Friday, April 17, 2009

That isn't funny..

Last Friday my group did a presentation on humor in the media and where we draw the line between what's offensive and what's not. I'm really happy we chose this subject for our presentation because it's definitely changed my perspective. I now watch TV and notice all the stereotypical humor about men, women, blondes, red heads, and race. It's amazing how in almost every show they include characters based on stereotypical jokes. There's the dumb, but pretty blonde. The fat, dumb husband who can't do anything right. The mean, nagging wife who sucks the fun out of everything. The red head that gets made fun of or simply ignored. It's in almost every aspect of media. 

Now that I'm noticing these types of jokes in everything I see or watch, it's beginning to ware on me. I not finding these stereotypes as funny anymore because they are so overdone. Also, I never really laughed at the derogatory  or sexist women jokes because I thought they were stupid and rude. Why am I going to laugh at something that directly insults my own sex. It makes no sense. I have a good sense of humor, and I'll show you that I do, but not by laughing at a stupid joke that demeans women. I'm not the type of person who can fake things very easily. I am very real with people, in fact, sometimes to a fault. So I'm not going to sit back and pretend to laugh at a joke just because I feel embarrassed or uncomfortable about its contents. So that's how I'm going to shoot down sexist, demeaning jokes toward women. I'm not going to laugh. Instead I'm going to sit there in silence and hopefully make the person feel lame for telling an offensive joke. 

Friday, April 10, 2009

Technology Now-a-days

After learning about all the advances in technology that are happening every single day, I began to feel overwhelmed. I just found out about Twitter, like a month ago. I had no idea what it was until I kept hearing "Twitter this" and "Twitter that" from other people, and finally I asked my roommate about it. What a weird concept. 

After thinking about Twitter, I couldn't come up with any reason why something like this would catch on, or benefit anyone in anyway. After going to class this week, I guess I was mistaken. I can really understand how Twitter could be used as an effective PR tool. It can get information out to millions of people, very quickly. I could also see how it might be useful if I was going to Disneyland and wanted to see if the lines were long or the weather was good. These examples were brought up in class and it made sense how Twitter might be useful. I haven't signed up for Twitter yet, truthfully I don't know if I will. Sometimes I feel like I already have so many things online to check everyday, why would I want ANOTHER thing to look at or waste time with when I should be doing homework. 

I don't know... All I know is that it's SO hard to keep up with our ever-changing technology. And this whole idea of being able to track people, wherever they go, with their phones, is a little too much for me. Maybe I don't want everybody to know where I am at all times. Maybe I want to remain mysterious and have a little ME time. 

Someone made a comment in class about going to his cabin and being away from all technology. I have the exact same situation. My family built a cabin in the very secluded mountains of Idaho. We own 10 acres, so we are very isolated. We don't have TV, phones, internet, anything!!! And it is GLORIOUS! Seriously, it's one of my favorite places on Earth. It's quiet and beautiful. I look forward to getting away from it all every time I go there. It's a relief to get away from the craziness of this world we live in. My dad asked my siblings and I if we were interested in getting TV at the cabin, and it was a unanimous NO! 

I agree that technology can be a great thing. It can make things easier and faster. I used technology everyday. It's hard to go an entire day without it if it's readily available to us. But getting away from it for a time, can be grand!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Women's Sports

The presentations in class today were really interesting. They got me thinking. Good job gang.

I am sad. I am sad about women's sports. I am sad they don't get much attention. I am sad they aren't on TV very much. I am sad for those athletes. I am sad they don't get the recognition they deserve. And I'm saddest about being one of those people who don't watch women's sports, for no reason at all. 

Me of ALL people should watch women's sports. I LOVE sports! I PLAY sports! I KNOW sports! In fact, when I was in junior high, I was on the girl's basketball team. We were good. Good enough to win the whole dang thing when I was in 8th grade, and then getting to the semi's my 9th grade year. Needless to say, we didn't have anywhere close to the same amount of fans the boys basketball team had at every game, AND they weren't even good! Now that makes no sense. I can't say I didn't notice the difference in interest between the girl's and boy's team. But I didn't care, I just wanted to play and win. 

When I was in high school I played for the softball team all three years. We got even less recognition then my basketball team did. Once I was asked by a fellow student what sport I played, and when I replied softball, he wasn't even aware the school had a softball team. Now that makes a girl feel good! SHEESH! Needless to say again, we didn't have much of a fan base. The fans mostly consisted of our parents and some friends. Slowly we started to gain a little more recognition and fans, but it was still miniscule compared to the baseball or basketball teams. I remember being in the newspaper a few times and always having to look in the pages AFTER all the baseball statistics and articles. Why is it that the girl's sports are always reported after the male's? What ever happened to ladies first? Is chivalry dead? I hope not cause I've always liked it. 

I used to watch softball sometimes when it was on TV. I used to watch women's basketball when I was dreaming about being in the WNBA, but slowly over time, I stopped. I follow the Jazz, I follow the Cubs, I follow the Redskins, I follow BYU. ALL male sports. I'm going to start watching more women's sports. I've been inspired and I'm going to start a revolution. A watching women's sports revolution.