As a previous virgin-blogger, this exercise has been an incredible learning journey; one guided and inspired by the blogs of my peers. I have learnt a lot about blogging, as a new style of writing, communicating… and venting, from my fellow classmates such as Mitch Churi and Anna Bowen.
Interacting with the blogs of others has also helped cement my understanding of the topics we cover each week. Week after week we cover so much content and touch on so many ideas that it is interesting to read the interpretations of other BCM110 students.
So to finalise my BCM110 blogging journey, I present to you, this week’s post.
Stanley Cohen describes a societies tendency to delve into periods of ‘moral panic’ (Cohen, 1972). Of late, there has been this moral panic relating to children and the media, in particular, centralised around the notion of the sexualisation of children. So, cue Miley Cyrus? For years, the child star was seen as a respectable role model for her young fans. But as a young woman, she has tried to cut all ties to her adolescent life, exemplified in her very sexualised MVA performance alongside Robin Thicke. On a relatable note, The Young Turks present an oppositional, ‘blasé’ view of Miley’s performance, which I found funny and relatable to my own opinion.
For me, the issue with Miley’s performance was not her actions but the complete neglect for her young, impressionable fans.
I’m not a huge Miley fan, but I don’t believe that a 20-year-old woman should be held accountable, for everyone else’s issues. My studies over the past few weeks have only confirmed my belief that the media, and its contents should not be held solely responsible for all of society’s mistakes.
This is the key concern, I feel, for children and their interaction with the media- that they are impressionable. When you are impressionable you are easily exploited. Children raise such a panic because they are seen as a target for exploitation. But is it always the media that is doing the exploiting? Programs such as Toddlers and Tiara’s (a guilty pleasure of mine) show that parents are willing to use the media to exploit their own children for a profitable gain, even against the child’s own will.
This blogging exercise has been an amazing starting point to my Communications and Media studies journey- not only building on my current beliefs, but also opening my mind up to new opinions and concepts, which will be developed upon as my studies continue.
Cohen, S 1972, Moral Panics