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Day 15 – I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends (and Sav)

I don’t really have time for a long post tonight because I have to wake up for a 9am lecture but I had a relatively good day today. I worked on more readings for the upcoming proposal and I’m feeling pretty good about it. I wish I could tell you more but I don’t really remember much other than the fact that I was very excited to try my new lime green teapot.

#betterworkstories

#betterworkstories

Of course, no day is complete without my daily Googling of ABC Family and Pretty Little Liars. Unfortunately I was little out of it today so I ended up looking at the results for The CW for a few minutes before I realised I was researching a completely different network. Oh dear.

They'll find out in 350 days

They’ll find out in 350 days

On a brighter note, I’ve finally realised the irony that my case study is about a group of teenage girls being stalked and judged by a bully using social media. Considering that a huge part of my thesis is about ‘following’ the moves of these four actresses on Twitter and making claims about their actions, it is obvious that I am in fact “A”. Bet the PLL fans didn’t see that coming.

I also found a lot of posts online about the fact that Ezra is clearly a sex offender. It restored some of my faith in humanity.

Gross

Gross

It’s late so  that is all. Young girls, if you’re ever just randomly in a bar, look out for dodgy English teachers. They’re almost as bad as the Media Studies crowd…

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Went to Hunter Lounge, JJ Murphy and The Library with JB. Let’s make this a regular thing, babes.
  • Stared at the moon. Wish I could dance outside without looking terrifying.
  • Watched *that* ADAM video with JB and CH. Woah.
  • Lay on the floor of the office with a hot water bottle, a blanket and pillow and wondered if that was the end. It wasn’t.
  • Wanted to hug my reading because it talked about HBO and branding. ZOMG industry, I missed you.

Random “Get out of my head!” Lyrics:


Say something, I’m giving up on you
I’ll be the one, if you want me to
Anywhere I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on you

And I am feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at all

– A Great Big World

Day 8 – I’m So Excited (to Start Writing)

I had my first MA meeting today. Earlier, I was a little nervous about meeting with my supervisor because I was feeling a little ‘over’ Pretty Little Liars. It seems as though I am no longer in their target demographic because I barely give a shit what’s happening in Rosewood these days. Luckily the meeting reminded me that I’m not actually interested in the programme as such but rather, the significance of the young-adult audience. So much better. So really, they can have all the problematic love stories they want and as long as they’re still pulling in an audience, my thesis will remain interesting to me. You go, 12 – 21 year olds. Do your social media thang. I’ll just sit here with my academic theories, making claims about your behaviour and significance to ABC Family. You just keep doing you.

:-/

Aria, no. Just no. :-/

In fact, I was so excited today that I started working on my ‘A’ wall, which will hopefully help me keep track of the hierarchy I am looking at. From ABC Family, to the show, to the fans and to the tweets. I really need to get BL’s noticeboard soon so that I can have a full on serial killer wall. My notice board will look like it’s investigating an intense conspiracy theory with the occasional Jennifer Lawrence quote.

This is their board.

This is what my board wants to be when it grows up.

 

The start of something beautiful

The start of something beautiful

My notice board also has photos of my old friends and my 2012 Honours class. It took me awhile to get everyone because for some reason we were never all in the same place. After getting BL’s Don Brash photo up on the wall, I knew my job was done. I will be looking up at them during my darkest postgrad hours and hopefully they will inspire me to keep going. You are all with me even when you’re far away 😥

Just like Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts.

Just like Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts.

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Spent about 30 minutes panicking that I “broke” my computer. Turns out the plug fell out… Thanks for rescuing me from my stupidity, KT.
  • Got so entranced by an old photo that CH had to ask me if I was all right before I snapped out of it.
  • Had a long discussion with FS and CH about the sexual charisma of Alex Turner and his ‘dad-dancing‘.
  • Thought long and hard about The Gos. No context. Just thought about him in general.

    I don't know, R-Go!! Stop pressuring me!!

    I don’t know, R-Go! Stop pressuring me!

