barkinmad: (Kurt's Opinion)
I bullshitted a lot of this, but I think this actually sums up my feelings on the show pretty thoroughly. I didn't actually interview these friends specifically for this assignment, but I've either heard them comment on such things, or know that it's how they feel about the show. Obviously, I'm leaving names out:

Glee seems to be a new phenomenon. Just finished in its first year, it’s already renewed for a third season, and merchandising has been through the roof with CDs, concerts, and talks of a Broadway production. For a show that is about high school outcasts, it certainly seems to speak to a huge number of people. The most obvious thing about the show is its taste in music. While it has a number of songs from the Top 40, it also selects from a number of popular tunes of the past, ranging from Queen to Billy Idol to Vanilla Ice. There are also occasionally tunes that haven’t been heard in public media since the thirties and forties. Most especially, there is usually a good mix of Broadway show tunes involved in the production, giving the entire show an ethereal, campy and musical-like quality. But choosing the best songs of all time wouldn’t matter if they weren’t well done. Glee has a certain way of changing a song just enough that it’s new and relevant, while remaining true to the source material. True, a ballad version of “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga doesn’t seem like a work of musical genius, but it’s surprisingly catchy, and undoubtedly well-sung, since the characters are played by two well-known Broadway actresses. The show certainly has a lot to offer in terms of speaking to a group of people who don’t get a voice on TV all that often: fans of good music, and even more specifically, Broadway.

The show also has an interesting representation of minority characters. It has a reputation for being one of the most diverse casts on television, with its share of black, Asian, Jewish, disabled and homosexual teenagers. Perhaps as a joke of the treatment of such characters in other shows, these characters are sometimes given stereotypical lines or actions that are usually performed in a tongue-in-cheek matter. Although these instances can be funny, it should be noted that in their attempt to make fun of the situation, the writers may simply be furthering the stereotypes themselves, or not giving them the full attention they deserve. There have also been complaints that they aren’t given as much screen time as the white members of the cast. While this is a valid complaint, the show has introduced us to a very large number of characters in a short period of time, and the show runners have made optimistic overtures to the fans that each character will get their due in the future seasons. Perhaps one of the main causes for this concern is that not much screen time is left between the musical numbers, which have gotten larger and more elaborate as the show got more and more popular.

Of course, there are some drawbacks to the show. While it’s admirable that the writers don’t waste time with filler, the breakneck speed of the show would do a lot better if some lines were drawn between plot points. Sometimes characters go form one polar extremity of an emotional spectrum to the complete opposite between scenes, with no explanation given. Episodes tend to have individual plots that all wrap up within the course of a single hour, much like a sitcom, and the reset button is hit so often that the characters never get to learn anything from their endeavors. This refusal to make emotional progress from one episode to the next, along with the haywire antics of the characters, sometimes makes the show intolerably frustrating to tune in to every week. But then, the musical numbers are so well executed and catchy, it becomes an irresistible trap.

Many others who watch the show apparently feel the same way. There seemed to be a major difference between the first thirteen episodes that aired in the fall, and the last nine episodes that aired in the spring, after a three-month hiatus. According to SV, the earlier episodes were a lot more realistic in the way it portrayed high school life, and the messages about teenagers and sexuality were somewhat revolutionary on network television. “There’s one point where Rachel says, ‘Girls want sex just as much as guys do,’ and I really liked that. That’s not expressed enough on TV.” The second half of the season seemed a bit more moralistic, with the choral teacher ending almost every episode with some kind of lesson. This change in direction might relate directly to what was being talked about in Heartland TV, where the producers or network executives regard the general midland masses as needing a more wholesome program. Without the teacher guiding the students to the proper conclusions, parents or the general public might feel as though the show lacked a “moral center” and wasn’t suitable for TV.

