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After ten weeks in Pop Culture, I’m still not ready to leave the class. It was a great class and I was able to learn so much material that I once perceived to be boring. The blogging, book critique and movie critiques were great for me since it gave me a chance to write– something I did not get to do in my other classes.

As for the blogging assignment that we received I was petrified to have to do it. I was uncomfortable with pop culture and didn’t know how my ideas and perceptions of concepts would stand up against the rest of the class. However, once I started working on a blog, I realized that it was my opinion and what I could form from the readings we were assigned for class. The blogging really helped me with the readings. Some of them were hard to get through, but sicne I was reading them with a purpose in mind and scoping for information I was able to read and comprehend them much better. I think I gained the most understanding of hegemonic masculinity from the blogs that I wrote and the ones that I read on the matter.

I think my best work was one of the last ones I did. It was called “Hi, I’m a Mac and proud of it.” It was about branding and the community that people form around their products. I think I really grasped the idea that we were supposed to get from that lesson. I was also able to form my own opinions and ideas and present them within the blog. The website I used was also very informational and a great supplement to the blog. My weakest work was Jon’s hegemonic masculinity and how he is being stripped of it. I think I could be more specific in the blog and go deeper in my explanations of his problems by using Trujillo’s article.

I really liked the blog. I liked being able to manage it and read the others in the group. If I did the blog again, I think just knowing more about the blogging process– what I’ve learned through this class, would be helpful. At the beginning I was a little unsure of how to operate a blog and what was considered proper blogging techniques and such. I think just having the knowledge I have no would make the experience better and allow me to expand more on certain ideas.

The blog and class were a great experience al together for me. I think I will continue blogging to have some sort of continuous writing project. Overall, I learned an immense amount of information and learned how to think and reason out my own ideas on things I once knew very little about.

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In Anthony’s blog he states how President Obama used the Internet to gain an edge over Senator McCain. President Obama was careful though, he didn’t make a complete idiot out of himself in public situations that later turned into viral videos. So, as viral videos launched President Obama’s campaign, it has ended quite a few for others. In particular the Howard Dean (Democrat) and his Iowa Caucus. Ralph Nader (Independent and Green Party) ended his campaign with his infamous Uncle Tom quote about President Obama. 

As Cynara say in her blog “Without a doubt, most political organizers in the United States look to the internet to enhance political participation. The Internet’s promises access to one of the most coveted demographics: the elusive “young voter,” the 18-34 year-olds who spend a significant amount of their time online. Furthermore, the Internet is inherently democratic: you do not need a degree, a resume, or extensive experience to start writing a blog, or to post videos of yourself on youtube.” This would have been helpful information for Nader and dean to realize before they had their episodes. Their mishaps ended up in the hands of young voters who posted to their blogs and Facebook’s and turned these men into the laughing stocks of American politics. 

The Internet is keeping the public informed, but it’s also costing politicians the race. Possibly, with their realization of how fast information can travel they will be able to contain their comments and control themselves. Until then, America will continue to run the election through the Internet. Byaaahh!

In Alyssha’s blog about advertising, she makes a point about how many ads are directed towards women. They’re on the cover of every magazine and flashing on TV’s and billboards, but the man’s ad is equally as prevalent. The man’s ad also relies heavily on the portrayal of the hegemonic man that Trujillo talks about. Every male model is chiseled, strong, and rugged and totes around a beautiful woman. Look at the ads for Old Spice, Abercrombie and Dodge truck. Dodge is even endorsed by all American man Toby Keith.

I agree that women are easily persuaded by the ads, I know I am, but I think men have stronger, harsher ads projecting at them. Women’s ads right now are all about the idea of beauty no matter what shape a woman is in. Look at Dove’s campaign for girls’ self esteem. Women are accepted to beautiful from the inside. The men are faced with campaigns like Abercrombie, Axe and anything Brad Pitt happens to be endorsing. “Many males are becoming insecure about their physical appearance as advertising and other media images raise the standard and idealize well-built men. Researchers are concerned about how this impacts men and boys, and have seen an alarming increase in obsessive weight training and the use of anabolic steroids and dietary supplements that promise bigger muscles or more stamina for lifting.”(HealthyPlace)

Here are a few of the ads that are projected at women. Notice how they are about being beautiful and accepting all body types.

