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Video (Part 2) + Few New Creations

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Eyes in the Sky (Can See You)

To understand the world, one must first understand the shortcomings within and then quantify that number by billions. Who knows what that means, but it sounds deep, perhaps contrite, with a hint of remorse and self-loathing. For the greatest truth ever told was likely deemed a lie, and the greatest lie was probably an ultimate truth.

Oh, there it was again, a repeat of complexity that is not really all that perplexing.
The main thesis to Eyes in the Sky (Can See You) is self-reflection. To understand this principle, perspective is important. The layout of the creation attempts to establish the mood and setting of the inner-self visualized. Please note, the viewer (or self) is unseen below looking up toward the turbulent clouds as they pass overhead. Ultimately, the viewer is actually a lonely spot of land or a solo-world, the viewer is their own world. Thus, with an understanding of perspective, one can then determine that the clouds, the turbulence found above is actually created, unique to the one-world below. As for those faces flowing through the distressed skies, they are a result of the cloud commotion. In other words, I created this piece to reveal my own internal struggle.

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As a solo-onlooker, my own isolated world, the clouds flowing above represent my feelings and emotions. The faces, which are modeled after my own, represent neverending self-condemnations that stem from dark visceral passions and disturbances. It is important to realize, despite only four faces being visible, these faces are ongoing and endless as they directly reflect stressors, such as anxiety, depression, self-hatred, despair, misery, loneliness, and a never-ending combination of self-alienation/resentment.

Also, please note as the faces look down on the viewer, they can “see you” the real you. Although the viewer cannot be seen by potential onlookers from above because of the shielding, perhaps protective covering of the clouds– the faces they can “see you” and their view cannot be obscured. They know you, the real you.

Dickish DR is one of my personally favorite creations. As his name implies, he’s not a total dick just sorta “dickish.” Dickish can often be somewhat humorous.

Buddy DR is not intentionally dickish, but he represents someone that has the right idea in mind, heart in the correct place, but still might come across as being accidentally “dickish” in his own right.

Please enjoy part 2 of My First Street Brawl or don’t, whatever works for you:

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True Story: My First Street Brawl (Video)

Welcome to a True Story from TheDR.World. Enjoy the shennanigans of a reality that most folks will never be fortunate (or unlucky?) enough to ever experience. It is good being the king, even when you are even royalty. The concept makes sense if one really thinks without overthinking.

Meet someone that you have not grown to hate… YET:

The following events really happened, I shit you not. This is the first of the two part story of My First Street Brawl. Please enjoy a real-life tale from a dude that seen, done, and been part of all kinds uniquely crazy but sometimes wonderful situations.

The second part (the better of the two) is done and will be forthcoming. It largely dependent on audience demand. No demand = I take my sweet ass time to drop the finale. As for the first video, well, it’s the “set up” and TheDR.World assures you the second part of the story– is both somewhat enthralling and features a few twists and characters– ya will not likely see coming.

Remember fiction is often more ludicrous than make-believe.

As a reminder, please consider buying either sponsor products or TheDR.world wide array of unique artififacts for future generations to covet.

PS, I have been writing but have not been publishing many works. Part of this is due to the lack of audience participation. The more you do, the more it motivates me to post. However, either way, I will still do passion projects just because I want to.

Much love and mad respect,

DR

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TheDR.World Exposes Aquaman (Video)

Never be afraid to do anything, ever. With that spirit in mind, please check out the first video from TheDR.World.

Learn all about the ugly truth behind the “real” Aquaman. Also, do not forget to check out TheDR.World sponsors, chuck a buck or two, and pass this video or whatever along to your friends or foes alike, it’s all good, even when it’s not, it still is aight.

Do not forget to check out my sponsors; bet ya may find a good deal on post-VD chocolates and such:

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As for the following, it is all meant in good fun, good humor. However, like, love, or hate it– meh? See above, it’s all good, even when it’s not.

Creativity is both a solo reward and a curse, but it is better to dream too much than not enough. When facing life choices, one should aim too high than too low. Never settle or surrender just because few or none believe in you, believe in your ambitions and talents. Whether one succeeds or fails is not necessarily the most important aspect, there is fun to have along the journey, remember to soak it in, (wo)man.

Please feel free to share your feedback or offer your encouragement. Indifference really sucks. There is nothing worse than being a mere blah in a gigantic full of blah.

