Where Did Originality Go?(On Flooding Drowning The Culture In Sameness)

One of the long reads I studied was called  On Flooding: Drowning the Culture in Sameness by Soraya Roberts, this one, in particular, caught my interest.i think it mostly stuck out to me because I try to be an original so having a society of everything being the same sound s like a grim way to live. she wrote about how our world needs to recognize differences and how people are recognized too late for something great. Every newspaper is about the same already popular things instead of trying to discover new popular things. Soraya Roberts also talks about how mono-culture is dying and being reborn. What makes this a good read is it makes you understand how our society influences what we should like through media.

The first thing I noticed when I read this article was how three years in a row the same five shows were nominated for an Emmy. These shows were Chicago HopeERLaw & OrderNYPD Blue, and The X-Files. Soraya Roberts says that this “represented the height and breadth of the art form for three years running.” this is all information from a Deadspin article  but it applies to her ideas. This information tells you how people don’t give new things a chance they stick to what they know and that being the same old shows. Finding new upcoming things is important in our society. When we stick to the old things we miss out on new things that could have been great. An article about how a group of black artists from the 70s and 80s are now being recognized have Soraya frustrated and I agree with her. She notes that “it’s always nice to get half a million dollars for your work, but where was the money when you were producing the work, while supporting a family and paying a mortgage, with many decades of life ahead of you? When you could run to speaking engagements instead of rolling to them?”75-year-old artist Howardena Pindell should have got the recognition he deserved back in the 70s. I’m frustrated by the number of artists that are overlooked now and back then just like Soraya.

Nowadays news is so unoriginal every article the same. This story is very informative about our culture’s sameness. The popular papers are succeeding while the others and scrambling behind trying to beat their inevitable demise. In our world every top tern list is identical. Soraya Roberts wrote about how lots of writers posted one column on Jordan Peele’s Get Out and because they wrote that when his movie “US” came out they all had to write about that too. this shows how bias our culture is and how we blindly follow anything that the media deems worthy. She says that “the times/publish 12 — and counting — stories about it. We shift around those same ideas its just what we do. Reading this article makes me realize how un-special everything in our culture is. What happened to differences? Everyone believes that having a culture of no uniqueness would be terrible but were on the track to exactly that. We have created a society of indistinguishable things. If you haven’t noticed yet after this story I have become very passionate about how we need uniqueness and originality in our culture.


Some of the paragraphs Soraya Roberts wrote were about mono-cultures dying and being reborn. She says it started when ” Michael Jackson died, 10 years ago, our ability to be united by popular culture died with him” he was the last pop star who was universally beloved. An article by  Harry Burson explains this theory of mono-cultures death with Michel Jackson. One of the recent death of mono-culture was Game Of Thrones. he cycle of mono-culture is a perfect metaphor for “in a world that runs on social media, which is that each week it is resurrected around something new, for a brief period, with all the loudest voices in attendance, before expiring again, only to collapse the next week around something else.”Soraya Roberts points out. Having a popular thing for only a week seems unnecessary to me. On Netflix, if you have ever tried looking anything up tons of choices come up that follows the basic plot of the original and are almost the same. If critics like a movie there will be many similar story’s that just shows how our culture unintentionally encourages sameness. Netflix uses algorithms to reflect the taste of critics. Having your own opinion is a necessary thing we need to not care so much about what critic and the rest of our society thinks and focus on our original tastes.

this story makes you think about how the media is a platform of sameness. Being a follower of the media will make you miss out on things you may like, finding your likes will help change our culture back to a unique civilization once again. The world has missed out on many wonderful originators from being the same. In the three years that had the same shows were nominated they probably miss out on some great shows by focusing on what was known to them. If everyone was the same the world would be a bland place. Originality gives our world color. The Giver by Lois Lowry is a good example of society when everyone is the same. That movie turns out immensely bad in the end and people fought for uniqueness.






Back to the 80s

Time travel is an incredible thing that I have thought about numerous times. If I could go back I would go back to 1985. One day, in particular, I would go back to,that day is July 13th. Another thing I would like to experience is new coke and seeing the price difference between 1985 and today.

The band Queen is known mostly for their song Bohemian Rhapsody they were one of the many bands that played at live aid. Being part of this historic concert would be a life-changing experience. Since the movie bohemian rhapsody came out and even before that I have loved their songs and the band’s story. Time-traveling back to this time would let me see a personal favorite band from the past. Freddie Mercury died in 1991 but going back and seeing him would be inspiring. Their setlist from Live Aid was Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, Ay‐Oh, Hammer to Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions, and This Is the World We Created. Live aid took place in London at Wembley Stadium, England, and the United Kingdom. This historical event was very successful having 72,000 people show. The reason that I want to attend this is that it is an event that will be talked about forever.

Everyone nowadays knows what coke is and has probably heard about new coke that was released in 1985 but what I have always wondered is what did new coke taste like. When new coke came out everyone hated it. The new formula was sweeter than the classic version. Protests broke out about the new version. Coke later went back to the original formula and re-branded it as coke classic. New coke vanished altogether. Therefore my point this generation has never experienced the taste of new coke I would like to go back to 1985 to see what all the fuss is about. Also knowing that the product goes south I would like to see different people’s reactions to trying it the very first time. Including my mom who was ten at the time.

