week 4 blog 3

For this week’s blog I have decided to look at some articles about social media and it’s affect on today’s generation. I wanted to look at articles written by both an older generation and by the generation under the microscope.  I thought it was important to keep in mind what David Penberthy was saying in his article and compare my research to other articles and see if there is any truth in it and/or any opposing opinions.

My first article was ‘Social Media, Sexualisation and the Selfie Generation’ from ABC news online by Vanessa Gorman in 2013 and it accuses today’s generation of all being narcissists. The article provides definitions of twerking, sexting, tweeting, selfies amongst others and then proceeds to criticise the generation for doing so. Already, this seemed as though it was encouraging the readers to condemn the generation as being sexual self obsessed creeps. If the article needed to explain what the definitions of each pop culture reference then the readers following along at home must likely be of a certain age and certainly one that is far from the age of relating to today’s generation. I found it interesting that Gorman writes ‘a generation whose self esteem was continually bolstered in the name of good parenting and healthy psychological development’. Not only does she believe that today’s generation are all self absorbed no-hopers, she believes it’s caused by the older generation’s ‘good parenting’.

A contrasting article was Birdee Mag’s ‘Sexting ain’t so bad’. Birdee is an online blog predominantly for young girls aged 15 – 22 and is written by that of the same generation. Birdee states that although after a study was conducted in Australia of years 10 to 12, 48% said they said sent a sexually explicit text message and more than half had received one. Although these numbers may be concerning, the study also proved that today’s generation is less sexually active than when it was conducted 5 years prior. Birdee states that older generations are ‘freaked out by what they do not understand or cannot be a part of’. The article also likens the concern about today’s social media and the adolescents that use it to a time when the internet did not exist and parents were nervous about ‘their kids hanging out at cinemas or shopping malls without them. Kids still want to connect sexually and socially, it’s just a different platform now’.

Another interesting article I came across was on socialmedianews.com.au by G Fernando in 2012 called ‘‘Sex, n00dz and narcissism: The social media generation’. The source is a news site that monitors newsworthy social media related issues and interests. The article states that it has become outrageously easy to send sexts in today’s society and that people follow what celebrities are doing and what our sex driven media is portraying. However, Fernando also talks about the responsibility still being down to the individual. If you are stupid enough to send a text and not realise everything you are risking then that’s on you, the entire generation should not be written off because of other’s epic mistakes.

I found a plethora of articles from older generation’s point of views which side with Penberthy’s message. Being from a generation that grew up with no smart phones and a very basic dial up internet, I feel as though I can see both sides. People have been given the outlets to conduct inappropriate behaviours such as sexting, but it really starts within doesn’t it? Now people who are interested in sending these types of communications just have an avenue now to do so. And it doesn’t really just lie within today’s generation does it? For example Ricky Nixon and Shane Warne aren’t from the generation the articles speak of yet they have both been involved in inappropriate sexting scandals. Narcissism existed before social media came about and appears both are here to stay.


Birdee Magazine ‘Sexting ain’t so bad’ 2014, http://www.childadolescentbehavior.com/Article-Detail/sexting-and-social-media-in-todays-adolescent-peer-norms-problems-and-provider-responsibility.aspx

Fernando, G 2012 ‘Sex, n00dz and narcissism: The social media generation’ http://www.socialmedianews.com.au/sexting-n00dz-and-narcissism-the-social-media-generation/

Gorman, V 2013 ‘Social Media, Sexualisation and the Selfie Generation’ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-23/gorman-the-selfie-generation/4974132

Lutz, B 2014 ‘Why Generation Y isn’t catching car fever’, Forbes Magazine http://www.forbes.com/sites/boblutz/2012/07/06/why-generation-y-isnt-catching-car-fever/



Week 3 Blog

This week I have done some research on David Penberthy and his ties with the AFL in order to examine his motivations in writing his article.

David Penberthy works for FiveAA on their talk back morning breakfast show. I am currently employed by DMG Radio which is a company that owns FiveAA and Nova919. Although my role is small within the company, I do know that DMG works very closely with the AFL and is often involved in sponsoring and partnerships with both the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide football clubs. FiveAA particularly relies on the AFL in its succession of ratings as the station is solely talk back radio and focuses predominantly on football and often has AFL players on air talking with the hosts about the season. I found this interesting as surely this would sway Penberthy’s motivations when set to write an article about a shamed AFL player caught up in a sexting scandal. He has a stake in how the readers perceive the issue as it may jeopardise or affect his role at FiveAA, particularly due to the fact that listeners can call up and voice their opinions and speak directly to him. Perhaps this is why the article headlines Bootsma as the focus but when reading through the direction changes to making everyone of today’s generation out to be ‘the villains’. I doubt this is done to singularly defend Bootsma but rather to divert the problem and blame away from AFL players as a whole.

