From Fattie to Flaqui

Hey everyone!

I’m super happy and satisfied after giving my presentation. I’ve received so many texts from my friends saying that my blog made them teared up and that makes me feel so proud. I can’t believe how far I’ve come after this huge step I took on July 22, 2013. I’ll keep writing blogposts everyday, so if you have a tumblr account, follow my tumblr and read- and comment- my blogposts. I hope you’ve all enjoyed my presentation and that you liked my blog. 

To all of the Seniors: Congrats!!

To all of my classmates and Prof. Proctor: Have a great Summer! :)


Russia Today Strikes Again!

On The Media and my example of Culture Jamming come together in Russia Today attempting to interview Sam Hyde about his TEDxDrexel performance! I’ve posted the TED video earlier on in the blog, and it’s truly an insta-classic; quintessential modern humor. Abby Martin was actually interviewed for On The Media, and her sonorous voice is featured in this video as well. Martin, to remind you of the OTM piece, voiced her opinion on air which was against Russia’s actions in Crimea. Now this outspoken rebel is back with a vengeance and a taste for blood. Her behavior is actually pretty sensible, but culture jammers just can’t find any love these days. Go to 6:44 to see the beginning process for the interview. Feel free to watch the beginning as well.

After you watch the video, you’ll see RT thinking that Hyde is making the interview into a joke. Ironically, they’re interviewing him about his TED performance which he also handled very facetiously. Of course no one needs to provide a platform for culture jamming or trolling, but I am still disappointed that Mr. Hyde wasn’t vouchsafed an interview.

Semester Project Y’all

I have enjoyed working on this interesting topic for the semester. I have to admit that after writing on the blog I just found myself having more questions about copyright infringement in the music industry. But I think that was the purpose of this project, finding something you interested in using media to explore the topic to make connections and hopefully new conclusions . For my project I created a blog on Tumblr called (Muse)ic. Let’s Keep it Real. It is a blog where I explore music originality and existing court cases of copy infringement. I started off the project comparing two songs that seem to  sound very similar. Some of my posts were on how artists have spoken out and addressed accusations of copy infringement. Before starting I posted some of the laws in copyright and explained the process of obtaining copyright and the rights artists have. There is much more research I want to do and more music to analyze on this blog so I think I will continue with this project  this summer. The way media is changing and technological determinism is growing is a hint of change in legislation and perceptions of music originality in the future. It is important to begin to critically look at this arising issues not only in the music industry but in all outlets because it could become major issues in the future and there will have to be a way to solve them.

Anyway this project was enlightening and thanks for a great class.

Here is the link to the blog:


Our Semester Project

Christie already posted FOR our project but this is a sidenote of my own.

So I realized something today that I found extremely interesting while going through mine and Christie’s semester project surveys.  I have come to the conclusion that (judging by the female based ad we used for the project) that men and women react differently depending on whether it is a male or a female on the advertisements.  It’s somewhat hard to explain so i’ll explain it like this:

In an ad with a woman looking provacative: Women seem to be more un-phased in body language and just blantantly state that they are disgusted, yet they expect such advertisements to go out every single day.  Whereas when men see a woman looking provacative, they are in shock and so uncomfortable – because they cannot relate to the woman’s pose, they are seemingly repulsed because they do not know how to handle the ad.

In an ad with a man looking provacative: Men seem to be more un-phased in body language and just say that they expect those advertisements as well and know they are subject to silent OR aloud critisim in a world of public sexuality.  Whereas when women see a man looking provacative, THEY are the ones in shock and more uncomfortable – because THEY cannot relate to the man’s pose, they are seemingly disturbed because the do not know how to handle the ad; they are more use to being the ones feeling targeted, becomign surprised that other’s are being targeted as well (even though it is obvious and happens every single day).

People subconsciously seek more disturbance in those ads in which attack their OPPOSITE gender due to feeling discomfort in ‘staring’ because they cannot relate, it is not a body like their own, and they do not know how to take in the position of that person – they cannot relate, therefore making it more of a shock rather than feeling unphased.

This is not fact based – but something I have indefinitely observed while doing all of these surveys over the courses of the weeks.  Women blowing it off more than usual and the men actually become angry that they were told to even look at the photograph.  I have a theory that if the ad given was of a man in a sexual position, the reactions would flip.

