Conceal, Don’t Feel, Don’t Let Them Know You’re Gay

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Spongebob demostrating Swanson’s imagination

This past century, the rise of the various forms of media has be accused of the downfall of western society. These many issues all seem to be derived from the entertainment of our modern culture. An good example of this wrongful disapproval is the concept that queer representation of LGBTQA individuals and themes exposed in the media has been taking the blame for the idea of homosexual conversion in youth of today. Some audience members believe that these concepts in media content such as The Fosters, Skins and Spongebob Squarepants are influencing children to have homosexual tendencies and misconceptions of their own identities and sexualities.

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Elsa unleashing her powers of homosexuality

As demonstrated in David Gaunlett’s 10 Things Wrong with the Media ‘Effects’ Model (1998), Some of the issues for which the media are held responsible are merely based on biased research and flawed assumptions. Statistics are adjusted and amplified to suit the personal opinions of the opposition. This is particularly evident in the The Hollywood Reporter article titled ‘‘Frozen’: Pastor Claims Disney Film Indoctrinates Homosexuality, Bestiality‘. Pastor Kevin Swanson declared “Friends, this is evil, just evil” and accused the hit film of marketing a ‘progressive’ pro-gay, pro-bestiality agenda. Swanson interpreted “Let it Go as a coming out anthem and for her lack of male attraction and romantic relationship, ‘logically’ she must be lesbian. Also Kristoff’s friendship with reindeer, Sven is unnaturally  intimate. Despite his religious and conservative extremist rant, THR reports confirmed he has not seen the film.

The media doesn’t convert youth and endorse homosexual allegiance but in actuality assist in their inner realisation and provides the opportunity to have the suitable role models. According to The HP Alliance article, There’s five important factors of why accurate media representation is important.

  1. The appropriate audience is presented with a stepping stone in the search for their affirmation of identity
  2. It gives youth role models to look up to and relate with,
  3. It expands the community’s assumption of their capabilities in a positive light as opposed to their constant negative media portrayal,
  4. Provides a realistic view of the world’s diversity
  5. Challenges the notion that straight/white/male is ‘normal’ while everything else is ‘other’.

Gauntlett, D. 1998, ‘Ten things wrong with the Media Effects Model’, Approaches to Audiences – A reader, viewed 8 March 2014, http://www.theory.org.uk/effects.htm

Fierro, E, 2013, ‘Media Representation: What It Means & Why It’s Important’, The HP Alliance, viewed 27 March 2014, http://thehpalliance.org/2013/08/media-representation-what-it-means-why-its-important/.

THR Staff. 2014. ‘Frozen’: Pastor Claims Disney Film Indoctrinates Homosexuality, Bestiality, The Hollywood Reporter, viewed 27 March 2014,http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/audio-disney-frozen-pastor-kevin-swanson-homosexuality-bestiality-687939

MSC College Social Staff, 2014, Imagination, Animated Image, College Social, viewed 27 March 2014, http://college-social.com/maroon/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2014/02/world-without-books-gifs-imagination.gif

Swanson: “Frozen” Is Gay, Satanic Propaganda, 2014, radio clip, 12 March, Right Wing Watch, viewed 27 March 2014, https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138885433

karyn-filmfanatic, 2014, Animated Image, Tumblr, viewed 27 March 2014, https://31.media.tumblr.com/e4ec8e75b88e513aa78e6946da04ddd2/tumblr_inline_mzb8ghhrQO1regqev.gif

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Skype and The Development of 3D Video Calls.

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All You Need

All you need is a webcam, an internet connection and a computer or mobile device with a microphone and speakers. With these simple essentials, you can bring people far away a little closer. Since it’s release in August 2003, The freemium voice-over-IP service and instant messaging service, Skype has provided its consumers with easily accessible service and has been internationally recognised as the go to service for communication across distance and internet.

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The various functions of Skype messaging

This media platform grants the freedom to make an account and include its latest downloads, enable video and voice calls to anyone else on Skype, and Instant messaging and file sharing.  Users are also offered the opportunity for calls to mobile and landlines worldwide at low rates, send text messages from its Skype credit and hold conference video calls with up to 10 people.

ImageIn commemoration of Skype’s 10th anniversary, the company confirm its plans for developing the ability for 3D video calls in a BBC interview. Microsoft’s Corporate VP, Mark Gillett discussed that Skype labs has been working on producing both 3D capture and 3D display of video calls. They admire the progress being already made with TVs and computer monitor however predict that their idea will be realised within a decade. Despite its increasingly speedy advancements, the limitations of technology restricts their growth and there’s a requirement of testing and adjustment, to launch the 3D feature for live video calls via multiple cameras.

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Mark Gillett, Microsoft’s Corporate VP for Skype

Gillett states that Skype aspires to achieve more practical advances in the near future, such as incorporating its service into Microsoft’s Outlook email service and Windows 8.1 operating system, bringing 1080p video calls to devices and strengthening the mobile aspect. Taavet Hinrikus, Skype’s former marketing director expressed “Today companies like Whatsapp, Viber and others are leaders in the mobile communication space – that’s something that Skype has to fight hard to get back.” and believes that Skype should refocus on product improvement and customer satisfaction as opposed to corporate restructuring and ‘being bought and sold’

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Skype running on the PlayStation Portable and Vita handheld consoles

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prologue.

After agonising over waking up at 6am and dragging myself onto the train in hysterical fatigue, I attended my first day at UOW this Tuesday. It’s always either ‘Sleep is for the weak’ or ‘Sleep is for a week’. Of course, being the night owl that I am, I sacrificed breakfast for sleep and did my makeup on the ride from Sutherland. I’m just classy like that. After enduring my JAPA 243 lecture, I quickly learnt that one does not simply walk into a class with an empty stomach . The combination of silence, sitting in the middle of a room, and a roaring tummy isn’t exactly ideal. Turns out I also didn’t realise that we had to attend ARTS 100 in the first week. How very clever of me.

Now that I’ve established that I’m a dork, I guess I should introduce myself. My name is Tiffany Lao. I’m eighteen and it’s my first year at UOW. I’m studying Communication and Media (major in Digital Media) and International Studies (minor in Japanese & International Communication). In 2013, I graduated at Kirrawee High School and went to Enmore Design Centre to do a Screen and Media course. In 2011, I was in Sapporo, Japan as an AFS exchange student for a semester. My interests include YouTube, indie music, all day breakfast, and MBTI psychology. My pet is called Batman. Guess in the comments what he is. Or not, I’m not the boss.

I’m a tad bit concerned about using Twitter. Only used it to stalk Patrick Stump and KickthePJ and various other celebrities occasionally so far. What’s with this whole hashtag thing? Odd confession, It reminds me of burnt hash browns. #waitwhat #idonteven Click here to view my Twitter.

Why am I studying whatever it is that I’m studying? God knows. To not overwhelm myself by concerns of the future and growing up, I tend to distract myself with naps and tv. For now, I just hope I don’t finish work in the last minute and excessively start sentences with ‘I’. My brain is a procrastination station. Try to keep in mind that 99% is hard, but 100% is easy. My one true goal is to become:

I’ve always pictured my life up into this point to be the figurative prologue, the bland foundations of who I am today. Perhaps starting university and these new experiences and lifestyle will mark the beginning of chapter one.