At some point in time, we have all experienced a form of regulation of the media we use. Personally, I can remember growing up and having regulations put in place by others how, when and what media I used. From not being allowed to watch TV at home after Prime Possum went to bed, to not being able to watch movies outside of my age classification, my school restricting us from using our phones in class, (although we always did anyway) and even now like it being against the law for me to use my phone whilst driving.
When I look back I believe these regulations had complete purpose and worked only my benefit. My parents protecting me from seeing inappropriate content for my age, the school attempting to help my learning at s and the law to protect myself and other on the road.
Things have changed for me now though. As media has become more prominent throughout western societies, it appears that the regulation and restriction I face when using media now has shifted from being there to protect me as an audience member and a media user, but as a way of controlling audience members and a media users and in most cases, to make money from this control.
The perfect example of this can be seen when trying to watch Game Of Thrones in Australia.
Foxtel, Australia’s only pay TV network station owned by Rupert Murdoch has seen to having the only rights to the popular HBO TV Game Of Thrones (Powell 2014). This means, that unless you want to pay $100 a month for a Foxtel subscription there is not legal way of keeping up to date with the latest episode of GOT. This form of regulation that restricts audiences from being able to legally watch the show unless they pay large sums of money in place simply to benefit Foxtel and their bank accounts.
This form of regulation in Australia has seen Australians respond negatively and has only lead to the increase of illegal downloading of content Piracy.
Regulation seems to be going further toward controlling audiences rather then helping them with the proposed Government reforms that asks internet service providers to regulate their users internet use and punish anyone found to be illegally downloading, by slowing the internet down or cutting them off completely (Suzor & Button-Sloan 2014).
These forms of regulation are completely different to the kinds I experienced growing up and believe that people will be willing to disobey and find way around these restrictions as it is no longer benefiting the media uses but an attack on them.
Powell, R 2014, Foxtel to blame for Game of Thrones piracy, says Choice, Sydney Morning Herald, viewed 21 September 2014, <http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/foxtel-to-blame-for-game-of-thrones-piracy-says-choice-20140618-zsbav.html>.
Suzor, N, Button-Sloan, A 2014, Brandis’ leaked anti-piracy proposal is unrealistic, The Conversation, viewed 21 September 2014, <http://theconversation.com/brandis-leaked-anti-piracy-proposal-is-unrealistic-29709>.