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Blog Prompt Due Mon 2/11

HW for Wed: 1. Edit your “Media Analysis” posts: make sure they are tagged/categorized as “Media Analysis.”  Revise/add to your questions so that they focus on the way the image is constructed: i.e., the relationships between objects in it, the framing (what is in the image, what is not), foreground vs. background, etc.
2. Read Gladman, Calamities (excerpts) and Serpell, “Triptych: Texas Pool Party.”

OK, so by Monday at 1pm, please do/respond to the following.

  1. MEDIA ANALYSIS: In a separate post (i.e., don’t reply to this post for #1; create your own post): post a piece of media and 2 discussion questions about a conflict, contradiction, or enigma in this media.  The instructions for this post (which we reviewed in class) are here.
  2. Choose between the following prompts on the assigned reading by Denis Johnson and respond in 75-100 words.  (Only do 2a or 2b.)
    2a. Developing Conflict/Enigma with key details & events. After reading the narrative titled “Silences” (pp 41-44), what do you think the main conflict or enigma of this narrative is?  Explain why you think this.  Then, describe how Johnson leads us into this conflict/enigma on the first two pages.  What are 2 key details or events that you notice in the first 2 pages that are important for building up to this conflict/enigma?  Explain.2b. Transitions. After reading “Silences” and “Accomplices,” what do you notice about the way many of the paragraphs begin?  How do many of the paragraph-opening sentences work to connect the ideas in the paragraphs together?  Lastly, I want you to think about the content of the two stories (“Silences” and “Accomplices”): briefly, what is each story about?  Do they seem similar or related?  How does the sentence which begins “Accomplices” help build a connection between the two narratives (even if you don’t think there is much of a connection)?
  3. Write 150-200 words on a conflict, contradiction, or enigma based in your own life.  This could be something you began brainstorming about on Wednesday or something different.  The conflict, contradiction, or enigma might have to do with technology in some way, or it might not.

Revised Full length blog post

   I woke up early on a Tuesday with blurred vision, my left arm sitting as if it was in a sling. When I try to walk, my left foot is dragging instead of stepping. I can’t put my flip flop on properly which is causing me to trip multiple times on my way to the bathroom.

   After a few hours of trying to be up and active and my condition worsens, I finally go to Jacobi Hospital ER in the Bronx. I was immediately called to the back. One nurse stopped what she was doing and said “Sweety, your having a stroke, we need you to call your parent and tell them bring you a change of clothes. We’re admitting you”! I could only reply “I’m 20”.

   I was taken to a room where I was put into a MRI machine. The sounds of it was unlike anything I heard before. It was a loud clicking and beeping with all sorts of other noises that big machines make. After about 30 minutes later I am back in my emergency room bed and my mother is there waiting to speak to the doctor. I have never seen her look this anxious before. This little Asian lady appeared from behind the curtain and said “You have MS, do u know what MS is?” I responded “Multiple Sclerosis?”, unsure but somewhat aware only because I had watched an episode of Royal Pains and a guy was misdiagnosed with MS due to having all of the symptoms. The Asian doctor confirmed that I was right and walked away.

   I am diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) a month and 4 days before my 21st birthday. While at the hospital, I lost the sensitivity in my left leg/foot, my left hand has completely closed only being seen as a fist, and my vision is blurry one minute and clear the next. I was put back into the MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine, not once, but several times, giving the doctors more than one image of my brain in color and black and white. I also had three spinal taps. I am now in a wheelchair not able to hold my own weight or control my limbs, being told at 20 years old that I would never walk again. The doctors couldn’t explain how I came in contact with this disease, only that no one gave it to me and I couldn’t infect anyone. They even went on to say “Your immune system is attacking itself”.  