However, the show has not completely given up on controversy. Several of the episodes heavily focus on the life of a gay teenager struggling to deal with his identity in a rural Ohio town. Of course, most of the students there are not very accepting and this adds to his feelings of being an outcast. Originally one of the more minor characters, Kurt has become a fan favorite, and had a much a bigger presence in the last nine episodes, proving that sometimes a devoted audience can have a say on what they see on the screen. There has rarely been a homosexual character this well depicted on network television, although the show does sometimes veer into stereotype. The show writers’ treatment of the character is not totally perfect, but it can be considered a giant step in the right direction. “I’m sure it meant a lot to a lot of people,” KA says, “They really promoted the issue of acceptance.” K says he watches the show because it’s simply fun. There are really no ties between his life and the television show other than it’s enjoyable to watch.

ER seems to agree with this. “I was hesitant to watch it at first, because I thought it would be too cheesy. But I actually enjoyed it.” However, she usually only watches the show when her friends are around. She probably wouldn’t have sought it out herself. This might speak to the social dynamic that television plays in our lives. Half the shows we watch are because other people started watching them first. There are often a number of shows that people learn to appreciate through mere exposure. With water cooler talk still being an important part of social interaction, it benefits people to share television shows with groups of friends. It can also benefit future interactions as icebreakers and general pop culture knowledge. This has been proven true over and over, especially with sudden popular shows like Glee. There are so many fans, and so many people with complaints, that bringing up the show it sure it start an interesting conversation. Whatever is new is sure to be something of a hot button topic, especially a show as bright and campy as Glee.

Glee has certainly affected many people, either through their optimistic representations of misfit high school students, or the weekly message they send out that if you want to sing, you just go ahead and sing out. It’s interesting to see a culture react as strongly as ours did to the popularity of Glee. It seemed to immediately polarize people into two groups: those who get it, and those who don’t. However, the ultimate effect of having a show that speaks to all ages – the music selection and pop culture references were obviously arranged by someone who has a great appreciation for all decades – and that portrays a positive, accepting environment for people who might not already have one, goes to show just how important a single television program can be to the general public. Part of what makes Glee so successful is the devotion of its fans. There would be no concerts, or CDs or any hope of merchandizing if the fans didn’t somehow feel connected to the show. Even though it has its faults, it’s clear to see its impact on culture and how it is both a reflection and representation of our society.

Got Time?

Aug. 20th, 2010 04:48 pm
barkinmad: (Beatles)
From [profile] momar_mole
The Two-Word Meme

1. Where is your cell phone? On bed.
2. Where is your significant other? Not applicable.
3. Your hair? Frizzy jewfro.
4. Your mother? At work.
5. Your father? On phone.
6. Your favorite thing? Film reels.
7. Your dream last night? Blanked out.
8. Your favorite drink? Watermelon vodka.
9. Your dream/goal? Screen writer.
10. The room you’re in? Sister's bedroom.
11. Your hobby? Watching television.
12. Your fear? Being alone.
13. Where you want to be in 6 years? London, England.
14. Where were you last night? Sister's bedroom.
15. What you’re not? Time effective.
16. Muffins? Only blueberry.
17. One of your wish list items? Con tickets.
18. Where you grew up? D.C. suburb.
19. The last thing you did? Watched movie.
20. What are you wearing? Pajama clothes.
21. Your TV? Very small.
22. Your pets? Still deceased.
23. Your computer? Macbook Pro.
24. Your life? Fairly hurried.
25. Your mood? Cautiously optimistic.
26. Missing someone? Of course.
27. Your car? Don't drive.
28. Something you’re not wearing? A hat.
29. Favorite store? Hate malls.
30. Your summer? Very slow.
31. Like someone? Why, yes.
32. Your favorite color? Depends daily.
33. When is the last time you laughed? Earlier today.
34. Last time you cried? Last night.

