HSI Memories

So, as you all know, today’s basically the last day of our HSI tour. And let me be one of the first to say, it has been fantastic getting to know and interact with all of you. It really has, and this is a big deal, because I’m not a heart-felt, touchy-feely guy. (Oh, God, my computer’s tearing up from all this emotion.)
But all things set aside, I think we’re all going to cherish these moments at HSI for our lives, along with all the friends that we made here. Personally, I’m always going to remember that, even all the way across the state, there is always someone like me out there. I’ll remember that I always have an equal when it comes to drive, because we all needed it to come here.
I think that I’ve grown by becoming more social. I usually like to keep to myself, and I don’t usually hang out with people for fun. I think that my three weeks here has kinda taught me that I’m not my best companion.
So, as a closing remark, I’d like to thank everyone here for putting up with me for three weeks. Especially Marissa, who had to deal with me for every class. And, even though not everyone completely put up with me (Cough Denia cough cough) it has been amazing.

Stereotypes in Media

Everyone is stereotyped at some point, especially someone who is different, like African-Americans, Native Americans, among others. Even people of the same gender, race, and sexuality get stereotyped. I get called anorexic because I’m a skinny guy. Everybody is stereotyped, but especially on T.V., and even that’s changing.
The stereotypes are changing, now that equal rights are being brought in for LGBT’s and African-Americans, just as stereotypes changed after women’s rights were introduced in the ’20’s. Times, they are a-changin’. In the show, Modern Family, there is a gay and lesbian couple. Everyone knows about the Cosby Show, which was about a black family.

Multitasking with Media

During school, we’re not allowed to have our phones, and I’m pretty sure that’s common throughout the nation. But that doesn’t stop teenagers from texting their friends and/or girl/boyfriends during class. I know I’ve done it. But that’s not the only multitasking that we do. Kids at my school will be doing projects on the computer and start playing games and such. It’s really kind of distracting, and probably the reason for most failing grades.
But we also do it outside of the classroom. I often turn on the T.V. while messing around on the computer, because I almost need the background noise.
Sometimes, I think we can all be good with multitasking, except when I’m playing games while I’m working on a project. You just get absorbed in the game and forget what you’re doing.

Marketing and Teenagers

Most people have seen the images of T.V. networks making teenage girls look more provocative, or teenage to adult men acting like they’re five and doing stupid things. The most recent and obvious example that I can think of is Jackass and Teen Mom. Jackass was a show about a bunch of guys doing crazy and outlandish stunts and pranks with or on each other. Teen Mom is a reality show that shows 16-year-old girls that are pregnant. I dislike the second show and its premises more than the first, because, if you ask me, girls across the U.S. are trying to get on the show by getting pregnant, and that severely disappoints me. This generation is going down the toilet because younger and younger kids are being exploited.
Does anyone else think it’s weird that it’s called (M)usic (T)ele(V)ision, and they hardly show any music videos?

Advertising in Movies

Everyone has seen it. Those little ads in movies. That moment when a character uses something or goes somewhere that you might do in everyday life. For example, in Castaway, Chuck Noland is a FedEx employee, and Wilson is a Wilson volleyball. In Iron Man, the first thing he he wants when he gets back from Afghanistan is an American cheeseburger, which they get from Burger King. Nike and Pepsi were both used in Back to the Future II. It’s practically everywhere. Reese’s Pieces was used in E.T., and the Miami Dolphins were in Ace Ventura.
It often depends on how the product is used in the film. If it’s subtle, so you don’t notice it, it’s just fine, but if it’s big and blatant and obvious, it’s starting to cross a line.

Adveritising and You

Everybody knows that America runs off of capitalism and making money. It’s one of the basic concepts that we learn. But is there a line that some advertisers cross by attacking our image and how we feel about ourselves? Actually, it happens a lot more than you think. Not just things like clothes and such, but cars, credit cards, and just about everything under the sun is competing for your purchase. Like Audi, BMW, and a couple other car companies attacked each other and tried to show how their own brand was better than any other brand on the market.
I think that this generation is becoming more affected by media than anyone before. I say this because you’ve got Apple and Samsung, Xbox and PlayStation, among others, all competing for your undivided attention to their product. More teens and young women are attacked because they have an innate need to be accepted and loved by their peers. They want to be liked because of their looks, phones, and clothes. (Don’t say it isn’t true, ladies. You know it is.) Men are also used by this. They want to be built like Superman (I mean, who wouldn’t want that?) and they want to be fancy and rich.

