The Monstrous Feminine…
(picture from Jennifer’s Body)
Started reading “HORROR AND THE MONSTROUS-FEMININE: AN IMAGINARY ABJECTION” after briefly talking about little mermaids and teethed vaginas, what would otherwise be a seemingly normal Tuesday morning was about to blind-side me and make my own genitalia crawl back inside me for the remainder of the foreseeable future. The text starts by talking about male castration and how every man is subject to this at birth after their entry into the world as we know it their mother’s vagina and therefore subconsciously living in fear that one day we will be castrated ourselves (rendering you somewhat redundant for the furthering of our “amazing” species *see sarcasm) it’s relevant to a piece taken from a paper called Fetishism written by Freud in the twenties. I was already aware of this piece of work as I had read it in my spare time as psychology is well interesting…init. I am also aware of how important a few key women were in changing the whole process of theorising film and taking a more psycho-analytical approach to how we view subtext and hidden references sometimes this can be applied although I feel that some of it lends itself to everything needing to be explained and justified in order for something to either be considered “art” or just purely because people constant need to question and need answers is not too dissimilar to David Dimbleby Brian Cox and an autistic child would be after smoking peyote (not the kid obviously that’s just plain wrong).
“Feminist philosophers question patriarchal theories and urge the need to link theory with practice. Allegedly science/theory has the virtues of being unifying, coherent, well-grounded, and explanatory. But film theorists naively invoke concepts that are quite contested, such as explanation, justification, and systematicity. Nor is there operational agreement within the discipline for what counts as evidence, testing, or confirmation of a theory. This differs sharply from feminism’s more usual emphasis on the experiential.”
(taken from Encyclopedia of Aesthetics)
Feminist Film Theory:
Feminist film theory has been around for the last 30/40 years or so and is widely recognised by academics the world over, it incorporates Marxism psycho-analysm and semiotics (the study of signs.) it started in the 70’s and was headed by a paper written by one Laura Mulvey “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.” I have not yet read this but I will and will then comment further this is just an over-view so as to grab an understanding of what this is. The paper put forth the claim that in mainstream Hollywood the male is always the driving force behind a film and the girl is there to be objectified ( and/or to make other women feel ugly and self-coinscious about their own bodies)* I will get back to this as it’s something that personally grinds my gears. This is true it’s obvious you would only need to pick up a magazine or watch an advert break to realise this, the paper insisted that women were subject to being used in cinema as a means of visual pleasure and not much sway in the narrative, she was heavily criticised for this as she did not let up on the fact that women were objectified, when there are other genres and less “mainstream” cinema where this was not the case hence the term theory. Barbara Creed who wrote “The Monstrous Feminine” borrowed from this text and then went further into it with the work of Kristeva whose work was on abjection,femininity and the female body in cinema and and a further psycho analytical angle introducing the Oedipus Complex and male castration, she insisted that women were portrayed as monsters rather than hapless f-witts. The psycho analysis spec. used is of one Jacques Lacan’s Self and Desire. Philosophy of such a nature has been criticised for being used as the parameters are already set to define the outcome because you are looking for a particular thing…(I had no idea how to word that sentence!)
*This is pretty cool* The intention is pretty obvious there is a heavily tattooed girl twerking with some swords whilst images of sex-changes ovaries and other associated things are projected onto her…
On the flip-side to this here is a paper called the monstrous masculine and it focuses on adolescent males becoming monsters (which is essentially just nature anyway!), but I will come back to this.
I don’t know where I sit with regards to abjection as I am more anal-expulsive, I don’t get off on throwing feaces around the place or relieving myself though I find it completely trivial that anyone would find human functions disgusting, I do like to play on peoples sheepish nature when it comes to things like this which is so much more fun now I have teeth to take out and put places they shouldn’t be.
World Cinema (third cinema)
Started looking at World cinema or third cinema which is one of my favourite genres…is how I would start this if I was a closed-minded funk nugget! nah we totally talked about the importance of other countries (non european) not being grouped into one collective coined “WORLD CINEMA” as if all European and American films were thought up and shot on the moon. I have always found it somewhat annoying that it is thrown about so much when there are some amazing film-makers the world over, same as there are musicians, artists, app creators and so on and socetera. The fact that we view it any other way is purely down to money and branding and also deeming things less integral or important when said money or branding is not used, I personally am a big fan of Chan Park Wook, Joon Ho-Bong a lot of different French horror directors some Swedish stuff without vampires or trolls. I must admit that I havent really grasped hold of a lot of names we will put that down to good ol british ignorance for now…Tasked to choose a country to research and briefly scratch the surface of in order to be able to relay info. to other likely educational companions in a college-like situation I picked
“image from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1127702/”
So with regards to the film I watched it was called Mission London and strangely enough turned out to be a Bulgarian film set in the London Embassy so couldn’t help but think that it had probably been somewhat changed to fit the English market. The film played out like a cross between Delicatessen (the oh-so acclaimed januty French film) and Parent Trap (the crappy Lohan one not the original.) the story didn’t make a great deal of sense and a lot of the shots were typically 90s looking the soundtrack didn’t help that image as it was shot in 2009 but resembled something made for Channel 5 movies in the afternoon produced then straight to a slot after Home and Away. I didn’t want to embrace the view that it’s a cultural divide more that it had been a mistake or misunderstanding of some sort and will endeavour to watch something more “Bulgarian” maybe something without Alan Ford in it…init!