   I wasn’t aware that I started stuttering when I spoke. My mom had mentioned it to the doctor, thinking it was only because I spoke so fast, saying “It’s like she’s rushing through whatever she wants to say, so she stutters sometimes”. “Yes, stuttering is a common symptom of Multiple Sclerosis, because of the lesions on her brain, some of the messages the brain is sending is taking longer to be received…sometimes not received at all”. The doctor replied with a drastic pause as if I didn’t already feel as if This Was The End! I also had been sleeping a lot lately. I got fired from my first job in February after resigning from my overnight job after the holiday season, so I had the time. The time to sleep all day or plan my 21st birthday barbecue I saved up for.

   Fast forward 9 years. I can walk on my own without any supportive devices and both my hands work just fine—it’s been tested. The MS has taken away my 20/20 vision, and left me with some things I wish it didn’t. I’m a walking contradiction, conflict, and enigma within myself. And I wouldn’t change a thing. I have learned to appreciate the month I spent in the hospital. I like to think the universe was slowing me down.

   I’ve also learned the ins and outs of having MS, for example sleep, sleep is vital, but it is also dangerous. I’m more likely to catch a common cold more frequently, that will last longer than in the average person, and not getting enough sleep will increase my chances of getting sick and/or relapsing along with stress. But if I sleep too much that can be a sign of my disease progressing. Stress is another factor that will present MS symptoms and/or increase them. Avoid stressful situations and stressful people!

   Do I miss being able to flip, play sports or be active in any kind of way without tripping myself or being overly exhausted? Hell yeah! Do I like going to the doctor once a month for infusion therapy to prevent my disease getting worse? No, but I am grateful to still be able to do everything on my own and live a semi normal life. I may not be able to run up steps, but I can run down! My motor skills in my left hand may be slower than the right and “stutters”, but I’m the best driver out my whole crew, might drive better than most men.

Gucci “BlackFace” Sweater Conflict

“Racial Stereotypes such as the “happy-go-lucky darky on the plantation”
Blackface (cartoon) in 1900s
“Black face”
Gucci’s Turtle-Neck Sweater

Media Analysis Questions Edited

 

How did designers of this particular sweater (Gucci a popular “luxury” brand enjoyed by all) think the message would be interpreted by a specific group who are offended by the sweater and spend millions of their money on this fashion line?

 

Can a boycott from that specific group encourage a mass boycott followed by their fans/ supporters eventually hurt the sales of the Gucci fashion brand?

Media Analysis

We the Animals is based on the book written by Justin Torres. The film surrounds three brothers. “Us three. Us brothers. Us kings.” The film is a sensitive portrayal of a toxic relationship. There is so much violence in the way the boys’ parents love each other.

There is one scene in particular that boils over from the cycle of abuse, passed down from father to mother to brother to stranger. The youngest boy Jonah is struggling with his own conflict, as many growing adolescents do.

Jonah sprints through the woods with a smile plastered on his face. He stops. Walks. Then runs some more. He climbs through his window avoiding his brothers. In his bedroom, he discovers his bed to be disheveled. So he searches for his secrets. His notebook has gone AWOL. He flings the sheets from his bed. A pillow is tossed into the air. A mattress flung.

He sees his family in the living room. His attention darts from them to the drawings sprawled out on the floor. He scoops up his drawings. His mother reaches out and grabs his forehead to hers. “Where were you?”

He looks in her eyes. His hands scratch and claw at Ma. His roars are heard, His anger felt. His father peels him off of his mother. His legs kick out from underneath his father’s hold.

This scene was intense. It was intense because I could easily see how hurt Jonah was to have his sexuality on display. His thoughts things he kept hidden. The conflict is with the way he dealt with his anger.

He knew no other way to express his anger. He learned this from his father: placing his anger upon someone else.

I wonder how do others experience anger? How do you deal with it correctly?

 

The Failing of GameStops Sale Model

The Failing of GameStops Sales modlehttp://fortune.com/2018/06/19/gamestop-seeking-buyer/

As seen in the chart and article link GameStop has been plummeting in value lately and even have been trying to sell itself to gain financial stability from there rapidly declining popularity and sales. GameStop seems to be in great trouble do to losing close it $105.9 million dollars in the year if 2017 during the period which they were trying to get backers this all but dried up there market for buyers who now see them as a risk.

