Thursday, 30 June 2011

News at MySpace!!! And BskyB...

Bought for $580m, sold for $35m: Murdoch cuts his MySpace losses
By Stephen Foley in New York
Rupert Murdoch's six-year stewardship of the social-networking pioneer MySpace reached its ignominious end last night as the media mogul sold the company for less than one-tenth of the price he paid for it.
Read the Independent article here.

Justin Timberlake buys his own social network with Myspace investment
Singer turned actor Justin Timberlake takes a stake in $35m purchase of Myspace from News Corp
Read the Guardian article here.

Meanwhile, Murdoch has also been busy on the BskyB front.
Rupert Murdoch BSkyB takeover gets government go-ahead
Read the bbc online report here.
(And watch the video: Jeremy Hunt says the deal ensures Sky News will be 'more independent')

Monday, 20 June 2011

Onwards and Upwards

AS and A2 exams done! AS students back to start their A2 course...
Great stuff!
Best wishes to everyone!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

AS Exam done and dusted!

We hope you liked the paper!!! See you all soon to get started on the the A2 Music video unit!

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Summer Day Camp and Summer Residential - ACT2CAM

This sounds great, though it's not that cheap... It is slightly cheaper if booked before Easter and can get you a qualification by the end of the course that credits you with UCAS points. Visit their home page for details and download the application form! Summer Day camp Summer Residential

Friday, 25 March 2011

David Dimbleby questions wisdom of televised party leader debates

Question Time host warns that people could 'come to regret' the advent of the electoral TV debates
Read it all here.

We have discussed this briefly... Are these televised debates a step towards more democratisation or just dumbing down and / or a reduced debate/personality contest?

Friday, 18 March 2011

What is multiculturalism? – video

What is multiculturalism? David Cameron and Angela Merkel have both announced the failure of multiculturalism. The Guardian's Jonathan Freedland and Matthias Matussek of Der Spiegel talk about the implications of their statements
Read and watch the video here.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Gaddafi-controlled media wages propaganda war

Libyan rebels portrayed as rats as Gaddafi regime uses blackout of alternative media to step up fight against opposition

Read full story here.

US spy operation that manipulates social media

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media
Exclusive: Military's 'sock puppet' software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda

Read the story here.

Monday, 14 March 2011

The 2011 Student Media awards have now launched!

Entries open for the Guardian Student Media awards 2011
The student protests that engulfed the streets of London during last year's Guardian Student Media Awards ceremony have since dissipated. But the sense of betrayal and anger that led to them has not.

For that reason, this year's Student Media Awards are likely to attract some of the most spiritedwriting since Andrew Rawnsley and Jonathan Freedland picked up gongs. "In the current climate of cuts to higher education and swathes of politically active students, now more than ever is a great time for student journalism," says Camilla Turner, a student at Oxford University and last year's reporter of the year. "It's really important for students to express their feelings about what's being enforced, do some great journalism and get across the sense of how students still feel." Turner won the award for her exposés of a college expenses scandal, and reports on a student who faked his way into Oxford University. She now edits Cherwell, Oxford's student newspaper, and her plans include applying for a work placement at News International and an internship at the Financial Times.

The annual awards open for their 33rd year today, and the landscape for young journalists has rarely looked more uncertain. Alan Rusbridger, the editor-in-chief of the Guardian and an awards judge, said in November it was a "great time to be a journalist", albeit at a "fantastically insecure moment".

"Journalism is there to be redefined," Rusbridger told last year's winners. "The whole ecosystem of information is there to be reimagined and I can't see any reason why you shouldn't do it."

Go to the Homepage
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Monday, 7 March 2011

Year 12/13 Progress Checks by next week (starting 14.3.11)

If you haven't been working hard enough, you have a few days to catch up and try and improve your grade...

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Clip joint: libraries (videos - classic scenes)

Sacred, spooky, sexy locations ... just three more reasons to save our libraries, which never do things by the book on screen

View article and film extracts here. Have you all seen the Breakfast Club? Classic!

