Adobes New Age of Authenticity

This video aims at analyzing the new digital media application world, specifically Adobes Photoshop and Illustrator. This “new” updated form of mechanical reproduction is incredibly effective and revolutionary in the media world. I believe that these applications have an image or representation of infringing upon the lines of authenticity or realness, but I am challenging not only that belief but…

GROUP D BLOG POST: Some serious issues over here

GROUP D BLOG POST: Some serious issues over here PUCE Fantastic article today—huh, fam? Shot me right back to a couple of instances of whitelash—a la Van Jones—that can’t be posed as anything as strongly as it can as the hypocrisy of a dominator culture. Example: Maybe you remember the flack Marvell Studios received for casting Idris Elba, a black…

Group D : Media Discrimination

This idea of discrimination and regulation is obviously a very pressing issue in today’s society, and should not be totally dodged because it is a racy issue, but I think in this world of media and entertainment there still needs to be recognition of Opt-in medias. I am trying to take an equal stance here on both the side of…

Stereotypes in Cinema

“While all negative stereotypes are hurtful, they do not exercise the same power in the world.” (208) I found this reading “Stereotypes, Realism, and the Struggle over Representation” to be really interesting and raised a multitude of questions in me about the vast number of movies I’ve seen in my lifetime and the role of certain races and cultures in…

Simulacra and Simulation

Jean Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation describes the “hyper-real” plane that has developed and reverberates through our lives. You can find it all throughout the U.S.: Disneyland, strip malls, Cancun’s in Red Hook. They are all simulations. He describes how today, we reinjection the natural into new synthetic forms; we drive to the gym to stare out the window while running…

The Death of The Panopticon

The element of Jean Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation that I am finding the trickiest is his claim that the rise of media that induce simulation also lead to the “End of the panoptic system” (Baudrillard, 29). Placed in the context of his inquiry into the Loud family, as the first televised attempt to pierce “lived reality in order to put…

There is no medium anymore

While Jean Baudrillard’s piece was very confusing, one of the most clear depictions to me was how in today’s society there is no mediums anymore. “We are no longer in the society of spectacle, of which the situationists spoke, nor in the specific kinds of alienation and repression that is implied. The medium itself is no longer identifiable as such,…

Electronic Torture

I haven’t had much time to look into this yet, but somebody just told me about “targeted individuals” and some of the things I’ve found about them seemed relevant to what we’ve been studying and discussing in this class. They’re people with a “psychological condition” or something, who believe they’re being targeted and spied on by a mass group of…