The Importance of Self-Expression In Media

Music as a way of representing individualism, and identity is a concept in the culture industry that has brought much controversy. This is the case, because according tothe article “ The Culture Industry,” by Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, our societyis deficient in owning up to this phenomenon. According to Adorno and Horkeimer, we are living in a society where popular media is becoming a commodity of repetition, and a business of reproducing mass culture. In today’s society, the music industry has become a substance of competition and dominance, where many artists are trying to stand out, when in fact their individual art, and style is missing.

One group that negotiates with self-expression is ‘The Beatles.’ They’re a group that not only remains true to themselves, but they have reached out to society in a way that is inspiring. The Beatles have put themselves out there in the market, and they have reached their full potential, by making their style, and sounding unique. The concept of self-expression is important in the music industry in order to maintain individuality and to avoid reproducing something that has already been produced. A group that encompasses this logic is ‘The Beatles.’ Before going into further explanation of why ‘The Beatles’ represent a special identity, Adorno and Horkeimer’s controversy must be addressed and explained in further depth.

In the article “The Culture Industry” they state, “The peculiarity of the self is a monopoly commodity determined by society; it is falsely represented as natural.” (Adorno & Horkeimer, 41). Adorno and Horkheimer in simpler terms are critiquing society by reinforcing that it is in a condition of artificial awareness, and that our culture is broken under authority because of the 1 capitalism that is taking place in the modern world. Another argument that is important inunderlying mass culture is when the article states, “In the culture industry the individual is an illusion not merely because of the standardization of the means of production.” (41).To get an understanding of this we can turn to pop stars such as Britney Spears, Rhianna, and Lady Gaga. They all share similar characteristics and our society is attracted to them.The music industry takes note of this and then begins to create more ‘Britney’s’ and ‘Rhiannas.’ Unfortunately this is what it has come to, but with taking a closer look at

‘The Beatles,’ it can be seen how they remain true to their art. The Beatles are a group that epitomizes what Adorno and Horkeimer are trying to pinpoint. They remain individual because no other artist today in the twenty first century is able to compare with them. They have this unique sound, which makes them able to produce so many songs. Looking at this review that focuses on one of their many albums,it is evident in seeing how this group remains so popular. Their first psychedelic masterpiece, Revolver represents the Beatles at their most creative and cohesive, still a tight rocking unit firing on all cylinders but with a surging freedom of self-expression. It is arguably their greatest album, in which they introduce whole new vistas of sound yet still contain them within tightly structured and performed songs (McCormick, 1)

By what McCormick states, it can be seen why this group has been able to leave an influence for today’s generation. The Beatles are able to leave a lasting impact on their fans, and they’ve laid out originality in the album revolver by seeking out what society wants to hear, but still remaining true to their sound. Even as they are not a group anymore, their music is still listened to, and therefore they will never be forgotten. The Beatles were the first British group to ever write their own songs and music, and they therefore can never be replaced which makes them the reality of music. Lastly, the group has been able to create music that holds meaning in their songs. “Sure, they had their share of “yeah, yeah, yeah” songs in the beginning, but songs such as “We Can Work It Out,” “In My Life,” and just about anything on Sgt. Pepper simply include timeless messages – all packaged in beautiful music.” (Russel,1)

Through the understanding of Adorno and Horkeimer’s article, the main idea to grasp is that the modern world has transformed art into a business. This has caused the entertainment industry to manufacture music that satisfies the needs of society, but it has been done in such a way, where repetition is gained, and individuality is lost. Many artists today share a similar art, and are lacking their own identity, but ‘The Beatles,’ are a group that have shed light upon self-expression. They carry many great qualities such as carrying songs that hold meaning, producing music that reaches out to their fans, and leaving an influence for today’s generation of artists. The main influence being that the band was able to be a part of the music industry for many years and maintain succession. Adorno and Horkeimer’s article informs society of what mass culture, media, and technology has converted to. Although the industry has replicated artists in order to maintain the business of advertising, and making money it doesn’t mean that other artists can’t remain true to their art.

Works Cited

Adorno, Theodor, and Max Horkeimer. “The Culture Industry: Enlightment as Mass

Deception.” The Culture Studies Reader (1944): 29-43. Print.

McCormick, Niel. “The Beatles- Revolver, Review.” The Telegraph. N.p., 7 Sept. 2009.

Web. 19 Sept. 2012. <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/the-beatles/6150301/The-Beatles-Revolver-review.html&gt;

Russell, Lindsey. “Why The Beatles Still Have A Lasting Impact.” Yahoo! Voices. N.p., 19 Jan. 2007. Web. 19 Sept. 2012. <http://voices.yahoo.com/why-beatles-still-lasting-impact-165802.html?cat=19&gt;

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OCD and Skin: The Mental Disruption

What is OCD?

