Sunday, August 31, 2008

My name is Kristen... and I'm a communications major.

I'm currently taking an intro to mass communications class. Everything is SO interesting. I've just read the first chapter in our textbook, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The chapter was about a variety of things, but the over-arching theme of the chapter was new media. Technology is improving so rapidly and new forms of mass communication are making it easier and easier for companies to pinpoint what their audience is like.

Therefore with the capitalist society we live in (founded and thrives upon self-interest and gain) the more intricate mass communication becomes the easier it is for people to be generalized and mind-screwed into buying a product. The very goal of advertising is to get your target audience feel they need your product.

How do advertisers do this? Most often by feeding you fear. One technique used is called, Band wagon (Pretty self-explanatory, but I'll explain it anyway). Band Wagon is when in an advertisement convinces the reader that it is the "social norm" or cool to have their product, to be this way, or go see this movie, using text, pictures, or even video (online and on television). Therefore if you don't do one or all of those things, you are essentially not "cool."

With the society we live in today being so critical on appearances and various beliefs, it is so easy to buy into all of these things we are being fed.

I hope I'm not sounding like some crazy conspiracy theorist...

I don't think it's possible that every company could be corrupt and only out for their own self-interest. There has to be a number of products sold by companies who truly believe it will help their targeted audience. However, you need to sell a product somehow.. and that somehow is with advertising.

So is it possible for various forms of mass communication (such as ads in newspapers, journals, and magazines) to be "good?" Is it possible to be objective within the world of mediated communication? With the abundance of moral corruptness present in mass communications do we even want to be objective?

There has to be some sort of balance.

Even furthermore, what is my role within the field of communications? I have a passion for new media, but at the same time I recognize that it is not always utilized in morally just ways.

Is God in fact calling me into the realm of communications, media and film studies? Or is this just meant to be one of the many fields I find quite interesting, but never quite master anyway.

All I can do is continue to follow where I believe my passion lie, and as of now it is communications. As I take more classes and continue to learn more hopefully I will begin to find ways i can shape this field i am learning so much about, and are immersed in on an almost 24/7 basis.

I trust that God will lead me in the right direction, and I only pray that I would be able to distinguish the path He wants me to follow.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." -Matthew 6: 34

Monday, August 25, 2008

Everyone has arrived.

I just typed out this entire blog.


... and then censored it.


Basically, I spent a long time carefully figuring out how to accurately explain myself and then erased it.


... Now you'll never know!


MWAHAHA

Orientation...

Is still dominating my life.

Just two more days and classes start (and i turn 19).

Monday, August 18, 2008

Orientation

Training to be an Orientation crew leader is taking over my lifeee!! I thought I'm excited, it's just a lot to deal with at once. I'm going from doing absolutely nothing to busy busy busy.

I thought I'd never say it but i can't wait until school starts! Then I'll have a little more free time to do what i please... possibly...

Friday, August 15, 2008

Chronicles of Junior year pt. 2

Here's one more thing i found in my journal from creative writing junior year in high school.


Directions: Describe excitement-

The fervor of the people around me fueled my behavior. I quickly ripped at the wrapping paper savagely, pondering what the prize in the box would be. My eyes widened with amazement- staring back at me was the new life-size Transformer! Drenched in my favorite colors, yellow and green, I tore off the silver twisty-ties, which prevented the action figure from moving into the abundant shapes I imagined. "Happy Birthday!" My friends screamed.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Seriously..

Am I the only girl out there who DOESN'T like The Notebook?

So far I am... I think I'm too cynical for that movie... at least right now i am.. I have my moments. I can appreciate the romance of it, but really come on..

O.k. shutting up now.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

888 :-DD






I don't even know what to say about 888! It was just amazing. I loved getting a chance to meet some people I've talked to for awhile, plus some really cool new people.

It was like reuniting with old friends (that you always have a blast with)! To be honest the actual meet up things they had planned weren't that great, but just being their with awesome people made it fun. On the second day when the "youtube celebrities" were talking a group of us went downstairs and did a blogtv show because we were pretty bored, and it turned out to be a lot of fun. To be fair you could tell most of the "yt celebs" were down to earth and didn't let their subscriber number get to their heads, but the fact that they were up there made it seem pretty commercialized. But hey, if you had a ton of subs and asked to do that would you turn it down? ... I think not.

My favorite parts, though had to be the times when we were all just hanging out/running around from place to place in the Crowne Plaza.

I should be putting a video up soon about 888 and try to include some of the footage i have, however difficult that may be. I didn't really take much and in almost every time i did decide to start recording i would keep saying, "woo hooo youtubers, woo hoo!" Haha, I'm so annoying!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

"Hip.. Hiphop.. hiphopapotamus? Damn you gave him the easy ones!"

