MUSIC FOR THE MOMENT: HOW OUR ENTERTAINMENT REFLECT THE TIMES

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“Singing for the culture.”


music for the masses

We have always seen artist in music speak on political issues and make music around the times. And today is no different especially considering the state of America. But my question is, is it always the best move to make. I know they are in an industry that prides itself on moving with the culture. But do they always know what they are doing, or are people around them pushing them along? Because certain topics they speak on, they don’t have all the answers. Then again, there have musicians who have broke down color barriers of the past and forced the hands of politicians so things had to change.  What is going on today that has so many artist up in arms that they are now part of the movement.

2016 vote

When the current president Donald Trump won the election, so many people took issue with him becoming president. And because of that, the culture of music started to change where people wanted to get more political and conscious. And who could blame them, we went from a president who was given the Nobel Peace Prize. Now we had a man in the White House who shot from the hip. A says what he means and means what he says. And because of that, it tends to make so many people uncomfortable. But it’s not only the language that makes people feel this way. His stance on illegal immigration that has displaced so many Mexican families have people railing against him. Not to mention how he handled the hurricane in Puerto Rico. And with all this so many artist interjected themselves in the conversation of who is running the country.

just sing

A lot of people have said just be quiet and sing the song. And the reality behind that is, should they just be quiet. Because if they were singing about something you like, then you wouldn’t mind. People who say I respect the leader of the country, you say nothing. But they are still being political. This is why it never bothers me when people express their politics in music because everyone is triggered when it’s not someone they like. Which is why it’s best to not say anything about anyone. But then again, when does that happen.


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SELECTIVE SUBJECT MATTER: WHY ARE CERTAIN TOPICS ALRIGHT FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION AND OTHER NOT SO

“What’s ok and what’s not?”


topics for talking

Have you ever wondered why there are certain topics that you can showcase on television or in film, but when someone else talks about it or another topic people tend to get sensitive? Meaning, if you make a film about being handicap, gay, a certain ethnic group’s struggles, or gender related it’s fine. But the moment a joke is told by a comedian, then the rules change.

Who decided that we are going to live in a society where everything must be handled with kid gloves? But who also decides who can talk about what and how they talk about the subject?

giving up power

We always ask how did we lose the ability to express ourselves the way we do so. Well, it’s not the government that took those rights away. We willingly give them away. We see something on television or film that offends us, and then we automatically rally against it. And that is fine when the subject at hand is truly truly offensive. But what does that mean anymore?

It seems that anything in today’s society is going to offend someone. So how do you decide who is able to speak and how they are able to speak in the medium of film and television?

context

“In context,” is something that is lost in our society. You can’t say anything that may be taken out of context. Yet anything said in the forum of entertainment can always be taken out of context. And that is because not only are there offensive subjects in society, but people look for reasons to be angry as well.  Yet, we can be quite selective with what offends us.

Like I said earlier, a film about a rape victim, we can showcase an actual simulated rape, but not a joke. There is nothing funny about sexual assault, but showing the actual incident on screen should also strike a nerve in people. But people have a hard time taking something that feels painful and making light of it because there is a high degree of vulnerability. And no one wants to be vulnerable.


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LOST INTENTIONS: WHY THE TELEVISION LOST ITS ORIGINAL USE

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“Really, used for learning.”


the television

When the television was first invented, it was designed to be used as a tool to educate the public. Now, the television is used as a medium to entertain people. Image result for first tvAnd for the longest, the entertainment came from the radio. So how and why did it change over time? Because I think the television can still be used as an educational tool, but we choose not to use it for such method.

what have we learned

Once we realized in society that we could use not only language, but the imagery coming from the television as a means to push an agenda, that is when television transformed. Because now you have a way to dramatically play out what it is you have to say. Before on radio, you had to conjure up your own image, which forced people to have a creative mind.

But today, television doesn’t make you think anymore. And that comes from having to compete with the internet. So now, the television is more so built around who can get information out there the fastest, not necessarily who can educate the public. Yet, the public ourselves can still be educated, but choose not to. Then again, what is real and fake anymore in our society.

the new television

What’s interesting about the television’s original use, is that it still exist, but on the internet. And it exist on the YouTube website. That’s right, YouTube is not only a website where we listen to music and watch entertaining content, but there are also tutorials to learn trades. Anything you want to learn, someone has a YouTube channel dedicated to teaching you.

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Doesn’t matter if it’s woodcarving, painting, or even learning mathematics, someone has a video for it. This would be a case of the television innovated from what it was in it’s origins.

what next

With the continuous innovation of the AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) capabilities what will be the next tool for learning. Because these headsets are already trying to make their way into schools across the country. Image result for ar and vrBut eventually, they will prove to be a problem as well. And then, we’re going to have to continue past this point as well.


