This week’s blog post is dedicated to media audiences and the way they have progressively changed over the decades. As humans, we regularly take part as an audience member, regardless of whether we want to, or if we are even aware of it.
I decided I would talk about the earliest memory I have of being a part of an audience. It occurred in December of 2004, as myself and my family witnessed the multitude of news coverages of the earthquake and tsunami that took place in Indonesia. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters to date, and remains a gloomy day in history.
Although I was only three years old at the time, I remember feeling the sadness from my family members that surrounded the lounge room as we watched on at the devastating images shown on the television screen. I remember watching videos of people swimming for their lives and seeing buildings being knocked down by the waves. I recall hearing the screams from defenceless humans. I couldn’t help by feel heartbroken by what I was witnessing.
The most important thing I took away from the several news coverages and documentaries made about the earthquake and tsunami, was, that lives can be changed in a split second. Approximately 230,000 lives were lost that day, without any warning. Whilst it was hard for me to fathom the severity of the event at the time, I now understand how privileged I am to live this life and will forever be grateful.
Saylor Acadamy. (2019). Media Effects Theory. https://saylordotorg.github.io/text_understanding-media-and-culture-an-introduction-to-mass-communication/s05-02-media-effects-theories.html [accessed 18 March, 2019]