Here's the thing....

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars..."-Jack Kerouac

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Pornography in Hotels (Blog #7)

I grew up in a world where a mother would not let me watch much T.V., and when I did, absolutely forbade me to watch shows such as "The Simpsons" and "Married with Children." That mindset has stuck with me through my adult life as well... I tend to read rather than rot my mind with mindless TV. Sure, Grey's Anatomy is my one guilty vice, but its 1 hour of television a week... not too shabby.

So, porn. It's not really a topic I am extremely knowledgable in, as I have never viewed it. I find it vile and self-degrading, and from hearing some guys talk about it back in HS, somethng I would never want to be subjected to watch. Women, in essence, are sex objects- the men, the beast. Its a world where women are still second class, and enjoy doing whatever the men asks of them.

This is what hotels are selling themselves as. They are the women, the customers, the men. Many hotels give the image of "anything the customer wants, the customer gets." The more said customer pays, the more said customer gets. The porn and sex industry is like that- the more you pay, the better prostitute you get; the more you pay, the better porn you get.

In a society that thrives on this image, it makes sense that this is the direction hotels are going in. However, its not the best image to portray. These hotels are not exclusively 18 and up. Sex is starting to leak everywhere, and if hotels do not stand up and take it off of their choice of movies, it will become the norm. The porn will get worse, and children will start being exposed to worse. However, if a hotel says "No Porn", I bet people will still be going to their hotels. Also, I bet that they would be having less problems with hiring of prostitutes, and from getting a seedy image that they claim they are trying to veer away from.

Hotels should follow the example of FoxFaith- a new unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, who are committed to only promoting and distributing Christian based, family movies. Then there is Fox Atomic, another new unit, that is only directed at the teen market.

Seems to be a step in the right direction. Hey hotels... thats all it takes. One step.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Taking the fall for others (Blog #6),0,387537.story?coll=la-home-headlines

In the American society, we are taught expect the worst. The Republican Party, one month shy of mid-term elections, is facing what could be the worst. Foley resigned Friday after ABC News asked him about two sets of explicit messages. He has been accused of having sent sexually explicit instant messages to teens who had served as House pages.

Foley, however, will not be investigated. Because the panel's jurisdiction is limited to House members and staff, the investigation will not directly affect Foley, but he will be called to testify in the investigavtie hearings. It could lead to disciplinary action against House members or staff found to be complicit in Foley's misconduct.

Although his actions are what is the cause of the scandal, our system will be investigating the Speaker of the House and his office, and what kind of timeline they used, plus the tools, in the investigation. What did they know? Why was it hidden? What steps did they actually take?

My question to the office is how they managed to piddle around for 3 years, and why is this just coming out now? Sure, there are a ton of conspiracy theories against the democratic party, saying they waited until right before midterm elections to do it. At the forefront of this IS Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill), who in "an interview published Thursday in the Chicago Tribune, he blamed the news media and politically motivated Democrats for fomenting the scandal." He is quoted as to saying "The people who want to see this thing blow up are ABC News and a lot of Democratic operatives, people funded by George Soros," a liberal billionaire financier.

Are you kidding me? Why on earth would you say to the media that you are going to shift blame? That, right there, is acknowledging that you know the blame is on you. Yes, its an election year. But, to get my vote, you need to be honest. If you are openly shifting blame, what else is the party shifting blame onto?

Usually, when people are guilty, they try to shift the blame as much as possible. I think this is the worst thing that the Speaker can do. I'm all for him NOT resigning right now, especially right before mid-term elections. However, he should say what his office has done since finding this out, what they plan to do, and that the are cooperating with the investigation. By making this a blatant point of finger at the Democratic Party is childish, immature and guilt-ridden.

Shame on you, Speaker. You need to hire a good PR person.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Pee Yew.. it smells like T.O. (Blog #5)

Oh, T.O. You lived a troubled past and youve been kicked off of two teams. Then, you get sent to play for a team that years earlier watched you participate in the defamation of their symbol on their field.

Then, on Monday you missed your son's 7th birthday party and ended your engagement with your fiancee. So, when your close friend and publicist finds you unresponsive with a 40 pill pain prescription bottle empty, she immediately calls 911. When the report comes out that it was an attempted suicide.

So what does his publicist do? Deny, Deny... and then deny some more.

I find it rather peculiar, as the writer at the DMN did, that it almost seemed too tidy. The first report came out with full details, while the second report had almost everything blacked out. The black-out method is used for high-profile individuals, to give them some sense of privacy.

Honestly, there is a reason they are a celebrity. This is a professional football player, and people are going to want to know about what happened. I find it strange that Jerry Jones, master of I have a comment for everything, has not addressed the issue to the media personally, but through an organization statement made by the Cowboys.

This incident echoes that of an incident involving Michael Irwin, who made a 6 inch gash in another players throat with a pair of scissors. The media reported it, but then after that, had no other details or information to go on. The incident was so tidy, that not even people that were friends of those in the Cowboys organization know what happened.

If you expose a weakness of a celebrity, it only give the media the power to exploit it, over and over. Sweep it under the rug, and the story will go away because the lack of information makes it impossible to report anything other than opinion columns.

Can we consider this good, or bad, PR? A potential suicide might have occured, and I can only imagine what other football players would think of T.O. if this is true. He might be viewed as weak and a lesser player. He might lose his starter position because his teammates will not throw him the ball.

The epitome of a pro football player is that no weakness is shown. The course of action taken by the Cowboys can be taken both good and bad, in my opinion. The good is that no factual bad press can be printed, other than what the organization and T.O.'s publicist say. Other than that, its all speculation and there is nothing concrete available. By being tight-lipped, the story will go away, and T.O. can keep on as the most arrogant player to ever enter the NFL.

Where do we draw the line on people's personal lives? If their past is that bad, I can only hope that he is getting help privately and has a supprot system of friends to get him through whatever happened.