When I ask myself the question where do I get inspiration from for my blog, and who are my favourite bloggers no names instantly spring to mind. I’m not one to read that many blogs, I know that’s stupid to admit as I run one, but never the less I don’t. The answer to this is pretty simple, YouTube. YouTube culture is something that is at it’s peak, with “Youtubers” being at the centre of most teenagers day to day lives. The transition is simple, just translate what you would write as blog post into a video, and the more your personality shines through, the more popular you are likely to be. I draw more inspiration from my favourite youtubers more that bloggers, however most of these people both run blogs alongside with their channel, as pretty much a full time job.
1. Helen Anderson, former know as Melon Lady. She’s a lifestyle, fashion and beauty youtuber, and has a very bubbly and unique personality. She has amazing confidence and that’s why she inspires me so much.
2. Joe Sugg, aka ‘Thatcher Joe’. He is hilarious, constantly pranking people, and normally has very original content, that set’s him apart from the rest that tend to follow a similar format (which he usually mocks).
3. Dan and Phil, aka ‘Danisnotonfire’ and ‘AmazingPhil’. Honest, funny, awkward and geeky. There not afraid to admit chringeworthy stories from their lives in hope that you relate to them, and most of the time you do.
There are just a hand full of the 127 people I am subscribed to on YouTube, but they are the people I draw most inspiration from and watch the most. It seems to be that the transition from blogging to vlogging is one that most people are doing now, as it’s entered the mainstream.
As you can maybe tell by the title of this post, I have certain issues surrounding the second instalment to the Divergent triliogy, Insurgent. For me it was very highly anticipated after loving the first film, (however I haven’t read the books) although I must say it was a bit of a dull let down.
The film continues with the protagonist Tris’ struggle against the system for being a divergent, (which is basically someone who breaks the social rules and conventions of this Dystopian take on San Francisco) and trying to avoid a war which was pretty much inevitable. For the first hour of the film, it was slow and dull. There wasn’t enough passion and emotion between characters and just seemed a bit forced. The love scene between Tris and Four, which was highly anticipated and was stressed upon in the first film with her not wanting anything to happen too fast, was just like any other scene. The chemistry that they seemed to have in the first film too me, is lost.
The ending, without giving away any spoilers (hopefully) is ridiculously predictable. Those who are discriminated against end up being the ones who are the most important, feels like Déjà vu right? I mean, of course that’s how you would want the film too end, the protagonists are happy and the evil leader is locked away. Never the less by doing so it also doesn’t give much of a cliffhanger too make you excited for the third instalment, which is already in production as the films are based from a trilogy of books. It needed to end with a hint of conflict or an unknown object / person to appear to create an air of mystery around what will happen in the third film. In some ways I believe the Director is relying too much on the idea that the audience is mostly fans of the books, which isn’t the case. Maybe if this was taken into consideration more, the film might of been wore widely accessible and enjoyable.
For some reason this film was just seriously lacking, resulting in the audience having no reaction to the film either. It was just mediocre. A film that you would forget about, and left me feeling like the next instalment will not be worth seeing.
For our first Infographic project we decided to deal with the controversial comparison between The Hunger Games and Divergent, given that the new instalment to the Divergent trilogy Insurgent was recently released. We tried to show both was was similar and what wasn’t too show that our view is not narrow minded. The use of graphs where the best way to show the differences between the Opening Weekend Box Office takings, and overall profit. It also makes the infographic look more professional and put together.
There is something special about the crackling rawness at the beginning of a record, nothing can come close to it’s unique sound. Now for some reason our society is craving for this physical interactive form of listening to music as the vinyl record sale industry has been on the rise for a few years. In 2014 The BBC Reported in an article which you can find here that record sales were at an 18-year high with selling over 1 million records in the UK alone. Martin Talbot sums this up perfectly within the article:
“In an era when we’re all talking about digital music, the fact that these beautifully physical artifacts are still as popular as they are is fantastic.”
Now what drew me to start collecting vinyl is the sense of community that comes along with it. You go to a record store and can easily start talking about what your looking for and what interests you, it’s a friendly community that is very welcoming. And for me, it’s helped me develop a better relationship with my Dad, we both share a love for vinyl and music in general so we have something we can talk about, and we can go record shopping to try and find hidden jems at markets and so on. It has become a nice way for me to reconnect with him as I’ve got older.
Now to the exciting part of this post that I was working towards, a first impressions look at the amazing 40th Anniversary Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon Vinyl! Get ready for pictures overload…
As you can see from the first two images the sleeve is said to be the same as the original, with the iconic triangle prism cover. The price was £24.99 from HMV, here is what that includes:
- 180 gram heavyweight vinyl
- Pink Floyd Stickers
- Three Posters – one which is a new exclusive
- Online code to download the album digitally.
