Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Interesting stuff: http://www.fantent.com/2007/01/31/aqua-teen-hunger-force-media-alters-photos/
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Back to my media conspiracy theory; why does no one know the cause of Anna's death yet; why does no one know who the father is? How is it taking so long to investigate and come up with a conclusion? Why are people so interested in the first place? I feel like the investigation is being prolonged, due to the fact that the longer questions go unanswered, the longer people will ask. The more people ask the more publicity is generated. I have found myself in front of the TV almost everyday just waiting to hear the latest news about Anna. It saddens me that a celebrity that I cared nothing about has had an impact on my day, because I want to hear the latest drama. It is so shocking how the media can just reach through the TV set and grabs a viewer, and makes them care about something that has no impact on their life. The same goes for Britney Spears; the media has thrived off of her problems, most likely being the source of her problems, and now she is in rehab, as an escape from the media. Now that there has been a link between Britney and Anna, through the video, the media has jumped right on board with this story.
It seems twisted that the celebrities have so many problems with media exposure, yet they throw themselves at it. It is also twisted that the media can make a stupid meaningless issue into an important issue. There is no escape from the media in our lives, maybe we all need to be like Britney and go to rehab.
Monday, February 26, 2007
But I find myself on a tangent.
I made the mistake of catching the first episode. Then, at the halfway mark of the season, I hadn’t missed a show because it’s on at a convenient time, and as we all know, they bombard the TV schedule with reruns all week long. So at this point I couldn’t stop until I knew who would be dubbed the best white rapper and take home the $100K reward and recording contract. I know now who won, but for those of you who don’t know, I won’t ruin it.
One thing I noticed as the season drew to a conclusion is that the host, MC Serch, formerly of Third Bass fame, was a good TV personality. ‘Cause let’s face it, most of the participants on reality shows are bumbling spazzes. A good host lends cohesion and an honest voice to an otherwise soap opera on crank.
And so it seems reality shows are more and more headed in this direction. That is, combining the unpredictability and craziness of reality characters with the rules and saneness of a competent host and show formula (a competition). The more I think of it, a lot of the prominent reality shows on TV follow this formula. And thank God, because in reality TV’s infant stages they came dangerously close to being too real. People were drunk on camera, having sex, running around screaming, backstabbing, and doing who-knows-what other ludicrous things.
So even though I not a big fan of white rappers, I got hooked into the show because of MC Serch and the show’s setup—in that it concentrated the most on the competition at hand and not the drama between the characters, although this played in to an extent.
Does anyone else have a favorite reality show host? How ‘bout Robin Leach for the current season of The Surreal Life? Just when you thought that show couldn’t get any more surreal they add Robin Leach to the mix. . . .
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Kodak Winds of Change
Anyways, I found this to be very interesting because the video started out as a commercial produced for internal use at Kodak only. Then, like we talked in class the other day, people that worked at Kodak started emailing it to their friends and family and they emailed it to their friends and family and it just kept spreading. And now is actually turning into a great advertising piece for Kodak.
Being in advertising this is interesting to me. I think that a lot of times the things that are said in this video want to be said in television commercials however companies are to scared to say things like this. It is also funny to be that Kodak spends million of dollars on outside advertisements and what turn out to have the most effect is an advertisement that was not designed to be an ad. Its a perfect example how traditional advertising is not always the most effective form.
I first saw this about two weeks ago, and yes, I tried calling. And I tried calling. And I tried calling. It was always busy. I figured it would be, but I had to try. I was too curious not to. I even tried again today, figuring the commotion may have died down a bit, but I still didn’t get to talk to “the Luke Johnson”. I was sad, but I will get over it somehow. :)
I think it’s pretty cool what he did, but would I ever do it? No, absolutely not. But, it definitely shows how easy it is for an “average Joe” now days to get their faces out there and to get people all over the world to call you if that’s what you’re interested in.
I STILL can't get the video to post so you guys can click on the link above to see it....if you want.
