September 30, 2003

Look! Poetry!

The Uber Pea says:
"I'll eat you if you're English
I'll eat you if you're French
I'll eat you if you're Roger Moore
Or if you're Judy Dench"

I felt the need for a useless link. Be warned that the site I'm linking to has absolutely nothing to do with this picture. Just click on it. Turn your sound on if you have it. Or turn it off if you're in class. Just click on it.

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More Symptoms

Some more problems have begun to arise due to the presence of Comcast digital cable in my home. I don't know what to do about them, either.

The first is the fact that I'm concerned about the duration of my TV trial period. The deal was that I'd pay $20 for each of the first three months of service, then I'd quit. It goes up to like $100 after that. The reason I'm worried, though, is that I really want to see the whole season of "RW/RR Challenge:The Gauntlet". There are 14 challenges. I got my first bill today, which means I only have 8 weeks of service left. I can't let myself pay $200 to see six episodes of this stupid show. This is my first dilemma.

The other problem (aside from the fact that I keep sacrificing sleep for GSN's Black & White Overnight) is that my access to Steelers games has implanted this subconscious need in my brain to invite strangers to my house. It never fails. Every Sunday I now have to screen my calls and actually use that peephole in my door because sometime during the week I invited some random person to my house to watch the game. I never even watch football. I guess I would if I were having a party, but I need to start inviting people I actually know.

This is getting out of hand.

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In Defense of TV News

Ok, I think we, along with Mr. Byron, need to calm down a little bit. I
am probably a bigger Postman fan than the next guy and I tend to hate just
about everything in regard to television. Still, I think TV news has its
purpose. While there are plenty of valuable points made in the "Local TV
News"article, it is yet another sweeping generalization.

I admit that I haven't managed to read everyone's response to this
article. Still, I think it's a problem that no one has brought up the issue of
taking responsibility for the media one takes in. Blaming the TV news industry
for our failure to be well informed is like blaming the fast-food industry
for our failure to eat well. We need to be aware of the nature of what
we're consuming, appreciate its benefit, and determine its relevance. Just
shooting it down and saying the hell with all of it, like this article does,
is a cop-out.

There are a few things that are ridiculous and true. The guy from
Channel 2 really does stand outside the building at night doing "live" shots. I
never understood it, but it's awfully uncomfortable to have to walk through
the parking lot and try to make sure you don't get in the shot. And it is
often possible to see a female anchor in front of the courthouse at night
with lights all around her, talking into a microphone about who-knows-what.
It's always clear that it must have happened hours ago, whatever it was.

The "if it bleeds, it leads" thing is another nasty truth. As a matter
of fact, it seems that rule should be expanded to "if it bleeds or has
even has an outside possibility of maybe potentially bleeding sometime in the
foreseeable future, it leads or we'll use it to tease you for the duration
of the broadcast".

The invasion of privacy thing is another journalistic concept that I
fail to grasp. Even at a print newspaper you're put in the awkward position of
having to approach victims and their families. Some are viscious and some
are eager to talk, but it's usually not clear just why you're soliciting
information from them. The mere fact that someone saw their neighbor
fall out of a tree does not mean they have vital information for the rest of
the community.

Now, when it comes to Byron's complaints about the I-Team, I get a
little confused. He rants about reporters' not knowing enough about their
beats and that they're really just actors. Then he goes on to complain about the
I-Team. It is a coveted position and it is true that the quality of a story
depends on how it's handled, but isn't that the case with any product?
At times it seems the I-Team is in the wrong line of work because they
produce more quality information than can fit into the time or space they're
allotted. They have the time needed to really research a story thoroughly,
and though they get off easy sometimes, a good I-Team is a valuable
resource to a news organization.

According to Byron, "Usually, news people have access to the police's
side of an arrest but most often the accused is in jail and not even
available." Granted, I've only spent a small amount of time in the workforce, but I know that reporters, both in TV and print, cover arraignments. After a
suspect was arraigned, we had the opportunity to ask questions. If they wanted
to get their stories out, they could.

The title "Local stations don't cover your community" is troublesome as
well. Granted, they do tend to pick and choose what they're going to
devote time to. Claiming that there is a total disregard for the community,
however, is going too far. It strikes me as odd that Boyle classifies
local newspeople as actors and actresses. This seems to apply more to
national personalities, as local stations generally lack the revenue to employ
both actors and reporters. When I covered stories for the paper, I worked
right alongside TV reporters who would research and write stories and then go
on the air with them. These people were not only skilled in the area of
newswriting but also had the technical knowledge required to work with
the video equipment. On top of all that, they had to make sure all day that
they looked good enough to go on the air when needed.

