Friday, November 22, 2013

The deconstruction of Televeison

Gozzi Jr., Raymond. “Television as a Deep Metaphor in Destruction.” ETC: A Review of General Semantics 528 (2001): 211. Academic Search. Web. 18 November 2013.

       Raymond Gozzi Jr. in his article “Television as a Deep Metaphor in Deconstruction” writes about the future of television and how the popularity is coming to an end.  Gozzi writes about how important appeal is to the viewers and how destruction is coming for reality television.  “These shows must appeal to large audiences with different political opinions, personal tastes, etc.” (Gozzi)  Like Will says, soon enough reality television will no longer shock us, it would become so predictable that we would be bored.  “Being obvious or “preachy” is a major sin for mass media writers.” (Gozzi) Being different and shocking is the only way to keep the viewer’s coming.  This idea of the shock factor is crucial in the world of television.
          Raymond Gozzi Jr. uses meta commentary when he says "My theme here is that deconstruction often operated from a hidden, deep metaphor. This deep metaphor is television." He uses this to alert the readers to an elaboration of a previous idea (the deconstruction of television).  

Decrypted Metaommentary

Genc, Kaya. "Coming Out of the Coffin." The New Inquiry, 24 Aug. 2012. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. <>.

In her article “Coming Out Of The Coffin”, Kaya Genc writes about how the discovery of Bram Stokers personal diaries fosters the idea that he was gay. And that no ones really knows about the man Stoker really was, we just know him as the author that penned Dracula. She gives a good amount of evidence from the diaries to support this claim as well as outside information. 

After reading chapter 10, I noticed that Genc uses metacommentary fairly early in the piece. At the start of the second paragraph, Genc says “Lest you think this comparison is stretched, please consider the following...” as the book states, she uses this phrase to move from giving a generalized statement or claim to a more concrete example. In her case, she moved from just saying that we know nothing about him as the person behind the novel to giving a specific example of a sentence written in his journal: “The cryptic meaning of silence.” Bram was cryptic in writing down the details of his life, the inner workings of his mind, the pages of his journal don't give a clear message by themselves, they need to be decrypted. Much like the varies meanings behind the story of Dracula.  

Thursday, November 21, 2013


MetaCommentary : Watching Tv makes you Smarter Works Cited : Johnson,Steven. "Watching Tv makes You Smarter ". They say I Say Comp.Gerald Greff,CathyBerkenstein , Russel Durst , New York W.W Norton and Company ,2009 .Print Annotation : The main point in Johnsons article is based on his theory called “The Sleeper Curve”. This theory states “ Television alters the mental development of young people for the better.” (Johnson, 214) . Reality television affects the younger generations in a positive way ,how you may ask it helps them with personal development .Something I found to be quite interesting is how Johnson mentions multiple threads in television episodes are much more complex than old television shows .Johnson refers to the Mary Tyler Show and how it is a cookie cutter were reality tv shows have real life issues we can relate to .Johnsons article about how younger generations are given mindless television that they cannot apply to their everyday life to watch and then expect to go out in the real world of high school and college and deal with tough situations .Through Harder more intense television our younger generations could have a bit a better idea on how to handle these situations ,and knowing that many things can change . Years ago televisions shows would have never shown such horrors. Because the shows were not as violent or scenes were not as complex as they are now. “The sleep curve exists because theres money to made by making culture smarter .”(Johnson ,287) . People naturally crave more knowledge . The sleeper curve tells us something important about the human mind . The mind has a need to figure out plots ,detecting patterns and understanding a narrative and each role a character plays in that specific plot . one meta commentary Idid find in the article is when he says in pointing out some of the ways that popular culture has improved our minds ,i am not arguing that parents should not stop paying attention to the way their children amuse..... Another one is I believe that the sleeper curve is the single most important new force altering the mental development of young people today and I believe it is largely a force for good .

Magazine Editor

Richardson, Chris. "'Can't Tell Me Nothing': Symbolic Violence, Education, And Kanye West." Popular Music & 

                                     Society 34.1 (2011): 97-112. Academic Search Complete. Web. 21 Nov. 2013

Reading The Art of Metacommentary made me read different once I decided to give my secondary source a second look. Throughout the article, it tells us about many different tips that we can do as writers to not only let the readers negotiate and process our thoughts, but how it can help us generate more ideas about our essay or topic. It gives many different examples and templates on how to do metacommentary. When I decided to give my secondary source another look, I noticed that Chris Richardson does many of these techniques in the writing. Within the third paragraph of Richardson's "Cant Tell me Nothing" he states "This paper focuses on the work of Kanye West as a popular and revealing examply of how symbolic violence can be negotiated within Hip-Hop culture"  He gives us the readers an example or background of how hes looking at a certain person so we could better understand the writing. I'm sure there are many ways to view Kanye West; using that statement lets me know that hes looking at Kanye west as a popular and revealing artist. Richardson uses another example in the next paragraph stating.

