Archive | December, 2008

A thought: Police

20 Dec

What does it mean to be a police officer, to enforce the law, to protect and serve? What makes someone a good or bad police officer – and from whose point of view is that judgement made?

How have movies and television skewed the public’s perception and the reality of this profession? How do Reno 911 and Cops compare?

And then, of course… who is watching the watchmen?

Listen to: Protect and Serve

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Weather Control

18 Dec

Weather Control

Top Secret, “Project Popeye” was enacted in Vietnam from 1966-1972. It was a military effort intended to reduce the mobility and cut off supply trains on the Ho Chi Minh Trail by increasing rain fall in the area. 

Objectives 
1. Soften road surfaces 
2. Cause landslides along roadways 
3. Wash out river crossings 
4. Maintain saturated soil conditions beyond the regular monsoon season 

Cost 
21.6 million ($110 million in 2007 dollars)

Another deviation in sound. Listen to Weather Control

life w/sans: fugly the snowman

17 Dec

fugly the snowman

life with sans: fugly the snowman

[oh hey there fugly]

um… hi

 


Academic Plan

14 Dec

New School University
Understanding Media Studies 6767


Over the course of this past semester I have begun to grasp the incredible depth to the Media Studies program at the New School. This course, Understanding Medias Studies, developed a particularly clear and concrete foundation while paving avenues of exploration and aims of pursuit for further study. Guided by the readings and guest lectures, this department opened itself up to me a little more each week and I was continually inspired.

However, I found that one of my downfalls is the fact that I prefer one to one discourse over writing down my thoughts and ideas – I like the spontaneity and creative tangents that occur when working and speaking with others. At the same time, there is value in the written word, the ability to access it as a resource, to reflect and revise… so writing down my thoughts is a task I must learn to love as a means of expression rather than loathe as a tedious chore of rehashing my thoughts from mind to text.

In regards to existing skills, I have an eye for photography and I am adept at visual and audio production software. I would like to continue to use my skills in audio production in my thesis – if that is the course of action I decide to pursue here. I have no formal training in film production. I’m quite intuitive and taught myself how to edit and have developed my own method of post-production, but a course in film production would be beneficial, especially if I wish to produce a documentary or short film in the future.

I am here to experience one of the media centers of the world and to better understand its overarching function in regards to identity in society and culture in regards to local, regional and global perspectives. I am drawn here by my inexhaustible curiosity (I had whittled down my undergraduate routes to two routes: a BA in philosophy or a BM in music industry; I chose the later.) I find myself torn between my curiosity in abstract ideas and my drive to create and manage tangible media.

I aim to earn a Media Management Certificate while here at the New School while still satiating my curiosity by taking courses on media theory. Perhaps, I can integrate a thesis option into my studies that would address both my production savvy and theory oriented mind. I am interested in creating my own adaption of “This American Life” a radio broadcast. I know it might sound silly to want to pursue a thesis project in an old medium – but it’s the unique quality of the radio that I am interested in and would like to learn more about in the future. Any way, it’s a wholesome thought. I’ll admit, I get slightly depressed when I drown myself in media philosophy and theories in light of today’s mediascape. If I pursue a thesis I would like it to be project based due to the fact that I tend to, as I said, get depressed when delving into media theory. I am also very intrigued by media policy.

Next semester I’ll be taking Music Business in Media, Social Media: Content/Commercial Culture, Media Practices: Design, and WSNR Radio Lab. A little more bent on production and definitely focused on Media Management.

I am hoping to complete my master’s degree in two years… living in New York City is incredibly taxing. If I am going to take longer than two years to complete the degree, I would like to look at the option of taking all online courses that last year – which would give me the freedom to continue my studies from home.

creative deviation

13 Dec

Post:Modern.Obama:America

Out of left field… a combination of one sleepless night and messing with sound.

Context: it was 3 am and I was going through my hard drive, archiving files and all that jazz.  Clicked on “Misc Audio” opened up my audio editor, Acid, and a few hours later I had this.

What do you think?