I'm not going to argue that TV news can be ridiculous. I'd pick up a
print newspaper any day before I'd tune in to a TV newscast. But it's extreme
to condemn the whole genre of television news. It's still true that the
medium provides a fast, efficient presentation and we are a nation of
individuals forced to do many things on the fly. In this hurried atmosphere, it's
much better to be under-informed than not to be informed at all. Anyone
educated enough to criticize the media should have enough sense to know they're not going to get every story or even the whole of one story from a single
source. We've accepted capitalism in every other aspect of our lives, so we
should take television news for what it is and quit whining about it.

Did it bother anyone else that there are SO many grammatical errors?

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September 29, 2003

Soliciting Advice

So, can someone please tell me just how visually unappealing the "Catholic School" color scheme is so that I have an excuse to put time into changing it?

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Who Needs Family When You've Got Rick?

Sometimes my friend Bethany is a hero, which was the case the other day when she explained to me just why Family Video cannot, according to the laws of the universe, cause Rick's Video to go away.

Some background information applies. Ian, who has heretofore gone unmentioned, broke the news to aforementioned Bethany and I that Family Video would be coming to Greensburg, moving into a formerly cute bar which had a wonderful atmosphere while it was in operation, and making Rick's Video disappear.

He explained that when this evil video giant comes to a new town, it strategically places itself in proximity to a beloved mom and pop sort of video store. Since Family Video has caused many such stores to perish and subsequently purchased their inventories, it is said to have a vast warehouse resource in some undisclosed location from which to draw its own inventory. This, Ian explained, allows it to maintain low prices as well as an impressive array of viewing selections.

See how this could be a problem for we the people who love Rick's?

There was much sadness. But a few days later, our fears were squished by Bethany's optimistic take on the situation. We knew Rick's couldn't go away, and she found the reasons why.

Reason 1: Rick's can't not be in Greensburg anymore. Rick's is Greensburg.

Reason 2: Paddylong's (which is rumored to be the formerly cute bar that would be transformed into the evil video store) is so cute. Someone's going to open it back up, and it'll be a really neat bar again. So it can't be a Family Video.

Reason 3: The people who work at Rick's know what they're talking about. You can always ask them questions if you want to know about a movie, and they'll answer them. They're nice. They know who you are if you go in there a lot. People want that.

Reason 4: "I went in there the other day and tried to rent 'El Mariachi' and 'Desperado', and they were checked out. You want to know that the people who shop at the same video store as you are the kind of people who rent all three parts of a trilogy. So you know that people like that are shopping at the same video store as you." Apparently knowing such things keeps video stores from closing.

Now that my worries have been washed away, I can sleep at night. It would also help if everyone stopped going to those big awful movie stores and shopped at Rick's. They have SO many more movies than, say, Blockbuster, it's about the same distance from Seton Hill, they have the video vault (everything's a dollar), and you don't have to pay until you take your movie back.

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Dr. Evil

Tiffany's post about Dr. Phil reminded me that he makes me crazy and I want him to go away. I don't entirely disagree with her positive comments, but my response definitely belongs under the heading of "Pain".

I vaguely remember seeing a commercial right around the time "A Katie Couric Special" aired. It said something to the effect that Oprah will put anyone on her show that sells, and that Dr. Phil does just that. That said, he's apparently taking advantage of that fact as he's got his face on diet pills as well as a book entitled "Self Matters: Creating Your Life from the Inside Out". This seems to me like a conflict of interest.

I'm not going to argue that obesity is a problem that needs to be addressed. Having Katie Couric and Dr. Phil be the ones tackling it, on the other hand, is a different matter entirely. While I missed the show Tiffany saw, I did see a chunk of the Katie Couric special. It seems to me that having Couric and Jamie Lee Curtis speaking in the first person about obesity is insulting, inconsiderate, and insensitive. I can imagine that it's discouraging for an obese individual to listen to Curtis' struggle with her self image. The show was about the struggle faced by the obese, not by virtually every human being alive today.

It's also gross that Dr. Phil is touting this no-nonsense approach to weight loss while at the same time endorsing diet pills. Take a pill to be a certain body time? Come on. It's great that his celebrity is drawing attention to this health crisis, but no one died and made him king of weight-loss.

