CSI Uncovered

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 My BCM210 research group has decided to investigate whether reality television warps young adults perception of the real world. In order to prove this hypothesis, it is important that we analyse a diverse range of reality television shows and their underlying effects on young adults.

We landed on this hypothesis by identifying that young Australian’s are subjected to a greater variety of reality television shows in comparison to older demographics. This is due to young Australian’s ability to access a variety of media channels on their laptops, mobile phones, televisions, I Pad’s etc. This does not go to say that older demographics neglect reality television, however it is confirmed that they do not view it as regularly as young adults

Today, I will be analysing the text ‘Reality, Fantasy and Truth about CSI effects’ (Delahunty, 2010). CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) is an American made television show that portrays an unrealistic expectation of forensic science. This television show is popular among Australian’s, appearing on channel 9 of an evening.

The purpose of this journal article is to determine the effects television show CSI devours on jurors, judges, lawyers, victims, witnesses, defendants and members of the public. This article examines these effects by conducting two surveys; one based on United States viewers, and the second based on Australian viewers (Delahunty, 2010). This article identified that Australian’s who were exposed to the television show CSI uttered higher expectations that a homicide trail would include forensic evidence, due to their unrealistic expectations from the reality television show. It was concluded that there were varying effects on individuals when watching CSI. However, it wasn’t identified that these effects were solely based on this show, as there are many similar reality shows on television that depict an unrealistic expectation of forensic science.

This Youtube video compares a real life Crime Scene Investigation to the television show CSI. It also explains some of the idealistic technology CSI uses to convey forensic science.


This article established that Television shows alike CSI portray an unrealistic representation of forensic science e.g. being too glamorous, too romanticised and too stereotypical. Furthermore, this can affect young adults who are not educated from expert knowledge about forensic science, additionally leading them to unrealistic expectations.

‘Reality, Fantasy and Truth about CSI effects’ is deemed reliable, due to expertise of author. Jane Goodman-Delahunty is a professional Australian experimental psychologist and lawyer. She supports her article with primary evidence that she conducted in the United States as well as Australia and references all additional retrieved information.

Delahunty’s article was interesting to analyse. I believe that she excluded any bias views by providing additional evidence to support her statements. This article supported my BCM210 research groups claim that reality television warps young adults perception of the real world.


Goodman Delahunty, J and Verburgge H. (2010) ‘Reality, fantasy and the truth about CSI effects’ inpsych, viewed 14th April 2015 http://search.informit.com.au.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/fullText;dn=292333667683920;res=IELAPA


Reality check!

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Reality TV. I’m sure all of you have seen it, heard it, wished you lived it, loved it or hated it. It is an epidemic that is quite hard to dodge as it is displayed on majority of media channels across Australia, with statistics showing that it is the only thing keeping the death of Australian television alive (Houston, 2014).

Australia’s increasing desire for reality TV sparked an interest in my BCM210 research group. We were curious about the consequences of watching these shows. Furthermore, we came together to hypothesise – ‘Reality TV has the ability to warp young Australian adults perceptions of the real world’.

We landed on this hypothesis by identifying that young Australian’s are subjected to a greater variety of reality television shows in comparison to older demographics. This is due to young Australian’s ability to access a variety of media channels on their laptops, mobile phones, televisions, I Pad’s etc. This does not go to say that older demographics neglect reality television, however it is confirmed that they do not view it as regularly as young adults.

In order to gain a deeper understanding on the topic of young adults and their consumption of reality television, I have chosen to interview my sister (aged 21). I have altered questions from my BCM210 teams draft survey questions to conduct this interview.

My Questions were as followed:

  1. Do you watch reality television? And if so what ones?
  2. Which ones do you connect with and why?
  3. Roughly how often do you watch these shows per week?
  4. Do you think it’s easy for young adults to avoid reality television?
  5. Do you think reality television has a positive or negative effect on young adults?

