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Media Diet

Posted: May 6, 2011 by nmiqueli in Uncategorized

When we were first asked to revise our media diet, I must say, I was stumped. I felt like nothing had changed, I still watched the same shallow celebrity gossip shows, and checked my twitter every hour.. but after making a conscious effort to track what I do throughout my day, I realized that my diet has expanded (slowly but surely). I will never be the type to watch the Today Show over Fashion Police, but I have found myself recently following more news channels on Twitter. All of my friends know me as the “girl who knows something about everything” (mostly when dealing with celebrities) and I actually enjoy having that reputation.

Because of this class, I have become more interested in blogging and reading other peoples blogs. I was never one to go on the internet for anything more than emailing, tweeting, and checking facebook, but recently i find myself stumbling around different blogs and websites. One of my favorite websites that I stumbled upon deals with fashion (my favorite), art, architecture, and traveling. This made me realize that you can actually find something interesting from blogs, rather than reading someone’s personal thoughts on how they feel about their personal life.

I really enjoyed this class because it opened my eyes up to so many media outlets that I had overlooked in the past. Thank you for an amazing year!

Jesse James Starts Over?

Posted: May 3, 2011 by nmiqueli in Uncategorized

It has been over a year since the extremely public breakup between James and Sandra Bullock. He recently claims that he wants to “start over” and after a 30-day stay at the Sierra Tucson Treatment center in Arizona not only helped him, but also made him decide to write a memoir entitled, American Outlaw. Im sure that Bullock must be really excited for the book to be published and reveal all problems that James and her had in their relationship. He claims that the book will not only talk about his breakup but also shed light on his abusive childhood and turbulent life marked by anger and shame. He takes full accountability for what occurred between him and Sandra but claims that hes “moving forward, thinking clearly and becoming a better person.” I know that I’m excited to see what he has to say.

Obama jokes about Donald Trump

Posted: May 2, 2011 by nmiqueli in Uncategorized

This Saturday, Obama along with other representatives from all around attended the White House Correspondent’s Dinner where Donald Trump was roasted unmercifully. President Barack Obama didn’t mention Donald Trump by name when he revealed his long-form birth certificate last week, but he definitely did so at the dinner. Who could blame him? Trump wouldn’t let the situation rest. Obama showed a picture of what the White House would look like if Trump were to be elected, which I found extremely funny. He also discussed how Donald would focus on the ‘real issues’ while he was in office like, “did we fake the moon landing, or where are Biggie and Tupac?” I think that Obama had a great execution, but Trump on the other hand, didn’t even crack a smile. Trump fired back the next day with a comment, “When you’re leading the polls, I guess that’s the one you shoot at,” he said. “I was honored by the fact that they devoted most of their speeches to me.” After the news Obama delivered last night, I don’t think Trump even has a chance. Quit while your ahead and save yourself the embarrassment Trump, PLease.

Osama on Twitter

Posted: May 2, 2011 by nmiqueli in Uncategorized

As everyone already knows, last night marked one of the most important American accomplishments of our history. Obama interrupted regular programming at 11:35 pm, announcing the death of Osama Bin Laden. Instantly, news spread all over twitter and facebook- statuses expressing the excitement and patriotism that we have in this country. Even though this was such an amazing achievement, some people took this news to the next level stating some extremely rude and derogatory comments. Within a few minutes of the news surfacing, people on twitter started directing their tweets towards some made up twitter account claiming it was Osama Bin Laden. I personally think that it is extremely disrespectful that someone would create an account like that and tweet things such as “Getting tired of the new cave , maybe I should move now. Or should I wait until all the hype goes down ? #osama#osamanation #osamanotdead.” Americans do not realize what is funny, and what is getting out of hand. I think that this is just a tiny example of the disrespect that has occurred ever since last night. You can be happy that this monster has been put to rest, but know your limits.

Rebecca Black? WHO?

Posted: March 22, 2011 by nmiqueli in Uncategorized

For those of you who are still unaware of the song ‘Friday’ that is taking over the internet please click here to watch.

Last week, I casually logged onto my twitter as I usually do and was bombarded with tweets about a “Rebecca Black.” At first I thought she was some celebrity that I had read over in the magazines or overlooked on T.V. but then I came to realize shes a new “music artist,” who has now hit iTunes. I watched the music video and as the song progressed and the lyrics got more ridiculous, I realized how low our standards are set to become a recognized artist. She may not be a good performer but she has been a worldwide trending topic on twitter for the past week, and number 26 on the iTunes chart. She is a 13 year old girl who got money from her parents to work on her own music video and somehow it became a sensation. The lyrics are pathetic and the music video doesn’t even make sense. What is a 13 year old doing “partying”? I have truly never felt so bad for our future. Why is it that these dumb videos are promoted or in some cases applauded? This trend needs to stop immediately.

Facebook for Journalists

Posted: March 22, 2011 by nmiqueli in Uncategorized

It was only a matter of time until newspapers and sites decided to move onto facebook. A community news site in Washington D.C. known as The Rockville Central, is beginning this movement. Starting March 1, the site will move all its operations and news coverage to its Facebook Page. This move highlights Facebook’s growing role as a platform for journalists to use for social storytelling and reporting. Practically everyone has a Facebook now so why wouldn’t newspapers convert? This change is going to help the circulation of the newspaper and the fan base is going to grow rapidly. It’s so much easier to just sign onto facebook and have your news conveniently waiting for you upon clicking Login. I think that this trend is going to be extremely popular, and soon enough Facebook will be a domain for our current events.

How real are the “Real Housewives”?

Posted: January 28, 2011 by nmiqueli in Uncategorized

As a fellow Jersey girl I am disgraced by the Real Housewives franchise. Who is it that chose these women to represent all mothers living in New Jersey. Thanks to this show I can no longer tell someone where I am from without hearing a smart remark like “OH, your from Jersey, the armpit of America!” or “do all woman act like Snooki and Theresa?” Why is it that New Jersey has such a bad reputation, when in reality we have some of the best school systems in the country? Why is it that Television Networks chose us out of all states to bash on? It is ridiculous that the first thing that comes to peoples mind when I say I am from New Jersey is either Snooki getting arrested at the Jersey Shore or Theresa throwing a table across the room. I would like to stand up for all Jersey girls and say we are not like what you see on T.V. all of us are not guidos- most of us are actually normal. I know this is hard to believe when T.V. networks have convinced you otherwise. Give us a break and some credit for that matter.