Performance Activism: Racism Bit and Banter.

BACKGROUND:

In order to satisfy my requirements for a bachelor of arts in communication studies I took a class in theatre and performing arts. The class focused on activism and creating positive change, through creative expression and improvisation.

Neither the guy holding the unplugged microphone nor my past self with the long hair are racist, but we do acknowledge that racism exists and are thus not ignorant to the reality of the social issue. Race is a social construct and thus can be deconstructed through social means.

PERFORMANCE ACTIVISM

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Hip Hop Video Prototype.

I made a music video! well, I “directed a music video!” is probably more accurate. I didn’t rap, I didn’t make the beats; but, I did shoot, edit, and add effects to it. I learned a lot while editing this video so I posted it on YouTube:

The artist who raps goes by Da Grizzly if you dig his music and would like to search for more of his songs. If you would like to know who all the people in the video are I posted their info at the end of the video in the credits.

I used Adobe Premiere Pro as my non-linear editing system. I used YouTube and LinkedIn Learning to teach myself how to do the effects, and for guidance on what “hip hop” videos are supposed to look like.

The camera I used to shoot the video was a Sony A7III and I shot at 4k 24p and 1080 120p. If you would like to know more information about how I shot or what I shot the video let me know in the comments or contact me page.

Other than that, what are you doing still reading? Watch the video! Subscribe. Share. Create.

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Bomber’s Basketball Hype Video.

Bomber’s Basketball Hype Video.

The coach of this team was the host to a bible study group I attended and when I mentioned that I was shooting videos for a college course he offered me the opportunity to shoot this hype video. Thanks brother. Anyway, Lets watch it shall we?

On a somewhat related note, but completely different focus …

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I used to play basketball when I was a little kid; about the same age as some of these girls, but a little younger. However, I was not nearly as good as them. I was the kid who joined a team way more experienced than I was, but the coach let me in because my nephew was really good at basketball and we carpooled together anyway.

Long story short, it was the first time, not the last lol, that I was laughed at by an entire crowd during a live game. I had huge anxiety growing up so instead of blocking, or guarding my opponent, I chose to hide behind and pretend to block. I kind of ran around in circles and tried to pretend they werent laughing at my lack of skills. Needless to say, that was the last time I played as a kid.

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When I was in middle school I ended playing everyday since it was the only fun thing to do while I waited for my parents to get off of work. I got pretty good and its the only sport game I truly enjoy playing for fun other than skateboarding. I don’t skateboard anymore though because I lost so much teeth from the falling and the speeding down hills.

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Journalism Final Cut – The Wild Plum Holistic Spa & Yoga Center

Journalism Final Cut – The Wild Plum Holistic Spa & Yoga Center

Hey WordPress Family,

For my final project in Multimedia Storytelling I had to make a journalism style video. Alexandra Del Gaudio and Daniela Del Gaudio were gracious enough to not only let me into their life, but their business as well. If you like the video give it a thumbs up, subscribe, and/or shout it from the mountain tops…

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https://www.wildplumwellness.com

Anywho,

Thanks for stopping by and Namaste.

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Deep Fake Kind of Like Lean Cake; It Ain’t.

Deep Fake Kind of Like Lean Cake; It Ain’t.

If you don’t know what deep fake is it’s okay, because neither did I. However, a quick look at this video from Bloomberg on deep fake will get you up to speed:

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Here’s another on Donald Duck, I mean Honorable Donald Trump, President of the United States:

The person you see in the video is an actor; that part should be obvious. In fact, if you are an American and didn’t notice that wasn’t the real Trump, I worry for you. Get some sleep, eat a good meal, check your prescription glasses, and maybe take a spa day.

You good? … Great! (You know I’m just kidding around; all my readers are geniuses).

Deep fake is the term used to refer when artificial intelligence, computer generated graphics, and/or a voice actor, comes together to create a personality. This personality is normally someone famous like former President Obama, or current President Trump.

