Whitest Girl You Know

Translucent ruminations of a very pale girl.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Classics Lessons from SATC

Because it won't go away (Sex & the City)...

Radar waxes poetic with story lines and classical mythology, my fav being the Achilles reference, just because:

Here's the thing about Achilles: He begins the Iliad phenomenally upset because Agamemnon—who's a king, mind you—has stolen his concubine. Achilles refuses to fight. And yet, many bloody days later, it's the death of beloved friend Patrochlus that finally leads Achilles out of his tent to kill all the Trojans. This is sort of like the part in season one, episode 12, where Charlotte dates that guy who really enjoys listening to Cher, but also enjoys boning Charlotte. You know, the gay-straight, straight-gay guy.


Thursday, May 29, 2008

One More, I Swear

Apparently, blogging is "mainstream" amongst women. The study was sponsored by BlogHer ad network, so that'll answer your questions right there.

The Thing About Print Media

I'm a firm believer that print media is a dying breed. There will always be a need to have something tangible to hold, carry, tear apart, which is why I don't ever think fashion magazines will ever go away. However, newspapers are declining in ad rates, bleeding money and news on the internet is instantaneous and becoming more relevant. Occasionally, I read the paper, usually if I come across the NY Times on a Sunday (I couldn't put the magazine down this past weekend) or I'm back home in NYC because the Post used to be part of my unhealthy diet that also included bagels, Quik and pizza (how I miss it all!).

So, another Gawker post talks about the potential downfall of newspapers because of web advertising, but has a rebuttal that projects internet advertising will never make up the difference in ad dollars. It's an interesting point to a conversation that I was having with Mike's dad over the weekend. Will newspaper publishers push their technology in the right direction and create advertising opportunities that will appeal to companies who are afraid to part with their ad budgets for non-traditional media?


Why Blogging Is Good For You

Gawker has a great story that defeats the recent "bloggers die of heart attacks" story. Those heart attacks happened because the people were not healthy, not because of blogging.

Here's a listicle from my favoritest of favs:

1. Bitching and moaning alleviates stress! "As social creatures, humans have a range of pain-related behaviors, such as complaining, which acts as a 'placebo for getting satisfied.'"

2. It gets you high. "Blogging might trigger dopamine release, similar to stimulants like music, running and looking at art." (Meta-blogger Emily Gould said as much in the NYT Magazine.)

3. If nothing else, there's the placebo effect: "Cancer patients who engaged in expressive writing just before treatment felt markedly better, mentally and physically, as compared with patients who did not."

4. Instant feedback, unlike your diary: "Unlike a bedside journal, blogging offers the added benefit of receptive readers in similar situations." Sharing is caring!


Change of Pace

I've been spending A LOT of my time - 4-6 hours a day - on my new website and have lovingly neglected this one. Granted, 2 people this year have asked me to take them or their links off of it, understandably so (fuck corporate America, guys!). But I'm starting to realize that I have all these things to write about that I can't really do so on my Boston-centric shopping/fashion/style blog. So I'm going to start posting about my adventures in blogging and creating a media company here. Maybe I'll post some personal pics as well, if you're good