Clicktivism- There’s my 5 cents – I have a strong passion for this. Maybe it’s because I use the internet regularly, but nothing grinds my gears more than seeing someone “like” a page and think they have done something good for the planet. I really did enjoy this topic a lot, because it redefined the need for social activism. I am not one to be a raging activist, but giving a damn about society is what I am about. Although I am quite adamant at the fact that I do not engage on online activism, I do feel that there is a place for it, and maybe one day I can reconcile with the fact that this is a step forward into the future. I may have even learnt a ‘pro’ about online activism – not that I want to admit it.
R3M!X CuL7UЯ3 – This was probably my favorite topic so far. I have such a passion for music and remixing. It never really occurred to me that online news could also be remixed into videos. Of course like I mentioned in my blog, the word is commonly used to describe music, but in this topic I did learn a lot more about what exactly remix does to the culture and how we thrive for new ideas and concepts through various sources. Searching through the internet, I became rather inspired to know that my art is actually a lot bigger than what I thought.
Becoming Transmedia- I honestly can say that I have never heard the word transmedia before, and even more surprised that I have somehow engaged with it all my life. It’s funny how that happens, living blissfully unaware about something until its made evident, then all you can see is just that. And with saying this, I can now be a lot more aware of the engagement and hidden potentials of sources. I think its great that transmedia can bring a community in even a world-wide perspective together from the love of a tv show or film
This semester so far has been more than just a chore, I don’t think I have felt so right learning a subject. The online blogging hardly feels like homework to me and the lectures are always so engaging. I guess this gives more of an excuse to watch YouTube. I have had a lot of fun, it has been hard, but for the most part I think I started to feel a lot more comfortable within myself and this subject.
Remixing plays a huge part in our culture. Most people identify the word ‘remix’ with music, and for the most part it is. But with the increased creativity (you may say) of our viewers, the word now extends to videos on news segments as well. We see it just about everywhere, whether it’s the speech of the president or local news, if it’s remix-able, why not? And why not indeed? Creating something humours from something not so tasteful brings a new definition to fun. But is it all fun and games? While it may be creative, it may also breach copyright. This happens quite frequently, a you tube video with audio in the background that was not credited for, will most likely be flagged as a copyright infringement. A good example of this is the Buffy vs Edward: Twilight Remixed. Where a man named Jonathan McIntosh created a mashup of the popular Twilight and Buffy The Vampire Slayer film and tv show to create a sub storyline saying, “the work is an example of fair use transformative storytelling which serves as a visual critique of gender roles and representations in modern pop culture vampire media“. This video was flagged for copyright 3 years after it was uploaded (they took their time didn’t they!). After already having millions of views, translated into several languages, appearing on popular television shows and even nominated for an award, the copyright monster came and bit it in the you know what. And after it’s continues ambiguous arguments from YouTube, Lionsgate Entertainment (producers and distributors of Twilight) also attacked. Things started to get messy, but finally Lionsgate dropped the chargers and the video was back online.
Remix culture plays a huge part in our society and culture. It’s a way to express ourselves and indulge in our creativity. It is a way for us the audience to be active in the way we consume content. Without remix, new ideas would not emerge and our society would become stale and boring. One of my favoirte mash up artsist is
Girl Talk who mashes not just samples of songs but everything from sounds to lyrics. As a musician myself, i find it fascinating that people could mash up or remix others peoples art and create something with an entire new meaning.
…these 2 videos are for funzies, and also why I love Youtube!
With the convergence of media platforms and technologies, content creators have had to adopt a new way to share their content to gain as much audience as possible. As we live now in a society where we use multiple platforms to communicate, it only seemed natural that the flow of content is made accessible through different avenues. We see this happen especially in blockbuster films, where the story does not stop at the one film but it continues to expand in sequels and then into video games, books and even food. We see start to see the story evolve more into an experience that contributes to a larger puzzle which adds substance to the story line as well as adding possible back stories and in-depth character profile – creating an extension to the world that is already portrayed in its original first source. For me, transmedia has always played a big part in the way I engage with films. Being a huge film fanatic, there is always that need to want more information about the characters and the storyline. A good example of this was my high interest in Resident Evil. The books (all but 2 – these were more in-depth storyline of the game which are actually side stories), video games and films was, for the most part, the backbone of the central story line. Although there were many R.E films made, because of the nature of the complex storyline, a lot of the back stories or additional information had to be found in the video games which better explain certain plots. I did find contradictions in the storyline of the films to the games which didn’t coincide. This made me a little bit disappointed because it didn’t follow the same storyline but on the other hand, it did make me a lot more active in the way I engaged with the content. Whether we like it or not, we are all somehow engaging in transmedia; from the video games we play, to the clothes we wear, we are all examples of Transmedia in the works.