Anybody check E-Harmony out? If so, please let me know how it works… cool? No reason to POF it up all the time, ya gotta “class” up, sometimes. #HAHA

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Videos You Will Enjoy–Probably (NSFW)

 Videos, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, Full Metal Jacket, Raging Bull, Bullwinkle, Bob Ross, Gooodfellas

NSFW:

Enjoy a list of a few forgotten or maybe never seen videos. These great clips feature a Raging Bull…winkle, some ether, an artist, a joker, actually two jokers–but don’t tell Tommy that he’s a “funny guy.”

First up, a short parody of Raging Bull.  With only slight modifications, the theme of the video stays true to the original scene.  To those that have not watched ‘Raging Bull’–check it out.  The black & white film still holds up to time while recounting the harsh reality of the late boxing champion Jake LaMotta.

You sucked Mr. Peabody’s cock?

 

Next up, not a parody of anything, just a straight-up adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas.  Although not much a box office smash, the movie is what one would consider, like the late Mr. Thompson, a cult classic.

“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”

 

Two movies in one?  The following scene comes from Full Metal Jacket.  The movie recounts the Vietnam era in a distinct manner.  The “cool” part of the film features the good Gunnery Sergeant hazing Marine recruits in a somewhat true to form–well, as it used to be.

Who the f*ck said that? … Now, let me see your “war face.”:

 

 

NSFW: What can be said about the late Bob Ross?   Let’s see, he’s a legend for doing what he did–let’s put a pretty little tree over here–phenomenal.  Here might be a few things that many likely do not know about Mr. Ross.  For starters, he spent 20-years in the Air Force before his rise to fame as the nice painting fellow that remains universally loved by all.

The next clip is dedicated to the spirit of Bob Ross and his classic show The Joy of Painting.  Be warned, there is a lady with a thong exposed butt–but it is a joke.  So, if that is not your thing, please don’t watch.  But Bob would want everyone to laugh, he was a happy fellow.

Let’s put a happy little whisper right over here:

 

Until next time, be one of the Goodfellas.

Now, go home and get your f*ckin’ shine-box:

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Dilly Dilly to Funny Commercials

This is dedicated to funny commercials that you may not have seen or might have forgotten about.  To our list, Dilly Dilly!

You are gonna need a safe word…it shouldn’t be ‘more’

Tongue & What?  This guy wants porno…followed by everything that could realistically happen, 100% plausible.  However, he did get a free copy of “Pink Slips”–it’s more upscale.

That made laugh so hard, I just shipped my drawers.

The first time watching this commercial is a shock, too funny.  Shipping your drawers is very convenient.

No idea who drinks Evian, but…

The person that made this commercial should be promoted.  No idea how they sold this concept, but it works.  Imagine sitting a proposal meeting and someone comes up with this idea?  More times than not, totally dismissed, or worse–never even mentioned.  Creative types–never hold your tongue, let it all out.  The world needs more dancing baby commercials.

 

Schaeffer’s = fantastic ad.

Clever.  Turned a boring commercial into laughs and makes the viewer longing for more dck.  No idea how many dck jokes one can make, but this commercial uses dang near every single one of ’em.  Re-watch, take notes, try to add to the list.  Warning: It’s harder than you think (haha, but the dude already used that angle, see?)

Which leads into this nice old granny, famously asking,

“Where’s the beef?”  During the 1980’s, this was “the commercial.”  Wendy’s rode this to become…Wendy’s?  Actually, Wendy’s is high-quality for fast food.  But it’s expensive, this is probably why there is a #McDontWannaGoThere on every street corner in America today…just a guess.

Reminder, be careful where you place your d*ck.  HAHA.

Not all that funny, it should serve more as a reminder–a public service announcement, really.   Clarification from earlier, the world needs more dancing babies…in commercials, not in reality.  Odds are 7 out 10 grow up to be jerkos.   Not an opinion, it’s science.

 

 

 

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Metal Monday Videos

Just because it’s Monday is not an excuse to be a d*ck, right?   Right.  Welcome to Metal Monday, time to rock out with your sock(?) out.

Cover of Slayer – Payback

For the slow Monday starters.   It’s actually enjoyable and kinda good.

Not sure if Drowning Pool is Metal but…

a dude that’s body could hit the floor at any moment singing this song sure is.

Perhaps Sock Puppets singing a Pantera classic?

Re-adjust your sock, and walk on home boy.

Sepultura singing punk?

Sign me up, bro.  We are tired of your abuse, try to stop it’s no use.

A self-described Fat Guy mowing down water bottles with a sword set to Slayer?

That’s the most metal thing ever, EVER.

As always be cool.  Drop us a line and be sure to send us anything cool that comes your way.   In the meantime, enjoy your Metal Monday!   Live fast, on high repentless let it RIDE!

Long live the king of Metal:  Slayer.

However, Pantera was pretty good in their day.

