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Re: Celebrity Obsession.

Posted in Actuality, Survey of Action and Ideology, You Call Yourself An Artist! on December 20, 2008 by jahcritique

We as a society are completely over obsessed with famous people. Its pretty sad that theres an entire industry that is based on people following around celebrities documenting their every move. We really need to get our heads out of our asses and get a life America.  This is a funny clip showcasing the other side of the story.


Little people are just as boring as normal people

Posted in Lack of Creativity, Survey of Action and Ideology on December 20, 2008 by Todd

Is it me or are the Roloffs (the family that stars the TLC’s hit program, Little People big World) exactly the same as a non-little family?

What is it about this show that makes it so interesting?   Basically what I’m trying to say is that if these people weren’t “little” would you watch them?  Honestly from what I saw, what happens in their house is exactly what happens in mine.  Siblings fight, dad gets angry, mom tells dad not to be so angry.  They go on a trip, son get license and fails test etc.  If TLC puts a bunch of camera in my house I doubt anyone would watch me.  

Does this show make fun of them?

Re: Innocence Gone

Posted in Mother Knows Best, Survey of Action and Ideology, Uncategorized on December 20, 2008 by jahcritique

Kid these days just have too much information at their finger tips. The internet and even television giving kids access to way to much information. Certain information is dangerous in the wrong persons hands. They don’t have the knowledge or experience to interpret the the information correctly. They see adults having sex and loving it but dont realize what the ramifications are. Television in general is address a much more mature audience than it did when I was growing up. Sure we live in different times but that doesnt make it right. Its sad to see these kids lose their innocence at such a young age but I dont see it getting any better any time soon,

Deep thoughts, anyone?

Posted in Actuality, Forensics, Survey of Action and Ideology, ULTIMATE, Virtuality on December 19, 2008 by Kelli Koga

The blog began as an open question about culture, with general parameters and common discussion as a starting point.  Over the course of the semester, however, and as people started posting and people started looking at what other people were posting, it really developed a nature of its own.

Looking at the blog today, and over the course of the last few months, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s noticed how predictable it’s become.  On a daily basis, there will almost invariably be a post about racism in advertising, a post about women being objectified, a post about something weird and Japanese, a paranoid post about the mind-controlling media, and some “dude, this is sooooo trippy/freaky/gross/unbelievable/hilarious” video.

Which prompts this question: What progress are we making?  If you consider our mission is to understand and reflect on culture, is this blog the depth of that understanding?  Is this feedback loop that we post to every day an indication that “understanding culture” has it’s own culture, too?  Or is culture simply smarter than us, even as we try to expose its operation?

Personally?  I think no one will respond because my post has no enticing picture.


Posted in Mother Knows Best, Survey of Action and Ideology on December 19, 2008 by elikapeka


Don’t get me wrong, I love youtube.  But I can’t get past the fact that what a lot of people do on there is wrong.  Youtube is a wonderful place that anyone can go to and get some version of almost any type of media.  Want to hear a song, go to youtube.  Want to see a TV show, go to youtube.  Heck, if you want to watch a movie you can go to youtube.  95% of the time I find exactly what I want on youtube.  Just today I watched an hour and a half documentary called “Super High Me” on youtube.  The thing is, those people who make those pieces of media are not getting royalties for the thousands of viewings that happen on youtube.  Just because almost every person in America either post or browses on youtube doesn’t make it right.  What do you think should be done?  Do you think that youtube should get in trouble for what it has become?  I don’t know what I would personally do without youtube.

Crime! Yeah!

Posted in Lack of Creativity, Survey of Action and Ideology on December 19, 2008 by elikapeka



Have you ever realized how many crime investigation shows there are on TV right now?  I personally enjoy them all.  It is really interesting how they can take one idea and copy it exactly three to four times and have all of the shows be successful on TV at the same time.  Yes, each show has different characters and different inter-relationships, that is what makes each one unique, but each one has the exact same concept.  In all of the CSI shows, each have one main male leader who has his own quirks or amazingness qualities and acts as the head of their little team family.  And in all the CSI shows, good always wins.  I read that the CSI shows have come under a lot of criticism from real law enforcement because they don’t believe it gives an accurate picture of what really happens.

Law and Order is a little different.  Sometimes bad guys get away in court.  I think they do a really good job of making it seem real.  Hand held camera shots as the characters are walking down windy streets, well orchestrated chase scenes, and they go everywhere in the city.  I can’t believe how many shows and episodes they have put out.  It seems like there is always a Law and Order Marathon on TNT.  I think our infatuation with crime shows comes partly from a desire to see the good guys really whip the bad guys.  P.S.  Aren’t the colors in CSI:Miami amazing!  I think that is why I like the show so much.  J


Posted in Survey of Action and Ideology on December 18, 2008 by elikapeka


In our culture today we have shifted from being entertained by art to being entertained by those who create the art.  Think about it.  When someone becomes famous, we don’t just watch and enjoy the media they create, we begin to watch and enjoy their lives.  They become a character to us.  A lot of them actually create screen names for themselves that they go by in public which is a lot like having a fake name when you play a character in a movie.  The lives of our entertainment stars, how they act, who they interact with others, what they do, is a movie in itself.  A movie that never ends and is always good and entertaining.  I think this shift happened mostly when cinema became a large part of our culture because then we could see our idols and stars on a regular basis.