While I appreciate the amount of work the DA has put into their 2014 election campaign I could not help but feel that it was at times too much talk and not enough emotion. Music is all about emotion and expression. When I saw the DA’s video on youtube called Together For Change I really loved it. But I needed a way to show it to more people, a more entertaining way, a buzzfeed and upworthy share this way.
Enter KAMZEE. I saw this kids song on youtube a few years ago and thought he would have millions of views by now. To my surprise he only had about 7000 views when I checked again yesterday, and the DA video only had 2800 views. Being a bit of a MEME culture predictionist myself I needed to mash-up the DA with Kamzee, watch it and let me know in the comments!
Well as a member of the LGBT community I will vote for the DA becuase they stand up for gay rights, they stand up for jobs and they have an economic plan that will make South Africa grow like no other party can. I hope you enjoy my video, spread it around if you believe the DA has what it takes to mobilize South Africa into a new modern era. A era free of discrimination. No more blaming our past, time to build a future.
Even Though there might be hundreds of famous singers and actors but do you know many famous scientists? Think of famous actors, write down 20 names. Ok now write down 12 famous scientists.
My blog is all about being inspired and free. About being connected, feeling like you have a passion and a purpose. I myself might be a struggling writer but that is only my story. I want you to dance, or sing or teach or study, and I want to post stories that will inspire you.I want you to feel connected to the story of your life.
So I stumble upon the new show called COSMOS, and suddenly my life changes a little. I open my mind up and learn something. I feel science calling to me, inspiring me to think bigger and write bigger. People once thought the earth was the centre of the universe. Your only limit to your storytelling is your own imagination. If you dream bigger you should not fear it, for that is how amazing ideas get born.
Cosmos is a new version of Carl Sagan’s original 1980’s show by the same name. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is the new host and he does an amazing job in the show. Neil is a great guy but in the interview below you can clearly see the shooting on COSMOS was a painstaking process for him, he goes on to say that he is ready to get back in the lab. #scientistsproblems or #lifeofascientist
This show gives you a perspective into space and makes you realize how amazing life is, how much power you have while you are alive. Get ready to get your mind blown!
As storytellers we need to be open and look at every aspect of life. Sagon famously said, “Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known.”
Sagan was a storyteller as much as he was a scientist. Even Though there might be hundreds of famous singers and actors how many famous scientists have their been? Think of famous actors, write down 20 names. Ok now write down 12 famous scientists. You see it is not that easy. I want to show you this next video from THE SYMPHONY OF SCIENCE it perfectly shows you the dorky excitement that scientist have now. Kids kinda love their open mindedness, finally scientist are becoming famous.
Ok the videos only have around 8 million views on average. But that is 8 million more views than it had 1 year ago. And with YOUTUBE growing as the internet goes Mobile and smartphones fall in the hands of more and more people. BOOOOOOM. The future of the internet has not been written, it is about to happen. I live in Cape Town, South Africa, Africa. I am lucky to have great internet, it is power, the internet is changing the world. Let Google co-founder Larry Page explain it to you….
I hope you are as excited about the world of science as I am. Not the cold hard science movies the media portrays in movies. No the bright future where we are all free to search, to search on google is to search for ultimate truth, more about that in my next blog…..come back tomorrow….here is a last video to inspire you.
Google has released a one day Google Maps Pokemon Master challenge, there is only a day left to catch them all. I found one on top of Table Mountain, in my home town of Cape Town South Africa. And you can do it too. All you need is ……………… Ok before that please read this next part first, it gives you a backstory of why Google Releasing this Google Maps Pokemon challenge is so culturally significant to my generation. But watch the official Google Video first.
If you were born from 1982 all the way up to 1992 you are part of Generation Y, this is the generation that is only recently started taking power of the world economy and media.
We generation Y’s are also called Millennials by some intellectuals.The name Millennials stuck because we were all in high school around 1999. Y2K scare? Are you too young to remember.
