Blog # 10 (Compulsory Heterosexuality and the Internet)

lol - lgbt Photo

 

Ok, so this isn’t really much of a picture. I’t’s more of a quote, yet an interesting and a sad quote too. Unfortunately for the most part its true. For a lot of LGBT communities thinking about change doesn’t even cross their minds. It’s sad that in our society LGBT communities are still not that accepted.

When I searched this image on google it came up with a bunch of other quotes in different languages.

Blog #9 (User Generated Content – Outsourcing The Culture Industry)

I was looking up the terms of use on Youtube. Nothing really jumped out at me, but one thing I do want to point out is this “6. Your Content and Conduct: A. As a Youtube account holder you may submit content to the Service, including videos and user comments. You understand that Youtube does not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any Content you submit.” In my opinion, this should be obvious. I mean when one uploads a video on Youtube of course everyone else can see it. They can also potentially steal it as well. It actually surprises me how some people just don’t seem to be aware of that. And it’s also sad to see people post up videos they regret posting up. So what ends up happening is that they take it off their main channel, but then some other person uploads it again on his or her channel later.

The terms of service is their to warn users of what can happen just by uploading a video, yet lots of people run the risk anyway mainly as a way to connect.

In Burgerss’ User-Created Content and Everyday Cultural Practice: Lessons from Youtube, he defines Web 2.0 as “social media platforms built around user-created or contributed content” This is true. No matter what the terms of use say, people will upload vlogs, music, literature and so on on to whatever social media site they prefer because people love to connect to others who have the same interest. I know I would hate if one of my favorite youtubers Simon and Martina were to stop making videos.

They’re bloggers in Korea and like to make videos about Korean culture. Here is one of my favorite videos from them. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_oNLZq72I8

Blog #8 (Cyborgs!)

In Donna Haraway’s, A Cyborg Manifesto, she says that being a cyborg is our way of surviving nowadays. We are adapting to the world around us to survive and to also became more human, as Amber Case puts it too, in her TED talk “We are all Cyborgs Now.” Case and Haraway both have the same idea that we are all using technology to become more human and connect with each other. We see this whenever and wherever we want. We can talk or contact though messaging to anyone no matter where we are and it’s great. We are social beings and technology just made it easier for us to connect.

But when I first heard the word “cyborg” I was thinking more along the lines of a robot or just someone that is heavily controlled by technology. I believe a lot of us are heavily controlled by technology. Now, when I walk around campus I see people with their laptops, tablets, cell phones (of course), and my favorite the ipod. I personally can’t live with out my ipod in hand. It feels as though I’m missing something if I don’t have it since I’m such a music fanatic.

It’s true what Case said in the video about missing a part of yourself if you lose say your cell phone or your laptop or your tablet or whatever you like to use to stay connected. I keep all my files, music, pictures, etc. on my laptop. If I lose my laptop well most of it will be gone. I could probably get some things back like my songs since I also have my ipod, but it just doesn’t feel right not to have my laptop with me since that’s what I use most of the time. I wouldn’t know what else to do or how I’ll connect with someone if I don’t have either my phone or laptop, and I wouldn’t be surprised if other people felt the same way I do if that were to happen to them. In short, what I mean by all this is that in a society that we live in today it’s hard to live without all this technology around us that is their, pretty much, to make us more human and stay connected.

 

Blog #7 ((in)Visibility: Technology and Intersectionality)

When I was young, when I was very young, I always told my mom to get the pink blanket or whatever girly thing rather than the so called boyish thing or whatever product that was marketed towards men. Again, when I was young I thought there was actually some difference and that I have to get the one marketed towards females because the male one won’t work with me. For example, a purple tooth brush for me verses say a red one or a shampoo with a pink bottle verses one that’s in a black bottle. I know this sounds ridicules, but I was young.

Now I really don’t see the difference when I go to the store to buy my things, but I have to say one item in the toiletry department of the store really caught me off guard when I first heard about it. Now growing up I have always been using male razors. They only had male razors, but that’s not the reason I bought them. I mean they worked for me, but then this…

That’s right! A razor specifically for women. I don’t really see the difference aside from the color honestly. I mean it’s pretty much the same thing. They both take off your unwanted facial hair, leg hair, armpit hair etc. and this is supposed to appeal to women by the color? I’m guessing… Anyway, I still continue to use male razors simply because they are cheaper than these. It’s actually sad to see that these razors just cost more because they are targeted towards a specific set of people, so the companies know that their product will sell especially if people  have the same mentality I had when I was young. But I don’t mean that it’s necessarily a bad thing to want and buy something that is marketed like this. In my opinion, it’s only bad if people are being ruled by how others market their products.

