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Zack 16

There have been many crazy ad campaigns throughout the years, but this one by Tampax has me completely baffled. This is a short film about a 16-year old boy, Zack, who wakes up one morning and his “man parts” have disappeared and have been replaced with “female parts.” Throughout the 12-minute film you follow Zack around as he adjusts to his changing body, mood, and feelings. He likes to bake brownies, watch chick flicks, and gets angry and short-tempered with his best friend. These actions are often thought to parallel how “normal” or every female acts, which we know isn’t true, right?

The real question is: What is Tampax trying to achieve through this ad? Who are they trying to reach? What are they saying about women and how we act? Is Tampax the cure for all of our monthly ailments? I have no idea. You can check out Zack’s website, which includes a blog or follow him on Twitter. For now, just watch the video, and if you can make sense of it, please let me know.

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Missing Parents

The earthquake in Haiti seems so distant from those of us living in the Northeast United States, where the only weather-related issue we have is the cold temperature. It’s hard for us to imagine everything going on there and exactly how the earthquake is truly effecting those living in Haiti.

This morning I read an article about injured children crying out for their missing parents. Now let’s be honest, it’s been over a week, they aren’t going to find comfort from their parents. This means now there are going to be hundreds more orphaned children living in Haiti. Not only that, but parents are seeing their injured children (many amputated) and walking out on them, which means the children essentially abandoned and will likely die. The death toll as a result of the earthquake isn’t even determined yet, because it hasn’t finished taking lives.

Now, the next time you’re wearing a warm coat, hat, gloves, and scarf, but still complaining about the cold, think about what’s happening around the world. Although you can’t exactly do anything about it, it’s good to acknowledge it, so you can appreciate exactly what you have.

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My Top 10 Albums, Pitchfork’s 50

My Top 10 Albums are in no particular order, but here they are!

New Leaves- Owen
Grand- Matt & Kim
Veckatimest- Grizzly Bear
Reservoir- Fanfarlo
Marry Me- St. Vincent

Merriweather Post Pavilion- Animal Collective
LP- Discovery
The Fame Monster- Lady Gaga
It’s Blitz- Yeah Yeah Yeahs

That’s 9, I guess I really liked Phoenix’s new album: Mozart Amadeus Phoenix

Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums has been posted. I’m pretty excited that Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion is number one. Those songs reminds me of spring semester mayhem. What a good record.

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Evolution of the News

This infographic describes the evolution of the news media in the eras of Then, Now, and In The Future. It artfully shows how back in the day news was based around important things such as: wars and moon landings but today’s news has evolved into things such a Balloon Boy and John & Kate Plus 8. The infographic predicts the state of the media’s demise will only get worse and eventually lead to topics of how to avoid thought crimes and vacate Earth.

How can we make people care about things that actually matter? I have no idea, but if anyone figures it out… let me know.

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