That is ok, while you were watching Hannah Montana, or Witches of Waverly place, we were watching Charmed, Sabrina, The Teenage witch. While you were watching BEN 10 and Yugiho we were watching Transformers, He Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles. You had Teletubbies, we had Barny and Pumpkin patch. Captain planet, Power Rangers, Dark Wing Duck, Duck Tales, Tail Spin, The Tasmanian devil, Animaniacs.
As us Millennials grew up past 2005 we were starting to work and become successful, lots of internet companies came from GEN Y / Millennials. Facebook, MySpace, Youtube, Google, Android. It was also GEN Y that worked on the first PC’s and consoles. The PC / Internet grew up with us, it changed from day to day just like we did. What does this mean? C:>/dir .
Ok so what is our generation most valuable artistic influance, as in what idea did we create that became part of global culture, nevermind social media, Pokemon.
Yes we are part of the Pokemon generation, it was cool till high school. You were almost a man, but still a boy, so you got away with it. Sure, Bleach, Naruto and all that is much better. But Pokemon did something we all wanted, they colledted amazingly interesting pets. We all love cats and dogs, and hamster and goldfish and the list is endless. People love their pets. Pokemon takes pets to the next level. Imagine owning an Oddish. Oddish is my favourite pokemon in the world. And I cannot seem to find it on Google Maps.
Pokemon in Cape Town
So finally I get to the point, Google has released a one day Google Maps Pokemon Master challenge, there is only a day left to catch them all. I found one on top of Table Mountain, in my home town of Cape Town South Africa. And you can do it too. All you need is Google Maps App on Android or iPhone. On Android you ca just tap your GOOGLE NOW button and go to maps, then hit the START Button, see GIF below:
So Cape Town has Pokemon too, and the Kruger National Park has one, and there are probably more, so you should go and try it out for your self. The game ends on the 2nd of April at midnight. Here are the screenshots from my Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Enjoy, please share more places in the comments.
FiNAL VERDICT: Prediction Achieved. This video received just over a million views on my prediction date, April 2nd 2014. The official channel commented on my post and added the Vimeo views to the youtube views and they reached a Million views on the day I had predicted. I first saw the video at 1200 views a day after it was posted. 12 days later the video had 1 million views, where will it go from here? 100 million in one year? Can’t wait to see. To all the trolls, suck it!
100 000 views in one day! Not a generic brand video. Uploaded 4 days ago, will it reach a million views by April 2nd 2014? Enjoy
My brand predictions are coming true, exciting,
UPDATE 28 MARCH: VIDEO views are over 600 000! So we might hit the 1 mil view mark sooner than I predicted!
And there are about 5 FAKES on YOUTUBE as we speak, one having a hundred views already, I’ll try and keep track of the fake posts too.
So I will be predicting the future internet sensations on my BLOG. I will do this as often as possible, when I find something worth sharing. This next advert only as 1200 views currently on Youtube, today is 24 March 2014, I predict it will have over a million views on one month, and that you will see this on your Facebook feed (or google plus or twitter or whatever you use) This video is an advert for a stock footage company and is so smart that it deserves a share. BUZZFEED and Upworthy will be posting this soon, but I’ll be first, helping this video get shared and spreading the word. Here is the video:
PROOF of CURRENT VIEW COUNT as of 24 March 2014 – Click the image to see the low hits, only 1200 or so as of this posting.
So you might wonder why is this a MEME? Well the video is obviously advertising, but the subject matter is main stream media. The video comments on the modern day obsession with being current, young and technologically advanced. The make fun of Apple and Google and Samsung, all massive international companies that try and create a sense of authenticity and technological advancement. Dissolve is a stock footage company and their range is very impressive. As a film editor and director myself I know how handy great stock footage can be. Dissolve has it all, and all in HD at affordable rates.
This advert comments on modern day multi-national companies, and how their adverts might not be as authentic as you might think. Does this make those companies evil, are they trying to manipulate you? Yes they are. Is it evil? No. Every company does it, even you Grandma. Yes even granny tries to win you over from your other granny. Granny masks her capitalism with love. Does she love you? Yes she does, does she love being your favourite granny, priceless.
