05
Oct
09

A MEDIA OBJECT THAT SHOWS MY POINT OF VIEW

Introducing Exercise 1. Choose a media object that tells us about the world from your point of view, post 500 words about it.

We have been asked to comment on our chosen media object in two ways: What does this media object tell us about ourselves and what is its wider context?

 This is a Youtube post, posted on the 8th October 2006. It is a compilation of re-edited clips from the Disney classic ‘Mary Poppins’.

Info from the post:

This contains the musical piece “A Violent Attack” composed by Caine Davidson for the film ‘An American Haunting,’ “Stay Awake” written by Richard and Robert Sherman for Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins,’ and stock sounds from iMovie. Clips filmed with a Penasonic MiniDV camera and edited on iMovie.

I have chosen this media object for a number of reasons. I want to use it to reflect the way I think about th media, all the stories have already been told and we as practitioners are just finding new ways to tell them. But we are telling these stories in more varied ways switching genres in this case.

 I also wanted to reflect that I don’t just look at the objects and texts that are produced by the mainstream companies, I am interested and influenced by other peoples perceptions and interpretations of the world and the things they come into contact with and create as a result.

I find myself heavily draw to surreal fiction such as horror, this I think is because I both enjoy escapism and also use it to interpret everyday horrors  into something my brain can process because with fiction as I can tell myself it is not real. I am however aware that there is no smoke without fire.

I found this re-edited version to be sadistic but also satisfying I will explain why. I found it sadistic because the original intention of ‘Mary Poppins’ is to delight and amaze the audience with this nanny who can get children to behave, tidy and bring families together.

This is still evident in the re-edited version but it gives it a new connotation, one of sick pleasure in the acts the re-edited version depicts a different view of the nannies magical persuasion over the children. Looking at it in a wider current context the safety of our children is widely reported in the media with the abduction of children, abuse and misuse of positions of power like the current Nursery pornography, Vanessa George scandal. She is portrayed in one article by the guardian.co.uk as having led and outwardly respectable life, educated, and without a family of her own put in a position of power only to abuse children.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/oct/01/childprotection-ukcrime

I also described this piece as satisfying because as I mentioned earlier I am drawn to fiction with the illusion that it is just a story and not linked to reality but as previously discussed this can be heavily debated. To those who just consume media without thinking about its influences and wider contexts could easily see this as nothing more than an imaginative fun poking at ‘Mary Poppins’.

The combination of re-editing, sound and added text help create an easy transition into the fiction realm as when in real life do you encounter a dangerous person or situation and hear scary background music. They help of stereotypical ideals about the horror genre help this piece work well as entertainment fiction. You could easily however remake this Youtube post with live footage and still images form the local news and have a possibly even more affective piece.

To conclude I would like this to represent my interest in non mainstream work, the influences that society have on my work and thought and my responce to all of these things.

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