At first this seem especially strange due to the GameStop being the number one physical game retailer in the world beating out companies like Target and Best Buy. However, It all come into perspective when you realize that physical games are quickly being less and less desirable even for console gamers due to digital game stores streamlining the process. Companies like Steam, Epic Games, Microsoft and more have been eating into the market greatly. Couple this reality with the fact that GameStop’s customer service is renowned atrocious not to mention there anti-consumer policies like the terrible retuinse and high prices for preorder games. Mix this all together and the result is a volatile mess of and unnecessary and unliked story trying to stay relevant in a market that nobody need.

It not all bad though GameStop’s quite liked for there gaming accessories in there ThinkGeek branch. So the question is there do they go from here? Is this sustainable? Would it be more beneficial to rebrand as ThinkGeek and make their main income from game related accessories? Can they even sell? Or will they be delved doom to join the countless casualties of time in the Ather?

Media Analysis – Conflict, Contradiction, and Enigma

(Reddit)

There is a measles outbreak right now. There is also an anti-vaccine outbreak going on concurrently.

Question #1: The comments from where I found this picture indicated that this person seemed to be part of the medical profession, specifically a nurse. A person not in this profession might be a bit more naive, but why, do you think, would someone who should have intimate knowledge of medicine have this type of view?

Question #2: Vaccines have the express purpose of helping prevent us from getting the disease, while also helping prevent the spread of the disease. Knowing this, why would someone be willing to expose others to the disease (again, keeping in mind the profession this person is in)?

Giving birth to the land of the free, but free for who?

With this being black history month and how today society seems to have entered a time machine and is heading back to a time where some might say America was at its greatest hence the slogan the current president seems to love to repeat “Make America Great Again” and to others saying this was America at its worst. I believe that this artist though his graphic artwork which he titled “Birth of a Nation “captured what America really is and how it became the great nation around the world. The conflict that I see in this image is how America was built with the sweat blood and tears of African Americans people and how society till this day refuse to acknowledge the contributions that African American people made in creating the history of America and what it is today. The more I look at this image the more I question why did the artist choose to have a black male giving birth rather than a black female giving birth. Another question I have is why did the artist choose the flag to be giving birth to what’s the symbolism behind that. Another question is what do the change symbolize and how does that play in the image and lastly why was it a white man doing the birth delivery itself.

Category: Media Analysis

In this time of the world, it is really ironic to come across a post like this on your social media feed. Ever since we have been young we’ve learned about the history of our past time and how war has happened. We were educated in the Jewish holocaust, why’d we learn this?  We learned this because it was something obvious to grasp on to the fact that it’s wrong. Now in modern day a holocaust is in place, and no-one is taking action. This is an enigma because after all the chaos it created, history is just allowing itself to happen again in a time especially like this. Adding on to the fact that this is an enigma, is because there is hardly any coverage on such  a tragic  occurrence on the news. This issue is being reported and spread though social media panels. This proves to the previous post about the sponge bob meme, not exactly answering the question about memes, but yes in times like this social media gets the job done. If it wasn’t for social media we wouldn’t get exposure to the real things out in the world we need to know. The news is controlled by a source and they are allowed to be biased and show us what they want. However social media allows us to see what we want and use our voices. Together everyone is spreading awareness and keeping an eye open for what needs to be seen, not just what the government wants us to see.

Media Analysis

There is no better way to get the attention of males than with two of the things that they love : food and woman. This is a Carl’s Jr. ad featuring the beautiful Heidi Klum, wearing an attractive black dress and a holding a burger in her hand. This is stereotyping that woman have to be sexy, and very appealing toward males by wearing little clothing or no clothing at all If a black person advertised this same ad for Carl’s Jr., no one would be interested in going there, but because people like Klum and Hilton that are attractive to male audience, it would make sense to use them as model especially when it comes to drawing customers in. In our society, these ads all over stereotype how a woman suppose to look like; skinny, attractive and to be seductive.

