I watched this TedTalk during orientation week and it had left a huge impression on my mind ever since then. I feel like I can totally relate to this story because as a girl, growing up in a total white town, the most frequent question I got ask was “do you eat dogs ?”. As the only Asian girl in my town, the news and media during that time have portrayed this idea on all people that all Asian people eat dogs. This soon became a stereotype on people’s mind and it soon became this image of me. Although it never occurs to my classmates that I never been to China that often, it was a base of my looks that people judge with a certain stereotype on their minds. I even felt more bewildered when teachers even came up to me to ask this question. Although this stereotype is not exactly false, like what Chimamanda Adichie, every stereotype is always incomplete. If people were able to know more than this news during that time and self-taught themselves more about this “single story” of Asians, people in my town would know that not all Asian people eat dogs and that most do not support this idea. Thus, this is why stories matter because if people only know one certain story, that story will always be imprinted on their minds. However, if they know more than they’ll gain more insight on that story.
I never even knew the words “culture appropriation” before I came upon this article. After reading this article it dawned on me that some artists do use some cultural aspect from different cultures, that is a minority, to make their videos look “dope”. However, even though I know it is wrong I feel like this is how the music entertainment business works. Yet, I do feel like music videos such as Coldplay’s “Hymn for the Weekend” and Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” do portray cultures in a stereotypical way. This can lead viewers who do not know anything about that culture to have already an image of what that culture is like already which can be in a negative way. This article made me rewatch Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” music video, and from looking at a difference lense now, I can see why this video is racist. This video did portray a statement that people who are not black and brown can still be “black and brown” and this idea is just wrong in many ways. From my perspective, I feel like the music industry should be more careful of how they incorporate different cultures in music videos here one. This will give the millions of people watching, the right kind of information/idea than a disagreeable one.
I found the Jeff Chang’s “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” text to be very interesting as it describes how Hip-Hop was originated. From the text, I discovered that Hip-Hop was originated from Jamaica and it has four elements, which are DJing, MCing, Graffiti and Bboying/Bgirling. In addition, my favorite section in this text was “Sounds and Versions” because it is funny to me how sometimes creations come out of accidents. In the case of how Dub was created, if Bryon Smith did not forget to pan up the vocals during the time when Rudy Redwood was cutting dubplates, the birth of Dub would not have existed. In the text, the author’s structure is very well done because it lets readers see the division between generations and the events that occurred within those generations. Each division has its own title so readers can know what to expect out of that division. This allows readers to see how Hip-Hop is evolved throughout time and I feel like the author did a great job pinpointing out the major events of Hip-Hop from beginning to end for the readers. I discovered artists that I never knew that influence the Hip-Hop Genre, now I know more besides DJ Kool.
Project: Interactive Comic Project
Team member: Leah Dou
Documented by: Angela Zheng
Date: October 16, 2017
This documentation report will explain the concept and the development of my partner and I’s Interactive Comic Project.
Overview: Our project is incorporating two spring poetries in comic form. One spring poetry is an english version and the other is a Chinese version. Users will have these two options when they open up the webpage. Thus, this is how we split up our work. I did the English version and Leah did the Chinese version. Our versions basically have the same methods of coding, which is why we split our work in this way, so users can have more of an interactive experience with our versions of the comic. Our webpage lets users solve the poem as they click on words, which will go to its space if its correct. In addition in my version, the only way users can sharpen the image behind the stanza of the English poetry, is to solve the puzzle which will also let them continue on to the next stanza puzzle.
The text “On the Rights of Molotov Man” by Joy Garnett and Susan Meiselas connects a great deal with “The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism” by Jonathan Lethem. This theme of selfishness on ourselves as I read both of these texts seems to show up quite often. I think our society has become so focused on self-copyrights that if an idea has been used by another artist, that artist is being sued. From reading this text, one sentence that stood to me by a blogger named “nmazca,” was “‘Who owns the rights to this man’s struggle?’”. This sentence stood out to me because nmazca is right. Joy Garnett and Susan Meiselas were so focused on this case of supposed “plagiarism” that they never realize if the man in the photo,( Pablo Arauz), image could be used. Furthermore, claiming Arauz’s image as a form of exclusive intellectual property seem very absurd to me because that is essentially privatizing something knowledgeable that should be shared with the world. The Molotov Man represents the symbol of struggle and any images and symbols made by artists should be able to remix because every artist can have their own way of expressing a symbol.
Jonathan Lethem’s ‘The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism’, reminds me of the Ted talk that was assigned last week. Just like how Bob Dylan said about embracing used ideas to create something new, Lethem states the same thing. Lethem states that it is okay for writers and artists to reference other writers and artists because that is how new works are created. He argues that our society has been so focused on private ownership that it has created a negative impact on our society. By restricting people to use others’ works as guides, it makes us rather slow in every field of work individuals want to advance in. Thus, I totally agree with Lethem and his ideology of what plagiarism should be viewed as. The word “plagiarism” should not consort itself with the words of “reference” and of “guide” because those words are used to help people with their own ideas.
The TedTalk “Embrace the Mix” was very interesting to watch. I honestly never knew that back then singers also copied and transformed music to make it their own. However, I think what Bob Dylan did was a genius move because nobody can really invent something new all the time. There is always a foundation or an idea that people need to build off from. Although the video talks about multi-touch from the first iPhone, as an idea that was already created, this also reminds me of Apple vs Samsung. These two companies are always competing and stealing one another’s idea to make their phones the next big thing. When Samsung introduced its very first big screen phone, Apple did not agree with it at all. However, due to the high sales that Samsung was getting, Apple came out with the iPhone 5 with a larger screen. This video truly made me agree with the fact that we are truly dependent on one another and we are always building off ideas from one another. Like Kirby Ferguson says in the video, “Our creativity comes from without, not from within”.
This is what I want the result of each page to look like after users put the right words in each blank spaces. This is the english version of the spring poem comic. We also included an instruction page so users will understand how the interaction works.
This is what users will see before they succeed in putting the right words in the blanks. As you can see, the background pictures will become clear and sharp after users complete the puzzle. In addition we will add audio to each page.
These five html pages is not completely finished, my partner and I will still need to figure out how to blur the images first in the background before they sharpen when users complete the puzzle. This will also been done to the Chinese spring poem version as well.
This is the link
How we figured out was that we knew that the whole entire square which included the four squares were 500 by 500. Then we figured out that in order to click on each square we needed to figure out the mouse position of each square. For example, the top left square was in a position where the xpos was less than 250 and ypos is less than 250. The mouse position is very important because it lets the mouse know which square to turn blue. We had to use display “block” and display”none” to have only one square turn blue at a time.
This is the link to my JS Exercise: http://192.168.50.184/~az1536/commlab/js-exercise-1/
What I did was I added a pop up window to a site where users can buy kittens if they really like kittens when they click on click me. Furthermore, I also added a hover function. When a user hovers over the first kitten image of the page it changes to an another image of a kitten. When a user hovers out of the image, the image returns back to the original. Lastly, for my element that changes styling; when an user click on the word Kitten above the click me button, the word Kitten will change to a maroon color.