The results revealed that my sister consumed four to five hours of reality TV shows a week, some of which she wasn’t aware fell under the genre. My interviewee discussed how reality television shows provide entertainment, rather then a psychological connection. My respondent acknowledged that for young adults alike her, it is difficult to avoid reality television, stating:
Yes it is hard to avoid reality television, because even if you make the decision to not watch it, it is often in the newspapers, radios and news. E.g. The Bachelor was on almost all media forums, making it hard to not know what was going on in the television show”

This interview allowed me to rehearse some of the questions my BCM210 research group constructed. This interview helped me recognised that young adults may believe reality television is easy to avoid. However, when brought to their attention, realise that media channels like radio, newspapers etc. report on reality television shows excessively. During my interview, I found it difficult to conceal my hypothesis from my respondent. This suggests that some questions may be bias in assuming that all young adults are influenced by reality television. Furthermore, our group will need to come together to improve security of our hypothesis before distribution of survey.


McCutcheon, M 2015, ‘Qualitative Methods: Interviews and Focus Groups’, lecture notes, BCM210, University of Wollongong, delivered 17 April 2015

Houston, M 2014, ‘How Australia fell for reality TV’, The Guardian, viewed 17th April 2015 <http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/australia-culture-blog/2014/apr/23/how-australia-fell-for-reality-tv&gt;

Importance of ethics

Over the past few weeks, I have been studying media research. Throughout this time it has become apparent to me that research is surrounding our society. Individuals partake in everyday research such as picking a car or some shoes, or scientific research such as seeking the truth about media reporting. This week, I have been investigating ethics and why they are important in research. Being ethical is a trait that all researchers should practice as it will determine a positive reputation while minimising legal complications.



This photograph shown above was captured last week. It portrays a grieving doctor after he lost his 19-year-old patient. Frank Somerville, an American influential journalist, uploaded this picture onto his social media site Facebook. Somerville has a large fan base that follows him on social media; therefor he knew his post would receive large circulation.

(Penny 2013) brings forth the idea of people’s rights to privacy. She states that unlike fifty years ago it is not acceptable for researchers, individuals or photographers to take photos whenever and where ever they want. In my opinion, the photograph of the distraught surgeon addresses the issue of ethics and Penny’s (2013) statement. Although Frank Somerville states that he did not take the photo “NickMoore911 is an EMT and he posted it” (Somerville, 2015) he is supporting unethical behaviour. There is no information stating that the surgeon has given consent for his photograph to be taken and further uploaded onto social media sites for thousands to see.

Whilst reading thousands of comments praising the surgeon for his efforts I came across only a few who brought attention to the issue of ethics.

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(Penny 2013) also states the rights of participants in the photographs. She pronounces that there are three main issues of ethics; privacy, anonymity and dignity/harm (Penny, 2013, p 202). To be frank, this photograph of the surgeon does not comply with two of the three issues. The privacy of the surgeon was invaded as he did not decide whether or not he wanted his photo taken. His anonymity was revealed as you can see the back of his head, uniform and Somerville states which hospital the photo was taken. The only issue in his favour is his dignity as responders viewed and praised him as a hero. However, we are not told if his dignity at home or within his community was affected.

This photograph in my opinion is an example of how ethics can become neglected by researchers. Ethics should be addressed in all aspects of your work in order to keep your reputation positive and your legal complications minimised. (Penny, 2013) brought forth numerous ethical issues and how they should be addressed, in order to avoid legal complications. Ethical considerations need to be taken in all research as there are strict laws.
References: Tinkler, Penny 2013, ‘Ethical issues and legalities’, in Using photographs in social and historical research, SAGE, London, pp. 195-208

Media text ‘Bubba Yum Yum’ sucks!

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Two words, Peter Evans. When hearing this name, I hope you imagine two things – the first, television show My Kitchen Rules  (because it is awesome and he is one of the judges), and second, the devil. I refer to him as the devil because in short, he is about to publish an e-book called ‘Bubba Yum Yum’ promoting the Paleo diet upon babies.

The paleo diet is basically food presumed to be consumed by early humans, involving vegetables, fish and fruit and excluding dairy, and processed foods (Google definition, 2015).