Phil's steps are common sense. The use of diet pills, however, conflicts with them. They emphasize readiness in taking control of one's weight. Anyone who wants to take a pill to achieve that is clearly not prepared to do what it takes to overcome any sort of life-altering obstacle. This "special" would've been much better if Couric had interviewed Richard Simmons and Dr. Phil had endorsed the show in commercials.

About the Show: Some quotes that'll make you want to purge

Survival of the fittest: If anybody can find any "provocative" OR "new" ideas here, let me know

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Painless TV

It's that time of year again. Today is Monday and The Real World Road Rules Challenge:The Gauntlet premieres tonight in the (ack) Ten Spot. What a great time to do my trial run of digital cable. So, rush to MTV.com, form a fantasy team, and let me know. I need some competition here.
Yay for guilty pleasures.

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Ward's Book

Why is it that journalism texts do such a great job of exemplifying bias when trying to address every other topic imaginable? In the first two chapters of "Journalism Online", Mike Ward makes like the other writers I've read this semester by oversimplifying the issues and adding useless metaphors in the most obscure of places.

I think the foundation of my problem with Mike Ward is the fact that he's not wrong. I can't reject what he says, I just hate the way he presents it. Almost every paragraph leaves me thinking "well, yeah, but..." and I can't help thinking it's terribly misleading. Ward's material is true when seen in a certain light, and those who are new to studying journalism can't possibly know the right questions to ask to let them view it in that light. I begin to wonder who this Mike Ward man is and don't get much insight from the Acknowledgements. To me, he seems like a bitter man.

My first problem is that Ward presents journalism as a process. Fine. It is. But then he says that "journalists working in print, radio, or television follow this sequence (30)". That's true in the sense that a group of people working in the field of journalism complete the listed steps to produce a newspaper. Individual journalists do not complete all these steps themselves. The lines are completely blurred here. I can't figure out when Ward is referring to online journalism and when he's talking about other media. For the most part, journalists do not make the decisions (such as determining news value) that Ward attributes to them.

My biggest problem with Ward arose when he started to discuss "the quality of the individual journalist". He has the gall to say of certain reporters that "they are, in essence, lazy (33)." Then he goes on to define "good journalists". His criteria in making these value judgements is how reporters go about presenting their stories. Again, Ward is right that it's a cop-out when someone just gets the facts, fills their space requirement, and sends their story to the desk. I also agree that good journalism happens when a reporter asks better questions, presents ideas, and looks for an interesting angle. What Ward fails to present, however, are the conditions impacting journalists' ability to do these things.

Many of the writers Ward would call "lazy" are actually those people he'd also term "good journalists". The difference is out of their control and most often lies in editing. The freedom of a reporter to be innovative depends to a great extent on the agenda of his or her news organization. When a reporter pitches stories regularly to an editor and is consistently shot down, a bit of disenchantment is bound to take place. Other reporters and even editors aren't always happy that someone's pitching ideas. There is competition and there is condescension.

Another blow to creativity is the fact that reporters must not only get all their stories in by deadline but also fill an inch requirement for each piece. When someone is writing independently for a personal blog, they're free to flex their creative muscles. In the newsroom, however, there are time constraints and corporate agendas. A reporter can write a great 16-inch story but if four inches are cut because an editor doesn't like the angle, the reporter is forced to scramble to make up for the lost space. The lack of innovative reporting in such instances lies not in the quality of the journalist but in the need to avoid stepping on toes.

If Ward included a chapter on exercising caution before aligning oneself with a news organization, I'd feel much better about the whole book. I've learned that this is one of the most important factors in finding satisfaction in the field of journalism. While we can't just pick and choose where we'll work, much of our credibility as writers depends on the people and factors that will determine the final edits of our stories. Before you find a job in journalism, get to know the news organizations you're approaching. If you don't, you could find people like Mike Ward passing judgement on you.


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September 24, 2003

Required Blog

Pg. 161 Ex. 8 & 9

Exercise #8

a.) A task force created by Mayor Tom Murphy on Monday called for sweeping reforms in the city's public schools.

Who: A task force created by Mayor Tom Murphy
What: reforms
When: Monday
Where: in the city's public schools
Why: ?
How: ?
Type: Summary

b.) Pennsylvania has a friend in almost every corner of the world.