Ok HIPSTERS before you assassinate me with your comments just take a second to study your favourite brands. Those brands all play in on your ALTERNATIVE (haha) culture. They create the ALTERNATIVE culture with strange patters, retro looking fashion and advertising that emote the idea of being NON MAIN STREAM, of being a hipster….
UPDATE 9PM 25 MARCH 2014: So the video had 1257 views yesterday, today is is at 5563. That is a 4000 view growth rate in 24 hours. At that trend they will hit 40 000 in 10 days. But the growth should be exponential so I predict 1 000 000 views by Wednesday April 2nd 2014.
UPDATE 11pm 25 March 2014: The video creator replied to my Youtube Comment and said that the video was featured as PICK of THE DAY on Vimeo. This has helped the video up to 11,500 views from 1270 yesterday.
So the more famous your own MEME gets the closer it gets to dying. And if your MEME needs an explanation it is not truly a MEME.
A MEME is an element of culture that can be passed from one person to another.
Today a MEME gets all its power from Social media platforms like Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. The more a MEME is shared the bigger it gets.
But some MEMES are more advanced than others. Here are some examples.
EASY MEMEs: 100% effective:
So as you can see TROLL FACE MEME is relatively simple to understand. If you have no prevoius knowledge of where it came from. Or do you dissagree, comment below!
But now I am going to reveal the origin of TROLL FACE, all thanks to www.KNOWyourMEME.com
“The Trollface was originally drawn by Carlos Ramirez, an Oakland-based artist known by his deviantART handle Whynne, as part of a MS Paint webcomic webcomic about the pointless nature of trolling on 4chan’s /v/ (video games) board. The comic was uploaded to deviantART on September 19th, 2008.” http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/trollface-coolface-problem
Do you like this MEME more or less after I showed you how it originated? This meme is an example of ORGANIC MEME. It was not created by the artist to excist as a MEME. I am making distinctions between Organic Memes and Manufactured Memes. There is a third Meme and it is called the Capitalist Meme and the last one the USER ACTIVE MEME.
A organic MEME is shared by OTHERS, not the creator> A “stolen” feeling or frustration was expressed and a person wanted to use that art/picture or expression to express themselves or comment on a social media post. The Meme spread through users. If this Meme is abused, and the original meaning is lost, the Meme slowly dies out.
USER ACTIVE MEME:
This Meme is not one MEME but rather thousand of variations of a MEME. One image starts the MEME, others then take this MEME and RECREATE it and posts their own version of the MEME. Or users can use the same MEME as a template, where they then change the TEXT or edit the image to make the MEME fit their own joke or commentary.
A Manufactured MEME is created by the creator. It is then PLANTED into REDDIT, tumblr, Facebook and Google+. The creator takes an active role in spreading his MEME to the correct audience so that they can take the MEME further and spread it world wide. The creator uses this Meme on various social media platforms to try and get many people to see it and start sharing it.
The capitalist MEME can also be called the TIMED MEME or Public Relations MEME. This MEME is created by a BRAND. It could be created to enhance product knowledge or design aspects. It can also be used to trick the audience to believe that the MEME was created by users and not the brand itself. If people are sharing this MEME the company has received free advertising.
These 4 types are my personal MEME categories, some other smart people might go on to list hundreds more Meme types but I believe my 4 types encompasses all Memes. What is the motive behind the MEME? If you can answer that you know where the MEME fits within my 4 categories. We have already discussed one example of ORGANIC MEME, the TROLL FACE. Created as part of a larger work of art, it became a symbol of internet TROLLS that answer online posts with illogical en stupid arguments. It was shared by other frustrated users. Here are examples of the other 3 Meme categories.
USER ACTIVE MEME:
So is MEME culture here to stay or is it a passing fad? Well with over 42 Million Meme hits on Google it would seem Memes are the new 21st century cultural phenomenon. We might see Facebook die, Google plus might fade even twitter might tweet softly but you can bet your teeth on the fact that MEME will be flying all over the place, hopefully people will not sit by and let the MEMEs go without learning their deeper meaning. Some Memes do not need deeper meaning, they embody our emotions and feeling so well that the are universal communicators. People from all over the world can look at Grumpy Cat an have the same feeling of CUTE and AAAWWW shame. When you look at the YES baby you can only imagine how happy and relieved that little kid was about something, you connect with him, communicate. Yes communication is a 2 way street but he fact that you are sharing these Memes mean they are being used to communicate. Some of these meme sum up in a few split second how you feel. I believe MEMEs will become the new from of internet communication, the will change overtime but some will stay fixed and become internal communicators of certain emotions and feelings.
