Back From The Dead: TV Shows Are Coming Back Thanks To Fans!

The power of the internet is unquestionable. The power of the fan however, that is just as important and yet, not recognized as much of an influencer. Cult favorites are coming back with a force and they can thank fans and the internet for that. In the last couple of years, shows that had a small but very loyal viewership expressed outrage and heartbreak that another channel or studio listened. Yahoo picked up Community after NBC pulled the plug. Hulu resuscitated The Mindy Project after Fox cancelled it. HBO even listened to the fans and finally gave The Comeback it’s, well comeback!

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Then there is the necromancer, Netflix. The Killing would not be killed, Arrested Development got a second change, even Full House rose from the tv grave. But perhaps, the biggest story of the ultimate show revival is Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Since the show’s creators, Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband, Daniel Palladino left after season 6, everyone could tell the magic was not quite there. Cast member, Jackson Douglas once described on a podcast that it as getting a heart transplant but the fans, cast, crew and even the studio couldn’t really live with this change. And so the beloved show was cancelled and done by season 7. For nearly a decade, fans continued the discussion of what could have been if only Amy and Dan never left and of course, wondering what were the final four words of the whole series? Podcasts were created, from Gilmore Guys to even my personal one. Fan’s investigated on the incomes and expenses of the characters, fan fiction of Lorelai  and Luke and of course Rory with one of her three loves (and yeah it was almost always about Jess).

featured-imageNetflix started to see the demand, the appeal, the love and the need for Gilmore Girls to get the conclusion that the fans and creators deserved. So it is returning with four new hour and a half episodes. We will see how they coped with Richard’s death, we will see how they utilize Twitter and how they feel about Obama, John Oliver and so much more. Everyone’s favorites are returning, from Sookie St. James, Lorelai’s best friend to class mates of Rory’s from Yale.

In the past, it has been rare to have a show be brought back into our lives with new episodes after cancellation. Maybe it’s the lack of original content, the fear from the studios to try something new, or maybe, it’s to give the fans an ending they deserved from a premature cancelled show. From Prison Break to The X Files to Twin Peaks, we have our favorites coming back and we are welcoming them back, zombified or good as new.

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*Originally written for gnovisjournal.org

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The Challenges In Art, Work And Life

“When you have no money, you become more creative.” That was a comment made by filmmaker and podcaster Kevin Smith at a Q&A I attended a few years ago. Restrictions don’t mean that things cannot be done; it just means you need to work harder and think outside the box. Sometimes money is not the toughest factor. Many countries have to deal with strict guidelines made by their government on what they can and cannot portray in their art. In Darcy Paquets’ book, New Korean Cinema, he writes about the many restrictions the Korean government places on their filmmakers, yet they have become a model of how to continue to tell fascinating stories and defy their government without actually getting anyone into trouble.

The host movie posterThe Host is about a family who try to find their youngest after Americans put everyone’s life in danger. As a viewer who has no background in Korean history or culture, I noticed there were scenes in this film that depicted customs explaining a little background on their upbringing and mindset. The grandfather is so respectful to authorities, and he bows down when the police come in one particular scene. He tells his children repeatedly not to be disrespectful to the government or to their older brother who had it the roughest and so forth but Paquet’s book allows more insight in the history and customs of Korea that explain why he acted in such a manner. The circumstances of how certain generations were brought up in such a strict regime influences the film while still captivating it’s international viewers.

a-separation01The Korean film industry is not the only one that deals with  restrictive content. For example, a similar situation is that of the Iranian film industry, where there can be no sex (including kissing), no violence, women must cover up from head to toe at all times, no bad language, and no insult to the government. Imagine doing that with Hollywood, they would be out of business within a month! However, they have succeeded in making films that are powerful and universal, such as the Oscar winning film, A Separation about a couple going through a divorce. Matters of class, parenting, money, and marriage are all discussed without breaking any of the rules. It still holds as one of the best films ever made because there is something relatable for everyone. This film connected widely with the human experience of being a parent and the duties outside of just being a son or daughter.