In McGraw, Why Feminine Technologies Matter, She says that people usually associate technology with a utility, for example a razor made for shaving, it’s actual role is decorative. So going along with the example, a razor we usually associate with shaving is now a razor made specifically for women because it’s purple, when if fact, it does the same thing other razors do.

Anyway, there are many other ways in which the world has divided and continues to divide people even by the products we use.

Blog #6 (Social Networking and Consumption)

In Grandy’s article, it says that “social networking has an ideological character: its networking advances capitalist individualization, accumulation and legitimization.” This statement pretty much means that social media like SNS sites have set standards of what people should be and how they should act in a certain way. These messages are reached to us though these social media sites by creating this idea of what one prefers to be rather than who someone really is. In other words, people are attracted to social networking sites to connect and whatnot, but at the same time people that do this are setting themselves up to be targeted by these products and “belief” media throws at them.

The other day I came across a video on Youtube called “Dove Photoshop Effect”. If you haven’t seen it, you can check it out here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4y5b7INvqE

 

This video didn’t really surprise me at all since I already knew that things like this happen all the time in the media. But what I’m trying to get at is that the media can do many things. It can show viewers whatever it deems appropriate and distort everything viewers like me see. But this also got me thinking of all the other videos I see on Youtube on a daily bases. Even thou most of the time I’m just watching regular people make videos in their living room and some other videos done professionally (like music videos for example) I never really think about how commercialized Youtube really is. Now that I think about it Youtube really does throw a lot of commercials with brand trying to sell me services and whatnot, and not only that, even some commenters and people that post up videos on Youtube post links to various sites where they want you to buy whatever it is they are selling themselves or something they liked.

But this is just one site where all of this commercialization happens. I know there are other sites like Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram this same thing happens. I know because I have been on those sites many times and seen lots of things on there trying to sell me some thing or idea. It doesn’t even have to be a thing, but people go as far as to even tweet the things they want and post the link to where you can get it as well (I usually find this when I’m looking up something that’s trending). I’m not saying this is all bad. I mean I do things like this at times as well when I really want something, but it’s just good to keep in mind what the media is trying to sell. Most of the time it’s more than just a material of some sort, but also some idea that comes with it whether it’s the message that you’ll look better or something like that.

Blog #5 (No Logo)

No Logo. What do I mean by “No Logo”? Well for this post, I was given the task to keep a list of brands I see in just one day and to also try to see if I could see a life without brands.

Well first things first, this whole discussion came from a documentary called “No Logo” which if you haven’t seen it, you can do so here.

 

I have to point out that this wasn’t the vision I saw in class. The one in class had Spanish subs which makes me think that there are people who want to share  and expand that info with others who don’t know the language (which is definitively something you can’t do with TV, for example).

Anyway, for one day I kept record of all the brands I saw. Right when I woke up that day, I starred at the blinking light on the side of my laptop with the circle on top and “DELL” written in big, bold letters (being a college student, I can’t live without) Next came my clothes. Now, I’m not the kind of person to really care about clothing brands, but since I kept the task in mind I just noticed my Nike sneakers and many times when I sat at the study lounge noticed many other people wearing Nike’s as well. I also saw brands like Starbucks (my daily fix) and Subway and Panda Express since they’re close by. On top of that, I can’t forget my Apple since I can’t seem to live without my ipod with me at all times. I’m sure there were a lot more brands I missed like those annoying YouTube ads at the beginning of videos, but yeah there were way too many to keep track of.

So with that, I really can’t see my life without brands. Like it said in the video, brands are everywhere. They are made to sell a lifestyle rather than just the product. Even though most of the time I just want the product I sometimes get into the lifestyle that comes with it to fit in. For example my ipod, I could have just bought any regular mp3 player and it would have done the job just fine, but in my head I had to get the ipod purely for the style (because it has an apple on it). So yes, Klein’s argument did fit my experience.

Blog #4 (Liberation Technology and The Estrangement of Production)

So, I had to read this article called “8 reasons young Americans don’t fight back: How the US crushed youth resistance” and I do agree with some of what was said in the article. Like how young Americans just accept the fact that they are going to have a lot of debt by the time they graduate college. I know I kind of have even though I try not to take out as many loans. I also agree with the TV being part of a way to crush the resistance in youth because TV does kind of not make you able to concentrate later, but the part I disagree with in this is that it does depend what you are watching. Like for instance, the videos of the remade super bowl commercial. If you haven’t seen it, you can do so here.

This is the original commercial

 

This is the remake

 

This, in my opinion, doesn’t hinder resistance in young Americans. It’s a way of having more control of what they watch and have more control over what they can do with that media. With the technology theses days people don’t have to take things as is. They can have discussions on whatever social media they choose.