THE DEADLINE STUFFS!!!!
Aims and Objectives
To create an unbiased argument as to whether or not television is directly negative in developing countries, to research examples where indigenous people have had their own sense of identity radically westernised by television, and to also research areas that are developing more because of t.v. be it through helping people from feeling cut off in their troubles, educational programming or teletext based programs that farmers use for online market places.
This project particularly relates to me as a writer and as a person, having recently caved after over a decade of not having television. I mainly have negative views when it comes to t.v. and it’s use in our culture and others from what little I do know from various documentaries. I filmed a plenary session at the Making Futures event over at Mount Edgcumbe the talk was on Nokia’s geographic nomads, and how they help developing countries with the use of mobile phones.
“Ever since the publication of the Jipp Curve in 19631, researchers have repeatedly observed a positive relationship between a country’s teledensity (i.e. the number of telephones per 100 inhabitants) and its economic growth/wealth (measured as Gross Domestic Product per capita).”
This made me wonder if perhaps I could find some kind of good in TV and see how they could have possibly helped countries other than ours that are less fortunate, here purpose of television is to subdue or scare us or show us pretty things/shiny things tell us stories remind us what we need to buy in order to feed the apathy monkey sat on our shoulders *waves at the monkey. I think there should be more positives pointed out that we don’t neccesarily think about when it comes to tv media. There has been so much time put into the devising and development of it over the last century that surely some good is coming of it, are they developmentally challenging countries? are they for the cause? do I care? all this and more
This is a clip with an interview with one the heads of google talking about TV white noise which is essentially using old frequency transmitters so non-digital old type things that Africa would have used for television and radio and to broadcast on a lower frequency so that these “White Noise” areas where there is no television or internet can be reached without having to put up transmitters and destroy the natural landscape, Google claim to that everyone should be connected and that possibly the reason for their being under-developed is to do with the web and whether or not people can receive information in order to grow,(nothing to do with us then, cheers Guys!) I fail to see how porn is going to help their situation as it would only lead to further dehydration. This seems to be a prime example of what it was I was looking for with intention of sorting out if I believe they actually want to load up peoples brains with knowledge or upload peoples brains in the not-so-distant-cyborg-hashtag-future.
Television and ICT diffusion.
Ok so after taking some time to think about it whilst getting other things done, I have come to the realisation that this is an absolutely huge topic I had settled with after not having enough papers I could find linked specifically to t.v. I have chosen to focus on moving image in developing countries so Mobile Videos which will be spontaneous and truthful, TV documentaries which will be planned and editied, as will films and finally advertsing – planned propaganda.also looking into subheadings for the positive outcomes of these: Exposure of crime, whistleblowing, Increasing tourism, Human rights issues and environmental issues.
Definition of DISNEYFICATION
Origin of DISNEYFICATION
Cameras never lie,
They process image burned inside,
There was a time where we’d reside without the spoon that feeds our minds,
Cumbersome and hard to get yet some would bet to some extent,
If they weren’t snapping they’d forget their grandparents or family pet,
And these are portraits hung on walls forgotten in museum halls,
The history in toilet stalls we see how people lived before
the knowledge grew so did the scene so moving image now was key,
And people keen to see on screen the foreign places never been,
And then they went to fight
With two world wars where blood was spilled,
So now the cameras always filming broken homes and evil villains,
Politicians in slave-trade buildings,
Binding families torn apart in war in which they all took part,
Without the knowledge of the lies this revolution televised,
The products sold from product lines to heal the sick and strengthen ties,
And when we all were blown to blitz they started selling helpful tips,
Women please don’t look like shit you’ve got a countries frame to fit,
And husbands who weren’t shot to bits can soothe the war by getting pissed,
Then crept the lethargy
Electrons danced on phosphorous screens and folks are told that prosperous means,
A family holiday overseas exotic spots that you’ve now seen in Red Green and Blue,
And you helped the cause and fought those wars your dogs are barking rest those paws,
The rest of us were restless cause the rest were busy building walls,
And changing rules for what we saw far less privy than before,
The editors hands must be sore the footage never seen before and then never seen again,
But when the media had its spin the fingers pointed look at him,
And her in lights that you’ve not seen because “We are your eyes now”,
Have some opinions, you are hapless minions,
You happen to live in these happy conditions, cause habit traditions,
And satisfied living have shackled you glued to your fat-asses prisoners in your own front room,
With one big eye watching you,
In this techno revolution time it’s pretty cheap to buy an iris,
Shoot cause cameras never lie it’s just the person stood behind it…