Week 11 – Being Yourself

LBSU vlogger heyit’smay has documented her 4 years at Long Beach State and is currently documenting her final semester, pandemic living, and online classes.

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back, everyone! How was Spring Break!? What did you do??? Welcome back to our very unusual semester! LMK if I can help with anything in our out of the classroom.

  • How are your spirits?
  • How’s your diet?
  • Getting any vitamin-D?
  • How are all your classes going?
  • Are you enjoying class online?
  • Hating it?
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available by phone at 562-985-4001
  • Glenn is available by email at glenn.zucman@csulb.edu

Art Idea #11 – Being Yourself can be Art

This week we have a topic, and an activity that you can explore from home. The weirdness of our pandemic moment just might be the perfect occasion to do some vlogging.

LBSU vlogger heyit’smay studies abroad in Paris!

heyit’smay (Maylin Guida)

Very cool news, LBSU vlogger heyit’smay will be joining us in our Zoom Room on Monday, April 6. Please be sure to check out a few of her videos before class time if at all possible. Think about what questions you’d like to ask her!

LBSU vlogger heyit’smay reviews her 2019 year and thinks about her goals for 2020
Emma Chamberlain, the truth about coachella (everyone else is lying to you)  start @ 15:10

Emma Chamberlain

Emma Chamberlain was born in 2001 in San Bruno, CA. She uploaded her 1st YouTube video in 2017. Chamberlain won the 2018 Streamy Award for Breakout Creator. She currently lives in Los Angeles and her YT channel has 8.7 million subscribers and 1.02 billion views.

  • What is her style?
  • Are her videos authentic?
  • Are her videos performative?
Emma Chamberlain makes Almond Milk!
Early Natalie Tran video, 27 May 2010

Natalie Tran

Natalie Tran launched her YouTube channel, “Community Channel” around 2006. I can’t find her earliest videos, but the video above from 2010 is the earliest one I find online.

This older video has a Natalie Tran sensibility to it.

Below, after 10 years of videos, is her last video, posted at the end of 2016. It also has Tran’s sensibility, but along the way everything has gotten stronger. Her performing is more confident; her writing is more compelling; the camera, sound, and editing are all way more pro than her early videos. Tran’s late videos look like a pretty high bar for a beginner. But if you look at her early videos you can see that she is a mere mortal who simply kept at it. With time, Tran’s work just gets more and more powerful. No matter how much self-doubt you might have, if you keep at something, you can get a lot better!

Natalie Tran’s last video, 28 December 2016.

Authenticity @home?

In Wednesday’s conversation about Authenticity & Performance, Riley asked, how do you know if someone like Ellen is like what we see on TV, or if that personality is a performance? A couple of us seemed to think that we can’t really know for someone we see on TV. That we can probably only have some degree of insight into people we have actual contact with.

I wondered if all the late-night talk shows transitioning to @home because of the pandemic became any more authentic?

Here’s Jennifer Aniston in the studio with Jimmy Kimmel in October 2019:

And here’s Jennifer Aniston in home isolation with Jimmy Kimmel in April 2020:

What do you think?
Are both clips the same?
Is either one any more Authentic?
Is either one any more Performative?


In our discussion on Wednesday we talked about a few different singers and personalities, but we didn’t mention Acting! Acting pretty much is performance by definition, right? It can’t be authentic, can it? Although, an actor might tell you that their job is to

Live truthfully in the given circumstances

In a way then, the actor’s job is to find the authenticity in a performative moment. The actor doesn’t write the script. That and many other details come from others. But the actor’s job is to take whatever given circumstances they’re dropped into and… live truthfully… find the authentic moment.

Points Update

All points through i9, AC3 & the Midterm are now up on BeachBoard.

i10 & AC4 are being graded now. Some of you already have these points, and others will get them soon.

When i10 & AC4 are up, there will be 735,000 points posted so far.

Here are how many points you should have to be on track for each grade level and how many peeps are currently on each track:

  • 661,500 points = 90% = on track for final grade of “A” – 69 peeps
  • 588,000 points = 80% = on track for final grade of “B” – 20 peeps
  • 514,500 points = 70% = on track for final grade of “C” – 7 peeps
  • 440,000 points = 60% = on track for final grade of “D” – 6 peeps
  • 439,999 points & below = on track for final grade of “F” – 9 peeps

current class GPA = 3.21


With 735,000 points possible, here are the Art 110 Top 10 for Week 11:

  1. Howard Chen, 817,799
  2. Cade Middauagh, 813,100
  3. Makalo Taddwilliams, 793,879
  4. Yesenia Vargas Martinez, 778,975
  5. Shivani Patel, 771,945
  6. Jane Kim, 767,275
  7. Lexuz Ledezma, 766,853
  8. Arvin Sales, 756,234
  9. Brielle Sunseri, 745,875
  10. Melvin Kem, 743,611

Zoom Rules?

Here are some rules that some faculty have for their Zoom rooms.
I think every one of these rules makes the online class experience better.
Much as I like these rules, I’m not requiring them. Why not? – (hint)

  • Camera: your camera should be on. It’s like coming to class. You should be present!
  • Name: Set your normal class name
  • Mic: Make sure that when you are not speaking, you mute yourself at all times (background noises are easily heard and distracting) 
  • Clothes: Make sure you are appropriately dressed when you appear on camera (i.e. clothes you would normally wear to class) 
  • Posture: Please find a place where you can sit upright–this means sitting (on the floor or at a desk/table is up to you), but no laying on your bed/ground (posture matters in your ability to be an active learner) 
  • Chat: The use of the chat should be reserved to ask questions and make comments relevant to our discussion.
  • Minimize distractions: Because you are not physically present, it is easy to check your phone, scroll through your IG feed, etc. and miss information shared in class. Be fully present during our virtual class time. Some of the information we cover in class is complex and because I am taking the time to explain it, it is in your best interest to be present and engaged. 


Starting Wednesday, April 8, I’ll be going back to taking attendance.

Looking at Your Work

And looking at your work from the previous week — in this week’s case, looking at your Automatic Drawings & Cognitive Maps.

Screen Sharing

When I call on someone, instead of me pulling up your website, you can do it. To do this, you go to the bottom of your screen and click on Screen Sharing. This will give you a screen with a few choices: whiteboard, desktop, web browsers, etc.

You can either click on Desktop to share your entire computer desktop, or you can click on a web browser like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc, to only share the contents of your web browser. After you click on “Desktop” or “Chrome” etc, then in the lower right is another button that says “Share” – click that.

Then navigate to your Automatic Drawing / Campus Map, show us what you made, and share a few words about your experience.

Please only use screen sharing for showing the requested class materials. No video games. No obscene drawings on the whiteboard, etc. (if peeps want to hang out after class is over, at that point you can share the screen for video games or whatever you like. But please, still no obscene drawings on the whiteboard, etc)

Emma Chamberlain on ABC News, 2019


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