Spectacular Carnage c/o Leland Wright

Media, Pop Culture, re:brand, TK:LA

Our generation’s world war is via media, we sacrifice our daily realities for projected purpose and prominence… eye-deep in student loan debt, creating daily content free of charge to the nation’s most profitable private enterprises, data for days, the only lines shorter than the unemployment call sheet – for the good of the country, for the sake of free enterprise, for the economy, for the shareholders and foreign investors: for free WW.3 #spectacularcarnage. This manifesto is the spirit of Leeland Wright‘s work.

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“Media Heads”
as told by Leeland Wright

Lyrically Speaking: “PARTYNAUSEOUS,” Lady Gaga

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Good music speaks volumes… listen, look, and linger in fantastic rhythmic reality: lyrically speaking

“PARTYNAUSEOUS,” artRAVE (2014)

Hi, I want to come and make peace with you
but they won’t let me, no, they won’t let me through
I don’t mind if they a-arrest me
’cause I’m wearing my Versace

Why can’t we just put on a smile
and a buzz buzz buzz buzz? We all might be sick
Whether it’s at first or after a few
drinks; we’re gonna unite, don’t they?

On Coup d’eGas and the Ides of March #roselandfuneral

Media, Pop Culture, TK:LA

In the wake of G.U.Y.’s media blitz d’etat let’s look at what might be lingering behind the if 27 is the new black, 28 stays golden: now look who’s back collective funeral of roses #roselandfuneral

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I don’t know what ARTPOP means for anything but I can’t shake the feeling that whatever it will inevitably become started long ago, is in continuous present perpetuation, and will be simultaneously happening in increasing measure well into the future… that being said: it could be an ongoing Shakespearean three act play #byanyotherfame

Act First: #entitledanothertimeiwasangry that time when Gaga kicked off a seven-show residency to close out Manhattan’s legendary Roseland Ballroom. Basically, she memorialized her golden birthday with a 10-day funeral … at practically the one place where you couldn’t land a gig on the come-up: the famed Manhattan concert venue… #andthisisthefamed

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I’m not sure what ARTPOP means for incumbent entertainment venue institutions but – whatever.

VMA Day 2013 – Four Butterflies to Watch #heylookamonarch

Pop Culture, Soundtrek, TrapperKeeper

 

Honeymoon isn’t even the furthest stretch of one’s falsified imagination when it comes to the Video Music Awards since 2010 #generous This year, I …. okay, I don’t actually know half of the nominees, and I might not have heard of 75% of the songs, but I can pick up a pattern from a mile away #universallaw #fortherecord

No one can predict the future, but we can recognize the present – and that’s good enough for me. Four butterflies to keep an eye on when watching the monarchy tonight… #theeverythingelse

1.) [T]he renaissance of Pop Art and a Warholian world of blurred lines between reality and fantasy”

 

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[T]angent. Point is: Edie said of herself something that resonates so deeply with GaGa tonight, “if you just listened to what I had to say it was sane, but if you just looked at me you wouldn’t bother to listen. And none of them did. God it was a nightmare.” There isn’t that futility with GaGa, but the nightmare is quite apparent. Performance artists live their art — completely. The world is their canvas — truly. Where the art succeeds, the artist suffers, but it is for the sake of art — even if only for art’s sake.

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2.) Jimmy Timberlake 

The Re-Branding of America: On the curious case of Mitt & Paris’ Publicized Privacy

Politics, Pop Culture, re:brand

“Mitt Romney” and “Paris Hilton” are going hard-press-in-the-paint right now. Note the quotations, because when it comes to celebrity and public figuration: there’s the brand, and then there’s the (wo)man… here, beyond the (yet-to-be-determined) human factor behind the individuals, their enterprises are functioning like well-oiled machines.

It’s kind of like best week ever, right?

Paris is a mistress of the mishap-turned-publicity-masterpiece, Romney is not far behind in his ability to grab headlines with oddly well-staged gaffes.

