Gleek Out

Most TV watchers are familiar with the term “Gleek.” A Gleek refers to anyone who is obsessed with the television show Glee. It is a clever combination of the words “glee” and “geek,” implying that the person is a “Glee Geek,” similar to calling someone who loves Star Trek a “Trekkie.” Glee appeared on the entertainment scene in 2009 airing on Fox, and it exploded practically overnight into a phenomenon capturing audiences of all demographics. Gleeks everywhere are able to relate to Glee due to its colorful culture and the wide range of topics that it explores. Although ratings have slightly dropped during season 3 this year, Gleeks remain loyal and Glee has stayed true to being a truly one of a kind show that’s not afraid to push limits.

I was never a big fan of Glee until season 3. I watched a couple season 2 episodes but never had time to fully dedicate myself until I learned of Glee being on Hulu. I am currently in college and do not have a TV in my dorm room so therefore, I rely heavily on Hulu.com to satisfy my TV cravings. Although the newest episodes are not available until a week after they have already aired, I find Hulu to be a great way to access TV shows, Glee included. Hulu is convenient, free, and there aren’t many commercials. I look forward to sitting down and watching Glee every week whenever I get a chance, and Hulu lets me accomplish this.

Glee is definitely a trendsetting show. It incorporates singing, dancing, humor, and real teen as well as adult issues all into one hour long time slot. It’s a drama but also a comedy all packaged by outrageously talented singers. And who can forget the shows witty dialogue and rememberable characters who you can’t help but to feel for. Glee pushes boundaries by not hesitating to discuss issues such as teen pregnancy, homosexuality, bullying, alcohol, death, and even teen marriage. Glee has been on the cutting edge for a long time and I believe that it always will be. Although I would not consider myself a full-fledged Gleek, I do enjoy a good slushy in the face accompanied by some strong vocals on a regular basis.

Check out Glee on Fox every Tuesday 8/7 Central and don’t forget to download songs from each week’s episode on itunes!

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The Little Things

admiring nature and all its beauty

This original photograph of mine is an example of how the little things in life are sometimes precisely just the things that make us happy to be alive and really cause us to stop and appreciate what we have been given. I came across this natural spring in a very rural area of North Carolina and I was in awe of how beautiful the whole scene I was presented with was. I love the way the sun hits the ground and the water, and the bridge in the background only adds to the enchanting image. I’m honestly not a huge nature person but I loved being there in that moment and I think I was able to capture that moment in some small way to share with all of you.

A “Touchy” Topic

In this video, photoshop is examined on a more personal level by taking an average girl and showing the process that she, as well as her image, go through in order to pertain that “perfect-magazine look.” In agreement with the video, I don’t think that the public truly understands just how often photoshop is used and to what extent it is relied on within the industry. I was surprised to learn that celebrities have their own personal image retoucher and every single released photo of them goes through their retoucher first. They end up looking impossibly perfect, which does no one any favors except possibly their own image.

These practices only add to young girls’ low self-esteem and distorted self-image. I understand why retouching is done, but like many others I do not at all approve of the effects that it is responsible for. As far as I see it, there needs to be some sort of compromise made between the industry and the public. I’m not quite sure what this agreement would entitle though. It is in fact a touchy topic that unfortunately has a tendency to remain taboo most of the time.

Wet Dreams and False Images- unattainable expectations

Wet Dreams and False Images- unattainable images

In the above video link I have posted, Wet Dreams and False Images, men are astounded to discover that the images of women found magazines that they so highly regard are incredibly photoshopped and therefore unreal.

These select men are just a few of the many who place extremely high standards on women because they expect them to look as perfect as models in magazines, who in reality are nothing but an artist’s creation. Women in return place immense pressure on themselves to attain an image that is simply unattainable.

This is what is wrong with today’s society. Photoshop raises expectations to an impossible height and encourages women to hate their bodies and men to expect more from them. It is truly sad. Photoshop is an art form and needs to be viewed as such. If only society could learn to accept true and natural beauty.