Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Whats Your Favorite Addiction??




We all know that each spring and fall there are atleast one or more shows that pull and drag us to sit infront of our t.v's every week, same place, same time, just to see whats going to happen next. I know alot of people, girls in particular, who would block off their whole evening just to watch their favorite show. Like the O.C. for example, for as long as that show has been running there have been O.C. fanatics who would have O.C. sleep over parties just to watch the show. I personaly never got into it but i have yet to miss an episode or Entourage on HBO.

This past fall there have been many shows that have recived high reviews and praise from views alike. From the list of about 12 of the main sitcoms, lets break down three of them for thoses of you who might not have been around a t.v in the last four months.

The first show that recived a five star ranking by its viewers was Friday Night Lights. That show was based on the book and the motion picture, where it follows a group of young highschool boys through their highschool football season, in the football crazed town of Odessa Texas. Personaly I love football, but I just could never get into the show. It was more about drama and less about the sport. I gave it 3 &1/2 stars, best comparison is O.C. meets Monday NIght Football.

The next show that was very popular in 2006 was Greys Anatomy. In the show they follow around a group of young college kids as they are trying to break into the doctor bussiness. I personaly like this show alot because it has a gret mix of humor, drama, and it always has you guessing. I gave it 4 &1/2 stars, best comparison is Dallas meets E.R

The last sitcome thatdid very well again this fall season was Desperate House Wives. Ive been an avid watcher of the show from its begining show three years ago and have seen most of the episodes sence then. I mean who dosnt like to see beautiful women do funny things and see how they plot and sceme against each other. It has the perfect blend of sex apeal ( see eva longoira http://www.evalongoria.com/), a never ending twisting plot, humor,and drama. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars, best comparison is eventhough there really isnt one is, Sex in the city meets Leave it to Beaver.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

R.I.P ED BRADLEY


Early this morning, November 9th 2006, world renowned reporter and journalist Ed Bradley passed away due to comlications from his ilness of leukimea at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York at the age of 65. I know that the death of a person is not something that is very interesting but I felt that being that this is a communications class that a tribute to Mr. Bradley was in order. Born to a single parent home in 1941, Bradley saw his first action as a field reporter covering the Philidelphia riots during the 1960's. He then went on form there to cover the Paris Peace Talks and the Vietnam War where he got hit by a stray bullet. Most of you including myself will remeber and best know Ed Bradley for his award winning work on CBS News' 60 Minutes. On his time working for CBS between 1981 and 2006, Bradley won the Emmy award 19 times, the Robbert F. Kennedy Journalism award, and was most noted for his report on adis in Africa titled " Death by Denial", which earned him the Peabody award. All in all watching 60 Minutes on T.V will never be the same to me without Ed Bradley who I always looked up to being that he is a great African -American journalist and broadcaster, which is what I want to be when im finished with school. As an African-American society I feel taht we need more role modles like Mr. Bradley who are in high stature positions for our youth to see. He will b greatley missed by all. Best wishes and condolences to his family and close friends. R.I.P ED BRADLEY...................

Thursday, November 02, 2006

MEDIA IS CONTROLING HIP-HOP


On televison and radio today we are only allowed to hear and see what the corporate owners want us to see. In my mind hip-hop as an art has diminished greatly especially in the last five years. It seems as though anyone today can become a rapper if they have a catchy lil song. For example, new sixteen year old artist Jibbs and his single Chain Hang Low. I'm shure that all of you have heard it, its almost impossible to have not heard it being that it is currently ranked at number seven on Billboards top 100 list. A hood spin off of the childhood song do your ears hang low, Jibbs song is exactly what new corporate owners are looking for. For one they know that its catchy so it will get stuck in your head, but they also know that it is very suburben friednly because it isn't very "hard core" or "gangster". On the other end there is the new Game cd Doctors Advocate, which has about five tracks that have a chance to go platinum yet they get no air play and no tevlivison except for on BET which is known for hip- hop music. As of right now the three best rappers who still have some lyrical content, which is the quality of their words and the way that they weave them together to make their music not the lil catchy hook to keep you focused on that instead of their week ass rymes, are Lil Wayne, The Game, now Nas who is making a comeback. Thoses artist make fire tracks, all of their albums I can listen to track 1-18, unlike Jibbs who only has one other decent track. Yet they dont get as mutch air play becasue they still represent what "white" america and the corparations are afraid off, hard street rappers who speak their mind and who bring up issues that people dont wanna talk about and who look like "gangsters" and who are well off and prosperous. I can attribute thats to the sensorship of the media. By not allowing Americans to hear good music that is true to the molds of REAL hip-hop, artist are now forced to make not as high a quality tracks but catchy enough and "clean" enough to be played nation wide and make the little money that they are promised on their contract. So if your like me and feel that the music being overplayed on the radio and tired of cheep music videos, and hear white girls singing the hook ( no offense but you do, but i still love you all) then blame the media for controlling what we see ,hear and suggest about what we should think.
1 im GHOST~~~

Thursday, October 12, 2006

What would T.V be without them...............................?


