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Discussion Post #5

Episode 1

  1. Krukowski tries to point out, when you experience “real” time you are actually hearing, feeling or touching in the exact time it’s happening unlike “digital” time. You experience an action called latency, it’s the amount of time it takes a computer to process something. These differences are significant because “real” time is lived in the actual present while “digital” time lives in a machine time locked to a clock coded and delayed.
  2. Krukowski expresses that to navigate space you need to listen to beyond what you hear. Separating every sound you hear in a busy city street makes you see how everyone is living a different life right Next to each other. Try not to block the sound out through other objects.

Episode 2

  1. Moss argues that developers have gentrified Astor Place into this open space for pedestrians to walk and walk freely but with rules to follow and with certain individuals looking over them. I’m a way they’re still being controlled. Private space is a location that has history, there’s a meaningful background unlike public where it’s open to all and now the meaning has become less. This is important because when there’s a significant location, person or object it stays important forever and one cherishes it.
  2. The significance of Thompson’s idea is that concert halls are meant to keep unwanted noise outside while maintaining the sounds of the music for only the audience and the audience not being able to be hear either. This related to headphone and earbuds because they are ment to block outside noises, while maintaining quite or wanted sounds.
  3. Some main ideas the episode expressed was the significance on how one object can influence our space negatively and/ or positively. Headphones can be a big distraction from the word. Like Moss says “it makes us opt out of the word”. It also expresses the long lasting relationship music has with a space. I find it interesting and agree with the concept of sound influencing a space. When one builds memories in a space they forever remember because of the impact of emotion the sounds gives it. Now everytime one goes back to a space they can feel and remember what once was.

Discussion Post #7

Episode 5

  1. What Krukowski is trying to say when he asks us this question is that the world as we know it is changing day by day. For example, music nowadays is being digitized and we can reach it by simply clicking on the apps in our phone instead of having to go to a store to buy a physical form of music. What he is also trying to say is that with these new advancements we are forgetting many treasures and making other forms of interacting with music forgotten. Music indicates the differences between the powerful and the forgotten in many ways, one specific way that it does this is that we are more exposed to mainstream artists and lesser known artists are being denied the opportunity to prosper.
  2. Forced Exposure is different from platforms such as Spotify because they create different experiences for the users. With Forced exposure we are given different songs and artists who we like to select and with platforms such as Spotify they use algorithms that are man made that give us a wider range of unknown music.
  3. The differences that Krukowski states between being surprised by music and discovering music is that we can be surprised by a song being good or better than anticipated but when we discover music we find music that may be different from what we are used to or new music from new artists. These experiences are different because they give us different sensations, be it of satisfaction from something we know or pleasure from discovering something new. This is important when it comes to music because these different experiences for users allow for music platforms to give relative answers than specific answers.

Episode 6

  1. According to Krukowski, noise is an unimportant sound that we can easily ignore because it is unattractive. On the other hand signal is said to be the sounds that we are attracted to and do take interest in. These distinctions are important to know because it gives an insight to what sounds might attract others and be easily ignored to others.
  2. Basically the central idea that this episode conveys is the differences between different sounds such as noise and background. This is very significant because it shows how artists and music producers will try to make the signal the most heard sound within a song to maximize the attention and also minimize the amount of noise so that people aren’t distracted by something they might not like.
  3. This episode relates to the other episodes because it gives us another look at how sounds change and how we receive each different sound and even label the sounds we hear. This episode also relates to the others because it helps us understand the process that artists undergo when creating music and what strategies they use to convey their emotions to us and how they do so to also get an emotion from us.

Discussion Post #6

Episode 3

  1. The main differences between a microphone and a cell phone are that a microphone gives the artist more control over the voice they are trying to convey. They can change annunciation as well as proximity to control how the microphone picks up their voice and therefore gives them total control when it comes to recording music. A phone distorts the voice too much, this causes there to be less control when it comes to speaking which is crucial for an artist. A phone is also untrustworthy because they pick up too many sounds within their surroundings. A cell phone does not pick up the same quality of sound as a microphone does since the voice becomes digitized and generic. The differences are important because they convey different emotions as well as give less control to the user. 
  2. Krutowski and Tomlinson say that the “musical” qualities of the voice are actually the aspects of our voices that we would consider nonmusical. The pauses and emotions are important when wanting to convey an emotion to someone else on the other end. Technological advancements have also changed the musical aspects that we convey when we talk or communicate.
  3. Krukowski comments how the change from analog to digital transmission of the voice has affected the way we are heard, be it from another person or the way we convey our voices to the community. With the evolution of technology we have been able to convey our messages faster and farther but the emotion behind the message has been lost. Connecting with others has become a harder task because of the loss of emotion.

