Saturday, July 27, 2013

Indie and KSM

King Solomone's Mines and Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom are very much similar with the native tribe, the under ground temple of the died kings (or gods), the treasure and "the magical" character that helps the white character grow in the movie. The scene when Indie gets trapped in the cave the walls closes in on him as the door slides shut is a complete rip of of H. Rider Haggard version when Allan Qautermain, Sir. Henry and Mr. Good got trapped in the treasure room, as the door slammed shut the only difference was that no one died this time. In Indie ;The mines with the kids working was like an army kinda like the army in KSM the native tribes had. Questioning life or death with the greed theme of the treasure or your life when Indie let the diamonds fall into the river he saved his life and kept a souvenir of one diamond. Indie did not want to go on this journey he originally wanted to take the plane as an escape from a fight little did he know that plane was owned by his enemy, the pilots parachuted out of the plane leaving him to die but instead he crashed landed in India. Qauterman wanted an advantade so he went on this trip in good faith to find Sir. Goods brother while so they killed the evil Kwloga (sorry for spelling). Kwloga was not a good person, she was a witch killed thousands of her own people for the sake of the tribe. At the end both stories showed how they all lived through an advantageous journey with a little bit of riches and a story to tell that evil doing is happening all over the world and all though Qautermain or Indie my not be the best role models they still made a lot of good in a bad situation with intentions of greed, the world is a little bit nicer thanks to their good deeds.     

Romantic Comedies of the 80s

   The 1980s appears to be the era of romantic comedies. One such rom-com is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. It is the second movie of the Indiana Jones series which are also considered adventure movies. In this movie, Dr. Jones gets into a predicament as usual and has to escape from Lao Chi who is trying to kill him and in the process takes the gold digging singer Willie with him and his side-kick Shorty. The escape plane was owned by Lao Chi, who instructed the pilots to crash the plane. They managed to escape in a raft down a snow capped mountain into a river and the ended up in India. There the leader of the tribe told him he had to go to Pankot Palace to retrieve the Sankara stone which was stolen as well as the children of the tribe. So they got to the palace, where upon doing what he does best, Dr Jones began exploring his surroundings and found an underground passage, where he and Shorty were almost crushed and spiked. They escaped as Willie came to their assistance but almost had a repeat as she touched a lever set the roof to lower and spikes to come out. Further along the journey they came across the Thugees doing a ritutal, where they had three of the Sankara stones which shun as they were together and a sacrifice to the god,where a man's heart was ripped out and he was lowered into a fiery pit and killed. Dr. Jones and company waited for them to leave after which he preceded to steal the stones but they were caught. They escaped freeing the children. They were cornered by the Thugee on a rope bridge which he cut, causing lots of Thugees to fall to their death. The leader was on the bridge as well but hung on and him and Dr. Jones were wrestling for the stones where two fell into the crocodile filled river below. Indy managed to hold onto the the third stone and the leader plunged to his death. Dr. Jones, Willie and Shorty then set out to the village with the remaining Sankara stone and the children in tow. It can be seen that the village was lush and green as opposed to parched and dry like when they first arrived. They hand the stone over to the elder of the village and he thanked them and said he knew they were coming back as the village began flourishing before their return. Dr. Jones is ready to set out on another adventure but Willie is not willing or pretends not to but Dr. Jones is very persuasive. His persuasion get him the girl in the end.
      Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom can be related to Linda Seger's "Creating the Myth." Seger states that the most successful movies are based on universal stories which we all have experienced. She shows that there are different types of stories such as the hero story, the search story, and the healing story. In this movie, as in Romancing the Stone, one of the movies mentioned by Seger in her article, we see the plots might be different but the message is the same. There is the hero, Dr. Jones in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone. They both set out on journeys to safe people having a helper along the way; Dr. Jones has Shorty and Joan Wilder has Jack. They both search for the treasure find it, rescue those in captive and end up getting the girl or the guy in the end. Same story line,both successful as other movies were made as spin offs. This was the second of the five in the Indiana Jones movies and The Jewel and the Nile was the spin off from Romancing the Stone. This proves Seger's point in that we see these types of movies over and over yet we still go to see them when  a new one comes out. both these movies came out in 1984.We can identify with these movies inn that we go through the same struggles in life. One minute we are up then next we are down, just like the movies. It's not that we are going the foreign lands to find treasure but it is our daily search to find our true self and meaning in life.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Reality Television Shows Part 2