Many people are aware of the mental health condition of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) a disorder that occurs when a person gets stuck in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. These obsessions are usually unwanted thoughts that bring upon distressed feelings.

OCD and the Skin

Now normally we associate OCD with someone obsessively washing their hands, opening doors, and checking if things like the stove have been shut off. But when it comes to OCD it doesn’t just end there. When you have OCD the compulsive thoughts can be about anything including the skin.

Skin Disorders

After research and my own experience obsession over the skin has been referred to as Acne Dsymporhia and in even more extreme cases is called Dermatillomania. This disorder involves extreme skin picking that results in lesions. I myself never experienced this but did experience Acne Dysmorphia, where my thoughts were centered on my skin and worrying about it where it caused me emotional distress. It caused me to not want to go out and not want to look in the mirror but at the same time obsess in the mirror. Obsessively checking my skin and feeling if I had any blemishes or bumps.

Treatment

Living with OCD can be quite exhausting and make it a struggle in terms of focusing and concentration, but is possible to overcome. There is medication for OCD which can be the same treatment used to treat anxiety. Some have found success with medication, but for some and from my experience it was not the answer.

It actually gave me more anxiety, made me feel numb at times, tired, and heightened suicidal thoughts. But this was my experience and everyone is affected differently. Counselling, exercise, meditation, keeping busy, and using CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) are effective tools to use to treat both anxiety and OCD as both maintain a relationship. My skin obsession was caused by stress and anxiety and a mindset that was hard to get out of. It took me about 8 months to overcome. Self-compassion, and realizing my blessings and being grateful were huge ways to look at things in a different perspective. It was my obsession that was making my skin worse and acne, hives and bumps were taking over my life. I was missing out on life.

Some other tips to help stop OCD behaviours are to stop seeking reassurance, to not let thoughts maintain a power over you, and to accept your unwanted thoughts and then try to move onto something else. When you come to realize that maybe that thought is inaccurate then you won’t react to it as much. Not reacting with fear and panic to thoughts is very important. Thoughts we have are just thoughts and not always accurate or reality. Our minds can play tricks on us into believing things that are in fact not true. Something I learned from Youtube videos by OCD recovery coach Ali Greymond. Her videos were very informative and helpful. She also struggled with OCD and continues to provide support online as well as with books.

How puppies and preschoolers/toddlers are alike

Whether you believe it or not, animals are very similar to humans. Many consider their pets and especially dogs as part of the family and evidently, they should. To put it in perspective puppies particularly share many of the same qualities as preschoolers and toddlers. If you are thinking of having kids and want to make sure you are ready, getting a dog is a great idea as it will prepare you for it. Taking care of a dog takes a lot of patience, responsibility, and hard work; similar to having a child. But in the end, it is worth it as just like children, dogs bring a lot of joy. Puppies and toddlers share a lot of similar traits that I have picked up on and it is quite remarkable.

Both require a lot of love, attention, and care.

Just like kids, puppies require a lot of love, attention, and care. Puppies like to be held just like kids do, they like to be around people, and they love affection. Just like when a child is crying a puppy wants to be picked up, hugged and be cherished with love. Puppies are taken away from their mothers after 8 weeks so they can feel scared and miss their mother so making them feel comfortable, loved is important in order for them to feel at ease.

Both are therapeutic

Both kids and dogs bring a happy vibe that is contagious. When you see a child being silly, laughing, or happy it puts you in a better mood. Puppies have the same effect, in fact, dogs are used for therapy and can make one feel calmer and reduce stress. It goes to show that the simplest of things in life can bring joy and immediate pleasure.

Taking care of puppies and kids requires creativity

When taking care of a child and a puppy something that some people don’t know is that it requires creativity. What I mean by this is that when you need to get your puppy or child to do something that they don’t want to do it entails you to think outside of the box. In fact, you may have to be sneaky as kids and dogs can be stubborn. For example, if a child refuses to eat something you could try putting it in a sandwich. That way this proves that they actually liked the food that they claimed they didn’t like. With puppies, for example, if he or she isn’t eating a lot you can get a toy that they like and this will draw them towards the food. It works as an incentive just like when you want your puppy to sit you show them a treat and that encourages them to do what you want them to do. This is the same for kids as when they do something good you reward them. When preschoolers and puppies are getting potty trained, a common thing to do once they have gone to the bathroom is giving them a treat. Tactics like this will benefit you and your pup or child.

Aaron Hernandez CTE reports!

