Ads promoting unrealistic body images banned on London Transport

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. 

How good is your grammar?

I saw this on the BBC website and thought you might find it useful/entertaining.  Suffice to say that English is  a language that seems (to me) to be full of contradictions. I see my children spelling things incorrectly because they sound correct – the joys of phonics (which didn’t work for me. I had to learn spellings by rote and memory)!

Follow the link below – if you can bear it (definitely not bare it)!!

Minecraft – more than a video game

Minecraft is more than a popular video game – as highlighted by the fact that computer scientists and amateurs are going to be able to use it to look at Artificial Intelligence (by July 2016). See the BBC article: Minecraft to run Artificial Intelligence Experiments 

This follows Minecraft having been made available to all Secondary Schools in Northern Ireland last year as highlighted in an Article in The Guardian: Minecraft Free For Every Secondary School in Northern Ireland. 

The Games BAFTA Awards

You may not have heard of the British Academy Games Awards which took place on 7th April 2016.  Some of the winners include Fallout 4 which won Best Game, as well as Her Story which collected three awards.  The Anime-inspired Ori and the Blind Forest  won a BAFTA for Artistic Achievement whilst the award for Best British Game went to Batman: Arkham Knight.

You can read about the other winners here on the BAFTA website 

The Guardian also notes that Independent titles dominated this years Games Awards

(link to The Guardian article).

April Fools 2016

Have you ever fallen for an April fool? I certainly have. My favourite so far today has been the one about a train carriage dedicated just for dogs, although the one about BMW inventing shoes to stop toddlers falling over comes close. I still remember thinking that dinosaurs had been brought back to life but I love the classic BBC one about the spaghetti harvest

See BBC website for the April Fools today so far

Should sports men and women be paid equally?

If we think about the history of sports, for example in football, sportsmen tended to have far more money invested in them, enabling better training and therefore more audiences wanting to watch such skill. Women, on the other hand, tended to have less money invested, and therefore less training and audiences (apart from exceptions such as Dick Kerr’s female footballers which had huge audiences but were subsequently banned from playing on League grounds by the FA).

What does less prize money for women tell women about their involvement in sports?


Who sits where on BBC Breakfast

It seems like a while ago that I wrote about how television newsreaders look (Audience responses to the physical appearance of newsreaders and Newsreaders as eye candy)

When writing those articles,  I wondered if we will ever see a grey haired female newsreader to match the grey haired male newsreaders. That still seems like a long way off compared to the alleged complaint made by Louis Minchin about being ‘up-seated’ by her new, younger colleague,


Surveillance Society

So this week I was teaching Surveillance in relation to ideas surrounding the Panopticon and television (particularly reality television). (This is on my TV Times module with the third years). Then we find what has been called the snooper’s charter in the news again which reinforces ideas about electronic surveillance in our contemporary surveillance society. 

Read about the Snooper’s Charter here Guardian article