For the price, I think the amount that you get is incredible, and is very high quality. When I was looking to buy I rang the expert (my Dad) and he told me that it’s difficult to find the album on vinyl second hand for that price, therefore it is definitely worth it. These are the three posters ( the first one is my favourite – and is also the exclusive) :
The album is one which is very iconic, and if you are someone the respects all music being mixed and jumbled together to create something strange, quirky but more than anything beautiful, you will love this. I made myself not listen to the full album digitally before I got the vinyl and I’m so glad I didn’t. The rawness and echo from the record player gives the album an almost ominous and magical element too it, and you can’t help but become fully emerged within music. I can promise you will never here something like this again, as no one would dare to try and recreate it. It’s a true landmark in music.
WE ARE “CONSUMERS RATHER THAN CIVILIANS” Russell Brand
Russell Brand has been through a lot in his life, most widely known being his battle with drugs. But to look at him now and see how far he has come in his lifetime is a true inspiration. I’ve followed his career for a good few years now, I remember the wild hair and eyeliner in his stand up shows that I would find hilarious, but now his matured into something much more than that. When I stumbled across his Youtube Channel around a year or so ago I had no idea what to expect, and had no idea what The ‘TREWS’ was, and I didn’t realise how much of an eye opener on the world it would be.
Russell lives for equality, which everyone should! No one should desire to be superior to anyone else due to their wealth, success or class. On his channel he discusses the true news, (hence the name ‘TREWS’) of what we see in the tabloids and how there are bigger issues out there that are never raised to question against that of typical celebrity gossip. For example, he discus’ the issues of The Islamic State and how the many children that want to join are in a state the same as all of us, they are undergoing the devastating feeling of, ‘Alienation, loss, and total lack of connection’. So instead of the media creating a moral panic around the use of social media for the use of recruitment they should maybe look at the isolation the children are actually feeling. That was only a mechanism that they were using to reach out due to their feelings, so how can one blame it entirely? (You can find this video HERE)
I’ve notice through his content analysis of the most recent news on a daily basis has really helped me challenge myself to look at things differently and not too just conform to what has been said / what is put in front of me. He has raised my awareness too things that are happening in the world that I would never imagine being true. I’ve signed to be part of the revolution, and I really want to try to make a difference in whatever way I can to the society in which we live in and I’m so grateful that he has opened me up to the flaws in it and how we really need to do something about it. If you want to know more just watch his weekly news round-up video here, it’s worth it I promise:
No matter the bad reputation that he has had in the past, he seriously knows what he’s talking about. He knows the flaws in the system and raises your awareness to them, and afterwards your never really the same again.
Analysis of my Media Diary
To start off with I actually found it very difficult to keep a track on every time I accessed some form of media, you don’t realise how much of it you actually use until you make yourself aware of it. For instance, in a morning I have somewhat of a routine, I wake up and straight away check the notifications on my phone from many forms of social media, however it mainly comes down to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. For most days I would forget to write this down, until I remembered later on as it’s just part of my daily routine and I don’t really think much of it. This shows how much social media has actually integrated into our everyday lives, and it seems that it’s almost impossible for our generation to go without it. Which in a lot of ways, is a bad thing as it means our conversations and communications are through online messages and pictures and not face to face. However it does allow us to stay in contact with people that we aren’t able to see and contact much in our day to day lives. For instance I’ve found through being at University I have used Facebook Messenger and Snapchat more to stay in contact and talk to my friends and family from home.
Something that I’ve noticed this week is that a lot of the time I’ve accessed something is when I’ve been around other people, I’ve realised this is because me and my friends have the same taste so we usually then watch things together to share the experience and reactions. As you can see from my media diary most of the films and shows I consumed were whilst I was with my friends. However this did not apply when I binge watched the show Once Upon a Time on Netflix. This is something that is commonly occurring with online streaming of full series instead of watching them weekly on T.V., you aren’t guaranteed to be at the same point as everyone else therefore you don’t share the same experience as you would waiting weekly for an episode. Which in some ways you miss, as you would get excited waiting for the next episode as the suspense would build, but now all you have to do is click next. It seems to be a more isolated experience, even though at the time I was still messaging online about it.
What seems most important about my media diary is one, the fact that I am so reliant on social media and that I’ve got myself into a habit where I do not even realise I’m doing it. Then two how I’m never doing one thing. Even if I’m binge watching a show, I’m still messaging someone about it, and whilst I’m doing work I still have Spotify and YouTube on in the background. We constantly surround ourselves with different forms of media that we find it hard to live without it, and you only start to realise this once you have to take note of it. You really do become a lot more self-aware of your own viewing habits, and of things you need to change.
Today I want to talk about the importance of harsh marking. Yes, it seems horrible and uncalled for at the time, but from experience it pushes you to try even harder on your next assignment. A few weeks back I got a 2:2 on one of my assignments, and given that is not a particularly bad mark, my tutor picked out everything that was bad about my work and nothing that was good. Given this may seem a little too harsh, but when it came to my next assignment for him I worked so damn hard to try to prove that I was better than that. Which I have to say worked in my favour! When we had tutorials, I had my draft and I was so nervous about it being rubbish. However to my surprise, and his, It was written a whole lot better and clearer than my previous essay. It made me so proud of what I’d achieved and the improvement that I had made.