Aaron Hernandez according to the latest of news had stage 3 CTE, per attorney Jose Baez. His brain was studied at Boston University. It is also in news that the family will sue the NFL and the Patriots. Evidently, there are four stages of CTE, and stage 4 is the most severe.

What’s the backstory?

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player committed suicide in April while doing a life sentence for murder. But the story today is that he was found to have a serious type of C.T.E., the degenerative brain disease that is associated with repetitive head injury. What makes matters more interesting is that it has been found in more than 100 past NFL players. Analysts at Boston University who investigated the brain came to the conclusion that it was the nearly the most serious case they had ever witnessed with someone of the age of 27.

C.T.E., or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, can be identified only post-obituary. Hernandez is the most current past NFL player to have taken his own life and then been diagnosed with C.T.E. Some other former football players joining Aaron are Dave Duerson, Junior Seau, Andre Waters, Ray Easterling and Jovan Belcher, among others. Seau and Duerson shot themselves in the chest probably so that analysts would have the capability to investigate their brains. With Hernandez, he hung himself in his own prison cell.

Other players with CTE

Seau, Duerson and Waters were all older than Aaron, past the age of 40, while Hernandez is one of the youngest former NFL players to have had C.T.E. In July, analysts at Boston University discharged information that showed that they had found C.T.E. in the brains of 110 of the 111 past N.F.L. players they had looked at.

The fact that Aaron Hernandez had advanced C.T.E. is tragic. All in all, the NFL must address this devastating occupational health hazard for all its players and do it immediately. It is also tragic that Aaron received the worst case of C.T.E. at his age. It is no wonder now why he took his own life as he probably couldn’t deal with the situation. It is also important that fans address their relationship to the NFL.

Controversy

But controversy still lies in the fact that he still killed someone. Does him having CTE make it okay to murder someone? But let’s also take into consideration that the brain chooses to murder. His brain was damaged, so yes, CTE played a part. But does that make him not guilty by reason of insanity or is he still responsible in the murder? Overall, they can only check for CTE on the dead. Plus, Aaron has always been violent so it is plausible that CTE exacerbated it.

Shapovalov qualifies for U.S. Open 

Many are eager to witness the talent from Denis Shapovalov. He wowed many at the Rogers Cup and he continued to amaze people as he beat Jan Satral to get himself a spot in the U.S. Open. Many could get used to seeing that one-handed backhand that is so crisp. Rallying from behind to beat an opponent is always impressive as it shows drive, passion, hard work and determination in the game of tennis.
He`s in

Shapovalov has safely navigated the qualifying rounds and will play in the Main Draw of the U.S. Open tennis match next week. Many haven`t been this excited for a slam in a while. It is always great to see young talent competing in sports. His incredible August will continue as history often repeats itself.

Shapovalov is without question a pleasant surprise among tennis players. What`s so great about Shapovalov is that he is fun and entertaining to watch. He wears his emotions on his sleeve and he is very athletic. Denis is thankful for the support that he has received yesterday from many as this is a dream come true for him.

Some things we should know about Shapovalov

Although Denis is a tennis player, his favorite sport is hockey. Denis loves hockey and he claimed that if he was not playing tennis he would have gotten into hockey. So you can imagine how excited he must have been to see and meet Wayne Gretsky as he was in the crowd at the Rogers Cup. Another thing that is good to know about Denis is that he grew up idealizing Roger Federer. When Denis found out that Roger said he loved watching him play, you can imagine how happy that must have made him . 

Another fun fact that many should know is that he started playing tennis at the age of five years old. Last but not least, Denis is only the second Canadian to win the Wimbledon singles boys title, which is very impressive.

Summer stays hot for El Shapo

The 69th ranked youngster was seeded second in the draw thanks to his outstanding performance at the Rogers Cup that took place in Montreal. Many remember it as a time where he beat Rafael Nadal and Juan Del Potro. It allowed him to make it to a semi-final appearance, which was impressive. Denis will be performing in his very first U.S. Open and second career Grand Slam.

He will join Bouchard of Westmout, Quebec and Vasek Pospisil from Vancouver. Overall, the moral of the story is watch out for this younger as he will surprise you with his skills, talent, physique and drive. He won`t give up without putting up a battle and fight.

Local EDM group Tennyson is flying high

 

Are you wondering where the Canadian EDM talent lies in 2017?  Normally EDM artists fly solo, but with this dynamic duo, working alone is no option. This Canadian brother-sister act that can turn anything into music. The duo (Luke and Tess) are from Edmonton, Canada.  This teenage brother-sister duo is packed with immense musical flair and skills. Luke, 20, and Tess, 18, they make look angelic but they sure can put on a show. Luke writes the syncopated tunes, and Tess provides mind-numbing live percussion. A girl on drums is so kick-ass is it not? Skrillex is apparently a big fan of the duo, which is great for them trying to get to make it big in the EDM scene. Luke is heading to Los Angeles this year to get as creative as he can, so you can absolutely be expecting big sounds from Tennyson.