Friday, February 23, 2007
So, I've been watching the first season of 90210 whenever I have free time to do so. And I've noticed a great difference between the first season and the last few seasons.
The first season is less of a serial drama, which is a basically a show that is continued week to week following a story line. Instead, the first season jumps from show to show teaching viewers a new life lesson in each episode. For example, one character, Brenda, faces the difficulties of being a new student in Beverly Hills and is tempted to steal expensive clothing so she'll fit in. In other episodes, the students deal with sex, alcohol, and abuse. The later 90210 followed a few main stories week to week like a typical soap opera.
While the first season is a bit dramatic and humorous, I actually like the episode to episode format of a sitcom just as much as I enjoyed the serial format for Beverly Hills 90210. I think it's interesting how the show can jump from one format to the other and still remain successful for nine years.
I can't think of any other shows that have pulled that off except for Friends. Anyone think of any others??
Thursday, February 22, 2007
This is something we were talking about the other day: journalism compromised by a conflict of interest with public relations. Ha ha.
And in case you missed it, here's my list of good databases that you will find at the library's website. Happy research to you all.
- Business Full Text
- Communication and Mass Media Complete
- ProQuest New York Times
- ProQuest Newspapers
- Readers' Guide
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
FOX 6 ran a story last night about an incident in which a man, after having gone out drinking, decided to watch a "movie." During the time when the man was, in his own words, "taking care of business," he heard a loud knock on his door. Before he could answer, his downstairs neighbor had kicked the door down and entered weilding a 3 foot long sword. You can see the rest here:
Takin' Care of Business (not the BTO song)
I realize that unusual stories have definite news value, but with the plethora of serious events ocurring lately, I find it odd that the first story was about some guy listening to porn too loud.
Broadcast news has gotten so incredibly poor. I'm simply talking about the general news shows that air during the day on cable news networks, not the more substantial programs like the fantastic "Countdown with Keith Olbermann." It's either crap about Anna Nicole Smith and anything about HRC and Obama. Yesterday, for example, MSNBC's Alex Witt led a ten minute long discussion detailing the amount of merchandise the candidates sold at a recent convention.
"Are these sales totals indicative of a broader, national sentiment?"
"Does the fact that Hillary gave away her merchandise for free mean anything?"
"What about the fact that Barack Obama charged for his and still moved more merchandise than her?"
Did anyone see FOX News's attempt at "The Daily Show" with their own "Half Hour News Hour?" I'm not even going to link to it. To give you a taste, they joked that Barack Obama has a magazine similar to Oprah's O. But his is called BO!!! Simply genius.
I watched The Departed and The Insider. Both were great.
Last night my girlfriend was giving me crap because I had to wake up really early and she didn't have to. So I opened the following page and turned it up before I left our place.
Holy Smokes, Dinosaurs! It has profanity.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Honestly, when I was watching this show it was entertaining and I would watch it again just like I watch Laguna Beach or The Hill’s. But the more I think about it I wonder why shows like these are so successful. Do we as a society think it is entertaining, are we watching it to dream that we have that life, or is it that we think that these people’s lives are so ridiculous and that they don’t really have any idea of what “real life” is for people? I don’t know what the answer is but it’s interesting to think about.
Also, it is interesting to that all of these reality shows are successful even though they have the same basic storyline. It is like what we talked about in class once one type of show is successful everyone what’s to copy it because they know it will be successful.
Friday, February 16, 2007
I've selected two episodes. Be warned, although it may appear to be a cartoon show, it's an adult comedy. If are you unsure as to whether or not you will be offended, well, just try a bit of the show. If you don't like what you see and hear, feel free to turn it off. That's the beauty of this show, though, it's skewed, offensive, and hilarious. There's a very amusing episode by the name of Handbanana, though I fear it may be far too extreme for individuals who have not yet become accustomed to the crude humor of ATHF.
Last year, I read an article in the UWM Post written by Diego Costa. Based off of a conversation he overheard in the union, he wrote a story criticizing a girl for only wanting the iPod headphones in order to be “fashionable.” Honestly, I think he made up this “overheard conversation” just to make some random point about conformity, but regardless, I remember that random, stupid article to this day.
