Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Photoshop task 2

Slice tool
The slice tool allows you to divide an image into smaller sections which fit together like a jigsaw (but with straight edges). The slice tool is located in the top section of the Photoshop toolbar.There are two tools: Slice (which creates the slices) and Slice Select (which enables you to select and modify existing slices).

  • Select the slice tool in the toolbox.
  • Click and drag over the area you wish to make into a slice.
  • Release the mouse button - Photoshop automatically creates the necessary number of slices, with the active slice highlighted.
  • Using the slice select tool, you can move and resize slices by dragging inside a slice, or by dragging the handles.



This isn't really finished and you don't really explain how you perform a task here.

T: Please finish this task fully explaining how you use the tool using step by step images.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Representations of women in rap videos

In rap videos women are presented as nobodies and just sexual playthings or eye candy. Women are presented in a way that they aren't people you would get to know but people you would use for sex. Due to this use of eye candy the video captures a lot more male viewers as they are looking to see the women dancing in bikinis or even half dressed. Women are also presented as being sexually attractive for example in candy shop (by 50 cent) one of the women are seducing 50 cent and wearing hardly any clothes while he is wearing big coats/jackets while leaning on his expensive car with his mansion in the background. These rap videos give young men the impression that it is ok to treat women like they are in the videos and use them for sex.

These images are shown in numerous other types of media like magazines, films, advertisements and television. However music videos are the only type were women are presented in a way that there only used as sexual objects.

A sample of sixty-two videos from 1984 showed, that 60% included "some portrayal of sexual feelings or impulses". The most sex-appealing videos of that year included "Legs" by ZZ Top and "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John. In 1990, suggestive sexual activity like pelvic thrusts, long lip licking or stroking, was present in 89% of MTV videos.

The 1996 research showed, that the hip-hop and R&B were greatest in the sexual variables. In further analysis, videos that mixed hip-hop and R&B displayed sexual content the most frequently, followed by hip-hop itself and R&B itself. The diverse content may occur within the one video, like in Faith Hill's "The Way You Love Me", where she portrayed a waitress, a dominatrix and a nurse.

A survey found that 72.2% of black, 68.0% of white, and 69.2% of Hispanic youths agree with the suggestion that rap music videos contain 'too many' references to sex.




What you have here is very good and you have responded well to the question, even posing your own questions. You have used examples solidly. 

T: Try to use more examples and key terminology (see VCOP Blog). Pick out all of the technical aspects (Mise-en-scene, editing, lyrics etc) and how they help you come to your conclusions.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

power point evaluation:

www: My powerpoint went fairly well as we had a fairly large amount of information on each question.I also had a variation in each answer and a good layout for each slide.My powerpoint also was quite strongly presented to the class. I felt that the presentation had a lot of information and descriptive answers also it had a good use of language and detailed answers. 

EBI: My powerpoint didn't have any editing skills involved and could have looked a lot better. I could have also presented the powerpoint better by speaking louder when presenting it.The evaluation should also have been more accurate and executed a lot better. I think that my presentation wasn't presented to the class very well and i could have spent more time planning on how i would present. I also think that my presentation should include denotations and connotations.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

  50-cent Candy shop

disagree with the statement (you must be strong and tough, you must have a lot of women and money, you must always be in control, and you must always dominate women and other men) as hip hop and rap doesn't mean you have more rights than anyone else. The statement also suggests that all rappers have loads of money jewellery and women however numerous people do rapping for a hobby and not a career to show they aren't interested in the money and fame. The apparent denotations of the music are lots of money, expensive jewelry, lots of women. The connotation of this music video is that all rappers and artists should have loads of money and surrounded by women. 
     The atmosphere of the video is also very seductive towards 50-cent. This suggests that all the women want him and look up to him as a possibly powerful character. One comment also suggests that to be a real man you should be tuff have lots of women and lots of money. However i disagree with this statement as if you are male it never suggest you have to be rich and smothered in women also if you have lots of women the obvious impression is that you are very un trust worthy because you cant be in a one women relationship.
     The outfits in the video suggest that 50-cent is a thug and sometimes make his muscle and strength look better. Also he wears huge coats indoors making him look like a pimp and a chick magnet. Also the hand gestures suggest he is in command and all the other people are under his command and authority.

The summary of the video is that all the men in the world should be pimps or chick magnets rolling in tons of money.