Te Ao Hurihuri – Amanda Todd Cyber Bullying

Amanda Todd was 15 years old when she committed suicide at her home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada on October 10, 2012. it was just a month before that, that she posted this video on Youtube on September 7, 2012. Amanda Todd was a victim of bullying in person and cyber bullying. This Video talks about how she struggled with bullying and cyber bullying. She moved schools 3 times and each time, this one guy that had an explicit photo of her kept coming back and ruining it for her. she didn’t have any friends or anyone to help her. she attempted at killing herself twice, the first time drinking bleach. This time she had people posting on her Facebook telling her that she didn’t drink enough and saying nasty things. the second time she overdosed and spent 2 days in hospital. she says at the end of the video that she has no one and she just wanted someone to care. I think the video sends a powerful message about cyber bullying and bullying. this video has over 12 million views and 131,000 comments negative and positive. Its not fair on teenagers to deal with this. While at school you shouldn’t be worried about what people think and about people bullying you and making you so depressed that you want to end your life. (Todd)
Todd, Amanda. My Story: Struggling, Bullying, Suicide, Self Harm. 2012. Web. 1 June 2017.

Te Ao Hurihuri – Cyber Bullying

I decided to look into cyber bullying not just in New Zealand, but worldwide. I chose this topic as its also my Agent of Change topic and is a topic i personally feel strongly and deeply about. Cyber bullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature. Cyber Bullying generally happens in teenagers between the ages of 10 and 18. DoSomething.Org states that “nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online and 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once and about 75% of students admit they have visited a website bashing another student.” “11 Facts About Cyber Bullying | Dosomething.Org | Volunteer For Social Change”) Cyber bullying occurs on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Ask.fm and Twitter. not only does it occur on social media it also happens over texting and calling or emailing. knowing that “75% of teenagers admit to bashing other teenagers in some form of cyber bullying” is frightening and cyber bullying messes with emotions and can cause depression and suicide. DoSomething.Org also states that “bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide.” There is a significant link to Cyber bullying and depression and suicide.

“11 Facts About Cyber Bullying | Dosomething.Org | Volunteer For Social Change”. Dosomething.org. N.p., 2017. Web. 1 June 2017. https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-cyber-bullying

 

“Cyber Bullying”. Csucub.csuchico.edu. N.p., 2017. Web. 1 June 2017. http://csucub.csuchico.edu/publication/ezine12/Wendy/Cyber/Cyber%20Bullying.html

Journeys through the Visual World – What do visual technologies do?

The way that we see through technology has changed dramatically since the early 1800’s and a huge factor of this change is manipulation. Whether it is shown through manipulation of photography and images or through what the media portrays, the change is massive. The two points i am going to discuss are manipulation through photography and manipulation through the media. Parts of this include how images can be taken at one time but put together at different times with an illusion of movement,  The idea of 1990s computers changing the manipulation process to a now very dominant process of photograph manipulation, changing the way the media portrays things. Moving into the media manipulation side of pilots and the virtual reality they use to learn how to fly planes. Also with significant events such as 9/11 with the Twin Towers and what the media states happened compared to what other people see as happening could be so different.

Mirzoeff states that “if more than 12 frames are shown in a second, an illusion of movement occurs” (Mirzoeff 131) This leads us to believe that every images taken is different to what we would see through the naked eye and also manipulating us to believe that what we see in a photograph in the media is exactly what the camera had taken.. Mirzoeff also states that “The human eye retains an image for an instant after it perceives it” (Mirzoeff 131) Photography is not about what we photograph, it is about what it looks like after being photographed therefore manipulated through a camera compared to the naked eye. Moving into the photo shop side of things and the more modern ways of manipulation. in the 1990s, old school manual photography manipulation techniques were replaced by up to date techniques like photo shop. “Today’s digital manipulated images are part of a continuum that extends back to the early days” (Fineman) This is a quote explaining how the change in photography manipulation is ever-changing and enhancing. This is making us see and believe things that have been manipulated to be true and what they actually look like. since 1895 we have watched the world as moving pictures on a screen and since then, the way the world sees things is different and essentially the way that the media wants us to see it. This is also in regards to photoshopped images of female models in magazines. They have been photoshopped to look a certain way and manipulate the image therefore manipulating the human population to see what the media wants us to see.