Restrictions, especially government restrictions, do not mean that art is dead. These two examples of films that have won audience and critical praise prove that true art cannot be denied.

References:

Paquet, Darcy. New Korean Cinema: Breaking the Waves. London; New York: Wallflower Press, 2010.

*Originally written for gnovis.
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How to Get Your Content Seen

tree-200795_1920It’s not easy to get heard but social media is a provided outlet. It is becoming the way the majority of people turn to for information, especially updated and new information. In fact, recent research shows that over 60% of Americans get their news through social media. Just think of job searches. How many of us wait for the local paper to see their classified listing? Majority of us will check Indeed, Twitter, Official Websites, Monster.com to find out who and where is hiring.

But social media is not an exact science. It requires a lot of experimenting to figure out what works for you. Here are some tips:

Post regularly:

Twitter is used to be purposely up to date and to be posted often. It has been proven that the more times you tweet, the higher chances are to get viewers and even followers. So don’t be afraid to tweet an enormous amount of times (at least 4 times a day!). Facebook is a bit different but you should still post daily.

Tag, you’re it!

Don’t forget that sharing or tagging others involved in the content also helps. It provides more exposure to anyone who follows them!  

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Popular hashtags such as #TravelTuesday, #FlashbackFriday, #KnowledgeIsPower and daily trending hashtags offer you creative ways to share content. Also, people who weren’t looking for you might find you through the use of popular hashtags.

Think outside the Twitter and Facebook box

Putting your newest content in your email is another great exposure. Websites and apps that are meant to find random things based on interests also prove to help. These include Reddit, StumbleUpon and Tumblr among other apps.

Be Quick About It!

Remember to try posting at different times. Also, be quick and to the point. Respect others time and they will acknowledge it.

Marketing has grown and the cost has gone down but with that means more content is out there. Getting people to pay attention to you has been made harder because it has become easier to reach out to people. That doesn’t mean it’s time to give up.Experiment, we have and continue to do so.
Do you have any tips? Tweet me your experience and suggestions!

*Originally from my internship at Qrvey.
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A Bookworm’s Ultimate Happy Place

With more than 38 million books, four buildings, and a unique history, The Library of Congress is definitely worth a library card. There are tours offered to learn about it’s construction, what it carries and the architecture and interior design is absolutely beautiful.

library of congress great hallwayIn the Jefferson building, it’s main floor also known as the Great Hallway, you will see on the floor, all the zodiac signs. The corners of the room have sculptures that represent the four corners of the world: Africa, Indian America, Asia and Europe. The ceiling is a mosaic of the most popular professions during the time of it being build which is in the late 1800s.

It houses the Gutenberg Bible, there are only three original prints left, one is here in the Library in Washington, DC the other two can be found in Paris and Rome. When you visit the second floor, a fun fact that most people get wrong when asked, the color of the paint is called Pompeian Red. The color is majestic and royal with a view of the Washington Monument. Marble was used that came from the Vatican to build the Library. There you can see the map that is the first to mention and the United States of America.

You can get a library card and use one of the 21 reading rooms and they have been working hard on the World Digital Library since 2005 where you can look through all their books, paintings, maps and anything else they have digitally and in high definition. The project is ongoing but the resources are vast and definitely worth checking out.

All in all, if you are like Belle from Beauty and the Beast, this will easily be one of your favorite places to visit.beauty and the beast whisper

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#Iblogbecause My Story

office-581131_1920August is Blogger Appreciation, believe it or not. From what I understand is that it started back here.So in honor of this month, I will share why I blog.

In 2013, I was going to move to New Zealand for a year to work in media, producing, editing and writing documentaries. I thought that archiving my experience and my travels will not only help me remember and capture precious moments but also to help people who might be interested what a year in New Zealand was like.

I also love to travel and to write and to read and watch films and tv, basically anything related to story telling. Blogging combined all my passions and allowed me to express my joys and fears, I also thought some others might be able to learn something from what I saw and went through.

