Research project- TV cooking

Research via survey:

Cooking programs truly stand the test of time, with programs transitioning from radio to TV in the 1940s. Kathleen Collins, suggests the genre, “appeals to audiences from generation to generation by holding up a mirror to our own domesticated lives.” I, therefore, wanted to conduct research relating the change in cooking programs to what the audience wishes to see in their own home today and how that reflects their actions upon watching.

A survey answered by 48 respondents supported the idea that TV cooking programs or contemporary cooking in the media, focus more on entertainment than the actual teaching or methods of cooking, often using a celebrity figure to shift attention to entertainment characteristics.

Using ethnography research, I will analyse the responses to the questions asked in the survey as a way of explaining the qualitative research I have come across and my own understanding of how the results explain the effects of spacial nature on its audience.

Below are some of the key questions and responses from the survey:

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As we can see, the majority of respondents are in-fact female rather than male. However within this graph, I was quite surprised by the number of male respondents. A book by Horace Newcombe suggests that cooking programs were often tailored to focus on ‘stay at home’ middle-class women. Martha stewart is used as an example of building a synergistic media empire in the 1990’s surrounding cooking and home improvement. In the attempts of broadening the audience, the food network worked to change the shifts of who they were targeting, for instance Nigella Lawson’s ‘Nigella Bites‘, infuses cooking with sex appeal as well as Jamie Oliver’s ‘The naked chef‘ which focuses on Jamie Oliver shopping for produce, hanging out with friends and listening to the latest music as a way of subverting the gender roles and embracing working- class masculinity. These results could possibly reflect the transitioning of the target audience’s and inclusion of genders in cooking, however it would be hard to base that transition on what we are seeing in these results as it is too small of a number.

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In Q2 respondents stated shows, as you can see, that have been over dramatised as a way of gaining viewership through entertainment qualities. The Katering show has completely changed the way in which audiences respond to cooking. They explore popular culinary trends as well as targeting audiences through comedy. MKR and Masterchef both focus on reality TV and contestant competition as a way of gaining audience viewership through getting to know contestants in a personal way and what the expert chefs have to say about their dishes in comparison to another contestant as a way of getting through the competition. These two shows incorporate a lot of different elements which all add to the entertainment rather than the method of cooking in order to appeal to audiences. There are also celebrity chef mentions such as Gino, Jamie Oliver, Zumbo and Gordon Ramsey which have been distinguished by The Food Network as Lifestyle shows also known as vicarious consumption.

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As we can see the majority of respondents watch cooking programs via free-to-air which provides cooking programs 24/7 for all viewers, making it the most watched channel when it comes to cooking. This is reflected in the responses with over 77% sourcing it from free-to-air. Worth comparing is the idea that the food network aims to ‘teach, inspire and empower through expertise’ yet the majority of my respondents who said they watched free-to-air also stated that they believed cooking shows focus more an entertainment than on the actual method of cooking food.

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As seen above most respondents stated they watched the shows for entertainment rather than cooking. I truly believe that although cooking programs have altered their content to get viewership and adhere to what the audience wants, cooking is no longer the main priority of these shows. I mean sure, they are based around cooking and can draw in an audience with the food that they cook but getting an audience to stay has resulted in the hybridity of food programs with comedy, health, reality and fantasy all meddling with cooking.

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The above two questions relate to one-another quite significantly. In Q5 over half of the respondents stated they don’t cook from the shows or programs that they are watching. Which suggests that the cooking programs are no longer creating engagement with the audience. No longer does the audience watch cooking programs with the intention of learning to cook but rather a source of enjoyment. Over half of the respondents however follow recipes from the internet. This could suggest that respondents only watch shows for entertainment and when they need to cook they go to the internet which again suggests that a shows aim has changed from teaching people to cook, to entertaining them.

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This response sums up my research undertaken. This is visual prove that there is a complete shift in the way cooking shows have constructed the content to compete with other channels gaining viewership and an audience interaction. You could say it changes the way society even thinks towards cooking. Think back to the way gender was targeted in cooking, transitioning into acceptance of both genders and then adding different qualities to enhance viewership of cooking channels. Many chefs often become frustrated with the fact that people have a bigger say in the way the meal tastes and is presented with the emergence of these ‘reality cooking shows’ . Chefs also state that there is an extreme amount of young chefs who don’t understand the industry and have a preconceived idea of cooking from ‘glamourised TV’.

