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Creative Inspirations: Ze Frank, Comedic Digital Savant
"Ze Frank is one of the most creative and enigmatic people working in digital media. He's also just plain funny. His work could arguably be among the most viewed and participated-in content ever created. He is known as a performance artist, humorist, composer and speaker, including multiple appearances at the prestigious TED conferences. For millions of followers and fans who know him through his experiments in online interactivity, social media, and audience participation, this installment of Creative Inspirations reveals the man himself as he explains his unique point of view, his thought processes, and what spurs him on."
zefrank  learntracker  socialmedia  communications  creativity 
11 weeks ago by sebastienmarion
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Good morning Sports Racers, its the 14th of July. Today we vote for the "I Knows Me Some Ugly MySpace Contest". Why? Because its important. [music begins]

YOU...SO...UGLY! [montage of MySpace ugly pages and other images begins]


Uh-huh. I knows me some ugly! And you, you is ugly.
How ugly?
You so ugly, ugly sticks get ugly when they hit by you.
You so ugly when you were a baby, momma tried to put a spoon of mushy peas in your ass.
I knows me some ugly! And you, you is ugly.
So ugly!
Uh! I knows me some ugly. SO...UGLY! And you, you is ugly! [music fades out]
You get ten votes today and on Monday we'll vote for the winner. Do you know you's some ugly?

S-s-s-something from the comments.

Varion writes, "Having an ugly Myspace contest is like having a contest to see who can eat the most cheeseburgers in 24 hours... You're mocking people who, for the most part, have no taste or artistic training."

Varion, thanks for telling me what I was doing. I didn't even know I was mocking people.

For a very long time, taste and artistic training have been things that only a small number of people have been able to develop. Only a few people could afford to participate in the production of many types of media. Raw materials like pigments were expensive; same with tools like printing presses; even as late as 1963 it cost Charles Peignot over $600,000 to create and cut a single font family.

The small number of people who had access to these tools and resources created rules about what was good taste or bad taste. These designers started giving each other awards and the rules they followed became even more specific. All sorts of stuff about grids and sizes and color combinations — lots of stuff that the consumers of this media never consciously noticed. Over the last 20 years, however, the cost of tools related to the authorship of media has plummeted. For very little money, anyone can create and distribute things like newsletters, or videos, or bad-ass tunes about "ugly."

Suddenly consumers are learning the language of these authorship tools. The fact that tons of people know names of fonts like Helvetica is weird! And when people start learning something new, they perceive the world around them differently. If you start learning how to play the guitar, suddenly the guitar stands out in all the music you listen to. For example, throughout most of the history of movies, the audience didn't really understand what a craft editing was. Now, as more and more people have access to things like iMovie, they begin to understand the manipulative power of editing. Watching reality TV almost becomes like a game as you try to second-guess how the editor is trying to manipulate you.

As people start learning and experimenting with these languages authorship, they don't necessarily follow the rules of good taste. This scares the shit out of designers.

In Myspace, millions of people have opted out of pre-made templates that "work" in exchange for ugly. Ugly when compared to pre-existing notions of taste is a bummer. But ugly as a representation of mass experimentation and learning is pretty damn cool.

Regardless of what you might think, the actions you take to make your Myspace page ugly are pretty sophisticated. Over time as consumer-created media engulfs the other kind, it's possible that completely new norms develop around the notions of talent and artistic ability.

Happy Ugly. This is Ze Frank, thinking so you don't have to.

Fabulosos, F3. Have a good weekend.
zefrank  myspace  ugly  transcript  design  culture  change 
february 2019 by bryanzug
True Facts About The Mantis Shrimp - YouTube
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video  zefrank  comedy 
september 2018 by thespacedoctor
True Facts About The Mantis Shrimp - YouTube
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video  zefrank  comedy 
september 2018 by thespacedoctor
True Facts About The Armadillo
september 2018 by pronoiac
True Facts: Ant Mutualism

„Ants eat aphid poop and puke it into their friends mouth.“
ncpin  ncv  ZeFrank  Ants  Animals  Insects  Fun 
may 2018 by walt74
Hypertext for all | A Working Library
"These rococo days of the web have been sadly lost to capricious corporate owners, and newer platforms almost seem to have recoiled from them. (I could write a whole other letter about the neutered minimalism common on a lot of platforms today, but I digress.) But I think that history is telling: in that, given a canvas on which to play, many people opted to express themselves with color and image, often spending much more effort there then on the words, and often in surprising ways.

So, I’ll ask again, is hypertext just the text? Are images, styles, video, fonts, and the like always subsidiary?

There’s an old saw about the web that says that when the web democratized publishing, everyone should have become a writer, but instead most of us became consumers. (Nevermind that email and SMS have most people writing more in a day than their Victorian ancestors wrote in their entire lives.) There’s more than a hint of disparagement and elitism in that saying: everyone should have taken up writing, which is obviously superior to reading or watching or (gasp!) consuming. And I worry that that same sentiment creeps in when we argue the supremacy of text over image on the web. Writing is an important and valuable skill, but so are many other things.

Here’s another way to think about it: over the past year, video after video has emerged showing cops shooting unarmed black people. Those videos have been shared on the web, and while they haven’t yet led to anything resembling justice for the victims, they have contributed to profound discussions around race, militarized police forces, guns, and more. They are not sufficient to bring about desperately needed social change—and there’s an argument to be made about whether they are at risk of becoming mere spectacle—but I think it would be hard to deny that they are an important element in the movement, that they have had a major impact.

You can describe what happens in each of those videos in words, but those words will never equal watching them. The words “Tamir Rice was shot two seconds after the police car pulled up” are wrenching, but not nearly as much as watching him fall to the ground as the car continues to roll. The words “Tamir Rice was twelve years old” are not as heart stoppable as seeing a photo of him. I am saying this as someone who believes in words, who spends more time with words than with pictures, who is more often moved by words than by images. But sometimes the power of an image dwarfs that of words. Even I have to admit that.

I worry that the push to keep the web defined to words, while pragmatic and reasonable in many ways, may also be used to decide what stories get told, and what stories are heard. Many more people are using their tiny computers to record video and audio and take pictures than are writing; as much as I may love writing, and as much as I know that transmitting writing via cables and air is a hell of a lot easier and cheaper than transmitting video, I’m not sure I can really stand here and say that the writing is—or should be—primary.

One of the design principles of the web is to pave the cowpaths: it looks to me like there are some new paths opening up, ones we may not have expected, ones that aren’t going to make many of our jobs easier. Maybe instead of putting up signs saying there are better paths elsewhere, it’s time we see where these ones take us."

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mandybrown  2016  web  hypertext  maciejceglowski  geocities  myspace  webrococo  waybackmachine  pinboard  javascript  webdesign  webdev  images  multiliteracies  video  flash  zefrank  design  writing  text  words  language  listening  elitism  typography  tools  onlinetoolkit  democacy  activism  maciejcegłowski 
january 2016 by robertogreco
Ze Frank: Happiness and choices
The video I look up multiple times a year.
choices  zefrank  happiness 
december 2014 by bensheldon True Facts About Marsupials
die <a href="">true-facts-reihe</a> von <a href="">zefrank</a> ist das beste youtube-video-format das ich kenne (ich kenne nicht viele) und ich wünsche zefrank, dass er damit so stinkend reich wird, dass er nie mehr arbeiten muss und diese reihe bis an sein lebensende weiterführen kann.

die aktuelle folge über beuteltiere ist mal wieder besonders witzig und toll.
s  w  Marsupials  zefrank  beuteltiere 
august 2014 by diplix

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