I was listening to the Ghetto 101, and it was surprisingly enjoyable for the first four minutes. After that, bang, it was boring. They want to share these stories that bring neglected American voices to a national audience, like most of the traditional portraits are. Maybe they are trying to convince the audiences by listening to the voice of the people, the neglected ones. It sounds sad, hard, et; however, the lack of visual elements failed to bring the audiences to get closer into it. Attention in another unique media, is what they seek. The new way to tell the audiences, this thing is "a new clever way to describe yourself", which may only works for certain people.
On the Ghetto 101, they are talking basically about the neighborhood, they came into an NBA player and have a little chit-chat, these two boys are horribly stressful, their grandma has been on medications since 1977, their dad is alcoholic, worst neighborhood, etc. By looking to the photographs, we wouldn't have the feeling to be there, to listen to the crowds, somebody's curses, a child that asks his dad, "Why do you drinking?" and his dad responded, "I'll quit." Then the child asks, "When?" then the conversations stops. It's a whole new experience for us.
How would they do that? How would they tell this whole nation about how bad their life is? Comes soundportraits, they record these sound clips, with two kids as the "stars" and let them do their everyday life. How they live, how they interact... [continues]
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