epiphanysk

epiphanysk

Currently a student in Political Science, Fine Arts, and Art History. I'm an avid reader and lover of all things art and writing.

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Bob Ross' Surge on Gamer Site 'Twitch'

In the past few weeks there has been running episodes of Bob Ross’ "The Joy of Painting" on the typical gaming site "Twitch." This site is usually used to live-stream games but started streaming these episodes on Bob Ross’ birthday. It pulled in 5.6 million viewers, which struck me as very odd. My boyfriend is a huge gamer and told me about this since I am an art student. I watched a few episodes and it was interesting to see how the episodes were reacted to, both in the views and comments. Even though the content was different, the comments were still very erratic and reactive. These two things don’t seem to have a correlation to me and I’d be interested to see some research and analysis on this topic.

  • Twitch chat frequenters are just a bunch of "memers" at heart, not only is Bob calming to even non-painters, but heck did he ever provide them a lot of memes! Kappaross – Slaidey 5 years ago
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epiphanysk

Yes! Francesca Woodman has always been one of the most fascinating photographers I’ve seen since I was introduced to her work. I remember I first saw a documentary about her on PBS which her parents were also in. They always gave me a strange impression about her – her work does show that she had an interesting and creative mind, but her parents seemed to both pressure her and give her far too much independence. I always feel like she wanted something more when I see her photos. Her work is a huge influence on the female photographic community!

The Art of Francesca Woodman: Haunting, Evocative, Personal
epiphanysk

You definitely make some good points about comedic basis and giving news a human element. One of the most striking differences the Daily Show always had with Stewart was a balance between humor and sobriety. He knew when to stop and make a statement. My first interest in news and politics came from the Daily Show. Comedic news may have a bias, but when it adheres to your own bias, it becomes very accessible. Humor is one of the easiest ways to deal with hard situations.

Real or Reel? The Complicated Personas of Political Comedians
epiphanysk

Interesting analysis of the history and how film posters have progressed! I like that you went as far back as you did. Chaplin and Monroe are extremely fascinating personalities in film and it’s interesting to see how much of an impact actors grew to have on the film industry. Digital media has surpassed print media, but I don’t think the appreciation of posters has declined. I still feel like the defining visual points of films is their posters. Even with recent films like Gone Girl or Hunger Games, I distinctly relate a poster with the story….but this could just be due to my love for visual media. It is still a very important part of visual and film culture.

The History of Film Posters