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ON AUDIENCES AND RELIGION

I had an interesting chat with a fellow RMIT-ian. We just met and we and he was interested to know the subjects that I am dealing with.There are two things that I wanted to analyse.

1. When I told him that my documentary was based on a church his response was – “if I formed the audience then the doco would interest me”. Documentaries, according to him should be made for the public in general. This made me question the ethics of my documentary making.To me my documentary brings out the external conflict faced by the Christian community in my church.

If I chose to do a documentary simply to make it popular – or to have a larger group of audience –  then doesnt that destroy the very essence of documentary making ?

2.Who will be my audience then? What ages will I appeal to through this doco?

  1. I am making it for myself first – to establish my idenitity
  2. For my lecturer of course
  3. For future reference  – students doing research in stigmatization maybe interested

It brings me to my final question ..

Why is a religious community isolated and branded as uninteresting?

Is it one of the normless consequences of addicting technologies and social media that makes man feel empowered and makes him feel as though he is “SUPERMAN”? That he doesn’t need God anymore?

Or is it the hype that has been created by media focusing on the sensational bits of information on religion available around the world that has caused this detachment…?

There is an interesting connection between revolution and Christianity. The Gutenburg revolution was primarily used to print Bibles and papal slips(apparently the belief was that these slips were used by rich people to reduce their time in purgatory.The revolution created a detachment from the “Mother Church” – the Catholic church and gave rise to Protestants.

A similar media revolution is happening now – the Media Revolution and it seems that there is a growing detachment from religion itself and giving rise to Godlessness in the society and community.I wonder if this is a reason for communities to fall apart?


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DOCUMENTARY LEARNING CONTRACT

CONTENT

1. What is the community that you will make your documentary?

The community that this documentary will focus on is the Christian community of Lifespring Church of Christ.

2. Why do you think it is a community?

It is a community because

  • There is a common supplication for Gods mercy and grace
  • Based upon proximity of habitation
  • Persist during separation from locality with support of well defined habits of reunion and sacred customs
  • Its a reality , a kinship , invested with all sentiment attached to kinship.
  • There exists a similitude

One can simply feel the self-less love and understanding of members.

3. What theory about community have you read that is relevant to issues in this community? Summarize the relevant ideas.

Tonnies  theory speaks of communities flourishing in the rural context. I should say true and false. Communities do flourish in the urban context and this church community is one such example.

Delantys’ writing has a fundamental principle which is revealed in this community. The breaking away from the Traditional Church – the Protestant view of modernity.This community displays deviance in 2 forms.

  • In Relation To The Society : Views the ways and goals of the world as meaningless
  • In Relation To The Traditional Church:The believer departs from the rigid and traditional Church which is unable to foster a sense of belonging in him.The believer breaks away and enters a community where spiritualism and the right doctrine is followed.

From Kim Harris’ article I can infer that new media is a vehicle for connectivity among people sharing commonalities which is applicable in this community.

The church has a fundamental principle of meeting together termed as “fellowship“.

The Bible is made up of many books and one such book called as Acts, Chapter 2 , Verse42-47 says

” They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

Face to face interaction is a must.

The issue faced is deviance in a relativistic context taking up a Micro Relativistic approach. The relativistic definition is that “Deviance refers to behavior or persons that are defined as deviant by social audiences“.

  • Labeling Theory put forward by Howard S.Becker states that “Deviance is not a quality of the act the person commits, but rather a consequence of the application by others of rules and sanctions to an “offender.” The deviant is one to whom that label has successfully been applied; deviant behavior is behavior that people so label.”Here the documentary will explore if the members of this community have been labeled anytime. What is their perception and feeling towards labeling.
  • The concept of positive deviance struck me as the binding factor. Positive deviance was never in vogue.Deviance was all about negativity. Transcending the narrow conceptualization of deviance Spreitzer and Sonenshein ‘s conceptualization of positive deviance, the positive extreme of the curve, caught my interest.

