How has TV changed society?

Is TV watching antisocial?

Some believe that binge watching is an antisocial act in today’s society, which doesn’t seem too farfetched. Binging is often an independent act, taking time away from the time that you could be spending with other people. After conducting interviews for my audio documentary, I gained some people’s opinions about binge watching. One reply said that they never binge watch with other people, because either they watch ahead or someone else does, and they wouldn’t even share this with their boyfriend. 

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How has the Birth of the Internet changed TV?

There were several points that I wanted to research in relation to my audio documentary surrounding the subject of how TV viewing has changed in the last fifty year since the birth of the internet.

Online Streaming 

Online streaming and on demand viewing is becoming increasingly popular with audiences today. It is a lot more desirable to be able to choose more specifically what you want to watch and when, rather than having to wait and watch a show at a certain time, often with advert breaks throughout.
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Reflecting on Audio from First Year

Before I began creating my audio documentary, I looked back on my feedback from my previous audio assignment to reflect on this so I know how to improve my work in the future. For my audio piece last year, I received an A4, which I was very happy with. I also received some very useful constructive criticism, which I will use to hopefully create a higher quality audio piece this year.

“A really good effort that manages to fulfil all the criteria that I asked to students to meet. It is well engineered, thoughtfully constructed and gives a good insight into the society.”

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Making a Documentary

I am currently in the process of creating an audio documentary about how the internet has affected tv viewing in the last 50 years. While I have previously made a video Meta Documentary, I haven’t made an audio documentary before. To start off the process of making my documentary, there were several things I needed to consider.

Initial ideas

The brief I was given was to create an audio documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of the internet. Because this was a very wide brief, I started by creating a mind map of my initial ideas, and from this I decided to create my documentary about online streaming.
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What is Documentary and Molly Dineen

What is documentary

One of the key media forms that people go to when interested in learning about a subject is documentaries. Because of this, a lot of documentaries will present themselves as fact to their audience.

While most documentaries will conduct thorough research into their subject matter before sharing a film with an audience, there are other filmmakers that will not have done such in-depth work and will present their own opinion as fact.

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Documentary Podcast

‘Short cuts – Witness’

‘Josie Long hears stories of bearing witness – from glimpsing the moment a parent changes to escaping a violent storm.’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08v09km

Structure/effectiveness – Split into three main sections – separate stories related by the episode title – ‘Witness’. Roughly split into thirds and broken up by a narrator/host. Opens with music/theme song, including tag line – ‘brief encounters, true stories’. Introduction from the host includes pull quotes from the last two segments. Documentary style, not interviews, but speakers will have been given questions/subjects to answer/guidance. The majority of the show is single person narrator, never people talking to each other when more than one person. Narrator ends each segment by summarising/concluding the story as well as information about who was talking and who they were talking to. Continue reading “Documentary Podcast”