One of the greatest tunes from not only Pantera’s best album but THE best angry metal album of all time–bar none.   That’s a bold statement, but we own it.

For those wishing to sing along:
I wonder if we’ll smile in our coffins
While loved ones mourn the day,
The absence of our faces,
Living, laughing, eyes awake
Is this too much for them to take?
Too young for one’s conclusion, the lifestyle won
Such values you taught your son
That’s how
Look at me now
I’m broken
Inherit my life
One day we all will die, a cliched fact of life
Force fed to make us heed
Inbred to sponge our bleed
Every warning, a leaking rubber,
A poison apple for mingled blood
Too young for one’s delusion the lifestyle cost
Venereal Mother embrace the loss
That’s how
Look at you now
You’re broken
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Will Video Kill “The Man” from Afar? The Pussy Grabs Back

 

The last video in this series comes from the group Pussy Riot.  This video is an example of successful utilization of the power available in the new internet/digital age.  From a musical standpoint they have been described as, “…[N]othing special. They sound like a bunch of teenagers in a garage, blurting out their feelings with reckless abandon” (Lee, D.).  Yet in 2011, the less than 2-minute video for “Punk Prayer” would gain the group and their message worldwide attention.  Unlike the preceding videos, the “Punk Prayer” was not professionally shot for commercial success.  It was a result of opportunity mixed with luck.

 

This video was a filmed protest shot in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior.   The scene was picked due to the belief that the church clergy offer direct support to government corruption.  The lyrics of the song are heavily centered around government and church corruption.  The video relies heavily on symbolism.

In the beginning, the video introduces four women with masked faces dressed in flashy garbs satirically perform bowing gestures commonly associated with prayer.  This is an obvious use of satire and symbolism.  The woman’s head being covered is customary in many religions. Yet their style of dress, modest by western cultural standards, is loud and provocative to those with a conservative Russian Orthodox ideology.

The women are quickly confronted by church security officials.  This results in a hastily transition from their simulated prayer to blatant rebellion.  The women jump, dance and kick provocatively (again by Orthodox standards) as they shout out lyrics critical of Vladimir Putin and the church.  The beautiful décor of the church, the band’s defiance and the clergy and security personnel’s reaction becomes an overload of chaos.  Though short in nature, it succeeds in highlighting the dominance of the powerful and the rich over the everyday woman in the Russian culture.

In the aftermath, three members of “Pussy Riot” would face trial for “hooliganism.”  The televised trial would be widely criticized throughout the world as an indictment of the Russian legal system.  Author Sophia Mayer stated the impact of the trial and the aftermath as, “Heard around the world…sharp shock…that have highlighted and made evident the repressive force of the Kremlin…Pussy Riot has grown from a minor nuisance to a global cause” (Mayer, S.).   All three members were convicted with two receiving two-year prison sentences.

As the 2014 Winter Olympics (held in Russia) were approaching, pressure from other world leaders mounted on Russian President Vladimir Putin.  The outside influence seemed to work as the members would be released from prison.  On the release, Putin biographer Masha Gessen offered this insight, “Putin seemed to realize that the bad publicity was really going to cost him. Various world leaders said they wouldn’t attend…For Putin, that looks like a disaster, because he won’t have anyone to take pictures with” (Bethune, B.).   Perhaps Pussy Riot had not changed Russia nor the world, but they did shake up the Russian culture, started a discussion and highlight the desire for political and religious reform.

Throughout humankind, music has played a significant part of human culture.  As culture and technology continue to evolve so shall the music.  Artists will continue their attempt to make an impact on society and the world.  Music may not take a leader such as Vladimir Putin down.  However, music has brought attention and just criticism to embarrass “The Man” from afar.

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Works Cited

Bethune, Brian. “The Interview.” Maclean’s Jan 28.2014.

 

 

 

 

 

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Will Video Kill “The Man” from Afar? The Narrative of Simplicity

Previously: 

Will Video Kill “The Man” from Afar?

Will Video Kill “The Man” from Afar? The Buggles

Will Video Kill “The Man” from Afar? Little Past Midnight

In 1999, two teenage boys went on a mass killing spree in Colorado.
The pair had built and detonated home-made bombs in their high school murdering twelve of their fellow students while injuring more than twenty others.It became a popular opinion that the two had been as noted from The Encyclopaedia of Liars and Deceivers’: “…allegedly inspired to commit their awful crime by the deliberately shocking work of rock singer Marilyn Manson.  To stop the situation escalating, Manson was forced to cancel the rest of his American tour.   It only became clear much later that the two boys were not fans of Manson’s music at all” (Bolt, R. 47). The false blame and intense scrutiny from religious and media organizations were ferocious and intense.   Most of this ferocity was aimed squarely at Marilyn Manson.

