Friday, September 29, 2006
Anyways...so yea, there are many different ways people have done this experiment. Some have it down to a science (which is kind of odd to say, because it is a science experiment). You can either drop mentos in the bottle, shoot them in with a rubber band, or shove them in really fast-fasten the cap back on-shake up the bottle-throw it in the air-and watch. Oh yea, and you guy puts the mentos in his mouth followed by diet coke-not smart. whatever way you do it...its gonna be good. Oh, how easily we are amazed by a simple scientific reaction of the mentos and the heavily carbonated soda, at least I am. So i hope that if you have never heard of or seen his experiment, you are humored.
If you want to understand the American attitude toward capitalism, look inside your hall closet. There's probably a Monopoly game in there somewhere. Monopoly is the most popular board game in history, with more than 250 million copies sold. You may never have taken a real estate seminar or cracked an economics textbook. But if you grew up in an American home, and at some point it rained, you played Monopoly.The new game replaces the thimble, dog, and iron with a Motorola cell phone, New Balance sneaker, and a Starbucks coffee, but it's hard to complain about corporate product placement in something as rah-rah-capitalism! as Monopoly. Also, you now get $2 million for passing Go.
Smarter writers than I have tried to figure out why Americans resist the regulation of business and markets, often even when we would personally stand to benefit from that regulation. But you could do worse than to start with the fact that for more than 70 years, we have played a game whose object is to corner a market and beggar our neighbors. Every year pundits decry video games like Bully or Grand Theft Auto, yet our first introduction to one of business's most predatory, illegal practices is through a widely loved game with adorable doggy and thimble pieces. It's as if someone had invented a children's board game called Racketeering or Usury.
I'm still way into watching web video. Two of the most popular vlogs (videoblogs) have become regular stops on my daily tour of the web. They are:
Rocketboom, news/documentary in content, comic in tone. (Here is an old Rocketboom on net neutrality.)
The Show with Ze Frank, zany, funny. (Here is a blog trying to explain some of Ze Frank's appeal--it has to do with how his head fills the screen, says the blogger.)
And here is my media consumption forecast:
UWM Union Theater has The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, one of the most acclaimed films of the past several years. The New York Times called it a masterpiece.
The Science of Sleep is playing at the Oriental. It was directed by Michel Gondry, who made many brilliant music videos before directing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. (Review: Variety.)
Degrassi The Next Generation begins a new season tonight on The N. You can also watch online at the website.
Veronica Mars begins a new season on Tuesday on The CW. (You can already see this episode online here if you have Windows Media Player.)
Thursday, September 28, 2006
It started off fine, talking of a few ongoing experiments in various retail supermarkets (as it turns out, they really are using those damn cameras), but it quickly turned into something that kind of scared me. Evidently there is a chemical imbalance in certain peoples' brains that causes compulsive disorders, including compulsive shopping.
One lady that was followed had to erect an entire garage to store all the materials she had bought over time. I kid you not: she could have opened another JoAnn's fabric store, in her back yard. As it turns out, she's on the pill. No, not a birth control pill, but a pill to help her stop shopping.
What world are we living in when someone needs a pill, or better yet a medical excuse, to spend all their money? Is it the media making them buy all this? Is it the new pastime, just buying crap to satisfy ourselves? Is our society going completely commercial, even in their heads?
Pretty pathetic if you ask me, and not something I enjoy thinking about. What else are we going to need a pill for, breathing air? Anyway, it was an interesting film to watch and I enjoyed almost all of it, save for the seats in the lecture hall.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
We had just gotten the first shipment of the new Christmas items in the store (meaning the remodeled 2, 4, and 8 GB nanos, and the 80 GB video I-pods), and myself and a co-worker were given the exciting task of organizing and displaying them on the shelves. Typically on the I-pod cases is displayed a picture of the device itself with a band's cd in the screen (a very clever advertising ploy might I ad--touché, Apple). However, picking up on of the new 80 GB video cases, the very attractive face of Johnny Depp in Pirates II attire was staring back at me on the I-pod screen. I asked my co-worker why Mr. Depp was on the box--he doesn't sing anything. I was told that people can now download full length movies from I-Tunes.com (in addition to songs) for their video I-pods.
