The Golden Girls

Bea Arthur (Dorothy), 86, died on April 25, 8 months and 3 days proceeding Estelle Getty (Sophia) I heard about it on the radio yesterday afternoon as I was heading to take the final final of my undergraduate career. I remember being shocked as I heard it, feeling like I had lost a relative. I grew up watching The Golden Girls and even saw a few reruns of Maude before it was taken off of TV Land. It’s always sad to hear of someone’s death, but we should celebrate her life. She lived a long, successful life and influenced more people than she could ever know.

Green Pizza Box

April 27, 2009

I think this idea is fabulous! At first I asked, “what is a green box?” I figured you could somehow wash it and reuse it like those paper towel commercials. But this idea is so simple, I wonder why it hasn’t been marketed before. There have been times when I have opened the pizza box and eaten over the lid side so I wouldn’t have to get up to get plates, but I never really thought of it from a marketing perspective. I wonder what other every day things I do and don’t really give a second thought about that could be marketable? It really makes you think, doesn’t it?

tigerpaw

Yesterday was Communication Studies Day at Clemson. I only had time to attend the first event, but it was very enjoyable. There was a panel of six professionals that work at various jobs. The panelists were: Elizabeth Garrison, an Ecoprenuer for Ever-Green Recycling; Christina Lor, a Media Coordinator at Sensible City; Jake Groce, a Lifestyles Reporter for Anderson Independent-Mail; Juana Slade, the Director of Diversity for the Anderson Medical Center; Adam Wright a Radiocaster for WSNW Radio; and David Wyatt, an Entertainment and Sports Attorney for Pfeiffer Gantt Gleaton Wyatt law firm. Each panelist told the audience about how they came to be in their positions as well as their typical Tuesday. Each one made it a point to tell how communication, networking, and following your heart got them to where they are now. I think those are very wise words that can further anyone in his or her career. Although I could not attend every session of Communication Studies Day, I still came away with new insights that I hope will help me later in life.

Dora’s Transformation

April 23, 2009

Dora is all grown up

Dora is all grown up

Dora the Explorer has made a very distinct change. When she first started out, she was just a wee child with the ambition to learn. Now, her character has been redesigned to fit in to a more sexualized society. She used to be a short, plump toddler with short, plain hair. She has since transformed into a trendy child with long flowing hair. She seems to have lost weight and gained a better sense of fashion.

Some might argue that this transformation is a good tactic to bring in more viewers, but others might see this transformation as one that could regender young girls. Starting at birth, males and females are taught how to act in their own gender category. They are socialized to do different things: males to be independent and tough; females to be dependent and delicate. Boys are taught to play with action figures, toy cars, and the like, while girls are taught to nurture dolls, work in their play kitchen, and other “female” things. Growing up I did a lot of female gendered activities, but I never really thought about my appearance. My parents were always the ones to dress me when I was young. The clothes that I and my friends wore as children were very conservative because young children should not be sexualized. They are young and innocent; they should be protected. But now showing children that Dora the Explorer is not attractive because she is short and pudgy with short, simple hair could change how young children perceive themselves. Young girls are vulnerable and want to look like those their idolize. When I was young, I always wanted to look like my mother because there was no one female character on television that I idolized more than my mother. However, it seems that more and more children are watching many more hours of television these days, and they have come to idolize these characters. Businesses market these characters more because they know these children can relate to these characters. Showing Dora in a more sexual manner may cause the children that idolize her to want to be like her, dressing more sexually. This could take away the innocence of these children and lead adults to no longer see them as children.

In essence, this transformation of Dora has shown that what is age-appropriate is developing into something new for young children. They are starting to dress in a more sexual way at a younger age, which could be viewed in a negative way. Children are starting to grow up much faster, and it is prevalent in the way they dress and the way children are portrayed on television.

COMM studies day

April 21, 2009

Tomorrow (April 22) is the 6th annual communication studies day at Clemson University. Events include: Careers in Communication Panel, Communication Spotlight on Scholarship Panel, a luncheon, etc. Hope a lot of people will be able to come out to it! I personally have never been before, so I am excited to see what it’s all about. I will update about the event tomorrow.

cellphone

Next month cell phones are going public. This means that telemarketers will be targeting everyone with cell phones, which is obviously a LOT of people. If you thought you were safe with your machines that block your land lines, you better think again. They will now be reaching you via one of your most prized possessions, your cell phone. Not only can they reach you, you will be charged for these phone calls. In order to hinder such calls, dial 888-382-1222, which is the number for the national do not call list. It will allow you to be telemarketer free for at least 5 years.