In 2000, Marilyn Manson would release the album “Holy wood.”  The album was heavily inspired by the scapegoating and profiling that his band and many of his fans were subjected to.   Manson would release a video from this album for a song entitled, “The Fight Song.”  The song would serve as a scathing condemnation directed at religion and society in general for their influence on violence in the United States.   The video would offer a satirical look at the American cultural by using an extremely popular youth sport.

The beginning sequence foreshadows a changing mood as darkening clouds quickly converge over a football stadium.    The imagery is heavily steeped in propaganda seen in everyday Americana with signs that read, “We’re Happy to Live in America” and another stating, “Be a Winner! Give Blood.”  The use of hidden symbolism is obvious with a meticulous eye one can see an ax hanging on the entrance fence under a sign that reads, “For Fire Only.”  The unusual placement creates an ominous feeling.

A strong dose of allegory continues as a normal game of American football is transformed into a culture clash.  The “good” guys are dressed in all white and made up of “clean cut” young men wearing jerseys labeled, “Holy.”  The opposing or “bad” squad is covered in all black and comprised of “goth” youth with tops marked, “Death.”  The artist uses the imagery to create distinct lines with a possible desire for the audience to “choose” a side.

The contest begins under “normal” football rules but as rain begins to fall, the game grows increasingly more violent.  The artist symbolic conveys the message that American society not only accepts violence but condones it.  This is clear through as the celebration of the onlookers’ grows more exuberant as violence increases. Concealed within the cinematic sequence is a brief glimpse of police officers beating on outcast youth.

The message rapidly transitions into offering society an alternative through the clever use of an ax and a football.  The football sparks as a catalyst as the quarterback unloads a “bomb” that smashes into the scoreboard sparking a huge ball of flames.  The flame initially consumes the scoreboard–as “Holy” burns.  The fire quickly spreads to engulf the goal posts.  In the last sequence of symbolic destruction, one of the youth chops down the burning post with the axe.  This conclusion offers an evocation that religion and culturally ingrained violence will end with the action of the youth to take it down.

Despite a limited run on MTV, the video would be trendy and still remains widely available.  As an example, a quick internet query yields many avenues to watch this video.   One random “uploaded” version from 2009 has been viewed nearly 16 million times.   With widespread internet availability, the music video remains a popular and powerful tool for artists to voice their message.

Work Cited

Bolt, Roelf. ‘The Encyclopaedia of Liars and Deceivers.” London, GB:

Reaktion Books (2014): 19.

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Will Video Kill “The Man” from Afar? Little Past Midnight

Will Video Kill “The Man” from Afar?   Will Video Kill “The Man” from Afar? The Buggles

The mid-late 1980s would represent the pinnacle of MTV’s music video popularity.   Bands from across the world would gain an increase in global visibility.

In 1988, one such band, Midnight Oil, released their video titled “Beds are Burning.”  The song was inspired by the band’s previous musical voyage across remote villages of their native Australian homeland.  Their tour took them into an environment that was, “…a mix of calm desert beauty and broken down cars, dilapidated shelters, and stripped trees (cut down for firewood) that “turned the place into a dust storm…It was a life-changing event for all of us,” Hirst notes.” (McCarthy, S.)

Along the band’s journey, they would play for smaller, more intimate crowds, of indigenous desert people.  Many of these people came from tribal groups that were losing their land and culture.  Scores had been forced out of their native soil by the Australian government to conduct missile testing.

How did the band choose to display their musical message?

From the opening, the video strives to capture the attention through the use of extended silence, as the sun shines upon a slowly turning windmill.  The silence breaks as the band recreate their tour across Australia.  The ensemble plays and sings in a perfect and soothing harmony.  Abruptly the chorus ends as the background vocalists fade to silence as the once soothing melody transforms into a dictatorial energy.  The lead vocalist teams with this musical momentum as he reaches a full-throttled cry to “GIVE IT BACK!”  At this precise moment, the viewer receives a brief glimpse of an indigenous fellow that is immediately followed by a bustling city.

These glimpses attempt to spur curiosity and to get the viewer to ask, “What’s that about?” and “Who is this fella?”

The mood of curiosity gradually transitions in an attempt to create compassion.  To draw a complete distinction, the scenes quickly flicker between the indigenous people and the city.  City/people/city/people this pattern continues until finally it is replaced with the emphasis turning to the aboriginal folk.  The remainder of the video shows the populace as they dance, laugh and celebrate to display the love of their native land and culture.

