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February 20, 2007

social phenomenon-march 8

The term hooking up did not evolve until the late 90s early 2000s. It evolved into a term so widely used because everything at that time involved sex, bare flesh and girls and boys. All the magazine ads went from girls baring class to girls baring chests. This was a time when all the commonly know terms on dating changed to new, more sexually advanced terms. The term “dating� became old news while the term “hooking up� became what all teenage girls around America spoke about. Over time, the term hooking up transformed from “meeting someone/hanging out� to “having sexual relations�. The influence of the media and the different magazine advertisements had a lot to do with why this term changed its meaning. The term hooking up differs for every culture, individual and generation. The idea that hooking up has evolved is shown in the article, Pluralistic Ignorance and Hooking Up written by Kevin J Apple. He shows that the term hooking up is so common when he says, “However, today on college campuses across the United States what was once viewed as problematic has now become normative, and students refer to this process as "hooking up�( http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&se=gglsc&d=5001963386&er=deny). With this said, hooking up is a social phenomenon because of how recent the term is and how the term itself has changed significantly from hanging out to having sexual feelings.
Also, when discussing this topic with my parents, I noticed that hooking up has so many meanings. My parents consider it hanging out with a friend while I consider it having sexual relations. Either definition, the term itself has become a social phenomenon.

Posted by chloe at 08:20 PM | Comments (0)

mblog on public posting-due march 8

As I walked around Couzens Hall in search of a public posting I noticed that a public posting bombarded almost every wall. Since there are always so many postings I usually always ignore them and walk right by them. Advertisements usually never go without notice because they are so publicly displayed. In my case, there were too many postings that I simply ignored them and walked right by. The posting I picked up is about a Charity Basketball Tournament on March 10, 2007. Almost all the posting that I saw in my dorm highlighted the point that if you show up at this event you can get a free gift. The notion of free gifts attracts people to attend the event. The public posting that I picked up is not visually appealing and is cluttered with too many words, which makes me not want to read it. Public postings can both negatively and positively work. In the case of the posting I picked up, it negatively worked due to the crowded walls and crowded text. The positive effects of public posting can be shown in reducing speeding behavior on highways. This is shown in Ron Van Houten’s article on public posting in reducing speeding behavior. He says, “During the daily posting condition a highway sign was installed which provided feedback on the percentage of drivers not speeding yesterday and the best record to date. This sign was then covered and reintroduced. Results indicated that the sign was effective in reducing speeding behavior�(http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1308145). If Couzens Hall were to simplify the postings that went up I would be more inclined to actually read the posts.
As I try and search for a connection to my family and public postings, I ponder upon family vacations. To keep me from asking, “when will we be there�, my mom would ask me to count all the public postings on the road. That memory will stick with me until I pass it on to my kids. Public postings mark events and places in ones life.

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February 13, 2007

A souvenir-due feb 22

As I wandered the Exhibit Museum in search of an idea for the museum project I stumbled upon the very small gift shop. Unlike other museums, the prices were pretty reasonable. In search of something that would reflect the museum, I came upon a 25-cent pink rubber dinosaur. Although the pink dinosaur sits above my desk and really has no purpose, it stands for the museum and that I visited the museum. A souvenir is something of sentimental value. Although the dinosaur really has no sentimental value for me, it stands by itself as a representation of something I enjoyed. Is this pink dinosaur a good representation of the exhibit museum? Is it a good representation even if it does not have the name of the museum written all over it? I believe souvenirs come in all different forms and anything is a good representation of the thing it is representing if it has some connection to what the place offers. What brought me to buy the pink dinosaur is its bright pink color and the funny posture of the dinosaur. Visually the dinosaur appealed to me. The types of souvenirs people purchase reflect their personal interests and also their gender. Tina Butler says in her article, "Souvenirs are an attempt to substitute objects for culture. For the souvenir collector, no culture exists until it is represented by objects"( http://news.mongabay.com/2005/0506a-tina_butler.html). She discusses how souvenirs are mainly there to represent a culture and to be an object. Maybe my pink dinosaur is just an object that represents the pre-historic time but to me it is visually appealing and is a remembrance of my visit to the Exhibit Museum. As for now, my pink dinosaur sits above my desk waiting for the next time I will pick it up and discuss its importance in my life.

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