Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
More than the film, however, I want to blog about experiencing the film. Firstly, I was really lucky because the Oriental played "Part 1" (called Hotel Chevalier) which was a short that depicts one of the character's relationship (Jason Schwartzmann) with his ex-girlfriend (Natalie Portman). I had heard before seeing the film that the short, which was played at film festivals, would not be played upon the film's release. Secondly, the venue in which I saw the film was important. I didn't see the film at Marcus Cinemas (with sticky floors and stadium seating)- I saw it at the Oriental Theatre (with high class overtones and a balcony). I really think these contextual aspects of experiencing the film influenced what I got out of it.
P.S. I definitely recommend it!!
Stop reading here if you don’t want spoilers!
Raja wants to help out the family monetarily so he gets a job at a local convenience store. The manager/owner of the store is of Indian descent (not Native American/First Nations) and the show kind of pokes fun at the Middle-Eastern-guy-running-a-corner-store stereotype.
Anyhow, he’s got this job. And now we’re shown Raja around another “other” character. But we soon find out not all ethnically diverse or “different” characters on this show are good people. Put in charge for a weekend night, Raja refuses to sell beer to his clearly underage classmates with fake IDs. His Indian manager is upset the next morning because the store made so little money with Raja behind the register.
The episode reminded me a lot of our discussion about Indiana Jones’ portrayal of Asian characters. The manager is portrayed as a “bad other” character because he runs his store in a corrupt manner (unless maybe you’re underage and want to buy beer, then you might like him). This makes Raja look like even more of a good guy, reinforcing his extremely positive role.
There's really not much more to say about this specific incident...on my part. FEMA has been heavily criticized from the media, as well as from other levels of government, including The White House.
What I find interesting is the comparison between what this fake presser was, and other forms of PR.
Couldn't it be argued that this event is very similar to a press release? It was crafted in a positive light of FEMA, it was created by FEMA and it was distributed to news outlets.
FEMA has consistently said that this was an error in judgement and will not happen again.
I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say that I believe them. However, I can't help but wonder if, in fact, this press conference was strategic as to show how great FEMA was responding to the crisis in California...as compared to...well..Katrina.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Clueless used the same type of characters, right down to names, like Elton, and hair color, Ms. Smith’s signature red hair, to describe the main characters. Granted Clueless was never considered to be an epic film, but I still feel a little cheated. In our age of immense technological advance we cannot even come up with a new take on a love story. Worse than unoriginality is the fact that the modern day versions are not any more entertaining than the original stories. At least the original stories used beautiful language.
Don’t get me wrong I love the humor of Bridget Jones’ Diary, but do you think that Jane Austen would have wanted her masterpiece to be reduced to a bunch of sexual innuendos and tiny skirts?
Friday, October 26, 2007
What I am actually excited about is my new common routine of watching Live with Regis and Kelly at 9:00 am.
I am somewhat an early riser and am blessed with classes which do not start before 11:00 am. So what is there to do when you're up at 8:00 and have about 3 hours at your disposal, no tests to study for, no Internet to surf and no cable to pass the time? You engage in a highly rated morning talk show!
I have been a viewer for several weeks now, but what was especially interesting about this week was Jimmy Kimmel would be replacing Regis Philbin as co-host! I am a fan of Jimmy and knew that this week was going to be a riot.
And indeed it was! Not for the sake of Jimmy's quick-witted humor and sarcastic/slightly risque remarks, but Jimmy would now be traveling back and forth from New York to Las Angeles to host his own late night t.v. show.
What anyone can guess, Jimmy was on a complete lack of sleep which made his usually camera personality a little "buzzed" and incredibly more unpredictable.
I am questionable though. Why did the networks pick Jimmy Kimmel as co-host for this week knowing that he would have a tough time and a long, repetitive journey ahead of him? LIVE has used other co-host before when Regis was absent; what makes this occasion different?
Is it because:
- Jimmy 's show is also an ABC networked program, (and perhaps he wasn't going to get paid as much?)
- Lack of sleep and an overdose of vitamins/herbs provided by LIVE's executive producer Michael Gelman will create a delusional host?