Aha! So Johnny Depp isn't promoting his latest album, he now has the ability to promote his new movie via the boxes for the thousands of new I-pods we'll sell. AND HOW IRONIC that this change in box design comes just in time for the holiday shopping season this year!!!!!! I bet that someone at Apple is reaping the benefits from a huge raise right now for coming up with that gem. Geez. Sometimes this industry is so simple it amazes me......so that means I'll be able to get a sweet job with no problem.....right Michael? :-)
Monday, September 25, 2006
Last night i watched the 100 greatest moments of Saturday Night live, which contributed to me being up till 3:30 in the morning but it was awesome. It made me realize what a tremendous impact that SNL has had on todays culture and society. Some of the more memorable skits have been made so mainstream that movies, action figures, t-shirts posters etc. have spawned from these little five minute sketches which when they were written probably were never imagined to blow up the way they did.The show talked about the Blues Brothers and what a tremendous impact it has had on society. Dan Akroyd still tours with the Blues Brothers of course now minus the very funny late Jon Belushi. He also has made two movies and developed the House of Blues chain, which we know today is one of the premier venues for music in todays society. Wayne World also at the time enveloped itself into culture and has given popular phrases like, "party on" and "excellent" new hilarity. Furthurmore Waynes World introduced Queens legendary song Bohemian Rhapsody into young American culture. I remeber when I was in 7th grade and i saw that movie in the theater, everyone sang the crap outta that song and they still do, and people still reinact the headbanging scene in that movie when the song kicks in at the end.Anyway that was a cool show that is running on E! all month so check it out if you get a chance and are a fan of anything SNL.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
OK, you can't tell too much from the trailer but you get the general idea.
Is getting your exaggerated self image personified in a video game synergy or what? Well, if you're on Def Jam it is. I suppose its not all that new, just like action figures in a way, heck I'd love to have my own action figure (there was a site that actually did this, but last I checked it was still rather expensive).
What I find most interesting is the level this takes the image of the hip hop "bad ass" really goes beyond what could otherwise be accomplished. On one hand violence is promoted, but on the other, by nature it admits its just a game. Don't get me wrong, I think its a great game. For better or worse, they do know their audience.
The fantasy is the game, and you buy bling so you can hype the crowd to pull big moves, you date porn stars, and live all sorts of shady lifestyles, but this is already the media image sold to kids. Why can't they play it out in a fantasy game at least? Granted, the violence is a bit much for young kids, but the sooner they stop thinking that kind of life is a (sustainable) reality the better in my opinion.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Just because this movie scared a bunch of little kids and made eleventy skagillion dollars at the box office, now they barely ever make a real slasher movie. All we get are sequels of remakes of Japanese horror movies; watered-down sequels, prequels, and remakes of older, real slasher movies; and psuedo-scary movies with a PG-13 rating and a bunch of actors from teen TV shows.
For anyone looking for an interesting mix, this DJ is quite good at mixing old and new music. Aside from this album, he mixed an old Marvin Gaye song with a Mos Def song and an album called Purple Reign which used the Prince album of the same semi-name. Anyway, I'm really tired of radio ready pop and hip-hop, or boring rock anthems by cry baby bands, so if you feel the same, I urge you to check this guy out. Biggie, Sinatra, Mos Def, Prince, and Marivin Gaye are all legends. How could you go wrong?
My favorite designer is Michael. I hope that he wins because he always has the most creative and logical designs.
Here is a link to preview his line!:
Yes, I’ve seen how tiny the Shuffle is; Yes, I’ve seen how they made the Nanos in the fabulous colors; And yes, I’ve seen that that apple will offer movies and games for the iPod.
