Thursday, January 31, 2008
I have also realized how some nights I have trouble sleeping without turning the TV on and watching a little bit before I turn in for the night. I know I'm probably not the only one out there that this occurs too, but it's just something that I've noticed recently.
Recently I have been watching those old classic 90's sitcoms that used to air and I'm sure many of us in the class have seen the shows I'm talking about. Home Improvement with the wild, crazy, and accident prone Tim the Tool Man Taylor is just one of the shows I'm referring to. Another one is the Fresh Prince of Bel Air that stars WIll Smith. I know I've probably seen almost every episode of those shows but there is just something in them that keeps me intrigued and lures me in to watch them night in and night out. Since these shows are on Nick At Nite the same time every night, it makes viewing them a lot easier. These shows have a certain comedic element to them and that is one of the reasons that I keep coming back to watch them time and time again.
Another one of my favorites before bed is Conan O' Brien. I enjoy watching his monologue and sometimes watching the guests he interviews but mainly I watch him because he is crazy and insane. His facial expressions are one of a kind. HAHAH.
Anyways, I guess I'm just curious how many people out there use the TV as sort of a way to make themselves more tired and fall asleep easier. I know it sure works for me.
The band is tailor made for stardom, which is made obvious by their parent friendly looks and unthreatening sound. Their Ivy League educations and pretty boy looks are sure to earn them an enormous amount of haters in the future as well. But as it is, they are a harmless, somewhat enjoyable group that sounds something like if The Libertines and Hepcat were locked in a room for a few months and forced to produce an album. Sure, they are just a poppy pampered pseudo-Afropop group, but contrary to what their name might imply, they don't suck.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The most popular teen queen of the moment is Hannah Montana, a.k.a. Miley Cyrus. Within the past six months, the young performer's popularity has risen dramatically. Tickets for her Best of Both Worlds tour were selling for thousands of dollars a pop! She was also featured on the cover of USWeekly's latest issue.
However, Hollywood's latest teen idols aren't just known for their innocence. Recently, pictures of Miley Cyrus allegedly sharing a lollipop with another young girl surfaced on the internet. Just weeks later, more pictures of Miley posing provocatively in her underwear caused uproar.
My question is: Is the pressure of the spotlight driving these teenagers into danger? For instance, Lindsay Lohan was the epitome of innocent. Now, a mere five years later, she's been in and out of rehab, labeled a "party girl" and so on. Also, Britney Spears' fall from grace (which, I'm sure, needs no explanation) has largely been blamed on the pressures of the spotlight.
Is the media exploiting these children, or are their parents? Is the money too much too fast for them? Are our expectations too high for these young kids? Do they pose "naked" and then find the pictures on the internet accidentally? These teens are being exposed to drugs, alcohol, and sex much sooner than others...and it's all at their fingertips and easily accessible. In short, is the media's insistence on maintaining their innocence encouraging this behavior? On the contrary, should they be held responsible for their own actions?
As Hollywood hunks and starlets get younger and younger, how does this affect our media society? Lastly, is this decrease in the average age of idols healthy for ordinary children and should they really be looking up to these stars?
It seems as though these teen queens may be acting rebellious strictly for the attention. I also wonder if they think that this is what the world really wants to see...I have a nine-year-old sister who loves Hannah Montana, and I worry that she will be heartbroken if she learns that her idol isn't quite so peachy-clean.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
To me, 1990's NBA on NBC brings back the memories. Back then, there was no worrying about full-time college classes, a job, paying bills, or trying to pursue a career. Instead, the main issue was who played on Saturday afternoon, and perhaps how to replicate Clyde Drexler's glide on the cracked pavement outside my house after the game.
The theme music alone gives me the good kind of shivers.
Today, the guys at TNT do a great studio NBA show. E.J., Charles, and Kenny make a great team and are highly entertaining. Still, there is no comparison to Ahmad Rashad, Bob Costas, Hannah Storm, and most importantly, Marv Albert in his prime.
Reggie Miller and Charles Barkley are in the booth themselves today, but they did their best work on the court in the 1990's. Mitch Richmond, Kevin Johnson, Tim Hardaway, and some classic matchups and uniforms only add to the mystique.
Above all though, 1990's NBA on NBC meant Michael Jordan's Bulls, usually tearing out the Knicks' hearts.
Since it happened right in the middle of the 90's, and I'm probably not the only one who remembers this with such fondness, I'll leave you with MJ's (first) return to the game:
Friday, January 25, 2008
I saw this on TV in the first week that Drew was the host, and I was glad to see someone put it up on youtube. This contestant is so excited it's uncanny. Enjoy.
So, after all that, I’ve decided two things. 1) If you make or do anything “bad,” it will haunt you forever on Youtube and 2) Youtube really is great for promoting things. Those movies look absolutely terrible, but thanks to that montage, I now know they exist. After showing some friends and talking about it enough, we might rent one of the movies for laughs. I’m not a fan of American Idol, but my sister saw the bad audition videos and out of that, got interested in the show. Go figure.
The day before school started I returned back from a summer trip of three weeks in
About a year ago, one of my friends introduced me to a website called Perez Hilton. The website was created by a flamboyant Hollywood journalist with a pretty hilarious outlook on news and celebrities. Since he started the site, his viewers have ballooned to millions each day. He posts new stories and updates his old leads almost every hour and I've found that his information seems to be more accurate than the tabloids or even other gossip sites (I think he has some people "on the inside"...sources, if you will).
Just a warning: some of his posts can be pretty outrageous. He often favors very colorful language and has some very strong picks for his favorite celebrities as well as the people that he dislikes the most. Watch out for the "If you are easily offended...." posts, as they are not for the faint of heart. I think it's hilarious, but some others may not.
If you like tabloids, I encourage you to check out Perez in the comfort of your own home. Save yourself a few dollars (and maybe a little embarrassment), and avoid having to actually buy the trashy magazines at your local grocery store. I recommend saving the extra dollars for a pair of great new shoes.
By the way, please don't judge me for encouraging that you view this site. It's hilarious, and I love it so much that I read it almost every day!
Here is a video of the kind of punishment this thing can handle, in terms of scratching...
Besides how cool this thing looks, it also is loaded with a ton of cool features. Before this, I was not a hardcore iPod fan like most people, I simply stood on the sidelines during the primetime iPod craze. When I first opened the box I had absolutely no idea what the hell to do with the thing. I had no idea how to turn it on and it came with no instructions, surprisingly enough. After my brothers helped me out, I finaly got it workin. The features on this thing are incredible. The phrase I kept saying while playing with it was "wow....it can do that?" I think the features were on a small scale but were more of a "hey, thats pretty damn cool..." It however was a bit pricey at around $400 I think, worth it though.
It's 2am...I gotta download more podcasts...
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Caught "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" to complete my nightly news ritual. Saw an ad for "Frontline" after the news. Sounded interesting so I stayed tuned to an hour of "Growing up online. Internet and teens".
Interesting though it was I don't get it. It seemed to me these kids were putting the reality of their actual life on hold to construct a virtual life on one of of these facebook style websites and assuming an identity they'd rather be known by.
Isn't this a form of self delusion? Can this be a healthy recreation? Where are the benefits?
It was an all consuming addiction for the kids featured on the show. Is this activity what the average American teen uses for entertainment. Are these kids normal?
I wonder if the energy, concentration and creativity involved in the construction of these alternate ID's wouldn't serve the person better if used to improve their real lives.