Who: Pennsylvania
What: Friend
When: ?
Where: every corner of the world?
Why: ?
How: ?
Type: Flair

c.) Allegheny County Chief Executive Jim Roddey will introduce plans for a $10 million tax cut and the creation of a new homeland security department tonight during his annual budget and state of the county addresses to county council.

Who: Jim Roddey
What: plans
When: tonight
Where: county council
Why: for a tax cut and creation of a new department
How: (they're annual addresses?)
Type: Immediate-identification/Summary

d.) Financial support for Dan Onorato is rolling down the turnpike.

Who: Dan Onorato
What: financial support
When: ?
Where: the turnpike?
Why: ?
How: ?
Type: Immediate identification/Flair

e.) The shaded stream meandering through Donna Herrle's backyard in West View turns into a torrent of human waste almost every time it rains.

Who: (stream affecting) people of West View
What: human waste
When: every time it rains
Where: Donna Herrle's backyard
Why: ?
How: ?
Type: Immediate identification/Flair

f.) A former Westmoreland County couple who operated construction businesses in the area pleaded guilty to racketeering and related charges.

Who: couple
What: pleaded guilty
When: ?
Where: in the area?
Why: racketeering and related charges
How: ?
Type: Delayed identification


Exercise #9

Story 1 from the Trib: Bush Stands Firm on Iraq
Story 2 from USA Today: Bush: Democratic Transition in Iraq Won't Be Rushed


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September 22, 2003

The Lie Detector Test Says...

Ok, so it really bothers me that every time I drive back to Greensburg from Pittsburgh, I see a sign that says:

VISIT WWW.PATURNPIKE.COM

and that every time I see that sign, I think of Maury Povich.

That's all.

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September 19, 2003

Blog Reflection

Salam Pax is famous. If we can make news like him, maybe one of us will be next.

“Where is Raed?” is tremendously valuable as a source of information about life in the Middle East. The Iraqi writer, known as Salam Pax, provides a view from inside the ongoing conflict that is unlike that afforded by any other news source. While he is his own editor, it’s hard to refute what he says because of the uniqueness of his perspective.
Salam Pax is an Iraqi citizen and thus knows firsthand the effect that U.S. actions have in Iraq. While the mainstream media reports on the diplomatic, economic, and political aspects of the conflict, Pax breaks things down for the common man.
Donald Rumsfeld says that, in general, Iraqis enjoy greater freedom of speech now that Allied Forces have occupied the country. Pax, by allowing us a glimpse of everyday life in Iraq, allows us to weigh how true such statements are for Iraqi individuals. He brought to our attention the danger faced by Iraqi citizens who aid or even cooperate with the U.S. forces. He offers pictures and links to other sources. Though the reliability of any blogger is questionable, Pax gives us hard-hitting information, shows us what it really means, and makes it nearly impossible for his readers not to like him.

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Blogs in the Classroom

I just feel like reflecting on the fact that I think this blogging thing is going to have a crazy effect on the dynamic of this class (or any other group of strangers huddled arbitrarily in cyberspace).

Typically, we go to class, we listen to the person at the front of the room, then we leave. We might work in groups, but we (usually) talk about an assigned topic and then, again, we leave.

Now, while people could escape it if they ignored their comments and never looked at anyone else's blog, there is essentially a tremendous amount of interaction going on. Even though most of the pages only have introductions posted, people's personalities are already starting to show through. Whether people say hi, or yo, or g'day says a little something about them.

For better or worse, it seems we're going to be getting to know our classmates on a much different level than in the past. We may still, however, be unable to match a name with a face.

Now I feel like 'technological advance' is an oxymoron.

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September 17, 2003

One Month, One Day

The man is coming to Pittsburgh! If anyone (at Seton Hill) wants a ride, feel free to email me.

Howard Dean LIVE Rally!!!
Outside Westin Convention Center, 1000 Penn Ave.
Saturday, October 18, 05:00 PM
Governor Howard Dean will be in Pittsburgh IN PERSON! Let's throw a rally he (and US!) will never forget! We need help so sign up soon and indicate you will help out!

There's also an "Evening with Dean" dinner, but that's $1000, and the cocktail party is $250. Too bad it's not at Seton :(

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September 16, 2003

Yeah, and...???

From a tech school commercial featuring a boot stepping on a fallen door:

"Call Dean Tech today...Because opportunity wears big shoes."

What?

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Oracle of Bacon

I thought this would be a really fun discussion thread, so please feel free to comment with your own Bacon connections.

Check this out. I have a Bacon Number of 3!

