Eyewitness virality, Racism, and Journalistic responsibility

Last week, I spoke with a reporter regarding the Internet virality of Michelle Dobyne. They intended to run a ‘where are they now’ follow-up piece on Dobyne’s life post ’15 minutes of fame’. In the end, the TV clip and its companion article condensed our 8-minute interview into these anonymous soundbites:

“We asked a noted social media expert what makes a video viral worthy. She said catch phrases and exoticism, something that takes us away from our routine lives.”

“Our expert said what Dobyne and other viral video stars are able to do long term with their 15 minutes of fame is anyone’s guess.”

Since much of what I had to say about eyewitness virality, racism, and journalistic responsibility did not make the final cut, this morning I transcribed my conversation with the reporter and wrote it up for this blogpost. Continue reading Eyewitness virality, Racism, and Journalistic responsibility

Negotiating love and life on Fei Cheng Wu Rao/If You Are The One – (9) Existential navigations

This is the last installment of a series of 9 blogposts. Read earlier posts here:
(1) Introduction
(2) The physical
(3) The body specific
(4) Demographical compatibility
(5) Family life
(6) Self-identity
(7) Gendered imaginaries
(8) Personal interests and abstract metaphors

This ninth installment aims to loosely thematize some discursive negotiations of love and life based on season 5 of Fei Cheng Wu Rao (非诚勿扰)/If You Are The One around ‘Existential navigations’. [Image heavy]

Screen grabs obtained from ‘Commemorative Fashion Shoes‘ Tumblr with permission from the owner

(a) What is love?

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What is love not?

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I love you like I love:

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Love is so complex.

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(b) Some times love is strange.

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Some times people are strange.

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Some times this show is strange.

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(c) But we’re all just trying to figure life out, one Fei Cheng Wu Rao episode at a time.

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All the existential crises.

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All the peculiar crises.

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Maybe people are just looking for love.

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But some understand the praxis and hard practicalities of love-seeking more than others.

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Any thoughts? Beep me! Thanks for hanging in there with the nine-parter. Fei Cheng Wu Rao is so much gold.

Negotiating love and life on Fei Cheng Wu Rao/If You Are The One – (8) Personal interests and abstract metaphors

This is part 8 of a series of 9 blogposts. Read other posts in the series here:
(1) Introduction
(2) The physical
(3) The body specific
(4) Demographical compatibility
(5) Family life
(6) Self-identity
(7) Gendered imaginaries
(8) Personal interests and abstract metaphors
(9) Existential navigations

This eighth installment aims to loosely thematize some discursive negotiations of love and life based on season 5 of Fei Cheng Wu Rao (非诚勿扰)/If You Are The One around ‘Personal interests and abstract metaphors’. [Image heavy]

Screen grabs obtained from ‘Commemorative Fashion Shoes‘ Tumblr with permission from the owner

(a) Some times people look like food.

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Some times people are overly affectionate towards food. Or corn. Maybe just corn.

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And meat.

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And congee.

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And milk. People like very specific foods.

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Some people take their food very seriously.

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But some people are just not *that* into food.

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(b) All the fair ladies become arbiters of fashion and taste.

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Although some claim to be plain Janes despite the visual juxtaposition.

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But the men have expectations too.

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And perhaps, some very specific fashion fetishes.

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Some times the women engage in a refracted male gaze and attempt to typify their desirability.

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There are some hits. And some misses. Or maybe fashion is just too avant garde to define.

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(c) Fashion aside, some contestants resemble hyper-morphic creatures and objects.

Animals are a big hit.

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Although animated animals tend to be more popular.

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Cartoons? Superheros?

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Some imageries are just bewilderingly ambiguous.

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(d) If you’re all out of hobbies, dating can be a great time-filler.

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Some contestants have more artistic pursuits.

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Body contact and sport is desired in the appropriate extents.

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Some hobbies are more exotic.

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Others hardly exist. (Sheer honesty?)

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(e) All hobbies being equal, long live the Internet.

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Any thoughts? Beep me! The last installment eight on Existential navigations to come.