  1. CONFLICT- If one is to bring in the right audience, why not use the same gender other than the opposing gender?
  2. ENIGMA- Is it really about selling their product or just showing how attractive the person who is advertising the product looks?

Melannie Moreira

The notebook – fight scene

The enigma in this scene from this movie is that the women Allie went back to the house of the man who she fell in love with fist which was Noah but she doesn’t know why when she is engaged and is about to marry a rich man then she tells Noah that she has to go. When Noah says ” your bored and you know it, you wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t something missing”. She still leaves. It’s mysterious because we don’t know if Allie actually wants Noah back.

The contradiction in this scene is when Noah says “so you make love to me and then you go back to your husband” . Allie says “they were irresponsible” meaning she has her fiancé waiting for her but if she has a fiancé and she loves her fiancé why is she with Noah. She says she knows the couple of days she spent with Noah happened but that they were irresponsible.

The conflict in this movie is that Noah wants to be with Allie but Allie keeps thinking about what everyone else thinks is best for her instead of thinking about herself.

In the world of social media and texting, expressing emotions is ultimately based on emoticons and memes. A meme is an entertaining video, image, or text that gets shared and utilized from person to person on the Internet. This particular image of Spongebob Squarepants is an example of a meme, one that expresses sarcasm and mockery. Typically, this image is used with an added text. When someone wants to mock someone for what they are saying, they repeat them but with a mix of both capital and lowercase letters. For example, if someone were to say “I am getting so fat,” the next person would respond with “I aM gEtTiNg fAt.” The image of Spongebob expresses the facial expression and body gestures of the persons sarcasm and the poorly used grammar in the text expresses their tone in mockery. As technology evolves, many new things are getting introduced to the world of social media, one of the most recent being memes.

  1. As memes are a means to expressing emotion through the Internet, what will be followed by memes? What extent will these images go to?
  2. Do you believe memes get the job done? Is it enough to communicate with your loved ones with images of Spongebob rather than the traditional ways?

 

 

Media Analysis

This ad is from an Italian fashion designer called Dolce and Gabbana. In this picture you could see an Asian model who is trying to eat a cannoli dessert and a pizza with a chopstick. This is stereotyping/ bias towards Asian people because chopstick is only used for certain type of food sizes. A chopstick is a part of the Asian culture.  During this ad, Dolce and Gabbana had a fashion show in china, but then it got cancelled because of this racist ad they did. People need to stop stereotyping not only Asian people, but other minority. I guess Dolce and Gabbana is promoting that by wearing the dress the Asian model is wearing in the picture it could make you use the chopstick very well.

Link video of this racist ad:

Two discussion questions:

1.) Conflict: How could Dolce and Gabbana fix this situation with china people?

2.) Enigma: Would this stereotype affect China people and Italian people?

 

Land of the free much?

 

    Being that it is black history month, it is essential to understand the reality of the world we live in today. Slavery HAS NOT been abolished. We had it engraved in our minds since a young age that slavery ended in 1865. However, it was not.

The thirteenth amendment granted freedom to all Americans: yet it contains a loophole in which it excludes criminals. In other words if a person is being criminalized, the thirteenth amendment does not apply. Take this exploitation of a clause, added with 100 years of racial tension (since the creation of the thirteenth amendment to the civil rights movement) plus an indefinite “war on drugs” which was truthfully a war on people of color and low-income communities and you get to here. The United States of America, 2019. Home to 5% of the world’s population and yet where 25% of the world’s prisoners are locked up. 1 out of 4 people is being held in shackles here, in the land of the free.

