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Striptease Culture Presentation + Fun Bar

5 Dec

So I hope this is just as entertaining as when I presented it in class.
I had fun with it, it was something different.
The images were great to talk about and I’m glad you all responded well to what I said.

Here’s that presentation:
Media Events, Spectacle- ST Culture Presentation

And here’s that bar with the 50s-Gidget-beach theme, live dancers, and burlesque playing on the tube.
It’s great, head out sometime. It’s by where Canal Street and East Broadway intersect in the Lower East Side.



YouTube and the Image Presentation

18 Nov

I meant to post this earlier and forgot. There’s some choice slides toward the end that I didn’t have time to discuss before we all grabbed beers.

Feel free to check them out and enjoy

Media Events, Spectacle- Youtube Presentation

Bikinis at the Ballots?

17 Nov



Apparently in Poland just about anyone can run for office. Including a pretty hot pop singer. Sarah May, or Katarzyna Szczolek-blahblahblah has decided that putting up posters of herself in a bikini will solidify her place as the District Council Seat in Bemowo, an area near Warsaw.

Her slogan, spelled out in blue lettering, is “Beautiful, independent, competent.” Maybe its the lettering. Maybe its her eyes. Or maybe its the fact that she would consider this a successful marketing move, but I’d vote for her. Something has to be said for the utter eye-catching genius behind this advertising/promotional campaign. She’s known for being racy, colorful and a hugely popular celebrity, so why not use these assets to her advantage? Literally?

Turns out Bemowo is where she’s originally from. And I guess she has some sort of formal education in “cultural policy, media, and soliciting funds from the European  Union.” The girl sounds more and more credible as time goes on doesn’t she? I don’t really know her agenda or platform, aside from that she wants to better her community. As funny as it is, I don’t see how her case is any different from the other runners in the elections. Not that I can even find anything on the other candidates, but there we have it. She’s atleast got some PR prowess in that her case has even made the Reuters World News Website. lol.

I like that celebrity figures feel confident enough to run for office. If they have an established following, I don’t see why or how it would be odd. They’re almost more authentic than real politicians. Celebrities don’t bring anything but an image, whereas actual candidates bring a backlog of previous elections, ill-timed statements, faulty agendas, and often awkward PR moments. Celebrities also have that tendency to be the next level up, as if with a little make up and a fabulous physique, anyone of us could be a star. So who doesn’t want to see the celebrity, someone ALMOST like us criticized as the underdog in any election, succeed and hold public office?

Looking back, perhaps Jesse “The Governing Body” Ventura, and “Governator” Schwarzenegger weren’t the best choices for office, but who’s going to knock them? They tried as best they could, added some sparkle and shine to bogged down states, and perhaps even stimulated the economy, just by being well-known celebrities. I can’t say I’m too happy with what Schwarzenegger has done for California, even though I voted for him, but I consider him an immense improvement over that Gray Davis guy.

And even with Schwarzenegger, it became so much more. There were the underlying emotions of an immigrant, rising up and becoming a true “American,” holding office and marrying an American family. There’s a lot to chew on there, but back to Kataryina-whatever-her-name-is.

This story caught my eye, and I hope you find it just as entertaining as I did. She’s clearly got some brains, but I just don’t know if they’re as significant as her bust. Hopefully, Bemowo will be able to decipher that one.

For now, here’s the Reuter’s article:

A Huffington Post article:

And a very cheesy, but pretty recent music video (lol):


Who doesn’t want to be her friend?

17 Nov

Badass huh?

In all actuality you can’t friend the Queen of England/The British Monarchy, but you can choose to (thumbs up) “like” her. Last Monday the Queen got a royal Facebook, adding it to her already royal Twitter and royal Flickr account. You can’t even tell her personal information like where she lives or what her political views are (lol) but you can follow what the Queen is up to with royal feed, photos and events.

Although not a big Britain fan myself (having a deep fascination with Irish culture/studies), I immediately “liked” the Queen’s page. Not that she even keeps track of her followers (she has over 260,000 people as her “likers”) but just the idea of being connected to someone like that is awesome. I woke up yesterday, had my tea, checked Facebook and behold! Prince William is engaged. It was somehow satisfying to know that I received this news officially. I’m up-to-date with the English Crown. lol

It is pretty funny how even the Queen has a Facebook. And doubly funny in that she also has a Twitter or Flickr. I guess it shouldn’t really come as a surprise, since everyone has social network accounts (I have 2 out of the 3 mentioned), but I mean you assume the Queen of England is above “such nonsense.” <– (I’m pulling out some English terms and accents here.) I guess she isn’t. I guess everyone wants to get a piece of the proverbial pie. Everyone wants to own some space on the internet, get that attention, work their magic. Even the Queen of England.

As much as I know the British Monarchy wants to be seen and felt within the popular community, this Facebook business is not just good PR. Perhaps its an extension of the monarchy into other locations. Like colonization, without the Native Americans. Maybe this step into the virtual world of Facebook is another way to assert the rights and privileges that come with being a head of state, ruling a country over 300 years old. Or maybe it’s a smart PR move to lift people’s minds off the crappy economy. Whatever it is, I know I like it better than “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” I won’t be “liking” that broad anytime soon.

Here’s the Reuter’s article:

And here’s the Royal Facebook:

Vending Machine Art?

31 Oct

Imagine buying a mini-Monet or a petite-Pollock?

I was reading this article in Reuters and was just blown away at the idea behind this. A German artist is placing refurbished vending machines that used to sell cigarettes, gum or condoms, out in public places, and giving people the opportunity to buy small artworks. These people can’t even choose a particular artist or piece, the work is dispensed at random. I mean talk about the commodity of image! This little idea in exposing people to new artwork is being substituted for traditional gallery/museum experiences. And all for the low low price of 2 eueros (or $2.78). It’s been received well, with customers emailing and writing the artists, talking about their experiences and how the work has meaning to them. I think this is just awesome. I mean at the same time its odd to think of art being dispensed through vending machines (it almost seems tacky huh?) its a great way to both educate the public and market the artist! I only wish I was German or an artist (or both) so that I could be included in this growing project. Here’s the original article for more information: