Values and Criteria Analysis Pt. 1

For my Values and Criteria Analysis, I chose two videos and a webcomic.  The first of these videos, “A Character I Used to Know”, is a parody by Not Literally that takes Gotye’s song, “Somebody that I Used to Know”, and turns it into a parody about HBO’s television series,  Game of Thrones.  Please note – the video does have some explicit language and inappropriate themes (but if you’ve ever watched Game of Thrones, you also know that it’s also not exactly what you’d call “safe for work”).  And also– here be spoilers.

The content of the video flows exceptionally well and, though the song is a parody, the content is relatively original.  They do not take Gotye’s lyrics and fit them to the show; they made up their own lyrics about Game of Thrones.  The video’s intent is clear; they are lamenting the fact that George R.R. Martin has a habit of killing his characters off with rather disturbing frequency.  The two girls who made the video dress up and act as the characters in the show, even the male parts.  The focus of the video is for fans to relate to one another about being upset over the death of their favorite characters and it serves as a way to make light of the fact that the book series and show do have a lot of characters who die.  There are no links in the description to the actual show or to Gotye’s original song; the title, however, does reference that it is a parody video, and they call themselves “Not Literally Productions”.  The video definitely tells a shortened version of Season 1 of Game of Thrones and it connects viewers of the show with shared frustration that the characters keep getting killed off.

The video is also well-made; they provide lyrics in the description bar for people who cannot hear or understand what they are saying.  The sound quality is also good.  Not Literally Productions has many more parody videos, many of them about Harry Potter.  

The second video that I chose to look at was a music video by the band The Wombats for their new single “Your Body is a Weapon.”

The video is an animation but it does not exactly fit with the lyrics of the video.  The song talks about a guy going out and seeing a girl who is way out of his league but the video is essentially about a guy getting assaulted by words.  The purpose of the video is to be entertaining but the animation is slightly creepy and remnant of old Nickelodeon cartoons.  The work is original; the video is the music video that the band chose to make for the single that just released a few days ago.  The audio is very good and the video is clear but the gradients that they use are very unattractive and visually unappealing.  The video definitely lets the band practice their freedom of expression and the video by itself is well-done but with the song it’s very disconnected.  Both the song and the video are kind of comedic, especially with what the dog does to his owner at the end.  Since the content is original, there was really no citation needed.  The video does not include lyrics to the song for those who might be hearing impaired.

The third piece of media that I chose to look at is a web comic titled The Phoenix Requiem, by Sarah Ellerton.  The web comic is a Victorian/Steampunk supernatural fantasy.  A gentleman collapses with a gunshot wound just outside of the town of Esk, with no real pretense as to how he got there.  An inexperienced nurse brings him back to health and they have to solve the mystery of who he is, facing death and danger along the way.

You can read the entire web comic here for free.

The content of the web comic is original; Sarah Ellerton came up with a plot and wrote and illustrated the entire five-volume series.  The events of the story evoke an emotional response in the reader.  Her characters are very well-developed and you form attachments to them.  The Phoenix Requiem also plays with the horror genre really well, getting inside the reader’s mind and toying with ideas that are nightmarish.  The font is easy to read and the pages follow the typical format of a web comic.  There is no text below the image to help with visually impaired readers who might seek to explore the comic.

The primary purpose of The Phoenix Requiem is to entertain the reader and to serve as a story.  It makes the reader question whether or not a person is wholly good or wholly evil.  It also serves as a good way for people who might not necessarily like reading lengthy books to still be entertained by reading.


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