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  • juliago 3:14 pm on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Food for thought 

     
  • juliago 9:09 am on March 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: politics, ,   

    Trump is not Hitler. Trump is Trump. 

    “Our biggest weakness is a determination to learn the wrong lessons.” – F. Keane

    America has ‘never been a shining light of liberal universalism’ as Journalist F. Keanue so delicately puts it. Struggling with racism, police brutality, sexism, homophobia, conservatism, the United States and its American dream, has always been a exceptionally good advertisement for its own conceived image of freedom, making us look the other way or forget the dark sided scrutiny and hypocrisy in their avid commercialism promoting the white fence dream.

    Protestors and their demonstrations hope for a populist change. A change that will topple the constitution and its inhabitants of blue suited white men. They want new and they want better. They want to grasp the real American dream of equity and prosperity. But, this kind of change, I would argue, has to come with management and regulations; a populism change is idealism, the people toppling their government is unlikely. People get bored easily, people are drunk on momentary gain, on momentary pleasure, we want change now and we fight for now, and then we stop.

    Hopefully I am wrong. Hopefully we are willing to continue fighting even after it isn’t a trend, or popular. That’s our problem. Social media.

    Hopefully I and we will keep fighting, shouting, even if no one is even listening any more. Even as twitter storms have died done, and Facebook memes disappeared and replaced. But even I hide hypocrisy somewhere on my tongue.

    We do need change, but our stomping of feet and cleverly quoted signs will not work against people equally as stubborn.

    It won’t work against Trump and his council because they eat their own lies for breakfast. They do not want their ideas and minds and speeches to be changed, in their own disillusioned reality they are the lords and masters who can make a change for the “better” – just like the hundreds have done and thought and dreamt before them. Here the people can do little but create commotion and chaos – but perhaps that is what is needed, even if it doesn’t lead to immediate change. Words aren’t just that. Words evoke anger and tears and smiles, words create ideology – speaking does make a change. Although people argue they don’t – only change makes change, only acting makes change. But words and voices are acting: they are speaking out, for some that is all and as much as they can do. They wait for those in more favourable positions to pave the way for them, so one day their words become actions. In my intercultural communication class, I argued, sometimes before action comes ideology and ideology is thought embodied in language – we discuss it, we argue it, we theorise it, we act it.

    “A democracy thrives on people who are well informed.” Jon Sopel.

    Words are powerful enough. Look at Trump, it was his promises, his words, that made people rally and shout and recreate. He creates “facts”, false facts and false news. The people following him are experiencing a sense of dillussionment around Trump, the man, and Trump, the election, the smallest holes are wins for them. The consumption of fake news toppled the democracy, social media, click bates, look att he statistics, Trump won on Facebook click bate, or Hilton lost on false news. We need good journalism, honest journalism. “Donald Trump needs an enemy” Period. Jon Sopel, you may be right. And who better than the media, seeding distrust to the ones covering the truth, biased or lies.

     
  • juliago 9:05 am on March 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Student Lettings, English Students and us with accents. 

    As any second year in University in England, I began to search for new accommodation for third year, after the house I lived in turned to chaos as a house mate pro-claimed himself king and faulted everyone, including me, for mistakes that weren’t internet our own. We lived in turned heads and twisted tongues and slurs and ugly words behind gritted teeth. He called me a two-faced cunt for disagreeing with him for his absurdity and obsession with rules (I’ll tell you more later). Walking to campus one day, I found a nice little house for two of my friends and I, and immediately called the landlord.

    He saw my caller ID as foreign and notified me immediately I had to pay a whole years rent in advance.

    “International students must pay a year in advance.” He said.

    “A whole year?” I ask, surprised.

    “Yes.” He’s already annoyed.

    Again. “12 months?”

    “Yes.” He’s angry. “I’m not trying to be funny,” he has to pause “but I’ve had students, chinese ones, who’ve run off and not payed.”

    Racist pig. Now I’m annoyed. “But my current student letting lets me pay six months in advance.”

    “I don’t do that.” He grunts.

    I pause. “I’m not that rich, sorry. Have a nice day.” I hang up.

    I am left baffled. Twelve months. Nobody can pay rent twelve months in advance, let alone students who don’t have a steady income – even if I did work full-time. Here is this man, refusing to rent to international students because of incidents prior (it is clever, I give him that. He doesn’t want international students, so he puts an impossible task for us). It is not the first time though. My current letting agency would also only let me rent 6 months in advance because they’ve had “Chinese” students “run back home and not pay” the manager of ‘Student No Fee’ had told me as I asked if I could pay three months in advance instead.

    Even in halls, after an exchange student left (back to Germany) my other flatmate hoped that it wouldn’t be an “asian” student, but she quickly reassured me she didn’t mean it like that. Like what? The english hate accents, especially foreign, unless they are french. Then they fetishise, because that’s a “nice accent”. I’m not even exaggerating that they ignored the german exchange student. When her accent became too heavy or too strong, five people would turn away simultaneously – no wonder she never contacted them again.

