Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Globalization of an Icon

A: The Icon was the KFC logo,
B:  It became Iconic after its huge commercial success of offering cheap home-cooked style food with the iconography which resembled a loving view of the south.
C) It was modified to be OFC for Obama Fried Chicken in Beijing.
D) The Beijing community is dismissive on the issue, claiming it doesn't disrupt their daily lives and rather see it as novel place to eat. The KFC executives are outraged and appalled that they would make a spin off like that, even going so far as to use a caricature of a leader of the free world, as a mockery.
E) Even if they had used a sign with the American flag and some chickens it would have sent a message that this was an eating establishment that specialized in American chicken. And it would have caused way less controversy

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Pastiche Exercise 2

A: This graph is a re-working of the past because even though the man portrayed in the graph is in today's culture a non-approachable man, he completely looks like a guy taken straight out of an 80's rock music video.
B: This is a pastiche only because even though he may look atrocious now, That look will come back as being "hipster". History makes a full circle once again.
C: This style questions the work of the original era by saying "Yeah, these are all cool things which history shouldn't forget about. Here I am, bigger and badder than ever before." None of these things are true of course.

Pastiche Exercise 1

"Meet the Spartans"
A:  This is a pastiche of another movie named "300", that in turn is another pastiche of a graphic novel, which  was a romanticized version, of a real historical battle.
B: This pastiche is a parody of real current events in today's culture. This film, I regret to say is something I was tricked into seeing. It speaks volumes of the kind of culture we live in, and it is a horrible movie...You know what?...just forget that I said I saw this.
C: This work questions the status of the original by vying for most popular film at the time. When 300 came out it was an instant success due to it featuring muscular men, gore and violence. "Meet the Spartans" attempted to capitalize on their success by focusing on another aspect that some movie-goers enjoy, slapstick humor.