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Reality of a narcissist

Social media is instantaneous and wildly entertaining, but no one really cares what you ate at Olive Garden last night(especially after the third picture of your lasagna frittata). This is a reality that many don’t seem to realize, since they’re so caught up with how others perceive them and how many “likes” are on their pictures.

The fact that people are getting so addicted to these 1 cm x 1 cm apps on their phone is kind of terrifying to me.They’re connected with friends and strangers, but they can’t seem to connect to the people sitting right in front of them.

Are you a Narcissus?
Are you a Narcissus? Graphic from Greek Mythology

This is the generation of technology. I really don’t like to think I’m old-fashioned, but I can’t understand the level of importance our generation places on the concept of self-promotion. “I went to a party last night but if I don’t post about it on Instagram, who will know if I went?”

Who cares? It’s not like if you didn’t take pictures, you can’t tell people about it when you see them next. Or better yet, treat it as an awesome college memory! No one needs (or cares) to know what you’re doing and how you’re feeling every second of the day. It takes the fun out of stories; it sucks the mystery out of life, and it seems to be making people less comfortable about themselves in the process.

Ladies, when was the last time you went out to a party without makeup on? Other than feeling a little underdressed, you might feel anxious that someone could be capturing this monumental event on their phone and will (unbeknownst to you) post it on Twitter or Instagram. But so what if they do? With society’s chokehold on young women to always be “on” and perfectly made up, social media seems to make it worse. With the click of a button, your picture can be sent into the world for everyone to comment, judge and critique.

While I get the appeal of strangers, acquaintances and friends commenting, “Lookin’ hot girl, you’re stunning!” I don’t see how it’s conducive to helping our self-image and relationships. Instead of connecting with people in person, it’s done online. Being a communication major, social media is my worst nightmare. I somehow have to convey what I mean without using body language, tone of voice or facial expression.

It just makes relationships too shallow to me. I want to be able to really connect with people on a level that the Internet simply cannot provide, and I’m okay with that. While people are at a party capturing “candids” with their friends to post online, I’ll be outside having meaningful conversations with people I am happy to be with in the moment.

Netflix expects us to binge-watch, BoJack Horseman

America sure loves to binge. It’s not as if we like our alcohol more than the rest of the world, we just have a binge drinking problem.

It’s not that we like food more than the rest of the world, (we’re actually one of the most wasteful) we just have a binge eating problem.

It’s not that America has a problem with food, alcohol, or anything else; we just have a binging problem. Looking to capitalize on a social construct, Netflix has created “Netflix Original” series’ that enable the viewers to binge watch shows that have been created around the concept of binging.

BoJack in the opening theme. Graphic from Youtube
BoJack in the opening theme. Graphic from Youtube

BoJack Horseman is an animated comedy and is also a “Netflix Original” series. With an arching plotline that picks up right where it left off in each new episode, it’s clear the show was made with binge-watching in mind.

The main character, BoJack, is a narcissistic, washed up sitcom actor from the 90’s. Imagine a self-consumed Bob Saget. The comedic value of his personality derives from BoJack being a horse. Of course, a horse would think he’s the best thing since sliced bread.

BoJack’s agent is a cat and is appropriately named, Princess Carolyn. Princess has a mild temper and keeps a scratching post on her desk. It’s important to note that she is BoJack’s ex-girlfriend. But of course the writers named the cat Princess.

The animated comedy is built around archetypes more than anything else.

When BoJack decides to write a memoir, he contacts Penguins Publishing Company, which is run by penguins, of course.

When BoJack decides he needs a ghost writer, who does he get? A hipster, human named Diane Nguyen of course!

When BoJack falls in love with Diane, he discovers that she’s dating rival actor, Mr. Peanutbutter. But of course, what could Mr. Peanutbutter be other than an all-lovable Golden Retriever?

I think you get the idea, just match archetypes with animals. Unsurprisingly, this idea wears off pretty quickly.

Netflix, I’m not accusing you of being lazy because I did thoroughly enjoy this show. I just wish you hadn’t been so obvious. Do you think of your audience as sheep? Maybe you do, considering you target the collegiate demographic. Netflix, you give college students a break from their sometimes (often) stressful lives, they expect more from you than this.

For whatever reason, BoJack Horseman feels like a cheap attempt to get me to binge-watch a mediocre show.

Is “Pretty Little Liars” a bad influence?

On any given Tues. night, thousands of girls on and off Radford University’s campus wait anxiously for the newest episode of the hit television show “Pretty Little Liars.” It’s a teen mystery show set in a town called Rosewood, following the lives of best friends Emily, Aria, Spencer and Hanna. The girls try to uncover the truth behind the murder of their friend Allison.

I’d never watched the show before, but after my roommate’s continuous begging and because of my own curiosity, I decided to give it a shot. Continue reading Is “Pretty Little Liars” a bad influence?