Sunday, April 30, 2006

Bringing it all down to earth

So I have been thinking a lot about why I write and I think it comes down to this quote by Chuck Palahniuk. "The one drawback to writing is the being alone. The writing part. The lonely-garret part. In peoples imagination, that's the difference between a writer and a journalist. The journalist, the newspaper reporter, is always rushing, hunting, meeting people, digging up facts. Cooking a story. The journalist writes surrounded by people, and always on deadline. Crowded and hurried. Exciting and fun.
The Journalist writes to connect you to the larger world. A conduit."

That’s it really. I have been writing on a regular basis for about 10 years, mostly fiction no one but me has read, or personal commentary in a journal and occasionally on the net. But this year I have been writing as a journalist, usually in the journalism room at NWC. At home I get writers block, at the college when a block comes I have someone to bounce ideas off.

When I re-entered college it was a means to an end, that end being a novelist. I had no intentions to do anything but learn to be a better writer and I saw journalism as a way to do that. As this year draws to a close I find myself addicted to journalism, even to the point next year I will be the editor of the Northwest Trail. It is strange how things turn out, if you had asked me a year ago what I would be doing now I most likely would have said, "Working a dead end job." But as photography did for me seven years ago, journalism has set me free. It has allowed me to find my passion. As I look on to the next phase of my journey I see a future, while still uncertain and frightening, full of possibilities.

Tonight I will leave you with these words of wisdom from my pops "Never stick anything in your ear smaller than you elbow.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Why I'm single (Women suck)

Just went to the bar (still a lot buzzed) and while there I came to the realization of why I have been with out female companionship for the last few years. I would love to date if i could find a chick who could shut the f*** up every once and a while. Why do chicks constantally talk about that which does not matter? Sure I like to B.S. all the time, but when I do it is about movies, books or polotics. It is the rare day that i talk about who said what to who and why no body really cares. So if there are any women out there who are actually interesting (not just to themselfs) let me know.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

ROCK GOD

Movies and stalking

This weekend while trying to shirk some of my schoolwork, I spent some time with my DVD collection. A good chunk of this collection consists of romantic comedies, about 30 percent, so that is what I watched.
The National Center for Victims of Crime defines stalking as, “a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.”
It is my assertion that the, so-called, “romance” in these romantic comedies is nothing more than stalking. Look at the formula for the basic romance movie - boy meets girl, girl rejects boy, boy pursues girl until she falls for him. This formula it self does not necessarily imply stalking. The methods used in these films, on the other hand, if applied in the real world would definitely constitute stalking.
One need go no farther than the movie “10 things I hate about you” to see stalking on the big screen. For those of you who don’t remember this stupendous chunk of teen cinema, it was about Cameron who meets this girl Bianca who can’t date until her sister Kat dates. In order to go out with Bianca, Cameron hires another boy to date Kat. He then proceeds to fake being a tutor so he can be close to her. I don’t know about you, but if I were to try to pull off something like that I would be in jail.
The movie “Eight days a week” also provides a great example of stalking for the sake of romance. In this very under rated motion picture a boy spends the summer camping of the girl of his dreams lawn in order to win her heart. If such an act had taken place in the Powell this kid would have been taken away by the men in the white coats, but in movie land this kid ends up with the girl - only in Hollywood.
“1,006,970 women and 370,990 men are stalked annually in the United States,” according to the NCVC. Could this be in part because of romantic comedies? It is not my intention to make light of stalking or victims of stalking. I have been stalked, and from that experience I can tell you it is truly a frightening experience. There has to be some explanation for the almost 1.4 million cases of stalking in the U.S. alone.
People are sheep and follow what they see. So it is not completely unreasonable to assume that some people would see romantic comedies and think the examples they provide are good. While I am sure that not all of the incidents of stalking are due to romantic comedies, some of them most likely can be attributed to them.