DIS/CONNECT: on Digital Division & Diasporas

Diasporic media can be broadly defined as media forms which interweave multiple cultural elements to create a production which is relevant and appealing to people from numerous ethnic and cultural backgrounds. According to Khorana (2016), “marginalisation and stereotyping of racialised communities makes diasporic media vital”. Diaspora enables us to “study some of the ways inContinue reading “DIS/CONNECT: on Digital Division & Diasporas”

What Eurovision Can Teach Us About Cultural Citizenship

Undoubtedly, the way in which we consume television media in recent years has undergone a dramatic evolution. With the aid of globalisation and the internet, our sense of cultural citizenship has flourished, particularly considering that free to air television, regardless of circumstance or wealth, is generally accessible to most people. In this respect, the publicContinue reading “What Eurovision Can Teach Us About Cultural Citizenship”

About Quantity; and Quality

How would you define “quality” television? Is it something that makes you laugh? Makes you think? Or perhaps something that’s easy to watch and requires minimal deliberation? In his book “Television’s Second Golden Age”, Thompson (1997) described quality TV as ‘best defined by what it is not’: ‘it is not “regular” TV’. From a scholarlyContinue reading “About Quantity; and Quality”

Reality Television Remakes: Transnational Television & Cultural Proximity

For as long as I can remember, reality television in our home has been looked upon with such a strong sense of distaste that I’ve never truly developed an appreciation of its potential. The voice of my father grumbling “turn this crap off” at any glimpse of Big Brother or The Bachelor is still soContinue reading “Reality Television Remakes: Transnational Television & Cultural Proximity”