Episode 4

  1. What Krukowski says about music file sharing is that it has benefited those who commit the act but has caused a negative effect on the musicians who truly dedicate themselves to their form of art. I believe that in a world where people have to pay for almost everything, they look to save money or take shortcuts to save money in a non-essential area. Therefore I do not agree with the idea of file sharing if it negatively impacts smaller or lesser known artists who depend on that income more but I do not think it is such a big issue when it comes to artists that are world renowned and have earned a fortune from past users. I believe that music should not be free but some artist should try to be more generous with their audience and allow their music to be heard by more if they just cut back on the cost it takes to listen to their music. 
  2. The episode does a great job when it comes to representing the relationships between music, community, and culture because with such advancements to technology and the importance of technology around the world, music is able to reach past all boundaries. Another way they are all connected is seen when popular artists with large fan bases create music with specific sounds representing their cultural and ethnic roots. This allows the sounds of their culture to reach others and be heard by many who never had such exposure to it previously. 

Discussion Post #4

  1. Publicity influences consumers to buy products because producers know what type of status people want. Individuals who seek to have up to date trends, styles, and nice expensive materialistic things buy everything and anything they want to feel good. They are seen and represented as “glamorous”. While others envy them for what they have and who they are. As Berger describes people believe that if they use these products they have better lives. 
  2. These differences are important because it states a clear reality and fantasy. Oil paintings illustrated a person’s wealth and status in the moment of the painting regardless of how they consumed it. Whereas publicity illustrates a fantasy that everyone wishes to have. It’s not obtained by the consumer just yet but waiting to convey the consumers to purchase it. The only way of obtaining anything is with one important thing, money. This reveals that money is the only way one can obtain these products and once they do they can have the wealth. Money basically buys your happiness, your economic status, your wants and desires. People fear having nothing because then you are seen as nothing as well, faceless as Berger expresses. Anxiety spikes because of this fear. 
  3. Berger talks about 3 dreams, one of them being “The dream of later night”. He discusses how something so small can be the life of the party. Alcohol, cigarettes and other substances are what people look forward to when escaping from their daily lives. Berger expresses these substances as “it is you who will bring the greatest pleasure of all” People intentionally surround themselves around this to have a “good life” Advertising uses imagery to manipulate consumers into buying cigarettes and alcohol so they can see how wonderful it is to use these products when trying to relax and party with other individuals. These are escapes nothing else can give you. 

Blog Post #3

  1. The purpose of an essay is to educate and persuade. When people read an essay they’re meant to get the most information they can because a well developed essay has organized ideas, good structure and very refined words.
  2. The topic of the essay is meant to interest students who have to write a College level essay. This helps to Improve their writing skills 
  3. The students and the readers are the most impacted. When when they write a well developed essay. They will see exactly how affected this information was.
  4. The reader knows in an essay you will find an introduction, body and conclusion paragraphs. The introduction gives clear ideas about a specific topic. Later, in the body, the writer organizes the ideas with good examples. The examples have to connect with the topic. In the conclusion, the reader has a good summarized paragraph of what the topic was about.
  5. The reader needs to know the main points, how to develop a strong thesis statement and how to structure an essay around it.
  6. A hook should catch the reader’s attention. You should provide an interesting statement or topic information that will engage a reader.
  7. To write an essay in level College it’s important to understand the words you are reading. Using strong words in a specific word subject may be hard for others to understand. You need to use broad language.
  8. The tone of the essay all depends on what type of essay you’re

Part 2

  1. The year 2020 will be known for the year of tragedies. There were and continue to be many phenomenal world wide. 2020 has not had a month where we as a nation have been at peace. What continues to affect us is a deadly virus. The city that never sleeps came to a stop in 2020, COVID-19 also known as the Coronavirus is a modern day pandemic that cost the lives of thousands. All forms of media have been overloaded with images and videos of what life is like outside our doors. These images show us the reality of the way the world is today and the difficulties people are going through. One photo can express a million emotions and an insight on other lives. 


Discussion Post #3

  1. In this episode, Berger’s distinction between nakedness and the nude female form is viewed as naked being oneself. Comfortable in one’s body without judgement. While nude is being physically and personally exposed. Not seen as your true self. This is significant because when women are naked they feel comfortable in their personal body. However, when women are nude they have opened themself for people to opinion and judge them. They leave themself vulnerable. In my opinion, naked and nude are the same because the body of any individual is unique. Only an individual should see themselves. Otherwise, they expose themselves for people to critique them.

  2. Western works of art illustrated and defined the different roles for men and women by showing how men saw nude as sexual and desirable. One the other hand, when women are naked they feel like they’re in their own body. She values her body. The significance of this, according to Berger nude and naked are the same because in art it is not sexuality. Yes, this has influenced society today because men and women think, to be naked or nude are the same and most people feel free to show their body without hesitation or shame.
  3. Berger describes the significance of the mirror as a reminder of how women should like and a judgement on how it reflected back from a “real man”. The mirror is a symbol of the pure beauty of a woman. It reflects the obvious of what they already know. However, men are hypocrites, they look at painting with obvious sexual desires. Berger explains how the female gaze in paintings are admired by the spectator. Their facial expressions are meant to be seen by the viewer. They express their feelings and thoughts through their eyes. He gave many contemporary examples referring to European oil painting like the one of Cupid and Venus. He was kissing her but her body was positioned in the view point for the spectator to admire. She wasn’t concerned with Cupid. The connection he draws between European art and women today is that the old painting represents an exaggeration of what women look like. Painters modify women to please men viewers. If a photograph of a woman was taken it would show its true naturality and not a fixed look. 