Here are a few about men. It’s easy to see how these portray an unrealistic image for men to attain. Even if they do portray the hegemonic man in some aspects, it’s not right for the media to be leading people o believe this is the norm through advertising.

 

This commercial plays off the woman’s point of view and puts a male spin on it. The men lose the hegemonic characteristics to a point, but it’s a little more (at east physically) realistic and funny. 

 

 

“Eating Disorders: Body Image and Advertising.” HealthyPlace(2008): n. pag. Web. 16 Nov 2009. <http://www.healthyplace.com/eating-disorders/main/eating-disorders-body-image-and-advertising/menu-id-58/&gt;.

Trujillo, Nick. Hegemonic Masculinity on the Mound:Media Representations of Nolan Ryan and American Sports Culture. 1991. 290-307. Print.

 

C.C. made a valid point in saying that the reason we remember movies quotes is “because it gives us a verbalization that sticks in our heads.” I completely agree with him, but I also think it goes back to branding. Thinking on the movie quotes I can name off hand, which is not many since I can’t seem to retain a great deal of them, the ones that come to mind are the movies I identify myself with in one strange way or another. As we said in class, we are in the age of Affective Economics. In other words, we form emotional attachments to our products. Therefore, we are attached to our movies, and we remember what we love. We also demand more of what we love; therefore the branding of certain types of movies evolves.

According to Kathleen Fitzpatrick television viewers are the proprietors of affective economics. “These viewers are becoming the new target group of advertisers as well through sponsorship deals and product placement. As a product of this increasingly narrow focus on the active participants, shows and advertising have become more responsive to these community’s demands.” (Affective Economics) I think this also goes for the moviegoers that attach to their films. Look at the Trekkies.

There was a “note” that went around on Facebook that involved people being able to identify the movie that corresponded with the poster’s top 25 quotes. When people couldn’t identify the quote, some people would get defensive and think the other person must just be crazy for not knowing their movies. Here are the two I did posted in their entirety.  

This one took 12 people to solve.

Here are the rules:

1. Choose 20 of your favorite movies.

2. Look up quotes from them on IMDB.

3. Have your friends guess which movie the quotes are from.

4. NO CHEATING–you can’t Google or use any other form of searching

5. Identify the movie once someone guesses it correctly.

6. Tag 15 people, and tag back the person who sent it to you.

 

 

1. In the meantime I’ll practice on less honorable throats… And my Lucy lies in ashes, and I’ll never see my girl again. But the work waits! I’m alive at last, and I’m full of joy!

– Sweeney Todd

 

2. Thank you for choosing “Magic Carpet” for all your travel needs. Don’t stand until the rug has come to a complete stop. Thank you. Goodbye, now. Goodbye. Goodbye, thank you. Goodbye.

– Aladdin

 

3. If I touch a burning candle, I can feel no pain. If you cut me with a knife, it’s still the same. And I know her heart is beating, and I know that I am dead; yet the pain here that I feel, try and tell me it’s not real, and it seems that I still have a tear to shed.

– Corpse Bride

 

4. Oh, poor thing. It is a shame she’s not more handsome. There’s a spinster in the making and no mistake. The fourth with a Miss King, of little standing… and the fifth again with Jane.

– Pride and Prejudice

 

5. So, Coral, when you said you wanted an ocean view, you didn’t think you were going to get the whole ocean, did you? Huh?

-Finding Nemo

 

6. Um no, no I borrowed it. I bought her this. It cost me ten quid plus my Johnny Rotten T-shirt. See here – where is it? Ah yes. DS: Donna Sheridan. and HB: Head Banger.

