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Confusion in the Notion of Privacy March 24, 2009

Filed under: amateur videos — believeindream @ 3:06 pm

The Internet can be used for entertainment or even to expose different parts of our lives. In class,we saw a video from a woman who was giving birth on YouTube (Internet) this is what we called “Unassisted Birth”. It is a new way to give birth. Also, it is a “tremendous cultural change” like the teacher said because before (even now) on my opinion giving birth should be something private that you share with your family. Now,there is a change that is due to the change of values.

Now, with YouTube, Blogs and even Facebook there is a confusion in what we call “privacy”. There is no privacy anymore because we can record every little parts of our day and put it on YouTube. Also, there is the Facebook phenomena where we can out pictures of everyhting that is happening in our daily lives. And, we have “friends” that can see them, so it is public. Everything that you put on Facebook is not private but public since you made the choice to put informations or pictures of yourself on it. For example, if someone “tag” a picture without asking you it can be seen as a violation of privacy, but you can “untagged” yourself (the picture that you “untagged” is stil going to stay on album picture of your “friend” so it is public since people can see it).

The notion of privacy as shifted to the notion of “public”. For example, the woman who gave birth to her daughter on YouTube (it is a “home made video”) is public because there is a huge number of views. Also, the teacher was saying before the “home videos” were private, they were only for the family but now the “home videos” are shared with the whole world this is what we call “amateur popular culture”. So,the child of the woman who have birth on the Internet, is interacting with the camera, he or she is socialized to interact with it. And, going on YouTube as become a normalize expectation, so going on Youtube and posting videos is “normal”.

Finally, there is a confusion in the notiin of privacy because everything becomes “public” there is no “privacy” anymore because everyone can film or even take pictures with their phones or cameras.

[critic of the video]
I chose to put the videos “25 things that I hate about Facebook” because I didn’t want to post the video from the “unassisted privacy since it is a bit disturbing. So, the Facebook video is very interesting because the young man talks about elements of Facebook that he doesn’t like. He is mentionning the “tagging of pictures” (number 18) wich is in link with what I wrote about the notion of privacy. This video is funny because some of the elements that he said are true and sometimes very annoying! Good Video and very Funny!!!!


Genius Video! March 17, 2009

Filed under: Notes from class — believeindream @ 3:09 pm

There are many concepts that are related to popular culture. For example, there are the notions of reality and hyperreal. When we are talking about hyppereal we are automatically refering ourselves to Jean Baudrillard who said that “everything is manufactured” which means that the “meaning is dead”.

This notion can be related to images since in class the teacher said that “images becomes more important than meaning”. Personally, I think that to have meaning you have to get some visuals (images) for the reason that to understand something you have to get explanation that will give you meaning and with the infromations that you grasp you can relate it to images or visual.

In Grossberg book at page 225 it talks about image. The author says: “To appropriate, enjoy or invest in a particular style, image or set of images no longer necessarily implies any faith that such investments make a signficants (even affective) differences”. Also he mentions: “…we celebrate the affective ambiguity of images, images which are “well developed in their shallowness, fascinating in their emptiness.” (page 225)

These quotes are related to one of the video from Kanye West called: “Welcome to Heartbreak” featuring the rapper Kid Cudi. In this video, we can see many images, they are very ambiguous and bizarre but very interesting. Also, it makes it very different from the other videos for the reason that the choice of colour and effects are very complex. Moreover, it makes the video hard to understand.

And, it can also be related to the notion of hyppereal since “everything is manufactured” so it means that what we see is not true which not no sense to me.

[critic of the video]
I like this video because it is complex to understand. The complexity makes it fun to watch. I like the blend of colors and images. But, the concept of the song does not go with the lyrics of the song. The quality of the video is very good and the editing seems very well done. Nice video, I like it so Enjoy it!


Politics and the Power of Music March 16, 2009

Filed under: Notes from class — believeindream @ 3:17 am

The leaders in the political world all have their ways of telling the world their ideas and philosophies. Nowadays and even before, music was included in politics to make people think about the issues of their country.

In Lawrence Gossberg’s book named “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” at chapter 6 it talks about politics and economics. Politics can be related to music since there are songs that are made particularly for political campaign. It is a manner to get people attention about politics and leaders.

Also, in this chapter it is talking about two types of music which are Rock and Rap music. On page 137 it says: “There is nothing intrinsic to its [rock music] practices (including its place vis-a-vis the “mainstream”) that guarantees that it delivers its audience to a specific polotical position” (page:137). This quote is related to rock music like we mentionned in class “politics of rock cannot predict the political position” which is true since music can inspire to do something but it can tell you for who to vote for example. Moreover, for rap music it says:”Rap is perhaps the only place in comtemporary popular music where politics is and must be constantly marked” (page:152). Rap music is a type of music that can use many words to convey an opinion about politics or other elements in life. Like I already mentionned music can insipire someone to do something but it cannot influence you to vote for someone since people have their own opinions and their own way of thinking.

For example, there was the campaign for President Obama in 2008 and there was many songs to get people more specifically young people to vote. The rapper from the group Black Eyed Peas Will.I.Am created a song called “Yes We Can” which was a good idea. On my opinion young people can relate themsleves to the speech of President Obama because it is a message of hope and courage.

Yes, politics is an important aspect of our world but we have to vote for our leaders based on our own beliefs and ideas.

