Thursday, January 17, 2008

Managing my Online Presence

I am all over the internet.

I've got a facebook for myself, a facebook for The Economists, a myspace for the same, this blog for writing, my vox blog for the Chicago Mixtape Project, my page... it's more than I can handle at this point. I didn't even mention the fact that I am registered at flixster, linked in, xanga, photobucket, and more. I kind of want to reign it all into one place, but no such place exists.

So for now, this blog will be importing into my facebook feed and the vox blog will continue updates, just not via the facebook, unless I specifically want to mention one of its posts. I'd like to combine blogger's ease of text-based use and pretty, personally designed template with vox's ability to host streaming audio and facebook's handy, offline-interaction-modeled social network, but as of now that option does not exist.

All of that is a complicated way of saying that I have reorganized the way my interaction with the internet is made manifest, most noticeably through facebook, and created a more cohesive platform for writing (one that holds together my posts and my ideas a little better than the facebook notes feature and allows for more writing, something I have been neglecting during law school). I'm essentially trying to channel as much of my internet information through facebook, my preferred social network.

Here's a good question that you either are asking or should be asking: what the hell am I talking about? Why does this matter?

Well, for starters, do other people think about this? Do people think about how their online persona is constructed? Or even worse, do people perceive their multiple ports for internet interaction as organs in the internet self, as I do? Do people try to reorganize these organs to better serve how they want their internet self to be perceived?

Ok think of it this way: I decide that my ability to juggle is more interesting or important to me than, say, my ability to dance (I, in actuality, do not at all posses the former and rarely showcase the latter). So, I redesign my body in a way that my legs fade into the background as my arms take center stage and become the more important aspect of my being. I, as you may be well aware, have no ability to prioritize how I present my physical body. I do, however, have the ability to prioritize my online body. Which is what I am trying to do with this recent switch-up.

Anyone wanna share some thoughts on this internet body that we all possess, whether we think about it in those terms (as I do) or not?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Children of Men

I was riding the subway home today and an idea struck me. It was a stupid idea, but I think I might run with it anyway.

I was thinking about film, about some of the movies that I have seen recently. It occurred to me that, in many cases, the things that I felt some movies tried to develop or the methods they tried to use were cool, but "Children of Men" did them better. This is true of a lot of things: the commitment to a single character in "Juno" and the reliance on that connection for emotional development, the subjective sound in nearly every war movie, the camera angles and motions in "Cloverfield" meant to immerse us in a world, the commitment to realism and grittiness totally missing from "The Golden Compass" and halfway done correctly in "I Am Legend," the bleak dystopia with rays of hope so idiotically mishandled in "Escape from New York" and "The Omega Man," and so on.

What this left me with was a sense of how "Children of Men" tied together some of the most interesting things in the world of cinema, did them expertly, and innovated to make them work even better. It also left me with the notion that I should try to tackle some of these elements in micro-specific movie reviews, or, as some people know them, essays.

I know, I am in no position to be able to commit time to such an endeavor, an endeavor that could end up the size of a critical treatise. I also have no formal training in cinema, it's critical analysis, etc. But when I watch this film (something that I do relatively regularly), these big ideas pop out and I feel like I want to develop them.

For instance, shoes. Watching what shoes Theo wears as the movie progresses gives us insight into his character. Or staging: Theo's physical position mirrors his emotional position in relation to other characters in many scenes. The use of negative space, the one-scene encapsulated commentaries on art, medicine, or education, the scenery as analysis of the relationship between man and his world...

It's all there. And I want to write about all of it. So... time permitting, I'm gonna. You know, at some point. Not necessarily soon, but in general.