Spectacle

MORE IS MORE?

Posted by on Nov 28, 2015 in Humor, Language, Less, Norms, Spectacle, Violence | Comments Off on MORE IS MORE?

[Ed.: Are words just by themselves the essence of hyperbole?] Death by Internet Hyperbole: Literally Dying Over This Column By Jessica Bennett From the New York Times The text exchange was unspectacular: a friend explaining a video that had been posted by a classmate to his Snapchat feed. Jordana Narin, my 20-year-old research assistant, was half paying attention, sitting in my living room working on a project, texting between breaks. “Omg literally dying,” she typed back, not missing a beat. She turned back to her computer. But Jordana wasn’t literally dying. She wasn’t figuratively dying,...

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The Vacation by Wendell Berry

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Poetry, Quotes, Spectacle, Visual Addiction | Comments Off on The Vacation by Wendell Berry

The Vacation By Wendell Berry Once there was a man who filmed his vacation. He went flying down the river in his boat with his video camera to his eye, making a moving picture of the moving river upon which his sleek boat moved swiftly toward the end of his vacation. He showed his vacation to his camera, which pictured it, preserving it forever: the river, the trees, the sky, the light, the bow of his rushing boat behind which he stood with his camera preserving his vacation even as he was having it so that after he had had it he would still have it. It would be there. With a flick of a...

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Jon Stewart’s BS Meter

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Belief, Humor, Norms, Politics, Spectacle, Television | Comments Off on Jon Stewart’s BS Meter

From the last episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – his goodbye advice: Uncensored – Three Different Kinds of Bulls**t “The best defense against bullshit is vigilance.” Jon Stewart Jon Stewart describes different types of corruption and lies and then calls on the audience to take action....

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Stock Lives

Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Belief, Humor, Language, Norms, Spectacle, Television | Comments Off on Stock Lives

The insights from this video can be extended to any ad.
It is not a question of using stock footage or not.
Every ad appeals to a great variety of clichés.
To plug into you, ads (and most media) tap into what has already been said
– what is taken for granted –
and call it: “communicating with an audience.”

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Life is Surprises

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Film, Mass Media, Norms, Now, Spectacle, Sports, surprise, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Life is Surprises

A remnant of what I used to teach… I would say to my students that their medium is “surprises” – not video, not film, not sound, but surprises. Just like actual living. From the New York Times Sunday Review The Economics of Suspense APRIL 24, 2015  Credit Gérard Dubois Gray Matter By JEFFREY ELY, ALEXANDER FRANKEL and EMIR KAMENICA IMAGINE the following situation. After a grueling day at work, you plop down in front of your TV, ready to relax. Your TiVo has recorded all of the day’s March Madness games. You’ve sequestered yourself away from any news about who won or...

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Words and Concepts that Blind Us

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Art, Belief, Humor, Norms, Politics, Spectacle, Sports, Television | Comments Off on Words and Concepts that Blind Us

[Partial translation into English] Original in French

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