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If you read the comments on the Obama YouTube video you will see people stating this technology stemmed from our demand to see celebrities in pornographic material. The directors would artificially augment the pornographic actor’s face to portray a cinematic actor’s face, and etc., etc.

I just want to clarify that it is not porn that drives innovation, but sex. The want for sex comes from our need to survive, and our need to survive stems from our subconscious, and our subconscious stems from our genetic mutations over the course of history. Ironically, genetic mutations are causing are downfall; see cancer.

Survival can be achieved through two means: (1) leaving a legacy, landmark, or societal achievement/advancement; and/or (2) leaving offspring. Offspring who, when full grown, can leave a legacy, landmark, or societal achievement/advancement and/or, leave offspring.

The cycle is continuous until the end of our time, if ever.

Back to deep fake… I remember hearing about an Adobe event, a company known for it’s creative software apps, where they shared a program that could listen to a few words from any human being, and then create an algorithm using artificial intelligence that would allow anyone to pretend to be someone else.

For example: you answer a phone call and say, “hello, who is this?” The person who called could record your response, input it into the Adobe program, and then be able to manipulate your voice to say anything they wish it to. After showcasing this technology the company received much backlash and thereby ended up not commercially sharing this technology.

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But, just because it isn’t commercially available doesn’t mean it no longer exists. Many believe that the next presidential election may have implementations of deep fake representing presidential candidates whether the candidates know about it or not. This technology could be used by news outlets and journalists within and outside America.

Journalists may be receiving sources they believe to be real, writing stories based upon these sources, and then releasing them to the general public. In turn, they would be unknowingly spreading false information that could damage all the parties mentioned within the story. The journalist could lose their job, but the effects of the story will ripple through regardless.

So, next time you watch something on a media platform; television, YouTube, iPhone, Samsung, etc., make sure you engage with the content with a critical eye, check other sources for inaccuracies and similarities, and proceed with caution.

There’s so many people in this world that many of them have lost touch of reality, and technology like deep fakes aren’t helping them come back to it. The best we can do is be strategic in our acquisition of truth, forgive ourselves when we make mistakes, and stay humble.

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Fashionista. A Short Sound.

Fashionista. A Short Sound.

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Hey ya’ll. This was a video I did not too long ago, and my professor thought it was one of my better creations. I then thought to myself, “why not share it with my WordPress fam?” So, Here it is. Let me know in the comments below if you found this on WordPress, LinkedIn, or Twitter. Thanks for watching!

For the camera nerds like me: I used a GH5S with the 12-35mm 2.8f, and Cine V profile. Premiere Pro was my editing software, and I used a Microsoft desktop computer with a 1080ti graphics card for workflow.

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Social Media Is an Action Word.

Social Media Is an Action Word.

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You have probably heard of at least one of the following social media platforms:

LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Bumble, Twitch, Tumblr, Snapchat, WordPress, Tinder, YouTube, Twitter.

I don’t know if you noticed, but they all have a word of action in the title:

Twitter is the sound a bird makes when talking to other birds,

Twitch is a short sudden jerk,

Snap is the act of capturing the moment,

Chat is the act of talking,

TikTok is the sound of a moving clock,

Insta is informal for instant, and

Gram is old school for you got mail.

They all have this in common, because socialization requires action. To communicate one’s interest a bird “tweets”, to share one’s interest a person “snaps” a moment they experienced, and shares it with the ones they love. Therefore, every one of these media platforms are told we use as social animals to connect with one another.

Twitch is a sudden movement, or jerk, that is required when playing games with other gamers, and is likely a reason why it is called that. The ability to have quick reaction times when playing games gives one an advantage against another.

TikTok, pronounced Tick Tock in English, is the sound of a clock and if you are familiar with the platform you know that the recording limit is a few seconds tops. Lastly, Instagram is the instantaneous transference of a message, and in this case the message is visual.