“Beds are Burning” is a fun and positive attempt to solicit compassion to gain support in righting a societal wrong.  The video efficiently attempts to appeal the viewer to action through establishing a human connection to the aboriginal cause.

Unfortunately, not all subject matter can be displayed as dramatically using such a “feel good” manner–as will be seen in the next example.

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Will Video Kill “The Man” from Afar? The Buggles

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In 1979, The Buggles, a band from England, released the music video “Video Killed the Radio Star.”  Initially, the video was a modest hit.  However, In 1981, a new cable channel called Music Television (MTV) was born.  MTV chose “Video Killed the Radio Star” to christen their arrival–marking a clear statement by MTV.   They were warning all that they were the new thing.  The song serves as an indictment on the advancement of technology.

The song proclaims that once the technology is accepted by a society–things will never be the same and the civilization can’t turn back.  MTV chose this video to announce to the world that they were that technology, they were changing the landscape and that the world of music would never be the same again.

In time, most of the world would agree in saying to MTV, “Thanks, dicks.”

As “Video Killed the Radio Star” it would grow from a regionalized to become a significant part of pop culture.  Sure, The Buggles are considered a “one-hit wonder, ” but that will forever remain linked to both MTV and to a significant change in technology’s influence on music.  As for The Buggles, they may have lucked into achieving cult legend status, but their original intent was to make a cultural statement.  In truth, they did not seem overly enthusiastic about the changing music scene.  Perhaps it was due to them not being more handsome, who knows?

In many ways “Video Killed the Radio Star” was a pioneer in music videos.  Not only for being the first, but also for offering a “how to” on effective video story telling bu using a variety of techniques to capture an audience’s emotion.

It follows a classic story of a journey of self-exploration and self-discovery.  The trip begins as a small girl sits in front of a 1950s version of the radio (giant by today’s standards).  As the child adjusts the radio knobs, the scary as shit looking singer magically appears in black and white.  He is decked out in a 1950s era rock star style made authentic through his use of a 50s period microphone.

Additionally, his song echoes the sound from a distant period as he belts out lyrics that support his reflection to an era gone by.  The imagery synched with the hymn sets a distinct tone of innocence and nostalgia.  The focus begins to shift as the child attempts to change the radio station.  The radio knobs do not work and the mood abruptly turns from nostalgia to emotional conflict.  This conflict continues to grow as the radio begins to flash indicating that something is wrong with the “system.”  This may signify the radio version of Dateline NBC’s “To Catch a Predator.”  Nope.  Chris Hansen does not come to save the day.   Instead, a moment of foreshadowing imminent change it set to occur as the girl stands–HOLY SHIT!  The radio explodes.

Radio is dead.

Feelings be damned, the video does not care for our loss it just moves on.  The little girl morphs into a future version of herself.   The once innocent child has now transformed into a purple-haired adult woman fully dressed in her futuristic space gear.  What a total slut.  The cinematic display takes us through the character’s introduction to a future of “advanced” technology.  By today’s standards–kinda funny, but is it…really?

Although the video does not suck, it does capitalize on sucking technology to signify a feeling of being forced into a future that one does not want.  This sense is achieved by merely placing the main character into a vacuum tube–pretty friggin’ sweet.  The futuristic space slut’s internal conflict becomes evident as the alien wench’s  inner child re-appears and examines her trapped adult counterpart.  Fear and confusion fill the small girl’s face.

As the little girl continues to stare at her adult self, she is forced to address her fear of being trapped in an ever changing future.  Plus, she’s most certainly unhappy with her shoe choice–even if they are comfortable.   Fuck that, the mood rapidly forgets the past and shifts to the now!  The adult woman just flies away; the little girl retreats to a junkyard filled with a stack of old radios.  This party is almost over.

The past is dead, to signify this change of the guard–the child climbs to the top of the radios.   HOLY SHIT!  They explode.  Wonder how many times a young Michael Bay watched this video?  Just curious, this scene is a staple in every Michael Bay-directed/produced flick.

The radio is dead.   In the ashes of the radio’s corpse, arises a beautiful television in its place.  Such a lovely video box, but–hang in there, bro–in 30-years or so, the TVs are going to be HUGE–like 9,000-inch screens and such.

The video closes with the adult version of the girl emerging once again trapped in a tube but now accepting her fate.  She begins to dance to the futuristic tunes and just has a general “Fuck it” mentality.

“Video Killed the Radio Star” was a true pioneer in the music video storytelling.  Overall, the video succeeds in making a thought-provoking statement as it claims, “As the radio, our childhood and innocence are over. PS, MTV seems cool now–but it’s going to suck later.”

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