Weekly Reccap

This week we concluded our video section of class. I am happy about the way that my videos turned out.

1. Breakfast Club Harlem shake. I don’t think I am ever going to get sick of harlem shake videos. And because of the new Billboard/Nielsen tracking system including youtube views, Harlem Shake is number on the Billboard Top 100. 

2. Me and Bridget worked together t0 make our What Is Informatics? video which is lovingly dedicated to our favorite GSI ever-Vidal

3. My best friend Ariel was invited to his first christmas party ever this past year, so he invited me to go with him. We are both celebrators of Channukah so it was a total novelty to us. Here he is celebrating holidays

4. Popcorn is actually one of my favorite foods, and I make at least once a week for dinner when I do not have any actual food in the kitchen.

5. Susie D is the best!

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Response- Listening In

Susan Douglas is one my favorite professors at the University(and not just because she was on Oprah), so I was excited to read a piece by her. She is big on the history of communication methods and the representation of women in the media.

ps her favorite LFO song is Girl on TV

Douglas talks about how radio allowed for listeners to flex their imaginations. Radio solely gives the listener an aural description go characters, scenery and action; it is left to the individual to fill in the rest. TV gives viewers everything that Radio leaves out. You can see where the characters are, their faces, their body language etc. I agree with her that allowing the imagination to roam free is important for people, but I think that TV has figured out ways to make viewers think in other ways. For example in Lost, there was a never ending stream of clues, red herrings, and easter eggs dropped weekly. Viewers could collectively talk about what they saw, compare notes on theories etc. ( Yes, Lost was a major let down in the end, but it did something different)

Making viewers think fills the need that radio left. It creates a dialogue. Viewers aren’t going to the symbolic water cooler to talk. Fandom crosses borders worldwide online. Douglas talks about how radio allowed for men to negotiate the changing notion of masculinity through amateur Ham radio communities. I think that this negotiation can be taken a step forward, people of all different religious and cultural backgrounds have the potential to bond over a fandom of some sort, be it a tv show, movie, or radio show.

Regardless of new technologies, radio has persevered. The only time that I ever really listen to the radio is when I’m driving. I like to be able to flip  through a number of stations, however I hate it when I go from one station to another and the same exact song if playing on both. This plus the number of commercials on the radio is what driving young people away from traditional broadcast to streaming from their phones, and satellite radio.