Random “Ruh-Roh” lyrics:

It was late last night
I was feeling something wasn’t right
There was not another soul in sight
Only you, only you
So we walked along,
though I knew there was something wrong
And the feeling hit me oh so strong about you
Then you gazed up at me and the answer was plain to see
‘Cause I saw the light in your eyes

– Todd Rundgren

Day 7 – I’m Coming Up (to Uni), So You Better Get This Thesis Started

I’m about to dive head first into my MA responsibilities tomorrow so I decided to try to recover from marking by buying somewhat unnecessary things for my desk. I’m so excited to finally have an answer to, “What are you up to these days?” Answering with, “Oh, I’m doing my Master’s” will no longer technically be a lie.

Dawson’s Creek readings, I’m coming for you.

Basically me these days

Basically me these days

 

My purchases today include:

  • Matching bowl, saucer and mug. Let’s not even pretend I’m not going to be living off instant noodles this year. Shout out to Indo Mie, the unofficial sponsor of my thesis.
  • A cookie box. Because I can’t have stale cookies, that’s just messed up.
  • A pretty handtowel… why not?
  • A snuggly blanket and pillow for when I’m curled up on the floor with John Ellis.

So the office is pretty much all set up. I have even started to develop somewhat of a caffeine habit, along with the rediscovery of my love for the word ‘problematic’. That’s all you need for a successful media thesis anyway, right?

Things I did instead of working:

  • Spent a significant amount of time trying to find the full song of the “love is just a game” part of the ‘Elephant Love Medley‘ and ultimately got distracted by another awesome song called ‘Love’s A Game’.
  • Accidentally slept on the bus on the way to my other tutoring job while I was trying to research. Seriously, my schedule is killing me.

    This also happened on the bus. I can't drive either, buddy. Let's just leave it to those who know how.

    This also happened on the bus. I can’t drive either, buddy. Let’s just leave it to those who know how.

  • Had a long and detailed discussion with JB and SH about contemporary sex scenes in film and television. What is the distinction between pornography and HBO?
  • Felt heartbroken when I saw my favourite student’s sad face when I told him I wasn’t going to be his tutor anymore. I’ll miss you too, my talented little Angelface.
  • Photoshopped BL’s head on Don Brash’s shirtless body. Be careful what you joke about…
  • Talked to  JFtD on Facebook. I used your chosen nickname. Are you happy now, procrastination enabler?

Random “Totally just found out this awesome song existed” lyrics:

Oh maybe I think, maybe I don’t, maybe I will, maybe I won’t 
Find my way this time, I hear you calling me soon
One of these days , somebody stays and somebody pays
It happens all the time
I’ll be leaving, believing you wanted me to

Maybe I’m a fool
For walking in line
Maybe I should try to lead this time
I’m an honest mistake that you make
Did you mean to?

The Magic Numbers

Day 6 – There’s Always Gonna Be Another Essay, I’m Always Gonna Wanna Make It Good

YES! Nothing left to do but staple the marking sheets to the essays and rewrite my comments in a more coherent form. I feel like I haven’t slept in a week (I haven’t) and my MA hasn’t even really started yet.

Oh well. Tomorrow that will change.

I should probably devote some time now to talk about my thesis. I don’t really want to get into too much detail right now as it’s late, I’m tired and I’m worried I’ll bore myself. However, I do want to highlight the fact that the main case study of my thesis is Pretty Little Liars. A more appropriate name for the show is Problematic Little Liars because I swear, this show is Media Studies gold.

That's about right...

That’s about right…

The main love story is between an underage girl and her teacher and the whole town just seems to be inexplicably riddled with pedophiles. A university student takes her boyfriend home to meet her parents and the guy starts making out with her 14 year old sister. A few years later she takes home a different guy, an older med student (her fiancé no less) and he makes out with her now 16 year old sister.

Oh yeah, the parents suck too.

Oh yeah, the parents suck too.

…and that’s just Season 1, folks.

Anyway, I’m sure you all will hear all about it in the coming months. It’s not like I’ll have anything else to talk about.

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Got overexcited that my supervisor not only watches Archer but has also watched Home Movies. I mean everyone (with taste) loves Archer but finding someone who knows Home Movies is like finding a unicorn. Shout out to SH, if you’re reading this!
  • Thought about how happy my life would be if H Jon Benjamin was in it.