 

Analysis:

Upon researching this topic, I have always been interested in food. The way it was made, where the produce came from, the respect of culture, the way the food looked and tasted and the methods used to create it. Growing up, my nan and I would cook every weekend. We would watch cooking shows and she would jot down the ingredients and method and then we would walk to the shops and carry back the produce, excited to recreate the dish that we had viewed on TV.  Emeril Live was always a favourite in the house because it focused on the method of the recipe in detail. You could say I grew up with a lot of respect for traditional cooking and following recipes. Now we have hybridised cooking programs, which I admit are highly entertaining but personally I feel like they are missing the point of cooking, similar to the responses that I have received in the survey.

When deciding what qualitative research I should conduct, a survey came to mind in order to collect systemised material derived from respondents own observations. Surveys in this regard were used to explore the individuals own experience surrounding cooking on TV without any influence of what their answers may be. By keeping the survey anonymous, respondents were also more likely to say what they felt rather than being swayed by particular opinions etc.

One of the challenges faced with surveying was the fact that some questions were skipped which challenged the validity of what I could assess and how I was going to present the results in a none bias, clear way. I chose therefore to add the results from the survey in a blog post and critically analyse the results with links to further readings. This means that if a reader would like to look further into my research to deem whether it is valuable and adding to the critical analysis, they could. It also means that I don’t have the challenge of reflexivity although I have a background and opinion on the issue. Within my analysis I tried not to insert myself into the analysis of the results otherwise readers may be swayed to look at the results through my opinion. By adding the hyperlinks I have given readers there own time to analyse and have their own opinion. In this regard I have worked hard to ensure that my prior knowledge is backed up by the sources in order to reduce reflexivity.

Transferability has also been a huge focus, which is one of the main reasons I chose to do a anonymous survey. It is data and information that can be transferred and used again without being taken out of context in different forms of mine and other people research. Interpretation and analysis is both focused while adding engaging research to what the data is suggesting.  Overall I worked extremely close with this text to ensure that the way I was analysing the data and the way I was discussing my ethnography experience were no way influencing one another in a way that would sway the data collected. Through using data and providing online access, media industries can grasp a good understanding of the way a particular cooking show is accepted by its audience. The data also gives media industries a good example of what they could improve on and what they shouldn’t be adding so much of in order to achieve a greater target audience as well as sticking to the aim of the industries production content. Surveys are great at analysing what the audience thinks about a product or even design in order to understand who your audience is and what they are after.

 

 

 

 

BCM Reflection

In the past 9 weeks we have been working through ethnography research towards expressing and discussing weekly ideas while engaging with other class members and relating these to my own experience and recount of the weekly content. This was a great experience for me, I truly learnt a lot more by going away and relating to the weekly work in my own way to help me understand and documenting that on my blog as well as reading how other people made sense of the weekly work through doing this, I engaged directly with different platforms of media that I will discuss below.

During the first assesment task my feedback stated, ‘This was great. You have taken your discussion and research with your subjects and extrapolated it into a more meaningful discussion about how their interaction with television provided insight into the manner in which they lived as children/young adults. This is an excellent use of the ethnographic research and will provide a strong foundation for your future projects.’ This was awesome for me to hear as it meant I was going in the right direction, so I looked at where I could improve and it seemed to be in the ideas i was discussing rather than my overall blog. Personally I also believe that I should tie in a lot more of my ideas with the class lectures in order to better my understanding.

Over the last couple of weeks you will notice that I asserted myself a lot more into the weekly blogs, by researching and structuring my discussion around the weekly lectures. I also added videos into my weekly posts to give the audience a overall understanding of what I was talking about without even reading my posts. I found this to be very beneficial and have been receiving a lot of ‘viewers/hits’ on my blog posts each week after implementing videos. Similar to how memes are used to condense messages states Limor Shifman,  I believe these videos work in a similar way in drawing viewers in as supported by Suse Barnes. By taking a lot more of a personal approach I believe I have hit the nail on the head by providing an auto-ethnography research thread that supports all the weekly content learnt each week in both the lectures and tutorials, this is evident in my week 9 blog. Within the week 7 blog post I spoke about using all three of my classes to combine research and ideas, I used Vlogs posted to Youtube, twitter which I embedded into my posts, reddit which was embedded and my other blog posts to truly engage and explain the way in which my final research project will come together as well as engaging with a huge selection of different audiences. I even played around with snapchat one week, to engage with an audience who have all used snapchat.

