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UHMmmm . . .

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2011 at 11:12 PM

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2011/04/politics/interactive.govt.shutdown.list/index.html

Whatever YO, Nothing Last Forever. Time to Wake UP. Good night.

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Political Theater

In Uncategorized on March 8, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Choreographed moves, bright lights and a stage, intensive rhetoric, and a triumphant victory. These are the expectations floating throughout your mind when going to a Broadway play in New York. But, in fact you watch this during political campaigning. Every candidate just wants to appeal to your desires. I doubt they ever consider their constituent’s needs as most important (well it seems that way for democrats atleast, lol); oh of course they tell us they are fighting for us, but lets consider the amount of change that ever occurs.  The candidates are merely performing an act, a very expensive act. I feel obligated to just bombard my reader with facts that put politicians in the spotlight but we have Wikileaks for that. In history its obvious that the most popular candidate wins the presidency, but the most popular is usually the richest. Yes, the media is part to blame and there are laws that hold restrictions on how much a company can donate to a candidates campaign, but not how much a candidate can put into his own campaign. So the richest becomes the most popular just because he is able to afford better quality and a larger quantity of advertisement.

On September 26, 1960 when Nixon debated against  Kennedy it was the first time a presidential debate was televised. 70 million viewers tuned in. An interesting fact about this is that since tuning into the presidential debate over the radio was still popular, listeners on the radio said Nixon won the debate and the viewers that where able to hear and see the debate claimed that Kennedy won. This is because the viewers were getting a picture of a young and charismatic face when observing Kennedy on TV and the charmers are usually the most popular. This only proves the vulnerabilities of technology when trying to decipher genuine from fake. It upsets me that candidates waltz on stage and recite the rehearsed lines that have been in the minds of the people forever. He tells you want you want to hear and tells his opponent what you want him to hear. But, He is our voice, we made him, he needs us – up until he becomes president, for the most part.

LBJ, the Media, and God

In Uncategorized on February 12, 2011 at 2:50 PM

This is a photo of Lyndon B. Johnson the 36th president following JFK’s assassination. It was taken by Yoichi Okamoto. LBJ was the tallest president standing at 6’4. He often used his stature as a way to intimidate when in a conversation.* LbJ used the bullies pull pit to his advantage when speaking and received his desired attention always. This is probably the reason the photographer got such a photo out of him. LBJ looks almost like a personification of God. And if not that, which was an exaggeration, a King embracing his people. Okamoto, probably knowing the type of person LBJ was at the time, went behind him, laid down, and captured this incredible photo of him.

Okamoto’s photo hits on very important points that Dennis Vandel, Friday’s journalism 201 guest speaker, spoke about. Vandel spoke about the importance of  faces and how the most significant characters of your photo take up 1/3 of the shot. LBJ is the subject of Okamoto’s shot and it takes up 1/3 of the photo. Vandel’s explanation on faces and there importance can still be pointed out here. Even though your subject doesn’t have a face his/her significance can still be understood. What I am trying to say is that Okamoto made a photo that portrays LBJ as bigger than life. The fact that the viewer cannot see LBJ’s face only adds to Okamoto’s portrayal of LBJ. In many religions God is not supposed to have a face, actually an identity. The fact that we use the word “He” to describe God is just a commodity. Not having a face and having a crowd at your feet giving you their attention makes you a seem like “God” in photography.

*http://pics.livejournal.com/kensmind/pic/0009q0as/s320x240

Jornalism 201

In Uncategorized on February 6, 2011 at 12:49 AM

Class of the titans