An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube Rewritten

Through a typical week I watch maybe 2-3 YouTube videos. I listen to a lot of music through Apple Music and Spotify. Watch 4-5 hours of Netflix, and spend a good amount time on twitter. Apple music and twitter are what I use most of. The generation today has many, many forms of mediated spectator-ship due to our cell phones. Cell phones are always attached to us, which makes it very easy to use a variety of different applications such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube etc. Not only, but all these applications are also free which makes it even more convenient. I think what I can take from what I do weekly is convenience.

Everything I do is because it is convenient. Apple music makes is super easy to find and play music, I never have to find new music because apple music makes everything convenient. I get on twitter a lot because twitter provides a lot of news sources in one place. I don’t have to go to different websites to find news. Also I watch Netflix because it has many TV shows and movies in one place which makes everything more convenient. I don’t watch YouTube that much because there are videos everywhere now. Twitter, Instagram, snapchat, and Facebook all have embedded YouTube videos. So there is no point to go straight to the YouTube, unless you are specifically looking for one exact video. Due to other social media sources being so adaptive, the effectiveness of YouTube has been reduced.

Huffington Post brings up a great question- does technology offer a cure for convenience? or is convenience so bad that we need technology to save us? When society first embarked on the journey of technology, it was all about doing things better, faster, cheaper, and easier; all monikers of convenience. Before the use of technology, everything was done manually and with hard work. But when technology became more prevalent and mainstream, we started to look at it more as a cool way to get stuff with little or no effort. We plugged technology into fast food, making it even faster, but not healthier. We plugged technology into mobile phones, adding capability for internet access, email, and even file sharing. We even leveraged technology in child and pet care. Is all of this really making us a better society? Is it necessary? Theres a lot of pros for technology, but does it always outweigh the cons? In the future will be a society that depends on technology so much that it leads to our downfall?

The Medium is the Massage Rewritten

I thought the “amateur” section was interesting. It talked about Michael Faraday who is recognized as the one of the great founders of physics, and experimenter who discovered the induction of electricity. Even though Faraday had little mathematics and no real schooling, his intuition and his freedom helped him discover electrical induction. A great quote in the amateur section was “There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.” – Robert Oppenheimer. The difference between an amateur and a professional is the amount of freedom and leeway they have. An amateur can afford to lose, and try and try again. While, a professional has very clear instructions on what they need to accomplish and specialize in. Amateurs also have a much wider imagination, where they can be creative and come up with inventions that have never been thought of in the past.

This section was interesting, and it also brought up another question. Do kids lose creativity as they get older. I think this is definitely true. Creativeness comes from an open mind, and an ability to think freely. But as kids older they lose this innate ability. They lose imagination and curiosity. Conformity from school is a huge factor for this. Kids are scared of nothing being part of the group and hence they conform and become more and more similar to their classmates. This is one of the biggest reasons that children lose their creative and imagination. Kids are also scared of making mistakes. But in reality this is the only way that kids can learn.

Gesture Rewritten

Gestures are important because they are used everyday while speaking. Whether you know it or not, you use some sort of gesture while talking. You can move you hands, eyes, legs, etc. Gestures can either complement or supplement speech. Sometimes using a gesture brings a whole different meaning to what you are trying to articulate. Also, gestures add to the emotional impact of speech. Without gestures, most speeches just don’t seem wholeheartedly.The point of the classificatory system is to show how each gesture is used and for what reason. Many gestures can be used for many different causes. A same gesture could have different meanings depending on the context. As new speeches and gestures appear, the classificatory system is very convenient to have, to organize everything. The classificatory also helps look at how gestures evolve. Many gestures have changed from 100 years ago to now, while many haven’t changed at all. It is interesting to look at these changes and analyze them.

There is actually a science in talking in gestures while speaking. Many body experts say that hand gestures are really a powerful aspect of communication, from both the speaker’s and the listener’s end. According to Huffington post,  A study analyzing ted talks last year found that the most popular, viral speakers used an average of about 465 hand gestures, which is nearly twice as many as the least popular speakers used. Other research has found that people who “talk” with their hands tend to be viewed as warm, agreeable and energetic, while those who are less animated are seen as logical, cold and analytical. Gestures actually act as a second language.

Practices of Looking (10/3)

The Value of Images

This want an interesting part of the reading. The section talked about how images are awarded different types of value such as monetary, social, and political. The value of art is determined by economic and cultural factors. Paintings don’t exactly show how much they are worth but rather how we interpret a painting determines the worth of it. The section talked about a Van Gogh painting which was sold for $53.8 million in 1991. The reason it was so expensive was because the paintings authenticity and uniqueness. Also Van Gogh is thought to be one of the best innovative painters of all time, especially in the late 19th century. Not only money but there have been countless pictures that have been deemed as icons such as the Chinese student stepping in front of tanks at tiamen square. Images like that are images that have impacted people all over the world.

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Sound and Technology (10/12)

The mp3 was designed by an electronics industry interested in maximum compatibility across platforms, which would allow for an easy exchange of files. The biggest problems with mp3’s are that many people don’t buy them. They are shared from person to another. Because of mp3’s stealing music has became much, much easier. Services such as torrents and limewire made it very easy to download mp3’s and distribute it from one person to another. One of the reasons technology becomes popular is due to convenience. The mp3 format made it very easy to collect music, CD’s became a thing of the past after mp3’s came into effect. At a click on a button an entire album can be downloaded almost instantly. Obsolete_CDs.jpg

However with mp3’s many musicians obviously are mad. Their music gets pirated weeks before the album is due to be released, which is very disappointed for the artist, whom has worked on their album for months just to have it leaked. Also with mp3’s, the quality of the songs are not as good as they are with CDs or vinyls. Most people cannot tell or don’t care about the difference but most artists can easily differentiate.

Denotation and Connotation (10/5)

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Denotative: This a group of people who are holding up their hands in a fist, with one particular man in the middle.

Connotative: The man in the middle is LeBron James. This picture is part of a nike ad called “Together.” This picture was taken right after LeBron decided to come back to the Cleveland Cavaliers to play basketball. This picture shows that his decision is bigger than basketball. Him coming back to the city is for the whole city of Cleveland, not just for the LeBron and the Cavaliers. All the people in the city support him fully, which is shown by the crowd around him and all the hands raised up in a closed fists. A closed fist is used to show solidarity and unity.

An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube(9/26)

Through a typical week I watch maybe 2-3 YouTube videos. I listen to a lot of music through Apple Music and Spotify. Watch 4-5 hours of Netflix, and spend a good amount time on twitter. Apple music and twitter are what I use most of. The generation today has many, many forms of mediated spectator-ship due to our cell phones. Cell phones are always attached to us, which makes it very easy to use a variety of different applications such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube etc. Not only, but all these applications are also free which makes it even more convenient. I think what I can take from what I do weekly is convenience.

Everything I do is because it is convenient. Apple music makes is super easy to find and play music, I never have to find new music because apple music makes everything convenient. I get on twitter a lot because twitter provides a lot of news sources in one place. I don’t have to go to different websites to find news. Also I watch Netflix because it has many TV shows and movies in one place which makes everything more convenient. I don’t watch YouTube that much because there are videos everywhere now. Twitter, Instagram, snapchat, and Facebook all have embedded YouTube videos. So there is no point to go straight to the YouTube, unless you are specifically looking for one exact video. Due to other social media sources being so adaptive, the effectiveness of YouTube has been reduced.

 

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