Showing posts from February, 2016

For the Sake of Smart News

Today we're going to talk about something that's been on my mind for a few weeks now. I want to talk about the dumbing down of media for the sake of millennials and why I think that's dumb. If you're reading this and you happen to not be apart of arguably the most hated demographic on the planet right now, I hope this can shed some light. And if you are 18-34 (the generally accepted age range that can be classified as "millennials") I hope you get what I'm talking about.

For some backstory: I'm a media arts and design major with a journalism concentration, which is basically just a long and convoluted way of saying a large part of my schoolwork requires following the Associated Press on Twitter. I'm super attuned to all types of media, whether that be traditional print and TV, social networks, or online spaces that bridge the gap between the two. And while I love a good Keeping Up With the Kardashians marathon, (or, as my stepdad calls them, the &…

My Hair Story

Happy February, friends! Can you believe 2016 is already one-twelfth over? You'd rather not talk about it because the rapid passage of time freaks you out? Oh okay cool, me too. I'm glad we're on the same page. How about instead we talk about my hair. I can just hear your resounding yeses now.

On the surface, hair might seem vapid and dumb. However, we know that's not entirely true, because the market for hair products is expansive, competitive, and evolving. I work for Ulta, as you probably know, and our haircare section easily takes up half the store (and it's a pretty big place). Shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo, serum, detangler, relaxer, curl definer, hairspray, hair dye, hair perfume (yes, that exists)...the list goes on and on, and I haven't even begun to mention tools that reach temperatures higher than our ovens. Millions of dollars ride on the proposition that women will pay buckets of money to use and abuse our tresses. Y'know why? Because hair …