Too all that I say, Blah!
Who care is the Shuffle is the size of a matchbook all that makes it is easier to loose and or brake. And second it’s still a iPod shuffle. As far as iPods go they are useless to the average consumer.
For the Nanos I am sick of those metallic colors. Way to go Apple you couldn’t be more creative and get a new color scheme. How about going back to the neon colors you used for the G3s back in there day. Do consumers really need pink or light blue still?
Now for the worst, Who really wants to watch a movie on an iPod screen? That’s slightly better than watching them on your phone, please people get a portable DVD player, or the semi waste-of-space the PSP.
And for games on an iPod, this is easy people, get an older iPod a first, second or third gen.. Then it’s called installing Linux on the Ipod. With this one can play all the games they want from Tetris to Wolfinstien. much better than the twelve or so choices that Apple give one.
Here's the sight to put Linux on an iPod Click Me
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One consequence of the racial casting stunt on the new season of Survivor is that the goofy tribal names (Puka, Aitu, Hiki, Raro) have been made superfluous. Everyone thinks of the tribes as the Asians, Latinos, black folks, and white folks. But actually the biggest consequence may be that for the first time since the initial Survivor, there are many players who are unfamiliar with the game and don't know its strategy. According to the show's host, Jeff Probst, the producers had to seek out members of ethnic minorities to get them interested in being on the show rather than waiting for them to volunteer. This is the only way I can explain what happened last night, when the Latino tribe intentionally lost a challenge so that they would be able to vote off the tribe member (the heavy metal musician Billy) who was getting on everyone's nerves. Anyone who really knows Survivor knows you don't sacrifice your numbers. But a big part of the appeal of Survivor is playing along with contestants, evaluating their judgment and wondering what you would do if you were in their place, so this made for pretty good television.
When the producers revealed last month that the tribes would be divided by race, many commentators immediately passed judgment, claiming that this would promote racial disharmony and negative stereotypes. But there is a flipside: unlike any other show on TV, Survivor has a really diverse cast. It doesn't have one token Asian, African-American, or Latino. It has (well, had) five of each. It's still too early to say if the casting stunt was mainly positive or negative. But there is no question about whether it's a compelling experiment that makes you want to keep watching, which was the producers' primary objective in the first place.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
This has also been happening a lot in the music industry. A singer, for example, may want to portray a certain image and will brand-name-drop throughout his or her lyrics. Once the song hits mainstream radio and is repeated hourly, any and all brand names mentioned are being transmitted into the listening audiences’ ears. The effects of this can be as excessive as consumers going out and purchasing the brand names mentioned because they admire the singer’s ability and, by extension, what the singer thinks is cool enough to mention in a song. It is similar to a celebrity endorsement, except the celebrity is not getting paid to mention the product (in most cases). And this form of product placement goes beyond the clothing industry… consider the beverage industry: Like Coke, Cristal has become another household name.
Here are some examples of lyrics full of brand names:
From “My Humps” by the Black-Eyed Peas:
They buy me all these ices/ Dolce & Gabbana/ Fendi and NaDonna/ Seven Jeans, True Religion’s/ I say no, but they keep givin’
Ludacris is also guilty of name-dropping in his song “Numba One Spot:”
Ready to break the steerin column on yo’ Impala/ …But can buy anything I want from the records I’ve sold/ Jacuzzi’s hot, Cristal is so cold
Snoop Dogg loves his Chucktailer sneakers enough to rap about them in “Signs:”
Where helicopters got cameras, just to get a glimpse of our Chucks
Probably the guiltiest one of all, Jay-Z, up until recently, referred to Cristal champagne, among other brand names, in various rap songs. Over the summer, an executive for the high-priced champagne shunned the attention, saying in an interview with The Economist magazine that the name-dropping was “unwelcome attention.” Jay-Z retaliated by halting all sales of Cristal at his 40/40 nightclubs, and at the time of the controversy, considered omitting all Cristal references from lyrics in such songs as “Can’t Knock The Hustle” (Auto off the champagne, Cristal’s by the bottle), “Dead Presidents” (Got the city drinkin Cristal), “Feelin’ It” (Cristal on ice I like to toast), and “Brooklyn’s Finest” (Cristal forever, play the crib when it’s mink weather).