- Late-night wanted a crack at the morning audience?
- "This is a ridiculous idea. The only reason I'm doing it is to try to get Kelly to make out with me on the plane." (Jimmy Kimmel's response)
- All of the above?
Another quirky anecdote is Jimmy has actually received a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most traveled miles in a single work week by one human being! Congrats ;-)
Ok, overdramatics aside, I'm a big fan of the Office. If I miss an episode, I have a few options.
First, I can read about it online. One amazing innovation of the internet has been Wikipedia, which has synopses of every episode online.
A second option I have is going to NBC's website and watching the episode online. This works well for people because they can watch it at their own convenience. It still comes with commercials, however.
Finally, my neighbor has TiVo, and she's a big Office fan, too. This is probably the option I'm going to take because it offers me the chance to watch the episode in full, at my own convenience, and I can skip the commercials if I want. I also don't have to worry about lagging possibilities that I would online.
Anyway, please don't tell me what happens; I have to watch it! :)
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I'm sure you all know how Facebook was created, as it has been brought up in class earlier this semester. Although if you can't recall it started about four years ago at the Harvard University in a dorm room!!!! Surprisingly enough this social network has grown to be worth $15 Billion dollars!!!!! WHOAA....I wish I could have introduced that!!! Ah well..
Facebook's competitor Myspace, which is the biggest social network out there, better watch out!!! In September, it had been noted that Facebook 30.6 million users as opposed to Myspace which was more than double at 68.7 million. As Myspace is worldly, Facebook is only nationwide. Facebook is looking to expand worldwide as well.
Facebook is also looking to expand the company as well. Currently with 300 employees, 400 more will be getting hired...topping off at 700!! Facebook and Microsoft will be working together to work on more advertising for the site.......
I am a fan of Facebook myself and I also have a myspace account which I never use, I actually don't know why I got it? BUT- I hope Facebook survives and beats myspace.....I'm sure it will happen. I do believe that Facebook can transcend myspace. Although I am not sure how long it will take! WHat do you think?? FACEBOOK or Myspace, which do you prefer?? Or perhaps Do you think Facebook can outshine myspace????
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
"You can love yer brain
Even if it slips down the drain
Man, I'm not no drug addict
But a person's gotta have something
To keep him from going insane"
I'm sure you all can relate. Here's the performance of "She Don't Use Jelly" from the DVD:
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
It's not like we haven't always portrayed feminists as something that was better swept under the rug, but the sweeping motion seems to have changed. I think Citizen Girl does a great job of portraying the change: now we have girls who proclaim to be feminists, but who fail to see the irony in claiming that feminism allows them to be sexual. Girls in this generation seem to confuse sexual freedom with feminism.
I'm tired of movies that deliver the message both ways: girls, stand up for yourselves and be feminists, but please sell your looks in a way that will attract the right kind of audience! I applaud McLaughlin and Kraus for representing the real issues in gender roles in a smooth media package. It's about time.
I'm not sure that I've explained myself clearly, so I'm going to include an excerpt from the book:
"How many of you call yourselves 'feminists'"?
The same four hands stay extended...
"Why?" I ask. The unraised arms remain clamped across chests, firm in their postion. "Why wouldn't you call yourself a feminist?"
"We don't hate men," says one with a shrug, speaking for the group.
I blink at them, my head filling with a dozen extraordinarily un-neutral tacks. "It's not at all about hate. Or an enemy." I grapple unsuccessfully for nonleading language. "It's about every one of you walking out that door, graduating, and leading a life where your gender doesn't determine your salary, your welfare, your health care, or your safety. And ther's no reason that has to be at the expense of anybody else. Or your sexuality. It's not a negative movement... It's a positive one."
McLaughlin, E. and Kraus, N. (2004). Citizen girl. New York: Atria Books.
I think this is B.S. because there are a million other videos on youtube that violate copyrights and Mr. Pregnant specifically got permission from VH1 to upload his video. They could have simply deleted the violation and sent him a notice but instead they shut down the whole account?
you can read a little about it here.
Monday, October 22, 2007
This site seemed too good to be true...
... And I was right.
