Archivio mensile:agosto 2014

CRITIC OF ASHLEIGH JOHNSTONE “PISSED-OFF”

I chose to write a short critique of Ashleigh Johnstone’s “Pissed-off” because she faces a very interesting and discussed topic that is the coming-out. It is not easy coming-out at all and many gays prefer remaining anonymous due to the society bias. I have a lot of friends who are gay and just some of them have came-out. Thus, I really appreciated Ashleigh choice. Continua a leggere

NOLLYWOOD AS A POWERFUL STORYTELLER

The Nigerian video industry, commonly known as “Nollywood”, has rapidly developed in the past few years becoming, according to UNESCO, the second largest film industry in terms of the sheer number of films produced (April 2009 survey).
As we read in Onookome Okome essay, it was inaugurated in Lagos and since 2000 it has gone from one international Film Festival to another, gaining a very huge success. Continua a leggere

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MY FIRST AUSTRALIAN MOVIE EXPERIENCE

At the end of the last tutorial me and Lisa made an arrangement for when/where/ go to the movies and what to see. A very easy and nice negotiation! We decided to go to the movies on Friday, because she had no classes in this day and I finished mine in the early morning. Then we made a fast research on google to see which are the cinema in Wollongong (it was fast because there is just a cinema, the Great Union in the city centre!) and we looked at its program schedule. Continua a leggere

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NOTES AND CORRESPONDING BOOK’S RECAP: LECTURE 3

12/08
King of comedy (movie in 1983 by Martin Scorsese).

Commedification of culture.

Potential effect upon people.

Comedy is part of the entertainment industry. Politics and the cultural industry.

Frankfurt school: Adorno – Horckhaimer – Marcuse ( first phase).

“The dialect of enlightenement” (1947) Continua a leggere

NOTES, CORRESPONDING BOOK’S CHAPTER RECAP AND FOCUS ON THE PROPAGANDA MODEL: 2 LECTURE

05/08

Important topics:

– Language (sound bites, spin, propaganda, use of images);

– Politics and news turned into commodities (brand labour, brand liberal). Politics as industry of public relations;

– Loss of ideology and commitment of political parties.

– Horse race: the new way media treats politics, emphasizing leadership. Continua a leggere

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NOTES AND CORRESPONDING BOOK’S CHAPTER RECAP: 1 LECTURE

29/07

POLITICS AND THE MEDIA

Cover sheets page

 Word doc on moodle – important issues

70% of journals sold are Murdoch’s (not 70% of journals owned by him).

 Climate change – frameworks. Framing one of the most important journal’s activity. Why do they use a frame instead of another? It is strictly related to climate change and catastrofy. Why do journals are more interested to some lives than others? Continua a leggere

WHY I CHOSE THIS STORY

When people tell you a story, it’s like they’re singing you a song. Every voice has its own musicality, its own tone and timbre. And even just a little half-sentence fragment can go in through your ear and tell you something profound about a person’s soul.

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IS DIGITAL GENERATION GAP GONE BY? THE ADSL IN MY COUNTRY

– Grandma, do you have a fast connection in your house?

– What? Sorry, can you repeat? There’s a bad connection!

– Nothing grandma, I was joking.

Do you remember my grandma? Yes, that beautiful 74 years old woman from Italy. Actually, she has no idea of what internet is and how it runs. In case of necessity, she uses my parents’ connection and devices. But seldom if ever.
Are you surprised? Continua a leggere

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BEING AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT IN AUSTRALIA: HERE I AM!

I’m smiling. I’ve just opened my lecture note and read the headline of one of the readings for this week. “Why is English so dominant and which English?”. I’m smiling because some pieces of memory have just come to my mind. Continua a leggere

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