    In Reality Television: Oxymoron by George F. Will the article tells us about the way Will feels about reality television in a negative way. He believes that people do reality television shows to be greedy and to  make themselves look like complete and utterly fools on national television. Will states:
    The possible permutations of perversity programming- the proper name for what is called,
    oxymoronically, "reality television"- are as limitless as, apparently, is the supply of despicably greedy
    or spectacularly stupid people willing to degrade themselves for money.(290)
The author doesn't use metacommentary in the article but his title Reality Television: Oxymoron is a form of metacommentary titles. The templates that you use for metacommentary wasn't used in this article. Will gets straight to the point and explains himself through is clearly understanding statements.

Work Cited
Will, George F. "Reality Television: Oxymoron” Reading Pop Culture: A Portable Anthology. Ed. Jeff Osbourne. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martin’s, 2013. 289-292. Print.

The Reality of Reality Television

    In the article Reality Television by Mia Consalvo talks about the diffrent types of reality television shows such as crime and cop, shock shows, game shows, the parodies, and a diverse genre. She gives a brief summary on what reality television means in her perspective. She also shows the positive side of reality television. Consalvo states:
    Reality television shows are a loose genre of thematic shows and one-time episodes that have one unifying
    basis: they rely, in some fashion, on real, true, or unscripted events.(295)
This article fits into my essay because it shows what reality television is and why broadcasters like it so much. It also shows the diffrent types of reality television. And these can be used to suppoort my claim.

Work Cited
Consalvo, Mia. "Reality Television." St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Ed. Thomas Riggs. 2nd Ed. Vol. 4. Detroit: St. James Press, 2013. 295- 298. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 22 July 2013. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Romantic Comedies

  My article is based on the movie Romancing the Stone from Linda Seger's article "Greating the Myth". My question is; Do Romantic Comedies Help or Hinder Real Life Relationships?
One source I found was from the Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. It's an article written by Kelly Albada called "Media Influences on Relationships" The main purpose was to address the effects of media on viewers expectations for romantic relationships. She states how some of us have unrealistic ideas which cause low relationship satisfaction and can lead to break-ups. She goes on to state the power of media lies in our consumption. The more influence media has on us the more unrealistic or ideas will be. Albada says that as we age we may become more realistic in our ideas and counteract media models. It is said that experiments were done where some females of different age groups were given heavy viewing while others were given light viewing to check their responses on certain aspects of life. Depending on the age range, responses were conflicting showing that age does play a part in how immersed we get while looking at movies or television.

Here is part of the article from Kelly Albada

Media content also sends mixed messages about the likelihood for relationship success. Romantic relationships are highly valued on television and in movies but are often presented as fragile and difficult to maintain. Viewers report corresponding perceptions. Heavy-viewing adolescents saw singlehood more negatively than did light viewers. Heavy-viewing young women in the study conveyed the strongest desire to get married and have many children, and they wanted to engage in these activities at a younger age. Heavy-viewing college students of soap operas more strongly endorsed the belief that marriage is fragile than did their light-viewing counterparts.
Some experimental studies have attempted to clarify the causal relationship between media content and relationship success beliefs. In one study, elementary schoolers who were exposed to heavy doses of soap operas decreased their estimates of the number of happy marriages and increased their estimates of the number of divorces and extramarital affairs. Similarly, in an experiment with college students, extensive exposure to sexually explicit films led to greater acceptance of sexual infidelity and sexual promiscuity. Being exposed to highly attractive women in magazines may also alter relational outcomes. Males who viewed highly attractive women in magazines lowered their partner's attractiveness ratings and rated themselves as less committed, satisfied, serious, and close to their actual partners.
In sum, research supports that media content can alter people's beliefs about and expectations for relationships. Yet, people may also gravitate toward media presentations that coincide with their belief systems. Ultimately, researchers need to account for these prior belief systems, as well as for the nature of the media content, frequency of viewing, and other viewer characteristics, when studying the influence of media on relationship expectations