In using this many platforms and embedding them all in one place, I believe I am reaching out to readers in different classes which can help expand my knowledge as well as get feedback from different subject perspectives too. For example I am using the DIGC330 blog page which is a digital asian research class, my DIGC202 reddit thread as well as my twitter account and my blog. By embedding all of these platforms that I am using for this project and subject in one place, I can provide lots of background knowledge as well as engage with a wide range of audiences on all different platforms to help form ideas surrounded my weekly content, opinions and sources.  I have also read many different blog posts from BCM students and engaged with there weekly blog posts in order to understand their explanations of the weekly content. Here are two examples:

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Both of these posts were extremely engaging and I looked at ways Sonny engaged with his readers by providing a video of his ‘attention’ experience, this provided a really personal research account, one I hope to capture as well in the future. Chelsea’s blog was also extremely engaging with a diverse use of quotes and references to other sources which I hope I can improve on. By engaging with both students as well as many others, I have gained experience in reaching out to students who approach each weeks content differently to how I have approached it, helping me learn, think critically about the weeks content in different ways and also exploring many different sources that I may otherwise not of found.

The Everything Blogging book written by Aliza Rishdahl, explored what makes a blog, even down to the research, ‘When it comes to accessing…opinions and advice…current events…somebodies life, blogs can do the trick.’ This means that blogs are often the go to, in order to get research and personal opinions etc. This is supported by Aymee C. Buckhannon who states ‘the functionality WordPress offers is a lot more extensive for both viewers and publishers.’ Due to using WordPress, I have found limitations but also a lot of cool features which have personalised my blog in a way to draw readers in. This is an example of something on my blog. I am extremely interested in Photography and have done a few events and this feature gives my blog a personal feel, as readers get an understanding of my ‘voice,’ as spoken about by Marie Kaplan. It also related to the way I am writing about the class content each week. By referring to memories, my own horror stories and my everyday internet regulations in a very personal way, I am able to reach out to other readers who may of also had similar experiences or laugh and engage with them anyway. This creates a mutual understanding between readers, written content and writer supporting the auto-ethnography research through my own daily experiences and collaborative understanding of the weekly content by referring to lecture notes, tutorial discussions and students blogs who have used a broad range of quotes and experiences to help them understand the weekly content discussed also.

 

 

 

 

A little too close for comfort

This week really hit the nail on the head for me.

Recently I was dating a person who I love but also became very blinded by, excusing behaviour that I would not normally of accepted. I kept said behaviour from my parents and constantly lied to them. For those who know me, this was extremely hard for me to do as I am a massive family person. My parents eventually found out about said behaviour and told me that I could no longer see this person. This has made it very hard on me. Feeling as though i was pushed into a corner of choosing between my boyfriend and my family. This has left me completely torn and eventually heartbroken that it had to come to this. During a week period I was lying to my parents about having contact with him and again they found out and stopped me from contacting him. This is a example of private regulation that I have felt significantly. I do know what my parents did was to protect me and look out for me however.

The same goes for my brother, he is 12 years old and is a regular internet user. He hasn’t grown up without some form of internet and recently my mum had to put a parental lock on how much internet he was using per day as he was burning through it and costing my parents fortunes! As we see within todays social media realm, many platforms are moving towards a more open source network without much regulation, this includes reddit and 4chan. These platforms are coded in a way in which users can modify and change the code freely.

These types of platforms are often questioned however through certain demographics that can become radicalised. For instance I wouldn’t want my child stumbling across 4chan anytime soon, as well as ‘The Donald’ campaign on reddit. This is because these types of open sourced information isn’t filtered. It often contains content which isn’t acceptable in the public and opinions which are often argued and built upon which can be dangerous to certain demographics who don’t understand the content being spoken about.

There are many rules on the use of mobile phones in certain areas which is also a form of regulation. These include Hospitals, petrol stations, court, planes and even the cinema (although the cinema is still debatable among some as it being more of a respect for others sort of thing).

