Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Obsession with Naked Celebrities

Last weekend, the internet went into overdrive as leaked naked images of female celebrities like actress Jennifer Lawrence, singer Ariana Grande, and model Kate Upton were uploaded on the site 4Chan. It once again sparked discussions about women’s rights and everyone’s obsession with seeing a naked celebrity.
            In her article for The Guardian, Hadley Freeman hit on the people who argued that these celebrities who have naked pictures have brought it upon themselves to be exposed in this way. She further stressed that this exemplifies sexism not just in the entertainment industry and in the internet in general. Whenever a news item is posted with a woman being in the headline, they always presented by their sex.
            The Internet’s obsession with naked celebrities is has gotten more rabid because in the internet everyone is on the same level no matter if you’re an Oscar winning actress with a lot of memes under your belt or your just a regular douche looking up at the images of naked female celebrities. At the same time, it highlights their celebrity status, the naked images generates more buzz because these are from people who we idolize, loathe, live vicariously through etc. It becomes a trending topic because these are people who appear to unattainable, living a seemingly perfect lives, and an image of them in all their naked glory makes them like us. Ordinary.

            This latest scandal will definitely make the discussion about sexism and women’s rights in the forefront again in blogs and forums but also how secured our private images really are. Majority of people who have naked pictures of themselves would probably think twice now about taking some more naked selfies of them. But what we all should remember is that what we probably look alike in our nakedness and looking at these images violates their rights of having small piece of privacy in their public lives. 

A hate free review and still generate traffic

If you’re looking to check the new ramen store in the metro, or the latest movie everyone is flocking to in the theaters, you first check to read on their reviews. Digital word of mouth and herd mentality in our culture seems to be the best mix in writing reviews for film, TV shows, books, etc. Everyone has transformed themselves into ‘experts’ in the different fields that they posts in their blogs. But a lot of so-called experts have taken to producing reviews filled with ‘hate’ for the thing they are reviewing. This seems to have gone around into making a lot of people think that being the irrational negative reviewer masking in constructive criticism post will make people flock to their sites and be influenced by them is wrong. Reviews that are written with fair and objective points of view can still generate traffic and could possibly be referenced by other bigger sites in their own articles.
Reviewing a restaurant may seem different to reviewing a novel or film but essentially they all start with the same foundation. Objectivity and open-mindedness. When you go in a restaurant or start to read a book, it already gives you a first impression of what to possibly expect. You can use this to base on what you will possibly write for your review but at the same time try not be boxed in it. There might be a couple of things that might surprise you along the way that can sway or influence you on your first impression. Basically, when you start to make mental notes of what your review will be like you also try to enjoy the experience as the best as you can.
In the time where are 140 character entries are consumed like manna from heaven, you must not be bothered by long or short your review will be. Well to a certain degree. Try not to go overboard and make 10,000-word review of a ramen shop you went to or 10 – word review about a lengthy novel you read. It should be as long as you need it to be to carry idea along. If you’re the kind who knows to drive a point across with a few words then so be it. If you need t be very detailed about why you disagree why a movie went the direction it went to, then be detailed as you possibly can. As long as you remain coherent and the review remains cohesive from start to finish.
The best review that you could write is not how much the novel bore you or how much you like the art exhibit, but rather a review that both points out the great things and the other things that could be improved. Making sure to point the good and bad things helps your readers see if they like the same things that you like or if they disagree with the points that you did not like.
Lastly, your review is your masterpiece but you should not focus your energy in making it perfect. Remember, other people will still find something to pick with your piece so just write the best that you can produce. Always tell yourself that that you write reviews because you like doing them. Whatever your reason may be. Writing reviews need not be on scholarly level for your readers to take you seriously but rather it needs to show you express yourself in response to whatever it is that you're reviewing.