Luke and Tess- dynamic duo

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Luke and Tess a brother and sister act from Canada started busking the streets of Edmonton at ages of seven and nine, which is pretty amazing. They have gradually but surely matured into one of the most eccentric artists in the music scene with their blend of Jazz music and electronica gaining attention of producers like Ryan Hemsworth, Lido and as mentioned Skrillex. What makes them stand out is that they don’t sing about anything – their music is instrumental. It is wildly active, full of keyboard play and arpeggios. It is also very authentic sounding, which doesn’t make them imitators. As Emerson has said, imitation is suicide. Let’s face it; do we really need another David Guetta or Tiesto? Many artists these days are sampling other artist’s tracks and even though it is allowed it lacks originality.

Their sound

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The duo are known to use that really rather exasperating tone, in the structure of a loop, which is a repeating section of sound material. It creates repetitive ostinato patterns. As the basis for what is a very pleasant electronic lullaby. It is ultimately up to the listener and their taste or preference, but you will either find it annoying or compulsive and addicting. Or it will make you want to go for a ride (but fasten your seat-belt first).

The duo posted it on SoundCloud hoping that the song would spark a reminder for people to slow down. At times gloominess can be picturesque. So far, because of their age, they have not always been taken seriously: “It’s like the Series of Unfortunate events siblings started an electronica band,” according to one review. Or they’ve been greeted with an applause, as people should. Young talent is emerging these days and it will continue to.

 Started at a young age

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As mentioned, the brother sister team apparently started busking in Edmonton from the age of seven and nine, playing fronts of tunes by the Beatles, Coldplay and Weezer. That is undeniably amazing as those are some outstanding and exceptionally supported groups. When Luke was 12 they had recorded two collections of jazz music. At that point in 2012, he created his initially arrival of unique (electronic) material, and this year he chose to join his adoration for jazz and electronica, with his sister on drums. Combining two genres isn’t something that is totally out of the ordinary. Many successful artists have done it. Look at Avicii- he combined country and electronica, and it was genius.

Tennyson’s Influences

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It is always important to look at an artist’s influences, it tells a lot about their character, flare and their sound. Flying Lotus is one of Luke’s influences – along with Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Bonobo, and James Blake. In contemporary electronic music inspiration can come from anywhere. Sites like Soundcloud are loaded with craftsmen who draw on a number of impacts and thoughts to make something that they can call their own. However, Edmonton electronic act Tennyson emerge just on the grounds that they are the principal gathering to concede their sound may have started from the world’s most prominent purple dinosaur—Barney.

Subliminally [Barney’s Sleepy time Songs] influenced their music. They really found these old VHS tapes of when they were close to nothing and Luke was absolutely into Barney endeavoring to chime in, yet his mouth wasn’t created enough to state the words. Not that it’s a worry with the couple, as words regularly change into tests against Luke’s testy synths.

Originating from a group of traditionally prepared artists, Luke (creation) and sister Tess (drums/percussion) have dependably been entertainers. Tess says the two began playing piano and drums as meager children busking in the city of Edmonton, covering melodies by Weezer and Nirvana. “The first occasion when we played together, I was seven and he was nine, and we’ve been playing together from that point onward, to the point where it just feels normal,” says Tess. That is crude ability in that spot, as should be obvious they both knew this was their obsession and profession from the beginning.

As they developed into adolescents, they took their first shot at a full venture, discharging jazz cover collections. Luke would likewise soon begin fiddling with electronic music. The electronic genre was something Luke was improving.  The situation was an afterthought and afterward he got increasingly into it and figured out how to function in the jazz music him and his sister have been improving.

Affected by any semblance of Boards of Canada and Radiohead, Tennyson began combining jazz with darker tones at long last discharging their 2012 self-titled presentation and the Blamer EP not long after. Both went generally unnoticed. Underrated, the team focused on their own sound while discharging a constant flow of new tracks on SoundCloud, in the end getting the consideration of maker Ryan Hemsworth with the moving merry go round and smooth midi keys on their remix of Angus and Julia Stone’s “For You.” Taken aback by the energy of their melodic creations, Hemsworth put Tennyson’s track “You’re Cute” as the first in his month to month Secret Songs arrangement.

What makes Toronto good/bad for EDM?

