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Assignment 8 draft 2

  1. 1. Assignment 8 – Draft 2 By Kaya Sumbland
  2. 2. What I’ve learnt from Draft 1… What I’ve learnt from the class feedback was that the majority of my topics were too broad anddidn’t have a specific purpose or idea, for example,my episodes didn’t have anything strong enough to interlink them together. Video on the blog…Some good and realistic topics was the idea of technology going too far and some controversial aspects of the UK, for example the debates upon the Muslim veil. Though, the majority of my topics like ghosts, UFO’s, the Bermuda triage, were not realistic to film, and I wouldn’t have been able to get any good primary resources from it.However, with the topics I am exploring now, on social inequality and socializing through the internet, generally it is something many people across the UK can relate to.
  3. 3. Is the UK too dependant on theinternet for socialising?
  4. 4. Research on ‘Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?’The most common way to socialise with friends is through social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Twitter.According to new research people spend more time on a social networking site rather than meeting up with their friends face to face! In the UK on average people spend 11 hours socialising on the internet – but 10 hours properly socialising in person. BUT how has this happened? YouGov65% of young professionals aged between 18 – 34 said Hassle they are too busy to plan events with friends. Pull outAnd YouGov found that 37% of the people they asked Socialsaid they’d avoided meeting up with friends because they thought they would pull out. While 25% said it was too must hassle to get a firm commitment.
  5. 5. Research on ‘Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?’ Nigel Marlow, Director, Business & Consumer Psychology from London Metropolitan University, with expertise in group dynamics, said: "Young professionals are increasingly ready to accept the substitute of virtuality over the real thing. Meaning: People don’t mind having to do things online rather than in real life."This research shows that whilst people want to and indeed prefer to meet upwith friends, they are not making the effort to initiate face-to-face interaction byorganising get-togethers. The perceived inconvenience involved and themisplaced fear of failing to organise an enjoyable social event, is resulting inpeople hiding behind their computers.“Meaning: People have become too lazy to interact, going online is a much easieroption, and going online clears the threat of being rejected in going out
  6. 6. Research on ‘Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?’ Are people really too lazy to go out? The older generation never had the internet when they were younger – They were always out play games being active, going placesbut now, this generation can see what they want online, play games online in the comfort of their own homes. But how is this affecting their health? This most likely to cause… • Increase in obesity • Can cause bed sores • Sight issuesPeople who sit in front of a computer screen all day are 125% more likely to have a heart-related death!
  7. 7. Research on ‘Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?’ However, you never know who is online…Many people make fake accounts online, being potentially dangerous for an innocent user.People expect to meet new people online when these people could be- Lying about their age, ethnicity, gender- Using their pictures for other things- Hacking their account- Taking down their detailsThis leaves opportunities for paedophiles, stalkers, and for people to possiblyhurt them.An example of this was ‘The girl who became 3 boys’ Where she posed as various different boyscreating fake accounts, enabling her to go into relationships with her real friends.Doing this she sexually abused her friends and mentally scarred them. Significantly ruining their lives. It shows how easy it is to pretend to be someone else.
  8. 8. Research on ‘Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?’ Online Dating Dating websites has made it easier and more efficient for people to find love over the internet. Being able to click boxes and find your perfect match people are depending more on these online sites than in real life. 7.8 Million UK singles logged on to find love in one year! Internet dating has now become more that just a niche activity!It isnt as much as a taboo than it used to be in previous years because of the increase of people using them and the unique purposes for some: Such as… Emotional Connections Culture Based Fetish Casual Sex
  9. 9. Research on ‘Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?’ But is there a point? Although these sits can help you find someone – People keep talking to these other people they find online for so long through the internet, when they meet, the person could be very different from what they seem. Many Britons forget the importance of a physical relationship and get too emotionally connected through the internet Many call this ‘Artificial love’ and say it is destroying the oldtraditional way of finding love, going on dates and slowly growing fonder of one another. People are blinded by the easy access to internet dating to realise the fact they cant find real love is because they don’t have a physical connection
  10. 10. Research on ‘Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?’ What are the problems of internet dating?- Dating someone without knowing their real track record (criminal convictions) e.g you could be meeting a teacher, without realising he has a paedophile past (though some argue this applies for face to face dating as well)- Fake accounts – letting someone be someone their not e.g changing age, ethnicity, religion, gender- Meeting up, and being attacked e.g you could get sexually abused, stalked, beaten up- Person keeping secrets: e.g diseases, disabilities However, that doesnt mean internet dating sites have helped hundreds of thousands of people find love!