Fuchsia= trans
Blue= elab
Red= sum

The metacommentary used word for word was "In sum" The author used examples to explain her point. She makes a claim, elaborates on the claim using examples and then sums up the article. Her use of metacommentary enhances her writing cause it was easy to follow, it had a nice flow, from claim, explanation and summary

Source Citation (MLA 7th Edition)
Albada, Kelly. "Media Influences on Relationships." Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Ed. Harry T. Reis and Susan Sprecher. Vol. 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2009. 1083-1085. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 23 July 2013.


Chapter 10, Question #1


"That deliciousness was something I would deny in my early years in my predominantly white, middle class suburb, where in addition to self-imposing my own version of Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy on discussing my Korean heritage-- you would have to hold me at gun point for me to admit publicly that I ate Spam and really, fracking enjoyed eating Spam". (Kim 21)

This is not to say that Kim is embarrassed of her culture, but rather she holds back her personal information.

What Kim is saying here is that she feels her love for Spam is embarrassing and unacceptable.

In other words, enjoying Spam was not a common thing in the society Kim grew up in. 

To put it another way, Spam was not something to be proud of enjoying.

I'm not sure if I fulfilled the assignment properly..

Kim Sylvie. "The End of Spam Shame: On Class, Colonialism, and Canned Meat”. Reading Pop Culture: A Portable Anthology / Jeff Ousborne. By Jeff Ousborne. Boston: Bedford/St Martins, 2013. 19-24. Print.

Meta-commen-tary sound it out.

In They Say I Say by Gerald Graff a new chapter has come up. In chapter 10  he talks about many different forms of expressing way of thinking, It also express the concept of "metacommentary" and mentions some standard examples of this idea.In the article, the author did not use any metacommentary, and I saw that he did not use any templates from the chapter. Metacommentary refers to the art of rephrasing oneself for the benefit of strengthening his argument and/or creating more text. I guess the right word for it would be “art” because I feel there is difference with boring writing and metacommentary. I feel that his writing could have been better if he would have used more metacommentary. It would have given it more depth. The article was a bit flat in my eyes, felt he didn’t try and maybe he is trying to make a point. I'm not sure just an opinion. Everyone understands things in different ways, and words but if you break it down more to a level where everyone can understand would be better. I noticed the author was trying to say that was to our writing could be better and never really thought about included example or any in my previous essay. I feel like I should done more when it cames to my writing and now thanks to this article I have a few more tips up my sleeve that will help me change up my past articles.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

fantasy sports

Who is the fantasy sports fanatic?
While fantasy's viability as a business is now unquestioned, little has been heretofore known about the people who play fantasy sports.
For starters, the one-year study, made exclusive to FORTUNE Magazine, found that they're mostly male, white, married, well-educated (over two-thirds of Levy's sample had a college degree or better) and earn a decent living.
Of the nearly 1,200 people queried, three out of four earn at least $50,000 a year, well above the national average.
"These are not social misfits living in their parents' basement," said Levy. Not surprisingly, the majority rated their sports "fanship" very high, with fanship being defined as active consumption of sport.
Most interesting, though, was Levy's finding that 60 percent of fantasy players spend over an hour a day just thinking about their fantasy team, and 85 percent spent over 30 minutes.
Granted, Levy's sample was skewed towards rabid fantasy players like Larry Dobrow, 35, a Manhattan-based freelance writer who thinks the one-hour-a-day figure may be understated.
"During the days leading up to a baseball or football draft, [fantasy] is pretty much your primary concern -- including work, relationships, and sometimes hygiene," he said( Sports have grown to become a major part of both sports fan culture and, more importantly, as a significant portion of sports journalism. The Fantasy Sports Industry has grown to $800 million dollar industry with approximately 30 million players in the United States and Canada. In print, television, and especially online sports journalism, fantasy sports are referred to and used as talking points for upcoming games.