Totally off subject... I came across these videos of a crazy cooking show... I don't know if it is wildly inappropriate/offensive or not, but it's pretty funny.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Vanity Fair had a piece in their latest issue, “Pirates of the Multiplex.” It detailed the raids against
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
This intregment lead to me doing a little research. I decided to look up the schedule of programming for WUWM. As it turns out the radio station has this programming everynight! This program has played some of my favorite bands and also opened my eyes to some new music. For example, I first heard Willie Porter, who was recently in the Gasthouse, on the Cafe Tonight show.
If you are a student who is sick of listening to main-stream music and all the commercials that you hear, you should definately check out the Cafe Tonight and World Cafe programming on WUWM and NPR.
-If you want to try an alternative to Internet Explorer (or if you use a Mac, Safari), download Firefox. It's free and easy. One of the best things about it is that it can be customized using add-ons like the split browser I was telling you about. Here is a screenshot I took of my own computer with the split browser a couple of weeks ago:
I can read an article on the left while sort of paying attention to a video on the right. Download it and see what you think.
-I mentioned the other day that I save bookmarked links using a web application called del.icio.us, so here is a link to my del.icio.us bookmarks. The videos we watched this week in class are here in case you missed them, wanted to watch them again, or whatever.
On MySpace, 'Save the Internet's' profile posted a bulletin about net neutrality ... they provided a link to send the FCCs chairman Kevin Martin a Valentine ... if you are interested you can go to this link: http://www.freepress.net/valentine/.
This is what the 'valentine' says:
Dear Chairman Martin,
Will you be our Valentine?
We're sending you this Valentine's Day card with the hope that you will put the public's interests before those of Big Media and their lawyers and lobbyists.
In 2007 please stand with us to:
1) Stop media conglomerates from swallowing up even more local outlets.
2) Prevent phone companies from destroying Net Neutrality.
3) Help foster more diverse voices and points of view.
With best wishes for this Valentine's Day,
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
In the episode that I watched of Dirt an A list movie star who prides himself on his good family image is caught cheating on his wife with another man. The photographer broke into his house and after being caught by his body guards, swallowed the film to save the picture he took of the two men being intimate together. The film was then surgically removed and Lucy Spiller (Courtney Cox) was thrilled with the extent her coworker went though to save the pictures. This got me thinking about the paparozzi and our consumerism of celebrity based news. There are more magazines on the grocery store stand selling celebrity's news more than any other genre. CNN now has headlines that read "Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaugn Broken Up". Paparazzi are growing in extreme numbers and are more and more stalking out celebrities every move. If you are a celebrity and have put yourself out in public, you most expect some exposure but the extent our culture has taken it seems too extreme. Why do we care when Nicole Richie is seen eating a cheeseburger or Paris Hilton has gone out to the club again. We want to know every detail about their life so we can build them up and then tear them down.
Dirt shows the inside of the industry and the dirty work that goes on in exposing the celebrities. Our obssesion may seem innocent when we can't get enough of hearing detail of the latest hookup or break up, but what is is doing to the celebrities and our news culture? More and more today our young celebrities who grace our front pages are entering rehab and acting out. Though we all usually shrug it off as they are crazy or out of control, our need for private information may be destroying them and our news. Entertainment news has now become important news that needs to be reported on high profile news shows. Yet even after I contemplate it I'll still turn to E and the tabloids because they are entertaining perpetuating the very cycle that I feel is taking over our culture in a negative way.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
I find it fascinating that websites like this are able to let people watch TV and/or film episodes and clips without any charge. It is definitely awesome and a convenience for viewers to have the ability to do this. You just wonder how many people are taking advantage of TV on the Internet and the outcome of it for TV stations ... The Internet really has become a popular media medium and I believe a definite amount of viewers are now on the Internet watching shows and movies rather than on the TV itself. It will be interesting to see where television and the Internet stand in ten years... is it possible for TV to be absolutely absolute???
