Monday, November 19, 2007

Parasite Project

From Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Function: noun Etymology: Middle French, from Latin parasitus, from Greek parasitos, from para- + sitos grain, food Date: 1539
1 : a person who exploits the hospitality of the rich and earns welcome by flattery 2 : an organism living in, with, or on another organism in parasitism 3 : something that resembles a biological parasite in dependence on something else for existence or support without making a useful or adequate return
I have been thinking a lot about medias and thinking about what my professor, Harrell Fletcher told our class one day. He said we should start thinking of ourselves as advertising agents or commercial design company. How do we reach people? and how to get the word out there. I had this idea that maybe I can use the "letter to editor" or "reader comments" as my advertising method. it's easier now that everything can be done online & thousand of people read those comments. So this project is about posting my comment on various online sources, and sort of being a parasite by included my web & school program in there. Below is the reader comments I have posted so far.

Response to "Child Matadors Draw Olés in Mexico’s Bullrings" By MARC LACEY
Published: November 19, 2007. THE NEW YORK TIMES
November 19th, 2007 2:48 pm
I'm a vegetarian so I was surprised that I am saying this. Bull fighting is a cruel activity but it is also a part of their culture. I wonder if this tradition should be preserved? In my opinion, I would rather see people stop eating meat instead (or at least kill the animal themselves instead of mass murder at the factory farm). What about the fact that NASCAR uses so much oil, is that not cruel and wrong too? As for children participate in bull fighting, yes it sounds wrong but I wonder if there are any different between child matadors and child actors, child models, child athletes? These children face the same danger (look at JonBenét Ramsey). We saw many parents brought their small children to many political protest and people are recently talking about the children rights to vote. If the children are old enough to participate in those things, can't they be a matadors? Killing and hunting used to be parts of our survival, in the old day a boy would be practicing these skills just like farmer teaching their children how to ride a tractor, or us teaching our children to cross the street, to count 1-10, to be a mean football player for Ivy league scholarship.
— Varinthorn Christopher, MFA student (Social Practice) Portland State University, Oregon.
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Response to "Here Comes the Stain Again" By Frank Bruni
Published: November 20, 2007. THE NEW YORK TIMES (Diner's Journal)
19. November 21st, 2007 1:17 am
Maybe you could start a campaign to “Stop Napkin of Shame”. That could save the restaurants lots of laundry bills & maybe Al Gore would be proud of you (less spending on water & resources). Get dirty rich folks!
— Posted by Varinthorn Christopher, MFA student (Social Practice) Portland State University, Oregon.
Response to "Helping Hand of Hef", Here at Playboy" by Matt DeMazza 11.19.07 5:00 AM CST
Playboy Magazine blog
Way to go Hef!
11.21.07 12:28 AM CST by Varinthorn Christopher, MFA student (Social Practice) Portland State University, Oregon (Playboy did not show my web address, but the reader can click on my name to go to my web site)

1. November 22nd, 2007 11:47 am
We are such a “BUYING” culture. We woke up everyday with messages “YOU NEED TO HAVE THIS” “YOU NEED TO BUY THIS” This just made me feel that TV is so boring and predictable. Project Runway can do something more creative, like altered the cloth for thrift stores or make clothing out of trash like the Junk to Funk event in Portland, Oregon. — Posted by Varinthorn Christopher, MFA student (Social Practice) Portland State University, Oregon.

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