Hide yo kids, Hide yo wives, and Hide yo husbands, cuz they stalking errybody out here

Someone or something is always watching you, the question is do you care? In reality, you may be able to track people who are stalking you by observation and get help from the police. However online, this area becomes murky and people or corporations may or may not know if they are being watched. As Andrejevic states, “These various enclosures facilitate vastly different types of information gathering and transmission…Google may be able to track movements to a much higher degree of resolution and to correlate these with the content of search engine requests and e-mail correspondence.” (Andrejevic 300)

Our main argument is that people don’t exactly know what is happening with the information they allow corporations to take from them. Large companies like Facebook and Google have privacy policies that are all encompassing and most people don’t know what it is they are taking. In reality we are more cognizant of the information we give to people and feel that the information we give, even the most basic information we give online, is something we should not give out in person and yet still do it anyway. This video attempts to shed light on that irony by comparing how we interact in person with people who try to get too close to us without our permission, and how we interact with large corporations online that want to take our information.

We will structure this argument by telling the story of the movie Stalker (2014), and injecting clips of people using large corporate web based media sources. This will create strong imagery and a parallel to the theft of information and privacy in the real world, and how it is taken from us online. By injecting clips from Google and Facebook advertisements and commercials, that portray people as ever so happy using their programs, and using a horror film about stalking, it will create a strong juxtaposition in our remix video that will back up our argument substantially.

We hope that by comparing these two different cases of privacy invasion, this will open the eyes of the viewing audience to the dangers of putting too much information online freely.

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One comment on “Hide yo kids, Hide yo wives, and Hide yo husbands, cuz they stalking errybody out here

  1. As you note in the first paragraph, this is very much in line with Andrejevic’s concerns and argument, so the challenge for your group will be to critically add something to this conversation around our complacency with regard to corporate surveillance. So, while I’m happy to see you drawing on course readings and concepts, you should be attentive to adding something new or offering further nuance to this argument. Your second paragraph is a little muddled- so, essentially you’re suggesting that we are freer with offering up personal data in digital spaces, and visually the video will juxtapose how we interact with potential surveillance differently in real and virtual space. Without any visual referents here (either in terms of giving a sense of the style of video you want to work in, which you never specify- fake trailer?), or for the primary text you cite here (there’s a 2014 tv show titled Stalker, it’s unclear if that what you’re referencing without any links or video), I don’t get a clear enough sense of what sort of remix aesthetic you’ll be using to make this point. Your description of mashing up imagery or dialogue of real-world televisual or cinematic “stalking,” with people giving up their information freely online is evocative, and a good starting place, but you will need to be attentive to making it visually legible that you’re commenting on the irony of how we approach giving out information in real vs. virtual space, and not just visualizing Andrejevic’s argument.

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