“Deviant behavior is intentional , with a purpose in mind.”
“Involves a significant departure from norms .”

Positive Deviance begins by enabling people to change their practice, which then changes their attitude, and ultimately internalization of  new knowledge.The documentary will explore if members of the community perceive and feel about  positive deviance and stigmatization.

4. Are you in agreement or disagreement with these ideas?

I am in agreement with the ideas although I am curious to explore the perceptions of members of the Church.

5. How can you use these ideas in your documentary?

In my documentary I will explore the following in the context of stigmatization and positive deviance.

  • The perceptions of believers
  • Response to deviance  –  How do they feel about it?
  • Do they practise positive deviance or not?
  • If so to what extent?
  • As a result have they been labeled in the external world?
  • Was the stigmatization prolonged or short-termed?

6. What is the structure of your documentary?

This documentary takes on a hyper text structure involving audio interviews, text and images.

7. What is the style of your documentary?

The documentary will be shot in a Reflexive mode.

TECHNICAL

8. What type of media will your documentary consist of( e.g. audio files, text, stills, video, animation etc)?

This documentary will have audio files, text and stills.

9. Given that your documentary will be published online, how will you tailor production and post-production to be appropriate(e.g. image size, frame rate, design issues, copyright)?

I am planning to use Windows Movie Maker, Audacity to edit interviews and add music and Creditz software to create the scrolling credits.

Regarding copyright I wish to attribute a Creative Commons license that will enable my content to be used non-comercially.

10. What are your skills in making this style of media?

I am comfortable with the software.

11. Are you enlisting the help of any crew during the production phase of your documentary?

No.

12. Will you need to borrow technical equipment from the School techs? If yes, what do you want to borrow? When do you want to borrow it?

I intend to borrow an audio recorder. I have obtained the loan form.I want to borrow a Zoom Solid State Recorder and a stills camera.

PERMISSIONS

13. What talent do you need to get release forms signed for?

Release forms will be signed on the spot for interviewing and recording.

14. Are you going to interview any minors?

No.

15. Do you need permission to shoot on location?

I will be asking the Church pastor’s permission to shoot on location. But that doesn’t involve paperwork.

POST-PRODUCTION

16. What software do you need to edit your documentary?

I will need Audacity, Windows movie maker and Creditz.

17. Do you have sufficient skills with that software?

Yes since they are quite easy to work with even for beginners.

18. Do you have sufficient access to that software?

Yes. All of them are freely available on the internet.

PUBLICATION

19. What social software environment will you publish your documentary to?

I am planning to setup a flash website using http://www.wix.com and link to my Word press Blog for transient spaces for the Documentary.

I will link my video from youtube to Wix using a widget.

20. Is the media you are creating appropriate for that environment?

Yes.

21. Have you become a member of that environment?

I am a member in the environment involved.

22. Have you done a ‘test’ publication?

No.

23. Does the environment stipulate any limits(e.g. file size, dimensions, file types, copyright, legal issues) that you will need to meet?

File Size:

I will link from Youtube to Wix using a Wix widget.The video size limit is 2 GB in Youtube and so it wont be a problem.

Dimensions: Since I will be using the widgets customized for Wix I needn’t worry about the size.

LEGAL

24. Have you got copyright permission for all the content you use?

If there is any content that is copyrighted I intend to obtain full permission. But for most part it will be my original work.I intend to make my content available in the public domain using creative commons license – not for commercial use and not available to remix.

25. There is no defamation or slander?

There will not be any defamation or slander.

26. Any other legal issues?

None considering most of it will be my work.

RISK ASSESSMENT

27. What are the most likely things that could go wrong with your project?

  • Things that could go wrong would be my system crashing or the interviewee not being available.
  • Deviance may not exist at all. It is my assumption. I do have another group of theories in relation to deviance which I will put together in my documentary.

