Archive for May, 2012

May 12, 2012 Comments off

Racine’s Phaedra must die not because the flame of her incestuous love for her stepson burns so black, as she complains, but rather because after two hours the smoky candles in the Paris theaters had burned out.

In Optical Media, Kittler notes how the unavailability of durable light sources effected literary compositions, and as such dramas by Corneille or Racine, for instance, never exceeded 3,000 alexandrines. The lack of stage lighting technologies caused the early death of characters or their expedited their fall from grace. He also mentions how technologies similar to those used in theater were also used to summon apparitions and the eventual suicide of tricksters after their tricks were exposed. The ghosts and the protagonists’ lifespan was tied to the available technologies of perception. A similar imposed technological restraint is the ten minute maximum video time on youtube, due to bandwith limits.

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While these restrictions are now for the most part uplifted (the limit was raised to fifteen and now to unlimited for privileged users, the new fifteen minute restriction is more due to copyright rules), but the limits shaped the world of online video and set a standard that most outlets have taken, even though that technically they  no longer face those limitations. Thus, the Annoying Orange for instance, will seldom exceed even five minutes, and neither do most other web series. The ten minute limit set the tone for the duration of video files on youtube, just like the wax candles in the theaters set the limits of dramas.

Child taping what remains of his house

May 8, 2012 Comments off

In the youtube video Child taping what remains of his house, we see a boy filming a pile of rubble which used to be a house. It is of course difficult to confirm if the house belongs to the child and his family, but nevertheless, that is what the title suggests. The man who is filming the child first approaches him as a news reporter approaches a subject of interview in a war zone, and as he gets closer he apparently asks: can you tell me what you see? Which also could be read as “can you tell me what you are filming?” The child responds to the question and other questions posed by the man. Both of them are clearly acting a scenario and the footage also implies a spoof on official/traditional television reportage (they even laugh at some point to a joke that the child makes).

Child taping what remains of his house, youtube still frame

The same video a few years ago would show the child in front of the rubble talking to the camera, now both the child and the other camera are filming. The child delegates the task of experiencing the destruction of his house to the camera, similar to a tourist in front of an ancient a ruin. He does not want to be the represented, but rather the one who represents. Here, in the words of Adorno, one can witness the triumph of representation over what is represented. Not unlike the journalist, the child is also interested in dissecting the site of destruction with a camera, to describe what he can see and highlight the economy of access, but this time to his own rubble. Friedrich Kittler mentions a 1902 German Reich law that gave every man and woman the “right to one’s own image,” here the camera gives the child the right to his own rubble. This gives rise to a new figure of victim, one that is detached from his own destruction by a digital camera. A victim who removes himself from the ruin and whose “rejection of experience can provisionally embody a legitimate defense,” in words of Agamben. A generation that grew up looking at monitors from the point of view of first-person shooter games can now experience its own habitat as the game zone.

The formation of Syrian battalion is a meme?

May 7, 2012 Comments off

There are few dozens of videos of Syrian army defectors and civilians joining the opposition or forming various parallel independent battalions. A great number of these videos show a group of Syrian men, standing in front of a camera, while the leader or a representative, reads the group’s declaration of constitution from a laptop computer. These videos also share a very low viewership, that in most cases is equivalent or less than the number of insurgents in the video.  The text is read in a loud, assertive and forceful voice, addressed, not to those present, but to the camera (or whatever recording device), or rather, to the internet.

The video announces to the internet that these group of people have decided to part with the leading military regime, and join the opposition. However, given the low number of viewers, it becomes unclear if the video is directed to an online audience, who do not know these people, and cannot anticipate their success, influence and their position vis a vis the multiplicity of forces within the country. As mentioned in a pervious post, the video—if we can call it video as its physical existence is in question— makes it clear that the group is constituted as an online entity as well as a physical one and possibly in spite of it. The declaration of the formation of the group is inseparable from the meme that its contributing to, one might suggest that it is prompted by it.