Blog Post #2

Since the invention of the camera, artwork all around has been manipulated with a simple change of angle, arrangement of sets or even the dimness of a light. This has become a new language where individuals can interpret images in their own ways.

These are murals of women around cities painted by unknown artists. These artists are trying to send a big message regarding the naturalism of a woman’s appearance. These aren’t just any basic features on a person’s body, hair is a very big and important character trait any person has. It makes them who they are. Hair in many cultures is seen as valuable. It makes a person who they are. The artists who painted these murals purposely did it on that wall because it had a very important natural element, which was the tree. A tree is seen as natural, pure and earthly. Hair is a sort of language itself, there are different types. What the tree was expressing was the curly hair community. That community itself has even more of a variety.

Discussion Post #2

  1. Berger says the process of seeing is not “natural” but that it’s shaped by habits and conventions because every individual has a different perspective on how they see things. Like it said in the video the eye is like a narrow lighthouse going in. The eye can only see what is in front and depending on the person many habits can change the way they see things. Habits is an action an individual likes to do repetitively and this can lead to the way they perceive events or people. Conventions can be influenced by the specific event or character, items, etc. They shape the way we see things by the way it impacts on feels, mind, beliefs, likes or dislikes. This is significant because a viewers perspective had a lot to do with the way they think, feel and will say about an artwork. They can see it completely differently than what the painter intended to show and say.
  2. The camera changes our senses of perception depending on the way one sees things. Perception changes when there different colors, sizes, styles, angles and arrangements. The camera has changed our engagement with works of art by having a deeper intimacy with it. Photographers tend to express a lot of feelings through their photographs, the same with painters. They want to send a message of anger, sadness, happiness, etc. through every stroke or click. Berger uses the term “stillness” and “silence” to describe paintings because he’s trying to show that no painting can move like a TV. The picture stays the same without changing making it so eye-catching. But it’s silence can be easily manipulated when an individual looks or rearranges it, it loses its original meaning. Seeing artwork in a museum is different than seeing it in a book or TV because the authenticity of a painting isn’t the same anymore. You don’t fully see the painting like it’s meant to be, it changes when it’s seen elsewhere. You need to be right in front of it to get every inch and not a “reproduction” of one.
  3. Berger describes reproductions of paintings becoming a “form of information” because it’s become a way of spreading to people the desire of purchasing an original one. Doing this it loses its uniqueness. Talking with reproductions means the different ways someone sees and feels about the painting. A artwork becomes transmittable. 

Blog Post #1

In the video “How art can help you analyze” has concepts such as precision, logic and significance. The author shows precision when she describes how the doctor and police officer develop each case. For example, the doctor had to match three symptoms to determine which disease the patient had. While, the police had to see each and every detail/clue to see how many robberies there actually were and analyze the crime scene. The two cases showed logic being used. It showed how all of the five senses are important because it helps to find the solution and analyze everything. For example, the doctor questions the patient’s symptoms. Asking him how he feels to determine what is really wrong. The doctor also pays attention visually to see how the patient looks externally. He also checks the x-rays. The doctor tried to eliminate the possibility of chickenpox because he only had high fever and fatigue but not the last symptom. This means the patient was negative and needed to continue to be diagnosed. At the same time the police officers questioned the robbers to see how many were actually there. Visually analyzing help them further their investigation. For both cases the author describes every significant detail to find solutions because using analyzing helps to solve problems. In the video the presenter used four techniques such as Kairos, Logos, Ethos and Pathos. She used these techniques to help convince the audience to understand clearly her argument. She gave clear examples in the video and how it is important to analyze everything in a problem. Politicians running for office use ethos, pathos and logos to convince/ connect with people so they can vote for them. 

Discussion #1: How art can help you analyze

In the video ”How art can help you analyze” the presenter is trying to convey that one needs to look beyond what they see. A picture can say a million words. She is telling us to use all of our senses when solving problems. Questioning oneself and others can help see unclear clues and solutions. One example is analyzing what you see in the paint of the train. There are many elements that are missing in the painting. So, we need to ask, why is it missing and it’s meaning behind it. I believe the presenter is stating a convincing argument because she gave two clear examples explaining different ways of solving problems. Analyzing plays a big part in solving problems. Like I mentioned earlier using all five senses can really help you analyze beyond what is just in front of you. Two questions I would ask is, why does the author use the train without important elements? What is he trying to say/ represent? Lasty, do you think too many perspectives can confuse or mislead a solution?