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ENTERTAINMENT BABYSITTERS: WHY DO WE EXPECT OUR ENTERTAINMENT TO CARE FOR OUR CHILDREN

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“They have a job, but not raising our children.”


not their parents

Whenever I see parents get angry at the celebrities for letting their children down, it always struck me as odd. How did they let your child down? That i your job to let them down in life. If your child’s life crumbles because of the indiscretions of athletes or entertainers, then you as a parent failed somewhere. There is no reason why athletes and entertainers should be the driving force in your child’s life.

transfer responsibilities

A lot of parents unlike the past have to work nine to five jobs. Where as in the past the father worked and mom stayed home. Now there is little time to focus on the child because parents have to work. So now, more then ever, we are seeing the kid gain so much of their insights from the internet and entertainment.

Now is that the fault of the entertainer, no because their job is to entertain not teach. and parents have become upset that they are not able to have a career and have their children. So now, every single public figure now becomes the parent to the kid when the biological parent isn’t around.

maybe it’s you

Parents hate to admit that their child/children are the way they are because of bad parenting. But a lot of the problems that persist from parents is just that; parenting. Saying I have to work is not good enough because they are your responsibility. So no matter what, people will look to you as the parent. Because if you’re not going to shift blame for their success, don’t be so quick to shift blame for failures.


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GIVING STARS AWAY: WHY THE WALK OF FAME IS NOT AS MONUMENTAL AS IT ONCE WERE

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“Their value is just not the same.”


the walk of fame

So many people in American society have always wanted to visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But for the performers that have been immortalized on the walk, it’s something much bigger. Anyone in the arts know that having your name enshrined in the ground in Los Angeles is a big deal. But over the recent years, the value of that has diminished.

far from reality

No one would have thought that someone like one, if not all the Kardashians would be considered for a star. Or better yet, Perez Hilton, known for being a celebrity blogger. Because when you think of having a star, you think of all the contributions that the entertainer has made to the industry. Yet, you hear these names brought up in conversations.

But not just the reality personalities, also people who are entertainers, yet they have not been in the business that long. I saw where Jennifer Lawrence name is being considered. She has been in some pretty phenomenal films in the recent years, but I still think it’s too soon. I want to see over the next ten to fifteen years what she has to offer.

butterflies

Still, there is this great feeling when walking across your favorite performer, or probably given one yourself. Because now, for the rest of your life, and even after, your name is there in concrete. People like Marilyn Monroe is still a major draw for people around the globe. As for myself do I care if I ever were to get one, no really, but I would be lying if I said I would turn it down.


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ART IMITATING LIFE IMITATING ART: HOW ART IS A REFLECTION OF A WORLD, YET THE WORLD FOLLOWS ARTIST

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“They imitate, we follow, they imitate more.”


imitation of life

When we look at any form of entertainment, we would like to think that a lot of entertainers are original. Yet in reality, we are creating works that is a mere reflection of the world we already live in, that we don’t notice. That is why the work they create resonate so much with us. It’s how you convey art, not trying to more be an inventor, rather an innovator.

Now if you do create something that is original then fine, but very few do. They always adopt some aspect of the artist that influence them over the years. And unless you are deep into art, you don’t quite see it.

why we don’t see it

We go through our daily lives going to work, going to lunch, coming home, and raising children. But the reason we can’t see what the artists see, is because the artist job is to watch you. And the things you ignore or don’t see they reflect it on a canvas, in photography, in music, film, television, and theatre. It’s why emotionally we feel so close to certain works.

We don’t see why it makes us feel good, but the artist is able to reach into the subconscious to pull out the memory even when you don’t remember the place of you emotion.

repeat process

Once the artist has shown the world itself, then what? You must continue to recreate yourself in order to be a force in society. So what you have to do is sometimes anticipate the future based on the current situation. That means trying to convey an image of a world tomorrow rather than today or the past.

That’s important because people always look forward to a better tomorrow. And what better way to showcase a better tomorrow than to the people who need encouragement the most.


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INDIE WORLD: WHO WILL BE THE LAST TO STAND

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“The last of the Mahicans.”


indie

In the world of Indie filmmaking, music, theatre, etc., there are so many people out in the world like never before. But the question is how long will these Indies stick around. Because being independent sounds good, until it’s time to make money. Then people would be more than happy to be with a  major name behind them.

So if it’s so hard for people to push their projects independently, then why are so many in a foot race to do so?

control control control

The reason why so many are in a foot race to be indie is because they want to have more creative control over their work. When the is a big name behind, there is the illusion of you having say. But in reality, you have limited to no say because they are generally the main financial backers. Another reason people become indie is control over the narrative of the story they’re telling.

If your stories left in the hands of others, it may come across as weak, or less than what you would have brought to it.

the grind

Being the boss sounds goo to people, but do you always want to be? Because I can tell you first hand from writing, directing, and producing a short film that it’s a lot because it was just me. You are trying to first tell a compelling story. That in and of itself is a tough feat. But if you manage to get past that, then you have the other aspect of the grind.

An that is coming up with ingenious ways to raise funding for your projects. Trust and believe the work is not done there because if it’s to be profitable, then you have to know how to market your project. But even after that, you’re not rolling in dough even if it is a big project. Because chances are you need to put that money back in for the next project.

play it safe or go hard

Before you step out there into Indie world, know that it is a grind that takes years. And be prepared for rejection after rejection after rejection. It could take you 10 – 20 years to be the person you want to be. So know that and work; and if it’s still worth it keep fighting.


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