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About Me

November 19, 2009

My names Alyssha Flores. Im 18 years old and I’m originally from Cleveland, Ohio.Yes im a city girl and I love it. Im full Puerto Rican and I absolutely love my culture.Im fluent in Spanish( knowing 2 languages is great). I’m a sophomore at Ohio University majoring in Media Studies with a minor in Spanish. I love everything that has to do with entertainment especially celebrity gossip! Im hoping to get my dream job working for “E” News something like Ryan Seacrest, only the female latina version of him. Working for the spanish network Univision has also been another dream of mine.Hopefully at the end of my college years I’ll be able to pursue all my dreams and make them into a reality.

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Reply to Arrogance. Is It Worth It?

November 19, 2009

I agree on Anthony’s views of celebrity arrogance.There are so many celebrities that are very arrogant. Kanye West and Spencer Pratt are two celebs that have huge ego’s. I like t refer to these celebs as the ones we love to hate. No matter how annoying or how arrogant these 2 men are we still love to watch them. Drama brings attention and these two men know exactly how to spark tons of drama. They bring attention to themselves by pulling outrageous stunts. For example Kanye’s stunt at the VMA’s was beyond arrogant and Spencer’s behavior on Im A Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here yelled arrogance pretty loud.

 

Spencer Pratt is legally changing his name to “King Spencer Pratt.”“I’ve decided since there is a Queen of England and a Prince William that there should be a king of America,” the 25-year-old Hills star tells Us Weekly. “I nominate myself for that role.”Spencer’s wife Heidi Montag tells Star via her rep: “If I am married to the king, doesn’t that automatically make me a queen?”(http://justjared.buzznet.com/2009/09/01/king-spencer-pratt-queen-heidi-montag) I couldnt help but role my eyes and laugh when I read this article on the most arrogant man on television. I mean Spencer says arrogant things all the time but wanting to change his name to King Spencer is just beyond arrogant, it just screams “Look at me. I want ATTENTION!” But he knows exactly what to say and how to act to get him that attention that he so much desires.  I’m a huge fan of The Hills and when he first appeared on the show his ego wasnt as half as big as it is today. Stardom got to his head way to fast.  I wish the media would stop giving Spencer Pratt attention because it’s honestly just getting to the point where it isnt even amusing anymore its just annoying and dumb. But like I said arrogance brings attention and thats exactly what he wants and craves.

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Reply to A Little Bit Too Much Branding

November 19, 2009

I agree on what Erin had to say on her blog about branding. I went to private school from K- 8th grade and I had to wear the same old uniform for 10 years. I went to a public high school and I was looking so forward to being able to wear whatever I wanted. Now I went to an inner city school so the fashion at my high school was different from what kids in suburban schools were wearing. But now my high school is completely into wearing Aeropastale, American Eagle and Hollister. But in the beginning of my freshman year it was all about Roca Wear, Baby Phat, and Ecko. Shoes was also a big thing in my high school. Everyone was obsessed with Jordans and Nike shoes especially Air Forces. It’s crazy how much the fashion has changed in my high school in such a short amount of time.

I know there were no cliques in my school. I did go to an inner city school so I guess it’s fair to say that minorities ruled. Blacks, Latinos, Whites all got along regardless of who was wearing what. I feel that branding in college is way more popular then it was back in high school. Before coming to OU I never saw a Northface jacket or a Vera Bradley Purse in my life. I feel that most of the girls on campus dress the same, Northface jackets and Ugg boots.  I have to admit at times I feel the pressure to have to fit. But not everyone can afford to spend more than $100 dollars on a pair of boots or a purse. I wish people didnt follow particular trends as much. I say staying true to yourself and being comfortable with who you are is the best way to go. Who cares what everyone else is wearing its all about personality.

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Final Reflection

November 19, 2009

Before taking this class I’ve never blogged before and even been on a blogging website. I will admit that I didnt think blogging was going to interest me much or even help me learn. But I was wrong. Blogging helped me in many different ways. It was also nice to read other people’s thoughts and opinions on the different subjects we discussed in class.

I went into this class not knowing what to expect from the blogs since Ive never blogged before in my life up until the beginning of this class. I honestly thought I was going to be bored and not at all interested in writing these blogs. But I soon learned that blogging wasnt at all that bad and maybe I could learn something from the process.I expected for these assignments to help me learn and understand the concepts discussed in class more clearly. By writing my own blogs and reviewing other classmates blogs I got to do just that, understand material more clearly.

After entering so many blogs there is one blog out of all the ones I’ve entered to be my best work. My blog titled Advertising Really Works is my favorite most interesting blog by far. In the blog I talk about advertising and the effects it has on people especially women. I go on to discuss how many products are targeted especially targeted towards women. I also go on to talk about the tobacco companies and how they are trying to lure in more female smokers by creating cigarettes just for women. Not saying that men can’t smoke these cigarettes but how manly will it be for a guy to walk around with a hot pink and black cigarette box? Not very manly I’d have to say. Those are just some of the points I discussed in this particular blog and I feel I made some pretty clear points.