-Mama Mia!

 

 

7. A long time ago, I was in Burma, my friends and I were working for the local government. They were trying to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being raided in a forest north of Rangoon by a bandit. So we went looking for the stones. But in six months, we never found anyone who traded with him. One day I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing them away.

-The Dark Knight

8. It started with a chair.

– Juno

 

9. Earn you a one-way ticket to Azkaban. Correct. The Ministry says you are too young to see what these curses do. I say different! You need to know what you’re up against. You need to be prepared…

– Harry Potter

 

10. The word I’m searching for, I can’t say, because there’s preschool toys present.

– Toy Story

 

11. ‘Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems in a place perhaps you’ve seen in your dreams. For the story you’re about to be told began with the holiday worlds of auld. Now you’ve probably wondered where holidays come from. If you haven’t I’d say it’s time you begun.

– The Nightmare Before Christmas

 

12. Honesty? You want honesty? Honestly, I think you’re nothing. Nothing but a pure waste of God-given talent. You don’t listen to nobody, man! Not even Doc or Boone! Shiver push on the line everytime and you blow right past ’em! Push ’em, pull ’em, do something! You run over everyone in this league, and everytime you do you leave one of your teammates hanging out to dry, me in particular!

– Remember the Titans

 

13. Oh, and no ship that’s not crewed by the damned and captained by a man so evil that Hell itself spat him back out could possibly have black sails, therefore couldn’t possibly be any other ship than the Black Pearl. Is that what you’re telling me?

– POTC- Curse of the Black Pearl

 

14. You’re both gonna see therapists. Nancy thinks it’ll help. And guys, that’s non-negotiable

– Step Brothers

 

15. Yeah. Um… I had an adrenaline rush. It’s very common. You can Google it.

– Twilight

 

16. I’m French. Why do you think I have this outrageous accent, you silly king?

-Monty Python

 

17. What is the cure for Cancer, Eric? The cure for death itself. The answer is immortality. By creating a legacy, by living a life worth remembering, you become immortal.

– Saw

 

18. I’m lookin’ at this thing and I think, ‘You gotta be kiddin’ me.’ I’m a hobbyist. Thing’s basically nothing but speed rails. I figure I’d go down to Home Depot and whip this up myself for… a hundred bucks.

– Burn After Reading

 

19.Woooooooo-wee. Boy, that was a miiiighty fine a-pickin’ and a-singin’. I’ll tell you what, you come on in here and sign these papers here and I’m a gonna you ten dollars a piece.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

 

20. Oh, hey. We’re rehearsing a – a scene for the upcoming company play called uh, Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me. It’s a musical.

-Monsters, Inc.

This one ended up with 48 comments, oh how movies make us talk.

1. And I suppose you just expect me to go weak at the knees, and fall into your arms and cry hysterically. And say we’ll just figure this whole thing out

– The Parent Trap

 

2. Why didn’t you write me? Why? It wasn’t over for me, I waited for you for seven years. But now it’s too late

– The Notebook

 

3. Well, see, that’s my whole point. I mean you could’ve been born a single cell organism on the planet Zortex. In fact, given the odds, it’s probably more likely, but you weren’t. You we’re born a human being.

-Charlie Bartlett

 

4….Texmam? Well, tell me Texmam, are you in show business?

…Well, no, ma’am.

…Then why don’t you get your fwiggin’ feet off o’ the stage.

– Blazing saddles

 

5. Chris: There’s a job for six men, watching over a village, south of the border.

O’Reilly: How big’s the opposition?

Chris: Thirty guns.

O’Reilly: I admire your notion of fair odds, mister.

– The Magnificent Seven

 

6.Well they want something. People don’t just stand out there, staring at us like that. They want something

– The Strangers

 

7. A dear happiness to women: they would else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I thank God and my cold blood, I am of your humour for that: I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me.