01. When was the last time you shaved? Last week?
02. Explain what ended your last relationship. Not existent.
03. What were you doing this morning at 8 a.m.? Still asleep.
04. What were you doing 15 minutes ago? Ordering books.
05. Are you any good at math? What's math?
06. Your prom night? After-prom better.
07. Do you have any famous ancestors? Not really.
08. Have you had to take a loan out for school? Not yet.
09. Do you know the words to the song on your MySpace profile? Can't remember.
10. Last thing received in the mail? Birthday card.
11. How many different beverages have you had today? About three.
12. Do you ever leave messages on people’s answering machine? When unavailable.
13. Who did you lose your CONCERT virginity to? Green Day.
14. Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach? On occasion.
15. What’s the most painful dental procedure you’ve had? Cavity fillings.
16. What is out your back door? My backyard.
17. Any plans for Friday night? Say goodbye.
18. Do you like what the ocean does to your hair? Ugh, no.
19. Have you ever received one of those big tins of 3 different popcorns? Bummed some.
20. Have you ever been to a planetarium? I think.
21. Do you re-use towels after you shower? After washing.
22. Some things you are excited about? Celebrities singing.
23. What is your favorite flavor of JELLO? Evil incarnate.
24. Describe your keychain(s)? Very jangly.
25. Where do you keep your change? Doll shoebox.
26. Last time you spoke in front of a large group of people? Oral Communication
27. What kind of winter coat do you own? Too many.
28. What was the weather like on your graduation day? Didn't care.
29. Do you sleep with the door to your room open or closed? Wide open.

And now I REALLY have to start writing.
barkinmad: (Writing Time)
the that's my favorite! meme

This could be interesting. Honestly, it you just wanted to leave concrit I would be fine with that since I would definitely like to know how to improve upon my writing.

I finished one chapter in "A Study in Scarlet" and needed to watch the first episode of Sherlock again. IT'S AN ADDICTION, GUYS, LIKE SHERLOCK TO NICOTINE PATCHES AND/OR SHAG.

I put all my homework off until the last minute again. But I mean, really, it's summer school. AOJWEFWE I JUST DON'T WANT TO WRITE ANYTHING ESSAYISH ANYMORE.
barkinmad: (All My Single Ladies)
I have claimed a prompt at [ profile] inception_bang.

I have two essays, a final exam (after the test I took today), and all my packing for school ahead of me in the next week.

One of these essays is for the class that wanted me to take Jersey Shore as a serious cultural example. Guess which class I don't give a shit about?!

I might sign up for a GameFly account so I can have my Photobucket bandwidth back. I'd split it up with all my friends so we'd only each have to pay a dollar a month, or we'd trade of paying each month in a rotation. I've already gotten two people to say yes, which means I might be taking my PS2 to college with me.

It's gotten to the point where the difference between reading my flist and reading my FB timeline is sometimes negligible. Not even close to possible two years ago. I love it.

Tell me about your life!
barkinmad: (Boo You Whore)
I am just so behind, and things are going to be getting any better. I have an exam on Thursday, a paper due Monday and then a final on Thursday. And that's just for one of my two classes. I go back to school that Saturday, and usually the next three to four days month is a collegiate blur of booze and pot and classes.


So I haven't been able to write or do anything of the sort, I've barely been able to mod [ profile] inceptionau (which, actually, doesn't seem to need much modding), and I'm afraid it's going to fail because even though it has 100 watchers (YAY!) there are only three non-mod posts. Drat. Hopefully the challenge will pick things up.

Also, can I mention that when a girl is walking really quickly through a university campus at night with a bunch of bags, it is not a good time to start chatting her up? I was passing this guy, and he was already a couple of feet behind me when he said hey, so I had to wheel around to make sure that I wasn't crazy and hearing voices or anything. My bus was leaving in four minutes across campus, and I told him such and started leaving, and he was like calling after me asking if there was another time. DUDE. I'M IN A RUSH AND I'M CLEARLY NOT INTERESTED. JUST DROP IT.

I should be interviewing people for an essay I have to write tomorrow. For a class about television, which I was REALLY excited about, it turned out to be kinda sucky. I think I'm just annoyed that I had to go back to the real world after my weekend of pure awesome. If anyone feels the need to share in my pain about the end of Sherlock, you may do so in the comments.
barkinmad: (Jean)
So yesterday, after realizing I had slept until 6:30 PM and had missed class, I pretty much refused to engage with the rest of the world. A lot of it, I think, was because I had been up for 36 hours, and it still took me two hours to get to sleep. I guess it's a good thing that I have an appointment for next Saturday.