So don’t be too surprised if all you hear is Dom (as in Dom Perignon champagne) throughout Jay-Z’s next rap album.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Now, we've all heard the hullabaloo from the "left" how this work is biased towards the "right." Clinton administration members and congresspersons from both sides complained about supposed inaccuracies, and the work was apparently edited by ABC at the 13th hour. In other words, the work has been a political mess, with both sides being rather unhappy. However, I think this is crap. Frankly, I don't care about the political leanings of the filmmakers, and I don't care about any purported inaccuracies....this work isn't labeled as a "documentary", so who cares?
What's stood out to me so far is exactly how large-scale this special was. With an estimated $40 million budget, this is one of the most expensive projects I've ever seen on the small screen. And, it shows. This work plays like an extended-length movie...one which is rather engrossing in scale. What I noticed most is how much this movie really sucked me in...really made me feel for both the informants risking their necks for love of their country, and even for the terrorists. The filmmakers have really done a good job depicting BOTH SIDES as people...not just blindly depicting the terrorists as "monsters." You really get a good sense of why the terrorists do what they do....their motivations, justifications, hopes for success, and even their fears of failure and sense of paranoia.
So far, it looks like it's going to be a good watch. I'm hoping to finish it sometime this week. But at 5 hours, it's not a quick digest.
Monday, September 18, 2006
it is the reason that bin laden has cried jihad against the united states. now this isn't meant to be a political blog. after sept. 11, 2001 president bush said that we would not be defeated that we would not change, and would continue our lives as usual. he then urged us, perhaps out of spite, to continue spending. during all previous times of war in this country spending was quelled, materials rationed, and victory gardens planted.
now the continued spending was meant to be a sign of defiance that the attacks would not, and could not change us. it was also an open acknowledgement by the president that we are a consumer society; to consume and be consumed.
the call to consumption hasn't helped all americans get back to a normal life. for the majority of us it has helped us forget. it has also helped american businesses who have seen profits increase nearly 75% in that time, while unemployment rates remain relatively steady.
all of us are consumers to some degree or another. some of us consume more than we are capable of. perhaps, because, like money, you can't take debt with you when you die.
My best friend, Katie, and I went to the RAVE (20th and Wisconsin) to finally see them (oh yeah, and we sorta dragged my boyfriend, Chris, along as well! ) The show was AMAZING. I'm sure you all have had experiences at concerts, sporting events, theatre, where the atmosphere is electric, the performance sublime, and you can do nothing else but take it in and loose your mind screaming. Well, that's how Jack's Mannequin was for me. I really wanted to tie this experience into media somehow, so I could write about it for this class (and maybe discover some other JM fans in the process), but I couldn't do what I really wanted to. Let me explain.....
At some point in the show, a girl in the front threw a fuzzy pink crown onto the stage. Andrew caught it, and placed in on his head. The whole room cheered, as he told us he expects to find footage of himself and the crown on youtube the next day. I searched youtube.com (my first look at the site), and found nothing of Andrew and his adorable pink fuzzy crown. Looking back, I think it's pretty funny how a celebrity can refference a web site, resulting in a roomful of cheering fans. It's amazing how much of media is shared by "famous people" and "the rest of us" on a daily basis. It's somewhat unifying, knowing that I can see Jack Mannequin's myspace, just as they could see mine (if they really wanted to).
So that's my tale of one of the best concerts I've seen in my life, and how I discovered how amazing youtube is in the process. I'm going to try and attach another video from there, but there's a good chance I'll mess it up. :-)
(can someone let me know if it fails?)
