Saturday, June 22, 2013

Yes ! I was a Rescue Ranger

The article "Violent Media Is Good Is Good For Kids" by Gerard Jones starts off with the author speaking about his up bring on how his parents taught him that "violence was wrong, that rage was something to be overcome and cooperation was always better than conflict" keeping him from the violent imagery of  pop culture at the time. his mother being an English teacher, had one of her students assure her that marvel comics despite the violence there was an underline moral messages to be learned. Therefore the exploration of comic particularly The Hulk which he which he called his "Fantasy self" gave him the courage to release his inner rage and quest for empowerment. Which lead him to becoming a writer, taking his own lead to a career and identity. He as well watched his son do the same uses these animated characters along the way of his childhood to finding himself. Then there was the turn of events when pop psychologists insist that violent story were harmful to kids because the vast events of shootings in schools. Which lead him to research and a better understanding and reinforcing what he already felt was the case, that children use violent stories for emotional and development needs. he ends it off with his evaluation of all by saying we aren't protecting children from violence but from their inhibitions. 

 Well, as a adult I don't really do the idolizing thing but, I can say as a child Chip from the Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers television show  was definitely my "Fantasy self" and whom I Identified with. I'm sure in the beginning of this semester during the survey part I told the class that I'm really into the mystery type movies. Solving the unclear/mystery was always a strong desire of mine. That might explain why I go after females that are a extreme mental challenging  but, that is another story for another time anyways, as I grew the characters changed just like the author Gerard Jones son. See you may say the title of the article is speaking about violent media and you are saying to yourself Rescue Rangers wasn't violent !?! Well for a young kid there was mild violence such as the main characters Chip and Dale fighting often. Believe it or not, that bow and arrow in Gadget's hand (the girl mouse) I actually made that with the plunger and shot my childhood friend in the face LOL he survived no worries. As you can see I agree with Jones and his article, because I don't know where I would have been with out my animated action at 3 o' clock. Now in relation to  "King Solomon's Mines"  and the discussions we had  in class, these type of books where made for young boys to read and create a release in my opinion. An escape from their continuous demands to play nice and be a good boy. regardless of what time period children need a moment to figure it out. Like what is good and/or what is bad. In KSM  though vulgar still has mental jewels with in the story that could teach the young men who were reading it that the uses of the word "nigger" didn't have to be, in a pivotal era where calling black people this was acceptable as well as norm. In addition men putting their lives on the line for others they barely even know shows an act of unselfishness that may not have been common in those times. Sometimes you'll be surprised what kids come up with by themselves. Just like as a child Jones's new found self confidence and independence was sort out  through books on his own.              

 A little video in case you don't know what Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers Is...

Friday, June 21, 2013

Batman, the child who never grow up.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke.  Batman might be the only superhero with absolutely no real power. His love for justice came after the death of his parents as a young boy, using his rage to become a super masked vigilante, turning his anger into something positive. “Violent Media Is Good for Kids” by Gerard Jones writes about children and their struggle to balance out how to control themselves in and out of public, how to control emotions, and in a way right from wrong like Bruce Wayne. Gerard Jones speaks of the parents and teachers who sees the things other parents do not see in their child such as violent acts of play fight.   At that very moment of Bruce Wayne’s parents deaths it sparked something deep down inside of him that would one day mold into Batman, the knight of the night. The Adventure story aimed for kids gave the kids a role model to look up to by the strong messages that the comics was giving off teaching the audience these foundations of human nature.
I agree with Gerard Jones using Bruce Wayne as my reason why, that his childhood gave him emotional scars, rage along with depression but yet he turned out to be a great man, he did not let this trauma turn him into the bad guy. In “King Solomon's Mines” by H. Rider Haggard the adventure story for kids looked at Allan Quatermain, Sir Henry Curtis, Captain John Good as The Avengers or The Fantastic Four in the eyes of the British youth, going out and doing amazing things a child could only “play fight” about. As parents we want to give our kids the play time they need to act out their fantasy identity otherwise some of us like Bruce Wayne will prolong this fantasy unknowing when we will outgrow this fantacy.  In KSM Quatermain was pushing messages of hate to kids. A good comic book should have positive messages. If you look at todays comic books these lessens are clear, good vs evil not color vs. color or gender vs. gender. This is a message that kids are reading. Not all media is going to be positive but in the eyes of a child it is unclear whether they will see the symbolism or the advenure that they are reading. I hope for KSM sace, they see the fun part without picking up on the negative parts.

