Last Class

March 28, 2007 at 10:49 am (Uncategorized)

I really enjoyed last class! First of all the presentation done by Tiffany Boulton was excellent, she covered a lot of material that I felt was both accurate and interesting. I really do believe that women of all ages have issues with their breasts which is usually a direct result of the images we see in the media.

Also although I was a little worried about the porn movie we were going to watch I though that it really brought up some great issues and dispelled some myths.

Even the grammer lesson at the end proved helpful in many ways and I will be sure to avoid split infinitives in my paper meaning that I will be sure to avoid the phrase “To Boldly Go…”.

I am hoping that the class tonight proves just as inspiring but since we are covering video games I am not really convinced.

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Another Adoption

March 21, 2007 at 10:31 am (Uncategorized)

 Unless you haven’t seen a magazine in a while you are probably aware that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have once again added to their family. This time the couple travelled to Vietnam to adopt a three year old boy who they have renamed Pax.

Now I know there has been much controversy around the entire Brangelina relationship but personally I think that they are doing alot of good. They are bringing awareness to issues that need to be addressed and they are adopting children who need a home.

Some people say that their family is growing too big too quickly, I however disagree with this entirely I think that there are many children in the world who need shelter and love two things which Brad and Angelina seem to be providing.

Regardless of what you have previously thought about these two they seem to be raising a healthy and happy family and I think that is a true testement of a person. I think that overall they have really attempted to use their fame and fortune for good and hope they continue in their crusade to make the world a better place.

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One Big Happy Family

March 11, 2007 at 7:02 pm (Uncategorized)

So I am sitting here watching TV and there is a show on about a family who has 15 kids. Now normally people would be astonished by this number but one of my closest friends is actually one of eleven. I am not kidding!

 Now I have met all of the kids the majority of which have moved out of the house and started families of their own (the oldest is 35 and the youngest is 19) and they are all really great people who remain close with all of their siblings.

Coming from a house of three kids I cannot really imagine how different it would be to have that many people around all the time. I mean you wouldn’t have any space or privacy and having your own bedroom or bathroom would be out of the question.

I know my friend is super content with the amount of kids in her family and wouldn’t want it any other way, and for me having three girls in the house was more than enough. So I guess every family has their own opinion of how many kids are right for their lifestyle.

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Not a Fan of Chomsky

February 28, 2007 at 2:08 pm (Uncategorized)

I really did not like Chomsky at all and because of that did not really enjoy the movie we watched last class. Maybe Chomsky is just too smart for me or maybe he just thinks he is smarter then everybody, either way I found him quite condescending.

His ideas on propaganda were somewhat interesting but other than that I was completely bored with the film! Also I just have to say that his speech on High School Football was ridiculous. People have hobbies and I think that it is great that people have a way of escaping the total chaos of the world.

If I spent all of my time contemplating  world issues like Chomsky suggests we should be doing I think I would go crazy! 

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Super Stressed

February 10, 2007 at 6:33 pm (Uncategorized)

So here I am after spending an entire day studying and I just really needed a break so I decided I might as well blog out my frustrations! Like many of you I am experiencing the anxiety of a normal University student who has just entered into that week where every single one of my projects falls.

Looking back I should have started working on these things months ago but who are we kidding it just does not happen. I mean you look at your calendar and you are like “I have lots of time to finish that essay” and instead of working on it you go out to The Duke. I am in my third year I should know better and every time a new semester emerges I promise myself that I will start early but I don’t.

So now because of my procrastinating I will either be stuck studying in my room or I will be going to classes for the next week. And although I look forward to Reading Break I know that when I get back there is going to be even more essays and blogging assignments due. Frankly at this point I am just waiting for summer!

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Violence in the Media (Gormley)

January 18, 2007 at 12:11 am (Uncategorized)

Being a Psychology major I have heard of the Bobo experiment in numerous classes. Children witness violence being committed and then partake in the same sort of behaviour. It seems that research has provided many experiments that conclude that being exposed to violence causes people to participate in violent acts themselves. I am really not so sure that this is the case. Being a person who watches countless movies and TV shows that depicts this type of behaviour I can honestly state that I have never shown any violent tendencies. It is hard to believe that people commit murders and other violent crimes simply because they saw it on TV. I really enjoyed how in the article when they analyze Mr. X stating that he is the one who was in fact exhibiting anti-social and aggressive behaviour. I do understand that in the past couple of years the media has taken over our lives and there seems to be an exaggerated number of violent acts however there has always been violence in the world. There have always been wars, racism and murders, I just think that people are trying to take a very tentative look at what the problem is and end up blaming socities shortcomings solely on specific media outlets.

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My First Blog

January 12, 2007 at 7:08 am (Uncategorized)

Alright so I have to admit that I was a little nervous about this blogging business but to my surprise thanks to a little help from my computer savvy little sister I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. Honestly this class sounds like a lot of fun and that is actually the reason that I signed up for it. I didn’t even know this course existed until late Wednesday when my friend Kelly sent me a text saying that I needed to join and after seeing the syllabus I realized that there was no way I could justify not taking it. I’m really hoping that after years of obsessing with all things pop culture this passion will finally apply to something other than the countless trivia games I have dominated, I guess that I will have to wait and see.

One crucial thing that I’m hoping to get out of this class is to become more computer literate. After reading some of the other blogs that have been posted I realized just how far behind I really am. The only reason that I have heard about Nexopia (did I even spell that right?) or Facebook is because I have two little sisters who spend ridiculous amounts of time on them. I have never used MSN (I know that that sounds hard to believe but sadly it is true) and I can’t work my iTunes without a little help. Hopefully this blog will get me more interested in all things popular in the computer culture.

Finally since this class is about different forms of media I would like to throw out a couple of my favourite movies, TV shows, books and music.

Movies: I am going to have to go with some 80’s classics here The Breakfast Club and The Goonies are my all time favourites! Some more recent choices include The Departed, Donnie Darko and V for Vendetta.

Television: Now I have to admit this is probably where I spend more time than I should. The shows I just can’t miss are The Office, E.R., Grey’s Anatomy and CSI and if you watch these shows you will realize that they all air on Thursday’s so it’s safe to say that you better not bother me on Thursday night. As much as I love these shows my top three favourite T.V. shows of all time I am sad to say have been cancelled they were Arreseted Development, Alias and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They will be missed however now that they are off the air I definately have more time to watch other T.V. shows (sad but true).

Books: Alright it’s embarrassing but you would be lying if you said you didn’t also like the series I have to say that I  like Harry Potter and I can’t wait for the next book and movie to come out, however my favourite book of all time is On Fortune’s Wheel and I also like to read romance novels. For any girls out there who love cheezy romances if you haven’t read Samantha and the Cowboy I would suggest picking it up.  

Music: I’m going to be honest I don’t usually listen to music unless I am going for a run or am in the car but a couple top picks would include Death Cab for Cutie, and Metric. And I know that this final choice isn’t music but I listen to his CD in the car all the time so I’m going to have to throw out the comedy of Dane Cook.

Alright well I guess I finished my first blog ever and I have to say that it wasn’t that bad, I actually kind of enjoyed it. 

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