Thesis Statement

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Social Media: Open 24 Hours

December 6, 2011 § 6 Comments

This neon ‘Open 24 Hours’ sign represents social media’s functionality. It never closes. Social networks forums are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on Christmas and New Years. Social networks that were intended to make interpersonal communication easier have transformed their users into authors of their own media. Through this a public forum has arisen where people receive and respond to information from multiple channels. However, these channels do not define or shape the messages being communicated. Instead, the public and mass media share, and at times challenge each other, on the news and information being given; allowing the masses to no longer be idle consumers but active players in the world of information 24 hours a day.

Occupy Protesters Show Our Need for Freedom Of Technology in the Public Sphere

November 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Through out history powerful bodies and organizations have been known to skew the media and attempt to change the public’s perceptions of truths. These attempts have become less effective since the birth of social networks. Technology has given people the ability to digitally capture real time events and share them in open forums like this blog. The new public authority on information and news has brought a modern power to social movements throughout the world. The public has been given the authority to report on events taking the power of information away from the before all powerful news networks and governing bodies. These videos taken by protesters, many of them students, at occupy protests in New York and California show the blatant use of pepper spray on peaceful protesters. If these events had taken place 20 years ago the police and other powerful bodies could have tried to flip the story describing events differently, creating their own truth of the events. These videos give a sincere yet disturbing account of how the powerful governing bodies deal with the people uprising. The police may have only been doing wthat they were told, but they cannot deny what has been done. The people saw, the people reported, and the truth cannot be denied. Looks like these police officers got their 15 minutes of fame whether they wanted it or not.

The Revolution Will Be Tweeted

November 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

This image, although simple, has been a work in progress for the past few months. I was inspired by the Gill Scott song, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. When this song was written in the 60’s it was meant to inspire people to get up, turn off the T.V. and get out and join the revolution rather than just sitting at home consuming the news and information about it.

What is so interesting about this message is that today you can sit at home and be a part of the revolution. Through technology, like smart phones, computers, Twitter, and Facebook, the individual is not only able view and consume information on world events, but we are also able to take part in spreading the message of “The Revolution” from the comforts of our own home. Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook allow the individual to broadcast live, real time information in free open forums giving the individual a new power of authorship within the media. Not only does the average person now have the power to be a source of information but social media has also given the people the ability to verify the source and validity of information via likes and commenting. We still need people to get up, take to the streets, and fight for what they believe in, but the average person doesn’t have to. The masses have been given a new power to spread “The Revolution,” news, and information through social media.

Below is my rendition of the of this old song, made appropriate for Twitter and modern social media.

The Revolution Will Be Tweeted
By: Rachel Hurvitz

You will be able to stay home, brother.
You will be able to plug in, log on and turn out.
You will be able to lose yourself on flikr and tumblr,
Skip out for a beer while the page loads,
Because the revolution will be tweeted.

The revolution will be tweeted.
The revolution will be brought to you by Twitter
In 140 word characters without commercial interruptions.
The revolution will show you pictures of Gaddafi dead,
bloodied and carried through the streets.
Videos of Occupy Wall Streets protesters
from New York City to Japan.

The revolution will be tweeted.
The revolution will be brought to you by
Twitter and will star the average man
and his neighbor fighting for justice.
The revolution will stimulate your mind.
The revolution will feed your hunger for true democracy.
The revolution will bring this world equality and
freedom, because the revolution will be tweeted, Brother.

There will be pictures of people
carrying placards down the block on the dead run,
and hooligans trying to slide that color television into a stolen ambulance.
NBC will be able show the winner at exactly 8:32
and report from all 29 districts.
The revolution will be tweeted.

There will be pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers on Twitter.
There will be pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers on Twitter.
There will be pictures of veteran Scott Olsen being
struck in the head by a projectile thrown by Oakland police.
There will be slow motion or still life of Jesse
Jackson strolling through Watts in a Red, Black and
Green liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving
For just the proper occasion.

American Idol, Family Guy, and New York Housewives
will no longer be so damned relevant, and
women will not care if Chuck finally gets down with
Blair on Gossip Girl because the people
will be in the street looking for a brighter day.
The revolution will be tweeted.

There will be 100’s of blogs
with news and pictures of hairy armed women
liberationists and Michelle Obama blowing her nose.
The theme song will not be written by Justin Timberlake,
Kanye West, nor sung by Jay-Z, Rhinna,
Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, or Maroon 5.
The revolution will be tweeted.

The revolution will not be right back
after a message about a white tornado, white lightning, or white people.
You will not have to worry about a dove in your
bedroom, a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.
The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.
The revolution will put you in the driver’s seat.

The revolution will be tweeted, will be tweeted,
will be tweeted, will be tweeted.
The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
The revolution will be live.

