It has taken me quite a while to be able to muster up something to write about for week 5’s lecture topic of a mediated public sphere. I didn’t really understand the lecture to begin with and as I kept trying to read my notes over and over, I realised it still wasn’t helping. I then decided to have a look on my tutor’s blog as she uploads the weekly tasks we are meant to partake in and through that, I was able to find an issue to talk about through this blog post.
A Mediated Public Sphere is defined as by McKee (2004) as ‘a metaphor for thinking about how individuals come together to exchange an idea, information and feelings about what matters to them in a liberal society’. This definition helped me to understand exactly what a mediated public sphere is and also, how to go about this blog post.
In television shows such as Q&A, information and feelings on certain issues are spoken about between a panel and an audience. An issue that I thought many people would have opinions and special feelings about was the Sydney Siege that happened in late 2014.
A person that I like to watch when it comes to news events is Russell Brand. His YouTube channel “The Trews” aids in giving his audience a different view on events than what the media is showing everyone, he analyses and gives the honest truth and portrays the way in which we should be thinking about worldly matters. So, when looking for information about the Sydney Siege as inspiration for my blog post, I turned to Russell.
#illridewithyou went viral on the day of the Sydney Siege, with over 120,000 tweets being sent out on Twitter. This experience that Australia went through as a nation arose many issues in the public. Issues that can be seen from this event are:
- A nation bonding
- Media Ownership and how it affects the way in which the nation understood the event that took place
- The gunman’s past criminal and mental instabilities
Through this, I see how media ownership and a mediated public sphere morph together to create discussion. On the day of the siege, Rupert Murdoch sent out this tweet:
This tweet seems to show that Murdoch doesn’t really care about what’s going on, nor is he sending his sympathies. The newspaper’s that Murdoch owns, including England’s ‘The Sun’ used the attackers past criminal offences as their headlines instead of making it about the actual event. This then showing just how media ownership can cause a discussion in a mediated public sphere about why the attacker wasn’t locked up before instead of what is actually taking place. However, that could also lead to a discussion which can tie into political and law issues of Australia that may also be a good debate.
I believe the nation did well in protecting and accepting one another and although the media can sometimes twist a story, we as Australian’s stood up for one another and that’s something that we can all be proud of.
– The Australian, 2014, Sydney Siege, 14/04/15, http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/5976704-16×9-940×529.jpg
– ABC, 2014, Q&A, 14/04/15, http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/
– Russell Brand, 2014, Don’t Let Sydney Siege Claim Your Freedom: Russell Brand The Trews (E212), YouTube, 14/04/15, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ8ZYAvWTxo
– Brittany Rupert, 16/12/14, Martin Place Siege: #illridewithyou hashtag goes viral, Sydney Morning Herald, 14/04/15, http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/martin-place-siege-illridewithyou-hashtag-goes-viral-20141216-127rm1.html
– Wikipedia, 10 April 2015, The Sun (United Kingdom), 14/04/15, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sun_%28United_Kingdom%29
– John Donegan, 18/12/14, Sydney siege: photos show community tributes to those affected, hostages fleeing Lindt cafe, ABC, viewed 14/04/15, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-15/sydney-siege-photographs-of-hostage-situation/5969010
– BBC, 16/12/14, Sydney siege: Rupert Murdoch congrats tweet criticised as ‘heartless’, viewed on 14/04/15, http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/30492335
– TrulyDeeply, 22/12/14, #illridewithyoutweets, viewed on 16/04/15, http://www.trulydeeply.com.au/madly/files/2014/12/ill-ride-with-you-tweets.jpg