  11. 11. Research on ‘Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?’ Keeping in touch with loved onesYears before the internet as around the only way of getting in contact with loved ones was through letters – because it was cheap and simple. This old tradition is barely used because of the dependency on things such as Skype and Facetime to keep in touch with people across the Globe. Because this technology is able to capture the sound and visuals of the person you are calling – This is making parents, partners and friends to not make effort to see each other in life, and without them realising their conception is slowing detraining, being blinded from the dependency of technology.Another cause for concern is the future of this type of contact – how far can technology evolve. Maybe one day it will go as far as virtually have their whole body with you, though you are miles apart, where by traveling wont even be necessary.
  12. 12. Research on ‘Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?’ Socialising through interest A popular way many youth socialise is though their interests in fashion, music, humour etc. A great way of doing this is form going out into local social groups in your area or going to events and meeting new people. However, the most popular way of doing this is through blogs such as Tumblr, blogspot etc.However, a major cause for concern is the fact thesesites are pubic.An example is Tumblr, the pages are public, and itenables you to ask bloggers anything you want – And if you are posed as someone in the similar age bracket and interest – the blogger generally without realising gives out lots of personal information and post the same information as a post unknowingly gives access to thieves, paedophiles and stalkers
  13. 13. Research on ‘Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?’Though, its not completely dependant on theinternet.Blogs commonly organise meet ups, so that thesepeople can socialise face to face rather than behindthe pictures and posts.Though when these meet ups occur, theres alwaysthe dangerous risks of:- It being fake- Who go’s- What they bring- What they doSo because of primarily inviting people through theinternet – you truly do not know what will happenand if people will really come (like with socialnetworking)
  14. 14. Research on ‘Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?’ Digital livesMany people get fed up with their own live, therefore realising the opportunities of the internet, and making a good life for themselves over the internet.These people might see the perks in doing this, but eventually these people can forgetreality and isolate themselves from the real world – becoming so obsessed not to leave their homes for days. Much like hyper reality or living in a fantasy world. Socialising too much online can make you physically unable to socialise with people face to face.For example: Catfish A woman created 15 identities over Facebook, though the programme focused on the directors relationship with a woman. But all that she said was a lie and who she was, was a lie because she was bored with her own life.
  15. 15. Research on ‘Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?’ Online games Finally mainly young boys have now got the access to social throughonline games such as ‘Call of Duty’ where by he can talk to other players of this the game while playing. These people then make friends with on another and end up being addicted to these games – never going out and staying at home in front of the TV Even more worrying it has a horrible impact to you health… - Seizures - Likelihood of obesity - Back problems - Strain injuries - Death through addiction - Skin disorders
  16. 16. Research on ‘Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?’ How safe really is socialising on the internet?Can it ever really be reliable?Can you really trust human nature?Should the social sites inform its uses of thedangers?Should their age limits be more strict?
  17. 17. Does social equality still exist in the UK?
  18. 18. Research on ‘Does social inequality still exist in the UK?’The extent to the level of inequality in the UK lies within the different aspects ofthe individuals:- Ethnicity- Status- Gender- Culture- Religion- Class- Age- SexualityThese different variables potentially affect people life chances, aspiration, and directs in life.
  19. 19. Research on ‘Does social inequality still exist in the UK?’A group of people were asked which of these they would Assess someonesocial class they said this: Indicator of class 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% Indicator of class 0% Adapted from Hadford, G. and Skipworth, M. (1994) Class London: Bloomsbury
  20. 20. Research on ‘Does social inequality still exist in the UK?’ ClassA persons class is measured Subjectively and Objectively How the individual views their How society views their social own class classObjective :Educational background – 92% of the UK’s children go to public schools where they aregiven free education. However the remaining 8% are prevailed to go to private schoolsleading them into better jobs, better speech, better values. Moreover having a betterstandard of living in comparison. Also poorer people in the UK struggle to help providetheir children with what they need to learn.Over half of private school’s results with A’s and A*’s giving then a greater advantage inlife than anyone else. From an early age already showing their unequal advantage overthe working and lower classes. Therefore from their failure have no aspiration to moveon to A-Level. Then affecting how you talk, which would be an indicator of what class youare and parental background
  21. 21. Research on ‘Does social inequality still exist in the UK?’Job – People judge people within their society based on their job. A bin man is regardedas a low class job but in fact receives more pay than a nurse who went though a lot moreeducation to be in their position and is regarded middle class. Also they both have animportant function for society. So is it fair that a nurse be paid so little?Also these different pays will affect their quality of living. A nurse considered middle classobjectively, but think of herself as working class because of her neighbourhood andnorms then subjectively thinking she is working class.This also affects what someone wears, if you see someone in designer clothes they havemore social respect, but if we see someone In you avoid socialising with them deemingthan to be a lower classPolitical party support – Generally, if you are a labour supporter you will be thought ofas working class and the majority vote for it.But if you vote conservative, you are probably rich as that is who they favour.So you would be judged on who you supportNeighbourhood – Depending of the neighbourhood you live in, it can affect how youspeak, your norm, values and social capital. Living in Brixton people would judge youdifferently to someone who lives in Central London. Also depending on your area, therewill be different social groups that would better you in life and ones that wont.
