Friday, November 9, 2012

Unpopular Culture

Has anyone else noticed the crazed fad of ......vampires? Is there any problem with this? Okay, so it basically started from very popular books written by Stephanie Meyers, "The Twilight Saga". Seemingly wholesome books, how can they have a negative affect? The first came out in 2005, in our recession time. Stress levels are/were high for everyone. Yes, parents had it bad, but life changed for teenagers/ children as well. There was an escape  ( "I don't know what it is about them. The writing isn't very good, it's pretty elementary, but it's a page turner," Kuehn said. Kuehn speculates the intensity between the two main characters is responsible for drawing readers in. The first book, Kuehn said, is about the beginnings of new love, which everyone can relate to, regardless of his or her age. Readers continue through the series because the author illustrates the compelling volatility of a bond between a vampire and human. The plot of each book keeps fans feeling insecure about the stability of that relationship and wanting to know more. Read more at: ) through this fantasy life. They could put themselves in the shoes of these characters, just like reading any good book. 
Teens have become unrealistically attached to the idea of Vampires. It is an epidemic in my eyes! ha. Don't get me wrong.... I think I used these books as an escape. It was awesome. But there is a point where it needs to stop. I do not consider myself a fan of the novels. I just thought they were good, simple books to get my mind off of other things. 

Not only was it an obsession of fantasy that has grown and no one wants to face the real world, but it has created an unrealistic view of love, romance. 

Teenage girls are going to be sorely dissapointed when they realize that they are not going to find the perfect, protecting, man. Edward the vampire was placed on a pedestal. Untouchable... and yet she (Bella) got him. 
Not only did the images of a vampire change drastically, but for teenagers it is being ingraved in them that absolutely nothing is certain, trust nothing. There are mythical creatures all around us. 
yes, as children....Anything was possible....SANTA , the TOOTH FAIRY. But there soon came a time that our eyes opened up to the simple complexity of reality. Problems were big, fun was small. 

So is there really a problem with this fad, obsession? There are going to be huge let downs when reality was not as bad when we went through that natural change as children but for those clinging to the imagination and want for that to be reality, I hope they are prepared. That last link is a bit of an eye opener...though it is taken out of context of the book, but to break down the actions of Bella and Edward's relationship and see the things that in society we view as inappropriate and yet in this book you only see this as an amazing love story. It is not likely you will find someone just like Edward, but should you try? Because I know if I ended up with a  man with a few of his qualities I feel as though I wouldn't be as happy as expected. 

"You will likely not find a perfect person, and if you did, there would certainly be no interest in you." ~Richard G. Scott

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

MQ: Pop Music Website Analysis

Website for: Brantley Gilbert music: known as BG Nation

Brantley Gilbert portrays himself as just another country boy through his music. He is unique in the way he sings country, as he takes a southern country rock approach. A little rough around the edges …..which shows through his website with the “rough” font of his enlarged name.  The site is pretty plain, simple but just shows true of how they portray him.There are no tricks. The website has an easy layout that anyone can navigate with clear sections listed on the side.

 His newest album, “Hell on Wheels” is a sign of his rough man side. It may sound weird that I am saying simple and plain and then rough…..But that’s just the country way. It’s about “cutting the crap” and ……… getting back to you and me. It’s personal. One on one… He wants his fans to feel like they know him. He doesn't want to leave anyone out. Like most artists, he has a song that anyone can relate to in a way.
It can sound silly, but …get attached to music, lyrics, and songs from an artist and tell me that you don’t feel like you know them in some way or another? On the website, there is a “biography” section and it says pretty much that……. Listen to his music, and get to know him! Other than that, it tells ya’ll a little back ground about where he grew up. They say, “listen to his albums, and feel like family.” Country music group often refers to themselves as “the Family of country music”. The musicians are a sort of support group… Different artists will go on tour together.  Brantley seems to be tightly strung to his record company, “Big Machine Label Group”, as his website is a sub-site of theirs, while many other artists seem to have it under a more private deal.  He is fairly new and has a lesser fan base than other artists that have been in it longer or that get more attention. Looking at youtube views………… For Brantley Gilbert’s song, Kick It in The Sticks, as of today, November 7, 2012 at 8:30pm, (posted: October 4, 2011), has 7,392,478 views. Toby Keith’s song, Red Solo Cup, as of today, at 8:31pm, (posted: October 10, 2011), has 18,231,720 views.  Then there is ……Carly Rae Jepsen’s song, This Kiss, as of today, at 8:33pm, (posted: October 28, 2012), having 7,201,615 views already.  So clearly he is still climbing the latter to claim a place in mass “popular culture”.  (Not to mention, Carly and Brantley are in a relationship). Though they have "kept it secret". ha! If you are into following "celebrities" that way. Not.
One could definitely argue that the website it very matter of fact and too “straight to the point”, but I think that is the perfect message that is supposed to be relayed to the viewer. Like I mentioned previously, No surprises. Just a good ole' American boy.  What you see is what you get with Brantley and there is no B.S. Grew up as a small town boy, didn't he?  I view it as completely complimentary to his relayed style and who I know him to be as a “fan”. 
When you follow the link to his Tour dates the background changes to a sort of swirled red/yellow that in a way reminds me off fire or heat, which is perfect for the Hell on Wheels tour.
I also know it is very common and just something that artists do, but Brantley as I have already said is a down to earth, people person. He goes and he does concerts for soldiers as they ask for him and he supports them. He does the “City of Hope Softball Game” for children with Cancer……….For example……Him with 11 year old John Cloer here.  

These last two photos taken from the Brantley Gilbert Facebook page:

It's more than just liking him for his music, it is how he presents himself. His website shows it. He isn't in to just trying to be the big shot ...JUST to be the big shot. He is going to be himself.