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Netflix Addiction is Real

In Lifestyle on May 29, 2013 at 6:14 pm

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An old psychology professor warned us once that people can have addictive personalities. I’m not saying I’m one of them but withdrawal headaches are all too common and come like clockwork when I miss my morning fix. Oh and I’m talking about caffeine. However, the real issue is that I have wandered my way into a new addiction, a very time-consuming one at that.

In these past 3 or so weeks I have completed 5 entire seasons of Gossip Girl. That amounts to approximately 4,662 minutes of glamorous, pointless, intoxicating goodness. It’s really just embarrassing to admit. The worst part is that it didn’t stop there. Once I ran out of available GG on Netflix I switched my attention to Downton Abbey and finished the first season (mind you its only 7 episodes) in two days. I like to justify what I’m doing by toying with the idea that I have the month of May free from classes and this is my reward for surviving yet another semester of university. Can it even be justified though? It’s an alarming thought… the time I’ve spent just watching and watching and watching, over and over for hours at a time. It sure sounds like a legitimate addiction to my otherwise healthyish self. I had gotten so engrossed in these character’s lives whilst completely abandoning my own. I became so very curious at the end of each episode that I completely rebelled against the terribly unconvincing  voice inside my head promising “just this last one” at the beginning of each episode.

There’s something intriguing about how readily available these shows are that perpetuates this vicious cycle. I know I can have instant gratification and the satisfaction of knowing the answer to the cliffhangers by just the click of a button and another 42 minutes of my life to give. It’s like I sold my soul to the devil.

I know I sound dramatic, I do. But we’ve all done something of the like to an extent at some point in our lives…right? Can someone please come forward and admit to getting sucked into this “Netflix Effect” as well? This misery (or lets call it loneliness) would love some company.

Characters I Hate

In Lifestyle, Thoughts on May 27, 2013 at 9:43 pm

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I have recently come to the conclusion that there is one character I feel is holding many females back these days. For many it’s a love-only relationship to the character, but to me it’s love/hate… emphasis on the hate. Now I feel I must justify myself quickly before being attacked by the Audrey-Hepburn obsessed fans due to the picture above and its close proximity to the title of this post. I’m talking about the omnipresent character that seems to make her way into many movies and shows, usually as the star. She’s the girl society has told us to love. We’ve been taught that to be carefree, even to the point of recklessness, and extremely pretty we will get the most fun out of our lives. It’s Gossip Girl’s Serena Van Der Woodsen, Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Holly Golightly,  The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan… she’s the girl who refuses to grow up, carelessly parading her gorgeous self into every man’s heart and every available party. She is deemed the life of the party and has that magnetic effect on everyone around her that seems to give off that confident, effortless center of attention vibe. Before I sound like a bitter girl let me first say that I have once been that girl. I tested the waters for a few years, had that whole nonchalant vibe going on while also breaking a few hearts along the way. Here’s what you don’t know about that girl- and I feel confident that this pertains to every one of them. Her “power” belongs to you. Society feeds this notion that not caring about anything and focusing your life on simply having fun is the way to go. I’m not saying you shouldn’t be constantly seeking fun in your life because you ought to be. What I’m saying is we should be asking ourselves “Why is this the girl we are celebrating?” We admire this girl always, not just at social gatherings although that’s when she seems to shine the most. It bothers me as I have changed a lot since my so-called “party days” into someone who yearns for much more; someone that is interested in other ways of life and learning the how and why to such ways.

I realize that with these characters there is always that catch. The catch is that this is the girl you shouldn’t want to be. As with Fitzgerald’s Daisy, the underlying message seems to be that careless people are hollow, self-absorbed and create messes then run, never taking any responsibility for her own actions. The real thing that bothers me is that people aren’t seeing what these authors are intending. Readers (or watchers) envision this character and think “oh that would be wonderful to live like Holly Golightly, to not care about a thing and just look fabulous doing it.” I just wish society didn’t promote self-absorbed, hollow people. Why isn’t the star (in viewers’ eyes) the girl that has learned, grown, and changed?

Why is Serena so alluring? Or Holly? What compels us, as women, to seek this fabulous (yet empty) lifestyle? To me, glamour is knowledge and using it to create great things. It’s doing the planning to host the great party that everyone can enjoy each other’s presence at- not just showing up for the good time. It’s learning from others and applying these wonderful ideas that people have to your own life to get a more fulfilling experience. It’s not not caring… it is caring. Why isn’t the girl that actually gives a fuck the star of society?

 

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm

“But O, how bit…

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2013 at 6:59 pm

“But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes.” – Shakespeare