My MEME! So I made my own MEME after I saw Cate Blanchette in BLUE JASMINE. Her reaction to her husbands invitelity made my year. She (and the writers of the screenplay) summed up my frustration with hypocrytes so well. Her words were “WHAT! ARE YOU CRAZY?” and that is exactly how I feel about these ignorant religouis TROLLS on the internet, that have nothing better to do then be nagative and ignorant about gay rights and human rights in general.
Has the MEME become political? That is my next MEME post. The study of Meme is the study of modern culture at its most active.
PS: My writers challenge of one page a day is going great. My screenplay is at the end of the first ACT now, getting there one page at a time…
My favourite MEME has to be GRUMPY CAT and the YES BABY.
Here is Grumpy CAT:
Here is the YES BABY:
So I always wondered who actually took the time to make MEMEs. It seemed like a bit of work. Yes some are super easy, but others can be very elaborate, even multiple images or animated GIFS are used.
I was watching BLUE JASMINE with my boyfriend when all of a sudden her character reacted to something her ex husband said. Her reply to his statement was a heartfelt “WHAT! Are you CRAZY!” . Cate Blanchett won the Oscar for that role a few days ago, and that moment won my heart. The next evening when I got home from work I told my boyfriend about the MEME I had made, and how people in this world was so CRAZY. And the crazy people have the audacity to call us gays predators and try and make laws that discriminate against us. And they use dumb arguments, like the Adam And Eve story, or Corinthians. The conservative republican views are so crazy and sad, but they think it is not ok for a woman who was raped by 3 men, stabbed, to have an abortion. Yes I’m going a bit deep with my argument, but the far right conservative republican mindset will cut you with every “weapon” they think they have.
I defend gay rights all over the social media platforms. I have a rehearsed speech for all 3 GAY BASHERS.
TYPE 1: Holy Man – Uses the bible and says that god created gay people, you were born this way, but you can change.
TYPE 2: Peace Man – This christian gay basher uses derogatory bible verses and 1950 propaganda to argument that being gay is unnatural behaviour because animals in “the wild” are not gay. He is wrong, google it if you do not believe me, you basher reading this blog just to troll me. I see you baby…
TYPE 3: Nazi/Stalin/Terrorist – These are those high school bullies that used to call you a FAG. They would hit you, verbally assault you and break you down to the point of no return. They also believe it is their christian duty to beat the gay out of you. Scare you to death of the social rejection of being gay,shame you. If you do not commit suicide before you turn 21, you should be safe.
Ok there are more types of gay bashers, but if you are not one of these 3 that is great, that means there is hope for your heart. I would watch a BuzzWorthy video about two gay dads, then some ignorant fool will write one of the above mentioned styles of comments. So I used to Google bible versus to fight back, I read more of the bible then them. Then I’d waste 20 mins of my time arguing my case for a open and loving future, where we can all just be bi until proven otherwise. But those days are over, I can now use my MEME to answer for me “WHAT! ARE YOU CRAZY?” , Cate Blanchett in tears from the frustration of the stupidity of masses. The ignorant, closed minded, shoe boxed lives most people live in. I won’t get too deep, no time for tears, we have LGBT people out there going to Jail for who they are, their colours muted in Russia, their bodies destroyed and vandalised. WE NEED TO ASK THEM! THESE so called LEADERS, these so called SAINTS, these so called righteous men and woman, we need to aske them—–> What? Are you Crazy!
SO HERE IS MY FIRST MEME:
HOW TO USE: Copy the RED link next to this line called COPY ME:———————-> http://stephenbekker.co.za/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/bluejasminewhat.jpg
Now when you find a stupid comment, PASTE that red LINK in the line above, and then the MEME will pop UP as a REPLY (COMMENT) Works great on FACEBOOK and Google+.