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In the world of electronic dance music, summer is high season. It consistently brings another celebration. The show starts in May and manufactures, similar to a crashing EDM track, into a touchy peak: the Veld Music Festival, a monster two-day bacchanal that colonizes Downsview Park each August. A year ago, almost 40,000 individuals pressed into the recreation center for the all-ages EDM celebration.

Ink Entertainment, the occasion coordinator, had enlisted 40 medical staff, eight EMS laborers, one MD, four ambulances, 280 security protects, 15 security chiefs and 26 paid obligation officers to stay nearby for the length. A proportion that shook out to around 130 shouting, stoned ravers for each calm grown-up. There were armies of tanked adolescents furnished with fake IDs, yet the more serious issue was the drug use: the celebration was overflowing with GHB, MDMA and cocaine. Throughout the end of the week, no less than 15 individuals took something that landed them in the doctor’s facility, and two kicked the bucket of overdoses.

One was Annie Truong-Le, a truly, petite 20-year-old poli-sci major at York University, who took something at Veld. She lost cognizance, was raced to a clinic and never woke up. The other was Willard Amurao, a burly 22-year-old Ajax man, who likewise took drugs at Veld. Police spotted him stumbling out and immediately called for EMS. Police bounded him to a stretcher. He went into heart failure in the rescue vehicle and was articulated dead at the healing facility.

Examination reports uncovered that both Truong-Le and Amurao had taken MDMA. This goes to show you that EDM has a bad reputation and label with drugs, but this is because EDM music maintains a relationship with the party scene. This doesn’t mean that people have to do drugs or that EDM music has to be established as negative. People can and should go to Veld to enjoy the music and not to experiment with drugs. These events are meant to celebrate and enjoy the music and to unite with others. It should be a joyous time and not where people are overdosing on drugs.

They Can’t Slow Down

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Luke and Tess have been playing music for as long as they can remember. Their dad, a drummer, impacted them to seek after the workmanship as children, playing jazz, blues, and works of art like the Beatles, and busking around town. For Luke, making music fell into place without any issues. As you would expect, he began seeking it at such a youthful age.

Before Luke grew up and had this attention to himself, he had these aptitudes. Tess joined Tennyson in her mid-teens. With Luke on production and console and Tess on drums, the band’s music recounts a story without words.

After the couple started posting their music on Soundcloud more than four years back, they increased such a following, that Ryan Hemsworth, a Toronto-based electronic performer and maker, discovered their music and imparted it to his supervisor, who wound up lifting the team up. As indicated by Luke and Tess, the Internet is truly what’s been in charge of their prosperity. Social media is such a power medium these days. It is great for marketing, sharing, communicating and advertising. As Marshall McLuhan said “The medium is the message.”

 

Durant refuses to attend White House as he doesn’t respect Trump.

Kevin Durant  has announced that he will not be attending the White House should President Trump invite the Golden State Warriors. According to reports, Durant does not respect Donald Trump as President of the U.S. According to the Bleacher ReportDurant stated, “I don’t agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that. That’s just me personally, but I know my guys well enough, they’ll all agree with me.”

Voicing his opinion

Ever since Kevin Durant was a youngster, he dreamed of taking the Larry O’Brien Trophy to the front steps of the White House. Many people love to dream and set goals for themselves and this is one of Durant’s.

Trump’s hostile command has been looked at as negative as what he believes in, many disagree with. Over the past few years and his recently marked remission to what occurred in Charlottesville Virgina, it has caused a lot of athletes and politicians to speak freely of their frustrations with Trump. Oppression  is something that Durant and many others are firmly against. Violence recently broke out in Charlottesville, leading to the death of Heather Myer, 32. So keeping this in mind, Durant trusts that Trump has played a role in the heightening of racial strain in the U.S.

Not impressed

Kevin Durant has every right as a person to express his views and opinions of Donald Trump. His disdain for Trump is something that he is confident in expressing. He definitely has the right to criticize Trump as it is unjust for oppression to continue in a world where many have overcome so much of it. Many agree that ever since he has made his way into office, or since he ran for president, certain countries have been so divided and it’s not a coincidence. When Obama was in office, conditions were looking better. There was more aspiration in certain communities. This is because there was an African American President and that was a breakthrough. It’s with all this hatred towards Trump that many wonder why he won the presidential campaign in the first place?

Durant is not alone

Durant is not the only one that disagrees with Trump’s actions, as fellow Warriors players also expressed their discontent. Since the Warriors won it all, there have been doubts over whether the team would make the traditional White House visit. Even opponent, friend and NBA star LeBron James feels that Trump is not ‘making America great again.’ LeBron feels that the direction that the U.S. is heading is not the right one.