The past week has seen both go viral with unsurprisingly on-par brand pushes: Romney doesn’t care about untaxed people, and Paris “Puddle of AIDS” Hilton thinks gays are gross… in other news: citizen paparazzi caught The Cookie Monster smuggling Snickerdoodles packaged as Sprouts’ Summer Squash into his Sesame Street penthouse…

So how does one figure these “mishaps” and “private conversations” gone public play as brand determinants and not character detriments… let’s delve a bit #itsaprocess

Unforgettable, Vol. 19: Britney Spears – Blackout

Pop Culture, Soundtrek, TGRI, Uncategorized

2007 climaxed the greatest American tale since The Civil War, and Britney Spears’ Blackout was our living soundtrack. Just as Spears was our brown-eyed girl of misfortune, Blackout is the requiem of our American Dream. Britney was an ideal created in our own image. Our image, our perception of our self worth, in the past decade was dependent upon fame and projected status. Then, more than ever, our identities were aligned with iconographies: Britney was our Miss American Dream, and in 2007 we saw her strip away her white gown.

At our darkest hour, our brightest supernova wanted nothing more than to go that extra mile for us. We created a monster mistress, a pop iconography reflecting our wildest and greatest desires – embodying our most visceral conquests. She was the broken kingdom, and on behalf of her mortal peers she sacrificed herself for our entertainment. She was our gladiator and our samurai on a kamikaze mission to kill the very same system which produced her. Even with her back against the wall she was our central focus, how something so perfect could be so not – and how such reckless power could destroy our most divine wind. We watched her spiral through insanity, as cameras flashed her dancing deliriously to music only she could hear. Even though we led her to this position of mania, she gave us permission to send her on a suicide mission: before the flashing lights, she was to touch the sky and nosedive in a sacrificial spectacle fit for a fallen empire. She gave more when she had nothing to give, because we asked for it – because the same guys who told us that she was the most valuable dream, told her that her value relied on our affirmation; she Merrill Lynched our Pop selves. Her punishment was her penance, and as much hers as it is ours. The opening is the standing reminder that even after she fades, the irremovable, unstoppable, perpetuating danja remains.

As above, so below…

Pop Culture, Uncategorized

After a bit of confusion as to what to blog about, I’m going to veer off into the sociologist place for a bit, but still with the public communication slant. Every advertisement is a story, every label/bumper sticker/etc. is an advertisement, so we’ve got stories all around. Truth is stranger than fiction so why not shift focus to the people and products advertising reality…

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Yeah, life is seeming very Trap-ish. Either way, Atlanta is a fascinating city that loves labels (from denim to demographics, and good gravy how many bumper stickers can one car have? Atlanta’s answer: not enough) so I’m going to take a second look at what Atlantans say about themselves without opening their mouths.

Industry Tip of the Week: Write for the Reader and Revenue Will Follow — Not Vice Versa

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A place for everything and everything in its place; there is a place for online media and print media — but figuring out how to capitalize off of ad revenue for both is going to be a bit of a quandary. Sadly, content is taking a backseat to commerce, and people don’t realize the vast opportunities available in the fourth estate. That said, Bloggers need to understand the essence and concept of the “now” news, of the moment and trendsetting; print media needs to understand the importance and significance of the steady news, the tried and true. People use different media for different reasons, writers need to tap into their base and see what they want — after you remember how to write for the reader and not the revenue, the ad space sells itself.

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The Re-Branding of America: Animation Domination – Total Drama Action

Pop Culture, re:brand

Truth is not only stranger than fiction — it is pure fantasy; so to level out the imbalance, animation is creating a fiction more true than “reality.”

The Summer has plenty of very worthwhile, very watchable, very edutaining progamming to peruse. Cartoon Network is a treasure chest of euphemistically kid-friendly socially conscious satire.

Total Drama Island is a cartoon reality show competition. Like non-animated “reality” show competitions, participants compete against one another for fame — often settling for a modest stipend in the end.

The Re-Branding of America: Memorial Day 2009

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So, apparently we’re in a recession (I don’t know personally, but  can only deduce from what I’ve overheard at Starbuck’s and seen on Trending Topics). People don’t generally buy up a whole bunch of stuff in this kind of economic climate. But it’s summer and that means if people are going to spend, they’re going to spend on food — per usual — of the cookout persuasion. Looking at some ads though, it looks like logic isn’t enough to sell even the basics anymore. While advertising is far from bar-none ethics and honesty, sometimes a lie is just a lie. I’m not naive but I had to call foul on these two ads — just in time for your Memorial Day get togethers

First: Sprite.