As a Communications Technology teacher, I also like the VMA awards for what it can teach us about the industry.
My favourite moment was when Taylor Swift invited the director of Blank Spaces to the stage to help accept the award.
He goes on to thank the producers and crew that made it possible. What I love about this moment is that it reveals that work of the invisible people behind the Hollywood machinery.
Very sweet moment....
Of course, I then went back and watched Blank Spaces. Beautifully produced, stunning images and full of lyrics that make me squirm:
But you'll come back each time you leave
'Cause, darling, I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream
Boys only want love if it's torture
I can make the bad guys good for a weekend
I immediately recognized it as one of the Taylor Swift songs I won't allow my own young children (8,6,4) to listen to because I don't like how it might reinforce stereotypes of male and female relationships. I don't think my kids are old enough to have a real discussion about that yet. My high school students might be.
With my parent hat on, I prefer Taylor Swift's Shake It Off .
With my video production hat on, I admire Blanks Spaces.
With my teacher hat on, I am figuring out how to build a discussion that helps unlock these idea.
ps: Do you think they actually damaged the real car in the video Blank Spaces or did they shoot it with a double? Thoughts? I was wondering about the Art Direction.
pss: There is also an interactive app developed for this video. I didn't even know this was a thing. #somuchtokeep upwith