404 on your Media Studies link, Geoff. You need to take the public address part of the URL out.
Apologies for being such a klutz. I just did the old double square brackets thing. If I can't fix it, I guess people can do a cut-and-paste if they want to access the website. But they should look at the offerings of other unis too.
My six year old wouldn't know what a radio was or how to turn it on and tune it
You really should introduce him to the joys of radio, to add to the joys of newer media. I added a turntable to my stereo system, just so my children could hear what vinyl sounded like. Just like I show Citizen Kane to my students or play them Bo Diddley's 1955 recordings, so they can share the rich heritage I grew up (there is an echo here of some of the arguments been made upstream in this thread?).
Media Studies covers a universe of possibilities. Indeed, I argue that it is the subject that fits best in the vanguard of changes in technology, production, distribution and consumption. Take a look at our website http://www.waikato.ac.nz/film, or the Media Studies community on the mega-education TKI site. Unfortunately we don't do nights but there are web-delivery options.
Robbie: I do acknowledge that change is happening but I don't believe it is as seismic a shift nor as dramatic as much of the rhetoric claims. This is based less than on what my children have done/are doing, than on the research I have been involved in, the hundred of students I encounter every semester, what my wife tells me (she teaches media in a large girls' school), what the network of media teachers around the country tell me.
Dunno eh but i doubt it. kids these days (just going from my own) don't do radio so are you suggesting it's an adult acquired taste they'll develop in later life ?
Well, the research that Ruth Zanker and I have done on the media use of 8-13 year olds (two different studies, in both the North & South Islands, with a pretty substantial n in both cases) does show that radio is still important to this age group (as is TV). On a personal level, my 16 year old daughter has a radio on all the time, and we have regular battles over the car radio.
I look forward to the Media 7 debate tonight.
Russell: is the 54 minute slot for Media 7 to be shared with The Ad Show every week?
Do you honestly think radio will still be around in 20 years time ?
I will bet you $100 that it will be. You can collect from my estate, if I am proven wrong and not around to deliver ;-)
Radio is ideally suited to ordinary days and extraordinary days. I suspect my prized Sony wind-up radio will be very handy in an emergency.
Oh god. I feel so feeble-minded. Sorry.
This conversation has been so fast and furious, misinterpretation is quite likely. I have already misremembered. I don't recall another recent thread which has attracted this level of response and views.
Hey, that's *my* soul station, Geoff! I am brandishing my brick from the Stax building as we speak.
Grovel, grovel. I will beat myself over the head with a stack of student essays. Of course it is!! I could send you my ticket stub from the Al Green concert as an act of contrition.
Geoff, as a Media Studies expert, what do you think of the Facebook phenomenon of Save Radio NZ.
Hmm. "Expert' Never did like that word. I think FB can prove its worth in such times but I wonder what political impact it might be having. Certainly the comments on FB have not been of the same calibre as the commentaries here.
I know it's me but I'm buggered if I can find that comment.
Gio: it is back there, as a general refrain. I just don't want to personalise things, when it is the ideas which are so important here.
Well put, Ben. I have been persuaded by some--but not all of the cases being put forward here. Privately, I still think there is something wrong (and a wee bit arrogant) about privileging one music genre over another. Nevertheless, publically I would most probably defend the continuing existence of Concert FM if it is shown to be serving a public godo, its demise would cause great concern, people would be out of a job etc. As a compromise position, I would also support sensitive and appropriate underwriting or commercial sponsorship.