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get down girl, go ‘head get down

28 Jan

I’m not the kind of person who sets goals to get done by certain dates. I know myself, I’m a procrastinator. I’m also someone who is really into doing something for a while and then I just forget about it or lose interest. So, I’m doing something different for myself. Now that January is ending, I’m giving myself a task for February: learn the dance for Robyn’s song “Call Your Girlfriend”. There’s no official dance for the song, as far as I know. But, Robyn shows off some sensational moves in the music video, and I want to learn everything she does so I can do it myself. I feel that this won’t be too difficult a task for me. I dance pretty similarly and I also love rolling around on the floor and doing somersaults, both backwards and forwards. It seems only right to me to learn the dance she does, since “Call Your Girlfriend” is forever on my pregame playlist. It’s just that good.

So, wish me luck, imaginary friends! This is one goal that I actually want to accomplish.

and all i’m ever gonna be is mean

15 Jan

I really dislike Taylor Swift. I don’t know if that’s become a popular thing to do, but if it has, don’t mistake me for someone who just jumped on the bandwagon recently but my iPod is actually packed with songs from her first cd. I have never liked Taylor Swift. My opinion of her has always been this: I appreciate that she writes her own lyrics because I know how many musicians still do not do that. However, I do not like her lyrics. Or the general sound of her music. I am just not a fan. Her songs sound like a preteen wrote in her diary and then thought it was okay to put that to music, completely unpolished and ridiculously immature. I am not a fan of this. So, originally my only gripe with her was really just that I didn’t like her music, but I suppose I respected her for at least doing her own work.

Eventually, I learned more about Taylor Swift. Far too much, really. All the time, all I learn about is Taylor Swift. I know way too much about her love life. And that’s really all I seem to know about her, but I feel like I’ve learned so much more about the kind of person she is just from knowing about all of her (failed) relationships. Her relationships never seem to last more than three months (recently, at least. I feel like she was with Joe Jonas for a while before he dumped her via text message. Classy move on his part), but she claims to be in love with the guys (I say guys because she has dated between men and babies it feels like) immediately. So, clearly, she falls too hard too fast. But what bothers me about this is that she’s immediately onto a new guy after breaking up with the last. I wouldn’t have an issue if she fell really hard for a guy fast, because that happens to everyone, not just TSwift. But, it’s the fact that she immediately moves on and never takes the time to just be single and deal with herself that annoys me. And I get it, she’s young. She’s my age. People my age do that. But, again, here’s my issue with that, I don’t like people who do that. So my problem with Taylor Swift is not that she’s some annoying girl who jumps in and out of relationships and needs attention (I do believe she needs attention). My problem is that in real life, if I knew her, I would not want to be friends with her. Because I have met people like her (notice I say people, not just women. Don’t get sexist and generalize here, no one reading this blog) and I cannot deal with them. I know exactly how she’d be in real life: I’d give her a piece of advice about staying single and going with the flow and just seeing what happens, and she would push for a new relationship immediately, ignoring anything I had said to her. It’s really just insulting to me. I just dislike that.

And again, I don’t want to use the excuse that she’s young. Because you know what? I’m her age and so are the majority of my friends. And I can give you a list of people who are nothing like that, who don’t force things that don’t belong just because they don’t want to be single or something. So I get that she’s young and she’s “falling in and out of love” or whatever, but how about she take a break for a little bit and learn to be single?

And yeah, I get that it’s worse for her with her relationships being completely public, out there for everyone in the world to read about. But in all honesty, that makes it even more annoying because it is thrown in my face 24/7 that she is jumping in and out of relationships. And what’s worse is that I feel like she’s abusing the word “love” because she just takes the feelings she has and lumps them under that category immediately. Again, it’s insulting to the entire notion of love.

