Censorship In The Media

What is censorship in the media?

Censorship is altering or cutting out parts of media forms in order to avoid offensive or questionable content being released to the public eye.

Censorship can be used in both society and in art forms. For example, censorship in society would include taking away peoples freedom of speech. In art forms the government can take down offensive material.

In some ways the media can be censored for specific groups based on factors such as age. This would be the G PG M MA R X ratings.

What media forms are censored?

A number of media forms can be censored such as:

  • The News – Broadcasts can be changed in order to prevent panic among the population or to protect national security. To avoid controversy or trouble.
  • Art forms and entertainment  – This can be censored to prevent obscenity, hate speech and  slander. Censorship can be to protect vulnerable groups such as children. Art forms include video games, music, colours, words, photos, websites, etc.

How does the Australian government censor the Australian media?

The government can censor the media by making laws that prevent certain content from being shown, they can also restrict who views content. Whitewashing is used in educational material and is the removal of conflicting events from history books. The government can ban/remove anything considered offensive or controversial by demanding that the creator remove it or taking it to a higher authority to have it removed.

Should censorship occur in Australia?

In some instances censorship is needed, especially concerning children ( exposure to violence or sexual content). But there is way to much censorship happening, the general public has a right to remove anything they find offensive, this is fine by itself. But the government is censoring controversial issues that the public has a right to know about. This dampens the public’s ability to make a decision based on facts. Censorship is fine unless it involves something the people should know, especially in the case of foreign affairs and current events.

 

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Media Issues – Hacking

What is the issue?

In a digital world people’s cyber security has never been more important. The amount of important data and content on the internet exceeds thousands of gigabytes. This information can be compromised by hacking. Hacking is the access of restricted/secured data (often illegally).

Who does it affect?

Hacking can potentially affect everyone and chances are you have experienced some form of it as well. Companies, websites and users with poor internet security experience hacking often. Even people with strong security can experience breaches from experienced hackers.

Case Study

In 2015 after two years of preparations Russian hackers transferred over 650 million pounds into dummy accounts. They used official looking emails infected with malware to collect data. Once they were ready they used the  information to impersonate bank staff of over one hundred financial institutions. A Kaspersky Lab (Russian Cyber Security) uncovered the operation after investigating an ATM that was distributing cash randomly. The banks were soon informed and a large investigation was started.

Solutions

In order to prevent hacking there are several steps that can be taken these include changing passwords often, updating antivirus software and backing up important data. More info here: http://support.hostgator.com/articles/security-abuse/how-can-i-prevent-hacking

 

Personal Development

What aspect of production would I like to improve on?

I want to improve on the paperwork in the pre-production, there was so much of it and I didn’t manage/organise it very well. Also with the filming I should have focused on keeping people on task because we often found ourselves side tracked by something as small as a cool bird (not that I regret it, I love birds).