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Indiana Jones and the Lost Audience Collective

I was about to head out for a walk during the Christmas holidays when I noticed that my brothers were watching the tail end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. I hung around to catch the bit where the ark erupts and melts the Nazis. When the film ended it was announced that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom would be on the following day at lunch time. We thought this was great and said we’d make a point of watching it. As it turns out we missed it. One of my brothers later said it was a pity that we hadn’t caught it.

Humour greases the wheels of cultural production

Humour plays an important part in efficient media production. Media work consists largely of emotional labour. That is, more than physical tasks that are independent of someone’s state of mind, media work often requires giving of one’s self to provide an emotional performance. This is obvious with actors and presenters but it is equally true of producers, directors, floor managers and so on. As media workers often point out, production depends on a particular emotional tone that avoids overt conflict.

A Personal Medium? Myeh

I’ve heard a few people say recently that twitter, Facebook and so on, are intrinsically ‘personal’ media. That is, for anyone to pay attention, you need to reveal something of your self through your postings and uploads. This seems to be the accepted ‘common sense’ on social media. We need to expose our selves to create interest among others.


It's not telly, it's football

Media academics don’t spend much time thinking about sport. Televised football is a case in point. Watching football is not seen as watching television. It is seen as ‘sport’. I heard a story recently about a lad who, on a first encounter with his girlfriend’s family, cut dinner short to go and watch a match, on his own. The family thought this was OK. Can you imagine somebody doing the same thing to watch any other type of programme without being considered to be ignorant or psychotic? ‘He left dinner to watch television on his own’. No danger of a second invitation there.