Thus, the internet here is not only an idea of a possible audience, it is not simply a means to an end (to send a message); rather the internet here is the very affirmation of the group’s existence, without which it will cease to be. The group substitutes the act of signing, with that of posing in front of the camera, one gesture is replaced by the other. Those present in the video are also signatories of the declaration. They stand before a computer screen and unite in front of a computer screen and will remain there until the video is removed from the internet. But if a subject’s offline existence is contingent upon its online presence, then one needs to transcode oneself into an avatar and contribute to the meme’s development and possible mutation.

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“Two wrongs don’t make a right.” Comments on Rodney King video on youtube on the 20th anniversary of LA riots

May 2, 2012 Comments off

Comments on the Rodney Kind video on youtube on the 20th anniversary of LA riots of 1992. All material is directly copied and pasted from the youtube page Rodney King tape on national news.flv
The images are screen shots from all the links on youtube’s right sidebar of the same page.

Rodney King tape on national news.flv, youtube still frame

haha, you ignorant prick. He ended up receiving 3.8 million from his lawsuit. I would call THAT getting what he deserves.
knewknew in reply to FlacidFicklePickle (Show the comment) 3 days ago

the PCP allegations were never proven. People assumed that because of the beating he took. All the cops had to do was put him into handcuffs, and into the squad car. But no, they beat the shit out him. The entire Rodney King case (and the riot that followed) had nothing to do with Rodney King, but rather the excessive force that cops use in situations like these all of the time in LA.
knewknew in reply to SuperJerkyBoys (Show the comment) 3 days ago

Yeah but he’d been arrested for posession of schedule 4 drugs, for beating his wife, and evading arrest before any of this even happened. If you’re honestly trying to defend Rodney King it just makes you ignorant. Did the cops fuck up? Absolutely. More importantly a multiple time offender got off with nothing, and made almost 4 million dollars. That’s bullshit.
BTW I don’t give a shit bout the drug conviction…pot is Sch. 4 and I love it hah. King is a dirtbag, so were the cops bottom line.
chennighausen in reply to knewknew (Show the comment) 2 days ago

What are you Rodney Kings lawyer ???
FACT, if not for Rodney King acting like an asshole, all the people wouldn’t have died in the riots.
How many times has Rodney King been arrested since 1992 ??
SuperJerkyBoys in reply to knewknew (Show the comment) 2 days ago

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Jungle bunny getting what he deserves
FlacidFicklePickle 3 days ago

If Rodney King wasn’t high on PCP driving 100 MPH this never would have happend.
Thirty six people died in the riots that followed because of this stupid fuck !
SuperJerkyBoys 3 days ago

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Jeff Fisher 3 days ago

with all the hand outs and special treatment the niggers get we should be allowed to smash thier fuckin heads in like this anytime we want.
dstrbd24 3 days ago

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remyworldpeace in reply to dstrbd24 (Show the comment) 3 days ago

You small minded inbred white trailer trash wanker…..and yes I am white ….scum like you embarrass normal people… what a tosser
toxicbobbyb in reply to dstrbd24 (Show the comment) 3 days ago

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On second thought, white people probably WOULD have made it into a racial issue…
therealdaviddavidson in reply to ThePakiSami (Show the comment) 3 days ago

Can you imagine if a few black officers had beaten down a white kid? Nothing could go wrong there because it’s not racist at all.
ThePakiSami 3 days ago 3

So you’re saying if black officers beat down a white kid, it’s not wrong?
MrSleepygrizzly in reply to ThePakiSami (Show the comment) 3 days ago

The riots only came after the cops were all acquitted of assault despite the damning video evidence. That combined with previous racial disparity perceived by the black people in Los Angeles at the time is what made it, for them, a racial issue. If a bunch of black officers had been caught on video beating up a white kid and then got acquitted, white people would not make it into a racial issue because they would have no reason to suspect it was so.
therealdaviddavidson in reply to ThePakiSami (Show the comment) 3 days ago

Maybe if he wasn’t on crack and driving 100 miles an hour putting alot of people in harms way, it wouldn’t of ending up like this!!! Reality check….red and blue lights flashing….pull the fuck over dumb ass!!! Unless your on crack and drinking and driving and on probation for robbery!!!
tapout2977 in reply to Murdism (Show the comment) 3 days ago

