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RantDom: Reality TV
April 5, 2012, 4:19 pm
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Bar fights and late night hook-ups have taken over television. Many nights I have had my eyes fixed to the television, consumed by this cheap entertainment called reality TV. Seeing people do the fool on national television for a large sum of money or to extend their fifteen minutes of fame — for some reason is very entertaining. However , all good things must come to an end. By this I’m referring to those shows that have run their courses  — meaning  the plot line and cast  –  are no longer entertaining. So before the show becomes a huge embarrassment, its best they just take a bow.

First example : Jersey Shore— Almost 4 years ago Snooki and Company took over Seaside and pop culture. The fist pumping , house music, tanning freaks were the hot topic everywhere. Millions flocked to the television screen,  intrigued by the way they dressed, partied and the Jersey lingo. Now  — five seasons later —  the hype has dyed down. A show about nothing can only go so far. I’m not a regular viewer of the show but from season 4 to 5 what seems to be the conflict has been Snooki’s “alleged” hook-up with Mike . Which has sparked fights between the two during the 2 seasons. That pretty much shows how far the entertainment factor has dropped. But at least the episodes are not filled with more boring Sammi and Ronni drama.

Now with cast members getting spin off shows and the announcement of a 6th season. The overexposed alarm is starting to ring very loudly. I never got the feeling that the cast members were loved …maybe likable. But now they are just annoying.

File:RealWorldSanDiego(2011)Cast.pngSecond example : Real World — The longest running show in MTV history and the first “Reality” TV show. The Real World defiantly will go down in somebodies book as one of the greatest shows on television. Now 26 seasons later its still blazing the television …almost painfully . The Real World used to be famous because of the “issues”. The show in the past dealt with issues including racism, aids/HIV, homophobia, addiction, politics , religion and more. The “issues” had some type of substance, that added something more interesting to watch for on the show — other than the fights. In the recent years the shows “issues” seem very meager compared to the “issues”,  from the shows golden years. From watching earlier seasons the cast members fought out of passion, rarely  drunkenness  comparing to now when cast members only fight when they are drunk. Also the personalities that stared on the show in the earlier years are like night and day  compared to the dull personalities gracing our television now. Everyone looks the same and even if they weren’t on the show, in actual life they still would probably be friends. Which takes away of the famous “strangers living in a house” factor.  Besides most  reality shows based on regular (boring ) people today  — aren’t that popular anyways. The interest comes when celebrities are placed in these types of situations (Bring back The Surreal Life !) . So it just seems like The Real World is on tv …just to be on TV.

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Third example:  Any dating based reality show —  To understand my disgust with this format of reality television put yourself in the shoes of a hopeful contestant competing on one of these shows —   for love. Imagine being thrown into a house with 17  other contestants —  fighting to prove your  love for a guy or girl that you’ve never met in your life. In the process of capturing this persons heart you have to compete in various task to prove that you love them — of course . And you defiantly  have to put in some overtime hours to show why your better than the rest . By exposing those who aren’t there for love and sabotaging other contestants. Oh and you also get so alone time to be with the conqueror —  that may include a steamy hot tub or if your lucky the bedroom. Where you get to swap spit with this person who has just swapped spit with 16 other people who you have to see everyday.

The people who star on dating shows must have a alternative motive — because falling in love just isn’t it . Why would people  want to look bona-fide crazy on national TV seemingly convinced they are fighting for the love of their lives. The only thing that makes these type of shows interesting are the fights and how pathetically desperate the producers can make these people look.

The reality is that reality tv — is going no where. The format is cheap and easy for networks to create and usually bring in descant ratings.  Unfortunately however for every good reality show there are three more that make you cringe.



