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I spent my time reading articles on the blog spot called Rookie. One of the blogs in particular caught my eye. "The Year of My Eating Disorder" was an article that discussed the tragedy of a sixth grade girl. She had become anorexic but, because she was incredibly strong, was able to overcome her emotionally and physically painful, dangerous, and disabling eating disorder. I was completely heartbroken that someone at such a young age could be so incredibly disgusted with themselves that they would put their body through something like that. Before we started talking about the effects of media... Continue reading
It is obviously not false to state that the majority of entertainment in today's society advocates common stereotypes of women in America. Popular media frequently contributes to degrading stereotypes that originated many centuries ago. The Walking Dead, a popular TV series, is not free of that charge. However, while it may seem to strongly promote stereotypes that women have been trying to avoid for ages, its main female character, a strong outgoing but incredibly gorgeous woman named Andrea, is characterizes as being so rebellious to pop-culture views on stereotypes, that it can in fact be inferred that the series is... Continue reading
The argument over whether or not a movie is capable of being made into an equally sturdy replication of the book its based off of is an incredibly controversial topic. Although movies have certain advantages, especially in imagery, that books just aren't capable of having, a person is able to have a more meaningful experience while reading a book than by merely viewing it's simplistic alternative; the movie version of it's complex themes and details. Books and movies, even those intending to tell the same story, have numerous meaningful distinctions, but one of the main ones is the amount of... Continue reading
When first read, the title Vampires Suck can seem a bit harsh. However, it was just a movie created to poke fun at what was making tweens around the world become creepishly obsessed with ficticious characters; the movie Twilight. Vampires Suck by itself is one big ball of satire. In fact, when it first came out, movie critics would identify it as being "A Twilight Parody" or "A Twilight Spoof". Although filled with many aspects of satire, it was essentially known for being a parody of a movie based off a book that Stephenie Meyer wrote. This spoof was an... Continue reading
People often debate about whether or not Family Guy, one of Fox's most popular "PG-13"animations, should be aired because of it's profane stereotypical humor. In fact, producer Seth MacFarlane joked about the hatred the majority of Americans feel towards his show in his 50th Episode Anniversary. Although MacFarlane might have been poking fun at the controversy going on about his production, some people truly feel that his humor is nothing to joke about. Finding a clip of one stereotype in Family Guy came way too easily for me. It seems that whatever episode i play, there are at LEAST10 stereotypes... Continue reading
Honesty and strength vs. dishonesty and weakness. Who wins the battle of the sexes? Hester Pryne or Robert Chillingsworth? For certain, it wasn't the minister. Hester's actions can in no way be argued as right. However, she was able to be honest about her sin and suffer the consequences of embarrassment, harassment, and extreme isolation. Hester could have easily ratted out the other side of her affair and take some of the spotlight off of herself, but she decided to take the full blame herself to save someone else from the pain she had to go through. That's pure womanly... Continue reading
The question is not whether The Scarlet Letter's main character Hester's choice of adultery is deserved to be delt with by the public or not, but whether or not her punishment of public embarrassment is effective. Hester's punishment is not effective. Although Hawthorne is able to convince people that Hester is being judicially abused and that she in fact suffers for her sins, it is logically argued that Hester did not suffer from her embarrassment of punishment as strongly as she would have suffered from a punishment of another sort-- a longer prison sentence, having her leave her home, having... Continue reading
If there were ever a movie capable of being the definition of Romanticism or of romance, it would be the 1971 movie Harold and Maude, my all-time favorite. Harold and Maude is considered a cult movie. Either you love it or you hate it. I happen to be among the ones who love it. For a while I wondered what made the movie so attractive to me. I couldn't figure it out. It certainly wasn't the plot or the actors and actresses, and the music was great but it didn't make the movie. Romanticism; actions before thoughts. Romance; undying love... Continue reading
I'd have to agree with previous blog posts that the ASPCA commercials are a great example of the logical fallacy "Sob Story." To be honest, I'd much rather donate to help a dying animal than a dying child; not because i lack morals but because most people would rather help children so there are generally more suffering animals in the world that need the occasional donation and support. However, the St. Jude's commercial hits my every time. The whole commercial fits the description of the logical fallacy "Sob Story"; there is not just one quote to represent it. Every child... Continue reading
American culture causes people to believe that finding true love is the solution to all unsolved problems one might have in his or her life. Magazines, TV shows, and everything in between are based on the idea that love fills all gaps. However, according to Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the true power of love helps one discover more about himself or herself, his or her likes and dislikes, and the fact that loving someone or something can actually dig deeper wounds in the heart. Instead of it causing one to feel whole, love ironically challenges... Continue reading
Barbie was first created in 1959 by a woman named Ruth Handler. She was designed as a teenage fashion model and was named after Ruth's daughter Barbra. Although Barbie was innocently created to encourage fun with children, she ironically started the common American ideology that to be skinny is beautiful when in in 1959 over 300,000 Barbies were sold. Little girls who started playing with Barbie saw all her clothes, her friends, and her life as being perfect as well as seeing Barbie as the perfect person. Barbie became the new idol for kids around the world. Controversy started when... Continue reading
Obama's speach was incredibly strong. He completely nailed Pathos as he addressed the United States citizens. Although politics can cause me to be constantly yawning, I found that his address was different; I actually WANTED to watch it and felt, after watching it, relieved for the people who own small businesses along with my mom's non-profit job. Obama left no room for argument. He got to the podium, said what he needed to say, and got off the podium. He chose his words carefully and repeated them over and over. "Pass the bill" was his favorite phrase during his address... Continue reading
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Sep 8, 2011