Cultural Mainstreams Tutorial Task

Cultural diffusion is the process of one culture influencing another and has existed as long as humans have. However, determining the ethics of the use of another culture’s aesthetic is not always an easy task as it can be difficult to determine the point at which one crosses into the unethical terrain of cultural appropriation.

Aesthetics and Ethics Guided Discussion

This tutorial activity is a guided discussion and debate on the topic of aesthetics and ethics. Total Time required is two hours. By the end of this lesson, students will be able to make a value judgement on the ethical nature of media content that is supported by research; defend this value judgement by using Socratic reasoning and identify the ethical position they are assuming in exercising this judgement.

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The West and the Rest

Contemporary media technologies such as satellite television and the Internet have created a constant flow of transnational images that connect audiences worldwide. And through the consumption of these images, new audiences start to demand the lifestyle products of the West. People everywhere … READ MORE

Sex, Media and Censorship How are sex and sexuality represented in the media? Sexploitation describes forms of marketing and product promotion that gains media coverage by focusing on objectifying the sexual attributes of the body. But how do we distinguish between exploitative and … READ MORE

Making Sense of the Mainstream

The mainstream is a value-laden category that frequently derives its meaning in association with its multiple corollaries such as counter-culture, subculture, underground, indie, folk, alternative, experimental and avant-garde. In this lesson, we problematise our perceptions of mainstream culture and examine … READ MORE