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Regulation and representation: M&S November 28, 2009

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Great story to think about when talking about media regulation as well as representation issues here. You know that M&S Christmas ad that’s on every five minutes with “that girl prancing around in her underwear”? Well it’s currently under investigation by the ASA after a total of eight complaints were received (remember, they only need one) arguing that the ads were demeaning to women.

What’s your thoughts on this one? Would it be offensive if a female “celebrity” wanted a man prancing around in his under? Or does the exclusion of such simply help to reinforce patriarchy?

A2 Digital media – watch what you say! November 20, 2009

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There’s a great post on this blog which tells the story of a school teacher who posted a comment on a website and was very quickly fired. Great timing for us as this demonstrates just how digital media can actually backfire for some.

We discussed the other day how Citizen Journalism can add to the impact of a news story, and this is an example of how sometimes it can severely backfire. Many people still think of the internet as an anonymous place where anything goes, and this story clearly illustrates that when it comes to contributing to the internet, you must watch your words.

Do any of you have any stories about people who may have got into trouble whilst posting stuff on blogs at work?

Women in rock November 20, 2009

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There’s a great piece up on the media week website all about the appoinment of a new female editor to Kerrang! magazine, meaning that both the leading music publications are now headed by women (with the NME editor Krissi Murison).

AS students in particular, have a read of the article and take note of the big publishers that are mentioned.

Full article can be read here.

Power to the people? November 15, 2009

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There’s a great article on the Guardian website about the Jacqui Janes story this week whereby the Prime Minister wrote a letter to Mrs Janes, apologising for the death of her son in service. Bumbling Brown mispelt Mrs Janes name, and in an attempt to get her point across she recorded a private phone call with Brown, who called to apologise for the mispelling on the apology. Anyone seeing a pattern here?

We’ve talked about privacy law before, and if you read the transcript of the conversation between Brown and Mrs Janes, you’ll realise that privacy law does not apply to Prime Ministers, who despite being put on the spot, in private are still completely inept at answering a straightforward question.

Would this conversation ever have happened had The Sun not switched their support to Conservative earlier this year? It’s a very long article but well worth the read if you need some brushing up on ownership issues. Click here to read. Comments all welcome.