Friday, April 17, 2009

No Logo

Someone sitting behind me during the class when the movie came up said hey this about no logos and there is this ladies logo right there. I find it interesting no matter how indifferent you are to the logos and brands that are around us we seem to remain connected to them no matter how hard we try to distance ourselves from these so called dominating lifestyle changing brands.

I think its of a matter of choosing whether or not you want to participate in that part of the American experience. Brands have become more than just a lifestyle change, they are infused in our culture now. With Mac and Nike and other brands that almost have become a need instead of a want. It's kind of like the idea that if you are American you need a car, that is the only way to get around and extra. While this idea itself is far from the truth.

I hope that we can just decide for ourselves what way we want to live our lives and not impose our beliefs and our ideas on anyone else.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Anti-Advertising is still Advertising

I think that it is all fine and dandy that people get upset about the large conglomerates that role our lives and dictate what media we need and must participate in, but it is another thing to act out against them in such a way that you are actually giving those same companies even more publicity.

Some say that any type of media exposure is good exposure. For example if you are Microsoft and I am fet up with windows and there is a huge billboard right by where I live and I go and put that Bill Gates lies all over it. Then the news is going to do a piece on it and if lets say I had a group of people that did it in a ton of places then more news people are going to pick it up and show it. Some people are going to be like that is funny, but most people are just going to see tons of Microsoft signs that have stuff on it.

The next time people see a Microsoft product they are going to be like hey, I remember them, because of what I did. They may even purchase the product to find out why it is so hated and or bad.

Friday, April 3, 2009


I find it kind of interesting that as time progresses we are more and more interested as consumers at the type of brand we are consuming and not the overall quality of the product. I like what Errin said about how Tommy Hilfiger jeans are just the same quality of any other brand or lesser brands and is just more expensive because of the label it has on the butt.

I started to really ponder this, and realized that when I buy something I would rather pay for quality rather than just the name of the brand. To me it is more important to me that my shoes last me years than it is what kind of shoe I am wearing. It is ultimately sad that I came to this realization so late in my life.

I hope that in the future when we buy things that we can look at the quality of the product, and be an intelligent consumer instead of buying something that costs hundreds of dollars more just because it has a logo slapped on the butt, or the front of your shirt.

Friday, March 27, 2009


It is interesting to me that copyright laws are getting stricter and stricter and it is of course because of Disney and their mad hope to keep steam boat Willey theirs forever. But, the whole purpose of copyright is to let the developer make some money off of it and then release it to the public so that other companies can compete and develop something even better. But, that isn't going to happen if they keep making the roles so strict.

Now that everything is going digital, I do not know how they are going to be able to keep track of things and who is stealing what. Everything is so accessibly free on the Internet now a days. People can get, pretty much anything they want online. The companies need to cope and find a way to be able to accept that times are changing. A lot of bands are sampling their music on blogs and my space and then people get interested and then they might by the whole CD to support the band. It is this type of advertising that copes with the reality of today, that people like things for free.

Even if no one paid for the music essentially the music would still get circulated and then more people would attend their concerts.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I like to Consume

Call me what you may, but I like having things thrown in front of me for me to choose and see what kind of product best fits, "what i think i am." I may be lazy, but I like having everything brought to me instead of me having to go out and search for all those types of products and or brands. They are everywhere and I like it.

When I turn on my video games a lot of times there will be advertisements in the games, kind of hidden. Like all of the computers in the game will be DELL or something of that nature. It doesn't bother me because I think it depicts what the real world is like. So, when I see a guy drinking a coke on a TV show, I don't think wow this TV show has really sold out, but I think, hey that guy is drinking a coke.

I know it is different for all of us, but I do believe that some people take it way to far and seriously. If you don't like all of the advertising then go live in nature.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


I think what is most appealing to the idea of all these "mooks" and "midrifs" that exist in our media is that they behave the way they behave and it seems that they have no repercussions at all. When in the real world these people would all be pregnant and or in jail for their shenanigans. Teens love the idea, even if they don't behave that way, that they can do and or say whatever they want without repercussions. That everyone and everything will bend to their will and or way of thinking.

The funniest thing about it, is that it sells. MTV is one of the organizations that has come the farthest as far as I am concerned when it comes to this ideology. All of the shows that the have on air right now, is a bunch of mindless crap. None of which really has any substance at all. And the funniest thing about it is that we watch it, and some of us do it knowing that it is what it is.

Media shapes our society and us. The cool factor tends to direct the evil force, but it is not the engine that pushes it.

Friday, February 27, 2009


I find it funny that in that movie a lot of those men and teenagers were rapping about terrible and horrible things, but then if asked if they were really like that they denied it. I believe that our society run by a few tycoons, have implemented a norm or standard by which they want people to behave or act. The reason why people abide by this false dycotomy is because of the instant gratification that this type of life brings. You want money sell drugs, sex take it, and if someone is bothering you, kill them.

This image that is being sold could be said to be harmless. But what about all of those men that were at Daytona Beach that were treating those women so porely. What about those women who were in self denial about their own personal image. I find irrefutably concerning that people just cant listen to music or watch something without having to immediately adopt certain appealing aspects of that show into reality.