Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Future for America

America does not have the ability to govern itself, the citizens of the united stated have never even chosen a president. So how can there be a future. When one of the most qualified candidates lost the election to someone who has no political knowledge what so ever.

Rural America felt forgotten, Clinton spent most of her time campaigning in the big cities. Trump's speeches played on the emotions of the people in rural areas. Ethos and tearing down an opponent is what is left of the American Rhetoric, not a government pushing issues on facts and current events.

People will say get over it, that we chose him as our president. But that is far from the truth, he did not win the popular vote, and up until last night people were hopeful that there would be a big number of faithless electors.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Creating a Fake Identity in a Post Modern World

You can find anyone through social media these days, and how could that be a bad thing? Social media has given us ways to connect with so many people in a variety of different ways. People can spew out their opinions on anything through Twitter, share a picture for a short time on Snapchat, put basically anything on Facebook, upload picture to Instagram and videos to YouTube. 

And yeah, staying connected is great. But social media only shows the highlights of people's lives. We see images of friends, friends of friends, the people that you never talk to but you always pass in the hallways, celebrities promoting brands and their own images, and companies promoting themselves. Which is okay, but eventually people think that the highlights is that person's everyday life. 

But, as a social species we need validation, so we try to compete with every single image that comes our way. Some people don't feel this need, they're perfectly fine with who they are. Others post anything wanting to get the most comments, the most likes, the most views, or even the most shares. They only share their best to their own friends and followers and the cycle just continues on.

People  begin to make themselves up to be greater than they actually are. Can we truthfully even know someone through social media? Because while people are not exactly lying, we are not showing our daily life either. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Living in our Man Made World

In this day in age it is hard to go anywhere without seeing electronics, advertisements, music or magazines with way to skinny girls on them. In seeing this it is hard for you not to ask how much do these things control our lives and influence what we do. In this time we are still living in a postmodern world.

In America self image has become less about who you are and more about how you look. Instead of self image being about what you want to be it has been mutilated into a lifestyle of what everyone else wants you to be. And, because of this America and it’s youth are hurting themselves just fit into a stereotype that they can never be. As a women in America from a young age you are taught what to be. Growing up all you see is women in magazines and t.v shows skinny as sticks telling you to be just like them, and that they got there beauty naturally. But what society doesn't tell you is that these women either work out 24/7 or bodies are cropped into perfection onto a computer. In our postmodern world we use these false images to guide how much we eat and how we should exercise.

We also use celebrities as a guide on how to spend our lives. Through a variety of advertisements. In commercials we see the singers and actors advertising things like clothes and beauty products. So, we spend a lot of our money on things that are over priced making actors and companies rich while we try to feed into the man made stereotypes of coolness. another way that media controls us is by music. famous singers flaunt their money, girls and cars in front of our faces telling us this is what we are suppose to be. we are suppose to act a certain way to get to this fictional promised land where we get everything we dream of.

And as naive easily influenced human being we try to reach for it posting our lives on social media as evidence that we are getting further in our lives than everyone else. we grasp at straw, like and follows to prove that we are as popular and making our way to somewhere we never get to.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Post Modernism in Today's Culture

We live in a post modern society. This is largely because of technology and social media. Today, it is so easy to lie or make something up on social media, that you can never really tell what the "truth" is. Post modernism explores this idea that people's perception of what the truth is can be so easily altered. A very good example of this is Magritte's "This Is Not a Pipe." 

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This piece makes you reconsider what the truth is. Is the object that we associate with the word pipe really a pipe? This piece seems so simple at first glance, but when you stop to really think about it, it poses a very existential question. I think this is essentially what post modernism is.