celebrities-before-and-after-photoshop-21Celebrities Before and After Photoshop, Rihanna

This image above is an example of what digital manipulation magazine designers use. the first photo is the unedited photograph of famous pop singer Rihanna and the second is the first photograph after it has been manipulated to look “perfect” in Photoshop. This is  manipulating us to believe that we should look perfect like the image on the right when in reality the image on the left is absolutely fine but the media do not see it that way and this is what the media is doing to us through technology.

twin towersSeptember 11 2001

Moving into another point. How the media manipulates us to believe what happened compared to the other scenarios of a significant event. The event I am going to discuss is the event of 9/11 attacks on the twin towers in the United States. There are many conspiracy theories on the internet claiming many different scenarios of what actually happened. The most prominent conspiracy theory is that the collapse of the Twin Towers and 7 World Trade Center were the result of a controlled demolition rather than structural failure due to impact and fire. Although it is unknown for sure what actually occurred. The main conspiracy theory is that the collapsing of the Twin towers was a controlled demolition rather than a terrorist attack.  The media were quick to say that there was a plane that crashed into the tower. If this was true, why did the building not tip. surely the top part of the building would not be balanced evenly therefore the building should have fallen. This theory tries to prove that the attack was in fact not an attack and was a controlled demolition as in videos on the internet show the building blowing up from the middle and downwards. This is a result of the media strongly stating their beliefs of what happened in the event, not looking to the wider picture of what could happen. Therefore, manipulating us again through new media technology that it was definitely a terrorist attack and there was no other scenario until conspiracy theories arose.

Technology manipulating us is not always bad. Mirzoeff states that “Just as we once had to learn how to see like a camera, a pilot must learn how to interact with the visualization of his display on which his life depends.” (Mirzoeff 144) This is implying that pilots are learning to interact with flying planes using virtual reality. This is a significant change in technology and the way pilots learn how to fly. This is a good thing because Pilots have an easier and safer way to learn how to fly properly rather than risking their own life to learn in a plane to begin with. This is also used for playstation 4 games like World of Warcraft making playing the game almost virtual with the headset on.

In conclusion, newer visual technologies and media are manipulating us to see different from reality. although new things like virtual reality exist and is creating us to see things virtually, the way the media is portraying many different theories and images are wrong and not real.

WORK CITED LIST

Fineman, Mia, assistant curator department of photographs the metropolitan museum of art, Published on Oct 26, 2012 “A Photographic truth”

Mirzoeff, Nicholas, “The World on Screen”. How to See the World, Pelican, 2015, pages 131, 144

Osborne, Hannah, 9/11 and MH370: Conspiracy Theories Emerge Whether There is an Explanation or Not, September 11, 2014 http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/9-11-mh370-conspiracy-theories-emerge-whether-there-explanation-not-1465040

Osterman, Mark Process Historian, Kay R. Whitmore Conservation Center, George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film.

Rihanna, Celebrities Before and After Photoshop,http://www.chilloutpoint.com/misc/celebrities-before-and-after-photoshop.html

Journeys through the visual world: what do visual technologies do? ideas

manipulation through photography: photos that are different to how they are, photos can be put in any order  at random.
Mirzoeff: if more than 12 frames are shown in a second, an illusion of movement occurs.
Since 1895, we have watched the world as moving pictures on screen. which relates to the media, we only know of the early days photography from what the media has said, it doesnt mean its true
A photographic truth : 1840s shortly after the medium was invented 1990s computers replaced manual techniques which is now the dominant way to alter photographs. good way as its used for art now. todays digital manipulated images are part of a continuum that extends back to the early days.
manipulation through media

Mirzoeff:

good point :pilots. Just as we once had to learn how to see like a camera, a pilot must learn how to interact with the visualization of his display on which his life depends. world of worldcraft and virtual reality

Since 1895, we have watched the world as moving pictures on screen. which relates to the media, we only know of the early days photography from what the media has said, it doesn’t mean its true

 

 

 

 

How the Visual world communicates with us.