So that, in a nutshell is why I blog.

If you are a blogger, tell us why you started! If you are thinking about being a blogger, I highly encourage it!

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The History of Jamestowne

“History is the memory of time, the life of the dead and the happiness of the living.”
~ John Smith, explorer and authorvirginiaplaces.org

Two and a half hours drive from Washington, DC is Jamestown, VA, the first English settlement. For the last 20 plus years, the Rediscovery Project has been digging artifacts to learn more about America’s earliest history. I went in March and they are still working on the project so new information is found and proved all the time.

The Jamestowne Rediscovery Project started in the 90s at the request of Queen Elizabeth II, we have the written works of the first settlers and Englishmen who came such as the infamous John Smith, now we are getting physical proof of what went on back in 1607 when the first arrived.

For instance, John smith and Gabriel archer wrote about the first battle on the island and found the body of a 14-year-old body English sailor who was fighting the Powhatan Tribe. The Rediscovery Project found the body of what they have concluded is a 14-year-old Englishman. This proves what Smith and Archer wrote and that this battle.

The fact that we still speak the same language as they did in the 1600s has helped with the excavating and learning about the earliest history of what would become the United States of America. They also found the trash site, where pieces of animal bones showed their diet, coins from Europe and the jugs that carried their alcohol showed where they were coming from or where they passed through during their journey.

There are still a lot of questions the archaeologists and historians have. At the time I visited, they had recently discovered a wooden book or top to a box that stayed largely intact. They found out that it was made out of copper and that is how it has survived for over 400 years but it being held in their labs for further testing to see what was its purpose. It could help us understand the way of life more. The burial sites also remain a mystery, the direction they are buried in and the kind of coffin they were in sometimes contradict their lifestyle. For instance, religious figures are buried looking east towards Jerusalem but the body was wearing proper navy uniform, why was this person buried in such a position when there is no written record of a person having two positions, as a navy man and as a clergy member?

historic-jamestown preservationvirginia.orgThe Jamestown site is considered one of the top 10 archeology sites in the world. One of their most famous discovered is a teenage girl, around 14 years’ old who had rich nutrients in her bones showing that she was fed the best quality but was wearing working class attire. The archeologists theorize that she was a maid but there is no record of her in any books. At the time of settling into Virginia, the settlers kept records of all names, ages and occupation of who came but this teenage girl is nowhere to be found. The project decided to name her Jane and today, she is considered a top 10 archeology find. The Rediscovery Project as well as many other similar projects around the world continue this important work so that we and future generations can learn about our ancestors, especially for those who did not have a voice during their time, such as Jane.

To learn more and keep updated on their findings, please visit the projects website and if you ever get a chance, take advantage and visit them yourself. Walk the steps that John Smith and Pocahontas took along with Jane and hundreds of other Native Americans and English settlers.

 

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My Favorite Museums 

victoria-and-albert-museumThe Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England

I wont lie, my favorite thing about the museum is the Fashion and Jewelry Collection. Going through time by seeing what the fashion was like is a fun experience. There are other collections especially for artwork including paintings and drawings, glass, furniture, and much more. So much to see and learn, it is definitely worth more than just one visit.
InternationalSpyMuseum-1The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., USA

Complete with giving you an alias, hidden passages, and lots of history on espionage, I can’t get enough of it! Half of my things are from the gift shop alone including shirts, invisible ink pens, and hidden book safes. The museum goes through important spy tricks and happenings over world history. From Alexander the Great’s secret messages to his commanders, to Japanese ninja’s trainings, to The Cold War, you learn a lot about how private citizens and governments kept an eye on each other.

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Museum of Sex in New York City, USA

Don’t judge but it is actually really unique and interesting to learn about the history of contraception, different fetishes, and learn about the research and studies that were done to allow the public to understand what is going on with their (and the opposite sex) bodies. Obviously, because of the nature of the subject and it does not shy away from much, it is not much a family friendly outing but it is more than just for giggles. They also have an exhibit on the different techniques and habits of the animal kingdoms sexual activities.

