Video Narrative : “Voyeurism”

“Sex sells.”

This two-word sentence has been heard and said many times. And sadly, it is true. In so many cases the most popular movies or videos, even ads, are the ones that show sexual chemistry, or something only for private eyes. These small moments give the viewer insight on the character’s life that normally no one else would see, to the viewer this is exciting.

As soon as I read the assignment for the class, to find a video that showed an example of voyeurism, I knew quickly which I would use.

Marianas Trench is a Canadian rock band out of Vancouver City, in their music video entitled “Say Anything”, they give great examples of close-ups as well as voyeurism. Voyeurism being the act of spying or watching someone during a private moment.

The video follows the four members of the band as someone captures their private moments in photographs, later on sharing those moments with tabloids and local papers.

Check out the video below.

“Say Anything” – Marianas Trench

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Published in: on September 21, 2011 at 6:52 am  Leave a Comment  

When One Door Closes, and Small Window May Open

Well, I hit a few speed bumps in my attempt at researching Sustainability. I am finding it hard to find other project similar to mine to help base my initial research variables off of.

But I will still struggle on. We have to prepare our pre-proposal and soon after that we have huge amounts of work due almost every class meeting. I am definitely starting to feel the stress.

But, I just need to take a deep breath and keep digging, maybe somewhere someone has tried the same or close to the same project I want to do here at NJIT!

Published in: on February 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A New Beginning…

Christmas has come and gone- winter has made it’s mark and a new semester has started at NJIT.

I am continuing my quest to graduate with STS 307 with Professor Norbert Elliot. This semester’s class is dedicated to researching. I will be researching sustainability in a college campus setting. The objective of my research is to discover if students here, at NJIT, have even heard of sustainability. Do they know about the topic? Did they know NJIT is a “green” campus, that does it’s part to be sustainably conscious? Do students on campus do anything to lessen the impact their carbon footprint has on our environment? If they are sustainably conscious, what do they do? If they aren’t, or haven’t learned about sustainability– would they want to know more?

These are all questions I would like to answer through my research!

Tuesdays with Maurie

Currently I am doing work so that I may interview a professor within my field of interest- pretty exciting. This entails doing some background work to discover what the professor’s work is about. The professor I have chosen, Maurie Cohen, does a lot of work with sustainability. So I decided to dive right into the world of sustainability and discover what it really is all about. Do not get me wrong, I already has a small idea about the subject- due to my work with Wind Turbines, but I am no master on the subject. So I looked into some of the books he has written on the subject. While doing so I uncovered a journal that he works with as an editor,  Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy. It was exciting to see that a professor I had just a semester ago- and inspired a lot of my desire to work with wind turbines also had a love for writing. Definitely makes me more comfortable to continue to pursue a career within the technical writing profession!

Also while doing some background research on Professor Cohen I discovered that he travels all over to conduct speeches about sustainability research- just this past September he was one of the main speakers at the Energy and Sustainability Conference in Newark, Delaware. Not to mention he will be speaking at another conference in the Netherlands next week.

Due to his busy schedule we are going to be meeting on Tuesdays to conduct the interviews for my project- which gave me the idea to play off the book entitled “Tuesdays with Morrie”. Looking forward to starting my own Tuesdays with Maurie and to learn more on the subject of sustainability!

Published in: on October 21, 2010 at 4:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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My Heart, I am sharing with you!

My Heart Is Not My Own
By: Lawrence S. Pertillar

My heart is not my own.
You’ve got too much of it.
My home feels all alone…
Without you there.

I am too aware of you.
What you’ve done…
I wish I knew,
To remove it!

My heart is not my own.
You’ve got too much of it.
My home feels all alone…
Without you there.

I am too aware of you.
What you’ve done…
I wish I knew,
To remove it!

All my nights,
You haunt my sleeping.
And all my days…
I’m close to weeping.

What is it that I must do,
To get over you?
Am I still in love with you?

My heart is not my own.
You’ve got too much of it.
My home feels all alone…
Without you there.

What is it that I must do,
To get over you?
Am I still in love with you?
I think you know this too!

Feeling very lovey-dovey lately. And to go with the Geraldine Ford Poetry Festival happening in Newark at NJPAC, I thought that it would be perfect to find a poem from someone participating in the activities! The poem talks about a lover who has left and how alone they now feel.  Definitely something anyone can relate to! Poetry is such a large part of our every day lives- something that should be treasured so that future generations may have the pleasure our reading other’s emotions.
On a more exciting topic, I was able to see this poet- Lawrence- recite this poem during his performance. I fell in love immediately. I wish I could have added a voice file of the poet reading it- would have been much more fun.

Just something fun to ponder.

Published in: on October 8, 2010 at 9:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Holding Up More Than Roofs!

In “The Rooftop Garden Climbs Down a Wall”, a further push in urban sustainability is to incorporate not just green roofs and walls, but  “edible walls.” With every new idea come unresolved issues in terms of implementing the innovation.

The issue of irrigation comes into play when creating a larger scale implementation. Additionally the premium for each panel is high so the integration into the general population would be challenging. More importantly is the human factor; the will for people to grow their own food. Sustainability is fueled by individual perseverance and a will to take more personal responsibility in all aspects including this example.

Although challenges persist, sustainability is linking itself back into slowing society down and relating back to the needs of the everyday individual, not the general population. Although no one will ever see “3000 miles of walls” adorned with edible walls, a fraction of that potential can create a huge leap towards a “self sustaining population.”

Published in: on September 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Hope, that Feathery Friend!

This semester I will be exploring a few select thematic areas of personal interest, as discovered through STS 304. I will personally be exploring sections of environmental science like alternative energy and renewable energy, along with poetry. So to start, I have selected a poem.

“Hope” is the Thing With Feathers
– Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I’ve heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.

I absolutely love how Emily Dickinson ties together nature and emotions. How a simple animal, like a bird, could be such a perfect example of hope. Hope is that little feathery creature that you pay no mind to, but without it- you would feel empty.

Just something to ponder…

Published in: on September 16, 2010 at 10:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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