-Much Ado About Nothing

 

8. Human beings have dreams. Even dogs have dreams, but not you, you are just a machine. An imitation of life.

– I, Robot

 

9. I met my father for the first time when I was 28 years old. I made up my mind that when I had children, my children were going to know who their father was.

-The Pursuit of Happyness

 

10. I was just at home, practicing my new twist on The Twist, when I overheard it on the news. I can’t believe Tracy savagely bludgeoned an Eagle Scout. That’s just not like her.

– Hairspray

 

11. Your Majesty, members of the jury, loyal subjects… and the King… the prisoner at the bar stands accused of enticing Her Majesty, into a game of croquet, thereby and with malice of forethought, molesting, tormenting, and otherwise annoying our beloved..

-Alice in Wonderland

 

12. Here’s a little something for you. There was a freak blizzard in the spring of 2004. So, watch out for that April snow.

– The lakehouse

 

13. My idea of a perfect date would be a man who takes me to a romantic dinner, and then we walk along the beach barefoot discussing books and – and music and – and movies.

 

14. Only ever met one man I wouldn’t wanna fight. When I met him he was already the best cut man in the business. Started training and managing in the sixties, but never lost his gift.

– Million Dollar Baby

 

15. You can bake cookies in a tree. As you can imagine, it’s, uh, dangerous having an oven in an oak tree during the dry season.

-Elf

 

16. HEBAT. It’s a mnemonic device: Heather, Evie, Barbara, Anne, Theresa. HEBAT.

– Man of the House

 

17. Globodyne’s a consolidator of media properties and data retrieval with a focus in fiber-optic content provision. It’s basically a synergy of Web-based and platform-based UNIX-driven delivery systems. OK, I made that last part up.

– Fun with Dick and Jane

 

18. She’s wrong. I can’t go back. What would it prove anyway? You can’t change the past. You said you’d always be there for me. But you’re not. It’s because of me. It’s my fault.

-The Lion King

 

19. Get past you… I will go past you, through you, over you, under you, around you. As a matter of fact I will spin you like a top, twist you in a pretzel, eat your lunch, steal your girl and kick your dog at the same time… pshh get past you.

– Glory Road

 

20. Seashells. Chocolate seashells, so small, so plain, so *innocent*. I thought, oh, just one little taste, it can’t do any harm. But it turned out they were filled with rich, sinful.

– Chocolat

 

Fitzpatrick, Kathleen. “Affective Economics.” Intro to Digital Media Studies (2008): n. pag. Web. 16 Nov 2009. <http://machines.pomona.edu/51-2008/node/329&gt;.

 

I must agree with Megan that Disney portrays men and women in a much different light from on another. This may stem (and by may, I mean I think) from the idea that Walt Disney was a complete nut job and his idea of a perfect world involved perfect children that grew into perfect adults and knew their role in society. Women should be in the kitchen men should work.

“Almost all Disney movies revolve around a heterosexual love plot, and tell young boys how to interact with women- they should view them as objects of pleasure (even if not in a sexual way). The men are seen as strong, glorifying chiseled abs, a barrel chest and huge arms; a body image that is often hard to attain. The masculinity of the characters is defined by how strong they are, and unwillingness to fight is seen as pitiful.” (Women in Hollywood)

On the contrary, the woman should be kind and reserved. Knowledge is welcome, but not necessary as seen in the Little Mermaid when Ursula informs Ariel that she doesn’t need her voice to get a man, but should learn to use body language. At the time, I didn’t get the reference, but looking back I wouldn’t want little girls thinking that using your body is the correct way to snag a man.

Not only is it bad for the woman, but according to Women in Hollywood, the images of men in Disney movies leaves many boys feeling inadequate because of the shape the lead male characters are in. Sometimes, when I look at Gaston (or any of the other males in Disney) I do wonder if the art director has actually ever seen the proportions of a male body–his overgrown upper body leaves me confused.

