in media res


Thoughts forever flowing in virtual space
June 1, 2008, 11:08 pm
Filed under: anne, sensuality, space and everyday life, spirituality | Tags: , , ,

This post might be yet a bit more lyrical than analytical; however, as I have been pondering about it, this post shall become part of what I aim to think of today.

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Hi! How are you today?
May 19, 2008, 12:42 pm
Filed under: anne, media everyday media, theory | Tags: , , ,

This question seems to become increasingly important within everyday life, not only as a polite way of starting a conversation, but even more so for media and public bodies to check on the nation’s health. TV shows on public and private broadcasting showing the daily diet of a 150 kg man chewed up in a see-through tube or the likely development of an overweight child in a more than disturbing computer simulation have become daily family programme.

Discourses surrounding a person’s body and how to stay fit and healthy have not only swamped tv, but also pretty much any other medium I can think of. One recent, rather funny element of the whole health frenzy, I think, is Nintendo’s wii console where people can exercise playing virtual golf or doing a boxing exercise. The pinnacle, however, is the new wii balance board, enabling people to do pushups in their living room on this board while keeping the balance and, at the end of the exercise, measure their weight “more accurately than with a typical bathroom scale.” You can ski on the board, too. What once was a game console for people / teenies and 20/30 somethings has evolved into a DIY fitness studio.

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Face Recognition Systems

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/apr/25/theairlineindustry.transport

I am already wondering what this is going to look like when I fly home for a couple of weeks and aim to write more about this in a short while.

I will also skim the German news to see what their next measures towards a safer nation are.

Sleep well.



Shine a Light
April 24, 2008, 6:32 pm
Filed under: anne, cinema, film, music | Tags: , ,

Lately, the Rolling Stones are reviving their (hi)story the grand way – right there on the cinema screen, supported by Martin Scorsese, director of films like The Departed or – perhaps most famously – Goodfellas. Intrigued by seeing the story of such an epic rock group depicted through the eyes and ears of Scorsese, I went along to watch one and a half hours of the New York concert of the Stones, called “Shine a Light”.

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NGO imagery narrated as development porn
March 5, 2008, 10:26 am
Filed under: anne, culture, media ethics | Tags: , , ,

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This is just a short and a “linked” post following the idea of ethics and the display of dead bodies through the media. It was virtuously connected with the idea of porn and the fact that dead bodies resemble the male ejaculation – in a porn the spectator gets to see everything but the ejaculation. In a war, if we didn’t get to see the dead bodies, it would be like showing everything but the end of it. It thus would resemble the narration of porn. Please correct me, if I missed out on something.

I was intrigued by the idea of “porn” outside of porn, leaving the spectator to gaze at something/someone who is exhibited in front of the spectator and its connection to media ethics. I and started looking for resembling thoughts of “porn” imagery – and found an interesting article :

http://www.aidg.org/component/option,com_jd-wp/Itemid,34/p,488/

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The Apocalyptic Media and the New World Order
March 4, 2008, 8:16 pm
Filed under: anne, representation, spirituality | Tags: , ,

I have just returned from an astonishing lecture on Newton and his interpretation of the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Most interesting. And, come to think of it, there has to be some connection to be made with the ways Newton’s work was presented and the media’s dealing with globalisation issues, always being on the verge of a new world order.

Apparently, the claim of humankind entering a “new world order” has been used frequently, again, by American politicians and was a term more than likely to get picked up in the media’s representation of the struggle between good and evil. The notion of the world moving on to finding this new world order, in Newton’s term, can be calculated in taking several steps from the first visions of St. John right through to the seven seals opening, one after the other, to reveal the seven steps right through to the end of the world as we know it. When looking at this notion and the media’s working with not only terming a “new world order” but also claiming that we move on to this next stage and are always just on the brink of something new, something that has never been before – can we say that the media follow Newton or rather the Book of Revelations proclaiming something that is much more religious, even Christian? The steps that are being described in the Book of Revelations talk about environmental desasters, men being slain, peoples from the east and west fighting each other – Newton has tried to backtrack these events throughout history to find out when we will finally find this new world order or how we, then, can calculate the end of this world.

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the body in the pure moment of pricking
February 20, 2008, 8:20 pm
Filed under: anne, culture, semiology
“The body” has been termed and used in many different contexts throughout media and cultural studies. It is the gendered, the racial body; it is the vulnerable, the emotional body, the surface, the container, the discursive. Continue reading