Escape From Reality

           We do not seek authenticity rather we seek to experience an ideal fantasy through which to escape from our reality. Most little girls grow up fascinated with Disney princesses such as Cinderella, Ariel, and Belle. To fulfill the desire to share their lavish life style many little girls sit in front of a television replaying their favorite movie while dressed in a princess custom. Little boys watch superhero movies such as Spiderman or Ironman and imagine themselves as the superhero that is beating all the bad guys and soaring through air.

Just as little kids seek and discover adventure and happiness in their movies, adults immerse themselves in films, endless video games, or even books to even if for a little while, escape from their less fulfilled life. Not to say that everyone is unhappy with his or her lives but it is human nature to desire more than what we have. Whether you are indulging in an action filled racecar movie with or a humorous romantic flick, we find ourselves hoping the main character wins the race or possibly the love of a man or woman as if it were our story being told. I think many of us would be angry if the main character losses to the villain because we watch movies, read books and play video games to experience the excitement and emotions that the main character experiences. Not many people would enjoy watch a movie where the main character gets the shorter end of the stick because we are forced to experience our share of failures and let down in real life.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Authentic Advertising

Rose is right when she claims "we dont want authenticity, It's what we think we want. What we really want is to go back to Pandora, even though we've never really been there in the first place." This applies to any desire people have, whether it was derived internally or environmentally it doesn't matter. When human beings want something, it better be real not fake and i'm sure we all can agree on that. Where the problem lies is that we end up obtaining a phony under the false pretense that it was authentic. This applies to any desire we may have : cinema, automobiles, literature, jewelry, clothing, music, recreational activities, and advertising. The advertisements themselves are authentic but the product being marketed, is not.

My Interpretation : Me elaborating further on Rose's argument

Frank Rose and his article "The Art of Immersion" I would say is right on point when he says "That we do not want "authenticity”: It's what we think we want." meaning to me like many other things in our "Pop Culture " things that start out with a genuine idea, seems to get over saturated and watered down to the point we lose the pure essence of how, when, and why we started doing it in the first place. For example one of my first loves "Hip Hop". When it was at its rarest form maybe to say in the late 70's early 80's it was in a place where people expressed their opinions and feelings and their true reality. Then with all things that became "Popular" became less about the facts and more about the masses (Mass Culture) Idea of what's real and what's fake. Now adays there are "Artist" claiming authenticity and they are about what the culture stood for back when it first started. Prime example the "Artist" formally known as Rick Ross aka Rozay is very well respected in rap music today which was built off of authenticity. Now first off the name Rick Ross was taking by the rapper William Leonard Roberts II, which is his real name from a big drug dealer in Miami in the early 80's. Roberts II taking on that persona being from Miami himself, fit quite nicely.  Long story short, he took on this character which resulted into success in the music industry. Further down the line he was exposed to the hip hop nation as a fraud when media discovered that he was a corrections officer before moving into the music business. He knew about how things worked back in the days of having credibility in your music.  In interviews he soon denied allegations and considered them to just be rumors. Soon after overwhelming evidence showed that those which he called "rumors" were actually factual allegations he could no longer deny and eventually came to confirm the reports as truth, However he continued to play this persona and the people (the hip hop culture) continued to buy into it and support it knowing that it was fabricated basically far from the truth. Getting back to what I pick out from what Frank Rose was saying or at least my interpretation of it is, we as a society say we want the authentic expression but in all actuality we are in love with the lie, meaning we are so much a sucker for a good story we have no problem being lied to.  

Real or Fake - Which Do You Prefer?

