Opening Credit Mash-Ups

This week, Mad Men wrapped up its sixth season and the online/blog world has been spotlighting one particular fan made video in which the show is re-imagined as the early 2000s teen classic, The O.C. But before we move into that, can I make a confession? I’ve been a horrible Mad Men fan this year and have yet to watch this season, minus the first episode (which was really more like a tv movie) which I finally caught two days ago. I know. I know. This is super shameful, especially coming from someone like me who sat on my ass for days on end marathoning the show four summers ago and later spammed my Facebook with not-so-cryptic-actually-probably-were-spoilers statuses and posts. To be honest, I think season 5 just left a bad taste in my mouth with its extreme heavy-handedness and not-so clever imagery. However, I’ve heard this past season has sort of redeemed itself and managed to set up a possible interesting story line. From what I’ve gathered (I’m not a fan of spoilers, okay?!), Don, Megan, Stan, and Ted have headed out to the Best/West Coast, hence the wonderful fan-made mash up below.

http://video.vulture.com/video/Mad-Men-Goes-OC

This past semester I took a class on digital media and we touched upon the idea of copyrights and constructing creative works based on images or material that have been copyrighted. Fan videos are some of my favorite things to watch, if only because it’s fascinating to see how people can build upon or manipulate an already established piece of work to create something entirely new. When we discussed the issues surrounding copyrighting and the argument over whether creativity is hindered, I immediately thought of fan videos and artwork. YouTube, Tumblr, and DeviantArt are just some of the websites where you can find a multitude of art, videos, and music inspired by various tv shows or books. For many young artists, this is how they begin tapping into their creative skills. If you take the time to search, you’ll find tons of impressive works, much like the Mad Men/The O.C mash-up above. Because I’ve been inspired by the video and the possible cameo appearance by Adam Brody on the next season of Mad Men, here are a few more hilarious and brilliant opening credit mash-ups.

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Happy Summer!

We’ve now reached the most joyous time of the year – no school, vacations, outdoor movies and concerts, ice creams, melting in the heat…So the last one isn’t so great, but it’s all I’ve been thinking about since returning to NYC. I am not sure how people who live here do it because all I want to do is shower. All time time. I feel sticky and gross and I’m pretty sure I’ve managed to sweat out most of the liquids in my body (seriously, how am I not dehydrated…yet?!).

I haven’t updated in forever because of school, but now that I’ve got more free time on my hands, I’ll try to keep up with this blog. There’s a bunch of that I want to commit to memory via electronic paper, so I will try my hardest to not be so lazy and actually write. In the meantime, here’s a quick little Summer 2013 playlist that I’ve put together of some of the songs that I have been enjoying for the past month or so!

Like I mentioned above, there are a bunch of awesome events going on in NYC this Summer and I’m hoping to go to as many as I can. Tonight I managed to catch Comedy Central’s Stars Under the Stars event as part of the NYC SummerStage series and it was great. Gabriel Iglesias hosted, while the main performers included Adam Devine, John Mulaney, Jeffrey Ross, and Amy Schumer. The other three were decent (Jeffrey Ross made the whole audience uncomfortable though when he started roasting two 13 year olds), but Mulaney was my favorite. He was absolutely hilarious and unlike a lot of comedians, did not have to rely on racial  or overly sexual jokes. Maybe I’m getting older (or my taste has changed), but I’m more impressed when comedians can do a great set that isn’t riddled with cheap jokes. Not to say that I don’t enjoy “low-brow” humor, because I do (just saying, I absolutely loved This is the End), but after awhile it gets old and feels lazy, as though the audience were stupid. Anyway, it was still lots of fun and I had a great time!

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