  22. 22. Research on ‘Does social inequality still exist in the UK?’ Age Youth:One crime is committed every two minutes by youthoffendersBut, that is only the MINORTY!Many young people in the UK feel discriminated by society, mainlythrough media exposure and minority crime convictions. Especiallythe working class.Everyday, the media amplifies Youth violence, rebellion, criminalconvictions etc.. This then leads them to think they’ll have nothing in life, limiting their aspirations, making them fail in the education, because they don’t think theyre worth anything. More over making them desperate for control, and ending up getting frustrated with the inequality they face leading to crime – such as the London Riots.
  23. 23. Research on ‘Does social inequality still exist in the UK?’ AgeOld age:Old people are often patronised and although they have mostcommon knowledge than any one else – they are seen asstupid and weak.Research has found no relationship between old age and jobperformance.When applying for a job society would think less of a worker and their experience because of their age. Also encouraged to retire earlier than necessary.More over if in a care home old people are more likely to be miss-treated by the care workers because sometimes they are valued less by society.
  24. 24. Research on ‘Does social inequality still exist in the UK?’ Sexuality Depending on what kind of society you live in sexuality is treated differently. However, many gay’s, bi’s, lesbians, and trans people face prejudice from people of a higher and even lower class from them This affectively limits their social capital (who they know) then limiting how far they are able to go in a career to better their lives.People of a different sexuality sometimes don’t feel socially accepted if it is not publicised in the area. Other aspects of society are regarded as more important than trying to make them feel socially accepted.Its against the law to discriminate when people:• work, including applying for jobs• go to school or university, or apply for a course• buy things in shops, hotels etc• try to, or use the services of professionals or tradespeople• rent a house or flat, or buy property• apply for credit or a loan• deal with banks, superannuation or insurance companies• try to, or use state or local government services. But does it really stop them?
  25. 25. Research on ‘Does social inequality still exist in the UK?’ EthnicityRacism is the most common form of inequality. Almost everyone has a pre-conceived idea’s on race. In the UK a white man is more respected and classed higher than any other ethnicity – prominently because this is a white country.However over time it has become increasing better and different ethnicities are widely accepted in London as it is an open society Stereotyping affects the job, the house, the friends, etc you will have These are some common stereotypes… Blacks -> Criminals Chinese -> Smart Indian -> Illegal Immigrants Eastern European -> Cheap Non-Educated Workers
  26. 26. Research on ‘Does social inequality still exist in the UK?’ StatusStatus is strongly interlinked with class – but the difference struggles within eachstatus within a class makes the difference. Within a class like middle class you get a high status and a lower status. An example of this a … Head Teacher and a teacher Judge and a Lawyer Doctor and a Nurse Shop manager and a cleaner These different status’ form social groups and the same views in life with will end up benefitting you. Like, Trade unions, being in a golf club -> more social capital (know someone who knows someone – links) But can anyone move to the top? Without the right education people get stuck with their status but, some people are judge on the background or their image from moving up in their status, leading to their status frustration. Polarisation is now making it even harder to move up and down because the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer
  27. 27. Research on ‘Does social inequality still exist in the UK?’ Gender 70% of the two billion poor are women Could this possibly be because of the priority of men in the workforce? Men are considered more powerful and wiser, than women – They should be the leaders and the bread winner of a household. Commonly women are seen to be a lower status than men, submissive, they should stay at home, and the idea of going on a maternity leave, would put of an employer. However, Women now have better chances in education, and some families the wife isthe bread winner with is higher class job than her husband – but in some socialclass scales, women’s occupation isnt even regarded, and the males occupation is the definer of the household class It has become more normal for men to be a stay at home dad
  28. 28. Research on ‘Does social inequality still exist in the UK?’ Culture Some cultures are socially accepted over the other because of their influence and domination, stereotypes of society.If you are upper class and rich you are more respected in society because of media portrayals of this culture and the royal family is becoming pop culture.However the black ethic culture and the Muslim culture is also strongly shown throughout the media in the news and current debates. Cultures based on the black race social defects their way in life because of racism, affecting where they can go, what they can do, prejudice because of the amplification on crime bring portrayed as a deviant culture. The Muslim culture also face prejudice because of they way they isolate themselves from society being a close nit culture with others like themselves. The media portray them as secretive and there are manycurrent debates on how they dress. Also being linked with terrorism they are socially restricted.