The point is that Disney is leaving today’s youth with unreasonable expectations of their role in society and what they should look like. Disney campaigns for kids to be themselves as long as they look like everyone else.

Smith Pullman, k. “Women in Hollywood.” BlogSpot(2008): n. pag. Web. 16 Nov 2009. <http://ksmith-hollywoodwomen.blogspot.com/2008/11/sexism-strength-and-dominance.html&gt;.


Oh, my. The ongoing love triangle. As Erin asks, Team Edward or Team Jacob? First, I would like to say Bella lacks a personality and after a thousand plus pages of teen angst whininess she does not deserve either of these men and should just let the Volturi use her. However, this is a great example of branding. Girls (and guys) all over are identifying with a team. They must chose between the moody vampire and the over bearing werewolf, boy, she know how to pick ‘em.

My point is people are identifying with characters in books now. They get defensive over them and proudly declare whom they stand for. It is part of who they are. There is even a campaign about the war. Their statement is as follows: “To settle the most important of important literary questions-duh! In all seriousness, Stephenie Meyer has put us fans into a pretty pickle, giving us two highly like-able male protaganist to fight over. If you think Bella has a hard choice, talk to the Twilight fandom for about five mintues. We here at Novel Novice Twilight decided to put all those Team Edward and Team Jacob fans to the test! Over the next few months, coinciding with the presidential election here in the U.S, we will be running a Team Edward V Team Jacob Campaign.”[sic]

People cling to brands as a form of identification. This goes to show how desperate people are for the community that Strauss talks about in “Things are in the Saddle.”

Strauss, Samuel. Things are in the Saddle. 1924. 578-588. Print.

Novel Twilight.2009. <http://twilightnovelnovice.com/specials/contests-projects/novelnoviceprojects/team-edward-v-team-jacob/&gt;

Say you were starting from scratch and wanted common luxuries in society. For the electronic category you would need an mp3 player, a phone and a computer. In clothing you would need pants, shirts and shoes. That’s just a base and very vague with today’s need to brand. The real questions would be Zune or iPod? iPhone, Palm or Blackberry? Mac or PC? American Eagle, Abercrombie or Old Navy? Nike, Reebok, Asics or Converse? Which do you identify with?

I’m guilty of it just as much as any other American. To answer the former questions: iPod, iPhone, Mac, Old Navy and Converse. Those are my brands and I can identify part of myself through them. I feel like I am a part of the people that wear them. Which is an idea that may seem kind of strange, but I’ve never met someone who wears Chuck Taylor’s that I didn’t like. In “Things are in the Saddle,” Samuel Strauss says that consumers identify themselves in communities. “That feeling of community is created by something called the primal code. This code is a pattern as simple as binary code, and just as powerful.”(Fuel Your Branding)

According to Fuel Your Branding, the primal code is a seven-step process that helps consumers identify with their brands.

1)    The creation story- how did your product become popular? Mac- basement, new wave

2)    The Creed- What makes this product cool? Apple- Hi, I’m a Mac and I think different.

3)    The Icon- what says this is my product? Mac- the Apple

4)    Rituals- what does this product make us do? iPod- we now have the Genius feature and the shuffle before that.

5)    The Vocabulary- How does this product change the way we view and say things? Mac- Just command-c it and then command –v it.

6)    The identification of the non believer- Who does not fit into our group and why is their group worse? Mac- PC, because they crash and such.

7)    The leader- Who is on the forefront of your community? Mac- Steve Jobs

It appears that people don’t just identify with a brand because it is cool, but because it is part of them. They are identifying with a community and following nature’s plan to fit in somewhere. So, next time you see someone wearing Burberry, Jimmy Choos and D&G don’t just write them off as a rich snob, remember they’re just being loyal to their community.


Hanlon, Patrick. “Why do we feel better about some products than we do about others?.” Fuel Your Branding 14 July 2009: n. pag. Web. 16 Nov 2009. <http://www.fuelyourbranding.com/why-do-we-feel-better-about-some-products-than-we-do-about-

Strauss, Samuel. Things are in the Saddle. 1924. 578-588. Print.