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    My future

  • Got schooled by JK on how to use Microsoft Excel. I need to change my CV because as it turns out, that hour I spent learning Excel with Mr Kirkham in computers class does not count as being ‘proficient’ in the programme. Although if  you need to add the number in one cell to the numbers in another cell, I’m your girl.
  • Spent at least 2 hours thinking about bacon. I really want to eat bacon.

Random “My dad used to listen to this song all the time and now I kind of love it too'” lyrics:

She wonders how it ever got this crazy
She thinks about a boy she knew in school
Did she get tired or did she just get lazy?
She’s so far gone she feels just like a fool

My, oh my, you sure know how to arrange things
You set it up so well, so carefully
Ain’t it funny how your new life didn’t change things
You’re still the same old girl you used to be

The Eagles

Day 4 – Stayin’ Alive (When You’re Alone in the Office)

Today was another long day of marking but I finally got through it all. Just finalising the percentages tomorrow and hopefully they’ll be ready to be handed back.

Working on a Sunday, especially a Sunday morning, often means the uni will be empty. So, of course, when I entered the unlit halls of the office in the wee small hours of the morning, I immediately started recalling every slasher movie I had ever seen.

But which movie serial killer would bother with me?

[SPOILER ALERT FOR OLD SLASHER MOVIES]

The first one I thought of was the killer in Urban Legend.

Crazy Eyes McGee

Crazy Eyes McGee

Rebecca Gayheart plays the terrifying killer looking to avenge the senseless death of her high school sweetheart. She was my first thought because this movie was actually set in a university and the victims were often somewhere isolated when her crazy ass showed up.  I wouldn’t have been her main target as I have never accidentally killed anyone (touch wood) but who knows what my friends get up to. I could be like poor Tara Reid. All she wanted to do was do her call-in sex advice line… 😦

There’s also Ghostface. I only count the original because he/they started it all.

"Please don't kill me, Mr. Ghostface. I wanna be in the sequel."

“Please don’t kill me, Mr. Ghostface. I wanna be in the sequel.”

I’m pretty sure I don’t have a disturbed on/off high school boyfriend but if I did, I’m almost certain neither of my parents have ever caused any of my exes’ parents to break up. Again, that ensures I’m not the Scream Queen but what if I share an office with someone who is…? Maybe they want to send a message?! Speaking of which…

Not the hair!!

Not the hair!!

Originally, The Fisherman only wanted to hurt the people who ran him over. But in the sequel he went after everybody. I have a certain sense of safety because I don’t actually know how to drive therefore I have never hit anyone with a car. Having said that, I’m beginning to realise that this movie may be the reason I’m afraid of driving. Regardless, The Fisherman liked to toy with his victims before he ultimately decides to kill them. In fact, Sarah Michelle Gellar’s chase scene is one of the longest and most tense kill scenes in any movie. Though even before this iconic scene, The Fisherman decided to screw with Helen by sneaking into her room and cutting off all her hair. That’s just crossing the line.

Then of course there’s Michael Myers who is probably the most likely and also the most terrifying of all.

The reason I lock my office

The reason I lock my office

He just wants to kill for no reason. I don’t need to ever have met him before. He’ll just kill me because he somehow wandered into our media offices.

So it looks as though if a movie serial killer did try to off me while I’m studying, it’ll either be completely random or a friend of mine has a dark past and it’s coming back to haunt them. Thanks guys.

I should probably go upload a hegemonically attractive, racially-ambiguous Facebook profile photo so that people will care when I inevitably end up on the news.

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Listened to problematic pop songs. What up, Selena?
  • Thought about the social implications of oral selfies as described in The Time-Traveller’s Wife and Shortbus.
  • Rocked out to ‘The Final Countdown’ when I reached the last three essays. Do do do do, do do do-do-do.

Random problematic pop lyrics of the day:

When you’re ready come and get it
Na na na na na na na na na na na na
When you’re ready come and get it
Na na na na na na na na na na na na

You ain’t gotta worry it’s an open invitation
I’ll be sittin’ right here real patient
All day all night I’ll be waitin’ standby
Can’t stop because I love it, hate the way I love you
All day all night maybe I’m addicted for life, no lie.

-Selena Gomez