Media Filtering: More Than Getting A Bell Rung

“I got my bell rung” used to be a phrase that could be shaken off and the athlete goes back in for another play. Not this time. Research of concussions has been growing and the results are not good. It’s affect every aspect of the athletic world. Below are a number of articles complied focused on the media’s reaction to concussions and why it is an issue that should not be ignored.

Kickoff returns dropped by 32% in the 2011 NFL season,
which decreased the number of concussions.

  • Concussion awareness is extremely important, according to USA Football. Knowing the signs and symptoms can save an athlete’s career and life. It’s also better to know how to prevent or lessen the severity of a concussion.
  • The Center of Disease Control and Prevention have resources for youth concussions, including information for athletes and parents.
  • About 2,000 NFL players and their families are suing the league after not know about the head trauma involved with the sport as said by ABC News and BBC.
  • According to the new NFL rules, Referees’ responsibility increase in order to protect the safety of football players in the NFL. They are to pay particular attention to the receivers who are in vulnerable positions and avoid above-the-shoulder tackles. The NFL expands more about this evolving situation.
  • USA Today reported parents, including Tom Brady, say keeping kids from playing football until a later age is a good idea. The article even talks about how the practice time for youth football leagues will be cut short.
  • The New York Times gathered the statistics of the at least 50 athletes (high school and younger) who died of concussions across 20 states in the U.S.
  • Second impact syndrome is a serious injury that could happen if the brain doesn’t fully recover from the first concussion. The Huffington Post reports on the story of Preston Plevretes, a linebacker for La Salle University’s football team, who suffered from second-impact syndrome after he was covering a punt in a game.
  • With the increase of concussions in football, The New Yorker asked if the sport still has a future.

UK Hollywood

For the past month I prepared myself for the UK Premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. I was excited to meet, or at least get a glimpse of, Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. With all the excitement going on in London this month I couldn’t have chosen a better time to come.

A few friends and I attended the red carpet European Premiere last night. I even hoped to make a project out of it. However, I should have known that with my obsession of celebrities and Hollywood, it wouldn’t get done. I did happen to snap almost a thousand pictures.

New York IMAX tickets for the midnight showing sold out 6 months in advance.

Being a huge Twilight fan, my sister and I attended two premieres of the Saga in Los Angeles, California – Eclipse and Breaking Dawn Part 1. Now, you talk about a premiere, Twilight was much more crowded and worse than The Dark Knight UK Premiere. Forgive me for being so blunt but this premiere was nothing in comparison with Twilight.

Of course, there were the celebrities, the magnificent Batman mask, and fire, but I didn’t feel the rush that I felt during the Twilight Premieres. Although, I am a bit bias. I’m a Twi-hard, I read the books twice (going on my third to prepare for the final installment), and I purchased the albums. I even screamed just like any other crazy fan so I could get the Trio’s autograph (Robert Pattinson, Kirsten Stewart, and Taylor Lautner).

The film is 165 minutes long and the longest film Christopher Nolan has directed

It may have to do with the culture difference. In California, fans were aggressive but more friendly. We shared this commonality and we all knew it. If someone made a joke or a comment, other fans would join in the conversation and a friendship is made. At least that’s how my younger sister, Taylor, and I did it. We made a lot of friends through the two premieres we attended and we still keep in touch with them.

One aspect I also noticed was the coverage of the premiere. The Dark Knight UK Premiere took more hard work to research than it did for Twilight. Usually I found two to three links about the Twilight Premiere and I had to dig and dig to find out about The Dark Knight Rises. Also, as the celebrities arrived, two reporters spoke to them with the same questions being asked over and over. I got bored with it right away and only took pictures when they arrived. In Hollywood, there were loads of celebrity journalists, radio stations, television crews, and there was more a more variety of questions. Celebrity guests even showed up! I did get to see The Wanted (a music boy band) and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter) but usually there are more. Again, I think the coverage of the even has to do with the culture difference. When we did our interviews for our vox pop, an interviewee said Hollywood and red carpet comes to mind when he thinks of America. After thinking about it, that’s what I think. But it may also be an obsession of mine.

“The Dark Knight” was inspired by comics “The Killing Joke” and “The Long Halloween”

After the celebrities went into the Odeon Cinema, people were still waiting outside so I thought, “I might as well, too.” What do you know? Anne Hathaway came out to sign autographs! She sped by all the fans earlier. Along with her, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and a few others left right away. How odd. That move there was a red flag for me. Many thoughts came to mind on why they left but the biggest one was they probably didn’t want to see it again.

Lastly, the biggest factor of all is not having my younger sister by my side through this extravagant event. She is my best friend and we share the same interests – one being celebrities and red carpet premieres. Going to the premiere was fabulous – despite the fact that I didn’t get free tickets to watch the movie with the stars in the same room – but having people to go with who will be just as insane as you makes the experience ten times better.

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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in London


Review: Turn Off One Sense, Another Gets Stronger

The best decision I made while in London was touring inside Westminster Abbey on Thursday, 12th July. You thought the Abbey was gorgeous on television? Wait until you see it in person.  I remember struggling to keep my eyes open for the Royal Wedding and watching Kate and Prince William look into each other’s eyes to the song, “This Is The Day.” They added more beauty to Kate Middleton’s stunning wedding dress and made you feel like you’re in the 13th century. Attending the Evensong in a church with an overwhelming history convinced me to attend a morning service before I depart.

People interested in attending the Evensong were instructed to wait at a group of chairs after the tour and are seated in the Quire next to the Westminster Abbey Choir. Late arrivals sit closer to the altar and further from the choir. I would strongly advise to go around 2 o’clock in the afternoon because time is allotted to look around, shop, and wait until 5 o’clock for the Evensong. The church closes at 4pm and the last entry is at 3:20pm. You won’t be complaining about the hour-long wait when the organist strikes the first key.

Individuals don’t have to be associated with a religion in order to attend the Evensong. The public is always welcomed. Instructions are displayed at each chair of how the service works, when to stand and kneel, what to pray, and what songs will be sung as well as a pamphlet of choral services for the week and the Book of Psalms.  An organist started the 40-minute service followed by the entrance of the choir where everyone had to stand. The Introit (Psalm 149:1, 3a, 4a) along with the Versicles and Responses, a reading from Psalm 29, the song “Magnificat quarti toni,” and “Nunc Dimittis” in B flat. There were also a few times the public had to kneel during prayers. Cushions are available for those sitting in the Quire but not for people sitting in folding chairs.

I was so mesmerized by the Gregorian-like songs and the intricate designs in the ceilings. Queen Latifah said it best in her movie “The Last Holiday” when she gazed at the ceiling of Grandhotel Pupp and said to the hotel desk clerk, “Don’t that ceiling ever make you want to cry?”

I took a music course at Eastern Arizona College, World of Music, in 2010 and the Evensong reminded me of the Gregorian Chants thousands of years ago. It also made me appreciate how far the Gregorian chants have come because they hardly used the musical notes we use now. It was a series of dots that went up and down with Latin lyrics.

If you ever attend an Evensong, close your eyes and listen. You’d be amazed at what your ears hear if you eliminate your fifth sense. Bring some tissue you criers because the ceilings with the music will overwhelm your heart and senses. However, sleep deprivers will nod in and out during the 40-minute service.

In addition, hearing the church and country’s history made me feel closer to the church. Londoner or not, religious or not, touring the Abbey and attending a service or Evensong deserves a spot on your bucket list.

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