Pillow Talk

Do people’s individual spaces show who they really are or what they want others to see them as? Do these spaces show whether they are decorating for themselves or others? People have always wanted spaces to themselves and the freedom to decorate them the way that they want. However, this freedom may cause a slight problem. What color schemes, wall decorations, and other trinkets to use are just a few questions that may come up in decorating an apartment.

Before watching the movie Pillow Talk, without a doubt I would have said apartment decorations are obviously for the person living in the apartment, however my answer has changed slightly because of Brad Allen’s apartment. Brad Allen attracts girls to his apartment with his charm and charisma but he keeps them there because of his gadgets and manly décor. Jan Morrow is obviously attracted to Brad Allen’s alter ego, Rex Stetson, and his apartment is decorated to help him in a situation like this. When Brad hired Jan to redecorate his apartment she makes it look repulsive because she knows he can never bring a woman back to a place like that. Jan’s revenge on Brad may have been cruel but it makes them both realize their love for each other.

Brad’s apartment shows that decorations in an apartment are not necessarily for the person living there but also for the people who will see the apartment. Brad’s manly bachelor pad with many gadgets would give off very different vibes if decorated with pastel colors. His sexuality may have been challenged even if light blue was his favorite color, in this way Brad may have felt as if he must have decorated his apartment to be manly so he was not judged. This apartment is the epitome of a bachelor pad and Brad plays up this fact with an elaborate switch that puts on a record, locks the door, turns down the lights, and pulls out a bed. As a result the bachelor pad shows who Brad wants to be not necessarily who he is.

On the other hand, Jan Morrow’s apartment is a reflection of herself. As a single workingwoman in New York City Jan does not necessarily care who is coming into apartment she is just interested in decorating the apartment how she likes it. The apartment has a pastel color scheme, light curtains, many flowers, and colorful throw pillows. Jan’s decorations show how feminine she is as a person and since she is an interior decorator she is able to show off her personality well through the décor in her apartment.

Jan and Brad’s respective apartments are decorated in very different ways. Some of the explanations for the ways people decorate may include gender stereotypes, purpose, and personal ideas. As a result Jan and Brad have decorated their apartments in very different ways. Jan’s apartment is decorated for herself and who she is while Brad’s apartment is decorated for others and who he would like to be.

Facebook

January 31, 2009 was the proud day when I got a Facebook, or maybe not so proud considering the fact that today, I began to look back at my profile, I deleted many embarrassing status updates, photos, and videos. Over the years the way I have used Facebook has changed dramatically depending on my friends and maturity level.

            Following the creation of my Facebook, everyone that I knew began to take more and more pictures to be able to put online and tag each other in. For instance, one weekend several of my friends and I went snow tubing. One girl was so excited to get a picture of all of all of us rolling down the hill together that she dropped her phone and broke it in the process. Something seemed mesmerizing about putting pictures and statuses up online for everyone who I knew to see. I loved waiting to see who would like my photos and many times it was just the people who were at the event where the picture was taken but I still loved it. In addition to the constant picture posting, many times when hanging out with my friends both of us would post something like “with Simone going SLEDDING!” I am not sure why but the thought of having people know exactly what you are doing seemed fascinating. However, today I am completely embarrassed of these posts and hopefully I have removed most of them from public viewing.

            Now I have very different ideas about what Facebook should be used for. My obsession with status updates has turned into never posting one. My love for writing on others walls about silly things has disappeared. My addiction to posting pictures has severely diminished.

Online I have stayed true to who I really am. Rather than putting on a persona in order to make other people happy with the way I portray myself online I am happy to show my real personality. Of course I am conscious about what is online about me because of colleges, employers, and family; however, I enjoy the freedom of posting what I deem appropriate not what others say is correct by their definition.

            As a result of all of the people on the Internet being able to see what you do online, there are several unwritten rules about Facebook etiquette. Some of these rules are: not taking or posting too many selfies, not posting too many statuses, not having many wall-to-wall conversations to name a few. If these unwritten rules are broken this person may face some very harsh judgment especially because this is online and not in person. Occasionally I have caught myself judging others solely based on their online profile before really getting to know them. This fact alone makes me realize that others are doing the same thing about me and I have to be careful about what I post online unlike how I was at age twelve in 2009.

The Shadow Scholar

Summary 1 addressing one of the deans of Emory College:

The shadow scholar, Ed Dante, has written more of your students’ papers than you may realize. I recently read an article by Ed Dante who spends his days writing papers for other people. While writing papers for students, Dante could be posing as anyone from a Ph.D. student to a lazy undergraduate. Dante is able to make this business profitable with an average salary of $66,000 per year writing about 5000 pages of scholarly papers. What about our education system has allowed this to happen? Considering last year the New York Times reported that about 61% of undergraduates admitted to cheating, there must be a fundamental problem with the current educational system in the United States. Although there is no solution to this problem and these questions can only be rhetorical for now, we must consider ways to fix this problem in order to keep students honest. Without honesty in schools now, how can students be expected to thrive in a workplace where they are expected to do their own work?

Summary 2 addressing your 13-year-old brother, sister or cousin:

I’m not sure if you’ve heard about how often cheating happens in schools but the other day I read an article that made me realize how serious the problem is. In the article The Shadow Scholar, Ed Dante writes about his job and how he writes papers for people in college who are too lazy or incompetent to do their own work. Honestly, what these students write to him is absurd. One of them emailed him saying “you did me business propsal for me I need propsal got approved pls can you will write me paper?” I know that you know how to write better than that and you’re probably 7 years younger than the girl who wrote that email. And to make it worse the man who writes all of these essays for the students is making more money than basically all of your teachers. Anyways, keep up the good work in school and don’t become one of these students. I promise the work will be worth it!

Summary 3 addressing the general public:

Everyone cheats. Everyone lies. This man tells all about writing college papers. http://chronicle.com/article/The-Shadow-Scholar/125329/