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Call Me Viral

The Miami Dolphins cheerleaders have joined the craze of covering Carly Rae’s iconic pop ballad Call Me Maybe but they have taken it to a whole different level.

The internet began for military purposes but became popular through porn and adult content. This video is a prime example of the power of sexual images coupled with harmless music to create what has now become known as a “viral sensation”. Half a million views in 24 hours for the video shows the sheer force of materialism and sexual imagery in our society.

To create a Viral Sensation it seems you either must have humor, horror or sexual images if you can combine all three you are on to something! The reality of this situation is that this three and a half minute video clip will do more for marketing and promotion than dozens of billboards or television ad space. We are entering a world where youtube and google, facebook and twitter are platforms to advertise and the ability to expose a brand to a global audience is  just an upload click away.

If happy ever afters did exist

It’s basic instinct really, you know you meet someone, they give you butterflies and make you get all mushy inside or some nonsense like that, you hang out a bit, you get intimate, before you know it you are in a relationship.

That is when it’s get tough. Relationships do involve power struggles and emotional strengths swaying back and forth. At different times you are “more in love” than the other person and vice versa. None of this is easy. Curbing instincts, desires and submitting yourself to one person alone is damn hard. Often you think you are ready but you are not, while the other person may be and the other way round.

There seems to be no easy way to make it work, our innate desire is to be loved and be heard and cared for. Everyone wants someone else to be there for them and we all want physical satisfaction on some level. To deprive yourself of the opportunity of either or both leaves you hollow, frustrated and angry with yourself and in some cases your world in general.

Happy ever afters don’t exist as there is no ever after, its always more and more, its always building, pruning, maintaining what you have with someone else and trying to make it work.

It’s sad and annoying but as rewarding as relationships can be they are also damaging and demanding yet the good times do out weigh the bad. We are a strange species, we are animals with a strong sense of conscious and self control (without booze). There are times when you need to let go and if you can’t let go and be who you are with your respective other half than they are not your other half, they are the  person in your head you want to convince yourself is your other half.

If happy ever afters did exist it would be damn boring.

Hunger Games and Head Hunters

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Two movies are creating waves in different ways while leaving people thinking about their present and their future.

Hunger Games has already proven a box office smash but it displays under-currents of discontent in our western society. The idea that children need to be curbed and controlled has come to the fore after the London summer riots and with more and more young people threatening society’s upper tier through hacking and the power and force of social media and internet, a day may come when the young can rattle the pillars of society further.

Hunger Games also draws on the theme of revolution, with the Arab Spring and Islamic states struggling to adjust to western ways it is the youth who are voicing their anger. We see young people controlled and curbed in the forest scenes that in a strange kind of way draws on modern reality television obsessions. Our desires to see other suffer or make fools of themselves from shows like I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Big Brother moves to the next level in TV show where you compete to live. It’s sick twisted nature is not a shock to a modern audience who is used to seeing people eating insects to gain food packets and shows like Survivor have already displayed traces of a world where we need mass suffering and bloodshed to feel entertained. Have we gone full circle and returned to an era of Gladiators, blood and guts for satisfaction? The jury remains out, with Jackass by MTV, the desire to see people suffer was brought to the fore and although leaves a bad taste in some people’s mouths it was a global success.

HeadHunters shows a different side of society. The shady existence of lies and deceit that are often required to succeed in a world where being the “nice guy” gets you nowhere fast.The protagonist on paper has it all but is forced to get in touch with his true nature and will to survive when he becomes hunted. The ability to draw on animalistic instincts to survive show how far man has come from his primitive origins. When put in life or death situations he murders to keep alive and turns on the one person who loves him when fearing for his existence. Our inability to see and believe in true love is shown in this movie, how our inner securities of not being loved or not being “good enough” can be over come and inside we all need a sense of belonging. The movie leaves you doubting everything around you including what you love the most and shows how isolated the modern world is.  Headhunters works as a movie but also shows how film can be a medium to express deep social issues in our world and do so in a clever and entertaining way.

How To Pen A Eurovision Song: Songwriter Sharon Vaughn Speaks on Jedward

JEDWARD MANIA

Q1, How does one go about penning a Eurovision song?
I REALLY DON’T KNOW. ALL WE DID WAS WRITE THE BEST POP SONG WE
COULD AT THE TIME.

Q2, How did you feel when you knew Jedward would perform it?
I WAS ECSTATIC AND COMPLETELY SURPRISED

Q3, What are the essential elements to a good pop song?
IT HAS TO HAVE A HOOKY MELODY AND LYRIC. WATERLINE IS A VERY DIFFERENT
AND UNUSUAL TITLE BUT THE SONG ITSELF IS VERY SING-ALONG-ABLE.
AS YOU CAN TELL FROM THE FANS!

Q4, What do you think is needed besides a song to win Eurovision?
JEDWARD ARE THE PERFECT ACT FOR EUROVISION BECAUSE THEY EMBRACE THE ENERGY,
FUN AND THE GLITZ OF THE EVENT.