  29. 29. Research on ‘Does social inequality still exist in the UK?’ Religion80% Religions in th UK70%60%50%40%30%20%10%0% Christian Buddhist Hindu Jewish Muslim Sikh Other
  30. 30. Research on ‘Does social inequality still exist in the UK?’ ReligionCatholics and Christians dominate over most societies in the UK.So therefore their religious holidays take over many social places during the time ofcelebration. This gives them a bigger influence on society and possibly are seen as a morerespected religion receive less prejudice from the middle or upper classes.For example – Christmas time Nativity statues displayed in local parks Though different religions give different status in different societies. For example in Southall, a Islamic person may have better chances in success, where by a Jewish person may not, because its ‘different’ But when outside their society, in a work of multiculturalism, they would face prejudice being linked with things such as terrorism limiting the opportunity to get a higher class job in an upper class society without social respect or social capital.
  31. 31. Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?Developing potential topic!
  32. 32. Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?What is the purpose of the documentary? The purpose of the documentary is to show social networking users that they are become too dependant on the internet to meet friends, find partners and generally contact people. I want to show my audience the old traditions they are ignoring from being blinded of the evolution of technology to keep in touch. Also to enforce the real dangers that can happen to anyone, and how easily it can happen. Moreover inform parents who don’t even know much about some of these sites and who can be on the other end of the computer screen.
  33. 33. Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising? What would people learn about this topic? • People would learn the facts on how excessive Britons have become on their dependency on the internet to stay in touch with their friends.• They would also learn the true health issues that will occur if they keep on leading their life this way • Real stories of people been affected by fake accounts and the stories of why people made these fake accounts
  34. 34. Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?Connect purpose to the audience?My audience would want to learn from this topics because its very relevant to them. This is a current debate among people in the UK because of some of the health issues it has created and because of the recent problems caused from these sites. Also because they may have themselves experiences some of the issue raised in my documentary – or not even be aware of them. Furthermore people who have considered joining sites such asdating ones but afraid of it being a taboo would want to learn what you can do, have far you can find someone, but also be aware of the risk factors in joining. I think the audience would ant to watch so they can be knowledgeable on the facts of how dependant they are of the internet.
  35. 35. Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?Who is the audience?Target Audience:My target audience is a working class mass audience because of the popularity andrelevance to many people in the UK. Over half of the UK are on a social networking site.My Documentary would be more leaned towards girls than to boys because the majority ofmy topics are female orientated, so I think more girls would watch it.I would target the documentary to people ages 16 – 24 because it is the from the youngestage (16) people are more naïve to dangers and more older people (24) are mostly socialisethough the internet. Also though these ages they share common interestSecondary Audience:My secondary audience would be middle class adults between the ages of 35-40 because itis the more common age in using dating websites and those with children would want to seehow dependant their children are on the internet. Also It would be equally male and femalebecause of the male interest in games and their participatory on these sites and using thesetechnologies.This would be a more niche audience because the general interest is based around theyouth- However older people are interested in learning how Britons have become toodependant.
  36. 36. Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?What style of documentary is it?• This would be a persuasive documentary to pursued people in the UK to become more socially active face to face I will do this by showing more of the bad qualities than the good that come out of socialising online because I think it is some bad, and because its something that should not develop into a bigger situation in become socially restricting• To inform how dependant Britons have become on the internet, if they didn’t know it before. I will do this by informing the audience on the dangers of socialising through the internet and informing them on real stories from people who have went though the health issues, experienced dangerous situations and those who completely depended their life doing this. More over informing how the technology could evolve.
  37. 37. Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?What each episode would be about? Episode 1 : Different ways of socialising Through interest, culture, fetish, keeping contact, games, comparing the ways it can be done face to face – success stories Episode 1 : Is this generation too lazy? Health risks, Old traditions, we’ve become too dependant on internet – easier, real stories Episode 1 : Dangers online Stalkers, paedophiles, attackers, fake accounts, real stories Episode 1 : Digital lives Hyper reality, how the tech might evolve, postmodernism
  38. 38. Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?What channel would it be on?I would put this documentary on Channel 4 because this documentary it explored the negativity of toomuch socialising on the internet. Channel 4 have the ability of attracting various audiences throughsimplistic advertising – as my topic varies in interest. Channel 4 furthermore have a similar documentary series called ‘Dispatches’ which explores a certain concerning topic in the same what which I want to. I would show it at 8pm because it will not have any bad language or any inappropriate context too significantly throughout. Also it will get a better audience at 8pm than 9pm because other programmestargeted towards my target audience are commonly shown at 9pm, so I I’ll have more chance of their viewings at 8pm.
