Plagiarism Week

An illustrative example of plagiarism. Modifie...

An illustrative example of plagiarism. Modified from Image:Hamlet quarto 3rd.jpg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In addition to being earth week, at least on my campus, it is national plagiarism week. In my last class my professor gave 3 prompts to get us to actively plagiarize and then discuss the consequences of such actions.

We started the class with a discussion about an article in which a writing associate tried to help a student plagiarize ‘better’.  It sounded very satyrical to me, especially in the writer’s speech at the end of the article: “To give the essay more authenticity, I suggested she remove the introduction to every third quote, and neglect explanations altogether so that the quotes would stand out like little quarantined strangers in her essay. Better yet, she could replace every fifth quote with a line from Disney’s Fantasia, or at the very least, with a text message so as to create the impression of authorial distraction or perhaps technological interlude. Maybe she could insert a “2” for “too,” a “B” for “be,” or an emoticon or an LOL in place of a genuine emotional response.”

Or maybe she could actually just write the paper herself… In fact the article showed that to successfully plagiarize, one must actually put a good dela of effort to maintain personal voice and sentence structure and create a naturally flowing essay.

More than 7 million people a week watch

More than 7 million people a week watch pro wrestling every week. Why?

Predetermined wrestling match between characters- the male twilight (the male soap opera)

Hulkamania Tour @ Rod Laver Arena. Melbounre, AUS.

Hulkamania Tour @ Rod Laver Arena. Melbounre, AUS. (Photo credit: Wikipedia

It is hard for me to answer this question because I have never watched wrestling… the closest I have come would be flipping through channels and stumbling on Hulk Hogan’s reality show.

For my sociology class I read a very interesting study by Sam Ford titled, Pinning Down Fan Involvement: An Examination of Multiple Modes of Engagement for Professional Wrestling Fans. He compares Pro Wrestling to world of warcraft, which seems at first very odd. Picture the stereotypical wrestling fan vs. the stereotypical world of warcraft player (that would be a very interesting wrestling match… brawn vs. brain eek).

Except the connection is there because in both cases a form of reality is created. Characters are constructed and maintained through audience participation.

What does pro wrestling say about masculinity? How does culture inform behavior?

Why do we want these pantomime images of horror, violence, and gore?

There is so much dramaturgy involved in wrestling culture- Ridiculous characters created for entertainment.

The rock talks about himself in third person in this hilarious cut YouTube clip.- Last clip I promise.

Theater for guys, building up story lines between characters. What was the Rock’s response?

Happy Earth Day

Zero Waste Policy

Zero Waste Policy (Photo credit: heidigoseek)

I just read this blog post entitled “zero waste for earth day”. This is such a great idea, but of course my first thought was wait I already wrecked this… but hey there is still the rest of the day to make up for this.

Do you think that you are up to the challenge?

Again I am questioning why our society only feels the need to care for the earth one day a year… it’s our home. Why can’t every monday be zero waste or as little waste as possible… heck everyday should be this way. Please use reusable water bottles people. This is our home and our future children’s home. RESPECT

UFO’s??

Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the united states is coming to speak at my school today. He has done a lot of great things like founding habitat for humanity and creating the cabinet positions of energy and education. However, what I am most curious about, this is probably a great indication of my character, is his UFO siting known (at least on wikepedia) as the Jimmy Carter UFO incident… *creepy sci-fi music playing*.

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Also who knew that there was an international UFO bureau?- not this chick

Do you believe in extraterrestrial life forms?

Jenna Marbles

If you don’t know who Jenna Marbles is then you’ve probably been living under a rock or you’re over thirty…

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Anyway if you are still scratching your head please click on this link.

Jenna is frickin’ hilarious and she posts a video every weds. The reason I am bringing her up, besides the fact that she is one of my idols, is that I recently wrote a sociology paper about her. In fact, Jenna Marbles is a bit of sociologist herself. She comments on gender stereotypes and celebrity culture all the time.

Here is a bit of my paper:

“My freshman roommate introduced Jenna Marbles to me and I quickly found a whole following of college students, mostly girls, who frequently watched her videos. Jenna Mourey is 26 years old and often jokes about her current job status, as a go- go dancer (when she first started making videos) and laments on her seemingly unnecessary master’s degree in psychology. All of these facts are situations that women around this age group can relate to. Additionally, Jenna is a great entertainer and both says and does many funny things that appeal to younger women who look up to her as a sort of role model.

