While I am not a fan of the Kardashians and I have never watched their show or bought into any piece of their familial franchise, I must say I respect them as business people. They have turned normal familial issues-issues that most families and people undergo, like divorce, marriage, pregnancies, and intrafamilial disputes into a multimillion dollar franchise. They used their 15 minutes of fame to become almost American royalty. Kylie, for example, has used this as a way to create a successful cosmetic line with no formal training in how to run a business. I think this specific video, which Kylie released in March of 2016 as an ad for her line of glosses, is a perfect example of the way that the Kardashians have transformed their seemingly talentless family into a product that massive amounts of people around the world buy into. This video, for all intents and purposes, is really terrible, but the glosses that it is advertising have consistently sold out seconds after release.
Say what you will about the Kardashians’ personal lives and decisions, they are expert business women.
In Leon Bridges’ song River, Bridges sings about his wish to be cleansed of his wrongs. River is a smooth and simple song with only a few instruments and backup vocals to support Bridges’ voice. Bridges sings about a feeling that we can all relate to as humans who err, regret. I think his focus on being washed of his sins is interesting. It is a theme that repeats itself throughout all forms of art. Water being cleansing of what came before it. It’s like we have created this connection to water and rebirth in response to our inevitable wrongdoings.
Tick also uses this article to comment on the state of gender in our modern society. More specifically, Tick comments on society’s focus and sustain of Modernist typical gender norms that have been in place in generations. For example, Tick mentions the issue of bathroom gender and recent laws that prevents transgenders from using the restroom that they identify with.
Tick, Suzanne. “His & Hers? Designing for a Post-Gender Society.” Metropolis, March 20, 2015. http://www.metropolismag.com/ideas/his-hers-designing-for-a-post-gender-society/.
Kendrick Lamar’s song (and entire new album) DNA is his own form of a social commentary. Lamar’s song and video for DNA is about being a black man in modern American society and his refusal to give up his roots despite his recent rise to fame. I find this song and video to be a very powerful way to address his point, and although I am a white woman and I can not relate to his experiences, I appreciate and am in awe of his art and music and I find it relevant to today’s conversation on race.
In her article, Kendrick Lamar & U2’s ‘XXX’ Lyrics Are About Speaking Truth to Power, Rhiannon argues that Kendrick Lamar’s song XXX on his latest album ‘Damn’ is more of a social commentary instead of strictly a song for entertainment purposes. More specifically, Rhiannon argues that XXX is a commentary about the state of the United States’ society- especially about the differences in the American experience by whites and blacks. For example, Rhiannon focuses on the lyrics of “It’s not a place. This country is to be a sound of drum and bass. You close your eyes to look around-” and analyzes the use of ‘drum and bass’ as a representation of gunfire and violence.
I plan to use this article and the song XXX as a supporting argument for my project discussing protest and the demonization of Trump in the media. I agree with Rhiannon’s argument that this song is in fact more of political commentary than anything, but I also plan to use Lamar’s lyrics mentioning Trump specifically to further my argument.
In their song Fuck Donald Trump, rappers YG, G-Eazy, and Macklemore very explicitly state their protest of a Trump presidency. More specifically, they list Trump’s then proposed policies and their issues with them. For example, “Bannin’ all Muslims? Aiight, bool, What if we ban all the white dudes? Because a couple have run up in trenchcoats and rifles, And killed in the name of Jesus Christ at the high school, How ’bout we stop sellin’ automatic guns?” wherein G-Eazy illustrates the issue with banning muslims because they are perceived as terrorists when white right-wing radicals are shooting and killing more people.
I plan to use this as an exhibit of protest against Donald Trump to support my argument that protest against Donald Trump and the current administration is the commonplace in both my CLS and in current society. I think this is a good example of protest against the Trump administration even.
This is a sign on the corner of Pennsylvania and 13th st. and is an example of the exterior of the space being portrayed as the historic Old Post Office building. The building is still referred to as Old Post Office building and not the Trump International Hotel which is what the building is being occupied as now. The Hotel is also supposed to be accessible for the Clock Tower tours, but in walking around the building and the space, I could not find the entrance to the Clock Tower tours.
This is the main entrance to the Old Post Office building, which is now the Trump International Hotel. The entrance is secluded from the street. There are gates around the front facing side of the building making the building feel exclusive. I think the seclusion and exclusivity of the main entrance adds to the connotation of the hotel being elitist and exclusive.
This is another piece of evidence for political protest that was outside of the White House, which is on the same street Pennsylvania Avenue. This is a collection of posters of different causes that have been protested. The White House is not my site but it is in the same area as my site and is the center of most of the political protest in the area following Trump’s inauguration.
This picture is another example of protest that was on a light post across the street from the Old Post Office building. This poster is protesting for access to abortion which is something that the Trump administration has been working to restrict. There is an additional protest in the graffiti that says “popular does not equal right. (Slavery was popular)” which is comparing Trump to slavery.
I plan to use this video as evidence of protest and revolution in my site. This is a video I took at the Women’s March on DC while walking down Pennsylvania Avenue, which is the street that the Old Post Office building is on. This video shows part of the political activity that is going on in this area. Since Trump’s inauguration, Pennsylvania Avenue has been a hot spot for political riots and protests.