Revolution 2.0 by Wael Ghonim describes the media campaign of a cry of outrage that went viral. In chapter three he presents himself as victim Khaled Said, the victim of a brutal police assault, and receives a massive media response on facebook. The author said “What drove me more than anything else, was the thought that I could speak for him, and if even a single victim of the regime could have the chance to defend himself, it would be a turning point” (Ghonim 61). Speaking out in the voice of the victim is very similar to my project. Many transgender youth speak out for not only themselves but for others that are victims of society. Transgender youth are scared to come out to their parents since they believe they won’t be accepted. Many transgender people on the internet, mostly on youtube, speak out about their stories and hope by exposing themselves they can encourage others to be open with their families. Transgender people getting their voice out and telling their stories is very powerful and creates awareness similar in a way to what Ghonim accomplished.
My project is being presented as an online magazine, which relates to many of McLuhan’s ideas in The Medium is the Massage. First off, according to McLuhan the online magazine itself and its pages are simply an extension of a regular magazine. However, the online magazine allows me to combine different mediums, such as youtube videos and text. This strongly supports McLuhan’s ideas that everything is changing, and changing quickly. This new environment is a great force for social change. In McLuhan’s thought, artists and poets are antisocial people. People who express their stories on youtube could be described as “antisocials” and therefore sharpen people’s perceptions and help see environments as they really are. Many people are blind to the struggles that transgender youth face. Parents often choose to turn a blind eye but youtubers, the “antisocials,” force people to acknowledge that the emporer from “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is not wearing any clothes. In other words, indeed if their child is transgender and trying to communicate it, the parent must acknowledge it rather than go along with society and claim the emperor is wearing clothes when he is actually not.
“Towards a Third Cinema” by Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino presents how the development of Third Cinema was a response to Latin America and neoliberalism. Rather than films turning their backs and opposing the system, they started to expose the social injustice. It’s communicating the message to the masses hoping that presenting the truth will cause social change. Transgender youth present their stories on youtube in a similar fashion to create change as Third Cinema aims to do. One similarity is Solanas and Getino’s discussion about how the viewer must take a risk to see third cinema films by putting themselves out there. Some transgender youth who use a family computer take a risk by viewing videos online. The makers of these videos however are most at risk since they expose themselves to the world. In order to help create social change, like third cinema filmmakers they expose their own truth for the sake of others awareness and courage. These transgender youth are trying to free themselves from societal prejudice and oppression and fight the unfair treatments and lack of acceptance. They strike the fire and share their stories in the hopes that other transgenders find the courage to come out and families find the willingness to not only accept, but to love their child for who they are.
Mapping Memories is a great resource for transgender youth. This project is a type of manual that engages collaboration in media projects. Undoubtedly this program has helped many transgender youth express themselves and advocate for their cause. These workshops help the LGBTQ youth refugees obtain a voice. This project is another resource that attempts to reach parents out there. They give youth the voice and courage to speak out to not only their own parents but to other parents out there who are not accepting of their child’s sexual identity or gender identity. Although my magazine journal will not teach people how to use media, it will be a means to reach transgender youth and their parents. Parents will especially be targeted to demonstrate that transgender youth do know their own identity and it is better to let them transition at an early age rather than wait.