Storify: John Green The Fault in Our Stars

http://storify.com/SarahLillianB/fault-in-our-stars-a-must-read-and-see

Why hello!

This is my final assignment in my FILM 2F00 class! This post is all about John Green, The Fault in Our Stars. This beautiful, inspiring novel that is on The New Yorker Best Sellers list is loved by many, including myself. This Storify I created is focused on how the book in being adapted into a movie. Most of the cast has ben chosen, and they plan to start recording in August of this year. I am so excited for this future movie, unlike any film before. The writer, John Green is a famous Youtuber with his brother. They have a huge fan base and work with many other Youtubers. John Green and his brother Hank has even created charities and Youtube events. As of recent John and wife just had a baby girl named Alice.

The book was inspired was a 16 year old girl Ester who died of cancer in 2010, and touched every person that was lucky to meet her.

I hope the filmmaker does the book justice. I understand films are almost never like the book before it, but I hope it is just a good. The aesthetics i hope are well done with beautiful landscapes. They better capture the love of Gus and Hazel and the heartbreak they both experience. The trip they go on, and the simple, short and rememberable moments.

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Responding to comments! (comment)

Hello!

Today is a short post for I only received one comment on my last blog post about Twitter and citizen journalism. This comment brought up an excellent point that I wish I thought of and put it in my post. The comments speaks of how Twitter has played a major role in recent revolutions. For example, rioters connecting through Twitter in Greece and Egypt are predominant. Where the connection between people caused something to happen by social participation, and in the same social media site reported by spectators. Also, they added that if something it demanding a sentence of two, why not take a short amount of time to comment? Personally, I feel the first section is true, however, the last question makes me constantly think that not every person needs to comment. Although, to get out a short message out to the people/ followers would be easy in a sentence or two, especially in cases like Greece and Egypt to notify rioters, like-mind thinkers and change seekers of location and time to meet in short notice. Twitter is a great and sometimes a very powerful tool. Don’t get me wrong. But as someone once said with great power comes great responsibility!

Thank you for the great comment! I very much appreciate every comment on my posts! My next may be my last! Que. scary music. Okay, bye!

Twitter! Tweet! Tweet! Tweet!

Hello readers!

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Today I will be discuss how social media, for example, Twitter has affected journalism. Henry Jenkins and David Thorburn’s article focuses mainly on politics and how the Internet greatly influenced the votes of election of when Steve Forbes was the first to announce his presidential candidacy on the Internet. They go on to further state how the Internet has influenced politics (Jenkins & Thorburn, 2003). In today’s day in age, I feel most voters get their information by the Web. Not only that, but Twitter has become a major source of up-to-date news that followers can easily search the ‘hashtag’ to found relating tweets to that topic. Twitter has become branded as real-time news and information network, which has flourished since the creation in 2006 (Hermida, 2012). This news and information hub of message are tracked, recognized and grouped depending their content. For years, Twitter has been a place easily accessible for citizen journalism, which in turn affects the journalism industry. Driven by this focus is technology in which supports Twitter, for example, smart phones, iPhones, iPads, etc. where the web site can be at the touch of someone’s fingertips 24-7. Axel Bruns and Tim Highfield point to the fact that tradition forms of media coverage such as publishing newspapers has decreased interest by the readers and turned to Twitter and as a source of news (Bruns & Highfield, 2012). Personally, I rarely read the physical newspaper or watched the TV for news I instead watch Youtube videos that covers the news but it is done in a fun and interesting way. I do hope that printed newspaper never go away, and only be availably online for, I think, even less people would read them. Also, the newspaper is a great tool to educate yourself by reading, it helps grammar and spelling of anyone.

Twitter and other social media have most definitely affected journalism majorly negative with some positive. Unfortunately, if or when the print papers would influence the journalism industry by taking away money from writers, but also without the paper would affect grammar and spelling for Twitter. Twitter is limited to 140 characters per post, which forces users to shorten words and use poor grammar. However, Twitter is a great source to find short information of topic of interest and is easily accessible.

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References:

Jenkins, H. & D. Thorburn. Introduction: The Digital Revolution, the Informed Citizen, and the Culture of Democracy. in Jenkins, H. & D. Thorburn eds. (2003). Democracy and New Media. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. p1-17. 

Hermida, A. (2012). TWEETS AND TRUTH: Journalism as a discipline of collaborative verificationJournalism Practice. 6:5-6, p659-668.

Bruns, A. & T. Highfield. (2012). Blogs, Twitter, and breaking news: The produsage of citizen journalism. pre-publication draft on personal site [Snurb.info]. Published in: Lind, R. A. ed. (2012). Produsing Theory in a Digital World: The Intersection of Audiences and Production. New York: Peter Lang. p15-32.

Picture 1: http://theinspirationroom.com/daily/design/2012/6/new_twitter_logo.jpg

Picture 2: http://www.onthaitime.com/files/images/english-newspaper-thailand.jpg

Pirating is Bad!

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So this week is a podcast. I have never done a podcast before and I deeply apologize for my stuttering it is really unavoidable. I tried to fit all the elements requested by my prof into the recording. I talked about two articles, the first was Canadian police and Government caught pirating movies (also TV shows). I feel people who are suppose to enforce the law or create it has to follow the law. Also, if one was to not follow the law that they will be punished the same way any other citizen would be punished. The second article discussed big companies such as Disney and Sony trying to prevent piracy by a trail being tested in South Korea. Relating back to the readings, Ian Condry discusses how the RIAA have undergone almost 2000 lawsuits; continuing with that for power in the media is so important and driven by money (2004). My main argument is the theatre experience cannot be replaced. Pirating music opposed to films are very different to me as you see the contrast between last week’s post and this week’s.

