Posts Tagged ‘YouTube’

After it was brought to my attention that Charlie, one of our blog editors, had no idea who Jenna Marbles was – I found it necessary to dedicate this week’s video to one of my favorite Jenna videos.

If you have been living under a rock for the past three years, like Charlie and don’t know who Jenna is,  she is a college graduate who devotes her time to making hilarious videos on YouTube. She works side-by-side with her two dogs, Mr. Marbles and Kermit and prefers to speak in a baby voice the entire video.

In this video, “How To Avoid Talking To People You Don’t Want To Talk To,” Jenna demonstrates how to avoid and scare off any creep who tries talking to you.

For some of us, this could be useful when we are walking past Starbucks on Marshall Street or at an open frat party when that ugliest guy at the party insists on standing way too close to your ass.

Watch, listen and learn. Oh, and Charlie, you’re welcome.

-Chelsey Perry

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Jerks can’t type like this

Posted: September 20, 2012 by jerkmag in ZONE -- syracuse
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My typewriter sticks when I use it for play. I have just invested in a new MacBook that was shipped to my door; all I had to do was click a few keys, type in some numbers, watch my bank account drop significantly and it arrived. I am too lazy to buy a ribbon and some ‘grease’ for my sticky typewriter.

Simple and sturdy, manual typewriters are returning to the tips and taps of people’s fingers. Despite not being able to do anything more than type, they have returned as vintage machines – some especially cheap – commonly used for letters, novels, and often times for blogs.

There’s a punch. Typewriters are more like luggage; the typing sound is more of a loud note on the musical scale and mistakes are apparent even after they’ve been deleted. But the distractions of YouTube funniest videos, surfing the Internet and Skype have been eliminated. The importance of font, typeface and size are concerns for the more advanced machines. And if one were to try and hack into a typewriter, they would only get to the ribbon.

Yet for some, the typewriter creates an almost romantic experience with one’s words – watching character after character take shape on the paper. No automatic spell check to interfere with one’s creativity; the lines of green and red underlining words and sentences with mistakes and more often then not, pressing ‘ignore’ to get rid of those distracting squiggles. It is the content that matters and without the bright computer screen, the instrument becomes this physical thing, not a thinking thing, but a fosterer of words that perhaps makes what one is trying to say more clear.

But while I write here, I’ve taken several breaks to check my e-mail. I’ve searched online to see why on earth people are using these obsolete machines that in this century will perhaps foster one’s creativity but makes everything else more difficult. Without a doubt, if you’re one to use this machine, you’re going to fall behind with technology because no chance are typewriters coming back to compete with Apple’s newest designs.

-Beatrice Schachenmayr

Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, and now SoundCloud.  It’s evident that, nowadays, playing music on iTunes is people’s last resort when looking for new jams.  I have recently found a new love for SoundCloud.  I’ve known about the website for some time (as you can tell from previous posts), but had never really used it up until recently.  One thing I’ve found is that SoundCloud is the haven of techno and house remixes.  So, obviously, I love it.

SoundCloud allows users to digitally stream tracks they upload and then share them with the online community.  These tracks can simply be copies of already released tracks, or in most cases, have the user’s original spin on the track.  This can mean the song is either remixed or covered.  SoundCloud is basically YouTube minus the videos.  But, there are so many more exciting features to the website.

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Okay, I really apologize, that title is a bit misleading. In all honesty though, that is the actual title of the new Smartwater advertisement starring Jennifer Aniston. The video is so perfect on so many levels. While being an actual marketing scheme, the video pokes fun at all the techniques used by advertisers on the reg.

Jen says, “This day in age I can’t just do that; I can’t just tell you that Smartwater is the smartest, best tasting water out there…” and she is absolutely right. A celebrity must be involved, or humor must be used, or a popular trend needs to be emphasized, or some sex appeal must be added to grab attention.

Today’s viral videos have become a huge success, and with the use of the young YouTube sensation in the introduction, the ad calls attention to that. Some green screening and animation are used to develop the scene with cute puppies, and then cute babies who begin to get raunchy (ew). I love when the nerdy producers/ad directors are gathered around Jen as she pours the Smartwater all over her sexy self. It’s about time people really make fun of the ridiculous use of sex to sell products.

I really love that this video spoofs the advertising industry and viral video craze in so many ways. Humor in marketing always grabs my attention, and if you can make me laugh, you’ve got me hooked. This video receives five out of five stars from me. Jennifer Aniston just gets hotter with age, and she made a hilarious debut in her first viral video ever. With over 8.5 million views already, I would have to say the viewers agree that this video was fabulous.

-Tori Ipacs

 

Being a product of the 90s and coupled with my consumption of contemporary popular culture, I am not a person that gets shocked very easily. I am also not a person who gets tricked or hoodwinked with every passing fad. But then came Rebecca Black. By now I’m sure all of you have seen her teenage angst-ridden video for “Friday,” which has amassed nearly 30 million hits on YouTube since its release a week ago. Posing the age-old question, “which seat can I take,” Rebecca effectively dispels any myth that music must have meaning and voice in order to be popular.

I am significantly impressed by two things: the first is that people actually think she’s being serious. The second is that in her infinite wisdom Rebecca Black has shown us that it’s possible to be a household name for a week or so, all you need to do is release a song that people love to make fun of until it grows on them and actually becomes catchy. She’s tricked us all and we didn’t even know it. It’s the kind of comedy we need to see more often. When her time in the spotlight fades, she will be able to live the rest of her life with the accolade that she was the original “Friday” girl. She’s bound to score with a pickup line like that.

-Nick Deyo

The latest rap parody making a splash on the internet comes from a University of Michigan student taking a creative spin on Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness.” Skylar Fulton’s hilariously accurate ode to JAP culture can be seen as an unofficial spinoff to last summer’s “Nassau (County) State of Mind.” However, despite being something of a Michigan thing, it probably could’ve been shot at Syracuse, and not been any different.

So put on your North Face, send that last BBM, and polish that Star of David necklace, because it’s time for a little Jappiness:

Executive Web Editor extraordinaire for Jerk Magazine, Kate Holloway, inquired my thoughts via her Facebook status after the blog-o-sphere exploded concerning the newest accusations concerning Sarah Palin and feminism.

In my book, Sarah Palin does not support feminist ideals, therefore it is difficult for me to associate her with the progressive, never-ending fight for equal rights between genders. Scratch that—it’s nearly impossible for me to consider her a feminist.

Strong women exemplify components of feminism no matter what—Palin’s leadership in her otherwise lacking party is admirable, especially considering current gender roles in politics. Gender aside, I would never elect an individual to greater office who chose to step down from their position as Governor in order to write books, appear on Fox news as a contributing analyst, and signs deals with TLC for reality shows. Woman or man—that can’t be my next President. (more…)