This essay explores the representational meanings in my collage work Media and Me. This work, which the main theme is the Television, was crafted in two parts – which is reflected on the structure of this essay. In the first part I address to the influences of television in my homeland, Brazil, through family representation in Telenovelas. The essay will examine how this influence might be linked to cultural changes in the structure and identity of Brazilian families, including mine. The other part of the collage explores the use of internet to access television and how it is affecting the television industry. I will therefore, go through some of the technological, cultural and economic effects caused by, highlighting the struggle of
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Going further on in this aspect, it could be said that this not only affects national but also family identity. By charging the novelas with highly political subtexts and social issues (such as drugs, homosexuality and racism) which are subsequently discussed in almost all levels of society (Creeber, 2001, p.59; Porto, 2010) forces a change of behaviour in the private sphere as well. These tools might be seen as reflecting demographic, economic and social changes since the 1970's (Kottak, 2009, p.36), for example, the depiction on agrarian reform and the landless movement conflicts – two current issues at the time – in the series O Rei do Gado generated polemic and discussion within the society.
Despite this, the television viewing practices have not changed over the years, but instead it caused a growth in the engagement to these issues in the family level (Hamurger, 2007). This is illustrated in the collage through images of Globo's series Terra Nostra, which highlights the Italian immigration wave to Brazil at the first half of the 20th century. As my family has Italian origins, I felt that it had a direct relation to us which raised my interest to watch the series.
The other part