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How My Media Diet Has Changed

Posted: May 4, 2011 by mars2thebars in Uncategorized

This has been quite the semester; one filled with cultural experiences that have broadened my interpretation and way of understanding the world. It has also made me a bit depressed in the sense that whenever i ingest some messages from the media, I will immediately question the validity of the message, because I was not there in person and did not get to experience it first hand. Growing up in a very republican family, my father set guidelines for me that were strict and conservative. I hated his way of conducting life. I chose the path of more for the people, open to change, and open to equality route, while my father (not necessarily because he’s a Republican) is a very narrow minded individual. Communication in Society taught me so much about the many bullshit (pardon my French) aspects of media, bias, origination, interpretation, etc. I will now watch a television show, commercial, or advertisement and severely pick apart the propaganda and message that the sender of the message is trying to send. I have now realized that the term “quality” is growing more and more subjective every day, and the opinions of people are becoming more and more voiced with the enhancement of networking, and these opinions are creating more and more controversy; more and more differences all around us. Based on my studies in this class, it is becoming clear to me that truth as a whole is beginning to be an extraneous concept. There are so many different ways to interpret good and bad, write and wrong, left and right, and more and more people are becoming educated about things that don’t even matter in my opinion. The media is somehow using this strange tactic; a subliminal one where they are setting our agendas as viewers of the media and telling us what to believe is important. I’m starting to think that everything in this world is a lie, a ploy, a reason for me to be distracted with learning about myself, a reason to get interrupted with figuring out and experiencing the mysteries of the world on my own. I now question what is genuine, I question the credentials of all, and I buy into conspiracy theories. I believe that nothing is really what it seems, which is why I can’t just “take things for what they are,” and I have started to question what freedom really is. The media is actually a horrible place, brainwashing people and making them feel glorified as if to say that every little thing that they have to say is important enough to be put on a social networking website, when really, it is nothing more than a trick, a distraction, and a defeat of self-fulfillment. I want to get away from the news, or at least question it all the time now; I want my own news.

Thank you for a terrific semester

-Mars

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Renting out A Country

Posted: April 29, 2011 by mars2thebars in Uncategorized

Fellow Bloggers,

Today our “Convergence Culture” reading talked about politics and how basically, they will evolve together with the advancement of cultural norms. The proof that Henry Jenkins exhibits in his argument with cybercandidates is astonishing, and really shows that culture will indeed affect the outcome of a poll. His argument can be interpreted as a very people-empowering notion. In a separate blog that I am a part of with a few of my friends on Facebook called “The Knolls,” we discussed a cultural norm that is a little absurd. My good friend Martin posted a comment with a link to a website where for 140,000 dollars, one could actually rent out an entire country, specifically, Lichtenstein. CRAZY! I think my friends are going to rent it out, and try to have a U.N. representative declare world peace….yea right. Still, this relates to the reading because without this advancement of media, how would the Lich’ government, how would the country ever be able to advertise the rentoing out of their entire country!?

All the best,

-Mars

The Ethics of Ambiguity

Posted: April 15, 2011 by mars2thebars in Uncategorized

“The Ethics of Ambiguity” is a book written by the famous female philosopher named Simone de Beauvoir. In this explanation of human existentialism, she depicts the importance of the genuine.  I want to now take this post astray for a bit in an attempt to glorify how ambiguous and genuine the brothers of Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity are. In fact, we’re not just ambiguous, we’re downright awesome. This week is Greek Week here at Marist College and APD is dominating the competition. Last night APD performed a live band set featuring “Superman” by Joe Brooks, and “Superman” by Goldfinger. You can watch that video here. You can read all about this glorious group of brothers’ journey of a semester full of ups and down in the up and coming article of The Circle, where Greek Life is now going to have its own column! I will be writing a bit for this column so look for my already established brilliant ideas in writing in this newspaper article. And support Greek Life at Marist!

Spank you all! I’ll see you in class despite my bronchitis!

-Mars

Fantasy Baseball Update

Posted: April 1, 2011 by mars2thebars in Uncategorized

Opening day of Major League Baseball began yesterday, March 31, and there was a giant buzz going around about creating fantasy teams and getting ivolved with stats. During my fantasy draft, I was actually busy smoking hukkah, so not only did my friend have to do it for me, but you can imply how much I really am going to care about fantasy baseball. However, I am a diehard Yankee Fan, and they did win their first game of the season yesterday 6-3 against the Detroit Tigers. The game was at Yankee Stadium, and C.C. Sabbathia looked great in his first sart of te season. Mariano Rivera got the save. Baseball brings people together, and most of the time, those people ave beer. So I think we should all watch baseball all the time.

Mars

Short Stack Promotion

Posted: March 24, 2011 by mars2thebars in Uncategorized

I am going to use this blog post to promote myself. Recently, my dreams started to unfold, and my career as a rap artist started going into its opening stages. I recorded my first track, which  is about my x girlfriend. (It’s a little explicit so don’t judge.) But what is great about the whole deal is that I have my own manager and I have been meeting some people with connections in the music business so I hope that some day maybe I can make it big. For now, you bloggers out there, keep up with my soundcloud and mediafire accounts for track updates and news!

 

 

Thanks

Mars

Humorous Picture (Via Stumble Upon)

Posted: March 7, 2011 by mars2thebars in Uncategorized

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American Empowerment in “The Office”

Posted: March 3, 2011 by mars2thebars in Uncategorized

One of my favorite television shows, “The Office” was on television tonight as I sat on my friends chair pondering what I was going to write about in my WordPress blog post. So as I sat there, I watched as Oscar and Michael unfolded into an argument regarding weapons of mass destruction. Oscar is known as the character in the show who knows everything, and uses the word “actually” frequently in order to butt into every conversation that he possibly can. He typically is in charge of correcting Michael; or anyone, for that matter. Michael is known as the character who doesn’t know much and makes completely inappropriate comments all the time. However, Michael did a little bit of research on China and their up rise as a nation. He made a comment which Oscar challenged, and the information was confirmed by another employee that Michael was in fact, correct. Long story short, Oscar challenged Michael to speak more about China over coffee. Michael arrogantly accepted. At one point in the conversation, it seemed as if Oscar had a complete stronghold on the conversation when all of a sudden, Michael made a statement that none of that matters. Rather, what is important is that two people, regardless of differences, are sitting down and generating ideas. This is what is most important in the human life. So I dedicate this blog post to Michael.

 

 

-Mars