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My Manifesto for Matt’s Musings or: I Enjoy Frustrating Leslie Wolfe by Allowing Alliteration :)

January 21, 2010

This is one of the top Google image search results for "confused face."

What should this blog focus on?  To be honest, I’m at a loss when it comes to answering this question for my journalism class.

On one hand, I stated in my first blog post that I would be blogging about class and personal subjects, especially the awesomeness of The Velvet Underground.

But on the other hand (assuming you have two hands after that nasty wood chipper incident…that’s right, your wife told me what happened), I need to have a more specific focus than just “class work and old music.”

Old music is pretty broad, but focusing on The Velvet Underground helps narrow it down a little.  Class work is also a pretty broad subject, but it might help that I’m mainly blogging about journalism and its relation to blogs and other forms of social media.

So, I think my focus will be this:  As A&E Editor for a college newspaper I have a unique insight to different aspects of pop culture.  Therefore, the primary, non-academic focus of my blog will be giving my opinion on why certain items from pop culture are relevant, important and otherwise awesome.

People can say that The Beatles are overrated, “Futurama” was criminally underrated, “Battlestar Galactica” (the new one) was frakking amazing or other such statements all they want, but I’m going to try and provide substantial evidence to support claims like these.

Pictured: Good people.

Also, before a virtual s—storm starts in my comment section or on Facebook, I dig The Beatles.

Anyways, I think that’s where my blog’s focus will lie.  The other night I saw a preview for a new show called “Solving History.”  Think of this blog as something along the lines of “Solving A&E,” with special guest appearances by the Future of Journalism.

Also, if you’ve been thinking to yourself “gee, I sure wish I could figure out why ‘derp’* is so awesome, or why ‘derpa derp’* is more popular now than it was in the ’60s,” ask those questions in the comment section or on Facebook and I’ll do my best to answer them.

You stay classy, Blogosphere.

* = Derp, or any variation thereof, means whatever I want it to mean.  In this case, I’ll go with an A&E-related item or topic.

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It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Blogging)

January 13, 2010

Here I am, Blogosphere.  I honestly never thought it would come to this because, despite my nerdy demeanor, I’m not very tech-savvy.

This picture of my high school computer teacher may explain my hesitation to learn new technology.

Granted, I’ve mastered some things on the Internets, like “World of Warcraft,” using search engines, ordering unhealthy food and books I say I’ll read but never get around to, but other than I’m fairly shy around new things.

I should probably explain a little about why I’m blogging before anything else.  I’m a senior journalism student at West Virginia University (post jokes at West Virginia’s expense in the comment section), and this blog is part of a course I’m enrolled in for the Spring 2010 semester.

Since how society defines the media is constantly changing, and because blogging is becoming a big part of the media, I wanted to get as much experience as possible before I leave college.

While this blog is for a class it is also for my personal use, which means I can write about almost anything I want.  Some of my interests include movies, music from the ’60s and ’80s, good wine and tasty beer, movies, books, television and the hilarity of American politics.

That’s right, this blog will have the same content as 90% of every other blog on the Internet, with the other 10% being composed of fan fiction, porn or a combination of the two.

I also plan to dedicate a significant amount of content to advance awareness of why The Velvet Underground is the most influential band you’ve never heard of.

Learn to love these music deities.

As for what I want to get out of this course, I’m not entirely sure.  The most obvious answer would be experience, which is what I’ll go with.  At least, a new kind of experience relevant to The Waste Land of a job market I’ll be entering in a few short months.

I also want a journalistic experience that’s more personal than writing for a newspaper, something I can use to blow off some steam.

Well, this is the end of my requisite “Hello, World” post that most bloggers write.  It’s been a blast, and I’ll be writing about three or four news blog posts every week.  Most will be personal in nature, but some will be more academic to fulfill my course objectives.

Also, I’ll try to think of something clever to sign off with, but until then…kthxbye.