We as a group will be creating a mashup supercut hybrid between amateur videos of fist fights and the feature length film Gamer to explore the effect scopophilia and a viewer society has on violence. As David Lyon explains, within a viewer society “as much attention should be paid to viewing as being viewed.” Lyon expands on the value of being watched by referring to Lacanian psychoanalysis where he draws the explanation “to see ourselves as others is key to identity formation.” With this in mind, our project will raise the question of how someone’s perception of him or herself shift when they are being praised for attacking someone else.
There is a quantitative way to measure how much public support or, at least, reception a recording of a fight gets on a site like Youtube or World Star Hip Hop, through the number of likes and views the video receives. Some of the 30 second to two minute videos that we want to include excerpts from in our remix have garnered upwards of a million views implying that these fights- even for the viewers who don’t know either of the people in the video personally- provide viewers with a pleasurable experience. Apart from how these videos of violent skirmishes are received on the internet, my group wants to consider another dimension of how the subjects’ behave when they’re conscious of the attention that bystanders are paying to them. Much like someone viewing a video of themselves inflicting pain on someone else causes a subject to reflect on who they are, could the awareness of a third party watching cause an ordinarily heated argument to come to blows?
What my group intends to argue is that a viewer society can project malice on those being viewed and propagate it to the wider society. Where the synopticon is defined as the many watching the few to encourage self control and good behavior viewer society and, more particularly, the perverse love of viewing can lead those subject to the view of the many to act indecently.
This video demonstrates the aesthetic qualities of a supercut video that we wish to make, however we are aiming to make a supercut/mashup hybrid by including clips from the film Gamer and any other example that helps our argument. The argument that we are trying to make along with the footage we plan to work with, the form of a supercut remix works the best due to its ability to repeat a common action almost to the point of redundancy, providing plenty of proof for the argument.