From the time tat we are little we have watched t.v. We all had our favorite shows growing up like Ninja Turtles, Barney, or Sesame Street. While there were all these shows going on at the time there were a few shows that grew to become three of the most important tv shows to ever be made. The first show is The Cosby Show which aired from 1984-1992 running eight seasons. The Cosby Show won six emeys, three gold globes, five NCAAP Image Awards, and a Pebody award during its tenure. What made the cosby show soo great was that it was the only show of its time to have a nation wide audience of both black and white viewers to as show where all the characters were African-American. How could you not love the Cosby's and lil Trudy. Another aspect of the Cosby Show was that it was the only show to portray an African-American family as well off and prosperous, a normal family, with traditional family values and not make race a huge factor of their lives. At the time this was great because it gave a positive message to Blacks in the U.S. that life did'nt have to be all about race.

Next is The Simpsons, which I can remeber watching as loong as I can remember. The Simpsons is the longest running American sitcom of all time, running from December 17, 1989 till the present day, spanning a 381 episodes. The simpsons was the first show to address political, and all isusses of everyday life while making it funny and showing middle-class suburban life. The simpons is also vey important because they are the mold by which all cartoon sitcoms are based today and where every show gets it's ideas from because like they say the Simpsons have done it all.

The last show that I feel is important is more recent but just as relevant, Survivor. Survivor hit the sceen in the early 2k taking the U.S by storm. During the first season thats all everyone was talking about. Sence then there have been many other survivors based in different parts of the world. Yet the show is important because it started the reality tv craze that is still going strong to this day. Everywhere you look now on tv there is some kind of reality show coming out the latest hit and my new favorite is FLAVA FLAVE!

So when your watching a cartoon or Next Top Model, or Sister Sister be thankfull of the shows that came before them and laid the ground work for what we enjoy today. And I just gotta say it again FLAVA FLAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Kite Runner..........



In almost every facit of everyday life we all encounter some for or another of propaganda. Wether its a bilboard advertising McDonalds as the best burger or even the tabloids saying that Terrell Owens tried to kill himself, propaganda is every where. Books are no different, people can write books to make you belive anything that they want you too, especially if its written well enough. The novel The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini is a perfect example of a book containing propaganda, yet I feel that it is good and not bad propaganda.

I feel that this book has alot of ties with September 11th. After the bombings of the world trade center the whole world of Islam was thrown under a microscope. The focus became on finding the leader of a terrorist group, theTaliban, Osama Bin Laden who had been responsable for the attacks. From there, then everyone started looking toward the middle east and a specific country that was harbering Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban, Afganistan. Soon after that the United States moved in and has since been in a war " against terrorism", fighting against the Taliban in Afganistan. I don't know about anyone else but until September 11th I had never heard of the Taliban, or terroist, and I didn't even know where Afganistan was. Yet soon after I just came to the conclusion that all Middle Eastern people practiced Islam and that they hatted all Americans. I know that now to not be completly true but thats what we were taught and shown by the propaganda here in the United States.

Here is where I feel that the Kite Runner is a great book, that uses good propaganda to get its message across. The Kite Runner is a story about a young boy named Amir and his best friend Hassan. The book goes though a flash-back type form where Amir is telling the story as he remebers it happening. Thoughout the novel Amir has to deal with the fact that he never met his mother, the unacceptance that his father has for him, his religion, and the horrible guilt that he holds inside him for allowing his bestfriend Hassan to be rapped and then framded for stealing. While reading the book I realized that there was an underlying theme that I was missing. Hosseini was painting a picture of what Afganistan was like before, during, and after the Russian or Soviet invasion during the 1980's. Early in his childhood Amir describes Afganistan as a nice, quite, and easy place to live and grow up. There is no mention of Taliban leaders or people wanting to bomb America. Later on in the story as the invasion by the Soviets begins you strat to see a change in the way people act. A group of men form a group to rebel agaisnt the Soviets. That group turns out to become the start of the Taliban. Then fastforwarding to the present day you can see the Afganistan that we all know today, poor, curupt and run by the Taliban which gained power after the Soviets left.

