CNN’s Bill Weir Takes on Fox Nation
Via Bill Weir.
you willfully ignorant fucksticks.
EMBRZ, Slow Down
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Árstíðir, Heyr himna smiður. It’s a really old Icelandic hymn that they’re singing in a train station in Germany.
If loyalties must be broken, if lines must be crossed,do it slow, do it when sorta upset.
Dom Torretto is looking so f(el)ine in this one.
All of their frolic is bounded by a set of conventions that are essentially invisible yet define our national physical and technological architecture. Their dancing, talking bodies are the only non-standardized things in the videos.
But we’re working on that too.
On Youtube personalities and the spaces they inhabit.
This issue of the standardization of vlogging aesthetics is something I’ve been thinking a bit about recently. I hadn’t much considered the background setting aspects of it, though, so this is a welcome read. What I have been thinking about are the stadardized ways of talking, ways of holding one’s body in relation to the camera, and ways of editing video and sound that mark normative “person with a Youtube channel” aesthetics. Reading this, I’m wondering how much lonelygirl15 — which indeed looks *so* staged now, 8 years later — played a part in establishing these sorts of standards.
But of course the problem with doing more than just thinking about this stuff — like actually doing some research on it — is that I’d have to spend way more time on Youtube than I can stomach. So for now, I’ll just continue thinking about it.
This is cool, and it’s funny to see this post today. Just yesterday I was like: “Note to self: ask kmtam about YouTube things one day.”
Anyway, yesterday, I was watching/listening to DIY videos as I made dinner. As I watched, I kept thinking about how almost all of the women I watched spoke in a similar sing-song way, tried to maintain what I thought was an artificial rhythm, and ended almost every sentence on a high note. The tone of the voice, too… so much of the sound is coming from the head rather than the chest.
The whole staging thing is super cool to think about. One thing I’ve noticed is the way that lots of vloggers-to-gurus try to position their faces and bodies relative to the camera — chin down and tilted slightly toward the shoulder to make their eyes seem bigger, their faces appear slimmer, and their bodies look a bit smaller. (I learned this trick when my parents put me in acting and modeling as a kid.)
And bloopers! What’s up with adding bloopers to the end of YouTube videos? Plus, when the “gurus” make a mistake or break their act, and don’t edit it out of the video, there’s sometimes this funny momentary flailing that happens before control is regained and the script is returned to. Makes me giggle.
Side note: For make-up artist and DIY YouTubers, there’s also the hand beautifying thing and a certain way of handling objects that’s pretty interesting to me. I own just 3 make-up items now, so watching this stuff is kind of hilarious. Really, though, I watch because I’m the sort of person who gets some awesome sensory input just by watching people mess around with things. Not weird.
Danger Mouse - 1980
Under a bill signed late last week, New York will be come the first state to require all new and replacement signage used to signify accessibility for people with disabilities to include a more active, in-motion image of a person using a wheelchair.
The state will also change the terminology on such signs, employing the word “accessible” instead of “handicapped.”
The shift is about more than aesthetics, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in signing the legislation.
“This bill is an important step toward correcting society’s understanding of accessibility and eliminating a stigma,” Cuomo said.
(via disability scoop)