Thursday, June 4, 2015

Starting a Discussion

Lately, there has been a lot of controversy with Bruce Jenner (now known as Caitlyn Jenner). A couple months ago he announced that he was transgender. There had been rumors for awhile but it was pretty shocking. So, I thought why not start a conversation about transgender people. I know this subject is uncomfortable for some, but I think we should talk about it more. Why do transgenders identify more with the opposite sex?

It seems to me that guys are often more uncomfortable with this topic than girls are. I don't understand why? Maybe because more males are open about being transgender and I think that can make guys feel awkward. I feel like it's more common hearing about boys becoming girls, and not the other way around.

Personally, I see no problem with this. If that's the way someone feels they are, then why would you criticize them for it? That might just we the way I was raised, but I see no issue with this. Why do certain people have such a problem with this? I know for some that it's because of their religious beliefs, but why do they not accept them?

There is now the first ever transgender TV show called Transparent that has won many awards this past year. I think this is a great step. It's hard for me to talk about it because I have never gone through something like this. But they still have my support. In the future it would be awesome if this wasn't such a big deal. That will take some time, but it could help so many people. There are countless transgender people who end their lives because they have to deal with all this. They get a lot of hate. Think about the people who actually come out and rock it. Props to them because that takes guts and it's awesome.

In the future I think everyone will be able to accept this. It has already gotten better. Maybe Caitlyn Jenner coming out so publicly will give others courage to do the same.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Where do we get our news?

For the past 10 days, I've been looking at celebrity news sources. E! and TMZ. Basically all I learned from these two sources are that they are pointless. I used to think that they were fun look at every now and then. Now I find them so annoying. Its not even news stories. It's the same dumb thing day after day. The whole point of the news is to inform us. Nothing about E! and TMZ are things that you would really need to know. They are entertainment news sites, their job is to tell all about famous people and events. I'd say these sites are very dramatic. This is where not to look for news. I also did way worse than the usual in the weekly news quiz.

News keeps us updated on everything happening around the world. I think that it might be one of the things that give us fear. We hear about ISIS and all these scary things happening. That gives us fear. half the time none of us would even think to be scared of something like this until we hear that it's possible. I think that its important to know news so we aren't completely oblivious to the world. Although, I think we should be skeptical about where we get our news. Not every site is trustworthy. We hear stories about reporters lying, and it makes me wonder how much they tell us is true. I think we should look all over for our news, but be skeptical. We are better off knowing more than being unaware, as long as we don't let fear get in the way.

News sites can be very depressing. On the legit new sites we hear about death, war, disease. It's very negative. Other sites like entertainment and celebrity news are negative in different ways. I can't speak for all the guys out there, but I know a lot of girls get upset by this. Sometimes it can give people unrealistic expectations for us ladies. People look up to these celebs because we think they are so perfect. Reality is they aren't.

There has definitely been times where the news scared me. When I was younger I would stay up late some nights and watch with my dad. To my young mind it was crazy. I didn't realize that people in the world would actually do these horrible things. It keeps you aware, bbut also causes unneeded worrying.

We all define news differently. It's what we want to hear. The news isn't going to be the same for everyone, because we don't all have the same interests. Thats a good thing. If we were all so alike people would be very annoyed with each other.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Good Story

"It was a really boring Thursday night my senior year of college. Fall right after Halloween. We decided to play glow-tag. We went to the store and bought probably around 500 glow sticks (they were on sale), actually we went to four different stores and bought all the glow sticks we could find. We got back to my huge old sorority house. We called up the boys that lived in the house next door to come over for an intense game of glow-in-the-dark tag. We opened all the glow sticks and splattered them on every wall in the house. We covered a plastic ball with the glow-in-the-dark stuff, then shut off all the lights and started playing. We had four levels in the house, and people would run and jump out at you and try to hit you with the ball. The boys scared me so badly, that I slipped and fell down a flight of stairs. I terribly injured my right ankle. I couldn't even walk. I sat on the couch icing my ankle, watching the game. I wouldn't let anyone call my mom to take me to the ER until all the glow had warn off and the game was done. When the game was over I called my mom. She was so mad, because she thought we had been drinking (we were all 100% sober) my step-dad thought it was hilarious and very creative. She had to drive over an hour to take me to the ER. I was in a boot for 6 weeks, but it was so worth it. One of the most fun nights. "-my mom on one of her most memorable stories

Thursday, March 26, 2015


I think that design plays a bigger role in our lives than most people think. Say you have the choice between two different water bottles that are both the same price. You end up choosing the one with the design you like better. We don't really think much of it but it happens everyday. It basically influences everything. Our clothes, car, house, hair, shoes etc. I find clothing and makeup designers very interesting. I think that it's so cool how they predict the next trends and styles (fashion week), but they do it their way. You just get to make stuff that interests you, and people buy it. That seems so fun and I don't think that could ever get boring because you are always making something new.