.::radio:escape::.

11 Dec

A short and sweet escape story featuring snippets of Gwen Stefani’s “Sweet Escape” (but you really only hear Akon in the clip) as well as The Drifters’ “Up On The Roof”. I would have liked to have intertwined this piece with 2 others in order to develop the escape theme by presenting a total of three acts (and to feature more tunes), but there was not enough time.

This was what I was going to use as the first act; it stands alone:

.::Radio:Escape::.:.::Fall:2008::.

life w/sans: tree hunting

10 Dec

 

bracket goes tree hunting

tree hunting

[timber!]

{hmph, another hit and run…}

 


Steven Johnson, “Everything Bad Is Good For You”

9 Dec

Need a lift after reading Neal Postman? Grab “Everything Bad Is Good For You” and your favorite video game so that while you’re waiting for scenes to load, or fed up from being eradicated because you like to run into situations all “gung ho” style without a backup plan, you can read this book and pat yourself on the back for being smart… even if you refuse to use the crossbow which would have enabled you to acheive your objective without setting the entire camp into alarm. Go you.

*****

New School University, Media Studies, Fall 2008

Steven Johnson, Everything Bad Is Good For You, 20th Anniversary Edition, Riverhead Books, Copyright 2005, 2006 by Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson’s “Everything Bad Is Good For You” is a refreshing approach to the proliferation of pop culture and media. Ironically, Johnson’s contemporaries and the mainstream/pop point of view, if you will, is to look at pop culture as an epidemic that overwhelms rich, local cultures with media appealing to the lowest common denominator of intelligence; in effect, dumbing down content and depleting society of its movers and shakers by sitting them in front of plasma screens for hours on end. However, referencing empirical data and statistics in support of his argument, Johnson claims that through a process called the Sleeper Curve, pop culture actually makes people smarter.

The focal point to his argument lies in the definition of intelligence. Johnson claims that in the supersaturated media world today, content must be complex yet accessible enough to hold the attention span of its audience on the first view and on an infinite number of repeat viewings due to reruns and syndication, the internet, and the now basic yet diverse channels through which people have access to media. People aren’t zoning out when they watch television or play video games, people are zoning in while the brain fires away, working to make connections subconsciously.

Johnson shows the Sleeper Curve in action by refering to classic video games and the evolution of television sitcoms. Perhaps the reason why so many of his contemporaries are aghast at the modern media culture is that its avenue for learning is entertainment. Perhaps the value in traditional learning is the intent to learn something specific, rather than lessons predetermined by a media machine.

“America’s Christmas Tree”

7 Dec

Didn’t realize this was sitting around unpublished for the past few days…

Thousands of people lined the New York City streets on December 3. Police barricades were up and herding foot traffic in a most inefficient manner. Bodies everywhere. Moving nowhere. This was 6 PM – an hour before the Tree Lighting festivities began at the Rockefeller Center.

2 hopped police barricades later and 17 floors up – I’m in One Rock, just above the action with a clear view two of the three performance stages and of course, “America’s Christmas Tree”. At least that’s what the announcers claimed. And for the thousands that thronged the streets in the bitter cold, and millions watching the broadcast – maybe, maybe it really is America’s Tree. Is that the power of the media? For certainly wouldn’t it be more fitting to have America’s Christmas tree in Washington, D.C.? What does it mean when the media invents meanings and images and subsequent identity?

Why is America’s Christmas Tree in New York City? Is this proof that America’s media and commercial identity and agenda trump our political one? What does that mean for our society, our government, or our culture? What does it mean when Disney performers… I won’t name any names… and celebrities perform for three hours before the split second Christmas tree lighting? What does it mean when commercial breaks interrupt the flow, flushing our eyes with images and brands whose only concern is profit margin and the bottom-line? What happened to the tree and why is it in New York City?

life w/sans: *snow*

3 Dec

*snow*

*snow*

sans: snow

sans: oh hello there

ms.p: here… stay warm

ms.p: much better!

sans: ho! ho! ho!