As per usual, during my procrastination-nation homework breaks I go on facebook.com and find someone I hadn’t seen or spoken to in awhile and stalk them. Yes, stalk them. And by stalk I mean look at their wall and their tagged pictures. Don’t judge. We all do it. How do I know? Because I’ve seen you and you at the library scoping out a random person’s page and then minimizing the screen when someone began to walk up behind you.
Nonetheless, Facebook stalking is not the issue at hand, instead it is what brought me to a realization. As I was Facebook stalking my cousin who lives in the UK (see now it all makes sense), I found a link someone else posted on her wall that was of particular interest to me. The link was to a BBC documentary on the Sikh Diaspora. Naturally, as a member of the said Diaspora, I was interested. However, when I clicked on the link what I received was the dreaded black screen with white lettering: sorry, this clip is not available in your location. Don’t kill the messenger.
I didn’t think much of it beyond a few seconds of feeling sad that I couldn’t see the documentary. Then I moved on. I was only able to let this insult slip because it was not all that frequent. I am in the privileged position of living in the US and as a result, (hate to say it, but it’s true) we get a lot more of the programming than those in other countries. Frankly, if I lived elsewhere, I would BitTorrent the hell out of my favorite shows. Imagine going to see TV show after TV show and getting that dreaded message? Now that’s insult to injury. Putting salt on wounds. Rubbing it in. Ripping a scab open.
If you come to think about it, blogs don’t really function that much differently than other media outlets. And was it really a surprise when blogs began to be employed as another venue for advertising? (Every change is a good change for a plug!) So now as viewers, subscribers, readers, followers, fans and humble devotees of a particular blog, how do we bypass getting out our brains extracted and sucked dry by advertising? Here are some helpful tips that yours truly uses in her daily blogging:
- Selective Vision blogging: if you frequent a blog enough, eventually you get used to where the ads are and your eyes tend to look over the fact that your being sold something.
- Click the button: just click on the ad. Once, at least once. Then you can see for yourself what the who-hah is about. When you see that it’s just a fridge, sofa or computer than I assure you, you will start using your eyes wisely.
- Take a bathroom break: This works really well for television, but I haven’t had much success with this method when it comes to blogging. See if it works better for you. Go on your blog of choice, every time you scroll down to an ad, get up and take a bathroom break. When you return, hopefully (cross your fingers) the ad will be gone and you return just in time to catch the rest of the blog. And if you took to long washing your hands don’t worry because there’s always reruns.……. HUH?
- Move on: Sad, but if you can’t knock it and if you don’t wanna try it, move on.
See which tips work for you, and happy blogging!
You gotta get ‘em while their young. You know, because you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. So if you get them while they’re young, you got them forever. And how exactly do you hook them in? Well, Sawyer said “kids are like dogs—you knock them around enough they start to think they did something to deserve it.” I’m not talking about child abuse or anything else along those lines. It’s an analogy, so just relax. If you start them off young, and you do it repeatedly, infiltrate their lives with what you want them, soon they do these things on their own… for life. I’m talking about making consumers out of kids through television and other media.
This is not to say that today’s youth, or millennials, are pulled and then locked into a consumerism dungeon. Instead, millennials consider themselves to be knowing consumers that understand when and what they are being sold something. The way to appeal to this group of savvy young buyers is through cross-platforming, because just having a TV show with product placement and advertisement does not cut it anymore. They have grown up in an “environment of digitextuality” (Ross: 139) and therefore know, how to bypass these.
Here is where Gossip Girls comes in. Beyond Verizon cellphone services, this show sells a fast paced lifestyle of texting, fashion, city glamour and sin. Yes, we saw some of this with Sex and the City, but now it has taken the shape of a teen drama.. This is key: the shows characters are affluent millennials. So when this generation watches the show, they are seeing themselves in a world they can either relate or aspire to. So when every student in the graduating class of Constance Billard’s phone goes off with the lastest Gossip Girl text, millennials know the feeling all too well and reach for their own BlackBerry’s to see who has BBM’ed them. They have grown up with advertising and high-speed fiber optic cables, they have smartened up and want something that speaks to them on multiple levels.Speak to them with OMFG and WTF’s.
I promise myself I too will make a vid. I must. I mean there I was sold after today’s screening–specifically of “Us” (I think that’s what it was called, please await the correct title on that one). I mean it went so far beyond just linking up clips and snippets that may or may not talk to each other in some way and adding a track that “says it all.” I’m talkin’ about making something that holds it’s own weight. And that’s what this was. There’s so much potential with vidding. Yes, I’m a flip-flopper that hated vids/remixes/autotuning the news about a day ago, but man… you wanted to see more. Whether that was because of confusion or interest, either way the vid had you in. Also, hello!! Vid can be traced from 1975. They can be traced back to women. Not men. Not youtube. That’s what I’m talking about.
It’s: HIGHper-Sexed Semi-Political allegory sweetened by Southern Hospitality and the just right amount of… “What the hell was that?”
It’s: Creatures of the night, Ghoulish Greek Mythology and the endangered Nymph-Dandelion-battle for the BRIGHT POWER SOURCE of the working class girl, who… pumps liquid life and Love through her beer-tapped short-short veins and whose… accent isn’t even mildly believable during those emotionally EXPLOSIVE self-righteous post-feminist monologues.
It’s: the love of a Drainer-Transformer, cold and pale, trend-inducing, hip cannibalistic Civil War Era sexual encounters that sell in bottles of O-Positive and A-Negative high definition.
Romeo DRINKS Juliet.