Friday, January 31, 2014

Hip hop controversy

Who does hip hop belong to?
I know it's been said that hip hop is a historically black genre, but I believe that it can belong to anyone who feels passionate about it. Music is a form of art, and no form of art can belong to just one person.
Are white artists who prosper in hip hop robbing from black musicians? Or is music fair game for all true fans? I believe that it's fair game for all fans. The world is becoming more diverse in what is happening and just like everything else, you have to try and work your way to the top. "Part of accepting hip-hop’s growth into a pop music juggernaut is accepting that its edges are fuzzier than they once were."
I think that rap, someday, can transcend class and race, because it's music, and music belongs to everyone.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Reflection

I think this year, as a writer, I have really improved and learned a lot more about journalism than I had known previously. I've also really improved with my writing style. One of my goals for myself was to learn a new kind of writing style, which is exactly what I did. The only thing I struggled with was getting this done and in on time, it's always been an issue with me.
I chose the era eaters article and my college app essay because they were my best. And I believe they are my best because they are topics that I am most passionate about. One thing I've always had a passion for my entire life is teaching and helping people and that's what I was trying to do/convey in my feature article. My college app essay was good because I was writing from the heart, and it think those are the best kinds of pieces. I tried to expand my diction during the process of this class to make my papers seem a bit more educated.
For my first piece, I chose my college app essay. In this prompt I felt as though I was really able to express myself, and it showed my us of voice in it as well. It was something I felt was, and probably still is, one of my best pieces. It wasn't much of a process to write this piece, mostly because it just flowed straight from the heart, which I know is a corny saying, but it's true. Writing about things I'm passionate about is fairly easy for me, and I out more time and effort into it to really pack the punch I want to deliver.
For my second piece, I chose my feature article about satanism. Like I said, I put a lot more time in effort into things I'm passionate about. I've always wanted to teach people about different religions, to me, I feel like they don't know enough of a variety, and don't have the passion or drive to research it. Writing this piece did require a decent amount of research, and I actually learned some new things along the way as well! I didn't exactly get to interview anyone, mostly because the people I did interview, gave really vague answers, I suppose because they didn't know enough in the topic. I suppose my strengths in this piece would be the amount of research that went into it, and maybe voice? I did struggle a bit to keep a bias opinion out of it, as well.
Overall, this semester has taught me a lot more about writing, especially in different styles, and taking multiple writing classes has really expanded my knowledge.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

College app essay (portfolio p.2)

My parents divorced just after my first birthday. My older brother went to live with my father, and I stayed with my mother. We moved a lot. It was difficult to adjust to every new location, and, in the process, I developed severe social anxiety. Being separated from everyone I knew over and over again created an obstacle in forming new relationships. So I dealt with it the only way I knew how: through art. I'd channel my emotions and express myself in splashes of color. I spent my days effortlessly dragging the paintbrush across the canvas, creating elaborate pieces of work to show how I felt.
        I've had a passion for creating all my life. When I was younger, I'd watch Disney's handiwork in awe, curious of how they made it happen. I would watch these movies over and over, completely inspired by them. Starting out, I was fixated on drawing cats. One of the few times i remember my mother connecting with me, she helped me with the anatomy and colouring of my drawings. To my eight year old self, she was like Leonardo DaVinci. Over time my graphite doodles became sophisticated drawings of...well...cats! Because of these drawings, most people would refer to me as the "Crazy Cat Lady" or "The Girl Who Always Draws Cats". It was a bit demeaning, so I tried to break out of the habit of drawing only cats. It was difficult at first, but I eventually moved onto my next phase: dogs.
        I drew dogs for the next four years, slowly and meticulously perfecting my style. Then, my sophomore year, my mother committed suicide. It was a rough time in her life, all of our lives, and she became unable to muster the energy to persevere. She had left me a note, telling me I could do great things with my talent and much more. That sentence motivated me to try harder academically, socially, and continue with my artistic passion. I've been struggling with the weight of her death, and with each drawing, the weight lightens. Art is, and always will be, a significant part of my life.

Feature article (portfolio p.1)

When most people think about satanism, they think about people who hum chants and sacrifice living beings to give a blood sacrifice to their deity. But in reality, some branches of satanism don't even believe in Satan as a physical being. You see, Satanism is just a general category with a bunch of little subcategories. Satanism is broad term used to generalise a group of Western religions compromising ideological and philosophical beliefs.
Some of the subcategories that don't believe in Satan as a deity are the LaVeyan and Deistic divisions of Satanism.
LaVeyans got its name from the creator of the religion, Anton LaVey, who was also the author of the Satanic bible and founded the Church of Satan. They are considered a symbolic religion meaning that Satan is merely just a symbol representing certain characteristics and traits that people may find desirable such as individuality, carnality, independence, earthly success and power. The religion itself is not about worshipping the devil, but rather worshipping oneself as the "center" of their own universe. In Deistic Satanism, it is very similar to that of the Laveyans beliefs in that they do not believe in Satan as a physical being, but rather a supreme being or force which is one with all.
The most "hardcore" sect of Satanism is Devil Worshipper, also called Diabolator. Most Satanists actually frown upon the use of this name, much as homosexuals frown upon the word "queer" or the "n" word for African-Americans. Though, there are some that embrace the term "Devil Worshipper" , And use it in self reference. Diabolators unashamedly worship Satan (or Satans) and refer to him as "master". Referring to him as such is considered "taboo" by most other satanists in other sects. Those who identify as diabolators, overlap with many, if not all, theistic categories of satanism.
If satanism, there can be some rather "weird" sections to it. There is the Joy of Satan Theistic style Satanism. They believe that satan is a extraterrestrial being who telepathically communicates with humans. There are also the Setians. They believe that Satan is just a fixed name, but rather he is called "the Prince of Darkness". The Setians also worshipped the Egyptian sun god, Ra, who would procliam an Egyptian saying every dawn, "xeper" meaning "I have come into being".
Some sects of satanism are merely separated by small things, suchas. How they perceive the serpent from the story "Adam and Eve". Unlike Christians, the Ophidians perceived the serpent as Sophia, the goddess of wisdom. Also, the Yezidi believe in a fallen angel called Shaitan, instead of the devil. Although, Yezidis do not accept the term "satanist" because they do not believe in "satan" as the prince of this world. It is just the fact that they worship the same deity as other theistic Satanisms.
As you can see, there are many different kinds of satanism and not all believe in Satan as a deity, let alone a deity at all. People say things like "I think satanism is like a way of going against normal Christianity and religion" when really it is it's own religion in itself.