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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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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“Cutting the Cord” on traditional TV

The concept of ‘cutting the cord’ is cancelling and removing any paid cable TV services, such as Virgin, Sky, BT, etc. In 2008, 0.9 million US families relied solely on the internet for their tv viewing, but in 2017, 22.2 million families now relied on the internet, a 33.2% increase from previous year (Fry 2017, p.11). Some viewers see online paid subscription services, such as Netflix, Crunchyroll, Amazon Prime, Hayu and Hulu, as a more worthwhile payment than cable services for several reasons.

Device viewing has increased drastically in the last few years, people are now watching television shows on-the-go, or simply in their own homes while either in a room that doesn’t have a traditional TV set or while multitasking. There has been an uptake in apps on mobiles and tablets encouraging on-the-go viewing, such as Netflix’s download feature. Even the popular free video uploading service Youtube is introducing a Premium service where users can view without adverts and download videos for offline viewing.
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Freelance – ‘Shoe and Tell’ Workshop

From July to November of 2017 I took part in an exhibition about teenage identity and how a person’s shoes represent themselves. I was a photographer for Dr. Naomi Braithwaite at Nottingham Trent University, taking photos at one of her focus group discussions. I was a part of this focus group myself, discussing three pairs of my own shoes and how I felt that these represent my own identity.
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Photography – Wearable Electronics Workshop at NTU

On September 15 2017, I was the photographer for a fashion workshop about wearable electronics at Nottingham Trent University, run by Angharad Maclaran for her researchers; some staff were present, as well as PhD students (Advanced Textiles students and Engineering students). You can view my photos from this event here.

At the beginning of the workshop, everyone was introduced, as well as the subject matter. The ‘electric’ bra photographed below was bought on Amazon to conduct the teardown as part of the department’s research into wearable electronics.

Product Teardowns 

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My name is Emily Cole and I’m from Lichfield in Staffordshire. I am currently studying Media Culture & Production at Southampton Solent University. I previously studied Media, Photography, History and Psychology A Levels in sixth form at The Friary School.

My main interests are television and photography, and I have previously done freelance photography work for Nottingham Trent University, as well as having had some work published in local magazines and newspapers. However, I didn’t just want to focus on a degree exclusively in this field as I wanted to explore a wider range of media production as well as the cultural impact.