"Ultimately, I argue that West presents one of the most powerful critques of symbolic violence in Hip Hop through these acts"

Richardson is backing up his claim with this sentence and is informing us that he believes THIS because of THIS.  I read this statement and immediately asked , WHO CARES? Not too long after the sentence he got me back stating,

" Which illuminate many of the underlying social problems that can lead to the physical violence emphasized in popular debates"

The Art of Metacommentary really helped me see that these tips can indeed help you generate ideas and help the reader as well seewhere you're coming from.

Metacommentary: The Power of Stars

Elberse, Anita. "The Power Of Stars: Do Star Actors Drive The Success Of Movies?." Journal Of  Marketing 71.4 (2007): 102-120. Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.

         Anita Elberse author of the article “The Power of Stars: Do Star Actors Drive the Success of Movies?” in the Journal of Marketing writes her article about whether the success of films depends on the amount of fame the stars playing the roles have. She talks about the many myths people in Hollywood have about the use of the top stars in films and also about the viewpoints of other movie critics and their standpoint on this issue. Elberse uses many studies to show the effect of star power on revenues, and uses the studies of many others to guide her research. After having done her research Elberse came to the conclusion that although stars influence film-level revenue, there was no support for her claim that stars are the reasons behind movie success.

          Finding metacommentary in Elberse’s writing was a difficult but with some rereading I found some examples. One of the templates Elberse used frequently was “For example” a way of providing concrete evidence for the point she was making. Another template she used in her article was “Although some practioners argue that...” in anticipation and response to an objection. I think the title is also a use of metacommentary, she starts with “The Power of Stars” which is the basis of the article and then she explains exactly what she is going to be researching with the use of the subtitle “Do Star Actors Drive the Success of Movies?” I think the use of metacommentary in her writing was helpful. It helps to understand exactly the point she was trying to make. Even though it was hard to find I understood at the end of the article the purpose of her writing.

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So guys I forgot what were suppose to blog about. Anybody wanna help me out?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"Disaster Capitalism!" Coming to An Economy Near You!

Work Cited

Toscano, Alberto. "Disaster Movies." Film Quarterly, Volume 64.

            Number 2 (Winter 2010): 72-73. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.


There is a new kind of disaster coming to an economy near you. You saw a preview of it back in 2008. It may take your house, your job, your car and all your savings. It doesn’t matter where you live, no one is safe from the economic tsunami heading towards a city near you.  Sounds scary doesn’t it? Well, welcome to the dawn of a new genre of disaster film called “disaster capitalism” (72)! Economic turmoil and the capitalist villains behind the  havoc inflicted on the lives of the innocent victims not wealthy enough to dodge economic ruin takes the place of earthquakes, tornados and other types of natural disasters that are usually the subject of disaster films.
The problem with this new genre of film is that if they are meant to be fact based documentaries about the economy, they should not resemble the latest multi-million dollar fictional action blockbuster movie (72). When you compare and contrast a documentary like Inside Job about the corporate insiders responsible for the 2008 subprime mortgage fiasco that used “big budget aesthetics including a celebrity narration by Matt Damon and epic outdoor shots” (72), with a documentary like  Draquila, a film on political corruption during a 2009 earthquake in the Italian city of L’Aquila that “sticks close to the everyday banality of disaster…[through the] low budget use of hand-held cameras” (72) it’s Draquila’s approach that stays true to the spirit of bare bones truthfulness appropriate for the genre of documentary film-making. While the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is always a valid argument when analyzing a visual medium like film, documentaries have limited creative license because “attractive visuals can often mislead rather than illustrate” (73) the important truths these films seek to uncover.    
 Toscano’s discussion of documentaries as yet another means for Hollywood to vent their hatred for capitalism makes his article a good text to use in my essay on anti-capitalist sentiment in the film industry. Not only does he support Rick Groen’s claim in “Why Hollywood Hates Capitalism” that there is an anti-business bias in several films, he also supports Michael Tratner’s claim in “Working the Crowd: Movies and Mass Politics” that films have the ability to inspire a mob mentality in its audience by rubbing salt into their political discontents. When recalling the crowd’s reaction to a screening of Inside Job, Toscano makes note of the rage felt by many audience members towards the business and political elites named by the film as coconspirators in the economic disaster of 2008. During the post-screening Q&A session, audience member calls for “the perpetrators of the ‘conspiracy’ to be shot” (72) and rants that “nothing will change…‘until we see some bodies swinging from some lampposts’” (72), reflects the powerful and dangerous uproar the images and dialogue from a film like Inside Job has the potential to generate in a crowd of moviegoers.
While political rallies may have the intention of motivating participants to actively engage in political change, they are well organized, intellectual in nature and appeal to the rational in us. Films, by contrast, are made to stir our emotions and make us focus on “spectacular visual clich├ęs that ignore the issues” (73) underlying what we see by appealing to our animal nature. Ask any movie producer and they will tell you that it can be virtually impossible to gage what an audience’s reaction will be to what they see on screen. Unpredictability and volatile emotions make groups watching films more susceptible to desires for “something on par with the Russian Revolution” (72) than your average Saturday morning demonstration on the steps of City Hall. In addition to taking the discussion of what’s behind the anti-capitalist film legacy in Hollywood a step further, Toscano’s article provides concrete evidence to support Tratner’s explanation for why films are highly feared and regulated by elites throughout history.