Today was slightly better. I watched an old Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney movie that was playing on TCM. The British stereotypes greatly annoyed me, but other than that it was fun. I'm still 90% convinced that the movie was about gay jockey love. I mean, seriously, all that time together and neither one made a move on Garland? Ridiculous. Garland and Rooney belong together, in every movie.

[ profile] sixbitsforfact (is that okay? Can I use her name like that?) came over for happy hour, and then we walked into town. We stopped by Barnes & Noble and I picked up the LoTR trilogy. I already had Fellowship, but it was the version with Elijah on the cover and although I like it, I couldn't find the two other companions to that version, so I figure I can sell it or give it away. I feel a lot better having the trilogy being of the same print. If that makes sense? Anyway, it was large paperback and it only cost $30, which I think is decent considering that they look pretty nice. Then we went for ice cream, and then we walked home. Which means I haven't had dinner, but I know there's an extra pizza slice waiting for me downstairs, and some rice.

Wizard of Oz was waiting on TCM for me when I got home, as well as a movie that I spent about a year trying to track. It was finally on megaupload (and megavideo too!), and I'm really happy that I found it. It may or may not be another Mickey Rooney flick...I'm semi-obsessed with Andy Hardy.

I've almost to the end of Buffy and Angel seasons 1 and 4, but I decided to take a little break, since I feel like I've been watching too much TV on my computer. I've also decided to "not stay up all night" but I don't know how well that is going to take. I have to get up before 4 for an interview, so at least I won't sleep in all day.

There are way too many movies playing in DC for me to keep track of. As well as a bunch of plays for the DC Fringe Festival. Why was I not aware of all the amazing DC things before? Bethesda is boring as hell, I should be living in the city! But at least I've latched on now. I've always loved AFI, and in the next couple of days they're playing "Clue" and "Empire Strikes Back". I think I've missed out on seeing "Legend". Goodbye Tom Cruise on a unicorn! And then E Street is playing "Best Worst Movie" which I've been dying to see for years. There's no way I'm missing that.

Well, that seems to be it for now. I attempted a couple of poems the other day, but I haven't made any progress on that Glee fic. I think I need a plot. That seems to be a bit lacking. I haven't forgotten to clean up [ profile] sitrow, I just...haven't done it yet. Oh well. Such is life.
barkinmad: (The Monkees)
This is an interesting story about how I'm totally insane.

Recently, I discovered.... )

P.S. I'm taking a German film class and there are a bunch of people I'm friends with taking it with me. There are six of us and our collective identities include: German history nerds, culture whores/film enthusiasts, Jewish or about-to-be Jewish people, snarky commenters. There is quite a bit of overlap and we all sat in a little group at the back of the class. We watched a movie tonight that dealt with a refugee WWII Jewish family. I'm pretty sure everyone else in the class hated us.

Still creeps into my mind now and then, even today.

ETA: Oh great. Episode 11 of Middleman is apparently infested with OSDW references, so now I have to watch it.

ETA 2: I've decided. I'm not crazy about this show as a college student, but I'm forcing my kids to watch it.
barkinmad: (*faceplant*)
Today in English we're reading this play called "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" by Tom Stoppard. It's basically a "we know school is over but he's something to do" activity, and the play is actually pretty interesting ("Hamlet" turned inside out). Now, my teacher is known in school for his absolute awkwardness and his obsession with sex in literature. I'm not even joking. It's not dangerous or anything, it's just kind of creepy. So I'm reading the part of Rosencrantz, and there's a bit of sexual innuendo going on where he's all "Thirty-eight? Is that part of your...tableaux?" and the teacher stops to point out what's there. AND BEFORE I CAN STOP MYSELF I say "Yeah, like sixty-" AND THEN I COVER MY MOUTH WITH MY HANDS BUT IT WAS TOO LATE BECAUSE HE HAD LATCHED ON AND SAID IT TO THE REST OF THE CLASS AGAIN. GOOD GOD AM I STUPID.