According to the Oracle of Bacon at Virginia, actress Kristin Minter was in "Home Alone" with one Gerry Becker, and this Gerry Becker was in "Trapped" with Kevin Bacon.

It's probably incredibly annoying for celebrities when people use them for such things as concocting a Bacon Number, but Kristin Minter is something like my third cousin in-law. That puts me just three degrees from Kevin Bacon. Woo hoo!


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GSN Haunts My Dreams

It's been about two weeks since I let the cable guy breach the threshold of my formerly peaceful little abode, and already it's beginning to affect me. I'm scared...

When I first discovered the Gameshow Network, I thought it was ludicrous. I mean, where do they get the ideas for all these shows, and where do they get the money to pay out winnings?

The first show I saw was "Russian Roulette", and it was like the antithesis of entertainment. The only thing I found interesting was analyzing the concept. I guess the idea of asking people questions does get a little fresher when you drop them through the floor instead of just letting them exit stage left. I wasn't buying it.

I flipped past "Lingo" and episodes from the first season of "Love Connection" and never got snagged. The hair and outfits were fun to look at, but I wouldn't put down the remote. I used my TV for the music for the first week and a half, and I only memorized the numbers of the three country stations I'd listen to while I cleaned.

Then came The Sunday Buzz.

I didn't even like "Greed", so i don't know why on Earth I sat and watched it. I was doing homework, so I guess it was there for the noise. Then I finished my work, and the rest of the night became a blur. Next thing I knew, it was 4:50 a.m. and I found myself inexplicably engaged in "The Weakest Link".

They got me. I was fine until they broke out the child celebrities, but it was all over after that. Emmanuel Lewis, Tina Yothers, the Who's the Boss kid, Keshia-Knight Pulliam (Rudy!), Carlton, Screech, and Winnie from the frikkin Wonder Years, all talking to that awful Ann woman. Oh, and the Beaver, but they kicked him off in the first round.

Those people got FUNNY. It's terrible. I finally went to sleep at 5 after Keshia won a whopping $45,000 out of a possible $Million for the charity of her choice.

I think there's a problem here.

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The Oxymoron that is TV News

"Celebrity Justice" is a perfect example of why so many people who generate media get so cranky sometimes. When it comes to making money inside the hierarchy of newsmakers, the pyramid is definitely inverted.

I hate TV.

When you've spent hours poring over press releases and weeks trying to track down interview subjects, you've fought with the secretaries at the DJ's office, you've gotten sick standing outside in the rain waiting for your source to show up, you've been reamed out by people who want you to retract their comments, you've listened for hours to guys who'll tell you every detail of life in their retirement home but not one thing about the thing you called them for, you've showed up at 7 a.m. every day for two weeks and been stared down by criminals who don't want you there just so you can report the ratio of men to women on a jury, and everything you do is subject to the whims of your editor, TV news shows can start to make you feel really bad.

"Celebrity Justice" is disgusting. People involved in the making of media are clearly not meant to ever come in contact with this show.

I don't understand.

Ok, so there's an entire half segment about how Dennis Rodman needed to pay for his legal counsel but didn't show up. We see stock film of Rodman at premiers, Rodman at court in the past, Rodman with Carmen Electra, and Rodman having something to do with basketball. We see shots of an empty courtroom. We see someone from CJ asking Rodman's accountant questions that he won't answer.

Then, the big news. CJ, which sings its own praises as an investigative news source repeatedly during the show, reveals footage of the opposing counsel...DUN DUN DUH...holding a check! Woo Hoo! Commentator who makes more than 97% of the reporters in the country says something like, "Well, I guess CJ confirmed that Dennis is all paid up."

Gag me. That story lasted something like 7 minutes. It said NOTHING. But at least CJ went to the courthouse for that story.

Another segment was about whether Liza and David have really split up for good. Forget the fact that NO ONE has ever had a thought about Liza and David save for wondering "Dear God who is that ugly man and what's wrong with his nose?". What really got under my skin was that the entire story was borrowed. It was more stock footage, then commentary on what another 'news source' reported. There was nothing fresh.

It happens all the time! US Weekly constantly runs stories about stories that appear in other magazines. Do people really think these things are news because "CJ was there" to read it?

I'm the little guy, and I am sad.

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The Agony

When people are put on TV and identified as Leon, and they start talking nonsense, RUN AWAY. Here, what happens when such an individual is given the opportunity to attempt to exonerate himself in front of this wonderful nation.

