Year 10; hormones are raging; everyone seems to be maturing at different rates and academics are no longer the priority to most. Now try living with your cohort for the ever-confusing year. Boarding School.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved it for the most part and can safely say I’m part of the 70% who believe boarding schools prepare students for independence, as studies show on http://www.boardingschools.com. My after-school activities used to consist of SingStar karaoke, pranks on the younger girls and homework but our favourite was always Wednesday TV nights. 2016 brought with it the second season of the Bachelorette, a show in which we all grew very very fond of. With $2 Aldi ice blocks and fluffy pyjama bottoms, we would crowd around the TV and argue for the duration of the program. Yep, 45 minutes of arguing.
‘No, he’s the best looking!’ and ‘Why him?’
It was anarchy. Between the arm raising in anger and aggressive points the screen you’d be lucky to come out unscathed. Between the ten of us boarding that year, clear ‘sides’, if you will, were established. I don’t remember the names of the contestants that year but it’s safe to say it was a Jacob or Edward style debate.
Screen Australia has since released the statistics of viewership in recent years and suffice to say, a lot of our age group wasn’t avidly keeping up with the broadcast TV program like we were. Had I been living at home and being the only 15-year-old in my household that year I doubt such a show would even cross my radar – besides 7pm onwards is dad’s TV time. Considering this information with the types of audiences discussed in this week’s lecture I am able to reflect upon the experience in a different light. Our interaction with the trashy, free to air show was active, similar to that of Gogglebox. Had we of not been grouped together and interacting with both the show and each other, sharing a similar experience, we likely would have lost interest, like other 14-17-year olds across Australia.
Sure, the experience teared us apart for a solid two months but despite all the arguments and injuries, sharing that time on a Wednesday night brought us closer together as a family. A very dysfunctional family, but a family nonetheless. We still laugh about that year to this day and I will never forget any of those girls, as cheesy as it is.
https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/sa/media-centre/news/2018/02-27-report-australian-trends-online-on-demand – Screen Australia Statistics of 2018
http://www.boardingschools.com/discover/bigpicture.aspx – Boarding School Statistics