The video below was used on most every DVD that we bought or rented, with an allocated time that you couldn’t skip through. This was often used as a scare tactic to state there was a regulation in place if you pirated a movie, that it was illegal. I even remember asking my grandparents and they stated if you got found illegally downloading the police would come to your house. That was enough alone to scare a child not to do it. Times have changed however and although when we are asked we reply with ‘Me? No way, thats illegal’ its inevitable that people do it regularly. This although we argue it, is illegal. It is stealing and is killing many film industries. The media have now creates things such as subscriptions in order to still make money from their viewers who are streaming, which include Netflix and even a music app called Tidal. This is a way to ensure regulating without the collapse of media industries.

But how do we regulate the behaviour of others when engaging with media? Should we?

When talking about this question in class with class members, the reoccurring idea of comfortability kept arising when reviewing texting, music etc. We normally deem these things unacceptable and even rude when in the company of people, but become more relaxed when we know the person and become more comfortable in the area that we are in. It depends on, however, many factors including the way in which the space is set up (are you allowed to do it in class for example), who you are with, what you may be talking about etc.

 

The Real world vs The Digital world

This week we explored the idea of attention and the initial quote our lecturer used states, ‘Hearing is reactive, which listening is strategic.’

How is it that we have gone from all speaking at the dinner table and interacting with family, friends and loved ones to wanting to feel part of a digital world of ‘friends’ and afraid you are going to miss something in that world. Sometimes I feel like shouting at friends or family who are on there phones while trying to have a conversation in real life.’You are here now and you are missing out on experiencing the REAL world!’ Thats what it has sadly come down to though…The real world vs The Digital world.

Have you ever been out with friends and they have all had their phones out and you have forgotten yours or its in your bag. Its frustrating and it feels rude. Josh pullman seems to suggest, ‘Everywhere we go, we carry with us options far more enticing than the place and moment we happen to be standing within.’ 

Its interesting to see that human behaviour has changed significantly over many years when it comes to out attention span. Alexandra Horowitz, (On Looking 11 Walks with Expert Eyes, New York, Scribner, 2013) states that our attention, ‘asks what is relevant right now, and gears us up to notice only that.’ Yes we can multitask but are we really multitasking anymore?  I mean even in class today our tutor was talking and students were there on Facebook or texting, accessing it through their laptops or phones while supposedly listening. 

The above video explores what the world is actually like today without a phone. Each scene i have experienced in some kind of way and thats sad, but it also makes you realise why we feel as though we are missing out on something in the digital world when everyone around you is in the digital world and you feel alienated. It becomes a sort of forceful habit, if the people around you are using their phones and not engaging then we tend to do the same in order to feel secure or comfortable that we aren’t missing out on the same thing.

Attention seems to be spoken about more and more within academia today. With ways to improve attention, including ‘practise attentive listening,’ how and why did that become a thing. When you actually read that out loud it sounds silly to assume that we don’t really listen anymore. We are constantly subjected to ridiculous amounts of content, that with the convenience of phones and access to the internet, has distracted us to no longer stay on the task at hand.

When did sharing our world public with no regards to privacy become the world of today. My dad still isn’t on Facebook and thinks its a platform where you have no privacy, stating it creates problems. Research has found this to be true, that we are constantly victims of seeing someone who is better off than us in some way and us wanting that, creating users who have portrayed a ‘perfect life‘ or ‘persona’ online that isn’t the real.

This week myself and my little brother (Louis) decided to test our attention span by watching a movie and leaving our sound of our phones on. Although this task seemed simple, it was actually incredibly annoying to participate in. My little brother is 12 and is always on his phone, snap chatting and messaging. Throughout the movie this is all I could hear. At the end of the movie these were the result:

Louis (73 messages received)- Not once did louis look up at the screen, how did i know this? Because i received one text message from mum to hang the washing out and a notification telling me the BCM assesment was due on the 4th of October. The whole time we were watching the movie the constant sound of beeping was frustrating me resulting in me glaring at my little brother typing furiously on his phone to his friends. The beeping also made me pick up my phone to check if it was me receiving those messages (it wasn’t), and being even more annoyed that we were supposed to be watching the movie and what could a 12 year old possibly be talking about.

Louis’s attention was definitely not on the film.

My attention, which I wish was on the film, was on louis who’s phone was beeping repetitively resulting in me wanting to know what he was talking about and what was so important.