10 me points and an wowzing air-five if you know what that's from.

But on to the real purpose of this adhd infused blog...

I leave for school on August 17th. That's 12 days away!! The summer has flown by and I'm not sure how much I have to show for it.

No, I do, but it doesn't really sound like much. Basically all summer I slept late, Watched movies, read, and hung out with friends. I did have fun though. I got really close with a friend of mine, as well as hung out with a few people I only saw once in a blue moon before this summer. Plus who can forget La Vida (my 12 day canoing trip in the Adirondacks).

I essentially did nothing when my friends were at work. I didn't get a job this summer because of how broken up it was. The surgery I had didn't really allow me to do certain things i most likely would have to do if i had a job. I am glad I had the free time though. I read so much, and it was great!!

I read:
-Looking for Alaska
-An Abundance of Katherines
-Twilight
-New Moon
-Eclipse
-Breaking Dawn
-The Catcher in the Rye
-The Great Gatsby
-Book 12 of A Series of Unfortunate events

Currently I'm breezing though The Adventures of Ulysses and then i plan on reading Fight Club.
(and trust me there is an entire list of books I'm going to read after that. I'm going to end up with a huge crateful of just books when i go up to school)

I guess I'm just a little apprehensive about going back to school. I'm not ready. After my trip up to Canada (888 woo hoo) I'm only going to have 6 days to get everything ready (AHHH).

It's going to be a completely different world. I have a job, an internship, and now I'm also going to TA for this class (which i've never taken..) Arts in Concert.. It's this boring core class which not most people like.. (but hey, money is money, and and i figure it'll be an experience..) This plus classes, homework, and what not will make my life pretty freaking busy. That's not necessarily a bad thing, I know i can handle it if i organize my time well enough, but all of this just means I'm not going to be able to be a leader for Save Darfur or try out for the dance team. I miss dancing SO much! I love hip hop, and haven't danced in over a year now. Sometimes there is just an energy you NEED to get out, and i get that energy out by dancing. I guess I'm just going to have to channel that energy to the gym. blech. I would rather dance for hours than run on a treadmill ANY day!

It will be fine though. It's just going to take awhile to adjust once again.. to get used to it all.

Sorry this blog isn't filled with more witticisms and funny stories.. but hey it's my blog right?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

THE BEATLES WERE IN MY HOUSE!

... in my mind.

I had the craziest and most random dream last night.

My family and I were throwing a house party. Tons of people were there: parents, kids, teens. And the performers at the party? None other than The Beatles.

NOTE: To fully comprehend my dream you need to know that I have an Island in my kitchen with one of those tall breakfast bars.

The Beatles were performing under the breakfast bar... It seemed completely normal too. So while The Beatles were performing John Lennon was closest to me, followed by George, I think. (They were all still young and cute. Not just cute.. they were dashing!)

Now, I smile a lot, and so every time John would look over (which was quite often) I would smile at him.. And he would kind of smile and blush a little.

After their performance is over and their audience (my house party guests) start clapping and John turns to George and says, "should I talk to her?" And George says, "Yea!"

So John talks to me. And this is wear I kind of blank, but next think I know I'm prancing around my house in a good mood and all and I skip back to the kitchen. While most of the other guests are leaving I start telling the story to my Grandmother and In the middle of it she kind of elbows me and whispers, "Go tell, Him. He would like this story."

... That him was a father of an acquaintance I barely see.

So I bounce over to him and say "Do you wanna hear this story?" And before he can answer all the beatles in their leather jackets and stuff start to leave and I shout, "Never mind! I'll tell you AFTER they leave!" I shouted it in a joking manner, and although they all laughed a little, I thought to myself 'gosh, that was dumb'

And then I was about to tell the story to my acquaintances father when my cell phone ringing woke me up.

This now concludes the story of how John Lennon, in fact, hit on me. (Despite the fact that he died before I was even born)

WWJCD: What Would Jackie Chan do?

Whenever I accidentally drop a piece of food on the floor for a second or two, I pick it up and "kiss it up to God." This entails me blowing on the food (whatever it may be), kissing it, and pointing it up towards the sky.

... I think i started doing it years ago when my sister said the nuns at her catholic elementary school used to tell them to do that. I must have thought it was cool because I've been doing it ever since. It's become just another one of my many habits.

(P.s....I'm not Catholic. I'm Christian. I'm like one of those MAC vs. PC parodies on Godtube. I'm a Christ follower. Gosh that sounds so corny and lame. I've been brainwashed into thinking that being a devoted Christian is a bad thing, something "not cool." But PSSHH, Jesus is way cool, so whateverrrrrr. *does talk to the hand motion*)

(P.S.S.- That was a long 'P.S.')