Thursday, 10 February 2011

4th BFI Film Festival - 12th 13th February!

For 15 - 25 year olds who love film

Catch the hottest new films from the next generation of UK filmmakers. Pick up essential skills from a range of workshops and masterclasses or just hang out with other film fans and film industry professionals. Follow this link.

Future Film is an exciting way for 15 - 25 year olds to get involved with the BFI through a regular programme of screenings, special events and an annual festival.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Film Industry - Can the Oscars Save the UK Film Council?

You might know that UK Film Council has lost the support of the government and will no longer be funded as a result of 'the cuts'.

To get an idea of how important they were to the UK film industry, look at this:
10 Best UK Film Council Projects
A Decade Of Homegrown Hits From The Cancelled Council

Now look at this article titled 'Can the Oscars Save The UK Film Council?'

Visit UK Film Council Website - watch their video explaining what their role has been in the film industry.

Friday, 4 February 2011

What some 1st year undergrads think their Media education is about

Media and Democracy - WikiLeaks has created a new media landscape

WikiLeaks has created a new media landscape (Guardian online article)

By avoiding national secrecy laws, WikiLeaks has begun a publishing trend that no regime can stop
Read the full article here.

WikiLeaks affects one of the key tensions in democracies: the government needs to be able to keep secrets, but citizens need to know what is being done in our name. These requirements are fundamental and incompatible; like the trade-offs between privacy and security, or liberty and equality, different countries in different eras find different ways to negotiate those competing needs.

In the case of state secrets v citizen oversight, however, there is one constant risk: since deciding what is a secret is itself a secret, there is always a risk that the government will simply hide an increasing amount of material of public concern. One response to this risk is the leaker, someone who believes that key elements of political life are being wrongly kept from public view, and who circulates that material on his or her own.

Because this tension between governments and leakers is so important, and because WikiLeaks so dramatically helps leakers, it isn't just a new entrant in the existing media landscape. Its arrival creates a new landscape.

This transformation is under-appreciated. The press often covers WikiLeaks as a series of unfortunate events, one crisis or scandal after another. And Julian Assange, of course, is catnip – brilliant, opinionated, a monocle and a Persian cat away from looking like a Bond villain. The press has covered him as dutifully as any movie star, while paying too little attention to what his invention means about the wider world.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Rupert Murdoch unveils next step in media empire – the iPad 'newspaper'

The Daily, a digital-only venture, 'combines surprise of newspapers with versatility of new technology'

Full Guardian article here.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

The film endings they had to change!

From 'Yahoo movies' pages, here is a list of films which did not entirely go to plan - in the end, they had to change / re-shoot the final scenes (including I am Legend)

Take a look here.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Facebook: it's OK, you're among friends ... and bullies

Digital pioneers dreamed of online identities flourishing free of mundane prejudice. It seems the world has rejected that dream

Media Guardian article here.

In February 1996, John Perry Barlow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (and onetime lyricist for the Grateful Dead) published "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace". He wrote:
"We are creating a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth. We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity."

Most arguments about Facebook and privacy focus on how well the company protects this information, keeps it secret from other users, from advertisers, from identity thieves, from search engines, from the world at large. But there is a more fundamental question, which is why anyone should give so much personal information to Facebook in the first place. The company's motives in asking for it are plain enough: market researchers used to have spend a lot of time and money gathering this kind of information, and now here we all are, splashing it around for free while Zuckerberg and Co make a killing selling it to advertisers. But why are we so happy to give it up? And what's in it for us?

Zuckerberg's answer to the second question would be that the more Facebook knows about you, the more it can tailor your "experience" of the web to suit you. On the Facebook blog last April, he wrote:
"If you're logged into Facebook and go to Pandora [an internet radio station] for the first time, now it can immediately start playing songs from bands you've liked across the web. And as you're playing music, it can show you friends who also like the same songs as you, and then you can click to see other music they like."