This blog is for a Summer College course: Media and Society. I am an elementary school media assistant trying to get her associates degree at 40+. I thought this would be a fun class to take as I am very technology orientated and get most of my news from my phone or the internet.
Week 9: Topic 1
Describe an instance in which you or others may have tried to "protect" someone from music's "corrupting influences," or a time when something you listened to "crossed the line" or raised the eyebrows of others.
I can't think of a time that others would have "protected" me from music because I have never listened to much of anything except good old country music. I do remember a time or two when my son was younger thinking some of the music he and his friends listened to was questionable. More because of the language than anything else. I guess my background in library has stretched over to music as well as banned books. I feel it is not necessarily my place to tell someone what they are listening to is offensive or not appropriate. I do draw the line when other kids can hear it at school or something and we talk about what is school appropriate and what isn't.
2. How did you feel about the experience?
As I said I usually don't feel it is my place to tell people what they can or can't listen too. I figure that is a job for their parents. As for it is was my son, I would just tell him that I didn't like that music and he needed to not listen to it. I would usually tell him I didn't approve of the language it used.
3.List your favorite music genre and your top five bands/artists.(I'll get things started here: I'm an '80s rocker who listens to way too much Rush, U2, AC/DC, Molly Hatchet, Billy Idol ... though I have seen Sarah McLachlan in Portland twice, and they were among the best shows I've seen.)
As I said I am a country girl through and through. I'm not even sure that I could name 5 artists that aren't country. :) My favorite country artists are Garth Brooks, George Straight, Chris Ledoux, Alabama, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Little Big Town, pretty much you name it, if they are country I am a fan.
After seeing the documentary "RiP! A Remix Manifesto," what did you find most interesting/surprising/alarming in the video as it relates to the First Amendment or freedom of expression? Please cite an EXAMPLE or two from the documentary, AND relate it to your own experience. Wow! Where to even begin? As a librarian everything about this video had me cringing. There are so many violations that you can't even count them, but the more I watched the more I thought, wait a minute this guy is really proving a point that needs to be heard. In our day and age it is much easier to access the original pieces of "art" and "remix" or update them into new. Is there a way to stop this? I don't think there is at this point and I really think that it is helping the original to stay up and in the eye of the public by allowing this to continue. I guess I had never really thought about "remixing" as an art but in reality it kinda is. We have all done things…
What do you think of actions by WikiLeaks? Good? Bad? Useful? Irresponsible? I think alot of what is put on WikiLeaks is irresponsible. I think that there are certain government secrets for a reason and what they are doing is putting people, countries, in jeopardy. EXPLAIN why you feel that way. I feel this way because of the harm that this sight does for our military. It releases things that could put our military in jeopardy. It isn't fair for them to play God and release information that puts people at risk. They aren't the "chosen" police. I guess on the same side however is that the people who buy into it are also at fault for continuing to spread it around. I guess I'm old school in that if something is "classified" it is classified for a good reason. It isn't for the public to view. Give an EXAMPLE to support your point of view. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/hundreds-of-lives-at-risk-after-latest-wikileaks-document-dump/new…
In this ad campaign we follow a young man who daydreams about bigger and better things in his life. It shows him learning to use E*Trade rather than getting mad for everything from a kid kicking his seat in regular class on an airplane to a painting of an upper class man riding a bear. They use very little to no dialog in these commercials and the main character is an unknown. As far as I can tell this campaign has only been going since June of this year. I first saw it on TV during a cooking show and did some investigation to find out that it is a whole series of commercials. I was able to find them on E*Trade YouTube Channel.
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