But, back to her music. She’s young so she’s going to write young music. Well, I’ll just look at Adele, who is just absolutely magnificent, and yes, also young. Her cds are called “19” and “21” because that’s how old when she wrote them. They are noticeably far more mature than TSwift’s music ever will be. But whatever, that’s not what Taylor’s going for, she’s a part of another genre entirely. I just dislike that she continues winning awards as if she is the best in everything she does, which I strongly disagree with. Also, all Taylor’s music is about breakups. We get it. Guys break up with you. Sometimes you break up with them. Like TSwift, Adele’s second cd was about her breakup. But, again,it just sounded so much more mature. And her voice is just so much more soothing to me.

I guess all I can get at it here is I am not a fan of Taylor Swift or her music. I never was and I never ever ever will be (see what I did there?). My advice to Taylor is to take the time to work on herself and be single. Because you don’t need a man to make you better, Taylor. You do you, girl.

Also, I realize I sound like a complete bully in this, but really, I never claimed to be a nice or non-judgmental person, so you’re looking at the wrong blog if you’re actually on this page and hoping to read something kind and uplifting. It would honestly probably be easier for me to name the people I don’t dislike than it would be for me to name the people I do dislike. That’s just the kind of person I am. And I think Taylor Swift needs to take a nap.

Who says MTV isn’t “music television” anymore? That’s all they blog about

10 Apr

On my quest to observe and study other other blogs, I decided to begin my search by looking up blogs created by and pertaining to MTV. I found three blogs from the MTV website, but also two just about shows that MTV airs or “issues” that MTV would touch upon. These “issues” were not so much issues that would pertain to viewers themselves, but more celebrity-related “news stories”.

Something I found very interesting was the way that MTV.com divides up its stories that are blogged about. I looked at three separate pages, one entitled “Newsroom”, one called “Buzzworthy” and the third “Remote Control”. While “Remote Control” is clearly about MTV television shows (you could guess that from the title of the blog), the other two titles are more misleading and confusing than one would think. “Buzzworthy” is the less confusing and misleading of the two; it is all about the most recent MTV gossip, aka information about musicians and their new cds and singles and whatnot. There are actually three posts about Justin Bieber on the first page alone. Apparently, there is that much important new information about him that needs to be shared immediately.

I prefer baby Bieber over slightly-grown up Bieber.

Now, the confusion sets in. You would think that “Newsroom” would be about actual news: world issues, issues pertaining to the youth that watch MTV, information other than news about Britney Spears’ unreleased music. Oh wait, sorry, is that third suggestion not actually considered news? One would think, but the latter of that statement is exactly what “Newsroom” is about. The first article I encountered was about Britney’s unreleased music. The next entry was about Katy Perry’s new cd. What I do not understand is how MTV.com differentiates between what is “Buzzworthy” and what is from the “Newsroom”. Both are essentially about what musicians are doing recently, and nothing that would actually be considered “news”.

Britney will always be relevant.

Now, back to the “Remote Control” blog. After reading through several entries, I came to the realization that it is in fact the most insightful of the three MTV blogs. While it does indeed discuss MTV television shows, it also discusses what the “actors” or participants in those shows are doing. There is an entry about social activist Dan Savage traveling across America to tell teenagers to “embrace their inner awkwardness”. There is an entry that discusses “Jersey Shore” star Vinny Guadagnino’s new book about his struggle with anxiety and desire to live in the moment. All of this gives me hope for this “new” MTV, that is trying to be more socially conscious. However, this area of the blog is also filled with complete fluff information, such as a behind the scenes look at the show “Fantasy Factory”, which is mostly just the crew messing around, and a picture of “Jersey Shore”‘s Jenni “JWoww” Farley’s dog, that has recently been dyed purple/blue (for reasons completely unknown to me).

Can anyone explain why this happened or why it is vital that I know about it?

This search through MTV and MTV related blogs just brought me back to the conclusion I already had figured out when first doing research for this blog: MTV walks away from important social issues in favor of telling the audience about celebrities and their own shows. MTV is reaching such a widespread age group and audience and I feel that they have much more of an obligation than they realize to talk about real issues that America’s youth are facing today. Nothing in these blogs I read touched upon Generation Debt; it is being virtually ignored by MTV’s programming and blogging. So for a station that is so devoted to its audience and what the audience wants to watch, shouldn’t they be doing more to inform that audience of what is happening around them?