We Have a Primary Source!

Finally, we have found ourselves a Primary Source – overnight I received a response from TV Tonight’s David Knox.

Having asked him a few questions, it is clear that this topic could be explored in many other areas.

So too, this week sees the website coming together nicely. You can view it in its WIP form now.

Visually, the website has been paired back. This is a risky choice, however hopefully this will increase the sincerity and academic nature of our research. We have still tried to keep some zest in the presentation though.

As I mentioned last week, I have found myself in a producer type role which has been new for me. While I am used to being a leader of sorts within project groups, organising your team members and deciding tasks is a new experience!

Everything should be close to done and up on the site by the end of next week.

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Primary Sources – Gaining Our Own Insight Into The Industry

Getting a primary source is becoming more and more hard. It seems that the predominate writers on TV are more closely linked to criticism of the content itself, rather than a fully fleged look at how this content sits within the public spectrum. Not to say some don’t, of course.

I’ve sent off E-Mail’s to the Herald Sun, The Age, TV Tonight, Channel 7 and Myles Mcnutt. However I don’t seem to be getting much response. I even posted on the Game of Thrones message board. A long shot I know.

As far as research goes, our meeting this week I feel was helpful in aligning us to where we truly need to be. The team seems to be working well, although we could improve on communication slightly. I seem to have assumed a producer type role with regard to the project which has seen me take on the organisation and scheduling much more predominately than I had imagined.

The project is progressing well, as is the research.

What is this research actually about?

‘It’s a change in sensibility but it’s not necessarily a change inherent to family itself.’

This is a line I took down from a discussion with Brian about the MI1 project. While Ino and I have been discussing the ins and outs of charting family and its evolution, I think the above line points out exactly where the project really needs to hit.

What we are trying to do is gain an understanding of how changes to family have influenced production of TV and how TV works to influence family. However, these changes are proving supremely difficult to nail down, hence why the above line is a bit of a breakthrough. If we consider that this change is more of a cultural one, a pyschological one, if you will, then we can begin to look at where exactly family sits within ‘perceived’ beliefs of the family itself.

Perhaps, it’s more a broadening of acceptance and understanding of the different kinds that occurs through television. Not necessarily an imminent and wide reaching social change.

Hopefully this will aid Wennie in her section, as she tackles how producers create content to react to changes in family.

Researching Television

It is becoming overwhelmingly apparent just how in depth one would need to go. I am making reference to the group task I have recently undertaken which aims to analyse where family now sits in the TV landscape.

At each point in development, I find myself returning to this question of Audience vs. Content vs. Reality. Whereby, in each circumstance one is more prevalent than the other, however at all times, each seem to be present in the creation and broadcast of TV.

However, it seems futile. I am unconvinced, regardless of the research I conduct, that attempting to answer this question of which is more important in the creation of content is achievable. Rather, it would seem that research around trends, and a broader approach to family as a term would be helpful in achieving an understanding of where family sits.

So too, it is contentious to attempt to label any one thing as ‘family’. Then again, not labelling it anything is similarly fraught with potential criticism.

During a meeting this week, Ino and I discussed the necessities of his section which covers the history and evolution of family as a term and a unit. I feel that his research will be essential in basing this report in some kind of truth and history. So too, I feel it may become necessary for me to put together a brief history of TV itself to accompany this.