Why Is Music Important?

I see all the time that the arts are being cut out of the schools curriculum all the time due to budget cuts. Although I believe that all the arts (visual and performing) are important, I feel that music is especially important as it gives you that form of self expression that no other art […]

I see all the time that the arts are being cut out of the schools curriculum all the time due to budget cuts. Although I believe that all the arts (visual and performing) are important, I feel that music is especially important as it gives you that form of self expression that no other art form can. No matter who you are, where you’re from, your profession, etc you are prone to know music. That is just the way our minds work think about it when we were younger and trying to learn our abcs what did they use to teach it to us? Music!

I grew up in a very musically household, so music is my life. It kills me to hear that they are trying to take away the one thing that ties us all together. Last night I heard this song by J Cole called “Wet Dreams” and I thought it was pretty awesome and wanted to share it with you guys.

 

Anderson With The Stats Part 2

My Writing For Electronic Media professor asked the class to do a website analysis on the information pages and writing style of a site based of chapter 3 and 5 of our text book. As stated before I analysed the NBA official website. The information pages are crafted effectively as well with a main topic […]

My Writing For Electronic Media professor asked the class to do a website analysis on the information pages and writing style of a site based of chapter 3 and 5 of our text book. As stated before I analysed the NBA official website.

The information pages are crafted effectively as well with a main topic of the page and mini topics throughout.  There aren’t huge paragraph only about two sentences (4 at most including questions) per section. The color theme of the website is red, white, and blue, because those are the colors represented on the NBA logo. This works well just as stated in chapter 3, it also reminds the visitor of your brand, company, and logo. This color pattern also works because the overall background of the site is blue and the area where the text is located is white. The front is appropriate not too small or too big and the color of the text is standard black. Also as stated in chapter 3 the color pattern of “light on top of dark” makes the text easy on the eyes. The headings have been effectively utilized as well as charts making it easier for the reader to pinpoint certain facts and details.

The writing style of the site reflects who I understand the audience to be very effectively. Being that the audience are sports fan the information here isn’t very drawn out, its quick upbeat and to the point. If this website had been created for someone looking at the science or business side of basketball this would have more drawn out text, details, etc. However, when I think of sports fans coming to the website I don’t think of them spending hours on the page. As it says in chapter 5, people don’t want to have to read while “hunting”. As viewers we want to be able to quickly find or be lead to the information we were looking for. I honestly think that majority of the time they visit the page to prove a point. Typical argument of a basketball fan LeBron James, is he great or just a hype? In this situation any fan can just visit the NBA website and look at his stats, whether it’d be alone or alongside another player.

Anderson With The Stats

My Writing For Electronic Media professor asked the class to do a website analysis on the layout of a site based of chapter 6 of our text book. The website I chose for the website analysis was nba.com. My reason for picking this website is because I am into sports and I am more familiar […]

My Writing For Electronic Media professor asked the class to do a website analysis on the layout of a site based of chapter 6 of our text book.

The website I chose for the website analysis was nba.com. My reason for picking this website is because I am into sports and I am more familiar with basketball and its website. Its purpose is to mainly give highlights of the games and players of the national basketball league (N.B.A.). I believe that the intended audience for this website is basketball fans, mainly people who already have a good amount of knowledge of the sport and its players. I say this because this site isn’t informational in the sense of giving you a lot of background knowledge; it gives information on current basketball stats.

I think the layout of the website works well here being that there is a lot of information on the home page, the use of headings and subheadings makes the page more organized, which is also helpful for viewers looking for specific information. I find the writing to be very effective while it keeps in mind their attended audience. A lot of the vocabulary used on this site is basketball, or sports in general, related. Using words such as standing, and power ranking, shows that there was an attended audience in mind when crafting this site. Only people with a suitable amount of knowledge of sports would know exactly what words stats, rebounds, and highlights mean.

I think the homepage is very effective in serving as a portal to the rest of the site. Although for some website clouding the homepage with a lot of information just makes it look “junky”, it works here because there are headings and subheadings that break up the information. There are also links to full stories and well as video clips that aren’t available for viewing on the homepage. Chapter 6 talks about deciding how much information to put on one page based off of how you want the page to be viewed. Although there seems to be a lot of information that pops up on a home computer, when you view the NBA website on a mobile device it converts to what is called a “mobile site”. This just helps to condense some of the information making it easier on the eyes.

Please, Know Your History

History of Minstrel Shows Blackface performers are, “…the filthy scum of white society, who have stolen from us a complexion denied them by nature, in which to make money, and pander to the corrupt taste of their white fellow citizens.” — Frederick Douglass Minstrelsy was a type of performance that evolved from several of the […]

History of Minstrel Shows

Blackface performers are, “…the filthy scum of white society, who have stolen from us a complexion denied them by nature, in which to make money, and pander to the corrupt taste of their white fellow citizens.” — Frederick Douglass

Minstrelsy was a type of performance that evolved from several of the different American entertainment traditions. This included the traveling circus, medicine shows, shivaree, Irish dance and music with African syncopated rhythms, musical halls and traveling theatre. One of the most infamous minstrel show was “blackface”. Blackface is a show of an all white cast that offensively imitated and exaggerated the music, culture, speech, and physical traits of African American people for entertainment.

These white cast members would paint their faces black and try to impersonate African Americans by playing on all of the terrible stereotypes. This includes: big lips, eating watermelon, being dumb, and basically being the “butt” of the joke. Thomas Dartmouth “Daddy” Rice performed a song-and-dance routine in blackface and tattered clothes in a New York City theatre and became known as the “father of American minstrelsy”.

Here is a video of blackface minstrelsy, this is called the Sand Dance.

Changes in minstrel shows correlate to events in American History: (provided by this site) 

War of 1812: Americans attempted to separate themselves culturally from their European Counterparts, early minstrel skits started.

Civil War: Minstrel shows grew in popularity and skits became full night extravaganzas during antebellum period and Civil War.

Reconstruction: As white actors moved to Vaudeville, black actors filled Minstrel show roles, first in painted black faces then without.

Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance, Jazz: Southern African-Americans moved from the south to cities in the north in search of a better life, gaining more visibility, capita, and influence.  Popular Radio with “Black” themes and characters were produced.

WWII: African-American veterans return home in search of equality, education, and hope to create positive images of Black people and culture.

2008: 

Love Rap Music, Tired Of Defending It

Here is a video from Chris Rock’s stand up comedy special Never Scared, and in the clip he speaks about the fact that he loves rap music but he is tired of defending it. He mentions songs like “Area Codes” “Move Trick” and the most well known song or the three “Get Low” by Lil […]

Here is a video from Chris Rock’s stand up comedy special Never Scared, and in the clip he speaks about the fact that he loves rap music but he is tired of defending it. He mentions songs like “Area Codes” “Move Trick” and the most well known song or the three “Get Low” by Lil Jon and The East Side Boyz. I will can’t even lie because 9 times out of 10 we have all listened to, sung along with, or enjoyed this song. However, when you think about it the lyrics to this song are very really vulgar and explicit. So why exactly do we like this song? The answer is simply it has a nice beat and a catchy melody which is what I discussed in my previous Music Journal Entry.

One thing I found interesting about this clip is that he also spoke about how women would be so quick to say a song is “disgusting and misogynistic” but will still be on the dance floor going hard to the song. The funniest part is when he said when you try to explain to a woman that the song is indeed disgusting and misogynistic, they all have the same response “He ain’t talking about me”.

Here is the song “Get Low” that Chris Rock was referring to: