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It seems that the thing to do now is to be “different.” But if everyone is being different then who defines what is different? In the 1930’s in Nazi Occupied some kids did dare to be different, and it was not the cute different that teenagers now aim for. These kids blatantly defied Nazi values. These “weird” kids were called Swing Kids.

Many of these kids in this time in Germany were recruited into joining the Hitler Youth, and the leaders tried to make it appealing for people to join, so they turned to dance. However they did not turn to the popular swing dance that the kids were interested in because the swing dance was associated with blacks and a number of Jewish musicians. Everything these swing kids did was to get at the Nazis, such as wear their hair long and listen to forbidden jazz music. Eventually the Nazis acted out against the swing kids and put some of them in school or sent others to concentration camps.

It is obvious that these kids knew what they were doing and the majority of them knew the repercussions would not be pretty, yet they rebelled anyway. This rebelling is not like what teenagers seem to do today as they gather around and do nothing but complain about current “issues.” This was fighting the norm in Nazi occupied Germany, their lives were in danger. Was the dance so important to these kids or was there and underlying motivation behind the entire movement? If so, why does it seem that teenagers during that time period were much more mature than many seem to be today? The swing kids could not have hoped for much success in their rebelling against the Nazi occupation, so what was their purpose? Did they even have one? Or did they just want to be different?

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Hugging is a No-No

Many things are prohibited in school because of health risks, security, or general respect for the school. Drugs, alcohol, and weapons are among some of the types of materials banned at schools to provide a more stable environment. However when things such as these get banned, many over the top procedures can take place, such as suspending students with a small plastic gun because it resembled a weapon (yes this did happen, here’s the article). However when is banning items and suspending children at school going too far? One school in New Jersey has this answer by enforcing an incredibly ridiculous rule at a particular middle school. Because of some “indecent physical interactions” between students at their school, Matawan- Aberdeen Middle School banned, you guessed it: Continue reading

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The television show “Doomsday Preppers” has brought light to more conspiracy theories that focus on people who are “preparing for the end of the world as we know it.” This quote was found in The Hollywood Reporter where David Knowles writes “Doomsday Preppers: TV Review.”In this article Knowles expresses two specific views of how the end will begin. This gives evidence to his statement previously stated in the article that “the fascinating thing about this rather dire piece of information is that it very few people seem to agree on the way that life as we know it is about to go straight down the proverbial toilet.” The television show enhances this idea more thoroughly. The show focuses on going to people’s homes who are certain of the way the end will turn out and interviews them on how they are beginning to prepare. The following video clip is the shows main advertisement:

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Everything’s Over!

Once more, my post is about a scene from the skit show Portlandia. I am having trouble with the embed code, so I am also going to link the video, just in case.

First off, since no one would actually claim to be a hipster, it’s hard to pick them out of a crowd. However, we’ll call the character, Spike, a hipster just for the sake of this blog. The general idea of a hipster is that he only does stuff that is underground and not mainstream. They like to be non-conformists. We see this is the skit. Each day, this “mainstream” guy comes into Spike’s hangout or begins doing his hobby.

When hipsters as we know them started to emerge, in the 1990s, not caring and not being cool was cool. They have a very diverse fashion, usually being very outdated or what most people would consider odd. They love to listen to music that no one else has heard of, watch movies no one else has seen, and hang out at places no one else knows about. They also do things for the “irony” of it. At times, it seems they put as much effort into not caring and not conforming, that they actually do care and have conformed since there is an entire subculture devoted to these beliefs. Once something becomes too mainstream, they move on, as we saw in the video. I also think the video’s  Twilight Zone-like ending shows how our culture works in general: Something is underground, becomes mainstream, peaks in popularity, becomes tacky, some people linger and look silly, people begin doing it again as a joke or “irony”, it is now popular again.

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Reality shows – bad, lazy television?

We all have our “guilty pleasures” and for some people, reality TV is one of them. The phrase “reality television” conjures a variety of images, some of them positive, some highly unpleasant and it can be embarrassing to admit that you watch reality TV on a daily basis. Some people believe that this kind of entertainment is worthless and bad for us as it convey bad values and how people should view society. 

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i climb rocks too.

Forums, Blogs, Articles galore! It is hard to think about the outdoors without thinking of that one guy in your class that is always blabbing about how he climbed a 300 foot mountain over the weekend. And really, what is with the Chaco’s! Do you really climb a mountain in those!  So yes I am making the point that rock climbing is scaling the charts when it comes to outdoor hobbies! I mean why not, it’s a good way to exercise; it builds endurance, as well as allows you to be one with nature! The public marketing industry has jumped on board with this idea of mountain climbing also. There is hardly a mall around that does not have a store specifically designed for outdoor sports like mountain climbing! And all the gear! It seemed to spring up overnight and whalah, everyone is set to be the best rock climber at the public park!

Now not only is there a huge amount of outdoor rock climbing going on, there is also a surprising amount of indoor climbing going on! In Birmingham there is a place called First Avenue rocks (http://firstaverocks.com/ ), where you can hone your skills and become the best rock climber you can. They have so many different ways to learn, classes for adults and kids alike. So you see that this is not only becoming a hobby for some people, but a lifestyle. Whole families can get involved.

It is really a very challenging sport when taken seriously, there are the obvious dangers of plummeting to your death, but it also seems to be very mentally challenging. When looking at it from the view of the rock climber halfway up on a mountain, it’s kind of like do or die, I mean people spend so much of their time working out these complex equations for getting to the top of a mountain, and it requires remembering steps and principles that one may not necessarily use otherwise.  I have linked a video below that lets you hear about the process from someone who is literally immersed in the world of rock climbing. It seems that for some extremists this is there career, there life, and what kind of life that must be.

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i climb rocks too.

Forums, Blogs, Articles galore! It is hard to think about the outdoors without thinking of that one guy in your class that is always blabbing about how he climbed a 300 foot mountain over the weekend. And really, what is with the Chaco’s! Do you really climb a mountain in those!  So yes I am making the point that rock climbing is scaling the charts when it comes to outdoor hobbies! I mean why not, it’s a good way to exercise; it builds endurance, as well as allows you to be one with nature! The public marketing industry has jumped on board with this idea of mountain climbing also. There is hardly a mall around that does not have a store specifically designed for outdoor sports like mountain climbing! And all the gear! It seemed to spring up overnight and whalah, everyone is set to be the best rock climber at the public park!

Now not only is there a huge amount of outdoor rock climbing going on, there is also a surprising amount of indoor climbing going on! In Birmingham there is a place called First Avenue rocks (http://firstaverocks.com/ ), where you can hone your skills and become the best rock climber you can. They have so many different ways to learn, classes for adults and kids alike. So you see that this is not only becoming a hobby for some people, but a lifestyle. Whole families can get involved.

It is really a very challenging sport when taken seriously, there are the obvious dangers of plummeting to your death, but it also seems to be very mentally challenging. When looking at it from the view of the rock climber halfway up on a mountain, it’s kind of like do or die, I mean people spend so much of their time working out these complex equations for getting to the top of a mountain, and it requires remembering steps and principles that one may not necessarily use otherwise.  I have linked a video below that lets you hear about the process from someone who is literally immersed in the world of rock climbing. It seems that for some extremists this is there career, there life, and what kind of life that must be.

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