Although I made some pretty clear points in a few of my blogs there is one blog  that  wasnt all that great. The blog that wasnt my best work was Celebrity Mania. In this blog I attempted to discuss the topic of memes, but it didnt turn out so good. I had a really hard time understanding this concept and how to apply it to something so I could write a blog on it.  I feel if I would’ve understood memes more clearly that writing that particular blog wouldnt have been as difficult.

If somewhere in the future I have to blog again in another class there are a few things I would do differently. First I would go into it with an open mind and not think so negatively about the process. Another thing I would do differently is I would spend more time on the blogs, I’d have to admit that sometimes I’d just rush through them and not put much thought into it. I’d also try to get together with a classmate so we could to the blog together. I think this would help me learn more and I would enjoy myself more as well.

Pop Culture has taught me a lot this quarter. It has helped me see pop culture in a completely different light. Before this class I didnt think pop culture was something that has influenced our lives in the many ways that it actually has. MDIA 486 was a very fun, laid back, interesting class that I’ve learned so much from. Im glad I took this class because now every time I’m watching a particular show or something happens in the media I’m going to think back to MDIA 486 and all the concepts I’ve learned about and apply them accordingly.

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Reply to Masculinity in Disney

November 19, 2009

I agree with Meg’s blog and how Disney represents men and women. Men are always represented as very manly and the hero who comes to save the princess. Women are depicted as helpless women who sometimes use their sexuality to get them out of certain situations which I’ll discuss later on. I’ve grown up watching Disney movies and to this day I’m still a huge fan of Disney. While I was younger I never noticed any of the problems going on in these movies but now that I’m older I see them very clearly.

In my Child Development class we spoke about how some Disney movies depict women in a negative way. We focused a lot on the movie Aladdin. Now Aladdin is my favorite Disney movie and I never saw anything wrong with the movie. My professor went on to talk about how Princess Jasmine tries to seduce Jafar in a sexual way to get what she wants. Before my professor pointed this out I never really saw it in that way. I mean is that the message Disney is trying to send to young girls ‘Use your sexuality to get what you want”? In the video you see just how Jasmine uses her sex appeal to try to get what she wants.

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Reply to Vampires Take A Bit Out Of Pop Culture

November 19, 2009

I completely agree with Alyssa and what she says about the Vampire craze in the media.  So many different movies, books, and television shows are about vampires. But they arent your typical Dracula movies. These books, shows, and movies depict vampires in a completely different light. Vampires are now being associated with beauty, love, sex, and lots of drama. Now what girl isnt going to be completely obsessed with these vampire storylines that include hot guys, love interests, and drama?

There are 2 shows about vampires that I’m a huge fan of. Vampire Diaries and True Blood are both shows about vampires, but the shows are very different. While Vampire Diaries is a show that is suitable for all vampire fans of  all ages, True Blood is for the more mature vampire fanatic. True Blood airs on HBO and is a show filled with a lot of sexual scenes while Vampire Diaries airs on The CW and has more of a Twilight feel to it. Although both of the shows are very different they are both about vampires living in today’s society and just trying to fit in.  The vampire crave has gotten so big over the past couple of years and I dont think that craze is going to die down anytime soon. Now whether your a Twilight fan, a Vampire Diaries fan, or a True Blood fan one things for sure and thats America loves vampires.

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Reply to The Power of Fandom

November 19, 2009

In this blog Alyssa makes a lot of good points regarding fandom that I agree with. Some point in everyone’s lives they become a fan of something. Now I am a fan of many different things ranging from celebrities to movies to food to certain make-up products. Being a devoted fan to something regardless of what it may be is what keeps not only things in the media but things in the world alive. But theres a fine line between being a fan and being obsessed.

In the world of celebrity there are fans and there are stalkers as we discussed in class. For example the stalker case of Gwyneth Paltrow. “WHO? Dante Michael Soiu WHAT HAPPENED? Soiu reportedly sent numerous packages, e-mails and letters, even going so far as to show up at Paltrow’s parents’ home in California. THE RESULT The pizza delivery man was convicted in December 2000 of stalking and committed to a high-security psychiatric hospital in California.”(http://www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/gallery/celeb_stalkers?pg=6)

As Alyssa stated fandom does have some negative but also some positive.  Do you think certain shows like Seinfeld would’ve lasted as many seasons as it did if it werent for the fans? I think not. Seinfeld is such a popular show that ran for 9 seasons airing from 1989 to 1998 and has been in syndication ever since. Seinfeld continues to get great ratings because of the great fan base this show has. In 2008 Entertainment Weekly ranked Seinfeld as the third best show of the last 25 years. 

Being a fan of something is completely normal. Now getting to a point where you become obsessed and start stalking a person is not so normal. I feel as fans we hold the power in our hands to keep whatever it is we are fans of around as long as we like.