In Save It for Later you’re getting a brief run-down of each week's stand-outs from around the Web.
"Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat."
|Voices of the Year|
Thanks to the kindness of Ashley Taylor and Stacey Gill, I had the opportunity to go to BlogHer ’12 and celebrate my VOTY honor. Thanks to my inability to overcome the fear of the dentist, I missed it. Also, dentists are expensive--more expensive than what I had saved for a flight to NYC. I was faced with deciding between a cracked front tooth and lost crown being fixed and attending the conference. The situation depressed me. And I still haven’t found an affordable option for fixing my teeth. I’m in a funk and hoping to overcome it by continuing a fearless examination of what it means to be me: Sperk*, a human, mom, friend, and one who sometimes loses sight of the fortitude I already hold (that was in no particular order).
Did you go to BlogHer ’12? How was it?
What Are You Watching?
HBO series The Newsroom. I like its intelligent take on the media, challenging viewers to be critical thinkers as they take in the news and other forms of entertainment. In episode four, I'll Try to Fix You, viewers got a fictional and yet impactful look into gossip magazines’ “takedown” stories. Regina Kulik Scully and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who write for the blog at Miss Representation, recently wrote an article related to the episode, asking us to take into consideration why we watch reality television. Although I do not view most reality shows as “takedown” stories, they have a similar trashy feel. The article, The Toxic 'Takedown' Fast, raises interesting questions related to both tabloid 'takedowns' and reality shows.
With the premiere of TLC’s new show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo , premiering on Wednesday, I have to ask, “When will we say ‘enough!’ to reality television?” And, "Who are we taking down with these shows?"
I’m grateful my own reality TV guilty pleasure, Pawn Stars, is not in the TLC, but airs on The History Channel. I’m afraid Honey Boo Boo is going to cause me to boycott TLC.
Back to School Shopping
According to a CBS News story, Americans will spend on average $689 per family on back to school shopping. Here’s some sound advice from J.J. Montanaro, who writes at USAA, on how to make it a little less painful:
Find something interesting while surfing the Web this week? Let me know in the comments.
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