Today I was surfing Twitter when I saw a link from Grantland, the venerable ESPN-affiliated sports and culture blog, on TLC’s Hoarders: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Edition. In the article, Tara Araino profiles the newest episode of the show and describes it as one of many TLC shows that “highlight the doings of people who occupy various subcultures.”
The show follows the life of Richard Wallace, a man living in a tiny condo in England who cannot throw anything away. He can’t remember the last time he took a shower because his bathtub is filled up with junk. Getting around the house is a major ordeal for him. Continue reading
Many have always assumed that it is great to be involved in other cultures, but they fail to realize that due to our involvement, we may not be giving our own culture enough value. I know this may sound crazy, but before you think about this statement listen to this. On February 3, I went to Kami Con,a Japanese convention in Tuscaloosa. It is held annually for people who are interested in manga (Japanese comics) and anime(Japanese TV shows). While there, I saw people dressed up as different characters from the shows, many vendors selling Japanese clothing and gadgets, and I even heard Korean music playing. As I was taking all of this in, I couldn’t help but notice there was a small percentage of Asian Americans compared to the overwhelming amount of Americans participating in an all Asian based convention. This observation suggested a question that interested me: Are we so involved in other cultures so much that consequently we discredit our own? Don’t get me wrong, it is good to be knowledgeable of other cultures, but are we taking it too far. Or, will these influences bring positive changes to American life?
- The house is packed, and people are covered in their team’s colors. They’ve bought the t-shirts, and some people are heckling the opponents.
The cheerleaders are chanting, and the players are getting ready. Students, friends, family, alumni and random strangers are gathered here. Tickets sold out almost immediately for this oh so thrilling game of Continue reading
Many people today are absolutely obsessed with the “Twilight” series written by Stephenie Meyer (http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/bio.html). In fact, “Twilight” has sparked an interest in teens for books like “Wuthering Heights” and “Jane Eyre”. My sister is one of the many teens flocking to gothic literature due to its reference in the “Twilight” series. I think that this is fantastic, and it will broaden their literary knowledge besides the usual teen paranormal romance novels. In many ways these books are just modern, modest renditions of the true literary classics of the Gothic genre, one of the classics being “Jane Eyre” written by Charlotte Bronte in 1847(http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/janeeyre/facts.html).
Here it is. The cliché controversial topic that’s been the “buzz” for decades. You’ve probably heard many arguments about lowering the drinking age, but you should definitely pay close attention to this particular topic; Something needs to be done.
Drinking has become such a big deal over the past few years. Maybe it’s because I’ve entered college and have experienced adult ‘situations,’ but nevertheless it is still a huge part of your life whether you do it or not. There are always going to be people who defy the rules. These are the one’s who end up incarcorated, or even worse, on their death bed. But of course, there are the ones who don’t get caught as well. In countries other than the US, the drinking age is significantly lower which results in less drinking problems. Children from those countries are exposed to alcohol at a young age, so when they reach 18, it’s not that big of a deal. They don’t try to break the rules to obtain it because A) they have been around it for a while,and B) they aren’t too old when they are allowed to get it. Continue reading
Many people turn to dating websites in hopes of finding true love. The question is, will they be able to join an online dating organization. Before you are matched up with anyone, you must first answer tons of questions about yourself to see if you are worthy of becoming a part of the “dating community.” It gets tricky when not all dating websites are ready to welcome you in based on how you answered their survey. In another blog post, eHarmony is examined and it suprised me how picky they are. I have always been pretty skeptical when it comes to online dating because you never know who someone actually is until you meet them. They could be lying about and that scares me. What I found to be interesting about eHarmony, is that they have been known to turn people down simply because they did not return a library book. Also, if a persons answer leads to the suspicion Continue reading
Most people say it’s best to wait to get married, but I don’t understand why. It seems like the only people who give that advice are the ones who are single or who have just had an unsuccessful relationship. Some of the arguments people make against young marriage are that you don’t get to travel, you’re not mature enough, you’ll always wonder what else is out there, and it will be too hard to finish school. I understand their concern, however, if you’ve know your with who you’re going to marry, why wait until an “acceptable” age? What is the appropriate age to get married? When I say “young” I mean around nineteen or so, I don’t mean sixteen. I feel like a couple should get married they know that they are ready and can handle it. Continue reading
If I Die is a new application created for Facebook where you can leave a message behind in case you die. It works like this: you designate three trustees from your friend list who, in case you die, will confirm your death. After their confirmation, videos or new status post-mortem will begin to appear on your profile. The application received thousands of “likes” in the first days it was published. Here’s the promotional video: (I couldn’t watch it without laughing…)
I found this to be a very interesting idea that perfectly expresses how important Facebook has become to society. Some people are genuinely worried to what would happen to their Facebook account in case something happens to them. I personally believe it should have a way to be closed as a sign of respect to the person who died. Additionally, I don’t know how would I react if someone designate me as his trustee. If I die today I would love to have the opportunity to say to some people really close to me how much they meant, but I wouldn’t like posting something so personal in my wall. In the other end, I don’t think I could handle viewing a video of a friend/relative that just died. Sadly, I know how Facebook can be in this sense from personal experience; I had two friends in Facebook who passed away, and it was really weird and creepy to see that people kept posting in their walls or tagging them in pictures. I had to delete them because I didn’t find this pleasant. I can assure you that if I’m about to die my Facebook would not be one of my top priorities. I’m sure that everybody would like to say some last words to someone close, but is Facebook the correct place to do it? Does Facebook has the power to leave your legacy behind? How many people would use it? I’m definitely not planning to use it anytime soon…