Recently, I explored the personal experiences of my family with television. Through this study I uncovered that television played a large role in family bonding and that this bond was strengthened with the introduction of colour TV.
Intrigued by my personal experience, I delved into the blog’s of my peers to learn of their personal discoveries. Here, I partook in collaborative ethnography.
As stated by Luke Eric Lassiter, “To collaborate means, literally, to work together, especially in an intellectual effort. While collaboration is central to the practice of ethnography, realizing a more deliberate and explicit collaborative ethnography implies resituating collaborative practice at every stage of the ethnographic process, from fieldwork to writing and back again. Many ethnographers have done this before, and their collaborative work—regardless of their theoretical trajectories—provide us a point of departure for beginning an in-depth exploration of the history and theory behind a collaborative ethnography.”
Through collaborative ethnographic study, I found that my peers experiences with television provided great insight into the history of television. As a whole, society’s experience with television has experienced a progressive trend in the past 50 years. Some peers referenced grandparents who knew television before colour. Those people could recount the greatest progression of television in the family and provided the most interesting recounts of events.
Elderly interview participants stated the transition from black and white to colour television to be iconic. The introduction of colour television brought with it a culture surrounding television, emphasising togetherness. Almost unanimously, it was identified that people watched colour television together and that rather than a pastime, television became a hobby and a point of conversation among families and friends.
This reported trend is supported by a study conducted by the Australian Beuro of Statistics, which found that:
- Total income for Subscription broadcasters and channel providers ($5,352.1m), including subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), exceeded that of Commercial free-to-air broadcasters($3961.4m) in 2015-16.
- Total production costs for film, television and videos were $3,436.1m in 2015-16, an increase of 15.5% compared to 2011-12. This increase was driven by Broadcasters and channel providers who saw growth of 44.9% as they completed greater numbers of productions and broadcast hours.
My experience with collaborative ethnographic study into television history has been positive. Although my personal beliefs were at time challenged, upon greater investigation, my ideas and knowledge were enhanced. Through collaboration of experience surrounding television, my knowledge and understanding of television and television culture has been enhanced and hence, my social and cultural literacy as well.
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Until next time, that’s this week Pinned.