Author Archives: Jane Ballesteros

Blog post 7

I would say what Damon Krukowski is trying to say by “The marginal-the rejected-the repressed-is of no use at the moment” is by how music is chosen now for us by companies from taste , genre, type just by modern technology. He’s saying that even though music gets rejected and no use it can still hold a value or use somewhere else. Music companies like Spotify or apple would hand pick select music choices for you just based of one song you’ve chosen when you start listening. They would automatically play a song off your playlist so you can listen to a new stream and new genre making that music useful in someone else’s stream.

what he’s trying to say with the powerful and the marginalized is that you can transform anything, remake it , rebuild or re structure to make it modernized or to the majorities liking making that powerful. Marginalized is having no significance in society but is significant to you or someone else and starts to receive the attention and builds itself up again.

Krukowski has a point that surprise is not the same as discovery to a big corporation these corps want to change everyone and as much of our time as possible with their products they want their products to consume us. Krukowski gives an example of Google ,Spotify and Facebook. He shows us how these three company provide our information we would like to know. When we use Spotify we always want to hear what we like our taste in music , when using google we always want to read the correct answers to the questions we seek. So when were using these apps we went to feel and experience differently when browsing on them.

The music listening experiences enabled by Force Exposure is quite different to those that Paul Lamere is working on with platforms like Spotify because In Force Exposure, we pick up songs and list it to a  playlist that fits for you.  Spotify they are always built by programmers and it has algorithm in the app which can expose us different kinds of music and provide us to explore unfamiliar music giving us a wide variety.

Blog post 6

Ralph talks to you about  the sounds around him where he lives, what he hears and what he see’s in his home in nyc, but he speaks about these negatively.  He talks to you about how everyone around him makes noise. He hears the loud music playing or hears the ruckous outside from the people or animals.  when he mentions ” live with music or die by noise” he was telling us that youre either going to tolerate and tune out the noise around you and create your own tune your own music or die by everyone else’s sounds and noise that surrounds you. In this case It’s a way of selective hearing you chose what to hear or cancel out.  He compares himself to the singer he hears and reminds him of a time where he would practice his instrument and the noise he would make. Ellison would play music to cancel out the noises of his neighbor basically noise against noise.

Ralph & Schaeffer both spoke about the sound and space in there case. Ralph Ellison spoke about his sound and space from his apartment by making noise on top of noise and Schaeffer canceled out noise with a pair of headphones. Both of them from New York City but just different aspects and ways of dealing with their life style.

Post #5

I would say there’s a  difference between “hearing” and “listening”, Hearing is something done without your control. Everyday we listen to sounds we can’t block off for example when walking outside the people chatter or walking around you, ambulance sirens, police sirens or the ice cream truck and so forth. When we listen is us letting our brain know to give your attention to that person or any particular situation you’re in. I believe we do have a choice of what we can actually hear personally am the person who does a lot of selective hearing. I’ve trained myself to block any sound around me and focus on a person talking to me or focused on what i’m doing around any loud area(working in the restaurant industry you build this trait). I listen to what’s important to listen to and be attentive to around me. I would say race, gender, or social class do matter to how we listen. We chose those we want to listen to and it does sometimes have to do with a race, gender or who this person is and if we have interest in them especially if they are famous or someone we tend to like. So with Schafer and Krukowski discuss sound and space they talk about what we listen to , the sounds that affect the space we put ourselves in.  An example is living here in NYC I do feel like a good majority of us have learned to block a lot of noise that surrounds us being in control of what we hear. We’re a busy life city a city that doesn’t stop running or sleep and for the majority of us we would block off sounds by putting on headphones every where we go now of how much we sound revolves around us in this city.


Blog post 4

I would say what Martin Berger said about how black people are portrayed is true. I do agree that how the media shows African Americans is either being victims, vulnerable or trying to get the rights they deserve. There’s always going to be media’s that show white people how black people are always sectionized, always trying to have something to speak up for, then leading to massive protest and marches just to receive decency in our society.


response post #3

        According to John Berger, in publicity and advertising images they influence consumers to believe in a life that will be better for them if they consume the product or what’s being advertised to them. It gives them a sense that your life will get better and change if they do what advertisements tell them to do. Then this is leading them to believe in their mind they are richer just by consuming this product or advertisement when in all reality they are becoming poor.

Berger oil painting and publicity (advertising) photographs are different  because oil painting back then was a form of art. Where a man would paint what he possessed and surrounded his riches around as well as showing his way of life. Now publicity photographs give us a representation of what we want , our desires , what we want to have and own. They make us think we will have this better life or relationship but we can only have those things if we are rich if we can afford all these luxuries. 

Bergers has 3 dreams but one of the dreams that captured me was the skin dream. The skin dream states that the images given to you by social media, magazines or tv are giving you this belief that if you buy the product you like you’ll have flawless skin or become this beauty and desire others will want. This is something that alot of us fall for and believe will work or do for us. 

Jane’s Blog Post #2

I would say women today are still viewed in similar ways but we have evolved in the media and have more control on how women are viewed but as well woman are still viewed as a sexual tool because women always want to measure up to what’s being shown by man on either TV, Magazine or any social media platform that’s just not being a realist for woman. It just all depends what the media shows you but like in the videos Berger says it’s on the point of view of the beholder to view someone in that way. Women now do have control over their images despite us having social media platforms that show you how you should look physically, what you should wear and how you should act. We women have more control than what we tend to think but because we’ve always been overruled by men we fail to see that. No matter what we are always viewed by the males gaze and a sexual attraction to them because of the exaggeration of one man’s desire. Like one of the speakers says you see more truth and realness and connection towards a photograph than in a painting. Why? Well because in a photograph you’re seeing an actual person, someone you can connect to, a setting, realness of a woman. In a painting it is viewed by the man and what he sees, the sexual desire and the exaggeration of a woman with huge breasts or bottom in which you can’t really have no connection to or agree because that’s just not how we view ourselves. 


Blog Post #1

Looking at Gerald Graff & Cathy Birkenstein writing in ” Entering the Conversation” The advantages of the model is that it obtains a structure through it all. You’re getting a perspective of the conversation but basically having an accuracy of how you speak to others in a conversation.

I would actually agree with the use of art work actually helps us analyze other situations because looking at art work you can see a certain point of view that’s being show to you that can’t be seen by someone else. In the video it basically has a break down of steps where you yourself can have a better understanding of it all.


Hey everyone my name is Jane. I was born and raised in New York City, I’ve been living here my entire life. Im 25 years of age and raised in Harlem. This is my first year into college and I am majoring in Criminal Justice so later on I can become either a K9 Officer or State Trooper.  When I am not in school or working the things I love to do is spend time with my family, read, do outside exercises or activities that involves nature.I love to cook at home a lot so I can binge watch some of my fav shows. Despite these strange times I’m very excited to begin my semester and see all the obstacles I will need to face during my college years.

P.s I am also a tree lover!