...Here's a clip from "The Office"
This leads me to think about technology in general. It seems like in today’s society technology is designed to last very short term and then it breaks. This just does not make any sense to me. If I spend hundreds of dollars on something I want to be able to use it more then a few months or at tops a few years. Has anyone else had problems like this or is it just me with the bad technology luck?
Saturday, February 10, 2007
I watched one of their new shows called Underage and Engaged. At the
end of the show the new groom's mother asked if they wanted to come
over for breakfast and they basically said, "If you want to know what he
said, go to our website." I actually laughed. Love em or hate em, you gotta admire MTV for knowing where the trends are.
Also, I recently realized that I now get most of my news from the web.
I know what's going on with news and entertainment because when I sign
in b to google or yahoo or whatever, I see the most recent news bulletin or
ad or whatever. So now when I think about it, the way I get and receive
information has changed
a lot. I knew about Anna Nicole that way, and about that astronaut love triangle,
as well as the new aqua teen hunger force movie...that should be very interesting,
can't wait for that!!!
I must say I saw it coming. As soon as the shadowy figure of prince appeared in a figure most people would at least smile at, I knew the media would jump on it. Yahoo's front page today questions the superbowl performance as the "shadow of scandal." I must admit though, that indeed when I saw this I was a little surprised. I found it funny to read farther that critics of the media commented that we are lucky to only have experienced such superbowl controversy of a shadow versus other incidents such as Janet Jackson three years ago. I suppose I do agree with them, and this will probably be the only time. But what can't be considered sexual? This is where I think the media should just leave this topic alone, because you take any item today and someone will probably find a way to make a sexual term or action from it. My question is, would anyone really notice or care in the future, if the media did not exploit these facts? That, is probably the hardest question for me to think about.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
P.S. I'm not sure if the MSNCB.com link worked so here it is just in case....
Birkhead didn't even wait for her son to be buried before he began bashing her to the media. Making violent claims and threatening to take away the one thing that could possibly help her get through this time.
Anna's speech is constantly slurred. Reports of friends witnessing her drug use continue to surface. I would be unbelievebly suprised to find that she is ever sober.Obviously, I do not condone a mother to have custody of a child while on drugs.
Her cause of death has been listed as cardiac arrest. Many can and have safely assumed that drugs will be found in her system.
Birkhead was on E News last night, again. He had taped a number of phone calls with Anna that made her look less than "motherly". They were all heard on E. He had found a very close girl friend of Anna's and convinced her to come forward with negative accusations.
I'm left wondering what correlation Birkhead's last attack on her in the media had with her choice (that's my guess so far) to put her body in such danger. Would she even had known his plans and intentions this far if it weren't being spewed from the 6:00 news (hey it's what I consider "news".
While I watch her body being roughly rolled in to the coroner under a large red blanket (thanks to the MSNBC's helicopter footage), I can only wonder one thing. Someday her daughter Dannilyn will get old enough to want to know more about her mother. Among all of the thousands of photographs, Guess jeans advertisements, and even Anna's reality show, will this be the last image of her mother that forever stays in her mind?
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
It is commonly accepted in our society that politicians are liars, cheats, or master manipulators. During election times, candidates receive so much negative attention or too often become the butt of society’s jokes that many people feel as if they are picking between the lesser of two evils, or between two idiots. The way candidates are portrayed by the media turn the entire political process into a game. Which candidate is ahead? What sort of trickery did the candidate use to take the lead? If a candidate is behind, what are they doing wrong? How is their character flawed? These types of questions are ultimately irrelevant when choosing political leaders, but yet they receive the most attention during political campaigns. In Out of Order, Thomas Patterson stated, “If Vietnam and Watergate marked a time when the press turned against the politicians, then now represents when the press has turned on them,” (21). If the press has turned on politicians, and turned campaigns into a game, then how can citizens trust anything said by politicians, make informed decisions, or prevent themselves from being alienated from the political process?
