Blog Post #1

Focuses for semester’s research, studies, and project

My heart is naturally drawn towards researching and writing about things I already have an interest in. As a yoga instructor, I love teaching and practicing yoga along with the world of benefits that follows. I am not sure how to relate yoga and central florida together… yet. But it’s a possibility.

Another one of my main passions is veganism and universal compassion. Similar to yoga, how do we relate veganism and central florida? While I would still have to connect a few more ideas together… downtown Orlando, Lake Eola, Mills, ext., seem to have become hubs for farmers markers, food trucks, art shows, and vegan eats. It would be cool to talk and write about the different “vibes” or styles Orlando is beginning to cater itself to, rather than just Disney and Mickey Mouse.

I have another huge passion for the outdoors, so studying Orlando’s nature scenes could be cool. While it is no Rocky Mountains, the trails I have found out here, I love and spend much time connecting with the earth out in the trails.

I know we have to relate something in Central Florida to something outside of Central Florida and one final thought I just had as I am typing this out is…

Coming from South Florida, Boca Raton, and moving to Central Florida, Orlando, it is almost comical how different the two worlds are of those who live in Central Florida vs those living in South Florida. I have heard before that “Florida could be divided into 3 states” and for more than one reason. Not only is the terrain and climate different, but the attitudes and dialects of the people are different. It would be interesting to look deeper into this topic.

From a writers standpoint, I low-key suck at narrowing in on a topic. It usually takes me a few tries until I feel super comfortable with what I have.

This is a really awesome article my ENC1102 teacher shared with me. I see it being of use if I look into studying Orlando’s revival in the midst of Disney.

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Task 3.3 Update

UPDATE: http://youtu.be/koSIq5BzXi8

While catching up with the late night news, E! featured a story around this commercial by Lane Bryant, and as soon as I saw it- boom. Thank you universe for working in great ways.

I’ll be analyzing the intertextuality of Lane Bryan’s #ImNoAngel campaigne/commercial. I’ll finalize an offical worksheet like I did for the ones with my failed FRIENDS (see below). For starters, just by the name of the campaign the audience connects the bash at Victoria Secret “Angel”‘s, seeing intertextuality at play. 

More to come. 

Task 3.3

I had done this on Monday, before talking to you today. I feel as though I need to switch what I’ve started to focus on because as I learn more and more about intertextuality and its components, I realize I might have picked a poor topic. There’s very little of what your asking us to discover, and unfortunately I feel set back. 

This is what I have for task 3.3, but do plan on completing another worksheet once I find a better text to analyze (even not for a grade because it helps-and I’ll do better in the long run). 

     

Intertextuality Example 

 

Even going along with the Kanye West theme from class, I was glancing through my friends vegan magazine and chuckled when I came acrosse this, just second before I was telling my friend what intertextuality was. 

Kanye’s “(explicit) in Paris” is a song title and lyric well known to many. This article title,”A Vegan in Paris” comes from Kanye’s original traces of his song title. I laughed, because I was able to utalize presupposition to connect to the funny, pop culture joke. 

Task 3.2- Intertextuality

FRIENDS is a sitcom that follows the lives of six, 20-something year olds, living in Manhattan. FRIENDS aired in 1994 and ran though 10 seasons, ending the series in 2004. Although the series has ended over a decade ago, the show still plays on multiple channels such as Nick at Nite, TBS, and NBC. So, seeing that those are major channels, FRIENDS is widely popular, among both an older generation and mine.

FRIENDS is and has been my absolute favorite show forever. I can watch the same episode reruns everyday and still find myself laughing hysterical. The characters. The casting. They’re perfect. The beautiful Jennifer Aniston plays Rachel Green, a former daddy’s girl who moves to the city in order to restart her life with her old friend, Monica. Monica Geller-Bing (Courtney Cox) is an obsessive neat freak with an extreme like for things to go her way, and a desire for winning. Monica’s brother, Ross, played by David Schwimmer, is a paleontologist, who divorces frequently, facing single fatherhood, and an undying love for Rachel. Ross’s best friend since college, Chandler Bing, survives by way of his sense of humor and goes onto to marry Monica. Joey, Chandler’s roommate before he moves in with Monica, is a handsome, soap opera TV show actor who loves sandwiches, women, the New York Knicks, and most of all, women. Finally, Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) played by a sweet, new age waif, makes money being a missus, and singing and playing guitar in the coffee house.

So there’s a background on the characters and the show and now for intertextuality in the show…

  • How do the FRIENDS use intertextuality to make jokes?
  • For a show that spans over 10 plus years, how do the characters develop overtime using intertextuality for comedic purposes, specifically pertaining to presupposition?
  • Since FRIENDS was created and filmed during the 90’s, do people of that generation understand the intertextual jokes more so because of an age difference? (So references to people.. although I can laugh cause I know its a joke, I don’t always understand the reference)
  • Where do we see intertextuality at play in the series?
  • How do the boys use of intertextuality differ from the girls use of intertextuality?
  • Since all of the FRIENDS are funny, how does intertextuality play a role in their style of comedy?
  • Does presupposition matter in understanding the story?

In relation to my last question:

Recently, thanks to Netflix, I have been watching FRIENDS in order. Prior to this, I could confidently say that I know every episode, front to back. This was true and to this date I am almost done with season 9 and there has only been 1 episode that I haven’t already seen before. However, it’s like watching a new show all together. By simply watching the show in order, instead of picking up reruns, the show is strung together in a way that DOES in fact make a difference! I knew story lines, but not as much detail and reasoning as I do now. So I think that’s a cool idea.

I feel as though I need to learn more about about intertextuality to finalize my research questions, so I am assuming were not locking in any questions here. I’ll be posting more, hopefully stronger questions, when they come to me!!

My Hypothesis: Chandler, “the funny one”, will have the most use of intertextuality for comedic purposes.

Intertextuality Video

So, number 1 F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is my favorite show ever. Number 2, this compilation of “catch phrases” spans over the full 10 seasons of the sitcom and does a great job in showing repeatability. In our reading it says that intertextuality breaks down into iterability and presupposition. Interability refers to the “repeatability” of certain textual fragments, references, and quotations within a discourse, but also unannounced sources and influences, chinches, phrases in the air, and traditions.

That being said, this video shows intertextuality at play by demonstrating how each character truly uses specific catch phrases, unique to their character. For example, Monica’s “I know!”‘s and Joey’s “How you doin”‘s. As you can see in the video, each time a character is shown saying their catch phrase, it is from a different episode. It’s a different scene with different clothes, on a different day, with different meaning. These catch phrases are traces, or pieces of other texts that help constitute its meaning. So, “how you doin” is a commonly heard pick up line, and many people familiar with the TV show go on to say it with Joey’s voice. Regina Falangie is not a real person, but anyone who is a part of the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. discourse community, understands the meaning and usage of the name, Regina Falangie.

I also thought it was interesting to see how all the other characters pick up each others catch phrases when appropriate or to make jokes at one of the FRIENDS. If your are not a FRIENDS fan, the clipping together of scenes may be hard to understand, but I am cracking up watching it! Another interesting thing I picked up on, was not only what they say, but how they say it.

When another FRIEND uses another FRIEND’s catch phrase, intertextuality is being in play, specifically iterablitiy/repeatability, because they are referencing quotations within their discourse.

This was cool… I deff got a better understanding of intertextuality and discourse community. So, the FRIEND’s discourse community would be things like each other, Central Perk, Rachel’s would be her people at Ralph Lauren, ext.