Semester Project

For my semester project, I created a blog on Tumblr where I explored the different actions we take a part in on social media outlets. I went into Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, and commented on Instagram and explored the various ways people fall into all these trends and how it affects their portrayal and relationships on social media. I wrote a lot of personal thoughts, conducted some interviews, and even collected some quotes about people’s thoughts about social media platforms and their patterns. I was familiar with a couple of the outlets, so for the platforms that I wasn’t so familiar with, I asked people for their insights and even observed their accounts and the accounts of others.

For some of the trends that I looked into, I researched a couple of studies done by professionals who find out that social media does impact relationships, whether it was between friends, family, or lovers. It was very strange to see how far social media goes by affecting the lives of people and how it acts as such a strong force between a couple. I read a story that a woman refrains from looking at her partner’s page or accepting any type of request to connect because she feels it will tear them apart. Although she states that she has nothing to hide, she still feels that it will create a wedge between them because of the things she has observed on the platform. I thought it was crazy that something so small was regulated between the two.

At the end of my blog, I give my opinion as to how important these trends are at the end. I look back at it now and I don’t think they are as important as we see them to be. But as humans, we over analyze everything and sometimes forget that social media is a small force that can be ignored if needed.  There are so many great uses for social media, for example businesses use social media to expand their business and create customer engagement.

Here is a link to my blog; I hope you guys enjoy it!

Semester Project Completed!

For our semester project we have chosen to focus on using an online media outlet, which will be set up in a blog format. Within the blog there will be weekly posts that sometimes may feature pictures of our experiment or short video clips. For our project focus we have chosen to critique and analyze our nation’s Advertisement industry and the tactics they use in order to sell products to our consumer society. We will first start the blog by writing posts that are more informational to our audience. This will mean that we will inform our readers of the basics they will need to know about advertisers so that they can properly judge and understand our semester project experiment. These first few posts will consist of how influential advertising can be on one’s consumption (how much they consume, what they consume) and how to analyze a print ad and or TV commercial. Once these posts are complete for the viewers to properly understand then we will begin posting about our experiment. Our focus will be to choose one ad that truly exemplifies our advertising world today and all the tricks and symbols that our within it to attempt to sell the product. We will then show the ad to different types of people within our student body. These groups will consist of teachers, coaches, graduate students, male athletes, female athletes, international students, dancers, general population males and lastly general population females. One of us will be showing the advertisement to the particular person, while the other records their initial reaction (facial expressions, comments, concerns) and how they personally interpreted the ad (were they offended, do they like it/ dislike it). Each week we will focus of creating a blog post about the group we interviewed and their reactions to the advertisement. These results will allow us to then analyze their reactions and comment on what this says about this group of people and their perspective (does their age affect it, does it confirm or deny stereotypes about this group of people, does their gender affect their reaction). Hope you enjoy the final product, here’s the link!




What Made You A Man

What Made You A Man is a short film written and directed by Lucas Ruderman. Lucas is an inspiring filmmaker who in his Freshman year of college has already made a short film. Lucas, a self design Film Production Major, is also a member of the Manhattanville Video Projects. He brought his script to the club and asked if we could produce it for him. It was around the time when I was deciding what to do for my semester project. So the two of us joined forces and set out to make this film.
I wouldn’t talk much about the film itself, as it might take away the element of surprise, rather I would like to tell a little about the process. Filmmaking, like a lot of other fields requires collaboration. It is very hard to make a good film on your own. You need a whole crew, which lucky for us the club members volunteered to help. Ana Sofia and acted as producers and made sure that Lucas and our other crew had everything they need in order to finish this film. We borrowed most of our equipment from the Communications Studio for which we are very thankful to Professor Ely.
We had a total of four shoot days but the hours varied. Because of the limited availability of our actors and crew members we had to shoot on several days which made it harder for us to finish the production in the time we wanted. Had our actors and crew members been available, we would have shot the entire film in a 14 hour shoot day. But this was not something that we hadn’t anticipated. Such issues are not uncommon in student projects.
As far as post-production is concerned, we started editing the film as soon as we were done with the day’s shoot. This allowed us to review our footage and see what we were missing or what other shots we could get to make the story visually interesting. Working with Lucas was great because he knew exactly what he wanted. As a cinematographer it made my job easier (nothing is worst then going to a shoot and realizing your director hasn’t made a shot list or storyboard). He was also open to ideas which made the whole process easier.
“What Made You A Man” is the result of a collaborative process among a lot of students, actors, director, producers, writer, and sound engineers. I hope you like the film.