People seem to dislike politicians most when they cite a general dissatisfaction with politics, but few people consider journalists to be a source of the political problem. When politicians make campaign promises, journalists assume they are empty attempts at getting votes and often report them to be as such. Later when politicians actually do keep, or attempt to keep, their campaign promises, it barely makes the news. Furthermore, if any promises are not kept, for logistical reasons or disagreements with congress, politicians are simply painted as liars. So any promises that are made on the campaign trail are given little weight by the public mostly because the press downplays held promises and exaggerates broken ones election after election.
The game schema only allows the public to hear four stories: who’s leading, who’s trailing, who’s gaining ground, and who’s losing ground. Voters never seem to get the information they need to make informed decisions. Too much emphasis is placed on drama and character, and far too little emphasis is placed on policy issues. An adversarial press has spawned an adversarial public that has little to no faith in the political process or government.I know that I have often been lured by the game process and my voting decisions have been influenced by superfluousness...and I am learning how to STUDY the media...imagine how the average person must feel?
Can the inadequacies of present day media be the fault of increased commercialism?
While I'm tempted to give into a rant about the body image created by today's society, I figure I should let Tyra do the talking for me.
I sympathasize with her, and although she can become a tad irritating, I think she is pushing for a healthier and more relaxed body image in today's society. (Though, on a side note, I find it ironic that she produces/endorses/created a reality show featuring young women boasting BMI's lower than 18.5)
Tyra is using the attention granted to her by the masses (Pun!) in an efficient manner. She's both diverting and converting the negative attention she's receiving into a message about body image.
Good for you, Tyra.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
PS. and K-Fed was in an investment commercial...? Oh, ok.
Anyone ever feel like this in the library?
I appreciate the wit of this show. The pranks are smart, well thought out, and fairly harmless. I much prefer this type of show over Jackass, though I suppose there are times when mindless, slapstick humor can be embraced.
I found magic berry about a year ago, and due to the super bowl hype I wanted to bring him back to the blog for a reason. This morning, I was browsing online news clips about tv spots and ads being produced just for online use in the superbowl and I thought it was amazing. I think I enjoyed magic berry so much because it pokes fun at what should be poked fun at, the numerous amount of people actually making careers out of the information age. I think it is good for both sides and it shows that the internet is all magic. There is an abundant amount of slight of hand information flying around, which we see about 10% of in the final product, and it is used for entertainment uses, but also to spark curiosity in the unknown. Some of this slight of hand information we do not see, has been deemed detrimental to us, but for the most part, the notion of a person making an entire career online is now starting to become a reality.
threat to American safety. Apparently, light displays, as shown on the right, triggered multiple calls to the Boston Police Department about bomb scares. These threats were taking very seriously. Highways, bridges, and the entire down town of a major American city were shut down by a middle-finger raising moon creature, pictureed on the right. It shows the times that we live in, media can even be the evil that is out to get the country. Our advertising tactics have become so agressive that we do not even know how to interpret them as media and nothing more. Even though this gurrellia marketing campagin has two men facing felony counts and possible jail time, they took a step further into getting the message about their show. In my opinion, this also an example of a of what once was a subculture now coming to the stand of popular culture. What is your opinion on this issue? How should we hand this independent advertising group doing this marketing campagin that got out of control? Should they be punished? They didn't call in a bomb threat or even tell people the light displays were bombs. I thought the media was protected under that thing that we call the First Amendment. Well, I will state my final opinion on this. People will go to great lenghts to get an idea to stick. We will remember the name of Turner Broadcasting System and the entity of [adult swim] that they hold. Would you go to this great of length to get your name out into the general public?
P.S. I apologize to anyone who may have been offened by the images or context of this blog.
Friday, February 02, 2007
I admit that one of the reasons I don't watch the shows like Laguna Beach and the other reality shows is that they're addictive!!! Generally I find myself being sucked in, even if I don't want to be. There just a fascination with watching some of these people going through struggles that are usually anything but realistic, or watching some people live a fantasy life that you'd love to have. Definitely an addictive concept.