Room to View: Family Television Use in the Australian Context
Education and Arts
Communications and Arts, Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications
Although Australian media consumption follows general Western trends toward increasingly media rich households, there seems to be a distinctly regional response to how media technologies are incorporated into the Australian home. Although a majority of Australian families with children have a second (and many a third) television set, few choose to locate these technologies in children’s bedrooms. Thus, Australia’s high level of screen entertainment media is not associated with a high level of children’s bedroom access, as would generally be expected. When family conflict does arise regarding television viewing, it is just as likely to be about “where to watch” as “what to watch.” Through the use of an audience ethnography approach, this article explores how Australian parents and their children make sense of their television viewing in the home environment, highlighting how new and multiple media technologies are integrated into the spatial geography of the antipodean family home.