 

Black Face On Moncler Puffer Jacket

This is a prime example of the higher class white american teasing black american. The conflict in this situation is Moncler, a popular high class brand has a high percentage of African Americans wearing their products. Monclear then goes on to defend their self by stating the outlined face on the puffer coat is part of a group of characters attached to their brand. Even if the characters are part of a collection, it's obviously controversial when it come to outlining a jim crow face on anything black. Moncler It screams black face. Is it possible that Moncler will see a decline in African American consumers, or will the company pay famous artists to start wearing their brand?. Should Moncler discontinue their characters for ever?, or how would they gain revenue after releasing such a racist product?
Black Face on Moncler Puffer Coat

This is a prime example of the higher class white american teasing black american. The conflict in this situation is Moncler, a popular high class brand has a high percentage of African Americans wearing their products. Monclear then goes on to defend their self by stating the outlined face on the puffer coat is part of a group of characters attached to their brand. Even if the characters are part of a collection, it’s obviously controversial when it come to outlining a jim crow face on anything black. Moncler It screams black face. Is it possible that Moncler will see a decline in African American consumers, or will the company pay famous artists to start wearing their brand?. Should Moncler discontinue their characters for ever?, or how would they gain revenue after releasing such a racist product?

Although the company responded to the racial feedback, their choice of background looks a little dishonest. The eye emoji on the bottom signifies deviousness. The clouds are smiling and smirking as if everything is joyful. The black penguin with the outlined face is the only character with arms- a human like structure. Penguins aren't even shaped like this. Whats your opinion on Moncler's response to the racial feedback? Do you think this response is sincere or did Moncler know what they were doing?
Moncler’s Response

Although the company responded to the racial feedback, their choice of background looks a little dishonest. The eye emoji on the bottom signifies deviousness. The clouds are smiling and smirking as if everything is joyful. The black penguin with the outlined face is the only character with arms- a human like structure. Penguins aren’t even shaped like this. Whats your opinion on Moncler’s response to the racial feedback? Do you think this response is sincere or did Moncler know what they were doing?

Media Analysis- Contradiction, conflict, or enigma

“Black face”
Gucci’s Turtle-Neck Sweater
“Fuck Gucci”
T.I’s thought on the designers’ latest collection

 

With February being Black History Month, why did this fashion line feel like it was appropriate to mock such a racist act and time in history towards African American (Black) people with this sweater?

What did this designer intend to be interpreted from this piece of clothing, especially being displayed on a white model, and the origin of the design?

Rapper-Actor-Entrepreneur-Producer-Father and Community Activist, T.I made a lengthy post on Instagram basically stating #FuckGucci. He also states how he is “a 7 figure/yr customer and long time supporter of the Gucci brand…” and “APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED!!!!” He, himself admits to wearing and supporting the brand, knowing the affect he has on the public and his followers.

With Gucci being a popular luxury brand enjoyed by all people. Do you think that a boycott from a particular group of people will have effect on the nature of sales or the brand as a whole?

Media Analysis Lab Agenda

–Use phones/PCs to find media (images, sound, etc.) to share on the blog.
–Show how to post content using the “Media Analysis” category.
In addition to posting media, identify a contradiction, conflict, or enigma in this media and develop a series of discussion questions (2 or more) connecting to it.  No “Yes-No” questions or questions you already know the answer to.
–Discuss 1 person’s post.
–Write brief responses to that person’s post.
A model piece of writing for this assignment is Jerry Salz’ description of a selfie by Kim Kardashian:
The bizarre side of the mirror is Kim Kardashian’s now-famous picture of her ass and side-boob [7]. The pose is utterly banal; she’s like millions of others admiring themselves in mirrors, trying to show some part of their body to best advantage. Kardashian goes a step further. As she gets everything to show just right while admiring her own image in the phone, the third meaning that pops out is not her body. It’s how weirdly stage-managed the scene is. Her body is blatantly visible while her décor is carefully blocked off by Japanese screens. Her ass-crack is intentionally outlined, but she doesn’t want us to see her sofa. Kim has even authored four rules for the perfect selfie: “Hold your phone high [as you shoot]; know your angle; know your lighting; and no duckface!”
     Equally idiotic winds of third meaning blow through other recent celebrity selfies. Seventy-year-old Geraldo Rivera’s selfie shows him gazing at his own stomach muscles in a bathroom mirror [8], naked but for a low-slung towel.
  1. Selfies are considered a new genre of portraiture. In the article Art at Arms Length, Salz compares the quick wit of selfies to the precise nature of traditional portraits. It is clear that Salz interprets selfies as modern day portraits. 