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Originally Even’s hoped to publish his book on Australian shelves, however publishers recently dumped plans to release his book due to concerns his recipes were potentially harmful for babies. President of the Public Health Association of Australia has told Women’s Weekly, “In my view, there’s a very real possibility that a baby may die if this book goes ahead”.

Much controversy about this book is solely focused on infant’s dietary needs. Newborn babies require their Mother’s breast milk as it contains all the vitamins and nutrients babies need in their early stage of life. Along with this, breast milk is also packed with disease-fighting substances that protect babies from illness.

This evidence concludes that breastfeeding is essential to aid babies’ health and growth during their first six months. However, Pete Evan’s thinks differently. Although the paleo diet can be beneficial to adults – due to its elimination of unnecessary fats and processed foods, it can seriously harm infants as it promotes the removal of dairy

This article recalls Evan’s appearance at Melbourne Town Hall where he encouraged consumers to purchase his book. Reporter Liam Mannix speaks favourably of Even’s as he recollects Evan’s movements. Mannix proposes that Evan’s cooked his controversial bone broth – (the dish that supposably replaces breast milk) with naturopath, nutritionist and medical herbalist speaking benefits of the dish as he cooked. Although these people are professionals, they are not scientists. There opinions can be misinterpreted as scientific evidence to support Evan’s argument.

Mannix then goes on to explain, that Evan’s claims doctors agree with his ideology, however this vague reference fails to produce any kind of evidence.

This article fails to provide supporting investigation that Mannix should have researched before the article was published. Consumers who read this article who have no background information of the paleo diet are lead to believe that this diet is only beneficial. Although some people may interpret the diet like this, they should be exposed to the disadvantages, complications and risks.

Peter Evan’s is using his celebrity status to influence consumers to follow a diet that has no scientific evidence.

Mannix, L 2015, ‘Pete Evans appears at Melbourne Town Hall amid controversy of baby paleo cookbook’, The Age Victoria, 14th March, http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/pete-evans-appears-at-melbourne-town-hall-amid-controversy-over-baby-paleo-cookbook-20150314-144255.html

Media Research


Hi there, it has been a long time since my last blog post so if I am a little rusty I apologise. My first semester of my 2nd year of University has just kicked off, and within the first week, actually first lecture, I was quickly reminded that blogging is a key component. This week, our exciting topic to blog about is media research.

Throughout my studies, I have become particularly conscious of the diverse forms of media and ways which it saturates society with information. Due to innovative technology, new forms of media allow people to be constantly connected all over the world. Although this can be perceived as beneficial for numerous reasons, it has created opportunity for corporations to misuse media. This brings forth the notion that media allows companies to advertise/promote their brand in a way that may be misleading.

For example, controversial television show ‘The Biggest Loser’ portrays a version of healthy. Or so we think. The Biggest Loser enforces that healthy eating and extreme exercise is the key to body transformations. Although this company promotes a healthy lifestyle, media research has proven their methods harmful. In order for this to be proven a series of steps had to be concluded.

Research is solely based on searching to find answers. In this case, researchers investigated the trainer’s methods on screen, communicated with participants and observed techniques during and after the show. Once data is gathered, the theory and hypothesis is formulated followed by data analysis and lastly conclusion.

Media research allowed investigators to conclude, “Contestants have the desire to change, the show, unfortunately doesn’t provide an opportunity to develop sustainable strategies” (Meade, 2013). It was also proven that contestants were merely focused on weight loss, not fat loss. Due to this, participants did not have correct balance in their life style, consequently causing them to fall back into old habits after returning home from the show.

‘The Biggest Loser’ in my understanding, is a prime example of media research. Media allows corporation’s to present their brand to the public in a particular positive way. Media research allows external individual’s to observe, gather information/data, hypothesise and conclude whether the material presented is correct (in ‘The Biggest Loser’s case, it was not).

‘The Biggest Loser’ was an interesting example to research. I was familiar with the show, as I have watched previous seasons. I had heard people negatively talk about the show, and how it is more harmful then beneficial for participants, yet I had never researched it before. I believe that it would be interesting to research this aspect of media again as I am often lured into brand advertisements, however hardly conduct further media research to see if that the corporation is complying to their word.