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”

Where Do You Draw The Line?

Censorship has an obvious presence in almost all parts of society, particularly media. But when it comes down to your own usage and presence in the wired world, where do you draw your own line?  When I was growing up, I was absolutely infuriated with the fact we were forbidden to watch Home and Away.Continue reading “Where Do You Draw The Line?”

Getting Smart About Research

Last week’s blog post was certainly a trip down memory lane, both for myself and my parents. Together we chatted, reminisced, laughed and debated – in space which was very positive and gratifying. Yet while it appeared on the surface I was having a casual chat and catch up with my family, what was happeningContinue reading “Getting Smart About Research”

Square Eyes

It’s 1978 and my parents, both about 13 at the time, sit eagerly in front of their whiz-bang, brand new colour television. Their living rooms are similar – the only television in the house perched in front of a couple of couches and a coffee table. Mum, completely enthralled by the moving colour pixels onContinue reading “Square Eyes”