Viral Videos Med 130

Leeroy Jenkins

This video is a bit older, but I would say it was the first “viral video” I ever saw. These types of videos are very popular in the gaming community and the first place the captures were really doable were with PC gaming.  I think just about everyone who played or still plays  World of Warcraft has had an experience with a group like this one. Either over planning, or that one guy that doesn’t follow the plan. Blizzard added an achievement to the game “Leeeeeeeeeeeeeroy!”, as a result of the popularity of this video.  The achievement  awards the title of “Jenkins” to players who kill 50 of the whelps you see in the video   within 15 seconds.  


All About That Bass

I stumbled on this a few days ago. I hadn’t heard of the artist before but  it has jumped from around 20 million views to over 30 million in a very short time.  I think this video is getting a lot of attention for a couple of reasons. The song is catchy, it has a very happy feel to it and this is emphasized in the video by the use of bright colors and lighting. It also has a body positive message and that is a topic that is getting a lot of attention currently.  On the flip side some people are upset about the lyrical content and feel that is is “skinny shaming”.  There have been some fairly nasty comments left on the video.



This is a very impressive  independently made video for the song Sail that has gotten ove 100 million views. I think the popularity of the song pared with the production quality of the video have helped propel it into viral video status.

The Fear of Something Real: Thoughts on new media and human interactions

“Social situations can impoverish real-life opportunities to satisfy certain needs, and the media can serve as substitutes or supplements.” – Mass Communication Theory 

                   I have been in the most amazing media theory class this semester. The professor is awesome and the information is quite interesting. This week we were studying use and gratification theories and the above quote really made me think about the difficulties people have with real-life interactions and relationships in our current society. 

                  Though the invent of social media, dating sites, and broader interaction in the world around us is awesome we seem to be at a place where moving from online relationships to real-life is a challenge for most. In fact many young people today have a lot of trouble actually interacting without the buffer of electronics and media. We can see this having an effect on peoples relationships with friends and with romantic partners. Lets take a look at both of these, starting with friendships and moving toward the more intimate relationships.


              There was a time when people in a community would  gather to talk, play interactive board games , card games or enjoy active activities together. In our modern day and age we rarely get together face to face anymore. When we do it is to go to a movie, play a video game, or interact over other technology. Though these activities are enjoyable, as a society we are losing something of actual human interaction. We now spend time with our friends and community in a such a way that we do not really get to know anyone. We do not know what they are like past our common entertainment preferences. We do not learn their hopes and dreams, or their fears and anxieties. We keep everything on the surface pretending to be some type of invincible and feeling shame if we show any fault.  I believe this leads to the issues of not being able to count on our friends. We don’t know how to handle it if somethings happen that breaks through this facade. If this is true with our friends and acquaintances it is even more so with what should be our most intimate relationships. 

             With the advent of online dating sites and a lifestyle that does not encourage face to face activities to meet a potential mate we can see the impoverishment of real-life opportunities abound.  When we meet people online it is easy to present only what we want them to see. We give them what we want them to know and what we think will give the best impression. Think creative camera angles so to speak. Then after time passes and the other person actually wants to spend time together we don’t know what to do. Many are awkward with real-life interactions or paralyzed with fears of rejection or being found lacking in some area that they exaggerated, or in some cases have to admit that everything was a lie and they may not have even used their real name.

                 With such a lack of intimacy and true understanding in our interactions is it any wonder so many people fall pray to trying to fill their need for closeness and acceptance through media? Unfortunately what results instead are flings, one night stands, porn addictions, romance novels and a plethora of other stand ins for real relationships. All of these things are but empty shells of the thing people are really looking for and really need from their interactions. Like an empty shell the interactions that do occur on this level leave individual feeling hollow still missing the love, tenderness and compassion they desire. A porn video won’t bring you soup when you are sick, a romance novel can not hold you when you cry,  a fling will not give you security and love. These things will not cherish you, help you reach your goals, overcome your fears or be there for you when you are down. 


                When faced with a chance for something real we get scared, we run away and we hide from the reality of a chance at everything we want and cling to the substitute that we are familiar with. We hold on to it so tight that we ruin our connections with real live human beings. We let our fear of vulnerability  hold us back from making those connections and taking the risk that someone might love and care for the real us.In the end many cause so much fear and loneliness for themselves  and in some cases pain to those who do care for them.  We have to start asking ourselves if we are hiding from what is real and clinging to a substitute, a shadow of what we truly desire and need.  


Bio or a brief history of Loreli Adams MED 130

It was a hot night on July 11, 1980 when I entered the world right here in Springfield, Missouri.  I would spend the first  eleven years of my life as a nomad traveling Oklahoma  with my father’s work as  an arborist before returning to the small town of Ava, Missouri  where I spent the remainder of my childhood.

I first became interested in media production around the age of fourteen. I had become a huge fan of Irish band, U2 and their elaborate stage concepts in the 1990s. This is when I started wanting to know how things were done and what made it work. This carried over to other forms of performance and  media that I enjoyed.

In 2001 and I had my first opportunity to become involved in production as a volunteer at James River Assembly in Ozark, Missouri.  I spent five years there and had the privilege of learning from talented mentors like Jeff Nene and Frank Gamble among others.  I also have had some wonderful work experiences with some of the local production companies here in the South West Missouri are.

I participated in the first annual SATO48 film competition in 2006 with an entry entitled “Bridge of Solace”.   After which I had to take a break from school and production.

In summer of 2013 I started at Missouri State University on a 2.5 year plan to finish my degree in Mass Media  Production .