Switching on the blogging MOODS~

Like I mentioned before, I had never written a blog or think of starting to write it before. This thing changed when I starts my further study in INTI, when I first enrol to the course, enrolling into BCM111 subject, then got to know that I will have to update a blog every weeks.

After experiencing to blog, I felt that it does actually helps in my studies, it really does! Every time after the lectures, we will have to go back and blog about the weekly topics, and I understands the weekly discussion better, and I will have better impression about the topic discussion. 

It doesn’t just improve my impression about the lectures, further more it improves my writing skills too, especially gammars, when we post it, our friends would view it, and when there is a mistake, people will notify me about that.

I think that blogging in the subject should be continued, it does help us a lot in knowing what we had studied in that subject. The only thing is we had other subjects with loads of assignments too to finish up, so it might slows down the process a little.


Compare, and you will feel lucky!

What are crises for us? Money, education, career or perhaps relationships and a lot more for sure. But all these crises is just our individual problems, while we are all busying with these crisis, what about those who are voiceless that facing far more serious crises than us?

There is one nation, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it is an island nation in the central tropical Pacific Ocean. The crisis they were having is due to the climate change, the rising sea level is higher than their land. Besides that, the booming population is one of their crisis too. Comparing our crisis to theirs, ours is just a tip of the iceberg.



(Daily suffer of Kiribati)

(Picture courtesy of Claire Anterea) 

Not only that, even the recent tragedy, crisis that Philippines facing, the Typhoon Haiyan, taking lives of over 10 thousands. What does the media capable of in helping them, well in my thought, they can at least create awareness that what is happening around the world, people who are voiceless that are waiting for our helps. The least we could do is donates to help thru media’s help.

We should really appreciate and be thankful of what we had now, take our life as a blessing since we don’t suffer those crisis like they does. Our crisis is actually nothing compared to theirs. 


1)  Claire Anterea 2012,daily suffer of Kiribatiphotograph, viewed 9th November 2013, <http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=196141>.

The Al Jazeera English

In this topic I’m focusing on Al Jazeera English, as if compared with BBC news reports, Al Jazeera English is much more peaceful to adapt.

Here is some brief introduction for Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera Satellite channel was launched on 1st November 1996, and it is funded by Qatari government, most of their staff was recruited from the BBC. It starts to broadcast in English starting from 15th November 2006, before that it was broadcasting in Arabic.

It is claim that they are the voice of the voiceless, where they speak up for the voiceless, to let the others to know about their story. How are they different from the other mainstreams? They report news from the angle of the story, which creates less anger compare with BBC, they reports about those who are voiceless from inside the war zones, the victims, rather than just how the war going on.

(Al Jazeera English’s reports on Inside Syria)

(Source :  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXRUYR9VK5c)

Mohammed el-Nawawy and Shawn Power (2010) claims that the longer people adapt Al Jazeera, the less dogmatic they became. I do agree with their statement, because what they were reporting is more to the concept of a conciliatory media, which does not create much anger to the audience.


1) Inside Syria: Where do Syria’s kurds stand, 2013, “Al Jazeera English”, 4th August 2013, viewed on 8th November 2013, <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXRUYR9VK5c>.

2) Mohammed el-Nawawy and Shawn Powers, 2010 ‘Global media and communication’,   ELT Journal, accessed 8th November 2013, eLearning@UOW.

Digital VS Mainstream

What is the New Media? To compare with the mainstreams, new media provides interactions, they have feed backs on what we proposed or announced. Best example would be Facebook, or the internet.

Besides that, mainstream media is more on commercial and less in news value compared to the new media. And with the advance technology in current generation, most individual carries smart phones nowadays, which allows people to access to the internet whenever they wanted to. Especially when now everyone is on Facebook, latest news is always there. People get to know what is happening currently, and of course globally.

(Protest for internet cencorship)

(Source : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km1fjgXSpLE)

Surely people are still adapting the mainstream’s content, but people nowadays prefers going on new media rather than mainstream media, it is much cost efficient and yet it is visible. And we can see people protesting on Facebook, even on politics.


(Source: https://www.facebook.com/bersih2?fref=ts)

Digital dissent allows author to interacts with their participants, audiences get to know what is happening and what to do. It caught attentions of people who are interested to join and participate in their events. So who would go for mainstream rather than going digital for protests nowadays, since internet is the accessible to everyone nowadays.

And of course internet is not only for protesting purposes, even the advertisement in internet is more than the mainstreams. It helps drag a lot of attentions and it is much efficient compared to the mainstreams. Of course it depends on what are you selling.


1)The stream: websites go dark to protest internet censorship, 2012, “Al Jazeera English”, 18th January 2012, viewed 8th November 2013, < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km1fjgXSpLE>.

News Value

Nowadays, we can easily get access to what is happening around, we can get news by using our mobile phones, we can get it from radio, TV, social media like Facebook, and of course printed newspaper. But from what information we got, where is the news value? is it trustworthy? How much can we trust from what that they had announced?

As we know, news that we adapted, most of it or maybe all of it is manipulated by some force, either by government or by some powered parties. Rohayu(2013) questioned, when the news reach us, the audience, is it the truth? Or the packaged story? In my opinion, it is a half truth half packaged. Even it is the truth they announced, there must be something that are packaged before selling the news.


Even from the social media, with those “evidence” they have, I don’t think that is trustworthy nowadays, because with the current technology, to remake the evidence they had, how easy would it be, it is just that they want to do it or not. We cannot blindly believe in the new media in full, there is always a different story told behind the story.




1) Rohayu, K 2013, BCM111 ‘Who Counts in Global Media? News Value’, lecture notes, accessed 8th November 2013, eLearning@UOW.

