Posts tagged ‘communication’

Crystal Balls

I suck at this blogging business (cue beginning of usual self-depreciating paragraph). I guess keeping a regular record of the happenings in my life just isn’t for me; clearly my penchant for blogging is much more sporadic than I would like. As usual I would like to bring my school defense up to the stand, for the past three weeks I have had the most ridiculous concentration of assignments in my life – week 1, paper; week 2, 3 papers; week 3, 1 paper 2 presentations and an exam, and this week (week 4) I have three papers all due on Thursday/Friday.

It’s funny because when I’m in the midst of all this assignment writing and stressing and drinking a bajillion cups of coffee and pulling my hair out and trying to hide out in the UBC library so I can stay overnight (half kidding) I absolutely despise being a student. But then I finish and I get that feeling of accomplishment; that despite this seemingly unsurmountable pile of papers, presentations, exams, research projects…I TOTALLY DID IT. And I think besides that, being a student is amazing just because your job is to learn. How kick ass is that?

I bring this up now because recently I have been giving some thought as to what I want to pursue following my graduation. As of now I’m on track to graduate in 2011 or 2012, with a BA in Communication with Honours (although recently I’ve been throwing around the idea of minoring in Dialogue). I’m almost positive that I do not want to go into a Communications-related field as a career (i.e., public relations/marketing/publicity/broadcasting, the like). However, I don’t know much beyond that and recently I’ve begun toying with the idea of going into grad school. Any form of grad school really, as I’ve been thinking about law school since I knew what a lawyer was, but also possibly a Masters program. As to what I might study, I think I’d want to do something Communications/Sociology related, maybe public policy even. Anyways, my point is…what is an interesting/good program to look at? There’s just so much information out there that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. It’d be so helpful if someone gave me a direction to look at!

Besides, that though…10 more days till California.

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December 6 2009 at 11:27 pm Leave a comment

Distractions

At the moment, I should be writing a 10-15 pager on the New International Division of Labour in Major League Baseball and how it exemplifies Arjun Appadurai’s Theoretical Framework of the 5 scapes, and also how globalization is essentially a driver for profit-making.

But as you can clearly see, I’m not.

In my defense, I’m on page 10 and I’ve only got about 2-4 pages to go, and it is only approximately 4 o’clock on Monday, meaning I have a good 22 hours or so to finish it up before it’s due.

Unfortunately, while I am writing this there is a nagging voice at the back of my head saying “you.  should.  not.  be.  doing.  this.”  TOO BAD.  As such, I’ve decided to devote today’s entry to the oh-so-fabulous and mostly mundane things that take up my time and distract me from the things I should be doing – oh, like writing a paper, for instance.  Aha!  Another list:

  1. Facebook (duh)
    Honestly, I don’t even know what magical force somehow magnetically draws my fingers to type “www.facebook.com” every 15 minutes or so, but I can tell you that I HATE IT.  There isn’t even anything on it to look at (really), except for pictures.  Yeah, I love the pictures that people post on Facebook.  However, I can see a new social networking medium that is starting to consume more and more of my time (and possibly replacing Facebook, oh the HORROR!) and that is…
  2. Twitter
    As you can see, I have my lovely Twitter feed inserted into my blog because I feel it is THAT vital to my life.  When I was first introduced to Twitter I was kind of apprehensive as the idea of blogging every few minutes like some people do kind of freaks me out, but it’s so much more casual than actually blogging and SO MUCH EASIER.  That said, I’ve always been a really wordy person so sometimes I find it impossibly difficult to fit my thoughts into what – 140? 150? characters.  In any case, I think it’s a whole lot of fun, and I love seeing the links that other people have to share!
  3. Online shopping
    Especially on Sephora and Forever 21.  This is a double-edged sword because not only is it a time waster but a HUGE money waster, because I always end up buying stuff I don’t need (I’m talking to YOU, Forever 21)!  Coupled with crazy shipping costs and I’m pretty much an unproductive, broke-ass student wasting time online!  But seriously, online shopping is one of the greatest inventions known to man, besides Steve Jobs (yes, I’m convinced he’s a robot) and you know, the wheel and penicillin, and all that jazz *cue Chicago dance sequence
  4. Cleaning
    Now here’s a little something I love to do when there’s something I really hate to do.  It’s this weird thing of mine, cleaning when I’m supposed to be doing homework, and I don’t mean just tidying cleaning, but the whole nine yards cleaning – vaccuuming, windexing, dusting, reorganizing and alphabetizing, sanitizing (insert other cleaning-related verbs here).  I think I justify it by arguing (in my head) that it’s also something productive to do.  But honestly, it’s totally just an excuse.  Go self-argumentation, where would I be without you.
  5. Watch House/The Office/Mad Men/How I Met Your Mother/Gossip Girl
    Especially bad since I own DVDs of almost all of them, meaning they are readily accessible and waiting for my lingering eyes and grubby fingers to grab them and insert them into the oh-so-sleek and appealing DVD player for my own personal viewing pleasure (weird sentence, I admit).  But seriously, there’s nothing like a little B + S and xoxo Gossip Girl, or better yet, BARNEY STINSON, to take you out of your rut!

Here is unfortunately where my list will have to end; however, I do not create it under the pretenses of it being at all exhaustive.  Given my short attention span for anything and everything, this list really does have the potential to be miles and miles long (but I’ll spare all of you that).

June 15 2009 at 3:16 pm 2 comments

The New Idiom of Daily Life

Recently, all my communications classes have started to make me feel really guilty.  Guilty about the fact that I willingly allow myself to become co-opted into buying more things, into this vicious cycle of consumerism that undoubtedly has no end, at least as we know it.  It’s strange because I’ve known for so long that buying things don’t make me happy.  Consumption, or at least impulse buying, only ever gives me a temporary dose of happiness, and after that brief two or three hours I feel the same.

Yet I continue to participate in this horrible, horrible cycle of consumerism that is not only causing me to participate in this system that essentially promises discontent, but also creates a ridiculous amount of waste.  It’s destroying our earth.  And us.  And yet we all continue to do it.

Part of the reason I am discussing this now is because of the recent news that a man got trampled at a Wal-Mart during Black Friday sales.  I think this is a perfect example of consumerism (at its finest?); that people are able to do something so horrible to another human being and not be concerned or show remorse for their role in the accident.  I know that it’s likely that the media sensationalized this, but the fact remains: that people just continued shopping.  That makes me sick.  It really, really makes me sick.

It’s in losing our ability to care for others that we become less human, I think.

November 29 2008 at 12:51 am Leave a comment

Big Screen Version

I’m studying for my CMNS 253 midterm, and my prof always includes youtube videos relevant to what we’re studying (it’s an information technology class)…anyways.  He added this one about Fox News and it made me laugh so hard; it’s an example of the commodification of the news and the decline of the public sphere through trivialization of debate (as described by Jurgen Habermas).

So for your enjoyment,

Back to studying!

October 12 2008 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment


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