Until next time, keep on rockin' Milwaukee!
For this fall season, it looks as though Fox is going to put American Dad in middle spot and hope people are too tired to leave the couch after Family Guy to watch the War At Home, a show that I was sure wasn’t going to make it after the horrible pilot episode. Fox has become the king of tent poling and hammocking their low-rating shows around the good ones.
After Family Guy’s first demise, Fox saw the huge audience it gained while in syndication on Adult Swim and received huge profits from DVD sales. Now it seems they are scared of repeating and keep any show that they think might “pull-up” next season. It has become really irritating. Does anybody watch or like these shows? Please respond if you do because I don’t know anybody that actually does.
Unfortunately, the strategy does work. Every week my friends refer to the latest episode of Simpsons and Family Guy and I have noticed lately my friends are cautiously commenting on how one part of American Dad was “kind of funny.” I really hope it doesn’t catch anymore than it already has.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
I origninally saw this film because many people have told me that it is probably one of the greatest films ever made. Also, Stanley Kubrick has made so many masterpieces, and is, in my opinion, a very talented director.
However, with all the perversity bursting out of this film, you will probably NOT like this film the first time you see it. I know I didn't. Fortunately tonight I gave it a second chance and I was at a loss for words. After seeing it again tonight there is no doubt that "A Clockwork Orange" is a masterpiece! Malcolm McDowell gives us a shining example of superior acting, and the plot addresses many real world issues superbly. The best part about the film is that it can be seen multiple times and every time a different perspective arises. It all boils down to serve you a plethora of thoughts for you to take with you and contemplate, after the film ends. I'm sure you'll agree, if you give it the chance it deserves, although it may require for you to see it more than once. Do it.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
How I love advertisements. It seems that the more advanced technology gets the more advertising agencies tend to put all of their profits into claiming more space in airtime. Television commercials are looking great, radio ads are sounding fantastic, and print ads...well, they're dumber than ever. Congratulations advertisers, you're breaking through the clutter and into the hearts of all of America by being the crappiest crap that anyone has ever seen. Now, I know that I shouldn't bash on all of advertising. Hell, it's what I want to do with the rest of my life. But I just really need to clarify something. "What's the color of speed?" Yes, I'm not grammatically incorrect by putting this lovely phrase into quotation marks for no reason, I just need everyone to know that this phrase is owned.
I was at Sears a couple days ago, waiting for my fiance to be done with work, so I decided to keep myself entertained by doing something that any obsessive compulsive person would do. I walked over to the paint department and started sorting out the color chips into their correct homes. After filling through the Barbie paints (thanks Matel, you really have outdone yourselves with that one) I happened upon the Hotwheels' colors. Winner white, Burnout blue, I really have no idea, I'm making these names up. Anyways, there before me was the pamphlet with all of the colors to choose from. And right there, in big bold letters was, "WHAT'S THE COLOR OF SPEED?" Immediately I had to laugh because I thought of all of these 8 year old boys snorting things and painting rooms. I mean, what the hell. I know that Hotwheels was trying to be creative, inventive, and catchy but please. It's advertisements like this that inspired me to be a copywriter. So thanks Hotwheels, for turning my boredom into something extremely entertaining.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Needless to say, i am sitting here in the computer lab at the Union. Our internet still does not work. It's a terrible thing that the world we live in depends on technology so much. We rely on certain people (ahem Time Warner) to know what they are doing so that we can access our world. All i really want to do is check my facebook. :( AHAH no really, i do.
So, Time Warner if you are out there i have a bone to pick with you.