On Friday, this article was published. TV-Links, which is apparently one of the world's biggest pirate film sites, was shut down because of it's links to illegal versions tv shows and movies. The owner was arrested on charges relating to the facilitation of copyright infringement.
Because the site allowed users to access illegally broadcast material, especially blockbuster films that are still in theaters, the people working in the film industry were affected. In 2006, an estimated £459 million ($933 million) was lost because of this website. I can't even imagine what his fine is going to be...
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I guess as a result of that screening, I've been thinking a lot about media effects, and of course, how everybody has their personal experiences. For me, I was able to connect the dots a little this week, with a dramatic example of how the media really can alter an individual's perception of the world.
I must admit that if my brother hadn’t watched it with me I may have been a little confused. There were a couple of jokes that drew on past Transformer knowledge, which I just don’t have, but overall the movie was entertaining. The only other problem was that the plot drew from three separate stories and tried to draw all three together in the end, but at the end all I thought was….wow, what did that cute actor have to do with that other cute actor…oh well. The plot as a whole made sense, but the extra stories just seemed unnecessary.
I would definitely suggest people see this movie, but be prepared they do not play the 80s ballad from the cartoon. This took me by surprise and I was greatly disappointed.
Just when I thought I'd seen a lot of different things on the web I found this site: http://www.defunktion.net A non-profit organization built around encouraging independent artists, and media makers.
It really made me stop and check out the content because of it's modern design and pleasing layout. Part blog roll, art gallery, animation house and media sound-off space. It's slogan: "A place to look and listen." While we are daily overwhelmed by so many advertising impressions, publications to choose from, books and required class texts, etc... this was a pleasing foray into an abstract world of pure art pulp.
I love the fact that you can enable streaming radio from many techno subgenres: house, ambient, trip-hop, breakbeats, drum n' bass for a few examples.
The site actually offers online art exhibitions and is archived until October 2003. As if they couldn't add anymore browsers can also check out articles, interviews and just plain editorials on a myriad of subjects and people.
Sometimes the endless Wikipedia, YouTube, Google to email circuit becomes, well, circuitous and I would encourage all of you that like things a little unconventional to embark upon an exploratory mission to this internet wonderland.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Here is a link to a few of the postcards that would appear in his books:
Warren beleives that this can help people get out feelings or confessions that they could not tell in anyone in person. There are many suicidal confessions but many are funny and lighthearted as well. THe postcards come from all over the world and he feels that they help people to get out their secrets and the viewers help in their understanding and compassion for the annoymous writters.
"Oh! You remembered to read on and see if your first guess made sense! Aaaaarrrggh!"
Thorzuul is thwarted again.
It's pretty much an excellent, wholesome show. The Storylords always get home in time for dinner.
I'm not saying that television is a big part of my life...far from it. Only having access to local channels works quite well for a girl who is distracted easily. I will admit though, I had become quite addicted to the Game Show Network. Interactive gaming from the comfort of my living room was a great way to by-pass time.
Unfortunately GSN is a cable program. I had to leave the comfort of easy access entertainmet to the wild life of a college student in Milwaukee. Yes, the transition was tough.
But, there is good news! Thanks to the use of the wonderful world-wide web, (and because everything now has it's own website,) GSN.com has come been brought to my attention and I now can spend my homework time on this site.
Some of my personal favorites are:
In Lingo, two teams race to try and spell a five-letter word with only getting clues, (the next letter in the puzzle,) after a certain time period.
Chain Reaction has a different twist because it is not confined to five letters. There are two words given. One on top of a series of level and another at the bottom. The only way these two are connected is if you guess the words in between. An examle would be:
You must fill in the middle blanks before the time runs out.
Now camouflage is my personal favorite.
In camouflage you are given a bunch of jumbled words and have to find the word within. They are in order, but many words are scrambled within. You are given a clue and unneccessary letters fall away but points are deducted the longer you take. An example of this game would be:
Once I found this wonderful site, homework time has never been the same! I urge everyone to check these out if they haven't already. Because of interactive websites, I have been able to write papers in about 10 hours! Holy Crap, So Much Fun!