RantDOM : Hypochondria
February 4, 2012, 11:11 pm
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Google is defiantly my best friend but also my worst enemy. I am a huge hypochondriac. Every time I have a migraine, upset stomach, sore throat even little things like my finger hurts. I immediately Google the symptom. And after a few minutes of research I have diagnosed myself with some type of illness. The first time I can remember scaring myself to death with an illness that I don’t have, was in the 5th grade. When we had a presentation about sex by the school nurse. We learned how babies were made and about the girl parts and boys parts.But what really freaked me out was the portion of the presentation where the nurse discussed the symptoms of HIV.I can’t exactly remember what she said all the symptoms were. But I know the one symptom she said that stuck in my head was have acne or bumps on your back. I maybe had 4 or 5 of the smallest bumps ever on my back. But I still went crazy ! Oh my gosh ; I have HIV. I began to scratch and scratch my back more and more; until I really had bumps on my back. I had developed a rash of little tiny bumps. Now I don’t remember how I got over that little fiasco but eventually I guess I just forgot about the whole situation. All I know is that it sucks thinking you are ill. Your mood changes and you just feel depressed. My mine is constantly racing with half of it saying I do have the illness and the other half say I don’t. I think I’ve gotten better … a little. Although the other day I was watching a video on Parkinson’s disease and I immediately started remembering all the sores and tingly feelings I have ever gotten on my body. Which I briefly freaked out about. It is important to exam yourself and recognize when your body is feeling a little funny just in case you actually do have something. But I now make a conscious effort not to jump to any conclusion without seeing a actual doctor.



RantDOM: Chewing on My Finger Nails
January 24, 2012, 5:30 pm
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Image DetailWhats chipped, chiseled, chomped and whittled? My finger nails. But not for long. I am making a conscious effort to stop biting my finger nails. Forever ! My finger nails aren’t terrible and since I’ve had braces I’ve actually cut back on my finger nail biting. But I still get behind the metal sometimes to have a little snack between snacks (ew).  But that’s really what is happening when you bite your finger nails. You get a lot more than just some keratin in your mouth. You get all the germs that live under it and more. Especially if you don’t practice good hand washing techniques. You might be biting on your moisturizer, what you had for lunch, dirt and maybe even poop…yes poop. Another reason I want to stop biting my finger nails (as if chewing poop wasn’t enough) is because just the image of someone chewing on their nails. I know what I think when I see someone biting their nails. Which is that they must be nervous , to me it shows a lack of confidence. So as a young man its important for me to stay away from implying any presumptions like that to me. By not biting my nails.  But its so addicting ! I do get nervous and I am a very anxious person but I don’t think that I bite because of that. Its just something I do , when I have nothing to do. I’m a touchy person. I can’t stop from curling my fingers in weird shapes or picking in my braces. But poop in my mouth…now that might keep me from chewing on my nails forever.



RantDOM: Falling Asleep In the Movie Theater
January 20, 2012, 1:16 am
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Ugh ! I can’t believe it . I slept through the whole movie. Gosh another$12 dollars wasted. I guess I’ll just see with when it comes out on DVD.

Far too many times those are my thoughts after a trip to the cinema. Why can’t I stay awake during a movie? I have tried many methods to try to keep myself to stay awake. Sleeping before I go, munching on a snack during the movie and sitting in an upright position with my eyes drilled on the screen. However slowly but surely I began to feel my eyes get drowsy and I began to blink frequently. My snack is gone, so now all my focus is towards the film.  The upright position I was maintaining became more and more relaxed. Until before I know it “zzzzzzzz” I’m passed out. Curled up in one of those filthy theater chairs. In most cases I will wake up for a moment or two during the duration of the film. But on a couple of frustrating occasion I sleep all the way through until the credits roll and the lights beam from the top of the theater. Maybe I just don’t have the attention span to watch whole movie. Theirs just something about a dark , chilly theater that makes me sleepy. I wish so badly to be able to leave the movie and talk about what actually happen in the movie and not what happened  in my dreams. I have come to realize that I’m more likely to fall asleep more often and quicker. During an animated film, rather than a film staring  real people. But non the less its still frustrating . Maybe I should just stop trying and wait for the movie to come out on DVD. So I can watch it over and over and over and over again…just in case I do fall asleep .