Another aspect that Hosseini incorperates that I like was describing the two different forms of Islam. For me and alot of people, I didn't know that there were different types of Islam and different ways to practice and worship that religion. The author in a way kind of hints that like Christianity, there are many different religions under the same sect. And with thoses religions comes different ways to practice and worship. For example, my friend is Catholic and I'm Baptist. When I went to one of his churches masses i realized that it was completly different yet we both gave thanks and praise to Jesus. The same thing goes for Amir who is Sunni and his friend Hassan who is a Shi'a. This difference in religion though is a major factor in the story. It is this reason that Hassan gets harrased and why he is Amirs' servent.

The story goes on to where after Amir has Hassan fired because he can not confront him, and him and his father flee the oncoming invasion by moving to the United States to live out their lives. While living in the states Amir is faced everyday with the guilt of what he did to his friend, by not helping him and then getting him fired all because he wanted to gain favor from his fahther for once in his life, he questions wether or not he made the right descison. Then one day he gets a call from his fathers old friend that he must come back and pay his debt to Hassan, so Amir takes a trip back to his homeland. There he finds Hassans orphanded son and has to rescue him from Assef, the bully from when Amir was younger, who is a Talib. In the fight Amir is saved by Sohrab and his sling shot. After bringing Sohrab to the states to live with him, Amir has a hard time getting the young boy to get out of his shell. Yet at the end of the book, Sohrab finally opens up after a kite flying contets. Just like the one that Amir one back home all thoes years ago.

All in all I felt that the Kite Runner was a great book. After reading it my view of the Afagnistan people and their culture of Islam greatly changed. I never knew that before the Russians invaded that it was a nicer happier place without all the poverty and extremist I see today. I alos never knew that there were different sects of Islam and that not all people who practice it are bent on holy war. I know have more of an open mind toward the issues in the middle east. So like I said before, the Kite Runner is a great use of GOOD propaganda to open peoples eyes to what its is really like over there and to not be soo judgement in a time shortly after September 11th where we were all ready to fire on the first thing that resembled the Middle East. Good job Mr. Hosseini.
The Kite Runner..........



In almost every facit of everyday life we all encounter some for or another of propaganda. Wether its a bilboard advertising McDonalds as the best burger or even the tabloids saying that Terrell Owens tried to kill himself, propaganda is every where. Books are no different, people can write books to make you belive anything that they want you too, especially if its written well enough. The novel The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini is a perfect example of a book containing propaganda, yet I feel that it is good and not bad propaganda.

I feel that this book has alot of ties with September 11th. After the bombings of the world trade center the whole world of Islam was thrown under a microscope. The focus became on finding the leader of a terrorist group, theTaliban, Osama Bin Laden who had been responsable for the attacks. From there, then everyone started looking toward the middle east and a specific country that was harbering Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban, Afganistan. Soon after that the United States moved in and has since been in a war " against terrorism", fighting against the Taliban in Afganistan. I don't know about anyone else but until September 11th I had never heard of the Taliban, or terroist, and I didn't even know where Afganistan was. Yet soon after I just came to the conclusion that all Middle Eastern people practiced Islam and that they hatted all Americans. I know that now to not be completly true but thats what we were taught and shown by the propaganda here in the United States.

Here is where I feel that the Kite Runner is a great book, that uses good propaganda to get its message across. The Kite Runner is a story about a young boy named Amir and his best friend Hassan. The book goes though a flash-back type form where Amir is telling the story as he remebers it happening. Thoughout the novel Amir has to deal with the fact that he never met his mother, the unacceptance that his father has for him, his religion, and the horrible guilt that he holds inside him for allowing his bestfriend Hassan to be rapped and then framded for stealing. While reading the book I realized that there was an underlying theme that I was missing. Hosseini was painting a picture of what Afganistan was like before, during, and after the Russian or Soviet invasion during the 1980's. Early in his childhood Amir describes Afganistan as a nice, quite, and easy place to live and grow up. There is no mention of Taliban leaders or people wanting to bomb America. Later on in the story as the invasion by the Soviets begins you strat to see a change in the way people act. A group of men form a group to rebel agaisnt the Soviets. That group turns out to become the start of the Taliban. Then fastforwarding to the present day you can see the Afganistan that we all know today, poor, curupt and run by the Taliban which gained power after the Soviets left.

Another aspect that Hosseini incorperates that I like was describing the two different forms of Islam. For me and alot of people, I didn't know that there were different types of Islam and different ways to practice and worship that religion. The author in a way kind of hints that like Christianity, there are many different religions under the same sect. And with thoses religions comes different ways to practice and worship. For example, my friend is Catholic and I'm Baptist. When I went to one of his churches masses i realized that it was completly different yet we both gave thanks and praise to Jesus. The same thing goes for Amir who is Sunni and his friend Hassan who is a Shi'a. This difference in religion though is a major factor in the story. It is this reason that Hassan gets harrased and why he is Amirs' servent.