Write and Flow: Toscano's Use of Metacommentary 

                Toscano’s use of metacommentary or metatext was seamlessly and subtly done.  His skill as a good writer allowed him to smoothly transition from the voice of his main claim to the voice of the narrator that interprets his claims. At first glance it is not obvious where he injected metatext. On a careful second reading of the article it became more obvious that metatext was used at key points where he needed to clearly demonstrate his argument.  For example, to make it clear why he is writing the piece, he sets up the scene of the Q&A he attended for Inside Job in the first sentence of his article.  
“By the end of the Inside Job Q&A with director Charles Ferguson and producer Audrey Marrs at the London Film Festival, October 27, it was clear that this documentary’s account of the colossal and coordinated act of financial malfeasance that led to the present economic crisis had elicited angry responses.” (72) 
Toscano made use of a common template not in They Say, I Say that can be used for any subject to make clear what happened over a specific period of time:
By the end of_________it was clear that____________.”
“By the end of the Civil War, it was clear that the wounds of a country divided would be slow to heal.”
By the end of the party, it was clear that John was too intoxicated to drive and would need a cab home.”
The one exception to Toscano’s effective use of metatext was his title, “Disaster Movies”. This title is open ended and does not give much insight into the subject, main claim or the two films he mentions in his article. Once you’ve completed reading the article you realize he is making a play upon the idea of the typical disaster film and the idea that capitalism is the new disaster causing chaos in our lives. Since the article is mainly about the highly popular film Inside Job, it might have been a good idea to capitalize on the film’s popularity by somehow referencing it in the title to better draw readers in.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Help save Lilly !

Hello classmates,
My dog was hit by a truck yesterday and is in very bad condition. She is very young, just about to turn 3 she has a whole life ahead of herself. My family refuses to give up on her because of the price. We are trying to raise money to pay for her surgery. If you can't donate any money I understand, but if you can all just help and please spread the word. Share the link on Facebook Twitter Instagram anything that will help our cause.I thank you all for helping my family through a hard time. 

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

The "N" Word... Essay3

On of my secondary sources is an article called “J Lo Sings Sour Note” and was written by Ron Scott. This article was published in The New York Amsterdam News in August of 2001. The article explains the distasteful use of the word nigga in the famous Jennifer Lopez’s hit song “I’m Real.”  One point that the author touches on is that most of the heat came from Star, one of the radio show hosts from radio station Hot 97, Star and Buck Wild. Star simply states that it was automatically wrong for J Lo to use this word because she isn’t black. Ignorant claim, huh? Well, some people really feel that way. Star felt that it was disrespectful and derogatory. The article also goes into a brief history and background of the word and how it was intended back when slavery was a huge civil issue. For these reasons, this article is relevant to my final paper. It touches up on recent pop culture issues with this word, and it describes its history. It doesn’t have a side; it recognizes both with great arguments to back it up.
“While walking the streets of New York City, one can hear Latinos and teens of other races greeting each other and their black friends by saying ‘What’s up, my nigga?’ and all parties are smiling.” This is the quote I will be taking from this article and be putting into my paper, not exactly sure where yet.  But it does add to my point of questioning why is it ok for some to use it and not all? Or, how dark of a Latino do you have to be for it to be considered acceptable?

Scott, Ron. "J-Lo Sings Sour Note." New York Amsterdam09 Aug 2001, Pg 19 & 25. Web. 17 Nov. 2013.