 

My 3 class project

Experiencing South Korean food first struck me while watching state of play in DIGC330. Over the last three weeks I have explored three different recipes, experiencing and cooking them in different ways. I have decided to approach this by linking three of my subjects together. DIGC202 is asking me to produce a digital artefact to solve a problem which has arose in research and DIGC330 is asking me to experience an asian culture through auto -ethnography research. In DIGC330 I have been exploring Korean food in which i have found there are many things I am allergic to which are in most of the recipes, taking me forever to filter through recipes and find one i can actually make and eat. This led me to designing a chrome extension that filters out ingredients you are allergic too in DIGC202.

At the moment for this class I want to continue to explore and research Korean recipes and document my experience in making them. After reading ‘Constructing a digital story circle’ by Nick Couldry (2015) and researchers, it was interesting to see that storytelling elements can be linked together to show to each other how the other lives.’Part of what is important about a digital story circle is that it can bring multiple media together.’ This is evident in the use of vlogs that I am using as well as tweets, hash tagging all my subjects.

I have decided to take the same subject matter across all three subjects as it gives me a massive audience as well as many different forms of platforms for engagement. I am currently using a class reddit thread, you tube for my vlogs, my own blog and twitter which all intertwines and engages with each other. This gives me a massive advantage over a lot of other students, when looking at the amount of coverage I can get as well as engagement. This also gives me more feedback as well as different perspectives in which I can improve on and build upon. Sources given to me are also useful in helping me build upon my experience and research. Through class presentations in a number of my classes within the next two weeks I can deeply explore and question with lecturers and tutors in different subjects in order to get a well rounded opinion of how the research subject is being understood by my audience.

Supported by the Ellis & Bochner, 2000 reading, it was agreed that researchers, “wanted to concentrate on ways of producing meaningful, accessible, and evocative research…forming a representation that deepens our capacity to empathize with people who are different from us.” Through vlogging my experience on Youtube, blogs and twitter, I was able to share the content across different mediums in order to give everyone easy accessibility to my research and understanding of Korean food. Below is some of the platforms I have been using to work on these.

 

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As you can see a number of platforms are being used which all link back to y blog on different pages. I am engaging with class content from all three classes as well as tweeting and posting about my experience with Korean cooking. By using up-votes and down votes on reddit, reddit users have the ability to deem whether the sources you want to use are credible and useful or not. As you can see above, some sources i have spoken about have more uproots than others so I would be discussing the sources with a stronger focus on them in relation to this project. Similar to Nick Couldrys explanation of ‘visitor traffic’ it is easy to measure on WordPress admin, reddit and youtube as to how much traffic is being generated and which content is being more engaged with than others. The DIGC330 page can be used as an example of Couldrys idea of ‘Multiplying’- on the page, years of students research is archived and can be accessed, this shows the overarching story of each students research projects.
‘In digital stories; voice not only tells a vital narrative but it also captures the essence of the narrator, their unique character and their connection to the lived experience’ (Lambert 2006: 18) This is one of the main reasons I chose to vlog. So people could experience with me and recognise a similar way of thinking to me when cooking Korean food.
All that I have working on is in everything linked within this blog post, as well as on my website and twitter.
I hope to continue to explore Korean food and engage with more people to help create this digital circle.

 

Public Photography

The topic this week explored the ethics of taking photo’s in public spaces.

In class we explored defensive photography, as a way of documenting events in public spaces and whether we though these were ethical.

Here is an example, of defensive photography. A man had been shot in Minnesota for reaching over to grab his license and registration after informing the police office of the gun license he was holding, in a open gun license state. Lavish Reynolds, the victims girlfriend, recorded the whole event on Facebook live. Please be aware this video is very confronting.

At first I thought that for someone to think about getting their phone out to record their dying boyfriend, it was completely disgusting. Then I thought about the way in which she might be feeling, through the movement of #blacklivesmatter and what different races have to deal with that we may not. By recording an event like this we see the truth of what actually happened rather than hearing a recount that may of been tampered with by Police officers.

Here is an example of the Young Turks analysing the events surrounding the Kajieme shooting from a bystanders video and a police officer’s recount.

 

As we can see in both, defensive photography holds a certain power for the viewer and the ones experiencing the event first hand. Generally sharing what they think is unjust.