The story goes on to where after Amir has Hassan fired because he can not confront him, and him and his father flee the oncoming invasion by moving to the United States to live out their lives. While living in the states Amir is faced everyday with the guilt of what he did to his friend, by not helping him and then getting him fired all because he wanted to gain favor from his fahther for once in his life, he questions wether or not he made the right descison. Then one day he gets a call from his fathers old friend that he must come back and pay his debt to Hassan, so Amir takes a trip back to his homeland. There he finds Hassans orphanded son and has to rescue him from Assef, the bully from when Amir was younger, who is a Talib. In the fight Amir is saved by Sohrab and his sling shot. After bringing Sohrab to the states to live with him, Amir has a hard time getting the young boy to get out of his shell. Yet at the end of the book, Sohrab finally opens up after a kite flying contets. Just like the one that Amir one back home all thoes years ago.

All in all I felt that the Kite Runner was a great book. After reading it my view of the Afagnistan people and their culture of Islam greatly changed. I never knew that before the Russians invaded that it was a nicer happier place without all the poverty and extremist I see today. I alos never knew that there were different sects of Islam and that not all people who practice it are bent on holy war. I know have more of an open mind toward the issues in the middle east. So like I said before, the Kite Runner is a great use of GOOD propaganda to open peoples eyes to what its is really like over there and to not be soo judgement in a time shortly after September 11th where we were all ready to fire on the first thing that resembled the Middle East. Good job Mr. Hosseini.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Jackass 2..................yes they made another one


Well for all of you out there that have not been looking at the new up coming moives for this month, let me be the first to tell you that Jackass 2 is coming out tomorrow in theatres nation wide. It's first film, Jackass, based of their televison show on MTV was released in 2002. All of the move critics deemed it as crude, repulsive, and and down right disgusting. Yet if you ask anyone who saw the moive they would tell you that it was hilairous, rolling on the floor funny. Well for those of you who have not seen the first one have no fear, Jackass 2 looks to have the same kind of mind blowing antics as the first and might have even gone a little further in their new film. Still led by Jonny Knoxville, him and his crew lead you through just stupid, pain filled pranks. A word of caution to those with a week stomach, u might wanna bring a barf bag because you might get grossed out with disbelief.

So if you love people getting rammed by a bull, getting bitten by anaconda snakes, and snorting wasabi, then you'll love Jackass the moive 2! personally I can't wait to watch it. I love people getting jacked up for fun, I'm just glad thats its them not me. So here is the link to the moive trailer on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i31x45_wctc , check it out and see if its something that you would wanna see. I promise that you'll laguh you ass off, even if they could have died doing the prank.Some of the stunts will make you wonder how none of them have ever seriously been injured or even killed. All that shows me is that they really are proffesional JACKASSES.....................

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Propaganda................


Propaganda. What exactly is that? I know that the first thing that came to my mind when asked that question was that propaganda was a bad thing that was used in govermental elections to bash on the apposing candadet. But by dictionary definition propaganda is is a specific type of message, or presentation directly aimed at influencing the opinion or behavior of people. So now that you think about it we have been exposed to propaganda our who lives. Remeber when you were little and you were watching staurday morning cartoons and then on the comercial you saw the new Power Rangers super action figures. The comercial made it seem like thoses were the best toys in the whole world and if u didnt get one then you wern't cool. Thats propaganda at its finest. It is essentially the job or marketers to use propaganda to sell their product. A perfect example of propaganda happened to my last friday. I was walking on campus toward my dorm when I was stopped by this guy who was selling cd's. He asked me if I liked rap music and I told him yes i lobve it. He then proceded to tell me that he had the best Bay Area mixtape by his group called D.B.'Z.....who had just been signed to E-40's lable. he said that he was going to give me a deal and sell it to me for 5 dollars, which was worth the price for 23 songs. All I had was 3 dollars but he said ok and to give hime feedback on what i thought of it next time taht I saw him. The cd was good but not the best taht I've heard. The reason why this is a perfect example of propaganda is because he told me that it was the BEST mixtape in the bay, which is technicallty impossible to determine considering all the thousdans of mixtapes and that every other person has a different taste in what they think is good and bad. But he did his job, he got me to buy it and take a listen to his Cd. All in all propaganda is around us and is a part of our everyday lives, the thing is not to look at it as a bad thing rather as a usufull tool to get ur point accross and your job done.
ghost~