When I was younger, picking out magazines and books all depended on the design appeal. Chances are, if I liked the look, I bought it. I don't think I'm the only one who has done that either. If you've never heard about it and you like the look, it will interest you. I think that is way more websites and things are trying to customize more things to our liking. They want to get our attention and have us stay with their website instead of going to someone else's. I think it limits us though, be might not notice something because it's not as eye-catching. I now realize this trick. They more appealing, the more likely it is to catch your eye.

Design takes a lot of tries. You want to make it perfectly like you are imaging in your head. Which is a lot harder than it seems. You may love your design but not everyone is going to agree. Personally, I am into fashion and makeup so I have my favorite designers and brands. Betsey Johnson is a designer known for her crazy, wild, and bold style. Not everyone likes her designs, but I think it's awesome. Design is so interesting because there are so many different types. It kind of opens your eyes. I think in my future I want to work in the area of design. I like how you get to make it unique and our own. It makes you think and want to make yourself better.

We are all designers. We choose a lot more than we realize. We make up designs in different ways, and I don't think most people even notice.

Thursday, March 5, 2015


We have so many options when it comes to getting information about the news. We can choose to read more liberal or conservative stories, entertainment stories, etc. We basically get to choose what we are aware of. If we only read one type/section of news our whole lives, we will probably end up pretty clueless about the world around us. If you do that, you don't see or understand where those other peoples views and thoughts are coming from. I know that some people love to read or learn something in particular, and maybe that's their thing, I'm guilty of this too sometimes. We should be able to understand things that we don't agree with or like. I think a lot of us are missing out when we stick to just one topic, and we don't even realize it till it's too late.

Yes, online news is very convenient, but I think it's also sheltering us. Again, you only read what you want. You search the topic you want to read and basically ignore the rest. With newspapers, you kind of have to do some skimming to find a certain section or story. Well doing that, you might see something else that catches your eye and you might actually end up reading way more. Even about topics that aren't in your normal "comfort-zone" which is good for us. Online news is making everything so much easier, but it's not making us smarter.

Most people will choose online news now over an actual newspaper. So I think it's our own fault that we are uninformed about certain things. We all probably have more fun reading about something crazy or stupid that happened. We are the ones making the choice to read these, even if they aren't informational, they are entertaining.

I think sometimes, it's easier for people to have a more limited amount of choice. I know personally I can get overwhelmed when everything is so general, no rules. People like the casual guidelines. We like to be able to have choice, but a lot of the time people just go with the flow. I think that the most popular news sites are so popular because we kind of conform with everyone else. You want to know what everyone is talking about, so chances are, you will probably look or have the same beliefs are your friends and family. The people who you're closest with. We want to be kept in the loop. Know what's trending. Nobody likes being left out or feel out of the conversation.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The future of journalism

The news is changing. Everything is digital. More people get their information online or on an app instead of reading an actual newspaper. I think that all the different news sources are going to struggle competing with each other for the top ratings and most views. I think that they're trying to hard to customize to what they think you want. Personally, I'm not a big fan of all that. I don't like how they try to predict what I'll like best. It just depends on how you feel that day. I know that they are trying to make everything easier, but it's not a hard thing to do in the first place. I don't think that newspapers are going to be the same in ten years. If there not all digital, I feel like they will change the layout to bring more attention to them. I think that each website is going to try to out due the others. The top newspapers and sites are online. They have apps and they advertise. They all report the top news, but deliver it the way they like. Like The Huffington Post or Buzzfeed.

In the future, I feel like everything is going to get even more advanced. They are going to have everything customized for your liking and to make it easy. I also think journalism is going to change. I think we are going to be seeing a lot more of it, everywhere. Different apps are going to have different things or ways to share, even  ore of what we have now. I think reporters are going to have a hard time coming up with stories that will make people actually want to watch the news or read a paper(if they still have them.) Nobody will have to do either of those things because our phone apps will probably be able to do so much more than what they already can. Maybe the future will have hologram news, who knows? I feel like it could really turn into anything.

Future of journalism project reflection:

Our group came up with EZ news, the idea was to create and app that shared news where people have a lot of free time, like the school bathroom. I had no idea the thought you actually put in to the design and layout of and app. It takes a lot of time. I think we did well on the overall outcome and the idea of the app. We could have improved on the presentation part. We didn't go over who was going to say what, so I think we were all a little confused up there. Maybe in the future schools will actually get screens on the toilet stalls that give us the news.