June 29, 2009 § Leave a comment

On Thursday, I changed my Facebook status to this:

FB M.Fox

It has the potential to be misinterpreted, so I would like to explain my thoughts.

I don’t have anything against Megan Fox. She is a…unique person who says some unusual things, but she has done nothing to make me dislike her. What annoys me is the attitude that she brings out in boys & men [and some women] of all ages, who semi-joke about going to see the Transformers sequel in IMAX just because of her. Okay, she’s a very attractive woman, now get your hand out of your pants and MOVE ON.

This movie is not even close to being about Ms. Fox, yet she evokes more daily conversation than the entire rest of the film. This isn’t about me being jealous about her beauty, so don’t even go there; it’s about me being frustrated and tired of the insipidity with which males react to her relatively minor onscreen role. Talking about how hot she is in the movie is like beating a dead horse with another dead horse that you killed with the first dead horse.

As a side note, I would really like to see Megan Fox doing some acting outside of standing around looking pretty. I think she could at least make a pretty kickass action heroine along the lines of Shoot ‘Em Up or Wanted, assuming she can actually act. Speaking of which, I noticed while watching Transformers 2 that she speaks in a voice that is very reminiscent of Paris Hilton’s fake baby voice. I hope that’s not her real voice, because it’s very grating [then again, if it’s not her real voice, why the heck would she talk like that??].


Chitter Chatter

April 29, 2009 § Leave a comment

Yesterday in journalism lecture, we talked about what Twitter means for the field of journalism. I couldn’t help but think about how stupid the conversation sounded.

I tweeted during the week. If you’d like to re-tweet that, you could. Who still hates Twitter? There’s an application called Tweety [Tweetie?]. I enjoy using programs like twurl.

Thanks for making us sound like morons [twits? twittards?], Twitter!

At the beginning of the semester, our teacher asked us to create our own Twitter accounts, which is why I have one. I’ve experimented with following different people, most of whom are friends, but also celebrities like Lady GaGa and Lily Allen. I stopped following Anderson Cooper and Ashton Kutcher because they update so often that anything else I was subscribed to got lost in the deluge of their hourly tweets. I started following Shaquille O’Neal after reading a story about how two people found him in a diner via his Tweets and how he was totally cool and personable, and he’s definitely interesting to follow even though I don’t even know what team he’s on.

A surprising number of my classmates voiced their dislike of Twitter, saying that they were uninterested in reading the mundane details of their friends’ lives, or that they already spend so much time online that they could not stand adding another source of information to sort through [teacher called this e-fatigue].

I, on the other hand, am happy to have another outlet. My core internet use consists of 5 sites: Gmail, Facebook, WordPress, Twitter, and more recently, Flickr. I like that Twitter is kind of like a Facebook status that less people will see — I feel free to be more dramatic or random, and can write things that I feel like I need to say but won’t raise inquiries or comments like a Facebook or Gchat status would [mostly because I know less people who use Twitter].

As for using Twitter as a journalistic device, I’m not sure. I definitely prefer to access news in other ways, but I’m sure that there is some way that news organizations could utilize Twitter to benefit themselves. I’m just not particularly interested in that solution.

Not So Smiley

February 13, 2009 § Leave a comment

I heard from LC yesterday morning that information surfaced recently regarding a woman from LA, Lucie J. Kim, who filed a lawsuit against Miley Cyrus regarding the controversial picture of Cyrus and a group of friends making offensive gestures. She is suing for $4 billion in damages, which is apparently $4000 x each person in the LA County who is Asian. While this is all very interesting, something else struck me as I combed through news stories about this situation.

Fox News is known by many as a very conservatively biased news organization, which is amusing because the subheading on their website says “Fair & Balanced.” In their story about the Miley Cyrus lawsuit, this is how they described the offending photo:

In the controversial photo, Cyrus, 16, is shown sitting on her boyfriend Justin Gaston’s lap surrounded by a group of friends all making a stereotypical gesture by pulling their eyes into a slanted position.

I was immediately curious as to why they would include the detail about Cyrus sitting on Gaston’s lap. Having been at the Journalism School for over three semesters, I know that news stories should not include extraneous or unhelpful information. So why would the news story inject that little piece of information? None of the other news stories I read chose to mention that aspect of the picture. It’s almost as if Fox News wanted to subliminally portray her a specific way to its readers. Hmm…

Anyhow, the comments that other people are making about this lawsuit are a little aggravating. Yes, $4 billion is a lot, but the naysayers are missing the point of this, which is that Asian Americans are no longer willing to put up with racist behavior being deemed as acceptable. There is a well-thought-out blog entry about this debacle here.

It’s A Long Way Down

February 10, 2009 § Leave a comment

What in the world is going on? I’ve been reading about Chris Brown’s recent issues and I am quite perturbed.

It was reported on Sunday that the LAPD were investigating Chris Brown, 19, for an alleged assault on a female. Despite the fact that the representatives of Rihanna, 20, stated that she was doing “well,” she and Chris Brown both withdrew from performing at the Grammy Awards. Now, information is being released that confirms Rihanna as the victim of the attack.

Frankly, the first accounts of this incident shocked me. Really, Chris Brown? Really?! Ugh. I wonder what sort of punishment this will incur other than being dropped from Doublemint and Got Milk.

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