Interviewing Review

So, as you may know, we did our interviews for something that we do back home. I did soccer, and I interviewed Marissa about her pole vaulting. I did learn more about about her life back home, but I kept feeling like I was talking too much. I don’t like talking about myself.
I guess the best part was getting to relive those awesome moments back home, like when Dustin Back broke down horror movies on the trip to Scottsbluff, and watching The Dictator on the way to state.
I learned more about how she reacts to her pole vaulting, and what her family thinks about it.
I was pretty satisfied with my overall interview, but I think I could’ve asked better questions.

Banning Books

There’s a children’s book floating around about two male penguins who form a couple. So, naturally, some Americans did a Westboro-Baptist-Church and decided to ban the book.
Now, before you freak out about what happened, I can kind of see where they’re coming from. While I myself don’t care about homosexuality, I wouldn’t want to read that book to my child. It might open up a whole Pandora’s Box of questions that I, as a parent, wouldn’t want to answer, like “Why were they different?” and such. But, there are some people abhorred by the mere fact that someone would want to ban the book. Gay rights and all that. And I can understand that point, too. If heterosexual people can have a story book, why can’t gays or lesbians? Why should they be any different?
But was this ban justified? Personally, I don’t think books should ever be banned. The parents of the child and/or the school that they go to should decide whether or not to put these books on the shelf, unless a student asks for them directly.

It’s News to Me…Or Is It?

What exactly is news? Most define it as a report of recent events. I suppose that is what it is, but when does it stop being news? I think it’s not news when it’s reported every day. For example, SportsCenter reports on sports events, obviously. When breaking news happens, like a Super Bowl winner or NBA Champion, they talk about it all day. To me, that stops being news. Yes, other people might not have heard what they were talking about, but I don’t need to know how this team is going to prepare for the next season when this one just ended.
One thing that impacts our country all the time is how news is related to democracy. President Obama’s every movement is tracked and monitored,and often critiqued. The national government has more control over the news than anyone. During WWII, Franklin Delano Roosevelt would tell the radio and newspaper head honchos what to print, rather than commenting on the losses and deaths, focus on the battles won and areas taken. Our country wasn’t the only one to do this, though. Hitler had so much influence over the papers, that many Germans didn’t know about the Holocaust.

Online I.D.’s

Basically, an online identity is how you manage yourself on the Interwebz or on social media sites, like Facebook or Twitter. Maybe even Reddit or Tumblr. Personally, I don’t really like to tell a lot about what I’m doing on Facebook, like “Going to Casper, anyone wanna road trip?” because I don’t think anyone cares, and I’d prefer to ask the people who do face-to-face. I usually find funny comments or something and post them as statuses.
But, seriously now. An online identity should be kept professional, not posting updates like, “omg anyone wanna roll sum bluntz wit me lol.” That won’t score too high on your future boss’s or college professor’s “I Like This Guy” list.
The only real huge concerns I have about this social-media-and-job-interview thing is that maybe you have something that you want kept private. Maybe someone survived cancer, and their boss lords that all over the office. I’d want to keep that on the DL. But sometimes, this can help. If one has a job, and one’s boss adds him/her on Facebook, and one still stupid enough to make a nasty status about how his/her boss suck, you deserve to be fired. Or if you have all this highly offensive posts or pictures of you with drugs, no one in their right mind would want to hire you long-term.
These days, self-expression, to me, says, “I have an opinion, so that means yours is wrong.” I think that’s why some people don’t like Facebook, because, since I might have a different opinion on Judge Judy than the guy next to me, an argument might start. And anyone on the Internet knows what that’s like. Firestorms of religion, sports, and others spout across the web like nobody’s business. It’s almost impossible to keep a professional identity. Professionalism, to me, is keeping a respectable constitution about yourself.