A selfie is 

  • powerful pg 3 
  • A form of intimacy  pg 3 
  • Displayed through social media pg 3 
  • Causal pg 3 
  • Can be taboo pg 6 and 7 

A selfie is not Accidental pg3 

  • Both hands cannot be in it pg3 
  • without skewed camera angles  pg3 
  • Traditional portraits pg3
  1. A selfie is a casual form of intimacy that that is displayed through social media. It wasn’t created by artists. Yet, the impact is just as powerful. Modern day portraiture ranges from silly pouty faces to chilling expressions from the depths of horrid gas chambers.  

One part of this article that stuck out to me was when Salz mentioned the hole that 9/11 left. Curiosity got the best of me and I took a detour from the article. From this I stumbled upon a photograph of a woman named Marcy Borders aka the Dust Lady. Marcy was covered in the dust of one of the towers. Stan Honda captured this moment: the despair and the sheer shock. 

And, after hours of deep research into 9/11, I returned to Salz’s article. The taboo nature of that photograph is similar to John Quirke’s photograph in Auschwitz. 

It raises the same red flag that others gawk at. 

  1. “We live in the age of the selfie.”

This is a hook because it grabs the readers attention. Salz does this by using the buzz word selfie. It’s a word many recognize and would stay to read more. 

“A fast self-portrait, made with a smartphone’s camera and immediately distributed and inscribed into a network, is an instant visual communication of where we are, what we’re doing, who we think we are, and who we think is watching.”

This sentence explains what exactly a selfie is, how it’s used and where it’s found. Salz sets a foundation then builds on top of it with key details to explain the topic sentence. 

five ways Salz describes what a selfie is:

  1. A fast self portrait
  2. Selfies are casual
  3. Silly,typical.boring
  4. Locatable but not describable
  5. Extraordinary moment

five was Salz describe what a selfie is not:

  1. not like the self portraits
  2. selfies don’t make pretentious claims
  3. if both of your hands are in the picture
  4. created by artist
  5. never accidental

1)In the article “Art at Arm’s Length” Jerry Salz expresses what a selfie is in comparison to a self portrait. he claims that selfies today have revolutionized the way we are able to communicate by taking quick photos that can be casual, silly, typical,and or boring, all the while expressing how we feel in a specific moment. Salz further emphasizes how we use selfies in order to share intimate,scary or funny moments

2)He uses this hook because it immediatley catches the audience attention by giving a statement and in a way forcing the audience to want to know why he believes this

3)In the following sentence he explains what a selfie is and how fast it reaches to social media and online    this builds of the first sentence because it tells the reader how smartphones make it easier for people to post their everyday lives

WRITING PROMPT (Due Mon @ 1p)

HW for Wed: Read Arsanios, “April-May-June” and “Narration.”
By 1pm Monday, respond to the prompt below.  By 8pm Monday, reply to a classmate’s response with a specific comment or suggestion for revision (25-50 words).
PROMPT (3 parts):
How does Salz define the genre of the selfie?  How does he make clear what is special or unique about the selfie?

1.  Make two lists.  In one, tally up at least five ways Salz describes what a selfie IS.  In the other list, tally at least five things Salz says the selfie IS NOT (or is different from).  Refer to page #s from the text to locate each description.

 
2.  Using your lists, write a paragraph of prose (full sentences) that expresses Salz’ multiple ways of defining what a selfie is.  Also include any questions you might ask Salz about his essay—as well as any thoughts about the selfie that you  have.
3. Copy Salz’ first two sentences (italicized below) word-for-word.  Then answer the questions about each sentence.
1: (Hook) We live in the age of the selfie.
–What makes this a “hook”?  Why is this the first sentence he uses?
2: A fast self-portrait, made with a smartphone’s camera and immediately distributed and inscribed into a network, is an instant visual communication of where we are, what we’re doing, who we think we are, and who we think is watching.
–What do we notice this sentence doing?How does it build off of the first sentence?