[critic of the video]
I like this video because it shows politics in a new way. It shows that music can be incorporated in everything to promote politics. The quality of the video is very good for the reason that we can hear the speech of President Obama that goes with famous singers or celebrities who are doing lypsinc. I like that it is in black and white since it seems like a video that didn’t cost a lot to do. Nice video and good way to promote politics!


PCD-The Pussycat Dolls March 14, 2009

Filed under: Notes from class — believeindream @ 5:04 am

In Grossberg book on page 100 it says: «…cultural forms may also empower women to discover new relations to their own bodies and identities…» (page:100). This quote can be related to videos where we see woman dancing and performing.

For example, there is a pop group named The Pussycat Dolls who is a group of girls who are performing burlesque. But, some indivuals are saying that their way of performing is «offensive» and «provocative». The original group was created by Robyn Antin in 1993 with her friend who wanted to do a burlesque group, her performances are taken from the 1950`s & 1960`s. Also, the dancers are wearing «lingerie» and other sexy clothes.

The girls are performing which are a way to express themselves.In class, we said that they «engage in a behaviour that is good for us but there is a negative quality of it» (it was in relation to the feminist theory). Also, Robyn Antin said in an interview that it is a way to show independent women and the empowerement of women.

So, we can say that the way that are dancing are a way to discover their bodies since the burlesque is a type of dance that is very sensual.

[critic of video]
This video from the PCD(new group who is making pop/R&B music) featuring the famous rapper Snoop Dogg called «Buttons» is a nice video in my opinion for the reason that the girls are dancing and doing the movements with precision. Also, we can see what they (the girls from PCD )can do as performers. The quality of the video is excellent since it is professional.


Emotions March 8, 2009

Filed under: Notes from class — believeindream @ 7:50 pm

Affect is a concept that is mentionned in Grossberg book (We Gotta get Out of This Place). This concept is related to feelings and emotions. The author states: ” Affect is closely tied to what we often describe as the “feeling” of life” (page:80). Moreover, in the same page it says: “Affect is a plane of effects, a matter ” actualization, effectuation, practices…an ability to affect and to be affected” (page:80).

Also, affect can be related to poetry. Poetry is an element of arts that is link to emotions, choice of words. It is very powerful since it can affect people since someone is telling a story with a lot of emotions. For example, there is a video from “Def Poetry Jam” where artists or people are telling poetry/story. There is a video from the R&B singer Alicia Keys, where she tells a poem named “Power of Words” (P.O.W). We can perceive in this video, that she is saying her poem and is into the character of a prisonner. And, there are many emotions anfd feelings that comes from it.

[critic of the video]
It is a very good poem. Miss Keys is very great at what she does, but in this video we can see that she can do other things than only singing. I like the concept of making poetry. I think there should be more poetry since it is a way to tell emotions and say what you feel! Nice concept!


Privacy of the Room

Filed under: amateur videos — believeindream @ 6:50 pm

In class we talked about many elements of popular culture.

One of the them was the notion of “privacy”. In the book of Lawrence Grossberg named: “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” at page 79 it is mention: Popular culture is always more than ideological; it provides sites of relaxation,privacy, pleasure, enjoyment, feeling good, fun, passion and emotion” (page:79). This quote shows that popular culture can produce different elements which is very interesting since it is not only an ideology or a theory.

There is a video on YouTube from a girl who is singing a song by the Punk/Rock band Green Day. It is related to the notion of privacy for the reason that she is in her room (or it seems like she is in her room) and she is singing. Like the teacher said in class :”Privay creates place where we can do everything and there is no compliance with the social norms”. So, it means that when we are in our “privacy” we can do everything we want without being judged. Also, Dr Stangelove said that as a social norm (what we do ) is not acceptable to the eyes of the society. But, in this case in the video we (the audience/public of YouTube) see her in her “privacy” so, it is not private anymore it becomes something “public” since everyone can see it.

[critic of the video]
The video is good, we can see that the girl as fun with it. Personally, I think that she should have put a Green Day t-shirt it misses something, she should have put black eyeliner! The quality of the video is acceptable, it misses light in the background!


Does Media Controls Our Way of Thinking? March 1, 2009

Filed under: amateur videos — believeindream @ 6:04 am

The Agenda –Setting theory from Cohen states : “The press may not be successful much of the time in telling people what to think, but it is stunningly successful in telling its readers what to think about.” (Cohen, 1963) [Information taken from University of Netherlands named: University of Twenty].

This brings us to the question does media as control over our imagination or our way of thinking? Like we were saying in class, media produces a conscious manipulation because for example, we can watch television and see a new Ipod or any new products and we are saying ourselves..”Oh I want this new Ipod!”. But, we already have an Ipod, this example is in direct link with the capitalist system or how the economic system produce us. We always want more that we already have!

There was a video called : “Read a Book” which is a “controversial, provocative and the imagery is offensive” like the reporter of CNN who made the interview with the producers of this rap song would say. This song was created to make young people see that education is important and we are nothing without it. Moreover, it is related to the Agenda-Setting theory since adoslescents who will see this video can be influenced by the offensive lyrics or young girls can be influenced to act like the woman who is dancing. In addition, this rap song is contreversial but still is a message for young people to read a book instead of always playing video games for example.

Media/Press can influence our way of thinking but personnaly, I think that media cannot tell us what to think since we already have an opinion and ideas. But, the media/press can give ideas to reinforce our opinion.

[critic of the video]
This video a about a but that tell is opinion about the “Rap a Book” video”.The quality of this video is a little bit poor but at least the sound is good!