Sunday, March 22, 2009

ALERT! The Fashion Police are Coming!

feel free to comment - you will receive credit for it!

Okay, while I was watching the MTV music awards, I couldn't help but stare in curiosity at Lil' Wayne and his *very* low riding baggy jeans. Now, I like baggy jeans. In fact, as a man who is quite thin, I like to wear pants that don't overemphasize my thinness. This is not to say, however, that I want to swim in them.

There are a number of cities in the United States that are cracking down on low riding and saggy pants. The rationale here is that is is indecent to see someone's underpants - seemingly with the idea that undergarments are indecent or equivalent to one's private areas. Fines and potential imprisonment are the penalties.

It is obvious that the fashion of low-riding and saggy jeans represents a direct influence of hip hop culture on today's society. In turn, hip hop culture is influenced by prison culture where the baggy jeans represents a one-size-fits-all policy in institutions where belts are not allowed (to protect the inmates).

The question that arises from these "fashion laws" is that many find it unconstitutional. So, I pose the question to you. Do these laws violate the individual rights of the accused? Should people be allowed to wear whatever they want? Be sure to discuss with your rationale and reference to the material provided.

Some articles to read on this topic....

Low Rider Pants Won't Fly in this Louisiana Town

Blog response to the Louisiana Issue

Do Saggy Pants Laws Violate Rights?

Fashion Police in Flint, Michigan

Here is Lil Wayne in action - Check out those pants!

Let's see what Brigitte thinks.....

Thursday, February 26, 2009

"Hey!, Hey! You! You!" - The Case of Avril Lavigne

We have been discussing the finer points of copyright in class and, as I hope you see, it is very important and a very real concern in today's technological environment of new media. You have heard the two songs in class and now you can watch / listen to this montage that I found on YouTube. Read the articles posted on Homework Hero and duplicated here and come up with your own opinion. As always, refer to the specific aspects of the case in your response and engage with your peers in discussion. Sharing ideas with the class here will add depth to your own reflection and, ultimately, will make you more successful.

Required Readings for the Copyright Case Study
Jamelia Case Study Reading
Avril Lavigne Plagiarism Case
Avril Denies Plagiarism Case
Avril's Case and the Lawyers
Chantal Says She is Sorry
Chantal Retracts Her Criticism

NEW! Settlement reached in Avril Lavigne 'Girlfriend' lawsuit

Another Great Article with Some Interesting Statistics

After you post about the Avril / Rubinoos situation, do some research and find a copyright infringement case that we have not discussed in class. Post it on your blog. It doesn''t have to be music related (but there are a lot of examples here), just something relatively high profile. Be sure to state the facts of the case, provide links (embed YouTube clips for us all to compare), and provide your own opinions based on your specific knowledge of the Copyright Act and the effect that infringement has on both the artist, and on the public as a whole.

How about this case involving Coldplay?

Or this case involving Miley Cyrus


  1. Brief posts will not count or be considered, but well thought-out and supported posts will be evaluated using your Media Discussion Rubric!
  2. You MUST post a comment on Avril's case as discussed in class and in your readings AND on something else of your own research! References in MLA format are required (try the citation engine at the bottom of Homework Hero).

Monday, February 16, 2009

You Want a Piece of Me? Britney Spears and the Spectacle of Fame

**NOTE: The following assignment is your first blog entry for EMS30: Media Studies and involves your response to the study of Paparazzi and the business of gossip that we have been studying. Your response is, ultimately, informal, but must adhere to proper spelling and grammar rules. Be sure to write following the assigned criteria for editorial writing. ALL borrowed information MUST be documented using MLA format at the end of your post. USE INTERNAL FOOTNOTING TO INDICATE BORROWED MATERIAL!

NEW! Police arrest Kanye West at LAX after fight with photographer. CLICK HERE

NEW! Lindsay Lohan Hits a Paparazzi - CLICK HERE

At the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, Britney Spears made her "comeback". Unfortunately, it was less than stellar (to say the least). Moments after, the internet and gossip pages were full of criticism and ridicule about her singing, her dancing, and her body. Was it fair to critisize Britney's figure? What does this ultimately "say" about us as people and as a society?

Refer to your answers to the article: The Spectacle of Fame, and the documentary, Britney: Speared by the Paps....

What role did the media and the paparazzi play in her emotional “breakdown” and erratic behaviour prior to this event? Is Britney an innocent victim or a contributor to the frenzy? Be sure to refer to as many media products as possible (i.e. articles, documentaries viewed in class, music videos - i.e. Pieces of Me and Rumors). As always, it is necessary for you to provide three things: 1) your opinion - based on your studies; 2) the opinions and ideas of others - with examples and proof; 3) some form of commentary on the issues with suggestions and analysis - with substantiation (examples and proof).

Celebrity Worship Syndrome: Is America's Obsession With Stardom Becoming Unhealthy?
Celebrity worship addictive: study

Refer to your answers for the article, As Paparazzi Push Harder, Stars Try to Push Back: Do you agree with the celebrities that are "fighting back" to protect their privacy? Should celebrities expect for their daily lives to be newsworthy? How far, if at all, is too far for the paparazzi?

What is the "Britney Law"? You will need to discuss this in your response.

And, finally....

What is the media saying about Britney's 2008 MTV appearance? Is it positive or negative? What are your thoughts? Conclude your blog with your suggestions for the paparazzi and celebrity news coverage in the future.

If anybody knows how to make an appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards, it's Britney Spears! Click here to see what I mean!

Britney Spears + Russell Brand = Boffo MTV VMA Ratings!

For a great opinion on Britney's "crotch" photos, Click Here.

Read these articles to help shape your opinion and to provide background!

Is it Fair to Savage Britney's Figure?

The true meaning of VMA?

Kanye West's opinion on the Spears incident!

A Timeline of Britney's Meltdown

A Photo Essay documenting the rise, fall and rise again of Britney Spears

Celebrity Worship

A third of people reportedly suffer from Celebrity Worship Syndrome, a fascination in the lives of the rich and famous that can become a dangerous addiction. Why do people care so much about celebrities? Has celebrity worship become a new form of religion? If so, is it legitimate or false? Do gossip magazines provide "a fix" for those obsessed with gossip? Here are some sites to get you started...

Celebrity Worship Syndrome: Is America's Obsession With Stardom Becoming Unhealthy?
Celebrity worship addictive: study


Britney Spears Watch on South Park
I can't embed this clip. Clicking the link will take you directly to YouTube in a new window.

South Park - Leave Britney Alone!

Britney Spears at the 2007 MTV Music Video Awards - RECAP

Emma Watson comments on privacy issues (Hermione from Harry Potter)

Lindsay Lohan: Rumors

Britney Promo for the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards

Chris Crocker on Maury


Britney Spears: back on Track?

Britney Cleans up at the 2008 MTV Awards!

Did Britney Spears get her Sexy Comeback?

Your Journey to Media Literacy Begins!

Welcome to the blog for Mr. Puley's 2009 Media Studies class at OP!

To fully understand the wonderful world of media, it is crucial that we discuss what we are exposed to. Continually ask yourself how someone else would interpret a media product and then consider what factors determine that interpretation.

The understanding of media grows exponentially with discussion and that is what this blog is for. We are NOT bashing media, or each other. Stay on topic and post comments, considerations, and criticisms to the material presented and help yourself and your fellow students to grow!

Let the journey begin!



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