There is one really good show that I love to watch. And for me, that is a big thing to say; television doesn’t really have much substance these days. But when Modern Family came out it really made an effort to start questioning and challenging our ideologies and the way we view society. Everyone has their own interpretation of what a family is and how it should be look like. However, the families depicted are ones that are not necessarily your usual type. The older gentleman and the new foreign wife who is considerably much younger than him, the middle class family with 3 children, the middle child to appears to be the smartest of the 3 and eldest and youngest that are not so bright. And then the notably gay couple with an adopted child. All 3 families challenge the ideas and ideologies of what a family should be. I think that show is very well done and shows the diversity of people and families. But like any program that has aspects of challenging the society norm, there have been controversies in regards to same-sex marriage and the roles of genders. The obvious ones are Cameron and Mitchell, the gay couple. In the first season, the show follows their struggle to introduce their adopted baby daughter to the family. Also showing a sub-story with Mitchell and his relationship with his father Jay in terms of his sexuality. As much as the program has tried its best to show the relationship, there has also been criticism from the LGBT community, saying that it wasn’t a true representation of what a gay couple is. The series developed for a long time before the couple were shown to be affectionate towards each other until finally there was a “kissing” scene.
More criticism is shown through the roles of men and woman in the show. Although ironically enough, the show is called MODERN family, none of the 2 mothers and Cameron, who is depicted as the feminine one of the gay couple have jobs in the show. They are all depicted as stay at home mothers. Some people say that this is not a true representation of modern society and that it pigeon holes woman. Another argument is stereotyping the intellectuality of men and woman. In the family with Clair and Phil, the wife Clair is not very good with electronics and cannot use the television remote or anything electronic. This is the same for the eldest child Hayley. Where Luke, the youngest and supposed ‘dumbest’ of the 3, can easily use electronics because he is a boy. Another example would be Gloria and Jay. Gloria, a very attractive woman married to a man old enough to be her father, is portrayed as a strong woman who doesn’t work and is supported by her husband giving the impression that she is a gold digger, and that she married an older man for his money.
Modern Family and its attempt to breakdown the walls of traditional families can also be argued that it has tried to very lightly. It has not really succeeded in showing what an evolved family could be, but rather it shows a more traditional and almost backward ideology of men, women and families masquerading as comedy and entertainment.
It has been a long time since I have sat down and watched television. I remember as a child watching television for hours. Maybe it was innocence and wanting to know more about the world, or simply, television was a lot more entertaining. Over the last few years the television for me has somewhat become an artifact, gathering dust in the corner of my house. The lack of interest I have in the programs and its content has been much for evident for me as I would rather read a book. However, a growing trend of reality tv shows has come about.
To think that major corporations are the ones who are responsible for the media, but not necessarily this; they control the way we view the media and thus the world. Setting ideologies and creating new versions or distorted realities, almost like a dystopian world.
I believe that the media is very much responsible in shaping the way that children see them themselves. Sexualization of children is big in today’s society but has been around for a long time in even children’s tv shows. A great example of this is sexual messages in Disney films. One of the shows that stands out for me is Toddlers and Tiaras where the contestants are competing in a pageant. These girls (and boys) are from the ages of 0-12. This show has had many controversies surrounding the sexualization of children and how, most astonishingly, the parents support it.
I think its important for us as a society to understand how media shapes us and how it affects the way children view themselves. It’s important to know who controls the media and what their motives are to choose such programmes to air on television.
The Honey Boo Boo trailer.
VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED.
After this years 2013 Mardi Gras, there circulated a video that showed a young man by the name of Jamie being thrown to the ground by police. This video became viral in just a few days and it was the main focus of media for a week. enquiries were made after this video depicted the police using unnecessary force and mistreating the young man. The footage that was captured by a bystander showed a very disoriented teenager with blood on the floor and crying from obvious shock. He seemed to be intoxicated with alcohol and also seemed a lot smaller in size than the police officer that was involved. Needless to say, this sparked outrage in the GLBT community as they were shocked to have witnessed such treatment by the police at an event where they felt they should have been protected. As the investigations went on, Jamie appeared on news channels such as Current Affair and Today Tonight. In both of these videos he said that he respected the police as they are there to protect but that he felt he was “treated like a piece of meat”. This video clearly shows the harsh actions that were taken by police. However, the video was shot half way though the incident in which viewers must understand that it must be viewed in context. As a result of this, there were many angry people and petitions were made to remove the police officers in question from their position.
On the day of the rally on Oxford street against police brutality, new video emerged captured by another bystander showing Jamie resisting the police, kicking and punching them. This part of the incident was shot before the first video which became viral. This is important evidence as it places Jamie in a different light. No longer does he seem helpless. The video shows him fighting the officers before they got aggressive. before I watched this video, I did have sympathy for Jamie. I did not feel it was necessary to use such extreme force, but I also didn’t think that police would handcuff someone in public without any reason. Some people felt that this was a homophobic act, but in reality, it could have happened at any major event. What I find most interesting is that the first video made headlines and it was very much the centre of media for a week. The video was seen by million of viewers, and as Jamie comments in the Current Affair interview, he unwillingly became famous overnight. However, the video showing him punching and kicking the officers is not that well-known. I believe it may be because the video was weeks after the incident and after the hype had died down, or alternatively because the ‘entertainment’ value of the video was not as great as the first.