Good times, good times.
barkinmad: (Solo)
Thank you to everyone who sent me virtual gifts!

My paid account expired. As much as I love love love my icons, I'm not sure if it's worth buying back. IDK, I'm very deep in financial straits right now.

Also, busy as hell. I hate essays and finals and the fact that everyone is busy.
barkinmad: (Ringo)
I'm trying to drown out my sister watching "Jon and Kate Plus 8" with The Monkees. I think I'm winning, but the fact that she's watching makes me feel icky inside.

My camera! I finally got my camera, and this is roughly what it looks like:

No, wait wait! This is it:

I love EVERYTHING about it (the picture is fantastic and clear and squee-worthy!) but the dial is a little annoying sometimes and I don't think that it has macro, unless it's hidden somewhere. Which means no flower close-ups. I'm going to check the manual to see what's up with that. But the zoom is GREAT. I'm so in love with it.

Sorry for the spaminosity of my posts lately, I promise that is the last for today's ramblings. Yesterday took pretty much 24 hours to compile and responding to comments (although I love them, being I'm a comment!whore and all) was a bitch.

I got out of my internship early so I could watch the Jackson memorial because they basically ran out of things for me to do. All while listening to Pandora and tweeting incessantly. I listened to two versions of "Instant Karma" and multiple live songs by McCartney. Not that I mind, but you think they'd be able to play more songs off of their many many albums. ALSO! I said I wouldn't spam, so I'm not going to post a picture, but I discovered Paul's live album cover that parodies Abbey Road. WTF? Half of me wanted to laugh and the other half wanted to cry.

Two-for-Tuesday pizza at Mama Lucia's! \o/ LOL it's totally worth mentioning.



May. 22nd, 2008 02:06 am
barkinmad: (*faceplant*)
Okay, how the FUCK is it 2:00 already?!?

Just because I spent all day watching the Big Fat Quiz Show and The Mighty Boosh and Secret Diary of a Call Girl does NOT mean I wasted my day when I should have been doing Math/Theater.

I'm so, so screwed.
barkinmad: (Doctors)
My mom was doing the crossword, and the clue was "Highland musician". I yell out "PIPER!" but she had already gotten it D:

In related news, I got "The Mind Robber" on DVD from Netflix today to get access to all the special features. I couldn't really watch the entire Frazer Hines interview because I would have been spoiled for the Five and the Two Doctors, but of what I saw I thought it was pretty good. I actually don't think the commentary is that great, I think it was better for The Seeds of Death, but that's mainly because I'm in it for the giggles. I do enjoy it enough when they talk about how they filmed it and everything, so it was good for that. A lot of it seems to be the same stories over and over again. IDK, I don't want to complain, because it's all great.

I'm trying to learn guitar (or at least learn a couple of Mraz songs) but all the sheet music I find requires money! Phooey. I'm all for supporting the artists and all, but I want my songs! I hate not having a credit card.


May. 7th, 2008 10:22 pm
barkinmad: (Default)
I wrote three History essays today, so come cheer me up!

i love you. i want you. right now: the love meme
barkinmad: (Default)
Cookie: LOL, what is that?
Beanie: Peter
Cookie: ROFL

Final Product

I fell asleep in bed with my clothes on yesterday. As a result, I had to do my English questions this morning. And he didn't even collect them (fair enough, considering that I got most of them wrong despite having read the majority of the section).

I'm almost done with The War Games. It's making me sad, I'm not sure I'm ready to meet the new doctor. Troughton has grown on me in a way that Hartnell never did (I'm not sure Hartnell ever grew on me at all, I've never been able to see the grandpa comparison). So goodbye to Jamie AND to the Second Doctor? Bleeecch.

Jamie - Dashboard Confessional

One of these days I'm going to post the CD mix I made for Beloved, but that means I'd have to upload all the songs.

I should probably watch Mysterious Skin before I go to Beloit for the weekend. More Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whoo!

I DON'T abbreviate everything, right? [ profile] squeegee_burble has it all wrong. In relation, it's really cool to type when your head is sideways. It just shines a whole new light on the experience.

