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The Media Is The Message

  
By:  Wheel  •  music videos  •  4 months ago  •  9 comments

The Media Is The Message
"Gaze upon my works ye mighty, and despair." Ozymandias (Shelley)

Media is a funny word, funny concept too. The type of media does influence the message. Not going to get into newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, etc.  This isn't about that kind of media.  I thought we might try something different.  We've done videos with smoking, animation, men's names, cover songs, and cheating songs. (I'm working up a new slant on the cheating songs thing, maybe I'll have it ready for the next time.)  Let's share videos with media in them. Any type of media, phonographs, radios, tape decks, walkmans, etc.  Hell, let's go ahead and throw in print media.  Just like with the smoking thing, anything goes.  We're here to have fun, not nitpick.

Let's start with an old favorite of mine. It's hard to believe that Paramore has been making music for almost 20 years.  I've been a fan since they started.

  Yes. Pictures are media too. Album covers, they're media too.

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Wheel
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1  author  Wheel    4 months ago

Alright, instead of talking about the immanence of WWIII let's talk about music and images. Media is actually a pretty involved concept.  It only seems simple till you actually starting thinking about it. Media stores images, words, and music. But media is also the way we disseminate images, words, and music. Control of media is a tricky concept. Who owns what I write for example? Me, Newstalkers, the company that runs tis website? 

That kind of question is one I'd like our friend Buzz to weigh in on.  It's literally his field of expertise.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Wheel @1    4 months ago

The return of my friend the great Wheel.  Fellow Canadian Marshall McLuhan wrote your title quotation.  In what Hollywood movie did he appear?  You have 10 seconds to answer, and no google research permitted.

Since I'm not a medium I only have mediocre knowledge of media, being in the median, but I'll meditate on it after I take my medicine.  

 
 
 
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2  author  Wheel    4 months ago

Oh, I'll bet some of you are wondering what that quote from Shelley has to do with media. It's about the impermanence of the truth in the media. When those words were written they were true.  They pointed to the wealth, power, and fame of a mighty king.  But his power faded, his fame is past.  But still his brave words remain. Now they illustrate exactly the opposite of the claim they make.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3  Gsquared    4 months ago

I think this great song pretty much says it all.

 
 
 
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3.1  author  Wheel  replied to  Gsquared @3    4 months ago

The first video broadcast on MTV!  Good one.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4  JohnRussell    4 months ago

One of the best album covers ever.

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JohnRussell
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4.1  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @4    4 months ago

The music wasn't bad either

 
 
 
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4.1.1  author  Wheel  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1    4 months ago

Album covers are media separate from the media they contain. Back in the day album covers were often works of art.

 
 
 
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5  author  Wheel    4 months ago

Here's a real oldie.