MichelleAjodah

MichelleAjodah

Writer who's curious about all things creative.

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Center Stage to Center Screen: Live TV Musicals

Examine the rise in live televised productions of musicals and their popularity. NBC’s "The Wiz Live!", "Peter Pan Live!", and Fox’s "Grease: Live" have all aired within the past year and a half. Are these broadcasts marketing ploys, artistic revivals of treasured classics, or simply a chance for those who live far away from the glamour of Broadway to enjoy the live musical experience without breaking the bank?

  • I would be interested in someone commenting on the play experience v.s. the TV experience. A play is more than something live, it is a performance that effects the audience differently than a recorded production immensely. – LaRose 1 year ago
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The Place of Political Cartoons

Examine how the place of political cartoons has shifted in the context of the political landscape. Political cartoons used to be a huge part of news media. While publications like The New Yorker still publish political cartoons daily. They do not carry the same weight they did in the early twentieth century, for example. This can be largely attributed to the shift of consumer’s media focus away from newspapers. Do these cartoons still carry the same integrity and level of social criticism they once did?

  • Very interesting topic! I think it will be important to feature some specific examples in a sociohistorical context from the 20th century and present day to make it more tangible. It would probably also be necessary to write about Charlie Hebdo and the consequences that had on political cartooning – Jacqueline Wallace 1 year ago
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  • Political cartoons can be interesting and relevant but I've noticed a tendency to oversimplify complex topics. I have the same issue with political cartoons that I do with stand up comedy: a lot of it tends to be offensive, unhelpful, or based on generalizations that further perpetuate misinformation. I'm not too fond of making large statements with such a small medium of conversation.Of course, I don't mean to say that this is the case for ALL political cartoons. It's just something I have noticed, and that may very well have a lot to do with the fact that I am from a southern state. – bandreu 1 year ago
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  • Very interesting topic, you may want to include some commentary on whether the medium has simply shifted to digital platforms. Do on-line cartoons compete with print? – Jeff MacLeod 1 year ago
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"She Does" Podcast

The She Does Podcast features conversations with creative women making their mark in the field of media. The series has showcased creative professionals from various different industries, from Kirsten Lepore who’s written and directed an episode of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Academy Award nominee for Winter’s Bone, Debra Granik, and Mary Coleman, the Senior Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios.
Why is it important to tell share the success stories of women in creative fields? For inspiration? Does it encourage more women to do so?

Note: This podcast is available on iTunes and at shedoespodcast.com
I am not affiliated with them in any way, just found the series very interesting.

  • I think it does good for aspiring young women in these fields. As someone looking to go into creative media, I find She Does extremely helpful. If you want to do a further indepth look into female focused organizations, Film Fatales is a nationwide group that provides mentorship among female filmmakers. I'm a member, and it's been really helpful just to know that there are people in my city that I can go to for help whenever I need it. – marsthebard 2 years ago
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  • Liz Gilbert's "Magic Lessons" podcast is similar. Just a heads up. :) – Kristian Wilson 2 years ago
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  • I definitely think, especially when I see a lot more male film directors, that having a podcast where women speak of their goals and accomplishments in creative fields does encourage other women to pursue what they want and engage in fictional narratives. – Emily Deibler 2 years ago
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  • I think its extremely important to share the stories of women in creative fields. It tends to be a very male dominant career in terms of leadership. Promoting the experiences and successes of women who have excelled is extremely important to help inspire future generations. – ericaty 2 years ago
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The Museum of Feelings

Glade’s Museum of Feelings is a limited-time exhibit currently open in Manhattan. The Museum is interactive for the patrons who visit, and the exhibit itself is influenced by social media, allowing its light display to serve as a "mood ring" for the city. Looking at the implications of this exhibit would be interesting. This exhibit speaks not only to the way technology and social media is changing how we consume art and media, but how marketing does as well. The museum is not only an artistic experience, but a branded one. Does that impact the validity of the "art"?

  • This seems to be a form of art, in which the artistic expression comes from the audience, not mainly from the creator. In doing this piece, this shall need to be emphasized. – JDJankowski 2 years ago
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  • The whole idea of "art" has been in question for over a century, ever since Duchamp's exhibit of "The Fountain." Historically, the museum has functioned as a way of 'branding' a work as art, even though some of the most interesting art projects exist outside of the (proverbial) museum's walls. JDJankoswki's point speaks to this view, too. Take a look at Duchamp's article, "The Creative Act": http://courses.ischool.utexas.edu/Smith_Kim/2007/Fall/INF385H/Duchamp_CreativeAct.pdf. – revfigueiredo 2 years ago
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MichelleAjodah

Wow, thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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MichelleAjodah

I’m so glad you enjoyed reading. Even researching the lives of people such as Saritjie Baartman is equally fascinating and horrifying.

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MichelleAjodah

Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it! I think a big part in not feeling that guilt from watching the show is watching interviews with the cast first.

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MichelleAjodah

Thank you so much for reading!

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MichelleAjodah

Hey, thanks so much for reading! I would check out Source 2, “Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body” by Rosemarie Thomson.

https://books.google.com/books?id=djPCfSAsHN0C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Freakery:+Cultural+Spectacles+of+the+Extraordinary+Body.&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiTvsLu2trKAhXDKx4KHZ1ECMwQ6AEIHTAA#v=onepage&q=nineveh&f=false

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MichelleAjodah

Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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MichelleAjodah

Wonderful thought. Thank you so much for reading!

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MichelleAjodah

Interesting thought. Not sure if I agree, but it can definitely be argued.

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