Late Sunday night, something aired on television that was arguably among the very worst segments ever to appear anywhere.

It was a show called "Cheaters". The show's 'Cheaters Licensed Investigators' follow around people whose lovers suspect them of cheating. And they show everything. Certain content is blurred or beeped, but one couple was shown mid-coitus and one guy who proved to be the 'other man' pulled a gun on the crew.

So, there's this guy named Leon who wants to send a message to the world. He was exposed by the show as having cheated on the mother of his children and has an axe to grind.

Leon explains that he needs to cheat because his girlfriend has gained weight, and all 'real players' would do the same because they need 'pleasure and participation'.

He goes on to gripe about how he tried to capitalize on his appearance on the show by applying to appear on Survivor and Jeopardy. But none of 'them bastards' hired him. He thinks 'there's some racism goin' on there'.

(It should be mentioned that his rhetoric is horrendous and he has a terrible screen presence.)

He finishes by saying "To Cheaters, **** you."

Then the kernel of TV wisdom all three viewers had been waiting for...

"To America, please stay away from crazy fat white women."

If my TV were an appendage, I'd lop it off. Then I'd bury it deeply and far, far away.

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September 15, 2003

Rummy

This would be an assorted media thing, and it's old, but I want to put it here in case anyone hasn't seen it yet. You can still go to Google and type in 'weapons of mass destruction', hit 'I'm feeling lucky' or whatever that button on the right says, and get the coolest thing ever. Yay!

Also, if anyone's read "Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld", please tell me about it since I can't seem to get myself to Barnes & Noble.

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Like Flossing with Chickenwire

Today, I checked out the new Ellen show. It's a pretty fresh show, however...

Tip: If you ever check out the Ellen show, or any show for that matter, that features a guest showcasing her skills as an auctioneer, leave it at home. Do not get in your car and turn to that station where you can hear tv shows and listen to Ellen talk to an auctioneer. It hurts. A lot. Especially when Ellen tells her to see how fast she can make it to $100 in $5 increments. It makes it hard not to hate the Ellen show.

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Who Says Rock is Dead?

Did anyone else notice that Tina Yothers looks great?? I mean, considering she's Tina Yothers, she borders on radiant. How did this annoying chick go from being dead (cuz you know you thought she was) to looking like a wholesome (for Courtney Love), brunette Courtney Love? She's not so good at "The Weakest Link", though.


yothers.113001

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The Ostrich Egg Guy

You're the Fear Factor guy with a mohawk standing in the middle of a bar where half the people are wearing camo and the other half are wearing tuxes. What happens to you? Hairy, blaze-orange-clad ruffians come at you with pocketknives, of course!

For some reason, on Saturday I got to see what happens when the fallout of reality TV hits Pennsyltucky. There was this guy at Dino's with a huge awful mohawk, and he had spikes all over him. Turns out that on December 2, 2002, he could be seen on Fear Factor downing an Ostrich Egg. Fine. Why he would come to Elk County is beyond me, but I'm sure it'd be interesting for a minute to be the biggest celebrity ever to visit the middle of nowhere. (I did hear recently though that Fred Durst, of all people, visits a camp near the big elk lick. Who knew?)

So anyway, you're the Fear Factor guy with a mohawk standing in the middle of a bar where half the people are wearing camo and the other half are wearing tuxes (the punk kids went to a wedding). What happens to you? Hairy, blaze orange clad men come at you with pocketknives, of course!

So the Straub-brownie toting set milled about, occasionally whipping out a pair of Swiss Army scissors, and bragged about which chunk of waxy purplish hair they'd snatch and how much it'd cost the rest of the guys.

Then, suddenly, it was 2:30. Much like a tidal wave, the group picked itself up without warning and descended upon the Eagles Club. Another Fear Factor guy found himself free to go without incident.

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Fantastic

The most exciting thing to happen on TV this week:

On Will and Grace, someone used the phrase "synaptic misfire". Yay!

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Due Introductions

This is a blog about media.

Having taken a five-year hiatus from television, I now find myself thinking about TV an awful lot. Some of those thoughts are of the celebratory variety, some aren't, but this will be my platform to unleash all of them regardless of their nature. I'm curious as to what others have to say about them.

While my three-month return to television will be the focus of a great many posts, I won't only talk about that medium. This is about words in general and the effect they have on everything around us.

And some of this will be related to classwork, so please bear with.

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