Skip to content

User login

Navigation

Director's cut — August 2006

  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/popularc/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/popularc/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.

August 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

As members may know, I moved to the UK in August. It's been a great move, and I'm settling in well. But the differences in this new place remain fascinating. What I wasn't expecting was fascinating hostility from journalists towards Media Studies. In Australia and New Zealand, we are used to an awareness of our expertise in policy, practice and writing. The PCC is part of a global community of practitioners, writers and thinkers who are active in the media while trying to change the media. But we rarely have to face attacks 'from within.'

Yet Janet Street-Porter, a journalist for The Independent on Sunday, attacked Media Studies, holding students and staff responsible for the 'decline' in educational standards and the employability of students. She went so far as to say that "I would never employ anyone with any qualifications in media studies: they are useless."

Eh?

The point of journalism is to reveal a truth, to reveal a suite of facts and interpretations to question and unsettle the normalities of a time. The ultimate irony of a journalist attacking media studies scholars who spend their time probing the truths of those in power is provocative and disturbing.

For those of us who are active in writing, researching and producing media, it is important that we support those who work in our field. But it is also important that we question and probe those whose minds are so closed that they would 'never' see value in working in and through media literacies. Perhaps the time has come to ask how journalists have gained their qualifications in dismissing the expertise of others.

See you all in September.

T XXX

AdaptiveThemes