Colbert's announcement comes at an interesting time. He is in the middle of a publicity tour promoting his new book, "I Am America (And So Can You!)." Although it is unclear how long Colbert plans on stretching his impression of a candidate, the announcement is most likely a publicity stunt.
Interestingly, an official website has been set up for supporters to find out more information on his White House bid.
Even though I find this fake story funny, if Stephen Colbert was elected president, the world would be in some real trouble.
Official Colbert '08 Website
Thursday, October 18, 2007
This is super funny, I hope you all enjoy it! SO Lets all have a few laughs before our exam on Tuesday!!!
Poll: Bullshit Is Most Important Issue For 2008 Voters
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Anyway, in the last few months I've noticed that, like almost EVERY other TV show, a lot of clips of it are on YouTube. Cool! I'd watch some periodically and it was always fun to see the show in another language...when I was in Italy this summer they ran an Italian dubbed version during the day! It was awesome! However, in the last few weeks, I have noticed that ALL of the 300 some videos have disappeared (with the exception of maybe 5). The videos are no longer available and most of the user's accounts have been suspended. One user had put a message on their profile that FOX made them remove the videos...I do not believe other networks have gone this far cause you can find clips of sooooo many tv shows on YouTube. I am just wondering why FOX has done this. Cause really, what harm is there in having clips of one of your shows on YouTube? If anything it is a great marketing tool since it gets people to watch the show who might not have known about it otherwise...kind of like me.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
So this is the last big milestone before age "ain't nothin but a number," as Aaliyah would say... and since it's a well known fact among my friends that I'm younger than shit ("You're still not 21 yet?"), who were out at the bars all this summer, it's kind of a big deal.
My best friend and I decided to facilitate the entire party, we'd create an event on facebook. Both of us felt that it was the easiest way to contact the most people in the most organized fashion. Also, that way we can both change whatever details we need or want to (as admins). And I can obsessively stalk the "attending," "maybe attending," and "not attending" lists.
Without the events application on facebook, I would have been hard pressed to get the word out about my birthday to the 70+ people I invited (I know this seems excessive but I swear they're all my friends and they all have been waiting for me to turn 21!!).
Ahhh facebook... such a wonderful tool for the garden variety party planner.
P.S. We'll be out on North Ave after 10 p.m. for anyone who wants to tag along!! :)
Friday, October 12, 2007
The show was a courtroom reality show, in the style of the People's Court, where two people come together to face-off in a courtroom with a single judge. The show, however, targets a specific genre of courtoom cases: divorces.
What I found interesting was that the show was real, yet incorporated many aspects of television that ordinary people not taking a media studies class may miss. For instance, many times during one person's "testimony," the camera did a close-up on the opposing side's face to catch their reaction. I didn't know if I liked this or not: on the one hand, it helped to see how the otherside reacted; but on the other hand, it sort of villainizes the opposing view. In a court of law, there should be no good-vs.-evil, and the audience should not be given a subjective view of the proceedings.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I unfortunately have to admit that it doesn't have a lot to do with the media in the context of how the product is being presented, but from my point of view we see product advertisement, (I admit I went out and bought some of each ingredient,) and the use of YouTube.
If you've already seen or heard of this I apologize but I think it is ridiculously clever.
There was trouble loading it onto my blog so I highly recommend you visit the YouTube Page instead:
What I think I enjoy most about this posting is the fact that these guys did not upload this video to get famous nor rich by means of YouTube. They did it because something was genially interesting and fun for them, and they felt it necessary to share it with the world in hopes that people will pass it on.
It seems rare now-a-days to find something on YouTube that isn't in regards to a celebrity mishap, or a crazed movie fan reenacting scenes from a science fiction phenomenon. We then hear about/see them in every media outlet announcing how they will possibly have their own reality T.V. show...
