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Music and Resistance

Music is one of the most common forms of social and political resistance. Barrett states that “powerful songs have always been the engine behind the greatest social movements” (2014 para.10). Music has often lead to political/social resistance and reforms. In the 1970’s Afro Beat music protested the oil company regime of Nigeria, and rallied against… Continue reading Music and Resistance

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Crossover Film: Diasporic and Inter-Cultural Cinema

The dislocating effects of globalization, such as migrating culture, are a subtext to diasporic cinema (Film Reference 2016). Diasporic cinema often represents themes related to this, Naficy regarding it as an “aesthetic response to displacement” and the plights of ‘affected’ social minorities and marginalised groups (Berghahn 2006, p. 141). For instance, Tefvik Baser’s films such as Farewell to… Continue reading Crossover Film: Diasporic and Inter-Cultural Cinema

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Internationalising Education and Cultural Competence

“International education is not the rich intercultural experience it could be” (Marginson 2012).   Lack of interaction between international and local students, cultural misunderstandings and communication difficulties contribute greatly to this. Australian colloquialisms, for instance, often exclude international students accustomed to formal English (Kell and Vogl 2006, p.5). Furthermore, the Australian drinking culture makes interaction… Continue reading Internationalising Education and Cultural Competence

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“Remote” Control?

Henry Jenkins (2006, p.282) regards media convergence as “the flow of content across multiple media platforms...and the migratory behaviour of media audiences...”. Media convergence has transformed media and the audiences’ interaction with it. Sonja Livingston states “leisure is increasingly focused on the media rich home” (Livingston 2003, p.2). Media convergence has allowed for access to… Continue reading “Remote” Control?

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Keira Knightley’s Topless Protest Against Photoshopping

Keira Knightley's unedited, topless photo-shoot for 'Interview Magazine' boldly protested against photo-shopping after the unexplained enhancement of her breasts for promotional posters of “King Arthur”. Despite the image's controversy, the connotations (signifieds) of Knightley's proud display of her unedited appearance (especially after her previous shoot with Interview Magazine – to the right) went a long… Continue reading Keira Knightley’s Topless Protest Against Photoshopping

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Anti-Social Media

Social media's dense networking and ease of international connection has connected humanity like never before; ensuring common knowledge of international/national affairs, and the opportunity to rally for or against them in a powerfully unified voice. Nonetheless, social studies encouraged by anxieties concerning our increasing dependence on social media, indicate possible negative repercussions to our 'real-life'… Continue reading Anti-Social Media