How Media Retains Influence by Generation
13 Sep 2015 22:31 #7594
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Something that caught my attention through the media this week was a video I watched on YouTube for my Dance 5 class called “Road to the Stamping Ground.” This was an hour long video on a choreographer who studied a native tribe in order to develop a dance, The Stamping Ground, based on what he observed from them. I must admit when I initially started watching the video, I was not intrigued. I was dreading the fact that I’d have to sit here for an hour and watch a video on dance. However, I ultimately ended up really enjoying the video. This was the first time I was really exposed to the meaning of dance and I was actually able to learn about the significance dance had in this culture.
This video was primarily focused on the study of the dance culture of a group of natives called the Aboriginals. While watching the video, I was progressively gaining more knowledge about the specificity of physical movement, what their dances were used for, and how relevant dance rituals were as a means of communication in their culture. These are dance rituals that date back to centuries ago and I am just learning about them now. The choreographer who studied this drive filmed everything he saw and shared it on the Internet. Just as he is adapting what he learned from the Aboriginals into his own dance, people watching this YouTube video are doing the exact same thing.
I found it really interesting how Media is the one source that enables this influence to persist globally. This choreographer in this video was from the Netherlands and he is taking material he learned from a foreign culture and recreating it into a piece designed to his stylistic preference. The evolution of dance is initiated by peoples’ ability to recreate what they’ve seen. What I realized by watching this video is that one of the major ways to gain a sense of influence from this material is through the Media. This video on dance culture exemplified how the Media is the one source that is able to make past influences relevant today.
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