Saturday, March 28, 2009

Google It

So in talking this week about corporations and what we are being shown versus not being shown, I think we have made great strides in underground music and art thanks to the Internet.

I've been able to find some really great bands thanks to Myspace music and sites like Pandora radio. I do realize that most of these things will never become main stream, but I think when you get down to the bottom of the music food chain you can find people who are making music because they love it, and not for the money. Of course I'm sure they would prefer not to be broke- but I genuinely believe they do it for the love of the art and expression and not necessarily for aspirations of having a billion tweens sell out your concerts while you gyrate in your pasties (Britney).

If people really want to get away from the main stream pop cotton candy sugar coated music (which I must confess I do love) just do a little research online. The beauty of a non-censored Internet is epitomized in undiscovered talent.

Friday, March 13, 2009

I could really use a Starburst....

I know that we can all talk about how much we hate the big bad marketers and advertisers, but in some ways I think what they do is admirable. Their innovation in getting consumers to look their way is nothing short of amazing.

Pretend we aren't treated as lab rats in a brainwashing world and think about how fun it would be to control the masses and tell them how important it is to have your product and why. Not to mention make sweet awesome commercials that make people think, "Wow, I really do need that snuggie. Having a snuggie will complete my entire existence and my life will be worth living."

I think as long as we know that the sugar coated message behind the spoon fed adverts given to us on a day to day basis are simply ploys for us to buy and buy and buy, we can sit back and just laugh about the best commercial ever:

Thursday, March 5, 2009

If I were black...

I remember having so many thoughts and responses to the discussion in class yesterday regarding race and representation. Ultimately I think it boils down to feeling like some of us are missing the point of having these discussions and doing the reading in the first place.

I don't think we are reading these books to develop defenses and justify the way things are. I don't think we are reading them to become bitter towards the ideals and thoughts of the authors. I think the whole point is just to step outside of our own little box and try to gain some insight into the minds of these people. Not to necessarily agree with them, but to wonder how we would have dealt with situations of race if we were black, or what our views would be towards feminism had we grown up in the baby boomer generation.

We just need to be a little more open minded! I'm as conservative politically and morally as they come, but that doesn't mean I can't be subjected to diversity in all aspects or that it demeans my current value system in any way. We can learn to appreciate the views and opinions of others. We absolutely do not have to agree with them, but if we can learn to understand why they are the way they are, we can begin to work towards a more progressive outcome with full knowledge. This really is the only way to get anything accomplished successfully. I wish more people would understand that- not just our classmates :)

I'm not saying it's easy- I just think we should chill out a little and try to look through different eyes.