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so the guy who hands out the free Washington Post supplement thing, called "Express", has been flirting with me every day to try to get me to pick up one of these free fluffy things. well, he could have told me i look pretty today for other reasons but either way, today i smiled and grabbed one. on page 2, there is a blurb on a new beauty contest, an all-digital one, with all digitally generated women. anyone who knows me knows i would find this detestable. but the web page isn't even operational! why report on this? why even put this in your cute little free newsmagazine? and am i at all surprised that this is something coming out of italy? not really. anyways i won't be picking up another one of those no matter how many times the guy at the metro tells me it's nice to see me looking so pretty again today. i should lurk around like a weirdo and see if he says this to everyone.

in other news, if this guy is not drenched in sarcasm, he is today's collegiate times cretin.



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Nov. 7th, 2003 11:05 am (UTC)
If I thought the rest of the world saw it as a big joke the way you describe here, I would be laughing right along. But I don't think that they do.

I am not fond of doctored images. This to me is an extension of the penchant for creating a completely unrealistic beauty standard, not an acknowledgement of how ridiculous it is. It is an absurd and disgusting capstone to an already horrifying industry. I cannot believe that it's like a makeover applied to no woman; it's applied to everyone who looks at this image and internalizes it as right or true or ideal. Maybe I don't give people enough credit for critical thinking or something.

I know most people don't feel that way. I know there is someone on my friends list who "fixes" images as one of their jobs. I'm not the kind of militant who condemns individuals, but I will give voice to what I think is troublesome.
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Nov. 7th, 2003 11:25 am (UTC)
I thought this was supposed to be a contest for the best completely computer-generated image, not doctored.

It is. To me completely computer generated to look "real" but "perfect" is the next step after doctored.

And you are right. I should. I try to. But it seems to me most people I know still think celebrities are more beautiful than regular people. You know what I mean?
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Nov. 8th, 2003 08:50 am (UTC)
What makes people get all wide-eyed talking about the celebrities they have a crush on is mostly a projection of their own onto this artificial image that is covered in makeup and airbrushed.

I think it's mostly from social conditioning, but I hear that's not a very popular opinion.
Nov. 7th, 2003 06:54 pm (UTC)
It is an absurd and disgusting capstone to an already horrifying industry.

*sad nod*
Nov. 7th, 2003 11:05 am (UTC)
I don't know, I'm highly opposed to pixel exploitation. Digital women have rights too ya know! ;)

Nov. 7th, 2003 10:51 am (UTC)
in other news, if this guy is not drenched in sarcasm, he is today's collegiate times cretin

This guy ends his article talking about staying indoors with the shades drawn. I second that remark..I think he should stay inside permanently. I guess he's entitled to his opinion, but if he's so against PDA, he doens't have to watch does he? He was probably glued to his seat watching this couple "go at it" at the game, and he's probably just a bit of sour grapes because h'es NOT getting it. With an attitude like that, I doubt he ever got any, or ever will.

What a clod.
Nov. 7th, 2003 11:06 am (UTC)
He's probably getting it from someone just as misguided as he is. Life's unfair that way.
Dec. 3rd, 2003 12:08 am (UTC)
thanks from the clod
thanks for reading the seriously, genuine column (sarcasm is only for clods and voyeurs, I guess). The section of the paper is there as a forum for dialogue and for creativity. I hope you all continue reading the OP/ED page of the CT and thanks for the interest!
Dec. 3rd, 2003 07:36 am (UTC)
Re: thanks from the clod
Keep writing and I'll keep reading. I enjoy hearing how things have not changed down in Blacksburg!
Nov. 7th, 2003 01:22 pm (UTC)
A few of my favorite quotes...

"...every 16-year-old kid in America has participated in a menage a trois at some point in his or her young life ... This only provokes PDA proponents and the gyrating motions accompanying the cheer only heighten the sexuality of a game full of 400-pound sweaty, hairy men ... a couple seated a few rows ahead of me began staring into one another▓s eyes with, not love, but lust! ... bring in the Jenna Jameson soundtrack because someone is going to score ... the male got that look in his eye and curled his lips, mouthing ⌠wa oh, wa oh■ as the graphic ending to the line crescendos, his waist followed suit in a move which suggested he was trying to crush a rogue fly that had landed on the girlfriend▓s belt buckle."

Does erotic literature in a college newspaper constitute a PDA?

"I will continue to stay indoors with the shades drawn."

No doubt Bryan Nieder, and congratulations for not only writing that thoroughly entertaining piece of trash but managing to do so with only one hand.


Nov. 7th, 2003 06:56 pm (UTC)
No doubt Bryan Nieder, and congratulations for not only writing that thoroughly entertaining piece of trash but managing to do so with only one hand.

*snicker* :D
Nov. 7th, 2003 03:58 pm (UTC)
Ha.. I was in Johnston Student Center this afternoon, and everyone was reading the article.. there was a whole bunch of people making out, something I had not seen there otherwise.. so if this fool thinks hes making a valid statement, the usual college response should shove him further back into his hole. I dont know if the website has this, but they included a cute Editorial Cartoon that displays a TV set/Newscaster with the quote "A new law enacted today will prohibit ugly people from kissing or touching in public." True, it IS disgusting to see some people kiss -- try going to a Theta Xi party if you don't believe me -- vomit+mouth action=not pretty.. but by limiting this action limits freedom, so ugh.

The column I found particularly interesting though was this one because it does show the complete lack of interest for anything besides football in Blacksburg. I went to my friend Erin's volleyball game and even though they had a miraculous win, the amount of fans there only filled like 3 rows of cassel coliseum. The one thing I liked about High School is when you played in a sport, you could always count on your family and possibly your friends to come out and support you, here, there is this sense of aloneness, even though you do go to a Division I school in nearly every sport.. pretty weird, oh well.
Nov. 9th, 2003 05:09 am (UTC)
try going to a Theta Xi party if you don't believe me

er... i think i will pass on that one. :)

on the subject of the tyranny of football as a spectator sport, yes, i think it's ridiculous. of course, when i go watch sports it just makes me feel like i want to be playing so i never go anyways.
Nov. 7th, 2003 09:37 pm (UTC)
The clod is kidding, IMO. Some of the lines are so wink-and-nod in nature that I can't imagine this author is serious.

And I'm with Cliff on the CGI pageant, more or less.
Nov. 8th, 2003 08:48 am (UTC)
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every time i see use of the word Orwellian, it reminds me that i never bothered to read 1984. DOH.
Nov. 8th, 2003 02:23 pm (UTC)
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I recommend it, then. While some accusations of Orwell's plagiarism of Yevgeny Zamyatin's poetic novel We are perhaps not unfounded, 1984 is a good read either way. Then again, so is We, but that work is more dated and less gripping than 1984.

On the other hand, I'm not so big a fan of the last of the three classic dystopian novels, Alduous Huxley's Brave New World. The concepts of it are fascinating to me, the writing not so much.

Look, I babble!
Nov. 9th, 2003 05:16 am (UTC)
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I enjoy your babble. I had never heard of Yevgeny Zamyatin. Thank you!
Nov. 8th, 2003 02:54 pm (UTC)
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Read it!!! It's a pretty short book.
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