Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Photo Says It All

The Diarist of a Scene That Never Gets Old
Published: January 29, 2010
Michael Musto — who has chronicled the lives of drag queens, club kids, and an array of freaks and celebrities for The Village Voice for 25 years — still turns heads.

My view:

I never ever want to be a gossip columnist, but I would love to be a feature writer. The kind of writer that details the daily life of a person or a place so vividly, that you can't help but think, "I know this person", or "I've been there".

I love the description of the clothes, the band around the pant leg so it won't get caught in the bicycle spokes. I love it all.

The photo says everything, though.

Let's Grow Tomato's on the Side of a Building!

In Portland, Going Green and Growing Vertical in a Bid for Energy Savings
Published: January 31, 2010
The federal government plans to plant a bold vertical garden with “vegetative fins” that will grow more than 200 feet high on the western fa├žade of the main federal building.

My view:

I love the way the writer started out the article. He got you thinking about urban gardening, and then BAM, hits you with an amazing project that some people are having a hard time imagining. How will it get watered? Who knows!

It is an amazing thing though, that federal government's are thinking about these kind of things. Even if they are just thinking about saving money, and not so much about the environment, that's okay. They are hitting two birds with one stone (what a horrible analogy), and that's what matters.

I wouldn't even consider this an inverted pyramid story. Although, I wish the lead and last paragraph were tied together a little more. The story holds your interest till the end. I love the NY Times.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Yay for Art Food

After the Putti, the Baby Calamari
Published: January 29, 2010
Museums are moving away from the basement cafeteria approach in favor of stylish restaurants that offer fine dining to go with the fine art.

My view:

I just want to say that it is extremely refreshing to see museums still surviving in these unfortunate economic times. Most of them are free, yes, but donors are having to protect their pockets a little more.

I have visited the Smithsonian museums 3 or 4 times and I remember the food being both expensive, and kind of disgusting. There weren't many options, and it was hassle to exit the museum, and then have to wait in line to get back in. I'm glad that museums are seeing these restaurants as a way to survive, and also to keep their patrons happy.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I Feel Violated

Journalism forum focuses on emerging media
by Melissa Angel
January 27, 2010

My view (of my own article):

So maybe my ORIGINAL title was a little cheesy: "Journalism School, Meet Town Hall!", but at least it's creative. It grabs people's attention, which is (uhhh...hello?) the point! Journalist's WANT people to read their articles. They need the readership, so that they don't get fired from their job.

You could say I was a little bitter. I feel violated when a stranger starts adding in paragraphs, or taking away the one's I tried so hard to write. I wanted to be creative, and what The Alligator is telling me is: don't. Just don't. Students, however, need literary journalism in their lives. The struggling 50,000 adults here at UF are studying through the night, stressing through the day, so why not let a newspaper be their outlet?

I'm disappointed with the article, and it definitely is getting me down. I wanted the journalism forum to seem like a fun event (because it was!), yet it was turned into a dry, factual, blah...

Monday, January 25, 2010

This Is Why I Don't Read the Tallahassee Democrat

The Reason


The title = Cheesy (or should I say glazey?)
The lead = Boring
The nutgraph = What?
The last paragraph = What?
No, all the paragraphs = What?

The Tallahassee Democrat is why I read the NY Times.

Harsh, but true.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Name is an Identity

For Transgender People, Name Is a Message
Published: January 25, 2010
Manhattan Civil Court has become a capital of name changing for transgender people as some of the stigma has eased.

My view:

I know I have been pulling all of my articles from the New York Times, but what can I say? I love the NY Times. Why do I love the NY Times? It's because they care about reality. This story could have easily been overlooked by a red-eyed coffee-drinking editor. Instead it was given priority on the first page of the NY Times Web site.

This is the kind of reality we don't get to experience everyday. Imagine possessing a name that feels wrong to you, and the only way for you to feel right is to go to court and change it. Imagine if that was a difficult process. Luckily, it is just the opposite.

I love the photographs in this article. I am always drawn to the photographs. It was extremely well-written, and the quotes are great.

I'm running on little sleep at the moment, so this is all I'm going to say.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Oh! Bosnia

Art Crops Up in Sarajevo’s Shuttered Shops
Published: January 17, 2010
The New York Times

In the Bosnian capital, the contemporary art scene is in perpetual collision with everyday life. Yet somehow, out of the chaos of the city, the art survives.

My view:

It's the day before my first test in Intensive German I and instead of hitting the books, throwing on my sweats, and guzzling the coffee, I'm reading about the Bosnian art scene.

Sadly, it's almost non-existent. Artists are scrambling from abandoned room to abandoned room, getting no recognition from the Bosnian people, and absolutely no support from the government, yet they continue on. Because they see that the old world as Bosnia knows it is crumbling beneath their feet, and will soon become a modern art mecca.

The article was an inverted pyramid article if I've ever seen one. It grabs your attention at the top and just draaaags on toward the end. I realize that the article was more about places for artists to show their work, but it would have been nice for the photojournalist to snap some pictures of more art. You know, give us a feel for what's hip in Bosnia (even if some of the artists are coming from Italy and New Zealand). All the writer really gave us was a link to the upcoming art gallery, Duplex, and some more links that I really didn't both to click on.

This is the type of journalism I want to do. More art/ music focused.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I Hate It When They Make Me Think!

Children Speak for Same-Sex Marriage
by Sarah Wildman
January 20, 2010
The New York Times

My view:

Why this article is in the Fashion/Style section, I do not know. Since when was same-sex marriage a fashion statement or a trend? Did the New York Times run out of space in the US section? Because that is really what this article is about; US happenings and how they effect us.

An unbiased article is a good article. Both views are represented. Another quote by Pugno would have been a treat though. I am just so tickled that he claims the children were put into those situations purposefully. When a child is 10 or 11, they pretty much have a handle on what decisions they make. Most kids WANT to voice their opinions at this age (unless their parents oppress them), and WANT to be the center of attention. It would upset me too if my parents wanted to get married and they were not able to, regardless if they were both female or both male. I don't think children who grow up with same-sex parents really think about the fact that their mommies or their daddies have the same you-know... Our parents are our parents, and we all want to seem them happy...unless they're horrible.

I was shocked to read that a lot of older children (some of them gay) with same-sex parents don't think that equal marriage rights are necessary. Katie Miles deemed marriage a barrier that blocks basic needs like healthcare. Okay, I can agree with that. Danielle Silber believes marriage is a quick fix for "social validation", yikes, she may be right. And then freakin' Abigail Garner makes that mind-blowing statement at the end that had me regrouping my thoughts about marriage.

Marriage has never been a big thing for me. I never thought about it when I was a little girl. My Barbie's were never married, they just kind of got together and hooked up, maybe went out to dinner? What's hilarious is I never owned a Ken doll so I just cut one of my Barbie's hair short. The one thing my Barbie's did do was pro-create. I've always wanted a child. Always. Not now! When I'm ready.

I do know that the big issue here is: everyone wants the same rights. No, everyone NEEDS the same rights. It's not fair to give a group of people some rights, and then say "oh no, you can't have these because you're gay, or old, or a woman, or under the age of 12". I'm an advocate for acquiring the senior citizen discount on Tuesday's. Just because you're old doesn't mean you're poor! I digress.

It all comes down to one reality; the article made me think (which sometimes I hate). Hopefully it makes America think. Because if there is one thing American's need to do a little bit more of, it is to think.