Posts tagged Google
Everyone’s favorite artist-activist has been making a second news cycle of headlines recently, following the first cycle of hard news on his release from jail. My favorites reads are from the Wall Street Journal, which provides a handy photo guide to Chinese dissidents, and The New Yorker, which covers the ugly potential beliefs of Ai Weiwei’s interrogators.
Highlights of the news cycle, almost entirely from last Friday, August 12:
- Ai Weiwei’s Google+ profile: +艾未未
- Reuters: Ai Weiwei endured “immense pressure” in detention: source
- Telegraph: Ai Weiwei was subject to ‘immense psychological pressure’ in jail
- TIME Global Spin: A Glimpse into Ai Weiwei’s 81 Days of Detention
- New York Times: Conditions of Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei’s Detention Emerge
- The New Yorker: Ai Weiwei: “We Want to Shame You”
- Wall Street Journal: Ai Weiwei Resumes His Defiance of Beijing
- The Economist: Ai Weiwei: In and out of jail
- Slate: Ai Weiwei Describes “Mental Torture” of Chinese Imprisonment
It is especially interesting to me as a media professional how news sources are all jumping on this news cycle because it’s such a hot story, though it’s difficult to come up with anything new when Ai Weiwei technically can’t do interviews. I’m curious to see which direction this news takes and how Ai Weiwei chooses to continue to speak out publicly through social media, art and banned interviews.
In honor of Lady GaGa’s 25th birthday, I’ve embedded her Google Goes GaGa interview and written up my favorite quotes from it. I’ve also embedded the performance of hers that was the tipping point in my belief that’s she has genuine charisma and talent as a live performer instead of just as an artistic director and composer.
Google Goes GaGa: same video on YouTube and Youku
Favorite quotes from this interview:
“The most important thing I think with creativity is that you honor your creativity and that you don’t ever ignore it or go against what that creative image is telling you because of what society is projecting on you.”
“My whole life is a performance piece, so I don’t need to have my picture taken to feel that I’m in a moment of art.”
“Honesty and the truth is always what will set you free.”
“If the artist is constantly molding ourselves and changing, abridging what we do for the machine, then the artist becomes part of the machine. I don’t want to be part of the machine. I want the machine to be part of me.”
“I do believe that women in pop music have a very bad rap, and I think people have learned to expect very little of us, and I think it’s unfair. It’s very prejudiced.”
“I worship my fans, is what I’m trying to say. They are my religion.”
Speechless on The Ellen DeGeneres Show: same video on YouTube and Youku
As a background on my Lady GaGa fandom, she is not my favorite celebrity or pop star – that would be Adam Lambert – but I love her music, and she is one of my idols. She is my age, and I find her passion and drive to succeed in her career as well as her willingness to be controversial in order to live up to her potential inspiring. She was the only celebrity I blogged about in 2010, and she was the go-to celebrity example I used in my classes in China.
One of the bloggers in my blogroll, Imagethief (also known as Will Moss), published a post last week that includes what he calls “A handy cheat sheet for interpreting the Google China story.” The cheat sheet succinctly summarizes opinions of multiple groups of people throughout the main steps of the fiasco. (Is fiasco too strong a word? I don’t think so, but tell me in the comments if you disagree.) His analysis from a public relations standpoint is also insightful.