Thursday, March 26, 2009


Fads are a killer and I do my best to stay away from them if I can. It kills me when someone just wants to do stuff or buy things because everyone else is doing it or because it's the popular thing. For me, as I mentioned in class, I remember when the Livestrong bracelets came out to support cancer. They were so popular. It seemed as if everyone was wearing them as a fad. It was annoying. I admit I ended up wearing one myself, but it was because my father bought some for the family because he was into biking and actually cared about the cause the bracelets supported. The killer after that was the fact that everybody else was in the market of making those same kind of rubber bracelets. At one point I my-self started wearing the ones that said CTR on them. I haven't worn one in a long time though and I probably wont go back wearing one again unless it's for a pretty good reason.

We really need to stop letting mass media and major companies decide what we should wear or how we should act. When it comes down to it I will make the decisions on the cloths I will wear. I like Old Navy cloths because they are comfortable to me and they are sold at a pretty descent price. I'm the kind of guy who does his best to not spend a lot on clothing unless it's athletic wear. Even then I try to buy sports attire on sale.

Friday, March 13, 2009


I'm not an IKEA follower but I do like its furniture. My mom has it all over her home and I'll probably have some of my own. It was interesting when we talked about how we can consider ourselves a certain brand or type of furniture shoppers. You could almost say that we are what we buy. I like Adidas more than I like Nike. If it were up to me I would buy everything Adidas sports wise and for some of my casual wear. It's not that I hate Nike, I just never really fell their way like I did with Adidas. It might have to do with the fact that I love soccer and I always felt like they were more of a soccer company and now I just like their stuff a lot.

It's so sick to realize that we see so many advertisements a day. In the video it was like 3,000 a day in 1999 and I'm pretty sure it is way more than that today. And I wonder how much of it we actually remember. I know that there are certain adds that I remember. The thing is that they are usually the ones I see either on a daily bases or they really made me laugh.

Also, I drove up to Kearns this past Saturday and I tried to look at all the adds on billboards and of the ones I looked at there was only one black person. The interesting part was that It was an ad for BYU football. You would think there would have at least been another advertisement with people of minority colors on some of the billboards. Because we know that there are more than just white people here.

I really thought it was annoying that they were picking kids to take pictures of in the video we watched that didn't represent me at all. Yeah, I watched TRL, but I think it was mainly for the music. Such a long time ago and I didn't know much then either. But i felt like they picked kids that they thought represented my age group at the time, just ridiculous. I've never had tattoos or spiked my hair. I was never one to go to concerts or be all hyped up about following the crowd. I'm still not that way. I've done my best to not follow the crowd. I tried to avoid Abercrombie and Fitch. I was just fine wearing Old Navy and didn't feel like spending a lot of money to wear clothes that looked the same as other more expensive name brands. I was fine in cheaper clothes that looked just as good.

I just hope that I can avoid being changed by advertising. I don't want to be labeled as someone who follows the crowd or whatever is popular. It makes no sense to let someone control what I do, say, act, or what I wear or listen to. And I'm not a Mooke, violent and carefree and it's ridiculous that the media feels that it's okay to advertise to my generation that that's what is OK to show us. They don't know me and they shouldn't assume to know me. The funny thing is that they only know some of me and it's that part that probably gets me to watch the shows I watch and listen to the music I watch. Weird huh? It also stinks that the media turned girls into or defined them as Midriffs, girls who are sexually active or should look sexy. A 13-year-old girl should never make herself look older than she is. It just doesn't seem right or normal. The same goes for boys the same age. We need to just learn to be ourselves and be happy. People wonder why we are the way we are, and it's probably because we are letting the media tells us who we are. That's not nor right and it should never be that way. It's our responsibility to tell them who we are. We need to take control. We have to tell them what we think is cool.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

I'm talking about "IT" again!!

So what are we going to do about the problem we have with racism? Is it going to go away? It seems like it may not any time soon. It feels like we in society keep perpetuating the problem of racism. I've said it before and I'll say it again, let it go and then we will be better people than we were before. Don't forget racism or don't put it on the back burner, but why do we still allow racism to control us and who we are?

We had a very interesting talk in class about the different shows we see on TV and how TV is portrayed in a completely white world. I didn't make the comment in class but I think the region you live in in the United States might make a difference as to what shows are being played and at what time. I'm probably wrong. I do realize there are not as many black TV shows as whites TV shows but it has improved dramatically in the past few years. We began to talk about the "token" people of minorities that they have on white TV shows and it goes both ways. I thought about it in class. The shows that I have seen where the family's are of a minority race seem to have a token white person on the show. It's kinda interesting. I don't have a problem with it, but i just thought it was something to mention. And I also wanted to mention all the famous black actors or actors of other minority backgrounds that are being more recognized in the movie and TV world. I like Will Smith and I have never had a problem with him being black. I don't care about the color of his skin. I just like the movie he has been in and I use to enjoy watching the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. And I think Bill Cosby is hilarious. He does a good job of making jokes not about racism but just about life and the funny things that happen in it.

Like I mentioned before, I think that racism today can stem from a lack of education and the world around us. The more we become educated both school wise and street wise the better off we will be. The world needs to use its common sense better. I need to use common sense even more my self. I hope I can be better.