So to produce the show they need a handsome jock, a dumb blonde, a gay man, a cowboy and a diva. They’ll throw them in a house, create hostile situations and then edit what they say until something interesting and sensationalized comes out of it. What is this trend that swept the nation’s TV viewers? None other than reality TV. It is also fake. The top hit on Urban Dictionary for “reality TV” is “Shit that’s faker than Pam Anderson’s titties and more fixed than pro wrestling!” [sic] a more appropriate definition from them is “A truly saddening development of modern media. Programming which lacks any redeeming social, intellectual or moral value but is nonetheless poignant in a macabre way due to the reflection it offers of a rapidly declining western culture. Primarily watched by mindless, brainwashed Americans who are long since bereft of any intelligent thought or recognizable human values (greed and self-interest notwithstanding).” [sic] So, my thoughts seem to be shared by at least a few of the leaned people that grace Urban Dictionary with their presence.

The contestants on reality television are manipulated. I know this is shocking news, but nonetheless, it is the truth. The shows are cut, voices changed, words bleeped out and entire scenes rearranged to give the desired effect for the storyboard. (Ethics and Reality TV) Yes, that is correct, reality TV shows are conducted off of a storyboard. The contestants receive interview-coaching advice and run off a mild storyboard. This news leaked when The Writers Guild of America did not cover the creators of the storyboards. That’s how scripted it is. (Time)

So, indeed, it is very far from a concrete reality. The contestants aren’t themselves on the show (due to intense scrutiny and intense editing) and that leads to a good show. Would we watch it if they all got along? “Indeed, spontaneity and authenticity would seem to be the first casualties when what was a temporary experience for ordinary folk becomes a full-blown career/lifestyle for budding “stars.””(Variety) There’s the truth, people change to fit the mold that is given to them. Whatever character they get casted for.

“Reality TV.” Urban Dictionary. Web. <http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=reality+tv&gt;.

Poniewozick, James. “How Reality TV Fakes It.” Times (2006): n. pag. Web. 15 Nov 2009. <http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1154194,00.html&gt;.

Lowry, Brian. “Reality TV breeds new star system.” Times. 2009. Web. <http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=reality+tv&gt;.

“Ethics & Reality TV.” About. 2009. Web. <http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/phil/blphil_eth_realitytv.htm&gt;.

She’s a pit bull with lipstick. She’s a hockey mom. She’s a past governor and candidate for Vice President. She’s Sarah Palin and she’s politics most uncelebritous member. Before Senator John McCain selected the Alaskan governor as his running mate, not many people had heard of her. She swept the Republican Party with her down home values and care for her family. Her looks grabbed the attention of many men and her style the attention of women.

According to “Obamamania,” Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin all broke record ratings for Primetime acceptance speeches during the coverage of the DNC and RNC conventions. (Obamamania) A record number of people tuned in to watch her accept. She was novel. She was a woman, a mother, a grandmother, a working woman, beautiful and intelligent. What was more to want? Many women began to idolize Palin.

“Regular folks offer up their life stories –throwing in their dignity and self-respect along with it — and out comes a series of pointless interviews, a book deal, a speaking tour, a reality show, plus CDs, jewelry lines, skin product endorsements and everything else under the sun. Even as uncelebrities lament being harassed by the paparazzi at every turn, they can’t seem to get off that crazy conveyor belt of commodification without transforming every last scrap of their souls into

consumable goods.”(The Triumph of Uncelebrity)

This sums up my point. Palin became a consumable product. Just Google “Sarah Palin glasses,” and the entire first page is consumed with articles about the trends started with her glasses and places to order them.  Her style is mimicked as well. Over $150000 dollars was spent on Palin’s wardrobe, later to be auctioned to the adoring public for charity. (People magazine) There are tutorials that explain how to achieve Palin’s signature updo and even a recipe for Palin’s famous moose stew. Palin is even on Twitter. (http://twitter.com/@AKGovSarahPalin) If someone gets their kicks out of mocking Sarah, then just tune into some SNL skits and hear her talk about seeing Russia from her house. Essentially, a person could mock every marketable characteristic of Palin by doing a simple Google search.