 In the article, "The Art of Immersion: Fear of Fiction" by Frank Rose, he claims that we do not want "authenticity":"It's what we think we want." This statement could be true or false depending on things like age, your upbringing and where you are from. I think the statement will hold true for the younger generation who gets lost in the internet,games or movies but for the older generation, I think they still hold on to strong values and want what is real and true. The older generation know that what is seen in the media is not authentic.As Rose stated, "Value is a function of scarcity, and in a time of scripted reality TV and Photoshop everywhere, authenticity is a scarce commodity." The older generation, myself included, know they are not real so accpect them for what they are, entertainmentand not beleive that it is true. Even the foods being sold are not authentic, for example the fast foods. They are unhealthy hence my reason for saying they are not authentic. To have authentic meals one has to cook it herself.
It's not that we do not want authenticity, it is that what is available is not authentic, so we have no choice but to accept the fakes we are given when we cannot do any better or do it for ourselves.
This question of being authentic was also noticed while reading H. Rider Haggard's novel, "King Solomon's Mines." After Mr Quatermain told Sir Henry and Captain Good of Jose Silvestre's story of the map leading to King Solomon's diamonds, Captain Good thought it was a story from a book he was telling them and Sir Henry thought he was lying. So not only today is authenticity questioned. It has been questioned for several centuries and I suspect it will be questioned for many more to come, as people want things in an instant and not wanting to wait or take time so the outcome in my opinion will never be authentic

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A world full of fabrication.

According to frank we do not want " authenticity" it's what we think we want. what we 

really want is to go back to pandora, even though we have never been there in the first 

place. I agree with frank entirely. Technology today is extensively updated and very 

intelligent.  Technology can literally design anything as we'll as turning one thing into 

the complete opposite.  It also obviously has the potential to create things that do not 

exist.  Technology and television have the power today to make almost anything look 

real when most of the time it is fabricated. Television plays its role so well in portraying 

itself for something it truly isn't. It fools us into thinking it is giving us a sense of 

security. It fools us into thinking we seriously want it. For example, twilight. The 

romance between Bella and Edward is clearly very strong. The twilight saga 

unfortunately forced many females into thinking Edward Cullen was the perfect guy. 

When in actuality he does not exist, he is a vampire! Even though he is a made up 

character people still rave about how they would love to meet someone just like that, 

and that's  our problem just as frank says. We think we want what we see on television 

because we can never truly want something that simply doesn't exist. 

Pandora vs The Matrix vs does it even matter??!

King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard was published two years after The Boy Adventure book "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson, technical the two books are built the same way. Luckily for H, Rider Haggard this formula of storytelling is still “cool” for the people of 1885 in fact 128 years later this method of storytelling still works. With J.R.R Tolkien's “The Hobbit” copying the same method as King Solomons Mines  (The Hobbit)  in 1937 as one of the most similar stories that mimics Kings Solomon's Mines with a fantasy creature, a journey ( like in “Treasure Island just a little different) and so on made its mark on pop culture then  as it is now in 2013. The idea that King Solomons Mines has over us is that we do not know if this is real or if this is fake as with The Hobbit we know it is fake. The idea of this mountain full of riches intreat us, we want to know more of this divine place not knowing if it is real is the kicker in the book and outside the book. It’s the driving point of the book that makes us on the edge of our seats throughout the whole story. When they get there, what will be waiting for them, the riches or a slow and painful death like those before them?
When going into Pandora our heroes were safe inside a machine pretending to fly around in a world in an Avatar suit, death was not an issue.Much like Quarterman and  his party members. Yes, we would love to go back to Pandora any day of the week at any time, just like I myself would love to go back in The Matrix because I am “The One” despite what you may or may not have heard. Being immersed in this environment asking ourselves “Is this the real life, or is this just fantasy, caught in a landslide, no escape from reality, open your eyes, look up to the sky and see.” - Freddy Mercury, because while in that Avatar suit some would say they forgot where they were for a minute, after being “Juiced In” for too long you lose track of time, like a drug. To much of anything is harmful to you, whether its reading, playing video games, smoking or working eventually it’s gonna kill you so do what makes you happy. Ignore the authenticity or the immersion of the idea that nothing is real. Jump in with both feet, go after that mountain and get sucked into a new world, it’s good for you.

