Sunday, February 16, 2014

Twitter and Television Reading Response

I think the interaction between TV shows and their audiences is cool for the fans and the fact that people can actually do that, but I find the idea of getting feedback for a show to then change it to appeal to an audience doesn't sit too well with me. At least that's me because making shitty shows for money has never been my favorite part of the world, but at least before if they really took up a whole manure truck they'd be canceled. I think this ability to get feedback to patch up their bad show is just disgusting and although this isn't always the case I think the prospect of getting "market feedback" for a show is just kind of sleazy.

I think that's one way of taking it, but I think that might be looking at in the wrong direction (I don't know. I'm not one to know if that's what the actually do, I just like to complain at the prospect of it) a more positive light is the fans ability to share and talk about it and to get actual viewer written ratings (not advise on how to patch it up or make it sell more).

I think the article "How Live Tweeting TV Shows Ruins Everything" is kind of a load of crap. The main problems being: spoilers on twitter and that it ruins the actual watching of the show. I'm no *insert your favorite genius/ problem solver here*, but I think there's some pretty simple answers to these problems... wait for it... don't use twitter, don't use it while you're watching the show, be caught up on the show or don't read things from people who are. To be honest I'm not sure what the intention was with this article, but I kind of got the sense that the author just didn't want people to do these things for their own enjoyment of the show and so he/ she doesn't have to deal with spoilers, which I'm pretty sure if this was as much of a problem for the people actually posting these tweets they wouldn't... well... post them, so it's kind of pointless to try to convince them they have a problem that they would know if they had.

Bottom lines for all of these articles:

Feedback and viewer written ratings are cool using twitter as "market research" to patch up your show for money is not.

Spoilers, you know where they exist.  Don't go where they exist if you don't want them.

Actors and other people in shows interacting with fans on twitter is cool.

If you ever use twitter use it to make fun of "The Bachelorette".

If the problem can be solved by not going on twitter it's not a problem.

I think tweeting your script is almost as dumb as twitter itself, but if it helps your show and your show is honestly good, sure. (If your show is bad you should feel very ashamed.)

If you couldn't tell, I have absolutely no biases in any of this and my neutral viewpoint should be held as fact for future generations.


Monday, February 3, 2014

Copyright Criminals

Although this film is more objective than Rip: a Remix Manifesto I feel like it was still leaning towards the adjustment of copyright laws. It seemed like it was really focussed on how important re-using and legally so was important to the history of hip hop and that it was okay and re using was shown in a positive light. I think that the parts opposing the copyright laws (pretty exclusively Steve Albini) were limited and subtle, but I do think that it portrayed a more complicated viewpoint of the issue. James Brown's drummer seemed to be in favor of sampling, but it was also ashamed that an amazing musician such as himself wasn't credited or at least got some recognition for his musicianship. Another part that seemed to present a more negative or at least a shaded light was the part where Ray Charles's song was turned into "Gangster's Paradise", which was an example of re-using in a straight up copying/ negative way. I wish it would have presented more of the Steve Albini/ James Brown's Drummer/ shameless copying with no artistic merit or elements added.

Again, this was definitely more objective than Rip and that's a given, but I think it still leaned pretty hard towards Rip's point of view.