Videos used for research in essay –  

Paramore – now, this is a new music video by the band Paramore in which she walks through a battle field.

This is a music video by Katy Perry, A part of me. It is of Katy Perry joining the Marines after her boyfriend broke up with her. American author Naomi Wolf agrees. Wolf has commented on her official Facebook page that “Have you all seen the Katy Perry marine’s video? It is a total piece of propaganda for the Marines… I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it… it is truly shameful.” And “I would suggest a boycott of this singer who I really liked – if you are as offended at this glorification of violence as I am.”

These are two documentaries of war photographer don mcCullin that i also watched

presentation of terminology

Living in a Den of Thieves: Fan Video and Digital Challenges to Ownership

“Picture    some scenes from an Internet video: shots from the movies Batman Begins (ChristopherNolan,    2005), Pirates of the Caribbean (GoreVerbinski, 2003), and V for Vendetta (JamesMcTeigue, 2005) captured fromDVD,    edited in a graphics program, and set to a Regina Spektor song.It’s a fair bet to assume that license holders would consider such unsanctioned use of image and music to be theft of   their property and profit. But in the age of YouTube parody and viral reproduction, few amateur media makers would consider that a reason to stop.” Alex Lothian

In this digital era and the young generation, it is all about downloading. If you can download for free it is free. There is no consideration for artists or production companies profits. Does this mean that the media produced will die out because it is being downloaded? probably not. Alex Lothian explores copyright and the acts of digital reproduction.  

This video is the video that Lothian discusses in his paper, but is this copy right?
The film maker has reproduced some of the videos from popular films and used a song by Regina Spektor. However, he has changed the style by recreating the video and giving it a cartoon effect. Is this copy right, or could it be argued to be postmodern?

Personally, i disagree with Alex Lothian, I think that when things are used for a different purpose and used as a bricolage, it gives all of the texts a new message completely. Therefore making the piece postmodern.

“Moment reminds us that mashups, vids, and similar arts of juxtaposition challenge the idea that creative legitimacy relies on original ideas that belong only to those who  initiate  them. Will  transformation  be the new originality?    Further,    defenses    on    the grounds
of    transformation    disconnect    vidders    from    the    other    culture    thieves    on    whom
they rely: file sharers, for example, cannot declare their works transformative, and many
of these are not only closely linked to, but may be the same people as, vidders. What
does appropriative art imply if we don’t try to justify it within the terms of existing legal systems,but rather use its potential illegality to imaginatively liberate music and images from structures of corporate ownership?” Alex Lothian.

Basically, lothian says that postermodernism is a good thing, making a new originality by recycling is an interesting way of conveying new media. However, file sharing is copyright because people are not paying for artists works, nor are they asking  the artist for re-use of work. Therefore i guess that file sharing and postermoderism if effectively stealing. Unless you seek permission to do so from the appropriate source.


List of terms for cats

Ideology/ideological –  An ideology is a system of beliefs that people abide by. For example religion.


Interpellation – Interrupting


Encoding/decoding – encoding a message is thinking of a message and speaking it. When you decode a message you understand what someone else is saying to you.


Hegemony – Domination or leadership of a country or a social group.


Appropriation – The taking of control or possession of property

Taking of information of property to mass-produce without permission of owner.


Bricolage  – Is a collage of materials to create one thing from lots of things. Such as a documentary.


Re-appropriation – Appropriating something that has already been mass-produced.


Counter bricolage – taking a products and making them your own by giving them new meaning.