Her question surprised me at first, but then again, this is the Internet age. Everything that people were once actively "forced" to shop for- from purchases as major as buying a car to minor purchases such as a new handbag or pair of shoes- can now be done with a click of a mouse. Many people actually prefer the ease and simplicity of shopping online because items are divided into categories, all items can be viewed at once, and the mall parking lot can be avoided completely. The Internet allows a customer to compare prices between different retailers and receive Internet discounts. Even better, the Internet never closes- it's a 24-hour business. With sufficient shipping prices and overnight express, shopping on the Internet can be just as efficient as physically going to the store itself. Consumers are so fond of Internet shopping that they now expect to have that option when they are in the store, and with good reason.
Although initially dumbfounded, in this day and age, the mother's request now seems pretty reasonable. The mother saw what she liked and wanted it right away: had she been shopping online, with just a click of a mouse the items could be added to her cart and purchased in no time flat, a service the store couldn't provide her with. Similarly, several smaller stores like boutiques, where physical space and sizes are limited, provide the Internet for their customers. Personally, I believe larger companies that are both accessible in person and online should keep each option independent of one another. If customers make the trip out to the mall but cannot find what they are looking for, then they should count their losses and either settle for something else or wait until they get home and buy it online. In my opinion, that's the whole thrill and excitement of shopping: making the trip, being able to physically touch or try on items, and most importantly, continuing human contact with retailers who provide a friendly staff and fun atmosphere. Plus, you don't have to deal with Internet returns, which can be just as painful as finding a place to park at the mall.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Video game ads from 1982, interesting in relation to today's discussion of games, which seem so different now than they were then.
Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip is one of the fall television season's most anticipated new programs. You can watch the pilot, with no ads, for free, on your computer, right now if you want, at AOL Television.
At first, lonelygirl15 first seemed like just a kid posting video blogs on YouTube. Some of her videos have been viewed more than half a million times. But people thought she seemed older than she said (sixteen) and the videos seemed too polished. They were right; the videos were fake and the girl is an actress. lonelygirl15 is the creation of aspiring filmmakers hoping to make it in Hollywood. (The link above is to a New York Times article about it. You can view the videos here.)
Flickr.mov is a video for a song by Jonathan Coulton, a singer-songwriter who encourages people to make videos for his songs. This video is a slideshow of images taken from people's Flickr sites. (The pictures are made available for public use under a kind of copyright called Creative Commons, which people use to share their creative work with others and allows for its reproduction/use under specified terms.) It's a remarkable collaboration between strangers.
Finally, in relation both to the discussion of what words you can and can't say on television or in movies and Mike's paper topic, here's the short version of The Big Lebowski. Warning: contains no language suitable for polite conversation.
I finally realized it was the "fast talk" that was confusing him. He couldn't follow the dialogue. He isn't a total idiot, so I didn't know what to think of this. Has modern mainstream cinema become so watered down and dumbed down that a 20 year-old guy from Racine (where he wouldn't have access to indie films unless he sought them out on his own and drove to Milwaukee) can't even follow the plot of an old-fashioned screwball comedy because he is so used to the methodical and conventional plots of modern movies? Is the average American so used to the terrible scripts found in mainstream romantic comedies that they can't even follow something like The Philadelphia Story?
I can't think of any other explanation for this troubling experience I had with my friend.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
I found myself feeling a little bit guilty if I didn't want to pay attention to the show. I was impressed by the strengths of the different emotional tools they used in order to keep my attention.
Monday, September 11, 2006
We NEED To become the LARGEST group on Facebook. According to my gf, if you can get the group to that amount she will allow video footage of our threesome to be taken.The rights to take pictures were already earned at 300,000 members.
So here WAS the deal:If I can make a facebook group with over 100,000 people in it before the end of the semester (Dec 31, 2006), I can have a threesome with my gf and a girl of my choosing.
The back story:Like any red-blooded college guy, I've come to the conclusion that the idea of a threesome is perhaps one of the greatest things imaginable (right behind midget tossing).Naturally, I have bugged my girlfriend, Holly, to partake in this dream of mine on multiple occassions... sadly, she has declined every single time. The other day (September 4th, 2006 to be exact), she and I were talking about Facebook for some reason or another and she mentioned how she's a member of some group called the "Largest group on Facebook" and she mentioned how hard it must've been to get a group that size together.I promptly slapped her (jk darling)... and told her that anyone, given the proper idea, could make a facebook group of larger than normal size.And just like that, the bet was formed.