The Arts Law centre- photography rights (which for some reason I cant link from Moodle) explores the idea that anyone can be photographed without permission in a public place. If the person being photographed wants you to delete the image then the ethical thing to do is to delete that photo and not use it due to not having their consent. The publishing of the content can also be an issue. For instance the video of man shot in the car, was taken many times off of Facebook due to concerns from its viewers.

This week we had the challenge of trying to photograph people in public while not breaching ethics or privacy issues. In other words, photographing people without being able to identify them.

Have a look at my examples below:

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As we can see in these photos, the shadows are very hard to actually distinguish who the person is that we are looking at. The other two you can kind of make out the person due to the clothes and very distinguished facial features such as their beard. Therefore the most successful photos when looking at privacy concerns are the shadow pictures, which is a way of getting around privacy concerns.

Choc-top Horror

Hägerstrand, gives us three limitations which I will tie in with my horrific cinematic experience this week.

  1. Capability
  2. Coupling
  3. Authority

First, I absolutely love going to the movies. I hate the smell of popcorn, I love eating it, once I have added my malteasers and have let them melt a little. (Heaven!) Now lets note: I have never been a choc-top girl. On this dreaded day I decided it would be a good idea to invite two of my friends to watch ‘Water for elephants,’ although this movie came out in 2011, (I know long time ago!) the experience has stuck forever in my mind.

Saturday, Narellan Town centre is ridiculously busy. The movie started at 12:30, it was now 12. We all agreed to meet at 12 outside the cinemas. By 12:15 the girls still hadn’t arrived so I called them and asked, both stated they forgot. Great! This was Jades first movie experience alone after being dogged by her friends (I felt like a loser)

At first I was really embarrassed and nervous thinking that I would see someone I knew and they would ask why I was alone. But I grabbed myself a chicken salad sandwich, snuck it in my bag and also decided to purchase a choc top.

My first ever choc top. A decision I would soon regret…

I watched the movie and ate the sandwich in peace with no one else in the cinema but me. I laughed, I cried, I munched and nobody could tell me that I had to be quiet. There was an intense part of the movie and I reached down to grab my choc-top peeling back the wrapper rather loudly. Why? It was only me in the cinema!

I sat there trying to figure out how to actually get to the ice cream (it was in this moment I realised how hard the choc-top chocolate actually was) when suddenly as I bit down, the colourful freckle on the top came flying off, and I couldn’t find it in the dark. So naturally I left it and continued to eat the choc-top which wasn’t enjoyable in the slightest. (that waffle is disgusting)

The movie finished and I stood up, grabbed all my belongings and made my way out of the cinemas to be confronted with people laughing as I walked past. (What were they laughing at? Have they never seen a young girl watch a movie alone?) I heard a kid whisper ‘mum, that girl has poo on her pants.’ Turns out that, ‘flying freckle’ had made its way under my ass, had melted and gone onto my pants, resembling crap.

Thank you choc-top!

Now lets break this down…

I was only 15 at the time, which meant that getting to the local cinemas was a half an  hour bus ride… this ‘capability’ is a lot harder when you factor in transport times while trying to align them with movie times and meeting your friends who both lived in different areas. Second was ‘coupling,’ organising on Facebook to meet two friends after deciding on a movie you all wanted to see and a time that was convenient for you all, was I assumed easy. Now ask stood-up 15 year old Jade with chocolate resembling crap on her pants and you will get a different answer. Number 3, ‘authority,’ this refers to a place that someone has control over, hence me ‘sneaking’ in a sandwich, due to apparently not being able to bring in outside food. Also with only me viewing the movie within the cinemas there wasn’t many limitations to what I could and couldn’t do. Normally with other people in the cinema, there are certain things within the cinema that you just don’t do, rules if you must. These have been universally understood for generations…

Now you know the embarrassing reason why Jade doesn’t like choc tops.

 

 

 

 

‘This is Shit!’

This week I decided to interview my dad regarding the internet usage in our home…

Recently my dad has had a number of issues regarding being able to watch the EPL. Dads issues have turned into my issues, as I am deemed the most ‘tech savvy’ in my household. The problem began with Foxtel losing the EPL rights to Optus. Matches can still be viewed on Foxtel with a 13 hour delay, whereas Optus sport is now streaming those matches live.