Note that I was focusing on films in the theatre, and not films that have released in other forms of views.

References:

Condry, Ian. (2004). Cultures of Music Piracy: An Ethnographic Comparison of the US and Japan. International Journal of Cultural Studies. 7 (3), pg. 343-363

http://torrentfreak.com/canadian-police-and-government-caught-pirating-movies-and-tv-shows-130519/

http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/24/4458644/disney-sony-on-demand-streaming-korea

Answering Comments: Piracy ARGGG!!

Hello again my readers,

My last blog post was addressing piracy and copyright laws. I talked about Ted Talks with Larry Lessig, and I truly believe he was making great points. As one comment stated that Lessig ended with that remixing and recreating is the way this generation express themselves and we (older generations) are teaching (younger generations) them to ignore the law. The person’s comment also agreed that remixing with an artist’s material should not illegal. The second comment agreed and added that very rarely do people steal content and pass it off as their own. That may be true, but I feel I have to do more research before agreeing or arguing with this statement. This comment highlighted the fact that I mentioned that the industries are all about power and trying to bleed us, consumers, dry. 

The last comment, confirms remixing is a form of expressing consumption, which is similar to one of the previous comments. He boldly states that the copyright laws are flawed and out-dated. He goes on to say, they are not align with modern times and technologies. Also, that piracy can never be a negative thing. I do agree with the first statement for that is pretty much what I talked about in my blog. However, I have mixed feelings on the last thing he said. I hope I can explain this clearly. I agree ‘sharing is caring’ but piracy is a negative term with laws saying it is illegal, as much as I would like that to change to even some degree that is not the case as of right now. Piracy is negative that is why they named it after an act of stealing, sail men and rolling in the benefits. 

Thank you and good night!

Piracy ARRRGG!!!

Hello Readers! Music and piracy is the topic of today!

I feel there should be some limitations, but music should have more freedom than it does. In my job we have to be so careful on what songs we use in our video for we don’t want to get sued, of course! Just as Larry Lessig said in his video, our intension is not to steal the song, call it our own, and make money off of it. We recreate. Just as I talked about in the previous blog post about recreating and reinventing. Explained by Lessig also by Kevin Steinmetz and Kenneth Tunnell where younger user or producer-consumers create content for free, for fun with issues of pirate motivations by engaging in copyright infringement, which creates sub-cultural in beliefs about piracy and the law (2013). Many in these sub-cultures believe they should be able to use music in their creations for free and find means to do that. Ian Condry first discusses how in 2004 RIAA initiated almost 2000 lawsuits; therefore, proving one of the most important thing to the industry is money (2004). Likewise, he states music is one of the key battlegrounds for power in the media, emphasizing the point on how money is so important, but also power.

Yes, music copyright should have some restrictions, but to restrict those who steal the music for their own profit. Back to Lessig, he debated the intension of the use of the music. I believe the copyright laws should not limit creative uses for producer-consumer content. For example, the video I posted about Psycho with it’s many forms last week Youtube would not upload the video and make it public for there was material in my video owned my fox. So, I had to switch to Vimeo to get it live. Now my intension was to solely post the video for my blog and get my point across for my listeners. I was not purposefully taking from Fox for money, but because I had a bad sunburn and could not show my face.

For producer-consumers they are most likely recreating something for fun and to be imaginative. For me I do find multiple means of getting music for my work or myself. However, intension of the copyrighted music is the most important aspect to pirating music.

Thank you and see you soon.

References:

Condry, Ian. (2004). Cultures of Music Piracy: An Ethnographic Comparison of the US and JapanInternational Journal of Cultural Studies. 7 (3), pg. 343-363

Steinmetz, K., K. Tunnell (2013). Under the Pixelated Jolly Roger: A Study of On-Line PiratesDeviant Behavior. 34 (1), pg. 53-67

 

Psycho and it’s Many Forms

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This video describes successful innovating of ideas that people made their own, but surrounding the same story. Also, the video discusses unsuccessful copying where the filmmaker almost copied everything about the original film. The story that the different forms that I discuss is Psycho. It is one of my favourites movies and one of my favourites from Hitchcock. This is relating to last week’s post called “Remakes and Recreates”. Unfortunately, I was not able to record myself as I wanted for I got bad sunburn earlier this week. I tried my best. I hope you like it.

For more information:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054215/?ref_=sr_4

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0155975/?ref_=sr_5

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2188671/?ref_=sr_1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psycho_(novel)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0975645/?ref_=sr_1

References:

Picture of psycho: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b9/Psycho_(1960).jpg/215px-Psycho_(1960).jpg
Picture of hitchcock’s norman bates: http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110407101257/characters/images/3/35/Norman-bates.gif
1998 norman bates: http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lioaottfHM1qc9tdy.jpg
1998 poster: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_GIchwvJ-aNk/Slo8dUsiqmI/AAAAAAAAJK0/yTNWVTB7GHU/s800/psycho+movie+poster.jpg
Bates Motel poster: http://stuffpoint.com/bates-motel/image/223462/bates-motel-poster-picture/
Hitchcock 2012 poster: http://cdn.bloody-disgusting.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Hitchcock-poster.jpg
Psycho book: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/5a/RobertBlock_Psycho.jpg/200px-RobertBlock_Psycho.jpg
Ideas picture: http://seec.schulich.yorku.ca/ContentResources/LibraryFiles/innovations.jpg
Comparing the shower scene one: http://b.vimeocdn.com/ts/831/859/83185986_640.jpg
Comparing the shower scene two: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/7e/Psycho_1960_vs_1998.jpg/250px-Psycho_1960_vs_1998.jpg
Iphone 3: http://news.cnet.com/i/bto/20080723/iPhone_3G_540x276.png