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I don’t really like Facebook, so I will not be talking about it, but feel free to add your take on it’s relevance in the comment section below.

These platforms are appealing, because they give us the ability to express our interests with other people, who’s opinions matter to us, in turn reaffirms our belief system and gives us validation increase the feel good chemicals in our brains; the one’s that give us pleasure.

Since these social media platforms give us pleasure we associate them with that feel good chemical, oxytocin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and we seek it often in attempt to retrieve the same feeling we had initially when we first used the platform. Unfortunately, with all addictions this is a craving that can never be completely fulfilled.

Therefore, social media platforms have grown tremendously as a source of revenue for companies, and as a source of connection between one another, giving us a collective conscious creating culture, order, and a sense of meaning to our sometimes chaotic existence.

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Jokers Wild: a Short Film by Reynaldo Rivera

Jokers Wild: a Short Film by Reynaldo Rivera

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Hey  WordPress Fam,

I made this video for a class i’m taking; Multimedia Storytelling. I like the colors in the film. I used my GH5s, a white balance card(but its actually grey), and the profile Cine V on my camera. Then, I edited it on Adobe Premiere Pro, found royalty free music on https://www.epidemicsound.com, and exported it in 1080p 30 fps as a MOV file.

Let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions for future videos on my YouTube Channel.

Thanks! ^_^

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Dear College Freshman, Do You Know Media Literacy?

Dear College Freshman, Do You Know Media Literacy?

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Dear College Freshman,

Congratulations! You did your time in high school and now are free. Education is important, and it might take you a long time to learn that on your own, and you might already know, but if you don’t already know, then this letter is especially important to you.

Just like Bobby Boucher, I learned the importance of… learning… [clears throat], by putting myself out there and making mistakes. Even though I know you will make your fair share of mistakes, as it is a part of the adulthood experience, I would like to help you minimize the amount of mistakes made by educating you on why Media Literacy is important to you.

To show how important Media Literacy is to you, heres Bobby Bouchers first day in class.

Media Literacy is fancy talk for take what you read with a grain of salt; including this blog post! Everything I say is 100% accurate and true; it’s science. You were adopted. It’s true! It’s science. Ask your parents right now if you’re adopted and they’ll say no, but you know deep down that they are lying. It’s science. Anyway, this is getting way out of topic. I don’t know if you’re adopted, and if you are, well… congratulations. Point is, take what you read, watch, listen to online, with a grain of salt. It’s not always “the truth.”

The most common example of this is “fake news.” Remember that one time, along time ago, when I said you were adopted? Haha. Well, thats an example of fake news. It’s overhyped information that you may find relevant, but has no evidence that makes it credible. The ability to know when something is fake, and real, is basically the definition of media literacy. Boom! End of blog. Mission accomplished. Well, almost…

This may be your first time away from your parents; away from someone looking over your shoulder telling you whats right and whats wrong. The choice to do what you wish with life is yours. If you still live with your parents, that is fine too. Just tell them to give you space. They’ll understand. It just might take a few reminders, but they’ll understand.

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Media literacy is the ability to discern what’s credible, and whats appropriate, from what’s false information, and what’s inappropriate.

Another way to put it is to think twice before you post media online. Give it a minute or two before posting it. Maybe, walk to the kitchen, grab a water, and come back to it. Still feel like posting it? Great.

Also, think twice before you read something touted as accurate and true online. Search multiple sources and see if they say the same thing. If they do, then it might be true. Even credible sources can be biased, so be careful.

Look at Fox news; credible. If Fox news said Trump is the best President in the world they are telling the truth, but are being biased about it. Trump is Republican, and Fox news is Republican. Therefore, Fox is Trump. Of course, Trump thinks he’s the best President in the world. It’s logic. Simple logic, but biased and subject to personal opinion.

Now that you know, feel free to say No to media illiteracy. Bobby Boucher said no to Momma:

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