Maria: Tales of TV and Cinema Across Time and Space

Maria was born in Poggioreale, a small country town in Sicily, Italy. It was the early 1940s and she was the fifth child born in a soon to be family of eight. She lived with her large but loving family until the 28th of February 1960, when Maria migrated to Australia. She then married Charlie, … Continue reading Maria: Tales of TV and Cinema Across Time and Space

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Collaborative Ethnography and TV: Why Watch Masterchef?

Last week I interviewed my mother Margaret regarding her personal experiences with television. She talked about her favourite programs from television’s past and also expressed her displeasure towards the increasing popularity of reality television programs. I know for a fact that she particularly dislikes programs centred around cooking competitions, a ‘subculture’ almost in which plenty … Continue reading Collaborative Ethnography and TV: Why Watch Masterchef?

“One Big Old Box of a TV” – Television Past and Present

Margaret is a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend to many. She was brought up in a traditional Italian family in Sydney’s Western suburbs. As a child of first generation migrants, Margaret understood the importance of hard work from an early age, and as a result has taken nothing in life for granted. … Continue reading “One Big Old Box of a TV” – Television Past and Present