My Role In the Viral Video

My role in the viral video was 2nd camera operator. I took supplemental footage like close ups of Aoife when sitting on the tree and the depth of field transition shots when she overlooks the crowd and when addressing the camera at the end of the video. I also shot a lot of the final footage that made its way into the final cut. I’d a lot of liberty in my choice of shot as Paddy who was acting director on the day focused mainly on David, who was lead cameraman. Patrick through no fault of his own was not at the rehearsal the day previous and as a result had to organise a lot of the shots on the day. The rehearsal was organised by the production and creative leads knowing he would be absent. I felt this wasted an hour but it was good to have the class all together for the most part outside of the Carroll’s for what seemed to be the first time all year. There was lots of shouting of orders and little organisation but that’s to be expected, none of us are professionals. Some people will need to learn how to talk to peers if they want to develop their teamwork & interpersonal skills.

The day of shooting we achieved our goal of capturing a video, having fun as a group and not killing each other. There was some childish digs and personal gripes boiling to the surface as we waited to shoot and I voiced my opinion on it early on but in hindsight more organisation as a whole would speed up the “on the day” preparations and minimise restlessness.

Throughout the post-production process I lent an ear to the editing as I was eager to see the outcome of my shots. I operated the camera fully manually on the day and the exposure was really tricky as it was very sunny with sporadic clouds changing lighting constantly. Great experience. My footage turned out great though one or two shots that made it into the final cut were over exposed in my opinion. I think there were focus and framing issues with a lot of the shots from David’s camera. This was understandable though, as the focus is difficult to judge without a monitor and without a run through the previous day David was taking these shots live, and anything can happen in a live situation. I was actually in some shots, which bugged be because I’d asked if I was in frame twice but again it’s down to preparation and resulting distraction from the task at hand. Chris and John did a great job on the edit considering the footage they received from us. Zarc’s footage was great also. Daryl also did a great Job in after effects with the outro. The online team were very active and creative.

It was an enjoyable process. In hindsight, this is about a mass group project and people taking on roles etc, Some guidance would be beneficial so that students doing the post production modules are more likely to be suited to post production roles, or those in radio are more suited to audio roles etc. so that the same people who go for the same role straight away don’t always get it. It was very much first come first served. Which is fair enough but if the majority of people have an issue from previous group work about a person in a role it should be discussed and not dismissed by a few. I suppose a process of election would have been another way to do it. Great experience.

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Political Activism online

Political Activism online

The geopolitical world has got a lot to learn from the digital world, of the ease with which [it] swept away obstacles that no one knew could even be budged. — Bono (at 02:30)”

Bono, had organized many calls to action, organisations and places for people to voice their opinions. The most famous of these being live aid – and the single “Do they know it’s Christmas” by Band Aid in 1984. This effort raised global awareness of the plight of Africa and changed that continents destiny for the better. If current efforts are maintained Bono himself has said we as a planet can end starvation in Africa in the next 30 years. He as the quote above suggests attributes this to our digital age. Online activism although is not the first thing brought to mind by Bono and third world plight but that is where their success has grown from.

Groups like anonymous use the online space to threaten and attack countries, companies or individuals who find themselves at odds with their values. Anonymous is news, exciting, relevant, proximal because we live on the internet, but have Anonymous achieved anything like what Bono and his followers have in Africa? Well that’s not the point, is it? They are making the free use of the internet, to publish anything, with anonymity and without authority as Tim Barners lee envisaged. Wether for good or ill, if you have a cause the internet is an amazing tool to reach and involve the masses.

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Effects of pornography on western society

Effects of porn on western society

Cindy Gallop in 2009 Launched “make love not porn” an educational website aim at young men and women in an attempt to reeducate them on the norms of sex which are not taught in any formal way but through exploration and creativity. Yet porn threatens that. It provides a preconceived idea of what is expected and it might not portray what is mutually gratifying. As Cindy said in her ted interview, in 2009 “porn is typically made by men for men.”

The effect of this is the objectification of women in a cultural shift that brainwashes men into thinking that their role is to dominate a woman, and that is pleasing to them. Women are taught what are presented as social norms for example Brazilians, allowing them selves to be dominated and objectified. The word for this sense of pleasure at being dominated is not enjoyment from biological pleasure, but probably stockholm syndrome. Despite being regularly in the top 50 most visited site, porn is an unhealthy addiction if a normal social life suffers, as it will when expectation don’t meet reality.

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Moral Panic

Some actions in Western countries following the September 11 attacks affecting Arabs, Muslims, or those mistaken for them have comprised a moral panic. One very unfortunate example of this was the shooting dead of Jean Charles De Menezes who was suspected of being a terrorist 2 weeks after the London bombings. He looked nothing like […]

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What makes a good viral video?

Did the bible go viral? Kevin Allocca in the above ted video claimed that for something to go viral it had to be unique. Well the bible was the first printed book, of “God’s word” A viral had to have a mass participating community, the clergy and followers are certainly a mass following. The third is element are the tastemakers, or the clergy at the time were the preachers of society and the rulers in many cases especially in Ireland.
We know of lots of viral videos and they are not necessarily good entertainment for everyone but it is obviously much easier to find a participating mass audience on the internet than anywhere else. This is due to the ease of manipulation of digital content, ease of transport of that content and the freedom to express ourselves.

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Glam Metal

Glam metal or pop metal according to Wikipaedia is a subgenre of hard rock and heavy metal. It combines elements of these genres with punk rock and pop music, adding catchy hooks and guitar riffs, while borrowing from the aesthetic of 1970s glam rock. It arose in the United States, particularly on the Los Angeles […]

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Importance of culture

Culture is a communities identity. It is the fashion, interests, way of life and customs that bring a community together but diferenciate that community from every one else. It is something to be proud of if you find one that agrees or fits with tour own personal values and interests and it might not necessarily […]

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