Fighting Normalcy One Post at a Time
Student ID: 516377 (Lau Yunqi, YQ)
Net Communications Blog Assessment
Blog Name: Tie Your Shoestrings Here
Tutorial Date and time: Thursday, 9AM
Tutor: Doug Hendrie
Here are the three posts that are to be evaluated:
1. Critial Thinking on Blogs (The Wedding Bonanza)
1. Green Wedding Shoes
Like icing sugar on pancakes, Green Wedding Shoes is a website that is completely devoted to the sacred ceremonial bondage of marriage. The photos all look like they’re been captured by a professional photographer. I assume with great certainty that they do employ their services. The stories that are posted on this blog makes your heart sing with the tiny bright flame of joy that tells you that maybe somewhere out there, in this crazy, completely vapid world there is that special someone who will love me for the rest of my life. A special someone who will not in ten years time run off with a bad boob job stripper with a name like Venus. Someone who will not tell you sometime down the road that he is actually, in fact, gay. This website has the lot and I assume that when I’m talking about the lot, you know I mean the works. Wedding settings, bouquet arrangements, bridal party gifts. Sure, most wedding blogs have this sort of thing but Green Wedding Shoes is special in the fact that they specialise mainly in outdoor weddings. Weddings that *gasp* are actually held in places where trees grow and the air doesn’t come second hand from the air conditioner, I know shocking right? If you are planning an outdoor wedding or at least considering it, take a look at this website and you’ll find plenty of great ideas that will either cement the fact that, yes you should have that outdoor wedding with the gardenias that you’ve been dreaming of since you were a child or no, you actually do prefer staying in doors with the sweet, sweet reminder of concrete.
2. 100 Layer Cake
On a budget? Don’t you worry your tiny stressed out heart. 100 Layer Cake is here to solve your dilemma. They’ve got a pop-up shop. A wonderful, beautiful pop up shop that is bursting to the brim with wedding accessories. They’ve got everything, the entire kitchen sink so that you, beautiful person, can save that pretty penny and still plan a good wedding. You can now get some really amazing gift products that will help in the reception or maybe you can get the accessories for the bridesmaids for a cheap deal. Of course the draw back is that you’ve got to be a member before you can get to the pop up shop and the items in the ‘shop’ itself changes. So if your in need of a certain item you might not have it in stock. The name ‘pop up shop’ also means that it’s not exactly reliable.
3. Once Wed
Once Wed has a magazine. Aside from that, it isn’t very different from the wedding blogs that I’ve featured here. But hold on, here’s the real defining feature of this blog. It sells second hand wedding dresses. Yes, you heard me right, second hand wedding dresses. Your getting your bridal gown at a cheaper price, which means you have now more money for the reception or the honeymoon! For the sellers your not only helping a potential bride find the dress of her dreams but your also earning back a little of the money you spent originally. Now that is a cool wedding blog. If you’ve got issues with wearing second handed dresses just remember the saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”. Buying a second hand dress doesn’t mean your getting something bad, your actually welcoming luck into your marriage. Just think: the bride who wore this before you was a happy one so her happiness added with yours will only create an even happier marriage.
2. Theory Integration (The Obligatory Post)
As a media communication student and as this blog was set up for the sole purpose of earning my 60% in Net Communications, I am contractually abide to have one sole post that integrates theory with my theme: mainly weddings. I will be boring, stuffy and academic. No one will read this post aside from my tutor (you know who you are). So this post is dedicated to my lovely, wonderful tutor who had his ear nagged off by my crazy but remarkably managed to keep his sanity.
The internet. This great digital sphere that we have come to associate with daily life was not something that came into prominence until the 2000’s. Where would we be today if we didn’t have Youtube to watch videos of silly cats stalking humans? If we didn’t have a Facebook page that kept us in the loop about what the good Lord is doing up there amongst the white clouds? Or Twitter in which we can ‘harmlessly’ self-promote? And blogs, let’s not forget blogs especially my hometown’s greatest blogger in the whole blogosphere: Xiaxue? I know I couldn’t survive without Tumblr. But there are some reasons to be concerned with the eventual digitalising of our lives.