When I go to a Jason Mraz concert, and if he asks what song he should play next? I'm going to yell out "Little You and I Both!"; and if people stare at me like I'm retarded because I don't know they're two separate songs? I'll just tell them that I like hearing them back to back. Because I do.

As long as the post is being made, I'm going to pimp out my Script Frenzy work again. You know, the TV pilot I'm writing over at [ profile] sitrow. I made it partly friends only, but ya'll know I'm easy, so it shouldn't be too hard to get a pass inside.
barkinmad: (Tie Me Up)
It's a wonderful, wonderful thing.

In other news, when was the last time I did homework?

Link me to your Torchwood reviews! I'm too lazy to go back through my flish (which is steadily getting longer and longer as I cram it with people. I love you all so much!) but I know I saw at least three reaction posts in the past two days. I'm about to watch the season finale (I'm assuming it's a two-parter) so I'm all ready for recaps of Adrift, WS, and...whatever the last one is called. Liiiiink!

I'm pretty much watching it all now so that I can move on to the new DW episode! (Don't ask me about it, it's another weird chronological OCD thing.)

I kinda really, really love Jared. But have not seen video of either conventions from the past two weekends. I know it's on Wiki but a) I don't feel like I have time, and b) I might just be a tad jealous, because arrangements for Comic-Con are getting so complicated. I feel like I'm asking my friends for too much. I know they love me, and I'm so grateful, but really, how far can I strain this?

Hopefully I'll get more writing done tomorrow, seeing as how I've spent the last three days unable to move forward because of my character problem (which has now been fixed).

Currently, I have a 70% in History. But there are two things that I haven't turned in that my teacher has not given me zeros for yet. This is not good. I'm going to talk to him tomorrow.

So, I never really got an answer. Supernatural IS going to Comic-Con, right? Right?
barkinmad: (*faceplant*)
Sooooo, I posted Wendigo. Hopefully I'll be able to get MM done quickly soon, but I have to find a new screencap supplier.

I also have to write my Heath Ledger editorial today.

And I have a bunch of IB orals coming up.

.....I'm actually surprisingly calm.
barkinmad: (Default)
<----------DO YOU SEE IT? DO YOU?!?!

I love you [ profile] kissrocks. I really, truly do. You don't even know!





WITH RYAN PHILLIPE. (Who I don't care about as much, but he grew on me during my multiple viewings of "Cruel Intentions").


You, like, can't tell it's a movie poster (it actually looks like one of those photographs from 1919, Y/N?), but it is. It's called "Stop Loss" and it's in the mainstream movie theater. This is Big Stuff, and I think Gordon-Levitt deserves it. He should still totally do indie flicks though, gotta keep those brain cells.

....Screw Stalin, okay? Guy was a bastard anyway...
barkinmad: (Circle of Life)


I had exams today:

I probably failed Math, but eh, wasn't expecting better.

This is the product of Spanish:

gnoS sdrawkcaB eht si sihT
gnola gnis dna drawrof ti yalP
gnorts ti tih dna drohc a kciP
gnoS sdrawkcaB eht ot gnolA

hguone raf t'nia syawediS
hguot t'nia tsuj nwod-edispU
ffulb eht llac ot hguone
.hguone hguot s'taht gnos eht ot

Hope you enjoy it.

I made it to the Second Doctor!!!!! Do you know what this means? PROGRESS!!!! But also, unfortunately, many more "reconstructed" episodes. We'll see how long I can stand it.

Tomorrow I have English and History, History being the one I'm more concerned about. We'll see when my friends get on. Until then, I think I might either write (I still have that GG fic) or watch more OSDW.

My dad and I just had a huge laugh about how my mom didn't think e-mail was connected to the internet. I'm actually being serious.


Dec. 10th, 2007 09:38 pm
barkinmad: (Coffee)
1. Go to the Wikipedia home page
2. Click "Random article."—This is your band name.
3. Click "Random article" again.—This is your album's name.
4. Do this fifteen more times—These are tracks 1–15 on your album.

This Should Be Interesting )


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