My final project I wanted to make a video addressing the influence of twerking. Twerking is a form of dancing where one moves their hips up and down in a bouncing motion making the buttocks shake vigorously. In my research I’m trying to find the origin, which is difficult because it has similar qualities of other dancing. I chose this topic because I realized the impact this may have on people through pop culture. Music videos in general objectify women where the only attributes that are shown are women in little clothing showing off their physical features. A perfect example is how Miley Cyrus performed at Video Music Awards where she twerked while performing. When the VMA’s aired it had over 10 million viewers, a substantial amount of viewers the possible effects of viewers and fans seeing a celebrity tweaking are endless.
The reason I chose this topic is because I see this in so much on a regularly basis. I go to parties and see women blatant objectified. These women go on stages and they twerk on stage because it is what they see in everyday media. In the video attached is a video I personally recorded of women twerking on stage these women see it as a talent or something. Also below is a tutorial video on how to twerk, the video had over 17 million views. There is obviously people curious or want to learn how to do it.
I plan to spread this video through the social network of twitter. I chose Twitter because it has most potential of exposure. My twitter account has over twenty- five thousand followers, which will hopefully have a domino effect through retweeting. I’m looking forward to the different responses that I’ll get after followers see this video. Sometimes people understand things when you expose them to a different viewpoint that has always been apparent, which I hope to do with this project.
The research on this project is difficult part of this project. This isn’t any scholarly papers on this topic, which might make me broaden the topic to some form of provocative dancing. Most of the research are visuals images that really speak for themselves with maybe voiceovers explain why this is a problem. This project will fit into my portfolio because it expresses an idea through visual arts, which I really enjoy doing.
The power that media has is so powerful in this day and age. Media is around us so much that as a society it is almost imbedded into our heads. Media is on our phones, computers, on the trains we take, the cabs we ride in, billboards, the music we listen to, there is no way to escape it. We as a society must be in control the media we intake, choosing what to read, what to watch, different perspectives in the news and ultimately thinking for ourselves. Media is brainwashing as a society to change this we have to negate useless media that we are surrounded by that makes use neglected what is going on everyday around the world. The most powerful thing you can be on this earth is informed.