wednesday, rupert murdoch owns the world

Contemporary Media Industries

Globalisation. A big scary word that always makes me think of Starbucks.

These brands a few examples of globalisation. You can go to the most far away country you can think of and probably find a Big Mac.

I remember when the first Starbucks arrived in Izmir. Anyone would have thought someone's life had been saved. Perhaps it had.

Mike also touched on the following points:

The idea of 'the Western World' being civilised and everywhere else is not as civilised. Where does that idea come from? Is it true? What makes it true? Whose perception of that makes it true?

"The Far East." Who is it far from? Not the countries near it. It is far from the West.
"The Third World." Who is the first and second? That is a question I have always pondered over and have always thought it is a very strange term.

I was chatting to someone the other day about how most people in the West don won't watch subtitled films. It is almost impossible to get any audience for them. It's changing in the UK a bit, what with The Killing and Borgen.

I would have to say thought that the West is not alone in their attitude to subtitled films. Turkey used to dub almost every English speaking film that came into the country. In contrast Sweden has always had a policy that every English speaking TV programme and film is subtitled into Swedish. I believe that the Swedes speak better English because of that policy.

Has America invaded our Television culture? Do we care? Does it matter any more?
Cosmetic eye surgery in Korea. Koreans have their eyes altered to look more Western. A terribly sad side-effect of globalisation?

At this point in the lecture my world was shaken up just a little bit when Mike showed us this:

It's a cool website that tells you who owns what company and what that company owns.
News Corp is owned by Rupert Murdoch. Check out all the channels. I had no idea he owned Baby TV! Poor babies...

Careers Lecture

If I am painfully honest I thought this was going to be a very boring lecture about how to write our CV and finding work experience.

Instead it was very informative, encouraging and got me thinking about my plans for the summer. I am a lot more careful about what work experience I go for these days. So much of the time you can end up spending more money then it's worth. Yes, sometimes it's an investment but more than often it's not.

I did go on the BBC work experience site after the talk and had a nosey. There were a couple of places that stood out. Unfortunately the one I really was interested in only takes graduates. BBC Film. I have never seen a work experience placement for BBC Film that takes on students.

One of the things Jane Simpson talked about was social media and how to use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to your advantage. She played us this great little video about how future employees could be watching you!

Can Facebook Help You Land A Job?