The Charm Of Social Media

December 31, 2011 § 1 Comment

Living in a society where faith and religion are becoming less and less prevalent it is hard to find something to believe in. My social media jewelry is an expression of how deep rooted and entrenched social media has become in our society. The average university student visits Facebook daily, it has become a ritual like praying or attending church. By comparison, how often does the average university student attend any sort of religious gathering? The new religion is freedom of speech and information, and it’s happening online in social media forums. The charms are meant to commemorate and celebrate the preciousness of the open forums that have been created by social media.




PROTECT The Internet

December 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Facebook and Twitter have become 24 hour open forums where people have the opportunity of receiving as well as giving news and information in real time. We have developed personal relationships with these devices. They have allowed us to connect with one another, for better or worse, with a level of immediacy never before experienced. Information flows from broadband wires, to mobile tower, to satellites and back around, all within seconds.

The public has a new voice within the media. Sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube allow the average individual to have an active conversation with the media; allowing the consumer of mass media to challenge and have authority over what they deem as acceptable information. Real time communication has allowed, for perhaps the first time in history, the public and media to use the same channels to communicate their messages; offering the world information not only from those who deliver it, but also those who create it. These new American laws could restrict the flow of information through the public sphere infringing on human rights and freedom of speech.

Contemporary Social Media Jewelry Research

November 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

I’ve been playing around with the idea that social media is like a new religion for my generation. Growing up nonreligious I never went to church, prayed, or thanked the lord. I did however, have a computer in my house for as long as I can remember. From about the age I could see over a table I was booting up dos and typing in passwords and codes. As a child I spent Sundays in my pj’s playing games on the computer and eventually made my way to AOL chat rooms and surfing the web. I’ve begun to think about the way religion is symbolized in our daily lives. One of the main themes I’ve found is jewelry. People adorn their bodies with crucifixes displayed on bracelets, rosary beads, and necklaces. Jewelery often symbolizes things, ideas, and people that we are close to us. Lockets are worn with pictures of people we love. We keep charm bracelets that can display gifts from many people to remind us of the ones we love. My hope is to create a jewelry line using symbols of social media to represent our closeness to social media. Facebook and Twitter may not be new religions, but they are an unbiased forum for people to share thoughts, ideas, and moments in life. Social media forums do not exist in the physical form of a building. My hope is that this jewelery will represent the preciousness of our new found communication. Below are some pieces I have found for inspiration.









(images from etsy.com )

I have been influenced by Tatty Devine, a London jewelry company that uses perspex to create contemporary charms for their jewelry line. I like the idea of using perspex because it comes in many colors and there are few limitations to the form. Also, I can cut the designs perfectly using a laser cutter in the university workshop. Below are a few pieces from the Tatty Devine website. Stay tuned to see my finished designs, you just might be able to them soon!







SNEAK PREVIEW :
The TwitteRing

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.

Do You Have A Social Life?

April 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

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A little game I used to play with my roomates during college, loose word association. Pick a topic say the first word that comes to mind. Usually this game ends up going something like, fish, water, glass, tap, knock, knockout, punch, boxing Muhammad Ali, civil rights …. you get the idea quit tangential. I tried to use this same concept but a bit more strict to describe social media. Keeping some logic and order to my feelings about different social medias. Whatcha think?

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