The Big Screen- Public Enemy or Private Stage

11 Aug

Society consumption of media and space is a fascinating demonstration of contradiction. Why is it that we as a society can choose to display an unapproachable façade; closed off and introverted while inhabiting a public space such as travelling on public transport, yet are welcoming and carefree when circulating our personal details via social media whilst in our own private space? Realistically, both our public and private audiences share an unfamiliar association as strangers. So what is preventing this confident private media conveyance being relayed to those present in our public domain? Habitually, public space or communal transport exposes the vulnerability of the consumer while private space or social media, Facebook portrays a safe place or free speech. This week’s lecture and tutorial we discussed media consumption and its reflection towards society’s differing assumptions regarding space; public and private.

This paradox regarding media in public spaces can be observed with the consumer’s use of iPods! What do we listen to when sitting in a public area, when we are exposed, on show to the world?  Is it the same music when we have our earphones in, when we are in our safe haven of our head, in our own world? Fes up, we all listen to the unthinkable, ‘One Direction’,’ Taylor Swift’ on our IPods, don’t judge me.

A simple trip to watch your favourite public cinema falls into a similar media/ space anomaly. Predominately, the cinema is a public space, where individuals can buy a movie ticket and partake in this digital experience with strangers.  Alternatively, the cinema set-up promotes a private space with individual setting and an elevated screen where individuals can respond as if you were the only one there. On reflection, this digital concept of promoting media on a public scale; is it confronting as being a passenger on public transport or exciting as enjoying a movie at the cinema.

A blog by McQuire discusses electronic media where television screens leave the privacy of home, relocates to public city structures and the implications on society’s relationships through the distributed global networks created through convergence.

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McQuire investigates the control and media filtering of formal advertising screens and then compares the creative use of the screens  for ‘ Body Movies’ to produce interactive content and enforcing a relationship with the participants. This projection model promoted up to 50 strangers to contribute ‘a delicate balance between personal participation and collective interaction’ on a public scale.

Ideally, media and public space doesn’t have to be a conformed, confronting advertisement which tells society how to behave but can be creative and alternate; a bonding experience.

 There’s a thought, until we blog again 🙂

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