KIDS! What the hell is up with them? It seems like every day we’re in a panic over our offspring. Why are they so fat? Why are they so materialistic? Why are they skipping school? Why are they growing up faster than before? How do we make them stop? Well if the media is to be believed then it’s the fault of the media. Okay well that’s great, how am I supposed to stop being frightened?
Here’s my suggestion for what to do about our children. Sit down with them, engage in an open and frank discussion about whatever is concerning both of you, then together you can take every news story trying to fuel moral panic about children and hurl it into the nearest convenient ravine. Joanne Faulkner (2010) examines this idea of “childhood innocence” and argues that it’s this collective investment we have as adults in this construct that ought to be scrutinized, because it is a construct that is marketed to adults who want desperately for the world to be simple and undemanding again. All these moral panics surrounding children make me think back on my first post on here, which scrutinized the effects model in relation to Breaking Bad. Rather than deciding from the outset that media causes problems and trying to link them to our children’s perceived problems, we should be trying to foster a relationship between parent and child that allows problems and concerns to be openly discussed (Faulkner, 2010).
So now that the BCM110 blogging journey is over, what have we learnt? We’ve learnt that democracy is compromised by a concentrated media. We’ve learnt that the media is central to debate in the public sphere and that 10 O’Clock Live probably does more to encourage debate than harm it. We learnt semiotics allows the name “Dolly” to mean so many different things to so many different people, at many different layers. And we learnt that the only thing about Breaking Bad that’s likely to make anyone turn to drug use is the misogynistic sections of the show’s fan base.
Finally we’ve learnt that it’s difficult to be concise, entertaining and informative in less than 300 words and that I make bad first impressions.
Faulkner, J 2010, ‘the Innocence fetish: The Commodification and Sexualisation of Children in the Media and Popular Culture’ media International Australia, No 135, pp. 106-117.