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The Carnival Life

May 17, 2010

Theme parks are often associated with children and adolescents rather than adults. This stereotype has always seemed to be a mystery to me until now. Now I realize that adults don’t need to ride a rollercoaster to experience the thrill of falling down fast and steep, or to encounter unexpected twists and turns, which makes their stomach turn inside out. They don’t need a rollercoaster to take them higher only to tumble them back down again. They just need to experience life.

If compared, life can be well compared to a carnival. You are surrounded by rollercoasters, strangers, and fattening foods. Some might leave with big prizes, but most just leave more dollars short than they started.

The rides are many! There are those that go so fast that you have no idea what happened, and all you know is that at the end of it, you are left with nothing but a spinning headache. And there are those rides that really turn the world upside down.

And then there is the “fun” house, which is full of mirrors which messes with your perception of your body image. They make you want to be more taller, more skinnier, and not so oddly shaped.

The games are all rigged and the people operating it seem like they are just a bunch of frauds.

And to top it all off, the necessities of life (Port-A-Potties), are all usually just full of shit!

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The Shift in Television

April 7, 2010

Whatever happened to the predictability? The Milkman, the Paperboy, Evening TV? This Full House theme song is exactly how I feel about TV today. Whatever happened to it?

Its 7 p.m on a Monday night, and every teenage girl, is excited about the new Gossip Girl episode. This is what everybody will be talking about on Facebook in about an hour. Everbody watches these high society girls carrying expensive purses, wearing low necklines, with figures that tease normal size girls about their weight. These girls wear dresses to school that plainly do not pass the hands on the side test, and heels that are definitely more than 4 inches. Teenagers watch as these girls sleep around and steal each others boyfriends. The girls lie, they cheat, they deceive. The worst part – Everybody loves them!

At the end of the hour, (and I am guilty of this too), we all want to be super rich and super skinny!

At this, I think back to more than a decade ago. As a teenager in America, the TV I grew up to and the lessons I took away from it were quite the contrary. I remember watching DJ Tanner loving and caring for her sisters. I remember every episode ending with a moral lesson learnt and a group hug. I remember being hooked on Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, or Alex Mack, the girl who turned into a silver puddle. They had problems. But their problems seem to be something I could relate to, such as the zit before the dance, or parents that are too strict, or annoying younger siblings. I don’t think I could imagine Stephanie Tanner plotting against DJ to steal her boyfriend, like we see Jenny doing to Serena.

Shows such as Jersey Shore encourage girls to be, or give an impression of being, promiscuous! Not only will that make them “cool”, but they might even land up on reality TV. Or they can just have 8 kids, but that’s a different topic.

Family values were displayed in shows such as Full House, Step By Step and Home Improvement. They all depicted togetherness and adoration. Parents that loved each other, siblings that cared about each other, and neighbors that were like family. Although, come to think of it, this has not only condensed on TV, but amongst us as a generation, which brings me to ponder over this.

Does media influence society? Or is media merely mirroring it?