A quick post for me this week. All this work + packing has been keeping me a busy bee. Still, I can’t wait to move! I’m sure next week my label will be something along the lines of “Nester” or “Wannabe Martha Stewart (minus the incarceration).” In fact, I’ll probably force our own “Crafty” Emily D. to help me decorate my new apartment. So excited!
In the meantime, here some “Labels in Life” AKA some interesting links that relate to some of the blog’s past posts:
Hipsters are messing with the law. No, but really…they are.
According to the Washington Post, many defendants in D.C. courts are now sporting non-prescription thick, black frames to make themselves studious/nonthreatening/Clark Kentesque. They trade them with other defendents or sometimes get them from their own attorneys. One lawyer called it the “nerd defense” and, apparently, it can be very helpful. As a recent juror myself, this article got me wondering whether I might’ve looked at my own defendant differently if he’d worn specs. To be perfectly honest, I think I would’ve seen him in a different light…maybe had a different first impression. Of course, it wouldn’t have impacted how I interpreted the facts of the case, but still…it’s an interesting “what if.”
I’m sure all the real hipsters out there disapprove of these posers. Tisk tisk.
This is Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to ever run in the Boston Marathon. Role Model? Yes.
She actually ran the race 5 years before women were technically allowed to enter. Her bold plan involved skipping the required physical and entering under the name “K.V. Switzer.” NPR did a story on her and featured the picture above which shows a man attempting to knock Switzer out of the race in 1967 while Switzer’s boyfriend, in response, pushes that rude/sexist man out of the way. How cool is that? Hooray for awesome women and the men who support them!
Speaking of interesting women, here’s a nun with an awesome story. It involves the Oscars and an on-screen kiss with Elvis. =)
During the height of my Hunger Games interest I was reading a lot of articles and movie reviews. I thought it was interesting that a bunch of writers touched on the dystopian story and how it naturally relates to timely Millennial characteristics/ideals. Young people today struggle to survive in the Great Recession, for instance, and some are even trying to “fight the system” (ex: Occupy Wall Street). Like the citizens in the Hunger Games fictional world, we too are familiar with a 24/7 media system that is arguably saturated in violence and materialism. Also, millennials, like heroine Katniss Everdine, seem politically cynical.
It’s funny, because I remember having a conversation with my father about the story and he said something like, “The premise is slightly bizzare” to which I responded, “Well, is it?” I mean, obviously, a literal fight-to-the-death with children on national television is an extreme, but is it unbelieveable that people in desperate situations can be easily manipulated and stripped of their humanity? Yes, the Hunger Games premise is an exaggeration, but maybe it’s inspired by truth.
OR perhaps I’m just rambling…This was supposed to be a short post, right? Oops.