Thursday, 16 August 2012

Week Six: 'Alternative Media'?

Source: Click
What I think is the issue with people discussing Al Jazzera is that people are treating the programs and its content like it's 'alternative' to the Western media. Hence our problem again; we're still in the mindset of 'us' and 'them' in regards to the Middle East.

All media is subjective. All topic matter is subjective, and from whatever region is subjective. But we're still being steered in the direction of what is thought to be 'appropriate' news matter. We hear of shopping controversies on shows like A Current Affair that are not really news - but these stories are fast becoming the norm. Since when are we to absolutely judge television and its content?

There are even channels like SBS here in Australia that provide news from multiple countries and languages; Greek, Italian, Indian, Lebanese, the list goes on. Could these programs be judged as absolutely?

As Sun points out (2002, p.119), many diasporic groups in the contemporary global context use the Internet for community-building. Does this not apply to television programs? How can building a sense of community, for those who belong to a different country, be a bad thing?

And this is where another gap emerges, the 'race' gap. Even in trying to maintain all communities fairly, there will sadly be no room to deplete racism. Paradigms are difficult to shift for most people, and the one of race doesn't seem to be vanishing soon enough.

Sun, W 2002, ‘Fantasizing the homeland, the internet, memory and exilic longings’, Leaving China: media, migration, and transnational imagination, Rowan & Littlefield, Lanham, Md., pp. 113–36.

1 comment:

  1. This piece has been written with great enthusiasm and energy by the author; however as a downfall to this vitality at points her blog seems to become scattered and hard to follow. At times it seems that the author ‘chops and changes’ ideas and therefore doesn’t bring out the potential full argument of an issue or key point. This aside the author has managed to bring out some alternative viewpoints on the issue, with the authors argument that highlights our ‘us’ and ‘them’ standpoint and the idea that Western media is ‘correct’. In future weeks the author could choose to narrow down the multiple key points discussed, choosing to focus on just one which would allow for a great debate.