Even those involved with Palin have reached celebrity like status. Levi Johnston has an agent to handle all of his media. All he did was father Bristol Palin’s baby. He has become marketable too.  

So, the uncelebrity is on the rise. They are profitable, relatable and what the public demands. Palin is an excellent example of this because she gained her rise through politics.

Strzemien, Anya. “Sarah Palin’s Style Sparks Buying Frenzy, Wig Sellers And Shoemakers Rush To Cash In.” Huffington Post (2008): n. pag. Web. 12 Nov 2009. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/12/sarah-palins-style-sparks_n_126107.html&gt;.

Bowers, Betty. “Landover Baptist Church.” Landover Baptist Church. Web. 12 Nov 2009. <http://www.landoverbaptist.net/showthread.php?t=14851&gt;.

Heather, Havrileskey. The Triumph of the Uncelebrity. Salon Media Group, 2009. Print.

Shabazz, Rashid K. “Obamania: Media Tactics Drawing Youth to the Voting Booth.” Youth Media Reporter 5 (2008): 1. Web. 12 Nov 2009. <https://bb7pilot.ohio.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_2_1&url=%2Fwebapps%2Fblackboard%2Fexecute%2Flauncher%3Ftype%3DCourse%26id%3D_37986_1%26url%3D&gt;.

Recently the rage in Hollywood is to be pregnant. Jolie, Simpson-Wentz, Spelling, Richie- they’re all doing it. So, it makes sense that the uncelebrity Kate Gosselin found such welcoming arms by the media when TLC picked up her story about having two sets of multiples. The show was picked up in 2007 and aired their first episode when the family was ready to move into their new house. (TLC)

Before the show, Kate was a nurse. She lead a normal life and met her now ex husband at a pic-nic. She was just like “us.” Havrielesky says in her article “Of course, these ordinary people will only be “just like us” for about five more seconds, and then the book tours and the image consultants and the paparazzi attacks and the aggressive interviews with Matt Lauer will start to take their toll.“(Havrielesky) Kate’s celebrity status has skyrocketed. She has two books, a TV show (now without Jon’s name) and the infamous A-line hair cut. She travels all over for book signings and regularly gives talks and enjoys the trips. (US Weekly)

Kate claims that all she wants is peace for her children. (US Weekly) However, her face is plastered all over the news. She can’t seem to give up the status of celebrity. “Very little of their former selves will remain, rendering them just as bland and worthless as the real celebrities that came before them.”(Havrielesky) Kate refuses to step out of the spot light claiming “it’s gone too far.” Even though Jon’s attorney ordered a cease and desist of filming at the family home in Pennsylvania. (Women in Business)

The uncelebrity Kate Gosselin will never give up the spotlight and her fans wouldn’t have it. The show bases their plot on affective economics. The viewers feel part of the family. They hate Jon, love the children and seem to have mixed feelings about Kate. No matter the feelings, Kate will be in the media for a while.

“Kate Gosselin: People Have “Contempt and Hate” for Me.” US Weekly 2 Nov. 2009: n. pag. Web. 3 Nov 2009. <http://www.usmagazine.com/celebritynews/news/kate-gosselin-people-have-contempt-and-hate-for-me-1970241&gt;.

 

Wolfe, Lahle. “Biography of Kate Gosselin.” About n. pag. Web. 3 Nov 2009. <http://womeninbusiness.about.com/od/famouswomenentrepreneurs/p/Kate-Gosselin.htm&gt;.

Heather, Havrileskey. The Triumph of the Uncelebrity. Salon Media Group, 2009. Print.