Whether this is a myth or not, I still think it is important for everyone to be aware. Here is a blog telling that this is all a myth. I want everyone to just be able to see both arguments and make his or her own decision.

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle

I’ll admit that when i first watched Susan Boyle on youtube I judged a book by it’s cover. I had the same reaction that the audience and judges did when she first walked out on stage. It’s easy to learn not to discriminate or stereotype people in school, but it’s another thing to practice it. This one woman alone showed all who watched that it is easy to make assumptions based on appearances. I learned in my Nonverbal Comm class this semester that more attractive people are more successful. But why does that have to be the norm? Why throw away such wonderful talent because some one is not “attractive.” If we changed our perceptions on what constitutes “attractive,” things might be completely different in our society. However, a change like that cannot happen overnight.

While I watched the video, tears came to my eyes. At first I thought it was because I was so happy for this woman’s bravery. She had always wanted to sing in front of a large audience, and she had finally conquered that goal. Then I thought the tears might have been because she proved to the audience (not just the studio audience, but the people at home who saw it on television and those who have seen it on youtube) that despite her age and her looks, she is indeed very talented. The tears could have also been because she was able to stand up in front of millions of people and do what she’s always wanted to do, while sometimes (emphasis on sometimes) I can’t even express myself in fear of what others might think. No matter the reason behind the tears, this video definitely changed my perceptions and opened my eyes. It’s easy to say that I try not to pass judgment at first sight, but I cannot deny that I do. I believe that everyone does. It’s not until you learn more about that person that your judgments are left at the way-side and you can move past it.

love quote

I believe that just because somebody doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.

A friend of mine from high school found this quote written on the wall of a restaurant. She posted it as her status one day on facebook, and when I read it I wrote it down because these words just seemed to make sense to me. I had never really thought about love in this kind of way. There have been times when I have been frustrated with someone because I felt they did not care about me. However, after reading these words and re-analysing my relationship with the people in question, I realized that they did actually care. Everyone has a different way of showing it, but since it was differently than my method, I was blind to their efforts. This quote has opened my eyes as well as helped me to be more open minded about the ways people show they care. These words were so powerful to me, that I think it is important to share them with others, even if they have a different outtake on the meaning of the words.

WICKED

April 18, 2009

Idina Menzel as Elphaba

Idina Menzel as Elphaba

Wicked is coming to Memphis, and I am so jealous! I’m jealous for two reasons: 1. I miss Memphis (it’s where I grew up) and 2. I love Wicked! I saw Wicked in New York City in 2004 when I was a dancer at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. My mother and I went up together, and the program that we were with gave us free tickets to either see Wicked or some other show (a choice had to be made since you can’t really fit 10,000 dancers/cheerleaders and their guests into one theater). Luckily mom put in the request for Wicked early because those tickets were gone in the blink of an eye. It was an amazing show! It was the original cast on Broadway! Besides being able to see the Rockettes perform (I have loved them and tap dancing since I was young) and being able to be a part of the Macy’s Parade, this show made the whole trip just that much better. When I first got back to Memphis from New York I bragged to everyone about how great the show was. Of course no one had even heard of it and thought I was overreacting. But now, years later, I see some of my friends from Memphis talking about how excited they are to go see Wicked at the Orpheum. I so wish I could be there to not only see the show, but see my friends’ reactions. But for now, it will just linger on in my memory from that fabulous trip in 2004.

Hello world!

April 17, 2009

I set up this blog a few days ago, but am just now writing in it.

Although I deleted the last blog I had in high school, I now realize the importance of one. I used to think it was just a way to get out my emotions (positive and negative), but now with the daily utilization of technologies in today’s society, I have come to understand how it can help you out. I read a blog from CAREEREALISM about how you should brand yourself before you are branded.

There is another Laura Holladay that I am friends with on facebook who has started her own spa. She is currently the first link posted on google. I hope one day to surpass her and be the first link. That doesn’t seem unrealistic does it?