Q5, Have you looked at the other competitors entries and if so which
do you feel are strong?
TO BE HONEST, I HAVEN’T. THOUGH I AM WATCHING THE SWEDISH
MELODIFESTIVALEN VERY CLOSELY. THERE ARE SOME INCREDIBLY
TALENTED PEOPLE IN THE COMPETITION. ALSO A FRIEND OF MINE IS THE
WRITER-WINNER FOR NORWAY, SO I WISH HIM WELL, OF COURSE.

Q6, Do you have any words of advice for those wanting success in the
music industry today?
MY ADVICE… IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE… BUT ALMOST DOESN’T SCARE AWAY
THE ONES WHO MAKE IT. AND FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DONE IT A LONG TIME… JUST
KEEP DOING IT AS LONG AS IT IS JOYFUL THERE ARE SO MANY NAY-SAYERS AND
NEGATIVE REPORTS ABOUT PIRACY AND THEFT OF INTELLECTUAL
PROPERTIES AND ALL OF THAT IS TRUE AND TERRIBLE. BUT THE FACT ONE CAN MAKE
A LIVING WRITING SONGS IS A GLORIOUS AND WONDERFUL THING.
IT IS THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD… AS LONG AS IT IS A JOY TO YOU…
IF NOT, DON’T TRY IT OR QUIT AND MAKE ROOM FOR SOMEONE ELSE WITH THE
FIRE IN THEIR BELLY.

Youtube Sensation: Fishing Under Ice: Exclusive Interview

Fishing Under Ice

Many Youtube videos in the past few years have been popular but none
have captured the world’s imagination quiet like a Finnish video
uploaded on Jan 4th. The clip shot at Lake Saarijärvi in Vaala,  shows
what the name suggests which is three men Fishing Under Ice. The
sub-aqua shoot is just under four minutes long and has been viewed by
over half a million people around the world per day since its upload.
In an exclusive interview the director Juuso Mettälä  told me that the
idea came about during lunch break chats with his friend Eelis Rankka
who plays the underwater fisherman. He said that it was a simple
decision who would fish as he was the one with the camera. Mr  Mettälä
said that the optical illusion of the entire shoot having the
fishermen walk upside down feet to the ice “takes a while for some
people to realize what is happening”. They shot the video in March and
April of 2011 and Juuso says “two videos were made and there are more
coming”.

Juuso is surprised by the huge interest in the video as diving under
frozen lakes is normal in Finland and admits that both himself and the
divers are flattered by the comments that Youtube viewers have left.
He also would like to add that he is grateful for the comments from
talented photographers and said that it would take a lot of time to
respond to all requests and viewer’s comments so he doesn’t do it. The
polite Finn and his remarkable video has drawn a world audience to the
remote area that has a population density of just 8 people per square
kilometre. The people of Saarijarvi can already claim Baywatch’s
Pamela Anderson as a descendant but for now the worlds audience is
awaiting more marine videos of a different from the talented Mr
Mettälä and his diving fisherman Eelis Rankka.

Applying Penguin Philosophy to the 21st Century:

Happy Feet 2 is in our theatres nationwide and after seeing how it delicately dealt with the issue of global warming a stronger message lay beneath what many will overlook as just as kids movie.

The isolation felt by the community of penguins left stranded due to polar ice shifts showed how vulnerable large groups of people are in modern society. The underlying message of staying true to yourself is similar to the disillusionment felt by many in light of years of reality tv.  Fickle and shallow so called “celebrities” have dominated western media which has lost the true meaning of celebration of talent and morals while  glamourising Jersey Shore, Big Brother and X Factor.

The demonstration of ingenuity verses brute strength between a penguin and an elephant seal showcased how we are no longer an age where muscle brings success  but thinking outside the box such as those in the IT sector. The appearance of man as shown to care only when the weather was tolerable and then vanish reflected much of what is wrong with modern Aid Relief for disadvantaged communities affected by a natural disaster. Man was visible and of use when it suited them but turned their back when times got tough and didn’t stand fast and deliver.

The initial rejection by the elephant seal when a lesser animal such as a penguin calls for help is a clear indication of the snobbery shown by major world nations and those in power to the people who truly cry out for assistance . The eventual team work and cohesion theme showcased how  big and small regardless of animal or ethos when working together nature was defeated and calm restored.

The puffin pretending to be a flying penguin may be looked at as false imagery and guidance, the popular and strong figure to the public eye was nothing but a fraud behind it all. A lesson can be learned from this as we constantly are led to follow the voice of the media on all topics and issues affecting our world and how often what lies beneath has a different tale.

The homosexual rejection of one krill for another and the desire to pull away from a mass or swarm displayed desires in all humans to push forward and beyond the boundaries of what we are led to believe is our place in the world.

Regardless there is more than just singing and dancing penguins to Happy Feet 2.

JPMTV UK Beginning.