Like many YouTube videos, some of Jenna’s “likes” or subscriptions can be attributed to the fact that she is very attractive. One video in particular features a still of Jenna in a bathing suit with the title, “What I Would Have Done in Cancun”. This video has over 24 million views and the top rated comment is “she stops talking at 2:20”. While Jenna is in very good shape, her videos are not about showing off. In fact, many of her videos take the opposite approach such as, “How to Trick People into Thinking That You Are Good Looking”.  Jenna starts the video with no make- up on and then starts to outline all of the steps to achieve the “hot girl disguise”, saying things like: “If you are an ugly m*- f****er like me then… now remember that because you were born ugly you are probably pretty weird so try not embarrass yourself in public by doing this *Jenna starts to do ‘weird’ moves*”. Jenna’s witty self- depreciation is not said in a “woe-is-me” tone however, but in what can best be described as the signature Jenna Marbles’ sarcastic-silly-tone.

It is hard to pick the best example of why I consider Jenna Marbles “great” because she has so many incredible videos. Because of this reason and a few others I decided to pick the most recent Jenna Marbles video that I watched, “Draw My Life”, which was published March 28th 2013. This video is unlike any of Jenna’s previous videos because her face isn’t shown at all. The video features drawings on a whiteboard with a voice over from Jenna. In this video Jenna recounts her whole life up until this point. She shares all of her ups and downs and everything in between.

I chose this video because it shows how “real” Jenna is and the fact that she truly draws inspiration from her life to create these videos. Moreover, even when she is describing her lowest moments she can manage to include a “Jenna style joke” to make her audience laugh. It is great that Jenna can get the message out that nothing is easy. From the outside Jenna seems to have the perfect life, getting paid to just record herself creating videos, but she reminds viewers in this clip that she is still human and bad stuff like break-ups still happen to “YouTube stars”.

Additionally, creating weekly recordings of yourself from your home can be a lonely profession. In the description box below the video, Jenna makes light of the sad undercurrent of the video writing, “This video accidentally turned out kind of sad, ME SO SOWWY IT NOT POSED TO BE SAD WHO WANTS HUGS AND COOKIES?”.  Jenna has an optimistic approach to life that makes people want to keep watching her show and I think that this clip is a great example of that.

Consuming this form of culture provides people with a form of connection. Jenna Marbles follows the standard “YouTube Partner” scheme of posting weekly videos and appearing at conferences around the world. Her videos, while covering many different topics, often follow a well- known trope in “typical” Jenna Marbles’ style. Jenna usually talks in a goofy voice and covers stereotype tropes or parody tropes by dressing up as different people and addressing the humor in these topics. In the video “Things Guys Lie About” Jenna wears a hat and draws a mustache and goatee on her face and in the video “What Nikki Wants in a Man” Jenna wears a wig and makes herself look more tan. Sometimes Jenna makes music videos or skits like “Landshark” and “I hate being a grown up” where she uses the caption humor trope as most of the captions are unrelated to the words being rapped. Other times Jenna creates ranting videos like “what bitches wear at the airport” or “people that piss me off at the gym”. In these videos she goes into beserk mode and follows a similar rant style to get everything off her chest.

Jenna’s videos usually address an aspect of culture that people can relate to whether it is the ridiculousness of celebrities or poking fun at traditional gender roles. People find this content funny or can relate it to someone else and pass along the clip. Jenna Marbles puts everything from her life woes, such as bad jobs or break-ups, along with her life triumphs in her webisodes. Jenna is very close with her fans because she knows that with out them she would have never become a YouTube partner and she depends on them to keep watching her show to support her career. ”

Inspiration

Take a line from a song that you love or connect with. Now forget the song, and turn that line into the title or inspiration for your post.

Wow I just realized how cool wordpress is! I just clicked the “inspire me button” and this quote popped up! Ah so many exclamation points- can you tell that I am excited/crazy/excited/crazy?

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Def actually using the inspiration in the future..

Related Content that really interested me (again wordpress rocks my socks):

 

 

 

cute/maniacal bunny (named bun bun)

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Yes this is my first post… How exciting. The start of a glorious future- I can see it now. I have uncovered the secret! The secret to life just invision what you want and it will happen.

-EDIT- this is already a book entitled The Secret- what are the odds?

Anywho, are you actually still reading this hogwash hodgepodge? I guess so… or I am crazily just rambling shambling foo fung namanjaling. 

This just gave me an idea. Maybe I will write (originally I wrote right- yay editing- I need more sleep…) more often!

Cheerio- Pip pip

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Your crazy writer- human

CF