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The Worst Trip I Have Taken

Have-worst-time-never-admitIt was right after Christmas of 2014 and I went to a popular conference near Pheonix, AZ. My father enjoyed it the year before and wanted me to come this time. The day before he was suppose to leave, he got the flu so I was to go alone. My mother stepped in but drove with her nephews and brother from Los Angeles while I flew. I spent my time alone at the gym, watching TV, relaxing. Despite this last minute change and that we had to cancel our pit stop to the Grand Canyon because Dad and I promised to see it together, things didn’t seem so bad.
But after the four tortuous days, my first day was going to be one of the very few good things to happen. I did end up seeing friends from New Zealand who were visiting the States. Then the conference began, one boring session after another. After a dozen sessions, only two were interesting and noteworthy. This conference has been going on for some 30 odd years so most people used it to be reunited with friends and family. Since my mom and I came for the first time, we had a hard time finding anyone who wanted to meet up for coffee or a meal. They were all busy meeting with family they only see at the conference. Understandably, we went on our own but after a full day together stuck in a secluded hotel, we had nothing left to see or talk about. Enter boredom, on vacation. This is virtually impossible for me, I love vacations and explore everything I can. Well after two days, I had to see everything I could with no car or public transportation near us.

By the end of the second day, we gave up and just stayed in our room catching up on Homeland. When the highlight of your vacation is one dinner and then catching up on a television show, it’s proof that it was a bust.

On our third day, the hotel called us during an afternoon nap break from our Homeland watching. My father and I were suppose to go to the Grand Canyon but we forgot to let the hotel know that we cancelled the plans. Graciously, they found us another room for the same discounted price but we had to scramble and leave the current room because they needed it to prepare for a new family. We dumped everything into our suitcases and dashed downstairs to the new room, our bags barely closed, we were lucky nothing got lost!

Then my cousin was suppose to drive us all back to Los Angeles but he wanted to stay longer, possible. I spent the rest of the time calling rental car companies, airlines, train tickets, etc to find another way to get back but nothing was cheaper than $300 per person. My cousins then said he would drive us only to change his mind the next hour, so I dashed off to get cell reception and wifi but the price went up another 100 or so. Finally, we got a straight answer where we made sure he couldn’t back out of it, my cousin would indeed drive us back.

What’s a family vacation without a fight? Our last day, my mother and Ihad a huge fight and didn’t speak for the entire drive. Other than finishing a fantastic season of Homeland and seeing friends from New Zealand, this awful trip was nothing but heartache and a big massive headache. Boring conference, no one to talk to, nothing to do, then to top it off, so many mishaps with reservations and travel.

Needless to say I am only going to Arizona for the Grand Canyon, not for that horrible conference.

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A Day in Haifa 

Israel_-_Haifa_-_Bahai_Gardens_004If you find yourself visiting the beautiful and historic country, Israel, be sure to take a trip to Haifa. It is an hour train ride from the Ben Gurion Airport train station.

Israel is a small country with a lot to see and is in many religious texts as the place for many important events. In Haifa, it has Mount Carmel, a mountain that is mentioned in many holy texts.

Today, it is where the Shrine of the Bab, Who was one of the two twin manifestations of the Baha’i Faith. The Shrine of Baha’u’llah, the other manifestation, is an hour drive in Bahji. Buses and taxis are well familiar where these two Shrines are. Mornings are open for free to the public and you can take pictures outside of the Shrines and of the gardens.

When you have finished your visit of the Shrine of the Bab in Haifa, you can get some exercise with quite a view of Haifa, going down the terrace steps to Ben Gurion Street where there is a mall and countless places to eat.

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The Importance of Digitization for Preservation

Check out my final project on how three different organizations are using digitization to help with their collections and the public! World_Digital_Library_-_Launch

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