The problem however is the fact that dad bought a Apple TV in order to get the Optus sport App on his TV in order to watch the games, which chews internet due to him watching it all the time. We have an account with Telstra for the internet, with our modem running straight from the fibre optics (NBN). My little brother is also burning through internet when he plays online on his playstation. Pair that with my other family members internet usage and you get a recipe for disaster, with the monthly bill coming in and everybody accusing one another that they are the ones using the most internet.

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My dad has had enough and announced that he was upping the internet usage to 1 terabyte. (YAY!) Yet we are still having problems with the speed of the internet, due to the constant streaming and all the devices in my household. A way of getting over that for me has been to connect my laptop straight to wall so I’m getting direct internet rather than the wifi which everyone else is using in the house.

My poor dad is struggling to come to the terms with the fact that he’s playing for all these different platforms, devices and subscriptions but cant watch what he wants to watch. Now after sitting down with my dad and fixing everything up, we had to overcome a new issue. The Optus sport app! This app is one of the most frustrating and restrictive apps I have ever come across, making it impossible for users to use. You log onto your Optus account through the app in order to watch the sport, with a maximum of 4 devices being able to be logged on a once. The issue is when the app fails you have to re-download the app and re-log in. This thinks that its a brand new device and adds it to your device list. Now you can manage your devices and delete them but can only make a change every 30 days. Long Story short, we had exceeded our limit due to a constantly failing app.

… Calling Optus (first time)…’We will get our technical team to call you back.’

…No call from Optus in 2 days…

…Calling Optus (second time)…’Sorry but we aren’t sure of the issue, try re-downloading the app.’

…Calling Optus (third time)…’$50 dollars off phone billing account and fixed the problem by deleting all the devices off from their end.’

Bingo! Finally! And $50 off!

Paying for a service, and not receiving the service is one of the most frustrating things a customer can experience, especially when we pay over $300 a month for the Optus service not even including our internet which is over a hundred a month. All up thats over $400 not even including Foxtel or any of our subscriptions or even electricity bills. Now I can see why my dad is angry when he cant watch what he wants too.

Many EPL fans also weren’t happy with the coverage at all, taking to twitter with the strending hashtag #OptusOut:

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What do you think about paying for a service that you cant watch? Have you had any similar problems?

Dads quote of the day (everyday): ‘This is absolute shit, its my only enjoyment in life’ (thanks dad!)

 

 

Collabo-great!

During our #BCM240 class this week, we discussed our discoveries of our interviewees memories towards television.

Both my parents although only 40 and 42 (which everyone thought were really young!) had experienced the transition between black and white TV to colour TV. Not too sure of how to start this weeks blog post, I read through Luke Erik Lassiter’s development of how he came to understand collaborative ethnography. Drawing on Glen Hinson, a researcher focused on African American expressive culture, he looks at the comparison between reciprocal ethnography and collaborative stating, ‘In other words, it implies what it says: collaboration. There’s little room for error in interpreting this meaning.’

With this being said, I am therefore going to curate my classes blog posts regarding the ‘TV memories’ topic into one space. To help understand the different and similar memories that arise in a similar form as what Luke Erik Lassiter sets out his development.

‘At the time, my pop was working at Chrysler, which was a large distributor of colour TV’s in the mid 70’s. Because of that, my mum was one of the popular kids in town, being the first in her street to get a colour TV,’ states Jordan Forbes.

As we can see here and similar to my responses that I received between my parents, socio-economic status played a huge role between which TV you owned years ago, which may also of effected the way in which a family may experience the Television. For example my dad had a black and white TV in his room but remembers a childhood of always being outside, whereas my mum valued family bonding time, acknowledging it as a huge luxury.

Barbie, Annikas grandma says, “I love crosswords, puzzles and reading, but the TV allows me to switch off. I can retain information without thinking. I love watching shows about animals and the world around me, because now I’m too old to go and see some of those things for myself.”

This answer became quite apparent in my class, many students recalled their interviewees mentioning the booming interest in travel during the time the TV was introduced. Even now many programs are used to promote tourism. This can be further supported by a paper written by Claudia-Elena Tuclea.

