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~

Thursday, September 14, 2006

HIP HOP IS CHANGING


Like all forms of music and things and trends in life things go through chnages. Well there is a new element to the rap game and that is skateboarding. Yes I said skateboarding. When I first heard the single "kick push" by Chicago rapper Lupie Fiasco, I liked it alot but there was a part of me like so many others that was hesitant to imbrace the new song and fad. Because in rap there is a type of street credibility that goes with being a rapper. And the fact that he was talking about skateboarding to me just didn't seem right, it was'nt hard it wasn't street. Basically what I'm talking abou it a clash of two very different cultures into one. You have skateboarding which is the extreem suburban lifestyle, mostly known as a sport done by white people, and Rap which like i said before is all about your street credibility. All in all Lupie Fiasco's song and world renowned track maker and rapper Pharrell Willams new company and clothing line have indirectly mereged two worlds. If you wanna look at it as another way that "black and white" have come together. Though not an easy transition to get accepptance, the two artist have become a smash hit. You now here everyone listing to their tracks. So just a little note to all of you, have and oppened mind and especially and open ear the next time you hear some music thats "not" supposed to be made, because like I figured out, its all about the MUSIC.........SKATEBOARD P BABY

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Stackin Chips

Lets say for a minute that there were no record companies at all to promote, set up shows and to a certain extent make money for your, or for the sake of this post "my" group or band. What would you do?

To me the answer is pretty simple. I would just do for myself what the record companies did. Alot of the hottest artists in the rap game had to, or are self-promoting themselfs without any help from record companies. To distribute my music I would make about a thousand copies of my best track, aslo known as a single, and two more songs and put them on a cd. I would then have all my friends and the people that I'm working with give thoses out for free at all the music stores and local hangouts where I live becasue there is no better place to get respect and known than in your own town. I would then try to get my record played on the local radio station and tell people what event we were going to be playing at. At the venue I would get paid for performing, and I would also at this point that people want my music I would sell that same three song demo cd for about five to seven dollars. Another area of media that I would use to promote my new cd relse or group would be on myspace. I know that myspace sounds corny but soo many people are on it its a great way to let fans of urs to listen to a few songs and get to look up ur upcoming events and get to know a little more about you. With myspace you automaticaly become accessable WORLDWIDE. Then lastly I would put up my new cd on iTunes, which is a music data base where people can buy music. They would have to pay about a dollar per song or about seventeen dollars for the full cd which is alot cheeper than what it would seel for in stores.
Like I said, without the record companies I would just promote myself like great underground artitst like up and coming rapper Papose. Give people just a taste, but make that tase soo good that they come begging back for more and will pay to get it......and at the end of the day you'll be stackin them chips

Monday, September 04, 2006

When first asked the question, what kind of of media consumer I was, I imidiatly jumped to the conclusion that all I did was watch television. Yet then apon a great deal more thinking I realized that I enjoy all aspects of media. Every friday when I'm off from school and practice I like to sit in the morning and read the soocial and sports section of the USA Today newspaper. That way in my mind I can see who the experts picked to win that up coming weekand and also catch up on all the other things that are going on in the world that I might have missed during a bussy week of school and other activites. Then there is probably my favorite type of media, music. I probably couldnt do anything in this world without some kind of music. For example, every morning when I have to wake up early early, as in the sun is still sleeping, for practice I like to put on a little gosple or some old school funk music to wake me up and get a good groove feeling going to start off my day. I also use music to help shortin my walks to class by using my ipod and even to get me focused and pumped up to play games on Saturday. The way I look at it music is in my blood and I will always love it and continue to use it. Then lastly of course is the most used of the media, television. As of right now I have been to lazy to fully hook up my cable box in my room so My Televsion consumption has gone waay down. Yet I still find ways to watch my favorite shows like sports center and The Boondocks, I just st in my roomates room and mooch off of his TV. Works perfectly for me.

So for the most part I enjoy all types of media, and have enjoyed all the advances that have been made.Well thats it for this first and late post...look for more and ALOT more to come sooner than later....peace 1~