Author: chmccann

Selfie

During our last class, all I could think about was this video. This music video of the song named “#Selfie” represents all that is negative about the selfie culture and what our generation may look like to others. This song mentions some of the dumbest remarks and shows an attractive, yet clearly unintelligent girl saying certain popular sayings. At the end of each verse, she says, “Let me take a selfie.” This video represents the selfie as a sort of joke. It makes fun of the culture and makes it seem like the unintelligent are the ones who are participating in such a culture. Yet, at the end of each verse, tons of photos show up of people’s selfies.
I think it is important to note the type of music that is playing during this song. At first, I thought it was possible one of the dumbest things I’ve seen on the internet, but after a while it was kind of catchy. It is very much a “top 100” kind of tune. This adds to the overall message of the song. It shows how this sort of selfie culture has become increasingly popular yet does not actually hold much value. The music is simply a beat and a girl speaking, not even singing. This is definitely a negative portrayal of the selfie and what it represents. The fact that so many people are shown and involved in the video simply makes me worry about our generation and the generation we will raise as parents.

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More Than Soup

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                  Andy Warhol’s 32 Soup Cans was the image my group was designated to discuss during class on Wednesday. I wanted to take a deeper look at the image as I was intrigued by some of the facts we discovered during class.
                The fact that Warhol painted basically the same image for each individual canvas seems highly tedious but stresses the elegance in the simplicity of the image itself. Very easily repeated, a Campbell’s soup does not seem like much at all. The image has no complex differences other than the writing explaining the type of soup. These paintings caused serious commotion in art culture as it represented the commercial subject. A Campbell’s soup can was something that everyone of that time could recognize. It was a common, household image that would not take much interpretation to understand. Everyone could relate in their own personal way but with basically the same image.

                This image was obviously a great advertisement for Campbell’s soups. People already knew them as a household item, after this they were solidified in art history. The item itself now has a meaning more than a possible choice for dinner. The soup cans were immortalized by these images and as a result, multiple appropriations have been created since.

Tiger

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           This ad was released in the beginning of the 2013 golf season to promote Nike products.  It was very controversial as Tiger Woods’ personal affairs had recently been aired all over the media.  I remember when the ad was released, as Tiger had just won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and regained the World #1 ranking for the first time since his personal hiatus. 

                Tiger is known for an intense “poker face.”  Whether he is in the lead or trying to get there, many people say you can see the look in his eyes when he is going to win.  Many ads were created showing this gaze before his big controversy.  For the most part, these ads showed Tiger looking straight at the camera or viewer.  It is very interesting in this ad that Tiger is looking away from the viewer.  His gaze does not look as intense, rather he looks somewhat confused.  His eyes do not have that determination, instead they almost look worried.  This kind of shows how Tiger is not the same as he once was.

                The caption “Winning takes care of everything,” is really what got everyone up in arms.  Many people were saying how if Tiger wins, he will still be viewed as a great player, person, etc.  Spectators are a huge part of professional golf, and these players, especially Tiger are always being viewed in some light.  Tiger’s gaze does not look merely as strong instead, it gives power to the spectator.  He is looking down while the viewer’s eyes go to his face.  This gives more power to the viewer, as a spectator, as it seems Tiger is the one avoiding eye contact.  

Went the Day well?

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This image is actually a digital manipulation of three separate photographs.  The background is the beach at Arromanche and Mulberry Harbor.  The crosses are from the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach.  The plane is from a photograph taken much later at an air show.  This image was layered to depict World War II.  As I was going through several images, this one caught my eye.  The first thing I noticed was the title, “Went the Day well?”  This title really positions the viewer in a particular spot.  The vastness of the crosses layered on top of Arromanche creates an initial realization of how devastating that day and the war actually were.  This puts the viewer into the perspective of someone who lost someone that day.  It creates a relationship between the ones who fought and the viewer.

It is very interesting how the crosses appear solid at first but upon further examination they are in fact very transparent.  This comes with the layering of the image but also gives extra meaning.  It symbolizes how those who have fought and died will never be whole once again.  The combination of the three images provides the viewer a sense of realism that surpasses any statistic.  Even though many people lost their lives that day, it was said to be a success.  This image and title challenge that statement with the actualization of what was lost.