Because of the way that technology has changed over time, The way we see the world is so different than it used to be. Nowadays we can find almost anything we want to see on the internet. Just the number of photographs taken per year alone has dramatically increased over the years from 1930 til now.  for example  Nicholas Mirzoeff states in his introduction that from as early as 1930,  there were an estimated one billion photos being taken every year worldwide. Fifty years later, it was estimated at 25 billion. By 2012 there was an estimated 380 billion photos taken a year. One trillion photos taken in 2014 and an estimated 3.4 trillion photographs taken in existence in 2011.  (Mirzoeff 6) This statement really shows how technology has changed over time. Back in the days where cellphones were only used for calling to now, where cellphones are basically everything we need in one. The way the visual world interacts with us now is different in ways that we can now see everything  on the internet yet the quality of the images on the internet is not necessarily the best therefore galleries still exist so people who still want to enjoy proper art in the form of galleries still can. This is why I found the Cindy Sherman exhibition so interesting. I had never thought of going to a gallery as ii see everything I want to on the internet. but seeing this artwork up close and not on a screen was amazing to see and eye-opening to see real art. online images do not do the real images justice at all.

Cindy Sherman.jpegCindy Sherman – Untitled #462 2007–8

The way we look at art is also defined by how long we look at it. How long should we look at art for to get it? Isaac Kaplan states that we’re not looking at works of art for long enough. studies have determined that the average time a person spends gandering at a piece in a museum is between 15 seconds and 30 seconds (Kaplan’s blog) to me it seems like a gallery you can just go walk around and see everything in a very short amount of time. but to some people they can look at a painting or photograph for ages. the amount of time we look at images varies between people because of a matter of opinion.
Although the time taken for each person to analyze art. some people can analyze quickly and others, a bit longer.  Michael Clarke states that “We are often made aware of significant aspects of an artifact, either unnoticed or unknown to us, is through analysis.” (Clarke 25) this makes us aware of the time we spend looking at an image as we could be missing the whole meaning by spending a too short amount of time looking. in my opinion, The way we view art is different to everyone, each to their own. at least that’s the main message i get.

Clarke, Michael. “Language and Meaning” Verbalizing the visual: Translating art and design into words. Lausanne, Switzerland: AVA publishing, 2007. 20-27

Kaplan, Isaac. Blog. “How Long Do You Need to Look at a Work of Art to Get It?” Jan 26th, 2017. https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-long-work-art-it

Mirzoeff, Nicholas.  “How to see the World” Introduction. Pelican Books. 2015

Sherman, Cindy. Untitled #462 2007–8, collection. https://www.wellingtonnz.com/discover/things-to-do/events/cindy-sherman/?gclid=CjwKEAjwtbPGBRDhoLaqn6HknWsSJABR-o5sFsNoqwISb8le8Ywy-c7slfbEup3ETFJmlOHhiA9MHBoCsp7w_wcB

 

 

 

 

Cindy Sherman, City Gallery – Linking to your Discipline

The first image of the type on the wall describing the “Balenciaga” exhibition was interesting to me because of the type class that I’m taking. In this class we have lately been focusing on kerning and letter spacing. Before I had started taking this class i would have not taken as much notice of this. but the letter spaces and font used was very well-chosen and places on the wall with a non centered block of text.  The next image is an image from another exhibition. This sparked my interest because I know there is use of manipulation sed to make this photograph because Cindy takes her own photos of herself and there are four different profiles of Cindy in this one photo also with a background of like a black grunge. The only thing I think is weird about this image but could also be clever is the way that 2 of the profiles are wearing the same top. I enjoy manipulation of photos so this was good to see.

Cindy Sherman, City Gallery – Reflecting

These photographs by Cindy Sherman in her exhibition of “Clowns” was new to me as I had never seen photographs like that. I am more into manipulation in photography compared to this style but it amazed me how Cindy Sherman’s work was all done by her and all the photographs were taken through a mirror. It would have been very challenging for her to do it all on her own but she did a fantastic job. It opened my eyes to a new side of photography that i was never really interested in.