where i’m going from here…

red is so much better than pink

red is so much better than pink

I have uploaded all my blog posts from this spring to this blog, and am going to start from fresh at this point.
This blog will be a place for my thoughts on issues that concern me such as the state of media and the future of journalism, politics and life as we know it. But, not to fear, it will not be a political commentary. There’s enough of that. This is simply an outlet to express that which I find interesting and relevant in our world today.
Enjoy!

The professionals are missing it

Brian Solis’ article “Can the statusphere save journalism?” went awry in the second paragraph when Brian almost blindly accepted Walt’s hypothesis that there are only a few papers worth saving.
If this were true, why are there hundreds of thousands of papers to begin with? Or maybe a more puzzling question would be “how are they making it?

The perspective of both Solis and Walt is very idyllic and unrealistic in my opinion. They claim that skilled journalists can find a variety of routes through which to market themselves to the world.  This essentially ignores simple fact that people necessarily have to have successful careers, they have to have an income, benefits, and job security.

Sure, you can give the whole “market yourself independently” world a shot, and you can even join as many social networks as possible — FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, what have you. But none of these efforts are a guarantee of a career in which your work will be published, read and profitable. Plus, with the sheer volume of individuals hoping to strike it rich on these sites, it seems they are becoming less dependable for any realizable benefits.

How do you stand out in the wide, wide universe of Twitter profiles and Facebook pages? And if you do have the content and experience and background available there that would impress and move the world to read your stories, do they even go deep enough into your profile to discover any of it?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m an avid Facebooker and Tweeter. I love them both for different and various reasons. I just don’t believe that Facebook or Twitter should be a journalist’s resort to find a job or make a name for him or herself. And I don’t believe it is EVER a good idea to consider that only a “few newspapers” are worth keeping and the whole lot of them should be done away with.

Abraham Lincoln said, “The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”-Thomas Jefferson

Local newspapers are the basis of democracy! C’mon, Walt. Let’s not be so vain as to think that only the conglomerates matter and that millions of people aren’t reading local small-town papers.

10 Ugliest Things Ever

Yes, yes. I know top 10 lists are cliche. But I’m desperate. My boyfriend had the idea to make a 10 ugliest things in the world list, and I decided to turn it into a blog. Thus, welcome to the phlog (photo blog) of ugliness.

Beware, it’s about to get ugly up in here.

10. A very ugly flex

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9. Dead squirrel with its mouth open

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8. Ugly unknown animal

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7.

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6. K-state memorabilia

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5, 4, 3, 2, who really cares?
What’s important is the #1 most ugliest thing EVER.

1. A missouri fan
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(ps – this is the face of a missouri fan when 0:01 is left on the scoreboard and they realize they are doomed to be loosers yet again.)

BAZING!

What[insert race/gender/preference here]PeopleLike.com

That’s so typical of…
The blonde cheerleader. The hippie pothead with dreadlocks. The local townie who only eats organic. The frat bro with sperrys, a popped collar and a sunglass chain around his neck.
Stereotypes are everywhere — and people who “fit” the stereotype stick out like a sore thumb. Or maybe they blend right in.

Stuff “they” like

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White people love ugly sweater parties

I recently came across a site called StuffWhitePeopleLike.com. I quickly found that many of the stereotypical things on the site listed as “stuff white people like” was almost entirely and completely true of MYSELF!
Here’s just a few examples:
Ugly Sweater Parties
America
Bumper Stickers
New Balance Shoes
Outdoor Performance Clothes
Bottles of Water
Being the only white person around

Is it bad if it’s true?
We have come to believe that stereotypes are bad, hurtful, judgmental boxes we put others in, keeping them from being their true selves. We have been taught that to stereotype someone is to judge a book by its cover and to potentially miss what’s actually inside.
In reality, there are tons and tons of people who really DO fit the “stereotype” they appear to represent. This is because they want to be perceived that way. They have, for better or worse, re-engineered their personalities to conform to whatever image they want others to see.

All things in moderation
Stereotypes, if used wisely and in moderation, can be helpful and are not always harmful. I’m not suggesting you should look at every American Indian and assume they go to an Indian Nations university or assume every Chinese person is extremely good at math. Just be smart.
Recognize your initial reaction to something or someone and analyze it rather than dismissing it as racist tendency or too judgmental. Our instincts are often correct.
It just may be true.

For more interesting “steretypical” Web sites, visit:
StuffGodHates.com
StuffNobodyLikes.com

Click HERE for a comprehensive list of stuff all types of people like!

What Not to Spend

I love the show What Not To Wear. I love it for the makeovers, the shopping, the clothing advice and for Stacy and Clinton’s cynical attitudes and saucy realism. The hosts pick an average American woman who struggles with dressing nicely or appropriately and taking care of herself and they give her a $5,000 shopping spree in New York and a complete hair and makeup makeover.

What I don’t love is the fact that the women who go on the show are encouraged to purchase outrageously high-priced designer clothing that they could otherwise never afford. On today’s episode, a middle-aged single woman with five kids, one of which was less than a year old, spent more than $900 on three items. She said she felt sick to her stomach about spending such an obscene amount of money. Stacy and Clinton instantly tried to allay her concerns by saying she deserved to spend money on herself.

I agree that the woman needed to focus on herself more, but that doesn’t mean buying three $300 shirts is the answer to her problems.
What happens when she returns to her life and her five kids, the makeup wears off and she has been taught to believe that only Gucci and Prada can satisfy her fashion needs.

While I believe that dressing for your body type increases self confidence and even productivity, life is simply NOT about dressing nice.   A cute $20 shirt from Target is a bigger accomplishment than a $300 shirt from Dolce & Gabanna, no matter how cute it may be.
The last thing Americans need right now is encouragement and justification for living beyond their means.

Disappearing Act

Jobs aren’t the only thing disappearing. Internships are becoming more scarce as companies trim their budgets and eliminate unnecessary spending. I learned this firsthand last week.

About a month ago I learned that I had received a Dow Jones internship in Frederick, Maryland at a local daily newspaper. Just last week, though, I received a call from Dow Jones informing me that the newspaper had dropped out of the program because of insufficient funds to pay a summer intern. Perfect. I had already found and secured the perfect living situation and had planned my summer out in my head.

I was relocated to Trevose, Pennsylvania, to work for a mid-sized company that creates and develops marketing products. I took a pay cut of $50 a week. I’m happy about my new situation, but am nonetheless worried that this sort of event might become a more common occurrence.

Everyone is aware that jobs are in short supply, especially for the more highly paid and overqualified demographic of 40-50-year-olds in the industry. But are college students aware that their internships (which already pay almost nothing) may become either unpaid or, worse, obsolete?

I fear not. I can only hope that the economy will improve, advertisers will buy ads, writers will find jobs and paychecks will increase in amount. Oh, and college students will receive paid internships.

aloha

new blog. same me.

it’s time to put my best blog forward.