The article being written on June 8th would lead me to believe the heat surrounding Bootsma has more than likely died down either on its own or until Carlton replaced him and had their first win. Being over 2 months old, bigger news has since erupted and Bootsma has probably been forgotten until the next AFL player becomes involved in a scandal.

AussieCriminals.com.au look at Bootsma’s scandal and display the screen captured photos that he had sent to the underage fan. The site focuses on notorious cases or people breaking the law. They spare beating around the bush and point at Bootsma as being not only a creep but a criminal. Adults who send sexually explicit messages to anyone aged 16 or under can face criminal charges’ (Langmaid, A 2014) Langmaid interviews the fan who said that Bootsma asked ‘if she was free on Tuesday for a sex session’. Although this did not proceed because the girl went public with his messages and photos, it could very well have, placing Bootsma capable of statutory rape. This statement turns Bootsma’s story into a very serious one, far from what was depicted in Penberthy’s article. ‘He is just one of the millions who are permanently connected and permanently aroused.’ (Penberthy, D 2014) In fact, it is incorrect and wrong to place everyone of a particular generation in the same category as Bootsma simply because we all have the same resources readily available to us. It isn’t the mobile apps that are controlling our behaviour, it is us. Penberthy article does not communicate so.

This week I have conducted desktop research. I have searched different online mediums for articles about AFL sexting scandals and also found a criminal article which supplied me with evidence of Bootsma’s actions and short quotes from the underage fan involved. I have also observed what role Penberthy holds at my place of employment at FiveAA.



Langmaid, A 2014 Carlton terminates contract of Josh Bootsma for explicit pics found on AussieCriminals.com.au viewed August 13th 2014


Penberthy, D 2014 ‘Digital Age fostering a generation of pervs’, The  Advertiser, June 8th 2014.




Blog Entry One – Wk 1 6th of August 2014:

The article I will be looking at for this blog is David Penberthy’s ‘Digital Age fostering a generation of pervs’ featured in The Advertiser on Sunday June 8th 2014.

The article talks about AFL player Josh Bootsma being sacked from Carlton Football Club for sending naked photos of himself to female fans. Bootsma is also expecting a child in the coming months with his partner.  Penberthy uses Bootsma as an example for today’s generation being a product of the technological environment we live in. We could call Bootsma a sexual opportunist, a creep, a terrible partner and father to be but is he really? Penberthy believes he is just one of the millions who are “permanently connected and permanently aroused”. Although Bootsma is used as the featured example and photo given in the article, it does not focus on him per say. The main issue lies in world we live in today and how accessible porn is and how easy sending and receiving inappropriate communication is through the likes of Tinder.

David Penberthy was the editor-in-chief of News Limited (http://www.news.com.au) and the opinion website The Punch for 3 years.  He now has a broadcast breakfast show on Adelaide’s FiveAA talk show.

The AFL and Tinder could be seen as corporations caught up in this issue along with Josh Bootsma.

For this article and my first blog entry, I have decided to research some articles on other AFL players caught up in ‘sexting’ issues such as this and also other articles regarding the technological world of today making pornography readily available.

Simon Lauder’s ‘Inquiry recommends ‘sexting’ offence’ found on the ABC news website writes similarly to Penberthy but uses Brendan Fevola’s famous post of a naked Lara Bingle in the shower as a demonstration to how easy it is to sext and access photos and private information in today’s society.

Similarly, I found a discussion board on the skepticlawyer.com.au titled ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned –sexting and the St. Kilda football team’ from December 2010 about the 17 yr old school girl made famous when she claimed she had fallen pregnant to a St Kilda footballer and after feeling as though she had been treated poorly by members of the team, posted naked photos of various players on her Facebook account. Shortly after her Facebook had been reported and closed down, she then went to Twitter to post her collection of photos. All it takes it a few people to save the photos from her posts and for them to repost.

It appears all three articles look at a particular sexting scandal and then delve deeper into what is the underlying issue at hand of why this is happening and how it is happening. All three articles point the finger at the technology readily available for anyone and everyone to upload photos and private information online.


Lauder, S 2013 ‘Inquiry recommends ‘sexting’ offence’, article found on ABC.NET.AU viewed on August 6th 2014

Discussion board titled ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned –sexting and the St. Kilda football team’ from December 2010, found on skepticlawyer.com.au viewed on August 6th 2014