Does Social Media affect you?

How does social media affect your social life? I know many people try to be nonchalant about the affect it has on them, that they don’t stare and scroll endlessly at their Facebook news feed. What is lying underneath the surface? Has looking through your significant others messages ruined your relationship? Have you totally ignored your friends while out because you were liking pictures on Instagram?

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My BCM210 group of Suzanne, Bronte, William and I thought that this top would be especially interesting as we would be surveying students in Gen Y, the tech generation, and this would be incredibly relevant for our age group. The 10 questions we have chosen are as follows:

1. Age 15-18  19-25  26-30  31-35  36+
2. Are you Male/Female/Other?
3. How many of these social media platforms are you active (please tick) Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pintrest
4. How many hours a day do you spend on Social Media? 0-2 3-4 5-6 7-8 10+
5. If you are in a relationship, do you present that online? (Facebook status or other means) Y/N
6. How many Facebook friends do you have? 0-200 201-400 401-600 601-800 801-1000 1001+
7. Do you prefer to text someone or speak to them face to face? Text/F2F
8. Are you texter or a caller or neither? Text/Call/NA
9. What information do you allow the public to see? Please answer below.                                                     10.
Do you think your time online affects your friend/relationships negatively or positively? Please answer below.

These Interview questions are open and close ended and have been adapted from our survey questions for Assignment 2. I interviewed 20 students for this survey and five participated in a focus group. The results proved that the majority of respondents are of Gen Y, as predicted, and that 82% of the people that answered keep their information private to their friends only. It was interesting to see that the participants who had more than 600 friends spent more than 5 hours on Social Media Platforms a day. The minority of participants over 31 were mostly, 93%, more obliged to call than text and 64% More inclined to speak face to face than through text, opposing the younger age groups answers.

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I think it will be very interesting to see the responses to our group’s survey and if they differ from this interview style of questioning. I believe that no matter how much you use Social Media, if you use it- it will affect the way you interact socially and furthermore, your social life, whether it’s beneficial or detrimental.


D’OH! The Simpsons/Griffin Crossover

The Simpsons, the much-loved hit American sitcom cartoon that has graced TV screens globally for over 20 years. The show which I’m sure you’re familiar with, has seen much criticism over the years for snide remarks on major corporations and nations. One particular episode in which the show took on a cross over with the also popular show, Family Guy, incited outrage globally when it featured a rape joke. It’s not the first joke that has thought to be taken too far on Family Guy or The Simpsons but definitely one of the most offensive.

This video shows the scene in the crossover episode that aired late September last year (2014) and another offensive remark Family Guy has made on Sarah Palin. The two immensely popular shows are renowned for their gutsy comments on political debates and corporations such as FOX and FOX news, and they can be hilarious! On the other hand, it’s very easy to argue that they have taken the jokes and comments in this September episode way too far. As stated in the video above, the Parents Television Council had a press release on their website, for the writers to take the comment out of the television show and that rape “is never a laughing matter”.  Both FOX and Seth MacFarlane, writer of Family Guy are not commenting on this criticism, which doesn’t help his case.

The long-loved TV shows’ ratings may be taking a tumble after this episode and episode’s similar to this, with content of unnecessary dark humour air all around the world. ” A myriad of outraged fans have already taken to the web to write articles and blogs on why they will no longer be watching. One blogger quite harshly states that “It’s still a joke about rape and the creators of “The Simpsons” should know better than to associate themselves with it or with the makers of a vacuous rip-off which revels in such “humour” on a weekly basis,” they also state that [for them] “it’s depressing to see a once-great show sell its soul to pander to the fans of its own oafish and heartless imitator. In some people’s opinions The Simpsons and Family guy more so, are now the WORST. SHOWS. EVER.


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Research all of the things!

Research! What is it? and what’s the difference between media research, cultural research and scholarly research, well let me break it down.


Research is something we do every single day of our lives. Talking to friends, searching for opinions on people, places, thing, it’s as simple as logging onto the Urbanspoon app and looking up how many stars your local restaurant has. It’s as simple as asking your uni best friend what the subject BCM210 was like and if the tutors are easy-going. It’s all about searching for and finding the information you want or need. Research, according to Berger is “the most valuable course students take”, it helps us to build the fundamentals of many other kinds of research. This way of researching “is often flawed – intuitive, common sense, casual and selective” (McCutcheon, M. 2015)

Media research is based on framework of qualitative and quantitative research. in our tutorials this week, we watched part of an episode of one of Heston Blumenthal’s cooking shows on Lifestyle Food, in which he undertakes both form of media research to reinvent a classic dish. Duck a l’orange is a classic French dish that has a long history in the UK, in this episode Heston delves into the history, the easier recipe, the traditional recipe and then his own fun and colourful take on the meal. He perfectly demonstrates both qualitative and quantitative research in this episode, by receiving data from a tasting panel as well as taste tests held for individuals on the streets.

Research-Meme-Blog-Content-300x247Research we do at university is more systematic, more objective and scholarly research. It is not looking up what “The dress” viral phenomenon is on wikipedia.  It is more careful and more concerned with being objective and truthful. The focus of this kind of research is knowledge about the real world, not the personal and casual world. Scholarly research can be qualitative, quantitative or partially both. (McCutcheon, M. 2015)


There are many different areas of research and sub-divisions on the topic, and it can be hard to choose what are you would like to research and how. Research is a very broad and complex thing, and there are a myriad of ways to do it.


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