Need to go to bed, sun is rising outside. Will fix my grammar in the morning, writing bug falling asleep.
On the 1st of March we had Cape Town pride. With all the gay rights violations happening around the world it seemed very hard to pick a theme for this years pride. To me Uganda was the biggest topic for gay rights this year. Yes Russia had made a very unfair anti-propaganda law that would make being an out gay illegal, telling gays that they better not show anybody how gay they are. Russia used a very sneaky law to do almost the same as Uganda, except Uganda made it illegal to be gay, not only can you not be out, you can not be gay in anyway or know any gay people. You will go to jail for being who you are, and if you are a known gay in prison I do not see you coming out of prison alive.
So I created my Uganda Gay Pride Flag to create awareness and to have a resource for other LGBT pride parades.
Please use the Uganda Heart or Normal Gay Uganda Pride flag at your next pride or gay rights rally.
Hundreds of people loved my shirt design that me and my boyfriend was wearing. Many other people wore UGANDA shirts and South Africa’s second largest political party the Democratic Alliance (DA) had all their LGBT members wear UGANDA T-Shirts (PICTURE BELOW). My mother and father was also at pride wearing P-FLAG shirts. ( Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays.) My dad and mom have started a Somerset West / Strand PFLAG group on Facebook, please follow them by clicking HERE. I am really lucky to have parents that support me and love me. Me and my sister are LGBT and they give us all the support and love we need to thrive. We all had a great out and pride parade, so enjoy our pictures and remember to keep the message strong, GAY RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS!
On Saturday March 1st a Gay Pride parade will be held in Cape Town, South Africa. After weeks main stream news media focusing on Russia and its anti-gay propaganda laws we need to start focusing our efforts on UGANDA. A new law has made being LGBT a crime in the African country.
I took the original UGANDA national flag and updated the colors to reflect the LGBT flag and the LGBT community living in UGANDA. My flag represents freedom for all UGANDANS no matter what their sexual orientation is.
HERE is a side by side comparison:
LGBT UGANDA GAY FLAG PRIDE 2014 HEART STEPHENBEKKER
BELOW are two designs, the one has a heart shape, great for t-shirts, and the other the normal rectangular flag shape, great for banners or posters.
LGBT UGANDA GAY FLAG PRIDE 2014 HEART STEPHENBEKKER
Like my FACEBOOK page, https://www.facebook.com/StephenBekkerProductions , I will be making new LGBT PRIDE material for INDIA, ZAMBIA, USA, RUSSIA etc . Send me request if you need an LGBT inspired design.The Power of Gay .com is my new gay orientated blog, focusing on gay empowerment and education.
FEEL FREE TO DOWNLOAD and DISTRIBUTE – PRINT IT, POST IT, WHATEVER.
Hope to see this at the Cape Town pride parade on Saturday, for more Cape Town pride info please visit:
Financial Advice for all the Artist and Freelancers
We all see ourselves as artist. We write, we paint, we photograph, we capture and we create. But in the end if we can not eat we can not do any of the above. We must take care of ourselves financially as well as creatively (spiritually). Nothing makes me get writers block like unpaid bills and credit card debt. Most people have day jobs with clear budgets and outcomes. But as a creative and probably a freelancer it isn’t that easy to know how much to ask for certain things.
This is where my amazing Internet skills come into play. I have found a FREELANCE price calculator that takes in all your yearly expenses and gives you the rate you should be asking. What is great about it is that it has a break-even rate so that you know what you need to charge just to survive the year, it also has a Ideal Rate which is the rate you should be charging per hour to reach your yearly income goals.
Do yourself a favour and make the numbers in your local currency, then head over to www.xe.com to convert RAND or POUND or YEN into US Dollar and see how much you have been undercharging all your friends and family over the last lifetime.
Making prices is really hard and this calculator is the best way to make sure you can put not only food in your own mouth but also in the mouth of your family.
Hope you liked this post, please share on facebook, or twitter or whatever else.
Remember a good writer is a good reader. And a smart writer knows his financial statements. (substitute writer with artist or whatever you be)