Art Of Immersion/ King Solomon Mines

 Frank Rose author of “The Art of Immersion: Fear of Fiction” stated, “We do not want authenticity,” I agree with him. We live in a world where media has a great influence over our lives. For instance, having fake hair and using plastic surgery to change our appearance at any cost is the norm to be accepted by society. We are constantly shown through media images that to be beautiful you must have long hair, fair skin and be thin. If this is what we are shown and we do not look like what is acceptable by society standards we then want to change it. However, this is not right and we know this is not right, yet we do nothing to change it. Which in my opinion shows that we do not want what is authentic, we want to pretend to be someone else just to be accepted. For example, I am a kinky haired beautiful black woman. I use to hate the natural state of my hair solely because the pictures of the celebrities all showed long straight hair. Now I am a thirty year old woman that now understands that I do not have to wear my hair in a particular state just to be accepted by society. I can be “Authentic” by wearing my hair as I please and dare society to question it. By having society question it would then bring to light that we are not all the same; which we already know but choose to ignore reality and immerse ourselves in what is not real to feel better about ourselves based on society’s standards.

I am currently reading “King Solomon Mines” and I believe that Frank Rose opinion that we choose to ignore what is truly real ties in very nicely with this book.  In this reading one of the lead male characters is looking for a treasure that may or may not exist and is willing die to find it. Even after finding out all that have sought after it have died looking. This ties in with today’s society because no matter how much information you receive that something may not be healthy for you to be accepted by society you are willing to do anything including die just to be accepted. 

The Beauty of Fake

When Frank Rose had mentioned that we do not want authenticity, he is absolutely right. Everyone knows that subjects are so much more appealing when they are intangible. We live in a world where media sets high standards, making people strive impossibly high. An example would be fashion marketing that create impossibly perfect women. With the help of technology and photo edit, they are able to create a sense of jealousy and insecurity in females making them strive for this impossible beauty.

But these ridiculous and superficial changes to photos are not a surprise to people. Many are aware of what happens behind the scenes. But we still consider the picture of Britney Spears to the right as better. No one wants to see an average female body, we want to see perfect. We don't want "authenticity" we want eye candy. When watching Avatar Rose had said that "technology makes authenticity suspect, and technology gives us the withdrawal to demand it-- if thats what we really want". The movie Avatar would not be as brilliant if the character were so digitally realistic as they were. They made people believe that it was true. When we think we want to go back to Pandora, even though we've never been there it's because of the illusion. We will always crave the illusions technology presents us and crave the perfection, but in the end its only entertainment for our minds and imaginations.

Immersion through the eyes of a reader

Frank Rose wrote a story called “The Art of Immersion Fear of Fiction” it is about how the Internet is changing the world of entertainment. For the first time we are seeing the first medium that can act like all media. It comes in many forms like video or a text. The Internet has altered many different ways of life. He explains it in his story even though so much is going on and we have no idea why, the main purpose is to allow people to immerse themselves in the stories that were being told. Let them get lost in world so different than anything before they make use crave to go to another planet; they took a basic idea and use technology to build a completely new way for narrative to take place. We see how many people try to escape to another world to get away or just get a taste of something different, the movie “Twilight” By Stephanie Meyers show that perfectly. So many teenagers want to have that dark mystery handsome guy because they crave it simply because they never had the love that they desire so in order to do so they get lost in the story, Even people who play video games like World of War Craft millions of people are taken in by the online world that they believe is real that is where immersion comes into play here. Basically rose is trying to get use to look deeper at how technology media is changing the way story-telling is being told and try to show how immersion breaks through all the junk beneath and encourages a deeper level of involvement thanks to our emotions. Before I end you see that what rose claims to be telling also applies to book I am reading called “King Solomon Mines” here you have a man that is looking for a treasure that may or may not exist and is willing to put his life on the line for money you see the Allan Quatermain gets lost in the book with the hope of finding the gold.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Disney Films Titled Critically

So today we discussed the possible messages that could be inferred from popular Disney films. And what should I stumble upon while surfing the internet?

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?