Do You Even Pop Culture: Movie and TV Trailers.

Welcome to the first blog in the new ‘Do You Even Pop Culture?’ series. If you’re new to my site, welcome! My name is Josh Mercer, but you can call me Merce.

I’ve decided to kick it off by talking about movies and TV (or Streaming) trailers. I got the idea for this after the recent release of the Obu Won-Kenobi teaser trailer. During a recent zoom meeting with the rest of my colleagues the day of the trailer’s release, we geeked out over it very hard.

Later on in the day, after I had finished work, I started to think about all the other trailers I have reacted over the same way over the last few years. I also started thinking about how much of an event it is these days. As a kid growing up in the 90s, we would be lucky to catch a movie trailer on TV, and we would see them before other movies at the cinema. And other than ads for new shows, there was minimal excitement for them.

That has changed today. With the rise of streaming and prestige TV, we all hang out for the teaser trailer. At times, the trailer’s release garners just as much attention as the opening night of a movie or episode one of a show.

Social media is one of the reasons why this has happened. Through the wonders of YouTube, people worldwide can watch the new trailer a studio releases. We don’t need to be home at a particular time to watch it on TV; we can watch it on our phones, tablets and desktops at work, on the bus or in school.

The other reason is the rise of fandoms. Fandoms have always been around, but over the last ten years, they have gone to another level. These die-hards are the ones that make or break a movie or TV show. And by blowing them away with a great trailer, they will be sure that they watch, even if the movie or show is terrible.

I like how even the trailer has become a big deal as it holds us over until the actual movie or show comes.

If you haven’t seen the trailer for Obi Won-Kenobi, here it is:

Thank you for taking the time to read my new post.

Take care,


Outback Journo: Telling The Community’s Stories

This week will mark two months since I started my video journalist job in Broken Hill. It has been quite the experience so far.

One thing that I have been happy about is telling the locals stories. I know that it’s only been a couple of months, but I have a couple of favourites already.

The first one is a story I did in February. Andrew Wilson is a Broken Hill resident who works as a tour guide for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He decided to do the Starlight Foundation’s super swim challenge, swimming 28 km in 28 days of February. Here is the Bulletin; the story starts 14:10 minutes in:

After the story went to air, Andrew received some significant donations. It was a story I am proud of, Andrew is a friendly and humble person, and it was a pleasure to tell his story.

The other story which I enjoyed was about Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The Broken Hill City Library has partnered with the Imagination Library, a service for newborn children up to five years old. They receive age-appropriate books to kick start their literacy journey. Here is that Bulletin; the story begins at 12:52 minutes:

The program manager in Australia reached out to me on LinkedIn and was happy about the coverage received.

While I have enjoyed all the stories that I have presented for Spencer Gulf news, these are just a couple that I have received feedback from.

I’m excited to tell the stories of the people of Broken Hill in 2022.

Outback Journo: Welcome to Broken Hill

Welcome to the first of my new posts about my new job and the town I now live. If you haven’t been to my website before, hi, my name is Josh Mercer, but you can call me Merce.

It’s been just over a month since I moved to Broken Hill from Canberra for my new job. It has been good so far but very challenging at times. When I finished university last year, I thought I would work for an online news outlet or radio, and I didn’t expect to be a video journalist.

Video editing was always something that I was looking forward to learning when I got uni; however, it took me a while to get used to the software. It changed halfway through my degree, and we would use different, more user-friendly software in the new media production class. Fast forward to this year, and that old software crept back into my life with my new job. At first, I was a lot more nervous about the job, but now I am starting to get the hang of it which is excellent.

The other challenge has been getting in front of the camera. I’ve always thought that I had a head for radio! But on a serious note, I was worried that people would see how nervous I was. But, as they say, practice makes perfect, and I am starting to get a bit more comfortable in front of the camera.

While it is only early days, I am enjoying both the fact that I am finally a journalist and looking forward to what the future will hold.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and until next time take care.