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Friday, May 21, 2004

Hello Hello.....have done naught on this assignment so far I'm afraid, but I did a huge entry last time, so I'm thinking that's ok. Was at work today, I work at Movieworld...was hell...I hate Batman. Am watching American Idol at the moment, it is crap, but fun to watch. My housemate downloaded this new show from American that is like Idol in reverse - it takes all the bad singers and tells them how good they are etc. very mean, but very very funny. Sort of like that new show Miriam where the chick is really a guy..erh! Anyways, thought I'd just put a quick link here to madonna's website, might get an insight from her bio....but guess what....can find lots of current info on her, but nothing from 10 years ago!

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Whoops! Just published a blog twice....silly me!
Okay! Went and saw Jean today and now have refocused assignment question, and am really happy with it, should be really interesting. Basically my hypothesis is that the introduction of MTV into the music industry created huge changes for female popstars in the way they were perceived as visual concerns became key, rather than an accompanying feature. Started to be perceived as sexual pin-up objects. Basically then going to go back and talk about how prior the explosion of MTV, the music industry placed little emphasis on the visual, or not little - but it was not the be all and end all. Mainly you saw popstars, singers etc in live performances on tv, on shows such as countdown etc. Video clips did exist, but were not a regular permeating part of society. The explosion of MTV produced an inundation of film clips, which began to change perceptions of female performers. Lots of emphasis placed on performance (dancing, costumes etc). However, this change did come at a time when other changes in society were happening, but it probably helped to accelerate the immense sexualisation of females. The effects of this were huge - am probably going to use Madonna as a case study. Females such as she had widespread appeal for both males and females - females wanted to be like her and males wanted to be with her. Also a rolemodel of somekind. The same thing didn't happen for males. For eg - boybands, girls loved them, guys loathed them. Other guy bands - heavy rock etc. loved by guys, but only by few girls. Anyway, important change because has produced continued effects to this day, egs such as Britney Spears. Her ability to be a shit singer but still sell heaps of records and be successful is due to this shift. Still need to fill in some gaps here, but that is basically my argument. Will be talking about it as new media, as it was new media at the time that I will be looking at. Going to look at the theory/history of music videos, MTV, history of music prior to this change, females and the media (will go back and look at the books I've listed previously) and also female popstars (maybe try to get some stats on madonna at the time). Anyways, this has been a huge entry so I'm leaving now because my fingers are sore, but first, thought I'd just to a quick link to the current MTV website - thought it might have some history but it didn't.... :(
Okay! Went and saw Jean today and now have refocused assignment question, and am really happy with it, should be really interesting. Basically my hypothesis is that the introduction of MTV into the music industry created huge changes for female popstars in the way they were perceived as visual concerns became key, rather than an accompanying feature. Started to be perceived as sexual pin-up objects. Basically then going to go back and talk about how prior the explosion of MTV, the music industry placed little emphasis on the visual, or not little - but it was not the be all and end all. Mainly you saw popstars, singers etc in live performances on tv, on shows such as countdown etc. Video clips did exist, but were not a regular permeating part of society. The explosion of MTV produced an inundation of film clips, which began to change perceptions of female performers. Lots of emphasis placed on performance (dancing, costumes etc). However, this change did come at a time when other changes in society were happening, but it probably helped to accelerate the immense sexualisation of females. The effects of this were huge - am probably going to use Madonna as a case study. Females such as she had widespread appeal for both males and females - females wanted to be like her and males wanted to be with her. Also a rolemodel of somekind. The same thing didn't happen for males. For eg - boybands, girls loved them, guys loathed them. Other guy bands - heavy rock etc. loved by guys, but only by few girls. Anyway, important change because has produced continued effects to this day, egs such as Britney Spears. Her ability to be a shit singer but still sell heaps of records and be successful is due to this shift. Still need to fill in some gaps here, but that is basically my argument. Will be talking about it as new media, as it was new media at the time that I will be looking at. Going to look at the theory/history of music videos, MTV, history of music prior to this change, females and the media (will go back and look at the books I've listed previously) and also female popstars (maybe try to get some stats on madonna at the time). Anyways, this has been a huge entry so I'm leaving now because my fingers are sore, but first, thought I'd just to a quick link to the current MTV website - thought it might have some history but it didn't.... :(

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

I have nothing to report today, haven't thought any more about what I am doing for my assignment as I've got one for another subject that is due on friday, about media and the pr tactics used by the government....fascinating, actually it is pretty interesting. Am seeing Jean tomorrow to discuss what I'm going to do this thing on, so hopefully by tomorrow I will start linking sights again and looking for some more info....can't be bothered at the moment, bye!

Monday, May 17, 2004

Just tried to go onto course weblog to see what other people are saying etc. and it is not working, says that it cannot be found.....anybody else having problems getting into it????
I FORGOT AGAIN!!!! DAMMIT!!!! I can't help it, am so not a person who goes on a computer everyday, or even every second day, so can't remember to do this. Will have to write "Write in blog" on my forehead so I don't forget. Even though I have been absent from blog for 5 days, nothing has happened...have been busy handing in two huge assignments for other subjects, have been at work, and that is about it. Saw the movie TROY, thought it was really good and that eric bana's acting was the best. Not going to bother finding any links or doing any research today as currently am not sure that my topic is acceptable.....will have to wait and talk to Jean on Wednesday!