The transformational reading of Gen y on British greatness through historical documentary

Mohd Nor Shahizan Ali, Mat Pauzi Abd Rahman, Ali Salman, Mohd Azul Mohamad Salleh

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Youth generation in this century (Gen Y) as a whole are exposed to technological developments, particularly in the process of getting information. As a result, any information that comes to them will be interpreted widely and critically. Recently, a documentary aired regularly shaped history back to the audience (especially Gen Y) to express the spirit of patriotism to the country. The question here involves the interpretation by the youth (Gen Y) which is more focused on the implicit meaning of the historical documentary 'The Kinta Story' (1949) produced by the National Film of Malaysia (FINAS). This article analyzes the interpretation of Gen Y based on understanding of the cognitive and aesthetic elements of the historical documentary. A focus group discussion was conducted on seven informants. The discussion focuses on the propaganda aspect, the aspect of British greatness and the overall interpretation of the historical documentary narrative as a message. From the results, the Gen Y informants interpreted the colonialists of British Malaya as having personal interests to reap the economic resources and make communist as a cause to justify their relevance in Malaya. The results also showed that the transformation of social technologies and the impact of extensive and open information have influenced the interpretation (read: reading) of Gen Y.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-278
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Asian Pacific Communication
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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technical development
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history
economics
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youth

Keywords

  • Gen Y
  • historical documentary
  • literacy media
  • media technology
  • social technologies
  • transformation of technology
  • visual literacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Communication
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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The transformational reading of Gen y on British greatness through historical documentary. / Ali, Mohd Nor Shahizan; Abd Rahman, Mat Pauzi; Salman, Ali; Mohamad Salleh, Mohd Azul.

In: Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2015, p. 267-278.

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