Black Friday

Now that everyone is full from their Thanksgiving feast, the next thing on many people’s list is to get an early rise in the morning to buy discounted televisions and early Christmas shopping. Black Friday has always been portrayed as a great chance for consumers to spend their hard earned money on the material things they want, without having to break the bank. But this fun time is always takes a darker turn somewhere in the country, and usually ends with people getting into fist fight, anxiety, and even getting trampled to death. Cases like these makes me question why Black Friday is still as big as it is. Just a few years ago, I found out that there are other great sales that mirrors Black Friday with the same same benefit. Cyber Mondays, Small Business Saturday, and since being in San Antonio (we finally made it by the way), there’s even a Gray Thursday in central Texas. With all these special days where you can shop online from the house or avoid the heavy crowds, why would I want to go out at 6 a.m. and play The Hunger Games Walmart Edition?

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/online-sales-surge-thousands-still-lining-black-friday-n470181

http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/Gray-Thursday-Black-Friday-begin-in-San-Antonio-6659177.php

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Road Trip

So I am currently on my way to Texas with my family when life decided to happen. 8:36 pm in the middle of nowhere, Texas was when a big chunk of concrete laying on the highway too out two tires. No problem;  it’s a rental car with insurance right? Wrong. We have to sit on the phone for 2 hours until we come to a negotiation for the rental company to send a cab to take us HALF way to our destination. Then to top off this night,  a good civilian with a tow truck came by to see if we needed help. Nice guy.  When we told him our cab was coming,  he was about to be on his way only for his truck to be trapped in the mud long enough for us to pack our cab and head on our way. 11:24 with 120 miles to go. At least the cab driver is playing The Incredibles on the way.

Evolution of Cultural Icons

So last night I went to go see the new James Bond film, Spectre. While I felt that the movie as a whole was a great addition to the series, what really hit me was just the familiarity everyone has with the character of James Bond. I never was interested in seeing his movies until the last movie, Skyfall, came out in 2012. However, many people have been avid fans of the character since Sean Connery started making appearances as him back in the 1960’s. In fact, there have been six different actors to portray Bond within six decades. With the relevance of this character, his portrayals have maintained the same “smooth” personality, with the main change being the time he is set in during his escapades. This presence throughout time has made the character of James Bond familiar to generations of people,  likes the characters of Micky Mouse or Batman. And who doesn’t know where “shaken, not stirred” came from?

http://variety.com/2015/film/box-office/spectre-peanuts-box-office-friday-1201635795/

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/11/this-is-what-james-bond-looks-like-when-you-combine-every-actor-to-ever-play-him

Oregon School Shooting

So once again, there was another mass school shooting in America. This past Thursday at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, a reported nine people were killed and another 20 were injured by a shooter who was also a member of the school. The shooter then committed suicide. This is a constant problem that seems to occur every other year: someone gets mad about their circumstances in life and decides to make other people as miserable as them. These acts of terrorism always seem to stem from an individual that feels that their motive is that they feel they are being oppressed by their peers, when in actuality they are just sick individuals that just want to start chaos. And it’s this main idea that makes it so hard to understand exactly why someone would go out and do this to people that have never crossed their paths. I wish there could be a solution to this issue but sadly, this is just the world we live in. People like this will always exist. The times we live in now have shown people that each day is not promised, and that we must allows keep our eyes open.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/03/us/oregon-umpqua-community-college-shooting/

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/oregon-college-shooting/oregon-shooter-showed-little-sympathy-calculated-killings-witnesses-n438286

Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Hi everyone! My name is Cahlen Fogg, I am a sophomore at the University of Southern Mississippi, and this is my first blog. This will serve as one of my projects for my MCJ 102 class and also as a way to get myself better connected to my major. Since my major is Entertainment and Media Production, I feel that using this blog as a tool will be able to better myself as a writer while also giving me a chance to work my creativity for the genre. Once I graduate, I hope to use my major in order to move  out of the state and find a job working for a movie production company or in television. I feel that I would work better in a job that allows me to take the role of producing for the production. When sending time outside of my major, I mainly like to spend time going to the movies, drawing, and keeping up with all my favorite shows like: The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, How to Get Away with Murder, and Modern Family plus more. As you can see, I’m a huge TV buff! So, I hope that this year is a learning experience and allows me to better myself with my craft. I will be sure to keep you all updated!