Technology’s Rate of Adoption by The Public

October 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

It has become obvious to me that both the adoption rate of technology and the rate of communication in society are both snowballing. The more technology evolves the quicker it is adapted and with new technology comes faster rates of communication. Technology has given people the power to communicate real time information. This power to share information instantaneously has given the individual a new authorship within media. It’s no longer word of mouth, it’s word of tech. In 2011 we use technology to communicate to our bosses, to pay our bills, to share moments, to reach to family members and to find out news from around the world. Before social media the individual was for the most part a consumer of media, but social media has enabled us all to be authors and journalists in our right. These images help us to realize how fast the world has changed. It took radio 38 years to gain 50 million users and Facebook only 1 to gain millions. I’m not sure what the end result of the relationship between the spread of technology, the increase in users and the decrease in time to takes to communicate will be. Perhaps it just shows how much we have evolved over the past century, maybe it means something more. Although, I’m not sure how much faster technology can get unless we break the time space continuum.

In The Future Everyone Will Be World Famous For 15 Minutes.

October 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

While researching the evolution of technology and its role in communication I stumbled upon an NPR podcast, Warhol Was Right About ’15 Minutes Of Fame’ discussing how social media has seen Andy Warhol’s vision of fame realized. Warhol said that, “In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes,” while this is a well known quote many have struggled to decipher exactly what he meant by this. I don’t think the 1960’s Pop artist was by any means a prophet or a time traveler, but I do think that he saw something about American culture and consumerism that most people were too close to see. Warhol saw that everything around us is manufactured and made to be consumed, even the news. Warhol also realized the vanity of people and how this vanity and need to feel important in the world fed largely into consumerism. Many people felt he made a mockery of the art scene by presenting commercial illustrations as art. What many people still don’t understand is that by doing this Warhol was able to create a visual conversation on manufacturing. Warhol saw the idea of ‘celebrity’ as a not only manufactured product, but also something everyone desired.

Warhol used images of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Campbell’s Soup and electric chairs to celebrate the celebrity and how it is consumed. Warhol’s statement “In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes,” has come true because of social media. Social media has given the public authorship and power in the media. The general public no longer has to sit back and simply consume news and information, we now have the ability to be not just a part of the flow of news and information but also a source.

Warhol said in his book From A to B & Back Again: The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
“I’m confused about who the news belongs to. I always have it in my head that if you name’s in the news, then the news should be paying you. Because it’s your news and they’re taking it and selling it as their product. But then they always say they’re helping you. And that’s true too, but still, if people didn’t give the news their news and if everybody kept their news to themselves, the news wouldn’t have any news. So I guess you should pay each other. But I haven’t figured it out fully yet.”

Social media gives people to a forum to share their news and to be famous in their own right for 15 minutes. I have been working on away to visually communicate how this idea. A way to say Warhol was right, everyone does have their 15 minutes of Fame and it’s come true on Facebook. I liked the idea of incorporating the Marilyn Monroe image, because I think its recognizable as a piece of Andy Warhol’s work and as Marilyn the celebrity. I hope using this image will make people think of Warhol’s philosophies of consumption and celebrity. I then thought to use Facebook avatar before you upload a profile picture to show that through Facebook Warhol’s prophecy has come true. The avatar representing that it can be anyone. I’ve made a few pieces but my problem currently is that although almost everyone my age is on Facebook the profile avatar isn’t really very recognizable. I’m not sure if this makes my idea more interesting, because it shows how much Facebook has permeated out culture, almost like we’re so close and involved with it that we can’t see our way out.

Warhol’s Marylin

Here Are my first few attempts.
profile pic

large high resolution

profile picture

My thought was to recreate Andy Warhol’s Marilyn through screen printing it with the Facebook Avatars on top. However, after consulting with the screen printing studio I’ve decided that would be too tricky and time consuming. My next idea was to print the image of Marilyn onto canvas and then simply screen print the Facebook avatar on top. I ran in trouble though because I couldn’t find the 3×3 image I had been using in high resolution, not good for printing. After some thought and looking through some more of Warhol’s pieces I’m wondering if it’s really necessary to use repetitive imagery. I’m trying to deconstruct this piece down to its simplest forms to best communicate my message of how anyone can have their Marilyn 15 minutes of fame on facebook. This is the next round I’ve done.

marilyn monroe warhol

The last piece, which I made yesterday, I think I like the best. It appears that Marilyn is fitting into the Facebook image, like a puzzle. I want it to look like anyone can fit into this space which why I left the white sliver. I’m not sure if it’s there yet. But I kinda of like that people can’t recognize the Facebook Avatar at fist, its like the arrow in the FedEx logo, at first you don’t notice it, but then that’s all you can see. Any thoughts, comments are welcome!

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