It's just a little refreshing to see some people are just out to have fun.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
The second video is the SNL spoof of The OC's episode. It uses similar, but noticeably more camera angles. When each head hits the floor, it's a close-up and the camera angle is canted and basically appears as though it's set on the floor. They filmed the guy in the green shirt as a quick extreme close-up capturing only his right eye. The scene is also filmed from low and high angles as well when they key in on each shooter and each body on the ground. Check it out.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Hey all. Here is a fantastic site that I have been using for quite sometime now. It is called “TV Links” and it is a UK-based website that houses television shows, Japanese animation (anime), cartoons, movies, and some other things. I go on this site to look at tons of updated anime content and old cartoons. (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, anyone?) I was directed to this site through on of my co-workers on campus and I am on this site quite consistently. If only they had French films on hand, then this site would truly be awesome. Anyway, like YouTube, this site shows the massive progression of the World Wide Web. Just imagine, movies just released in the theater only moments away and re-living your childhood through the cartoons you used to know and love. The only drawback to this site is that (like YouTube) the quality of the footage depends upon who uploads the content. Not all the movies work and the quality leaves something to be desired, but most of the cartoon and anime footage is superb. Please check it out!!
Monday, October 08, 2007
First, this case seems to have created a dangerous precendent: The judge found that simply making the songs available for download constitutes copyright infringement. The fact that the RIAA couldn't prove that files were actually shared seems to have had no bearing on the verdict.
Secondly, $220,00 for 24 songs ($9, 250 per song) is grossly excessive.
I certainly support the RIAA in combating illegal file sharing and enforcing their intellectual property rights. Furthermorel, I don't feel completely sorry for this woman, as she had a chance to settle with the RIAA out of court and pay significantly less.
However, as it seems this is "making an example" of the defendant, the RIAA has been critized by many media organizations, saying the outcome was excessive and that the case was proportional to "David and Goliath."
Bottom line: I support the RIAA and other media organizations for enforcing their copyright holdings, but this is a bit out of whack.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
Here's the video, in two parts:
Later when he comes over, we watch it and it's acually really funny. The premise is that a bunch of kids, ages 8-14, are given run of a formerly deserted town town and they must manage things like food, rules and order, and compete in challenges in order to win cash and prizes. It sounds kind of corny, but it's funny to watch bullying 14 year olds and bratty little ten year old girls compete and work to lead or follow in the new society they have created. If they are the "gold star" member of the community, they recieve a star made of gold, worth $20,000. So there is real money put on their squables. Anyways, you should check out the show. It's a good, dumb time.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
As of yesterday, the popular blog BOING BOING introduced video component into the mix of things. Xeni Jardin and co-creater Mark Frauenfelder will be co-hosting BOING BOING TV, 25 minutes a week (3-5 minute segments daily). I found one 'episode' hilarious, it shows a discount lobotomy billboard with a live number and people actually called in!!! Prior to the lobotomy segment is a short video featuring old movie trailers with remarks from directors. All in all it's great stuff. I recommend you all taking a peak at what this blog has to offer!!
I tried embedding the video multiple times and it isn't working for me.....who knows what i'm doing wrong......ugh...so here it is with the click of a button!!! Sorry
NASA chief: China will beat us back to the moon
The Chinese Space Program has announced a shuttle visit to the lunar rock in the year 2020 and "we" seem to be upset that another competition has been set into motion... and us without an invite...
I guess you could say this all started when Russia, (when under the Soviet Flag,) launched Sputnik on October 4, 1957. President Kennedy issued the challenge of getting a man on the moon to NASA in 1961 and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin completed it with the Apollo mission in July 1969.
Now, all fingers point back to Bush's challenge back in 2004 and NASA's reply of 16 years later... it seems we are less enthusiastic this go around and China grabbed the chance once again to spark up space travel.
I'm not quite sure, but hadn't the U.S. given up "the rights" to the Moon and said anyone who lands there can have it? -This being said if anyone can own the moon.
So now China is trying to go ahead and learn more about the "man who lives there" and the U.S is furious that we didn't think to do the same sooner.
Questions if I may:
Would we have planned a sooner departure if China had not presented their intentions?
Why is it so important that the U.S be the first to go back to the moon if we didn't feel it "top priority" for the last 30 years?
Are we not busy enough with a war going on or is that old news due to its lengthy outstretch?
I say rock on China! Head to the moon and have a "blast!"
-Link to set article: China's the runner up and we're still angry.
