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Narration in music videos: The two different stories of Justin Timberlake´s What goes around, comes around

So I guess it´s about time I write a post for this blog that actually reflects the title of it. On the curriculum for Norwegian in Norway, multimodal text analysis is a part, to some degree, on all levels, and particularly in high school I´ve found that music video analysis is a grateful task.

For that purpose, I have more than once successfully used Justin Timberlake´s “What goes around, comes around”. It was directed by Sam Bayer and released in February 2007, and has an interesting narrating structure. It´s a 9 minute long mini-movie and even stars Scarlett Johansson as the love interest of the character that Justin Timberlake plays in the video.

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Not Exactly True

Right now I am reading Hanne Ørstaviks Like sant som jeg er virkelig (1999) (English title: As True as I am Real). It´s about a young psychology student who lives with her mother, a mother who locks her daughter into her bedroom the very same morning she is supposed to travel to the US with her new boyfriend. The whole novel is her looking back on how it came to this. Being a psychology student, Johanne thinks she is very self reflective, but the thing is, she doesn´t do anything. She thinks about solutions, but doesn´t do squat. She defines herself as a person full of strategies to cope life, and it´s not convincing to the reader, at least. Quite simply put, she doesn´t lead a real life, and it´s not true, that is the title!

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