You are either extremely racist, or extremely unsympathetic. Either way you’re not doing yourself any good in preparing for the trials and tribulations of everyday life.
UndergroundBlack88 in reply to Murdism (Show the comment) 3 days ago

At what point do you have to wait for enough police officers to subdue this man? All the police officers that were there could have easily handcuffed this man without hitting him once with a PR-24. If all of them together could not subdue this man with their bare hands they need to find another profession. It’s a shame that all of the officers were not fired, pensions forfeited and thrown in jail. BTW I am a retired police officer and a former deparmental firearms and PR-24 instructor.
IntoDust24 3 days ago

1:08 Why you showing a black guy taking a black guy away? Thats not racist.
vette543211 3 days ago

Why did the police beat that poor negroe? He didnt look like he was fighting back.
Trashfished 3 days ago
fuck the police
eazy700ify 3 days ago
They need to stop calling it “civil rights”, its black rights.
Huntmaster555 3 days ago
Two wrongs don’t make a right.
RassBrass 3 days ago

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The Monster Ball

May 2, 2012 Comments off

Errors and accidents crystallize. The pearl is an error, a glitch in response to purity. The error is the aura. Just like Hip Hop records sample scratched vinyl to lend an aura of authenticity, the click creates a kind of anti-aura, lending a pearl finish to failure. Peter Krapp quoting Bernhard Siegert in Noise Channels

The complete Lady Gaga 2011 Monster Ball is available on youtube. One can watch the whole two hour Madison Square Garden performance online with quality sound. Although when watched closely, one notices that the footage is nothing like the contemporary digital high-definition footage, but rather more like the kind of shaky, blurry, in-and-out-of-focus footage of cellphone cameras. The whole concert video is made of a pool of amateur footage, [probably] shot by the audience at the venue and edited together as a whole (not to be mistaken with the complete HD version of the Monster Ball produced and distributed by HBO). It is unclear if the footage is gathered from the internet, or is collected by the producer(s) of the video, both options are equally possible. There are no credit lines, only just at the very end we read “created and edited by Haus.” Haus probably refers to The Haus of Gaga which according the Gaga’s official website and wiki page “is the name used by Lady Gaga to describe her behind-the-scenes creative team. The name is inspired by the German “Bauhaus” which she told in an interview in Germany and a play on the word “House” used by famous fashion brands. This should not be confused with House of Gaga Publishing, the publishing company for her music, which is managed by her father, Joe Germanotta.” In other places Gaga has mentioned how the Haus is inspired by Warhol’s Factory, as a “collective of inspiring and creative people.” In the Factory the camera was always rolling as they do at MSG.

“Lady GaGa The Monster Ball – live full concert 2hrs,” youtube still frame

One never captures a clear close up of Lady Gaga, the band or the dancers, and the more the camera zooms in, the more blurry and shaky the footage becomes. It also fascinating to see the multiplicity of angels seamlessly edited together from every corner of the venue, from the VIP seats all the way to the back of the top floor. One can never get “close enough” the video makes it clear, and as such creates a visual distance between the performance and the youtube video, a kind of distance that makes the video seem more real. Real as now familiar videos by citizen journalists’ in news media and the internet. The video proves once again that there is enough footage from any event, that one can recreate it from the point of view of the viewers and/or participants. Here we can see Lady Gaga’s show from the perspective of her fans, or rather her paparazzi army. The footage becomes almost unwatchable as the beat kicks in and the camerawo/man starts dancing.

“Lady GaGa The Monster Ball – live full concert 2hrs,” youtube still frame

At some point, in one of her various speeches Gaga invites the audience to put away their cameras and phones and be in the fucking moment, which goes practically unnoticed by the audience as captured in the video. One could imagine how the video could suddenly change from that moment on to full HD, something that does not happen, nevertheless it doesn’t make the project less fascinating. Here it is the glitch, the erroneous images of jumping fans, that lend the Monster Ball spectacle its “aura of authenticity.”

“Lady GaGa The Monster Ball – live full concert 2hrs,” youtube still frame