This episode was all about Lindsay Lohan and her totally outta control lifestyle. The details involved were freakishly invasive. At first it chronicled her arrests for cocaine possession and stints in rehab. It showed paparazzi video of her IN the rehab facility, then let the viewer know exactly when she left, where she went, who she saw. At one point the show portrayed her as a serious danger to herself and others while driving under the influence, then turned around and talked about her privileged lifestyle in an admiring way. The show implied her parents might be to blame for some of her behavior followed by clips of them saying all adoring things about their daughter.
For a while I was hypnotized and disgusted at the same time by this show, but I started to realize it was going to be more than a half-hour investment of my time and quit watching. I felt kind of gross for watching as long as I did, and sad for Lindsay. Here's her most famous mugshot, for your viewing pleasure.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
I came to like Radiohead in a somewhat unique way. I heard the string quartet tribute to "Ok Computer" before any of their original work. This, in part, is what interested me about the band. They had the ability to pervade musical genres. I have to respect how “rock n’ roll” this is of them to snub the major labels' method of money making, and empower their fans. Radiohead has completed their contract with EMI, and are now without label. Maybe Radiohead has discovered the solution to the ever prevalent problem of illegal music downloading. Most critics have agreed that this one of the most momentous developments since the creation of digital downloading, and that Radiohead is the right band at the right time to attempt such a stunt. However, that begs the question, is this just a publicity stunt? I choose to believe that the band really is fighting the good fight for rock music, all gimmicks aside. That said, rock on, Radiohead, rock on!
Samberg's newest digital short is a mock music video centered on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran. Ahmadinejad recently spoke at Columbia University in New York City and claimed there was not a "homosexual phenomenon" in Iran; women were treated as equals, and Iran had no association with insurgents in Iraq.
His controversial visit is referenced in this following clip. Samberg's Digital Shorts are a perfect example of traditional television shows reformatting their programming to cater to this new generation of post-modern electronic media consumers.
"Iran So Far"
Finally, I've read in US Weekly that they are in the process of making the film. They even provided pictures of Sarah Jessica Parker's character, Carrie, in her wedding dress. Personally, I wouldn't wear a feather on my head to get married, but hey I'm sure Carrie would! I just hope that the movie is as good as the television show, because I'm sure the audience is going to have high expectations.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
I couldn't figure out why I was unable to view the video until I paused and read the print at the top of the page: "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation"
So I decided to put a different version on- skip past the first 13 seconds if you'd like. You can listen to the original lyrics but they're set to different visuals. It's very fitting however that after we discuss copyright laws I come across something like this WHILE trying to provide an example of the FCC and its views.
While searching I also came across this video, which is to the same tune. However it jokes around about TV's content from a creative standpoint- or lack thereof. Pretty interesting! Another blatant way for Fox to advertise its own shows at the 2007 Emmys...
I was a frequent view of Frasier and Everybody Loves Raymond a few years back, so I think tuning in to Back To You has something to do with the fact that Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton are in it. I did not realize how typecast these two actors were until their new show debuted. They are both fabulous actors, but it is hard to see Grammer's character so, um, un-Frasier like. Heaton's character is different from Debra but there are some similarities. And I just realized now that I do not know either character's names on Back To You! My bad. See, I must have been so consumed with trying NOT to see these actors as their previous characters that I really know squat about the show itself.
Here's a little clip of Grammer's character ripping another reporter on air which prompted his being fired and moving back to the station where Heaton's character is.
Frasier, why are you so mean?
Monday, October 01, 2007
Take a look:
I find it interesting that this local station decided to air the story as it was edited. I think the factual elements of the story are newsworthy, but it's pretty evident that the reporter was more focused on the woman. I say this because the package didn't include any comment from the neighbor (although the reporter says the neighbor wasn't home), any reference to the effects of boric acid or even an interview with the police.
The fact that this TV station and this reporter ran this story makes me question their ethical integrity. Do local stations sometimes hype-up their stories to boost ratings? Of course. Is breaking news much more common? No doubt.
When I first saw this video, I found it funny. I still do. However, it never should have been broadcast on local tv.