Archive | March, 2013

Queerness of Hip Hop readings

25 Mar

Reading for the Week:

Smalls, Shante, “The Rain Comes Down”

Snorton, C. Riley, “Trapped in the Epistemological Closet”

Miller-Young, Mireille, “Hip-Hop Honeys and Da Hustlaz”

And have a look at this archive from the recent Queerness of Hip Hop conference:

Sounding Like a No-No

25 Mar

Seal Crazy


Janelle Monae Cold War

cover girl


YouTube Reader Examples

11 Mar

Peters & Seier “Home Dance” examples:

Missing from the archive/database:

JemessanEm Abba-dancing queen

Lily Kerrigan Every 1’s a winner

“teen remediation of Kiss” undocumented (because of its queerness?)

Wahlberg, YouTube Commemoration examples:

Miller examples:


Scream & Shout, and Britney Spears

10 Mar

In lieu of the conversation we had last class, and in reading the Youtube Reader essays, I keep finding myself drawn to this music video (which probably many of you are familiar with).

I wonder how we might consider this video alongside the concept of mimesis? Also, what does it say about the (re)production of bodies, film, music? wears a chain of a camera around his neck, both Britney and are reproduced and mirrored throughout the video while walking along what can be read as a kind of assembly line, and the merging of old and new technologies seem to be part of the message of this video. (Check 1:07, 3:33, 3:35-3:37, etc.) Thought it might be interesting for us to think about this video in discussion tomorrow alongside last weeks conversation about the history of the MP3!

Happy reading/listening/watching,


YouTube of Suzanne Vega, Tom’s Diner

4 Mar

The default video stream is encoded in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format, with stereo AAC audio.

Listening for 3/4

4 Mar

Dancing on the Radio

Reading for March 11th

4 Mar

Christine Balance, How It Feels to Be Viral Me: Affective Labor and Asian American YouTube Performance, WSQ 40:1-2 Spring/Summer 2012.

+ You Tube Reader

+ Jose Muñoz essays