I don’t have a problem with the internet. Not at all. I couldn’t care less whether or not you are going out for a party this evening and you got so drunk that you decided to take a photo of your own vomit. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m dependent on the internet but I’m not living my life according to it. And most shockingly of all, I don’t have a social media presence. That’s why I’m comparatively better off than other people but we’ve all become involved in the attention deficit economy that the internet has spawned. Dinner with friends usually turn out into near homicidal affairs because they’ve been absorbed in their iPhones or Samsungs while I’m sitting there waiting for someone to talk back to me. Attention is something that has to be cultivated. In our increasingly connected world, we have the television on as your checking Facebook updates on your phone and reading the latest post by Prez Hilton on your computer. I hate how lazy we’ve become in devoting our attention to things. The increasing trend of just inviting your wedding guests via Facebook worries me, this just shows how entirely dependent people can be on the internet and how lazy they have since become.
I don’t want to live in a society where we become slaves to the network. People we need to rage against the machine! Solutions are tough and tricky when it comes to this subject because we cannot be completely cut off from the network system. Time will tell if we have evolved or devolved amongst our own kind.
3. Generation of Fresh Content (I Don’t Believe in Outer Space)
So, anyway, on Sunday I went to watch a play- ‘I Don’t Believe in Outer Space’. It’s a German production by The Forsythe Company. It’s a play about life, it’s fragility and a whole lot of other stuff that I didn’t quite get. I am not my sister who is the exact sort of person who’d go to a museum for fun, drinking bubbly champagne through crystal flutes and is all made up to look like high society. I’m the sort of person who would rather spend my time at home watching a marathon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But, I like culture even though most of the time I don’t quite get it and am more of the country bumpkin. In any case, an outing to a play is a great way of getting all dolled up. Why am I telling you this? It’s because when you read my thoughts on the play and think ‘gods, she’s really simple, absolutely no substance’ you’d actually remember that I am not part of the social sphere where arts is a staple.
Depicted in a littered, rather sparse landscape the entire play was really amazing. They used ‘I will Survive’ in such a new and inventive way although I didn’t quite get it until AFTER the whole performance, yup, I am just that dim. I really enjoyed the performers, they were all so flexible and agile. Super envious of these elastic people. It was as if when they were conceived in their mothers womb, the cells had a discussion on how much elasticity they should implant into the awaiting embryo. In my case, the cells were being real stuck up tightwads and didn’t deem me important enough to give me any elasticity at all. Sorry, I’m going off track again. Back to the play, the contemporary feel of the dancing was something that I loved very much. I haven’t been to many plays in my lifetime, especially not those that were solely based on dancing aside from ballet but that is a whole kettle of fish entirely. I’m biased probably because to me anything done by Europeans is always better but I enjoyed this so much. The music for the play was something that I swear was absolutely brilliant. If they released it on CD I would have brought it immediately afterwards. It was peppered with real fluid and haunting moments of pure isolation before jumping into bouncy, crazy pop like beats.
The audience laughed a lot it was probably what made me laugh loads more too. During the moments when I thought that it wasn’t funny and someone let out a giggle, I giggled too. There was a scene when a pair of dancers did a ping pong relay which was hilarious. It was really brilliant to watch their bodies move so well, I could almost see the ball (which was non-existent) moving; even one part of it was done under the idea of slow motion. The pop culture influence was something I could totally relate to, thanks to my endless fascination with it.
I Don’t Believe in Outer Space, is something that I thought was really brilliant. Outer Space doesn’t mean the universe with the planets thing but even the idea of your neighbours. When was the last time you actually had a chat with your neighbours, invited them over for a drink? Do you even know your neighbours? That is a bit like outer space as well don’t you think? I guess what makes this play so interesting for me was that these big concepts that the director want to show to the audience were things I don’t really understand. I wasn’t sure how to interpret things but somehow I managed to get some limited understanding of the director’s style.