Money as many know is the currency in our society everything has a prize. How is it that 35 years ago everything was so cheap and now it super overprized.In 1985 a dozen eggs cost $0.80 but now it cost about $3.00.Going back in time to experience this big change would make me understand how people lived in 1985. I want to have the experience of prizes back then compared to now. I know what prizes are like now and think it would be very informative to know prizes back then. I might even find out why things back then were so cheap.

Live Aid will be an event in history I will always want to attend. Queens hit song Bohemian Rhapsody I enjoyed and want to witness it being performed live. The new coke would be an adventure to try. Knowing that nowadays things are really expensive compared to in 1985 and experiencing the difference would make me wonder how things changed so much. Time travel is an amazing thing that would be the discovery of a lifetime.





































































































































































































































If teleportation was real the first place I would go would be Paris the capital of  France. Ever since I was little I’ve had a longing to go to Paris. Since then I’ve also liked fashion. The Fashion in Paris I’ve always wanted the chance to see.  I am hungry for the many foods that they make in Paris. The landmarks and scenery there is something out of a fairy tale.

Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe’s major centers of fashion. in Paris the have a biannual event called Semaine de la mode de Paris or Paris Fashion Week. Each year there are event fashion weeks for spring/summer and fall/winter. The Dates are determined by the French Fashion Federation.  Its held at venues throughout the city. Every year, famous brands like DiorChanelLouis VuittonGivenchy, and Céline host their shows in historical places such as the Carrousel du Louvre and the Grand Palais.

Baguettes,  Croissants,  Macarons,  Eclairs … these are just some of the wonderful foods found in Paris. French cheese, Oysters, and Falafel are some more. I’ve never tried oysters and I’m not sure what falafel is but it sounds like a fun experience to try. croissante s is one thing that I love and would enjoy there. eclairs are delicious and I want to try one.ive had macaroons but id like to try an authentic one from France. Every French food journey begins at the market. Most cities and large towns feature a market at least twice a week, sometimes every day. Smaller towns and villages have a market once a week. Some of these markets date back for centuries: one, on the Ile de Ré in western France, boasts that the market has been in existence since the 14th century. In Paris, the Marché des Enfants Rouges dates from 1628.A good French market has virtually everything one needs to prepare the meal of your choice: butchers, fishmongers, cheese vendors, produce farmers, producers of local specialties, such as hone or olives.


I’ve dreamed about the beautiful trees that are in France. They look like pink blossoms the Eiffel tower is a famous landmark I’ve wanted to see my whole life but Paris has many other interesting landmarks I would see on my adventure including The most Prominent landmark in Paris would have to be the Eiffel Tower. More the seven million people visit the Eiffel Tower each year. For a small fee, you can ride the elevator to the top. The view from the top is spectacular. If you want some exercise you can take the stairs that go from the ground to the second platform. Many people like to go to the Eiffel Tower at night because it is all light up. The Arc De Triomphe and Versailles are some of Paris’ other famous landmarks.

Paris has so much to offer.from the landmark to the cousin. The fashion week is one thing id love to see this would be the trip of a lifetime.Teleporting here would be the best I’ve always wanted to go here for as long as I can remember.Au Revoir


Songs that never get tiresome

The first song that I haven’t got sick of hearing is

No One Compares To You

 by Jack & Jack

No one compares to you is a song about losing someone that nobody could replace because no one compares to them. In this song, I don’t get tired of it because of the good beat but it also has very good comparisons my favorite is “Thoughts of you and me keep passing by Like ships in the night, we never collide”. He compares ships to his thoughts that will never meet. It’s about a woman that he can’t stop thinking about 
The second is
The Judge
The judge is a song with a lot of pain it’s confusing and catchy. “When the leader of the bad guys sang Something soft and soaked in pain I heard the echo from his secret hideaway He must’ve forgot to close his door As he cranked out those dismal chords And his four walls declared him insane”This is my favorite lines from the song. “You’re the judge, oh no Set me free” this part is repeated and sticks in your head. In the song, he sings about if this song is “Is a surrender or a revel I don’t know if this one is about me or the devil” and back to the repeating your the judge, oh no set me free part.I think that he is asking for forgiveness from god.
and the third is
Sunday Best
by Surfaces
This song feels happy, and like the other three, it is super catchy. Like the song says “Feeling good, like I should”.While it relates to “Feeling blessed, never stressed” which is what the song makes me feel. It makes me feel like everything is OK. Sunday best is referring to one’s finest clothing. They dress up and go to mass. This also explains why he’s “Feeling blessed, never stressed”.How could you ever feel stressed in the presence of God?

My favorite poems.

In the poem i’m nobody who are you poem by Emily Dickson its talking about how she is nobody but how being somebody wouldn’t be good.

In we all wear masks it talks about how everyone pretends to be something there not  and it reminds me of fr mike talking about how nobody’s fine.


this is a debate of which will win cold or hot and in the end either would suffice.