  39. 39. Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising?Audience Feedback
  40. 40. Does social inequality still exist in the UK?Developing potential topic!
  41. 41. Does social inequality still exist in the UK?What is the purpose of the documentary? The purpose of the documentary is to express the views of those who are discriminated against in society giving them a voice to be heard. Showing how, without even realising it, open societies though claim that anyone can make it to the top, there are always inequalities between all different people that are going to limit how far and what they are able to achieve in life.
  42. 42. Does social inequality still exist in the UK?What would people learn about from this documentary? People would learn about how each aspect that makes everyone in society can affect their stand in society• Ethnicity• Status• Gender• Culture• Religion• Class• Age• Sexuality
  43. 43. Does social inequality still exist in the UK?Connect purpose to the audience? My audience would want to learn from this topics because everyone is different, and most people in society has faced social inequality at least one in their life time. Some more than others, and would want to hear that there are many people like them, and because these types of people like to hear experiences they went though – because in a way they feel socially connected with that person. Also because my audience would like to see social awareness of a topics that significantly effected and is effecting their lives
  44. 44. Does social inequality still exist in the UK?Who is the audience?Target Audience:My target audience for this documentary would be mass working class people who feel theyhave been socially mistreated. The documentary is more aimed towards the people whoarent financially safe, Indians, blacks, gays, European etc. – anyone who doesnt feelspecifically British. It would be targeted towards males as they are prominently seen as thebread winner of a family, so would be more interested in the inequalities faced in society.Also men ages from 38-48 because they have a lot of experience on inequality throughouttheir life, and are not too old to understand todays generation as well as the one before.Secondary Audience:My secondary audience would be Younger boys aged 18 – 22 who feel they are being sociallydiscriminated as its where they tend to begin their own life as an individual. This would alsobe a mass audience as the UK is very multi-cultured, and also an open society which effectsthis age because of things such as new exams and rise in uni fee’s. Also I think it would bemore leaned towards black males because of the current debates and media amplification oftheir crime and their majority of their association In the London riots when they hear thewords ‘social inequality’
  45. 45. Does social inequality still exist in the UK?What style of documentary is it?• This would be a Observatory documentary to show viewers how situations can happen I will do this to show people how social inequality come about primarily and to show people who havent experienced what its like. I want to do this to show first off how it is done, and so that the audience can relate to what are being shown• To inform how much inequality happens in the societies that claim to be open to opportunity. I will do this by informing the audience of the facts and the theorys from sociologists who have researched these issues. Also by telling people experiences and how they felt and how it effected them. I would do this because It’s important for my audience to have a related connection with what in informing the audience on.
  46. 46. Does social inequality still exist in the UK?What each episode would be about? Episode 1 : Parental background How it effects your class, education, speech, neighbourhood, norms, values attitudes. Episode 1 : Media Influence Amplification on different religions, cultures, ethnicities, spent time (leisure) and sexuality Episode 1 : Workplace Age, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, laws Episode 1 : Is Briton really an open society? Can we call ourselves open? Status frustration, conclusion of it all
  47. 47. Does social inequality still exist in the UK?What channel would it be on?I would put this documentary on BBC 1 because it’s a mature channel with an older audience. Also the channel recognises all people and cultures and has shown many programmes on different societies and different people. BBC 1 furthermore have a similar style documentary series called paranormal targeted towards an older audience exploring similar ‘covered up’ topicsI would show it at 9pm because on BBC one controversial topics are usually shown later at this time. They usually show mainly family shows at 8pm. Furthermore, it might contain mild language, violence, but nothing too graphic.
  48. 48. Does social inequality still exist in the UK?Audience Feedback
  49. 49. What I learnt from the interviews
  50. 50. Topic of choiceMy Topic of choice is Is the UK too dependant on the internet for socialising? I chose this topic because I think it has a bigger relevance to today current interests and debates. I can get better primary resources, and more involvement from the public about this topic. Also I will be able to capture a wider, bigger audience. Across different ages, races, culture etc. Also it was generally liked by my target audience feedback.