They’re not just ‘human’ rights

For breakfast we eat eggs and for dinner we eat meat. Sometimes we eat both in the same meal. We wear our leather jackets and woollen scarves and buy tickets to attend the circus or visit the zoo. We keep our animals in cages and as children we ran into the local pet shops to beg our parents to buy us a puppy. These are all normal traits of the average human… but are our actions playing a part in restricting basic rights for animals?

Author Peter Singer explains in his book Animal Liberation that an important distinction to make when talking about animal rights is that the basic principle of equality does not require identical treatment, it requires equal consideration.

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Jeremy Bentham, founder of the reforming utilitarian school of moral philosophy explains that when deciding on a being’s rights,

“The question is not ‘Can they reason?’ nor ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’”

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My Favourite Filter

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My favourite filter is the golden butterfly crown. It’s not always available, in fact it’s been more than a month since I last had a chance to use it. I’ve had to resort to the basic hoe dog filter and the blush effect if I want to send a flattering selfie via Snapchat. If you scroll through my Instagram you’ll see if very rarely post selfies I’ve taken by myself (I much prefer photos taken of me or group photos), but LET ME TELL YOU, Snapchat is a whole different ball game. I’m not camera shy there. Why? Filters! Continue reading My Favourite Filter

Trap, Trap, Trap til the Cage is Full

“The animal, the animal. Trap, trap, trap til the cage is full. The cage is full, the day is new and everyone is waiting, waiting on you.”

Regina Spektor sings the intro to the Netflix phenomenon Orange is the New Black, ‘You’ve Got Time’. The lyrics liken prisoners serving time to animals trapped in a cage.

Animals in cages is a completely familiar concept, we trap them up in Zoos, stables, barns, theme parks and carnivals, along with a multitude of other environments. Some of these animals we trap and raise for harvest, some are taught tricks for entertainment and others we trap simply to observe. The song’s opening lines don’t make me feel uncomfortable because trapping animals in cages is not unusual… however what if Spektor didn’t use a metaphor in the lyrics?

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Poverty Porn [SFW]

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“Porn”, you say the word out loud… young boys snicker and conservatives begin to feel a little uncomfortable. Many begin to visualise a sexual experience, not of their own, but one they have watched. These reactions are justified by pornography’s definition; visual material intended to stimulate sexual excitement. So imagine how wrong it felt to combine a word associated with sexuality with the word ‘poverty’ for this week’s BCM tutorial.

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From little things, big things grow

Convergent journalism; a combination of journalism, such as print, photographic and video, into one piece of group of pieces.

Today, audiences want content on-demand, across multiple platforms. For newsrooms, this has meant adaption and the implementation of unprecedented levels of change. What were once traditional print newsrooms are becoming innovative newsrooms that use mobile, video and audio storytelling.

Often praised for the innovative approaches to storytelling are publishers at the top of the hierarchy, The New York Times and The Guardian. But that’s not to say that there have not been innovative approaches in small newsrooms.

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I’m a nostalgist

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After introducing to you my undying love for children’s television shows and analysing the results of my interviews with peers, to discover if they feel the same, I am going to sum up my findings.

Using ethnological research I discovered that I am not alone in having strong feelings of fondness and nostalgia for the television shows I sat on the lounge-room floor and watched excitedly as a child. I also discovered that many of my peers had TV rituals as a child (a large majority woke up to watch Cheez TV at 7am on school mornings) and some enjoy watching their favourite programs still today.

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A trip down memory lane

To investigate my peer’s feelings and emotions towards their childhood television memories I conducted an online survey that received 25 responses, as well as five one-on-one discussions. The information provided by 30 individuals, all of whom watched children’s television at a similar time to myself allowed me to analyse how they felt about the shows they watched then; if the shows were similar to the ones I watched; how they feel about the shows now and what they remember of television as a child. Continue reading A trip down memory lane

She’s got a smile that it seems to me… Reminds me of childhood memories

I’ve never been an early riser… in fact, waking up more than half an hour before my first class or the start of my shift has always seemed like a waste of my precious sleeping time. I’d rather get ready in ten minutes than lose twenty minutes’ worth of sleep.

This trait has been something I have carried with me since early childhood, only back then I had a much more regulated sleeping pattern and by 7am my desire to sleep had been fulfilled.

Luckily, a 7am wake up coincided perfectly with Cheez TV’s daily showing Digimon. On rainy afternoons I would run three blocks home to make sure I was in the lounge-room in time to watch Art Attack, Babar, Feral TV and Daria. On Friday evenings mum worked and Nan would sit in the lounge-room with me and read a book while I engrossed myself in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. We went to the video shop on Saturdays and I would rent whichever Mary-Kate and Ashley DVDs were available for hire that weekend. Through the week my Nan would record Rugrats, Hey! Arnold, Johnson & Friends and Madeline on VHS so I could watch my favourite episodes over and over again – which I did.

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‘I still look exactly the same’

This multimedia report depicts my mother Tracy Whitfield who explains the effects a stroke has had on her body. Despite physically appearing ‘exactly the same’, Tracy has what is potentially long-lasting vision impairment and a headache that won’t seem to go away. According to The Stroke Association anyone can have a stroke, although there are some things that put particular people at a higher risk than others. Continue reading ‘I still look exactly the same’