch them just because the network keeps producing them and we’ve gotten so used to it by now?

I don’t know, but I am very excited to watch Lifetimes’ new show UnReal, premiering later this spring, because it’s a scripted show about an unscripted reality show! The trailer looks promising, I don’t know how much of what’s shown actually happens in real reality shows, but it’s quite dark nonetheless, and I think it paints a good portrait of what goes in to making a reality show.

Looks quite interesting right?

FCC Regulations

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I think is very funny the way FCC regulates what is allowed to be aired and what it not. It’s funny because they are more worried about a offensive or indecent word here and there than what the actual content is about. Not that they should have a say it what content should be aired, that would be even worse of course, but I don’t think that by omitting some words or blurring a body part will do the society any good in the end.

I understand that the FCC is concerned about protecting the children, making sure they don’t see anything “inappropriate”, but then again, what is considered inappropriate to one parent might be different from another parent. Just like the MPPA is trying to make sure children watch movies suitable for their age, it should be up to the parents to decide what their children are allowed to watch, not the government or an organization like the MPPA.

As with the Janet Jackson incident for example, showing a nipple for barely a second had the price tag of $550,000 dollars?! Come on, it’s okay for men to show their nipples but when a woman does it it’s considered indecent? No, I think that the kids who say that weren’t chocked at all, they have seen nipples before. It’s not the kids the FCC are protecting, its our culture and the standards in our society that we’ve had for generations – but it’s time to change that now I think. Just because our parents and grandparents and their parents grew up in a world where such things where considered indecent or wrong, does not mean it has to stay that way forever. The times are changing, it’s just taking some time for society to catch up, stuck in old traditions and old values.