Negotiating love and life on Fei Cheng Wu Rao/If You Are The One – (7) Gendered imaginaries

This is part 7 of a series of 9 blogposts. Read other posts in the series here:
(1) Introduction
(2) The physical
(3) The body specific
(4) Demographical compatibility
(5) Family life
(6) Self-identity
(7) Gendered imaginaries
(8) Personal interests and abstract metaphors
(9) Existential navigations

This seventh installment aims to loosely thematize some discursive negotiations of love and life based on season 5 of Fei Cheng Wu Rao (非诚勿扰)/If You Are The One around ‘Gender imaginaries’. [Image heavy]

Screen grabs obtained from ‘Commemorative Fashion Shoes‘ Tumblr with permission from the owner

(a) Strict gender boundary policing here, folks. Men better resemble masculine males; women better resemble feminine females.

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Unless, of course, you’re the keen family/friend attempting to market the male contestant to the fullest of your abilities.

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Or if you were extremely confident in yourself…

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(b) And sexy is in.

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The women are mostly self-assured of their appeal too.

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But perhaps nothing is as sexy as providing for one’s intimate biological… conditions.

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(c) Some men have more… basic requirements in an ideal partner.

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This could be due to prior experience with rejection.

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Although, at times, these desires involve some cyborg/frankenstein mishmash.

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(d) Despite their multi-layered complexities, some women believe they are plain janes.

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Any thoughts? Beep me! Installment eight on Personal interests and abstract metaphors to come.

Negotiating love and life on Fei Cheng Wu Rao/If You Are The One – (6) Self-identity

This is part 6 of a series of 9 blogposts. Read other posts in the series here:
(1) Introduction
(2) The physical
(3) The body specific
(4) Demographical compatibility
(5) Family life
(6) Self-identity
(7) Gendered imaginaries
(8) Personal interests and abstract metaphors
(9) Existential navigations

This sixth installment aims to loosely thematize some discursive negotiations of love and life based on season 5 of Fei Cheng Wu Rao (非诚勿扰)/If You Are The One around ‘Self-identity’. [Image heavy]

Screen grabs obtained from ‘Commemorative Fashion Shoes‘ Tumblr with permission from the owner

(a) Some of the male contestants are pretty confident with extremely high self-esteem.

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And in response, the women speak their mind.

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To avoid this,

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always remember these wise words.

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(b) Some men evaluate themselves.

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But some times this backfires.

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Other times, the men risk all to evaluate the female contenders.

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And some times family and friends attempt to shower (somewhat lukewarm) praise.

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(c) As evidenced, words are tricky things.

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Do not speak too much.

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Better still, do not speak at all.

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It really is difficult to ascertain one’s personality from haphazardly brief conversations. But hey, who’s keeping score?

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(d) Male contestants speak of their sadness and loneliness from being single.

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And this emotion may even manifest despite carefully curated stage(d) presence.

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A few attempt to negotiate and negate these darker emotions.

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Once in a blue moon, the women contenders also engage in vulnerable revelations.

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The general mood may be sombre, but it is strategically juxtaposed against the glimpse of finding love that the show offers.

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(e) Most other times, the power play is salient. The women pride themselves as conquests awaiting a worthy man.

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The discourse of ‘handling’ a woman often incites male contestants to snap into ‘challenge accepted‘ mode.

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Some women dish out tips and scripts for ‘taming’ them.

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Others are willingly subserviant.

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And some men do come ready with these expectations.

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Although a few admit to the challenge.

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And the cheeky sit-in psychologists are quick to relate power to pleasure.

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However, in some cases, it’s the women who prefer to command more power and decision-making.

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(f) Following from power and pleasure, we now look at a different form of aggression and pleasure… sort of?

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Can’t tell if affectionate jostling,

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Or actually borderline domestic violence.

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Some times, even the male contestants seem confused themselves.

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Or perhaps, some of this preference is rooted in a deep-rooted history?

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Any thoughts? Beep me! Installment seven on Gendered imaginaries to come.