Tagged: social media

An Open Letter to Justin Bieber


My Dearest Justin:

At some point in my middle school career I heard rumors that you were considering attending our Christian private school in Atlanta. Back when your body was free of tattoos and I had major Bieber fever, before your voice learned to calm down, I gave a major crap about what the media had to say about people like you, and in turn, people like me.

Since that time, both you and I have changed, and in similar ways.

You became a sort of multimillionaire…I got a job at a bakery.

You went on a world tour (didn’t actually fact check this)…I started this blog – people in England, Cambodia, and Russia read my blog.

But as of late I’ve also made an effort to not concern myself with the lives of celebrities anymore. I used to spend chunks of my time reading up on their lives and watching interviews; at that time, I wanted to be anyone but myself. Continue reading

I Don’t Care About Many Things


My friend Chelsea just started a blog, 100 Ways to Write! I guest-posted for her, and you can read the original here:

Over the course of our friendship you will find that I don’t care about many things.

By this, I mean that when I was younger, I obsessed over celebrity news and gossip. I always wanted to know, what was the latest news with Britney Spears? Which Olsen twin wore it better? Did Justin Bieber really grow up in Atlanta?

By this, I mean that when I found a band I really liked, I watched documentaries about them and wanted to know their background story, and why they wrote the music they wrote.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve pretty much abandoned that practice for a much more withdrawn attitude, questioning why we obsess over the lives of other people. Continue reading

Why I wear makeup


I am not immune to the way society projects itself through the media and tries to dictate the way that we act and regard ourselves. I’ve witnessed both ends of the spectrum of body image and more specifically, makeup.

I’ve seen ads that push products onto you, claiming to help hide your flaws and accentuate your delectable features. Meanwhile, I’ve observed social campaigns criticizing exactly what the ads previously mentioned advocated, arguing that individuals ought to love their bodies and faces just the way that they are, and that perfection is unattainable and a mere social construct.

As a high school student growing up in the twenty-first century, it’s beyond interesting to sit by and watch as people react and overreact to the ripples in the water; new theories are introduced and articles are published about the way that we view our bodies.

Today, I discuss makeup, and the way my perception of it has changed over the years. Continue reading

Freaking out over absolutely nothing

Let’s talk about Miley Cyrus’ performance at the VMA’s, shall we?




Actually, how about we don’t? First, that’s old news. The VMA’s were over a week ago, and frankly, I don’t give a crap about the way that Twitter was blowing up that Sunday night. All I could do was watch from the sidelines and smirk at every incredulous tweet that I scrolled past.

I do not understand why the press grabbed a hold of this raunchy performance and insisted on making it the biggest deal ever, calling it things like a “skanky award show embarassment” and a “divisive performance.”

Why are articles about celebrity reactions and public defiance STILL appearing on the front page of Yahoo News or Google News? Why not treat it like any other scandalous performance that probably happens on a weekly basis, and let it blow over within a few days?

I didn’t even watch the VMA’s. I watched a clip on Youtube of Miley’s performance, and some sort of interview with Robin Thicke’s mom, and by then, I was already fed up with the whole thing.

I am tired of news engines wasting space on my computer screen, I am tired of differing opinions about the physical benefits of twerking and I am tired of all of the Twitter jokes about Miley Cyrus – wait, no, I’m never going to get tired of that last part.

Miley is her own person, and I am all for increased self-expression. Regardless of whether or not I agree with her clothing choice or hairstyle, regardless of whether or not I think she should have done it on public television, sometimes we need someone to break the taboo against divulging from the path of society along which most of us walk.

But in all honesty, why do we always choose to highlight the negative aspects of American culture? Americans, you know what other cultures are saying about us, right? So why give them more material to exploit and hold against us?

At some point, all of this focus on pop culture scandals trades off with some new scientific breakthrough that NASA made, or some new invention that a 4th grader thought up.

Obviously, we’ve got more important things to obsess over. What about that young Syrian intervention? The currency rates? Anything?? Something that is relevant to our lives? Something that furthers our development, not some ratchet-ass events that only increase the social gap between the celebrities and the commoners?

At the end of the day, Miley was not the first youngster to do something totally inappropriate in public, or on national television. At least she gets paid to do such things, where I’m sure the rest of us twerk by ourselves in a bathroom, for stinking-free.

Can we all just stop talking about it now?