The Interviews. Lives Less Ordinary

The Interviews. Lives Less Ordinary

After twenty odd written articles to this blog site and collection of rants i have decided to go slightly more visual and now

on youtube.com/JPMTVUK will show a series of interviews i am conducting in the UK with people who live lives less ordinary.

Currently on the page is a two part interview with two Mormon missionaries sent to England to spread the word of their church.

Recently added is a short interview with a former Kashmir  Tv presenter currently living in the UK. I will slowly push the boundaries with the interviewees as the weeks and months go by and if you have any ideas dont hesitate to drop me a mail on either

Facebook: James P Mahon

or twitter: @JamesPMahon

I am also aware the editing and audio visual quality is not mind  blowing but bear with me and i will improve on the technical side, the interviewing ability and the quality and strangeness of the interviewees.

Thank you all once again.

New written articles to come on http://www.jamespmahon.com and weekly on the  www.thenufcblog.com

J

Manhattan Interviews, Part 1, Male Escort

 

A champagne lifestyle and thousands of dollars of money at your disposal as you jet set across a continent week after week, not the life of a famous celebrity but of an 18 year old male escort from Texas who shall be referred to as Mr D throughout this article. Mr D and i sat down on gay pride and he opened up on the life of a  male escort in 21st century America.

Scouted while underage in a club in central Texas, Mr D was taken in by an escort agency who regularly took up to fifty per cent of the thousands of dollars he made weekly from clients of all ages and walks of life before he started negotiating for himself. When one individual finally ratted out on Mr D he was swiftly removed from the books of the agency and began to drift as anyone who has been kicked out of home at 16 would do and been exposed to such financial, drug and alcoholic extremes.

A life of being gay bashed and discriminated against ensued on his return to his hometown to attend high school graduation and live on the margins of society, devoid of family support or true friendship, “i don’t trust anyone in this world only myself“. With the use of the internet and especially the website Adam4Adam.com a new avenue presented itself for Mr D who still had nowhere to turn with college seeming light years away.

A sugar daddy in Ohio came on board and a life of almost no sexual favors ensued merely personal company as Mr D sought normality and consistency. Yet this did not last and a swift change to California brought a world of closeted gay high profile actors and politicians into Mr D’s life, money and crystal meth were the norm for his companions with stretch limos provided for dozens of young men pampered by the super rich and famous in exchange for sex and silence.

This lavish lifestyle did not last either and within a few months Mr D found himself arrested  for prostitution before breaking free finally and starting into a job as care worker and living a normal and regular life once again one would assume. The internet came calling and a pampered month in NYC  and an audience of male escorts with an Indian Royal ensued before the floating path of the former cover model brought Mr D to Gay Pride NYC, alone and confused and without direction relying on offers from the internet to be take care  of by money and sexual favors elsewhere in north america.

A life less ordinary but one with no purpose or gain, just rejection and dismissal haunts him and his colleagues. The long term aim for Mr D is to go to college and study in the field of dermatology and to make a new life and to one day be loved and to love someone back but as American society dictates that money talks it seems this dream may be much farther away than the journeys he makes week after week criss-crossing America with his colleagues many of whom are stuck in a viscous world of Party and Play with only Antony Greene’s Art of Seduction for guidance.

Dope on a Rope, Galway 2011

From Ros na Run’s, Oisin Mac Coille director of the acclaimed Waiting for Elaine, The Companion  and numerous dark and captivating film shorts such as Ann andBoots comes Dope on a Rope. The film marks Mac Coille’s feature debut and the Cork Native who has made Galway his home in recent years is set to shoot the feature over the coming months.

The film will follow four mid twenties adults in post Celtic Tiger Ireland as they find a means and way to escape the monotony and tediousness of the lives they now live. The feature will delve into modern Irish society and explore the critical issues of current unemployment and substance abuse while tapping into the brain-drain of 2011 Ireland with the Guardian paper  claiming 50,000 young Irish adults will have emigrated by the end of this year alone.

Dope on a Rope will be produced by the vastly experienced Heather Grace Machale from Everchanging Productions and its primary focus will be to act as a window into the mix of cultures and subcultures that coexist  in Galway in this day and age.

Auditions will be held in the coming weeks and more information can be had at the following link

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dope-On-A-Rope/155686401170523

There shall also be an
80’s themed table quiz. Upstairs in Kellys on Bridgestreet.
Prize for best fancy dress

€20 for table of four

Oisins previous work can be viewed on youtube, below and all aspiring actors and cinematic and film heads are encouraged to get in touch.

http://www.youtube.com/user/seomrafoirne

A poem for Galway

Galway

Dreams Fall

Hopes Break

A Nation stands

to view its fate

A gloomy queue grows

as emigration flows

with fathers, son and

daughters woes

Empty homes,

politician moans,

dire straits

at departure gates,

The Emerald Isle

of saints and scholars,

Barren and broken

to Dail Eireann Hollers

The spring is in its autumn

the summer in its fall,

one island, one hope,

to rise for all,

Now we turn our backs and flee

to return is beyond a simple plea

Look around and say goodbye,

embassies, visas, planes, fly o fly.