Not Winning

Popular culture seems to have an innate obsession with ‘screw-ups.’ Take for instance Charlie Sheen (actor) most known for his role as ‘Charlie Harper’ on the television sitcom Two and a Half Men.

Charlie’s personal life has been an up hill battle because of his hard partying ways. His personal life includes being married three times, having five children, shooting a fiancee in the arm, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, criminal mischief, and rehab too name a few things.

After recently being a topic of tabloid scandal, being fired from the popular sitcom Two and a Half Men, and coining the phrase ‘winning,’ Sheen announced a nation wide tour called, “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option.” Not only were people dying to see his show but the tour sold in 18 minutes, a TicketMaster record. On opening night “Charlie Sheen was heckled, booed and eventually abandoned by the crowd at his inaugural stage show, with many of the audience members chanting “refund” and heading for the exits even before the show abruptly ended, says Mike Householder and Jeff Karoub in an article for the Globe and Mail.”

Maybe some people have finally come to their senses and realized Sheen is no more than a pathologic screwup/drug addict that should not be glorified. It makes no sense why people would be willing to spend their hard earned money to go see this man when he is definitely, ‘not winning.’ I don’t support the choices Sheen has made and hope he is given help instead of glory for his actions.

By: Nicole Johns



Celebraties on the Internet

Almost 60 years ago, Famous people such as actors and performers where able to keep their fame, and personal lives separate. Their secrets and activities, were not exposed publicly and the actors themselves had control over what the world saw them as. At this day in age, famous people can no longer control what they want to show the public. With all the easy access to television and internet; you can now find out almost everything about these pop artist and famous actors. With the paparazzi and detectives that    fallow these people all around and post these pictures and videos online to viewers in order to make money;  Famous people no longer have lives of their own. They start to live the life the public wants them to live. When we ask for Britney spears to go to jail, or start drugs, we find that picture, that video or even that statement where she said jail or drugs and we emphasis that matter, and make it breaking news for the public to see. All these lies are written about all these famous people and are posted on the internet for viewers to judge on it and comment as to what they want to see more of; or what changes they want to see. And believe it or not. These changes happen so suddenly, and the lives of these actors and performers become a big gambling game that the public plays on them just to make themselves happy. We the public control these famous people and we tell them what we want to see.

Now the public can put and upload any file or video of themselves to make them who they want to be. Everyone exposes the good side of themselves, and shows the parts they want the world to see. But keep hidden dirty little secrets or defects everyone has in their lives. Giving us the feeling of a perfect life online. Being who you truly want to be. The internet has played the reverse cycle on society in comparison to how things were running 60 years ago. No longer do the actors control their lives, and the lives of society. But now we. the public, have control of these famous people, and our lives.

By: Mayse

Entertainment from illness

In the past decade television programs that feature  mental illness have hit an all time high. Society has become fascinated with shows like Hoarders, Dexter, My Strange Addiction, United States of Tara, and CSI.

In the past people suffering from mental illnesses were hidden behind the walls of institutions but now more than ever people with mental illnesses are portrayed in our favourite television shows. So why the sudden shift in pop culture towards hollywoods and reality tv portrayals of people suffering with mental illness? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that more than one-fourth of Americans, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder every year.

There are so many sufferers of mental illnesses and so many kinds like: anxiety, depression, addiction disorder, personality disorders, and eating disorders to name a few. Maybe due to the large number of people  suffering from mental illness they want to see it being portrayed in popular culture as normal, understandable and acceptable because of the stigma attached to it.

Also, there is so little known about they metal inflictions that our society has turned to television shows to get a sneak peak of what its like to be a ‘hoarder’ for instance.  This has to do with the fact that as a society we are obsessed with voyeurism– which is the act of deriving pleasure from watching another person.

As a culture obsessed with seeing into the lives of others, known as ‘peep culture,’ these kinds of shows will not disappear any time soon. They will continue with their popularity, until the topic of mental illness is exhausted and society becomes bored.

This clip from YouTube takes a look into the life of a Hoarder.

By: Nicole Johns

Peep Culture

Bloggr, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube…

We live in a society obsessed with social media. Most of us post intimate details about our lives online and on social media sites daily. Blogs have replaced the old school diaries, so now details of our lives are available online for anyone to access. Facebook has replaced photo albums, for the majority photos are now digital and stored online, accessible to friends and friends of friends on Facebook.

This can be damaging to the way we are perceived by others. You can post something online in a matter of seconds but it is nearly impossible to erase. Toronto writer and social commentator Hal Niedzviecki calls this desire to share our lives with others online “peep culture.” He says it allows ordinary people to get their entertainment from other ordinary people.

A big problem with peep culture  is over sharing online. By giving out personal information online it gives anyone access  to it, even people who could potentially do harm.

The subject of pop culture in the capitalist age was watching celebrities, the subject of post capitalist production is the ordinary individual through amateur video. Peep culture is simply an evolution of popular culture and its focus on entertainers and celebrities, Niedzviecki says. Therefore, our society has evolved from being completely fixated on celebrities to being fixated on the lives of ordinary people, through reality tv, blogs, and social networking sites.

By: Nicole Johns


Before the creation of Youtube, it seems as though people lived in a very stereotypical life. By that I mean individuals who were not brought up in a diversified area, where very racist and stereotypical of other people and of other race. With YouTube and other social networking, the world has become closer together. Understanding each other, from culture to religion to tradition. No longer do people judge without reason, because all is found on the internet especially on youtube. People see the suffering of both sides and are now opening their eyes to a more peaceful manner and have become more accepting and more rational of what is going on in the middle east and over seas. There are many  international films that have been made to show the indifference in societies, and cultures; to show the stories of both sides. But at times it would never reach North America or other modern country, So these countries maintain the same type of criticism based on what the locals think and say.  With youtube now, everything thing can be posted for the entire world to see and judge from themselves. There are different international films as well as documentaries that show both side of the tale and discuss issues form all perspective so that you can make a decision on your own, not from your government or those around you.

This video shows how Muslim forerunners deal with their lives everyday in America, and how hard it is to have to stand up and face everyday criticism, judging and racial comments about their religion and country. This video explores both sides of a story, and tells you that one must not judge immediately but must see both sides to every story. The Video talks about a debate that is being held in a university lecture. the debate is about terrorism and what is truly terrorism. The reasons behind every action and every statement. How each side thinks from an American perspective and a Muslim immigrant perspective. The Video comes to an end showing that All Muslims are not terrorist, that there are extremist from each side, and that the bombing that is accruing over seas is due to reasons, that the public must search about and learn more about in order to change the world and make a difference.