     
  • juliago 5:37 pm on March 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: game of thrones, got, tv   

    I totally rate that Daenerys is the first woman seen on Game of Thrones to actually ride a dragon. That scene in episode nine had me near tears. Epic.

    Also I’m not going to lie but Drogon is my favourite GOT character.

     
  • juliago 3:57 pm on March 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    this is something we should all pay attention to. donate to. encourage. build upon. reach out to. continue. as for me, i’ll definitely be looking to donate.

     
  • juliago 3:54 pm on March 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , hollywood, sexism   

    building upon yesterday’s post: captain kirk, get out of that chair.

     
  • juliago 8:05 pm on March 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , women   

    Captain Kirk, get out of that chair. 

    “I looked to my girl,” Jude Kelly says in her ted talk ‘Why women should tell the stories of humanity’, “and she was crying because she couldn’t save ET.”

    And then I started thinking back to my own childhood. Because even as a kid, I could not remember not saving ET. In my mind I still thought I was the one saving ET. Not the little boy. Not little Elliot or Henry Thomas. Not Steven Spielberg. But me. Me, as a girl. I was the kid on the bike with the alien in my basket. I ‘ET Phone’d Home’ all day after watching it.

    No matter what movie I watched as a kid. Star Trek, male captain, no problem, I just pictured myself in that seat. Yes I was a 10 year old captain. Youngest of her time. Star Wars. Luke who? You mean Julia the Jedi? The secret daughter of Anakin Skywalker? Matt Damon as Spirit? Please. I spent about five years of my childhood believing I was a stallion until somebody told me that a stallion was a male horse, at which point, I became just a horse. And after that I was Indiana Jones. Simba. Petra Pan. I’d plan out traps in case my parents left me home alone. Because in my eyes, they weren’t men, they were characters. Actors taking on the role. And if they could, I could too.

    For me, growing up amongst male heroes and male figures, I was OK with female representation being reserved to Disney princesses because my favourites were Mulan and Kida. I didn’t think much about Cinderella or Belle or the pink dresses or the fairies. I was Kiki the little witch, Dorothy lost on the yellow brick road. My female heroes were exactly that: heroes, and idols, and characters I could look up to.

    I never saw myself as underrepresented until I was in my later teens. After reading book after book written by men, watching movie after movie featuring main male characters, one after the other, great movies directed by men and written by men and amazing soundtracks, again, made by men, that I started questioning where were all the women?

    What this blogpost actually wanted to address was the fact that I, even as a little girl, saw my self in the men’s roles and positions. Not as the male characters, but as myself, a girl, and that there are girls out there right now who can’t see themselves in those positions or as those characters off saving the world.

    And I ask myself why? Why can’t they? Why can’t Jude Kelly’s little daughter Caroline see her self saving ET? Are they brought up with families enforcing gender roles in a different way? Lack of imagination?

    What makes some girls, no matter their age, let men get in the way of their imagination?

    But no matter the answer, Jude Kelly argues for one thing that is true: women should tell the stories too!

     
  • juliago 1:58 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , president, ,   

    Trump: the 12 year old bully in the school yard 

    Trump tweets like an offended hormonal 12 year old kid (No offence kids).

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  • juliago 1:55 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , CNN, democracy, journalism, ,   

    Trump, you're scaring me. 

    On top of his racist and sexist agenda and executive orders and horrible presidency, Trump has now taken another obvious step towards dismantling what little democracy (yes, I know, freedom and democracy are pretty much illusions) is left in the so-called “free world”.

    For an advocate of terms like “true news” and “free press”, Trump sure seems like the biggest opposer and well, not to anyones surprise, but a massive hypocrite.

    As long as the news is in his favour it get’s the green light, otherwise it is now categorised as “fake news”.

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    Worst of all, he labeled them “Enemy of the People.”

    His decision to ban the so-called ‘Enemy of the People’ /a.k.a CNN, NYT, Guardian, BBC and others/ from a media briefing, came as a shock to me, and left me with a sour taste in my throat (which is hard to imagine considering all the bile that left me choking for weeks after his non-muslim muslim travel ban.)

    This is truly scary (the muslim ban was inhumane, but not entirely unexpected from the Trump office, considering he ran his election on the promise of The Wall and deportation of “Mexicans” and “Muslims”) because now Trump is slowly disposing of those who report on him in a less than favourable light. These news outlets (CNN etc) are the ones who have taken Trump’s self-proclaimed crown from him and nudged him off his golden pedestal.

     
  • juliago 5:22 pm on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    At my university library (access only to students/staff) laptops are being stolen.

    What kind of goat-tit nicks laptops from fellow students?

     
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