So INVITE everyone you know and help me on my quest for sexual salvation.PLEASE HELP. My manhood thanks you in advance.300,000 members. Wow!
So I joined this group, though now...thinking about it, That is kind of weird. I doubt the girlfriend will follow through. Which is sick of me to say, i know, but im fascinated with this. One guy from Georgia who is now famous and has shirts and hats and stickers with sayings like...Can i be the third girl?...wow, 300,000 people around the country are waiting for this guy to have his fantasies fulfilled. Where else do you find people rapped up in other people's business...non other than good ol' Facebook. Now that everyone knows im a Facebook stalker (not really), I'll change the subject to make this a double entry...
Since it's 9/11....I was wondering if anybody has been watching all the movies that have been playing on tv recently. And if so...what do you think about them?...just curious, any who...see ya in class!
I started a net radio station with a little background as a network admin, strong interest in broadcasting, and a lot of luck, because the convergence of media simply made it possible. It is still running today, thanks in large part to various ideas that AOL has in regard to content and their own business model. What is certain, is that neither of us make any profit to speak of from the entire operation. When you factor in cost of operation, how does a site like facebook for example keep from going under? Even though the value of banner adds has increased over the years, and myspace has fully capitalized on this, I highly doubt that it can cover their expenses.
So what do they have that is so valuable? I'm sure we all know it's us, but if they are strictly web based, and even millions of banners are not going to cover their costs, what are they banking on? My guess is lots of speculation right now, but I am really interested in knowing what those who are investing in operations like this have in mind for the future. The subscription model is one possibility that comes to mind but in order to get subscriptions you have to have a cultural image as something that's worth paying for. Paying for some of these sites would even seem to contradict what makes them popular, so what do they have in mind? -James
This accepting of female objectification is evidentiary support to contemporary Western society as being an actual patriarchal society. Females support male nudity (hey guys, did you know that it IS the male body that arouse us heterosexual females??), so why is there so little of it? I am not encouraging it, but ask for more of equality in objectification of both genders. If male nudity appeared in media now, it becomes a big deal simply because there IS so little of it. However, a more consistent and constant show of the male body would desensitize us and become the “norm,” as female nudity is. Everywhere there are images of perfect women. Children are not blind to it, as it surrounds us. Young girls learn at an early age that perfection is the key to approval. Perfection of the external, the body. The attempt to an impossible ideal. How often do we see an unattractive female in films and in the media? Fat, bold, and unattractive men are accepted in that society of the media and find success. Females have a lesser chance of success unless their looks near the ideal standard. We all need to open our minds and eyes in order to change this so our mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, future fiancées, wives, and daughters do not feel such inadequacy and do not strive for societal approval by exposing their bodies to such great extent.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Their are obvious things I despise about corporate media and AOL Time Warner Cable blah blah is by far the largest and worst offender, but one of the worst things about them is that they continue to get away with treating customers like they don't need them. But this is what happens when choice is eliminated and competition is negligable if not nonexistant. I really debated not having the cable hooked up. That is until I had to watch the Season premiere of the Simpsons with aluminum foil taped to the back of the TV.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
…..website regardless :-)
Friday, September 08, 2006
-by the way, my spell checker didn't work so don't think i'm retarded if i spelled anything wrong
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Also: here are some of the websites that people mentioned in class today. If you can think of others, leave them in the comments.
Gossip/make fun of celebs sites:
Go Fug Yourself
And no one mentioned this but it's too good not to pass along: Perez Hilton
Brokeback to the Future
O K Go, the video on treadmills, absolutely incredible.
Monday, September 04, 2006
Here's a link to some media I consumed just now: an article about YouTube. Just cuz.