Tuesday, April 19, 2011

my life in song

"Mighty to Save" - Hillsong
This is one of my favorite Christian songs.  I like the beat and the lyrics.  This song reminds me about God's love and just how amazing and loving He is.  My belief in Christianity is a big part of my life and so this song reflects that aspect.

"Dare You to Move" - Switchfoot
I first heard this song in the movie, "A Walk to Remember".  After listening to it a few more times, I noticed the lyrics more. A lot of times, I'm too afraid to speak up so I just keep quiet.  And this song encourages people to get out and do stuff.  I feel like I can learn from this.

"Live it Up" - Group 1 Crew
I like the beat of this song and after getting it free on iTunes I feel like I listen to it a lot now.  It's just one of those songs that's catchy.  I like to have fun (when there's no work to be done) and enjoy everything in the moment.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

library book

I had a hard time searching for a book online that was related to my topic.  I typed in laughter and health, laughter, and laughter benefits.  Nothing seemed to be related after reading the online descriptions.  I finally found something under "laughter health".  It said the book could be found at both College Library and Memorial Library but it was only available at Memorial.  This was my second time in Memorial Library, but the first time doesn’t really count because I didn’t stay to study.  So, because I had no idea where to find the book, I asked a librarian who showed me a map of the call numbers.  She told me that my book was in the North stacks of the 6th floor.  The shelving units were too close for comfort and the lighting was dim.  Everything looked old and untouched.  There were even maintenance men working to fix a leak.  It took me about 10-15 minutes to find the book.  The books next to it were also about laughter and humor-related topics.  The books on the shelf above had “jealousy” and “intimacy” in the titles.    

Provine, Robert R. Laughter A Scientific Investigation. New York: Viking Penguin, 2000. 

Call number:  BF575 L3 P76 2000

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


The Dove chocolate TV commercial begins with a woman sitting by the window in a ray of sunlight.  She is dressed elegantly and her hair is fancy.  Then the actual chocolate candy is revealed, as a close up, in her hand.  The camera zooms in when the chocolate enters her mouth so only the bottom half of her face is shown.  This is followed by her look of satisfaction and happiness after eating it.  In the next scene, chocolate is being poured, but only the ribbons and layers are shown that form.  Then, the same woman appears but this time in a long, brown dress, which imitates the previous scene in which chocolate was poured.  Now, the camera is above the woman to show the movement of her dress which is similar to the chocolate.  Then, a piece of the candy appears from the bottom up as it is being coated in chocolate.  The “Dove” label is on top.  The commercial ends with a bag of Dove chocolates in a background of silky brown drapes.  Also, there is the slogan, “My Moment. My Dove.”  The background song talks about “sweet dreams” and “wishes”. 
The appeals in this ad are the needs for aesthetic sensations, physiological needs, and to escape.   It is obvious that the images of the Dove chocolate are made to be “visually pleasing”.  This attracts people to want one.  When the chocolate is shown up close, the physiological need is taken into account because the photography is so advanced.  I think this ad appeals women more than men because the person in the ad is a woman.  Therefore, it is easier to relate to how she feels.  I only noticed the need to escape at the end when she says, “My moment. My Dove”, meaning that some time should be taken to focus on the self.  I think this ad is effective in that it shows the worth of the smoothness and satisfaction of eating this brand of chocolate.  After the woman eats the chocolate, she experiences the freedom that it promises.