The Mercury Prize 2016 was won by Skepta’s Konnichiwa which has succeeded independently of the music industry. It was self-released and doesn’t pander to the charts. It has been a huge hit and sees a resurgence of the grime genre. I think the fact that it was self-released is fascinating and perhaps we may well see more self-released artists doing well in the future.
You can read more at here on the BBC website
Like it, hate it, or don’t know what it is – Pokemon Go is certainly global and it is an emerging medium that will change how we engage with media. Merging real life places with augmented reality to find Pokemon, means that previously tied to computer gamers are walking – some of them miles if my son is anything to go by – to find various Pokemon, have battles with others and identify fellow Pokemon Go players.
Is it just a clever marketing ploy – or is it actually changing the future of our interactions with media?
See the CNN article about Pokemon Go
Star Trek has been written about for challenging stereotypes and pushing boundaries – in relation to both race and gender. The new series in 2017 will be available on television in the U.S. and in Canada (it will be available on Netflix for international audiences). The article below highlights debates around whether Star Trek is still pushing boundaries in relation to the character Sulu who is shown in a same-sex relationship and as a parent. A bold move or not? Will the new series ‘boldly go’ where it hasn’t gone before?
Link to article by Christine Gallagher about Star Trek
Over the years there have been questions raised about what should and should not be included in the Olympics which raises deeper questions about what is considered to be sport. Some of the definitions of sport include such things as competitiveness and athletic activity requiring skill – and of course there have been discussions about why some things are left out and others included. There have been discussions about whether yoga should be included or why some martial arts are not included. The link on my Facebook page below is about whether jousting should be included!
The Dalek that stands guard in the reception area of BBC Broadcasting House has found to have some helpful bacteria in the swab and send project.
The project asks people to take samples from their environments and to send them off for analysis in the hope of developing new antibiotics.
Clearly the bacteria on this Dalek have not been exterminated.
You can read more about this in the online article
The makers of board game Cluedo (a murder mystery game) have killed off Mrs White (a housekeeper) and replaced her with another female character called Dr Orchid. She is a biologist with a PhD in plant toxicology.
One of my students did their dissertation on the use of Hash tags on Twitter! The current hash tag that is trending is #RuinShakespeare which is providing some humorous mashed-up Shakespeare!
See the BBC News article for more
If ever there was an argument for more women being involved in politics, the response of Nicola Sturgeon to the unexpected EU Referendum last week is it. I am listening to her clear responses, assurances and purpose while writing this. It leaves me wondering where these things are for England? Read more detail at BBC News
This is a first – whilst this drama is going to air on the 28th June on BBC1, the entire series was released on 17th June on iPlayer! Binge watching is how many of us now watch TV!
The Living and the Dead box set to premiere exclusively on BBC iPlayer
From next month, according to the BBC, Sadiq Khan, the new mayor of London has pledged to ban advertisements that promote unrealistic body images on tubes, buses and trains in London. What do you think? Should such images be banned in other places as well? Do such images create anxieties about how we look? (Just one of the many different kinds of issues we explore in relation to Media and Culture).
You can read the BBC article by clicking on this link.