28. What is your backup plan if these things occur?

I intend to save all my files to an external drive and make sure I plan my production and post production well ahead, starting from this weekend perhaps.

I am preparing for the involvement of  the second group just in case labeling theory and positive deviance dont work out.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

29. What is the date of your rough cut showing?

May 14th, 2010

30. What is the final due date?

May 21st, 2010

31. When do you intend to start production?

I intend to start production from April 18th, 2010.

32. When do you intend to start post-production?

I intend to start post production from April 19th,2010

33. Given your production start date, have you already booked any technical equipment you need?

I am booking the equipment this Friday April 9th and will book it for the following weekend.

34. How do these dates work in with assessment deadlines from other courses?

It is going to be a challenge that I intend to master as soon as possible. Extensive planning is required.

35. If you are using talent, does their availability suit your production schedule?

Since most of the interviewees will be available every Sunday in church getting hold of them will not be a trouble.

36. Remember to collect all the credit information as you go.

I intend to document and blog at every stage.

What Is A Community ?

The Symbolic Construction Of Community gave me a clear idea of what community means.

  • It exists as something for people ‘to think with’.
  • It represents a melee of symbols.
  • The commonality need not be a uniformity.
  • Doesn’t integrate rather aggregates – not incorporate into a larger unit or coordinate rather gather into a whole.
  • There is no cloning of behavior and ideas.
  • Some communities do not really exist and are a mere rhetoric.
  • Its a reality , a kinship , invested with all sentiment attached to kinship.
  • Its more than oratorical abstraction , it hinges crucially on consciousness.
  • It serves a similar need.
  • It is malleable and it can accommodate people without losing their individuality.

Observations :

Observation 1 : So to belong to a community I needn’t change who I am . I can just be myself – which means a freedom to express myself in thought, word and deed. But this brings me to question. By belonging to a community do I get totalitarian control over my freedom? Every community has rules. Rules which every individual has to adhere to. Rules may vary from following a dress code to being an active member to pursuing a hobby or living in the same area etc .Rules may be verbal or electronic or written.

Observation 2 :

How are the thoughts of people belonging to a community? Do they think alike, share the same view or opinion ? Not necessarily. I can belong to a blogging community and write about the East. Another person can write about the West and belong to the same blogging community.Its not the content that we write that matters. To belong to a blogging community it is necessary to blog intermittently or rarely.

Observation 3 :

How real is it? I believe communities are present virtually or physically. A community can either be legal or illegal.

Observation 4:

There exists kinship. By kinship I mean a certain kind of affinity, a similitude. Without the emotional connection the person might as well cease to be called a member of the community. Can people of the same bloodline exist in the same community ? Yes. Can people of the same bloodline comprise a community. No. f all the members are of the same bloodline then they are called family and not community.A family is defined as  “Those who descend from one common progenitor; a tribe, clan, or race; kindred; house; as, the human family; the family of Abraham; the father of a family.”

Observation 5 :

How many people constitute a Community?Certainly no individual can stand like an island and proclaim himself as a community. Two perhaps ? There is no definitive answer after all. Seems like I need to put more thought into this one.

Observation 6 :

Why was the word Community created ? To create a sense of belonging and identity.  The words of  Mitsugi Saotome speak for themselves.

“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.”

More Observations to come….

Hello , Namaste , Bonjour,Vanakkam…..to all

Hello all.

The past two week have been all about adapting into various communities. First of all ” The RMIT Community” and then it was “The Australian Community”. Now it’s time to show my commitment to my “Blogging Community”. It’s been a  very busy week for me. But not a single day went by without me thinking about the word ” community”. Being a “logophile” which can be interpreted as a Lover of Words, although my first language is not English, my initial reaction was to look it up the dictionary.

Origin and What is the meaning of Community ?

Dating back to the late 14th century the word Community was derived from

  1. French communite ,
  2. Latin – Communitatem.
  3. Latin word Communis which means common , public , general, shared by all or many.

More later…