During a conversation with her mum, Kaysha uncovers the dynamics of the way her mum grew up with and TV and siblings, stating she often had to ‘endure’ shows that she didn’t want to watch due to her dad being in charge of the TV. This is interesting to see, the TV is controlled by someone older than you. Looking on other blogs this week it was interesting to see that most of the interviewees growing up, would only be able to watch what they wanted if someone older didn’t want to watch it. This kind of power play is similar to the stereotypical ‘breadwinner’ mentality, very different to the way many watch TV today…

Charlotte Allen my BCM tutor, engaged the class to think critically about the way in which the dynamics of family have changed. Now we juxtapose family traditions in front of the TV, instead using the TV as a way of connecting with family, we now separate into different rooms because we have the choice of what we want to watch on multiple TV’s in one household.

Another subject we looked at during class was the idea that we engage with shows on a much more sophisticated viewing point than what we did back then, as well as engaging differently due to age. Similarly to my younger brother, he hasn’t grown up without ever knowing technology, due to this, he can engage and understand in a way those who haven’t always grown up with technology do not.

For more comparisons have a look at Susan’s blog post, she does an awesome job!

Time will tell

Sam Gosling, describes the way in which an object can give us a clear understanding of a persons space through what object they have, the way that they may have placed it in the room and the way they may use it. Many believe that objects can be placed strategically, manipulating the way others see that person, however Gosling states,’In most cases people are trying to provide an honest signal, in being happy they try to bring other peoples views into line with their own…Interactions are a lot more easy’

Interested in the way television has transformed over a shorter period of time, I decided to interview my parents, Kerrie and Steven Hall.

Both grew up in England as children, so talking about television was an awesome experience as they reflected on family members and memories of their childhood that they miss.

My mum (Kerrie) reflects on her childhood when she was around 10 years old, with the Black and white TV in the corner, framed by a wooden box, the main vocal point in the room was the fireplace. Granddad, as she recalls, often watched gaming shows called (3-2-1)Dusty Bin and Bulls-eye, as well as ‘Top of the pops’ where she would tell everyone to shush as she recorded the songs onto her Betamax (which are now at the end of production). Kerrie delved into the struggle of having to try and record over commentary or family members, wanting to get a good recording of the song. “There was nothing worse than a DJ who spoke through the playing songs as I was trying to record them,”she said.

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Song Betamax

For Kerrie, watching the TV with her sister Zoey and her Grandparents was often the family bonding time. Reminiscing on eating tea, drawing the curtains at 5:30pm, sharing a bath with Zoey and then coming downstairs to snacks while watching the TV on the floor, nested on european pillows, is something she remembers like it was yesterday.

Kerrie and Steven both remember the end of transmission as you can see in the above video, “There we no programs running between  10/11pm and 6am,” states Steven. This was often shown to indicate the conclusion of a transmission.

Steven remembers having a black and white, tiny TV in his room with a dome shaped screen and an aerial on the top, which he usually had to move while tuning the TV. “I liked to watch match of the day when i was little, but back then you had to know the players because there were no colours.” A memory in which Dad was most fond of, was the day he rushed home from school to watch the 1982 World Cup. The football however was never live like we see it today, instead he watched the match highlights while listening to the radio to get the commentary of the game. Steven even remembers telling his brother to move more to the left with the aerial in order to get a clear screen and make him hold it there so he could see who scored a goal. However he doesn’t remember much about TV and family bonding, he remembers being outside playing the majority of the time.

I found during the interview discussion both informants weren’t so much engaged with the questions regarding TV but instead the memories surrounding them. We can see Kerrie who drew on memories of family bonding rather than watching the TV and Steven who described himself as an ‘outside’ person. Emotion was provoked from both informants when I asked if they remembered any TV shows and they both stated the British game shows, Dusty Bin and Bulls-eye.

What was also interesting was having them both in the same room. My mum commented on my dad having a TV in his room, naming him as a ‘spoilt brat’ after being shocked hearing that he then didn’t even watch the TV and liked to play outside.

My mum as you could say was from a lower socio-economic background than my dad, therefore a TV was something my mum cherished as a child. It was even used as a bribe if she hadn’t eaten her dinner. Whereas my dad recalls more memories outside playing with his friends on the football fields out the back of his house, and only coming home for dinner when the streetlights came on.

What surprised me the most about this conversation is that what they remembered was only 30 years ago! For instance I remember receiving my first walkman for christmas, moving the aerial on my brothers old TV in his room, watching countless videos at my grandparents house while having supper.

We can all agree a lot has changed since then.What will have changed in another 30 years when someone asks you the same questions? Will things such as DVD’s be extinct? Time will tell.