Comedy translating to jokes

In different region, they have different culture, different understanding on their local “language” from the others. So when the local production going globalised, it may not been translated to the same meaning that the others could get. 

It’s just like our own Malaysian language, Malaysian mandarin, English, or other language that we know, when we get to other country, people might just can’t get what do we want to express. Remember when I went to Taiwan in year 2011, even I speak in mandarin, Taiwanese can’t understand me and my fellow’s mandarin. Or they might get it different way. I mean translated into different meaning.

The same thing happens when local television context got translated globally. Example like Australian television show named “Kath and Kim” got translated by American.  Of course, besides of language understanding, there is also issue like geographical and cultural translation of the comedy.

If this was a major hit in Australia, then something has been seriously lost in translation (Turnbull, 8 Brian Lowry 2008). I’m totally agreed with the statement above, Kath and Kim was really a major hit in Australia, and it is totally lost in America.


1) Turnbull, Brian Lowry, 2008, ‘Kath & Kim’, Variety, viewed 8th November 2013, <http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117938594.html?categoryid=32 &cs=1>.


Transnational Films

Transnational simply means multi-national, which mean something to do with combinations from few or various countries or culture, of course when it comes from different country, there will have several different culture they are practising. Same things goes to it when come to films, transnational film is what we can see commonly nowadays.

How do we know whether it is a transnational or not? Examples like the recent hot movie, Iron Man 3, there are american, there are the “Mandarin” with different culture giving threats to the Americans, they were applying various country’s culture, races, language into one movie, and so it is a transnational film. Or even in the Transformers, there are Korean guy acting in the film.


(Ken Jeong’s role in Transformers 3)

The short video above showing a Korean-American actor (Ken Jeong) playing his role as “Jerry Wang” in Transformers 3, rejects being threaten by Laserbreak.

From what I see, films nowadays most of it moving to transnational concept, that making the film more interesting by watching few different cultural playing in a movie rather than only one which might make the film boring.


1Transformers 3 – Best Scene Jerry Wang vs. Laserbreak, 2012, “epwgksatr“, 15th December 2012, viewed 7th October 2013,      <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl60_hL4jn0>

Media Capital


(Source: Girlscouts.org. Image by Unknown)

Nowadays, when we think about media capital, most of us will have Hollywood pop out to our minds, because no matter we are from which region, speaks what language, or what skin colours, we still watch Hollywood movies. Very good example is like in Malaysia, someone who had less English education or very weak in English that don’t understand what are the characters saying about, they still love to watch movies like Ironman, Batman or Superman and etc.

As for my perception of “Media Capital”, it is like a media hub or a core of films that are well known by everyone around the world, like Hollywood, everyone knows about it. Films or media that is globalised and of course localised too, that’s what we learnt in BCM111 about glocalisation.

I agree with Michael Curtin (2003) about media capital is a connection towards outside instead of sticking to its own. He says that “a media capital is a nexus or switching point, rather than a container”. It is simply means media globalisation and not being parochial in a way.


(Source: Starpulse.com. Image by Unknown)

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(Source: Wallpaperbab010.blogspot.com. Image by Unknown)

Do you remember them? I think anyone who watched Hollywood movies you would have known them. They are very well known actors in Hollywood. Will Smith, Vin Diesel, and Jason Statham. And I’m now looking forward for the latest Vin Diesel film name Riddick 2! WHO WANTS TO WATCH WITH ME!??





1.  Hollywood, photograph, viewed 8 September 2013,


2. Will Smith, photograph, viewed 8 September 2013,


3. Vin Diesel, photograph, viewed 8 September 2013,


4. Jason Statham, photograph, viewed 8 September 2013,


5.Curtin, M 2003, ‘Media capital: Towards the study of Spatial flows’, International journal of Cultural studies, vol.6(2), pg. 4, accessed 8/9/2013, <http://www.sagepub.com/mcdonaldizationstudy5/articles/Globalization_Articles%20PDFs/Curtin.pdf>.


Hip Hop

Hip Hop

We had learnt about Hip Hop this week, about the root of hip hop, where is it from and who does it come from. Hip Hop actually rooted in African-American and African in early 1970s. It is usually used by blacks to express their feelings towards unfair treatments. Hip Hop contains 5 elements, Mcing which is considerable rapping, DJing- audio maxing and scratching which we can normally see in pubs and clubs, Graffiti, Breaking and Beat Boxing.

Hip Hop is also a kind of storytelling; for example, rapping is usually used to express the author’s feelings.  Hence, it allows individuals to be able to express themselves honestly and openly, at the same time providing support for those who have endured similar experiences (Lauren L.K., 2013).

(Dave Crowes beats boxing performance – London (2011)).

On above is video where a guy named Dave Crowes perform beat box in London. Which is one of the element in Hip Hop.

Reference :

1. Heymoonshaker, 2011, “AndyBaLconOfficial“, 10th November 2011, viewed 30th September 2013, <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTXtOVaCaOU>

2.  Lauren L.K., 2013, “Hip-Hop Literature: The Politics, Poetics, and Power of Hip-Hop in the English Classroom”, National Council of Teachers of English, Viewed 30th September 2013<http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Resources/Journals/EJ/1025may2013/EJ1025Hip.pdf>

Internationalising Education

For this week we had discussed about internationalising education, well I don’t fully understand it yet, but I did get some idea about it, it’s like cultural difference we have to learn between country to country or even within a country. It’s like a exchange student from Australia came to Malaysia, they might have difficulty to approach the local but sometimes the local are afraid to approach them. 

And also learnt about ethnocentric, which mean someone’s or one group has the attitude or has a mind set of that they are greater than the others. And also parochial which is something like people who live in their own world, doesn’t really care about what’s out there.