What I’m getting at, is that if he had been less harsh and just said what was good and didn’t focus on the bad I wouldn’t have felt so determined to improve and show him that I was better than he thought I was. It may seem horrible at the time, and you will more than likely get frustrated and even want to cry. But once you push through it you will realise you need the extra help to get you to reach your full potential, so fingers crossed when I get my mark back I will have improved as much as he wanted me too, but more importantly as much as I wanted too. The most important thing is that I now believe in myself that I can do it no matter how hard the challenge may be, and for me that is something that has taken a long time to get too. So if you ever get harshly critiqued I know it’s so easy to give up and take it personally, but just think of how impressed they will be when you prove them wrong and work your hardest to get to where they expect you to be. You know that they would not be pushing you this hard if they didn’t believe that you could get there. As always leave any opinions in the comments on your own experiences with harsh critique and marking and how its helped you achieve or maybe if it didn’t
Requiem For A Dream is the second film by the Director Darren Aronofsky, who is probably most well know for Black Swan, which is one of my favourite films. Whilst I was in Berlin, I attended a Q&A with this Director and decided I wanted to watch all of his previous work, and this film became very highly recommended by the people I was with at the time.
I watched this film with no idea what it was about, all I knew was that it stared Jared Leto from the multiple GIF’s on Tumblr. I will first off state that this film is not for the fainthearted. I believe that I can deal with violence and pain in films relatively well, until I saw this film. But don’t let that fool you, it is one of the post powerful, beautiful, challenging and disturbing films I have ever watched. I don’t want to summarize the plot for you all because I believe the best way to view this film is as I did, not really knowing anything about it. Aronofsky doesn’t like to make films that will cheer you up on a dull day, he is a challenging Director and likes to see how far he can push the boundaries, and he timed it just right. If this film pushed any further, it may have turned out unwatchable.
Now one thing I will say, as it’s something that I always admire and take interest in, is that the film is beautifully edited. One of the best works of editing I have seen for a while, it’s split screens with contrasting yet similar characters works amazingly and the repeated fast cuts of the same sequence of shots throughout the film emphasize the tediousness of their everyday lives.
Anyhow, those are just a few opinions of the film I wanted to get down straight after watching. I hope this intrigues you too see the film, and if you have already seen it I would like to hear if you shared the same views, or if you got something completely different! (I imagine the film being a bit like Marmite)
As you can tell by the title, I have some very exciting news! In 3 DAYS I am traveling to Berlin for the annual Film festival with my course! And, if you can’t guess I’m super duper excited. However, I won’t lie it was a slightly last minute thing… as I, I booked flights a week before we go. Crazy, I know, but I am so glad I did because now I cannot wait to go!
What changed my mind on going was the fact that my course decided to be angels and have paid for the accommodation! (And I was assured they don’t do that every year) So all I really needed to pay for was flights and spending money, which is AWESOME.
The film festival is pretty well renowned and will have celebrities there such as Zachary Quinto and James Franco (I KNOW I KNOW I’M FREAKING OUT) I mean Heroes was one of the greatest T.V shows and do not even get me started on AHS. Then Franco in Spring Breakers was one of the greatest performances ever, and did I mention it’s one of my favourite films? Yes, much excite. ANYHOW, if you want to check out what’s on at the festival and all that jazz check it out here: https://www.berlinale.de/en/HomePage.html
As always let me know in the comments if you’ve been to Berlin, or live in Berlin for that matter! And if there are any cool places to go that you recommend?
Today I finally (after weeks of being messed around) got my marks back from my campaign work! If you haven’t see the post here’s the link: http://bit.ly/1BDKaxj
Now after over thinking everything we had done, and thoughts on how some of the work really wasn’t up to scratch we actually got a 2:1! AMAZING! I am so so happy with this result and again goes to show how much hard work and time really pays off. However, this really isn’t the point of this post. The point of this, is when you start to pay more attention to your percentage, (or if you’re in college / school grade boundaries). I’ve noticed that once you do this – unless you get the highest mark, you don’t appreciate your work as much and start to pull it apart wherever it seems like you could’ve lost marks. For example, today we go 68%, which is 2% away from a First. Now I will admit, this did annoy me a little (a lot) HOWEVER the fact that after this we started to look at our work and blamed what others had done wrong instead of being proud of ourselves for what we have achieved is such a terrible thing to do. But everyone does it, I mean ever your parents when you tell them they almost sound saddened that you didn’t get into the higher grade instead of being 100% proud of you for doing your best, and getting a good grade.
The point I’m trying to make I guess, is that we shouldn’t pay as much details to the negativity because it will eat you alive, instead be proud of how well you have done and the life that you live and know that you did all that you could and that in the end it was worth it. No matter what a few extra marks or percentages say. We all need to be supportive of each other, and not to tear each other apart just so we can be the best. Just a thought I wanted to share. Leave opinions below as usual!