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What I Learned from Gossip Girl

An IN 350 Midterm
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Lane Hokanson

on 18 March 2013

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From Blair From Nate: Lane Hokanson From Serena: Being rich means that you can't gain fulfillment from your job WARNING: Contains spoilers up to season 5 Because you will assume rules don't
apply to you, or try to use your money
to get the job done. Drama comes naturally in the upper East Side You can never be overdressed You can't help who you fall in love with It's the only explanation
for Dan. Being a "B" can be useful You've gotta love a good scheme From Dan From Chuck Bass Hope you learned something
XOXO,
Gossip Girl Season 5, "Yes then zero" Schemes & Revenge
Blair gets Chuck to pretend to seduce Vanessa
Blair starts a rumor that Rachel (Ms. Carr) and Dan are sleeping together (before they actually start sleeping together)
Jenny and the mean girls give Vanessa a see-through dress to wear at the dance
Blair convinces Rufus to throw a birthday party for Jenny
Blair telling everyone that Serena is in rehab at the Ostroff center List taken from:
http://www.gossipgirlshow.org/page/Gossip+Girl+Top+Ten+Lists If you're going to write a book about your friends, at least change their names up. Don't write a tell-all book about your friends. You can pretend to hate them all you want, everyone knows you love the upper class... And most importantly... Eventually, anyone can get good hair He's Chuck Bass...enough said People can change He's the reason why everyone watches GG http://www.wetpaint.com/gossip-girl/articles/chuck-and-blair-chairish-one-of-gossip-girls-greatest-romances *Disclaimer*
I have not read this article, as it contains spoilers from season 6. There is at least one normal person in New York It is possible, though statistically unlikely, to have morals and be incredibly wealthy. Everyone has a weakness #cougars You can be successful at your job if you act responsibly (despite your wealth) "My grandfather just admitted to me that the only reason I have this job is because he bought the Spectator. Here I was, thinking I was doing great work and so proud of it, now I just feel like a total fraud." Riding in Town Cars With Boys
Season 5 Episode 10 All the pretty sources
Season 5 Episode 8 All rights belong to the creators of this video, the network, and Netflix. All rights belong to the show, the network, and Netflix All rights belong to the show, the network, and Netflix Rhodes to Perdition So what's the most important thing
I've learned from Gossip Girl? Respect yourself, and others.
As you rise to the top, there's always going to be someone there to see you fall. If you can treat the situation, and those involved, with dignity and grace, it cannot rebound. Tell the truth, it is always a better choice. Gossip Girl is a popular show on the CW.
It is set in New York, NY and features a group
of overprivileged, under supervised teenagers. Based on a book series by Cecily von Ziegesar, the drama has developed a huge following. Now there are even memes. But what's curious is how addictive the soap opera is. At some point, you will start to wish your own life was filled with the glitz and glamour of the upper East Side. It won't. You will attempt to make this happen... And the abundance
of delicious breakfasts Hot guys The gorgeous clothes Then this happens... will trick you into spending all of your time watching GG. S1E4 And you realize... But don't worry, You can resist the pressure And, to be fair, Gossip Girl has some valuable life lessons. For example: Despite the addictive nature of this show, most agree the time has come for the final XOXO. Ben Lerner, writer for the Huffington Post, agrees, stating, "[a]lthough it was never rooted in reality or accessibility, the eye-roll-inducing ridiculousness of the plot over the last couple seasons has disappointed viewers and critics alike. Ratings have declined, and the fact [that] only three episodes remain in the show is surreal but is likely leaving the viewers, actors, writers and producers relieved." But why do you get hooked on GG? This article in NY Magazine breaks it down for you. http://nymag.com/arts/tv/features/46225/ "On balance, Gossip Girl gets the world of privileged New York City kids pretty right. The characters may be caricatures, but they recall real types enough to make you cringe: The mothers who want to shape and clothe (and then humiliate) their daughters. The gay father, the hipster Brooklyn father, the dad with the coke problem. And the kids who fall in love, have sex, smoke pot, and try to fight out their places in the social hierarchy. It’s accurate enough to have real-life parents in a tizzy and private-school principals lecturing students about why they shouldn’t watch...The show mocks our superficial fantasies while satisfying them, allowing us to partake in the over-the-top pleasures of the irresponsible superrich without anxiety or guilt or moralizing. It’s class warfare as blood sport. And, as Blair Waldorf might say, that’s entertainment." Or, you can take this quiz:
http://www.buddytv.com/personalityquiz/gossip-girl-personalityquiz.aspx?quiz=1000002 It must be acknowledged that some people do not appreciate GG, as shocking as it sounds. Gawker writer Richard Lawson, shares, "This is not the 'Best. Show. Ever.'...I mean, look. Does this show have the trashy bite of The Hills? No. Does it have the warm, toothless smarts of a show like Greek? No. It exists in some awkward no man's land in the middle, and...attempts to make smart junk pop out of the oddly sedate show just reeks of effort and so-bad-it's-good winking gone embarrassingly awry." = Reason #1: Reason #3: Here are his reasons: Reason #2: You don't like Gossip Girl? Because, frankly, the show can be really boring. "The most exciting [thing] about this show is its 'scenes from the next...' clips." Because, actually, no one gives a shit. "The problem is that the show is fiction, and when you have the real lives of the stars competing against the fake lives of the characters, the what-should-we-care-about vote is split." Because 'ironic' enjoyment of television is overdone. "At this point there have been so many articles and blog posts and all other manner of crap in the "so bad it's good" vein, that the whole idea has become so bad it's bad." Judy Berman, reporter
for The Atlantic, links
the decline of Gossip
Girl with the parallel
fall of the economy. "For a show that won such effusive early praise, Gossip Girl's decline was precipitous, its consignment to the realm of the embarrassingly passé sudden. Most fans view Season 3, the first season after the majority of the characters graduated from high school, as the beginning of the end for the program. In fact, the trouble started even earlier than that, and can be traced to an event entirely beyond the writers' control: the financial crisis. The show's fall serves as a clear example of how economic realities and cultural tastes are unavoidably linked." Here's an idea: "When banks began to fail and the market plummeted in October 2008, a few episodes into Gossip Girl's second season, public opinion turned swiftly and dramatically against the very rich." The outside world has an obvious impact on our entertainment system. Events like 9/11 shape the way our nation views entertainment; immediately after the trauma, Americans spurned drama, horror, and unpatriotic forms of amusement. However, these effects were not long lasting. In his book With Amusement For All, Ashby writes, “Within a relatively short time, it seemed that the immediate effects of 9/11 on entertainment were, in fact, negligible or, at best, ephemeral. As usual, amusements found considerable room for sex, violence, and spectacle” (498). He goes on to say, “According to the media scholar Robert Thompson, the trend [of reality television] revealed ‘how quickly American popular culture can dissolve even the most horrid tragedy.’ As an MTV anniversary special concluded, the attack that ‘was supposed to have changed everything’ had apparently altered little” (500). Works Cited Lerner, Ben. "Gossip Girl: Why It's Time for the Final XOXO." Huffington Post. 03 Dec 2012: n. page. Web. 16 Mar. 2013. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-lerner/gossip-girl-finale_b_2233214.html>. Pressler, Jessica, and Chris Rovzar. "The Genius of Gossip Girl." New York Magazine. 21 Apr 2008: n. page. Web. 16 Mar. 2013. <http://nymag.com/arts/tv/features/46225/>. Lawson, Richard. "Three Reasons Why The Gossip Girl Phenomenon Is The Worst. Thing. Ever.." Gawker. 21 Apr 2008: n. page. Print. <http://gawker.com/382105/three-reasons-why-the-gossip-girl-phenomenon-is-the-worst-thing-ever>. Berman, Judy. "XOXO, Conspicuous Consumption: How the Economy Killed 'Gossip Girl'." Atlantic. 14 Dec 2012: n. page. Web. 16 Mar. 2013. <http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/12/xoxo-conspicuous-consumption-how-the-economy-killed-gossip-girl/266181/>. Ashby, Leroy. With Amusement for All: A History of American Popular Culture Since 1830. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky, 2006. 2-200. Print. Fiske, John. Understanding Popular Culture. 2. New York, NY: Routledge, 2010. 2-200. Print. Try this out: In his book Understanding Popular Culture, John Fiske discusses “offensive bodies and carnival pleasures.” The bawdy, the lewd, the forbidden—all of these pleasures have long been deemed inappropriate. Socially, these desires have been hidden, kept out of sight. Indeed, Fiske comments that there were only two solutions to “managing” these vulgar activities; repressive legislation and appropriation. Here are 3 of his main ideas: “Whatever is morally bad cannot be politically right” (58).
“Popular pleasures were recognized to lie outside social control and thus to threaten it” (61).
“…the Victorians were as much concerned with producing pleasure as with repressing it, but this production consisted of redefining, repositioning, and regulating pleasure” (61). When examined in this context, Gossip Girl takes on a whole new meaning. Suddenly, GG allows middle class, everyday people to experience upper class luxury and corruption without any lingering damage. It is a new, safe way for teenagers to “experiment” without undergoing any physical or mental damage in the process. Like the Victorians, our society has repurposed and repackaged the idea of sin and immorality into a neat, forty minute parcel. What do you think? Do you agree that wild shows like Gossip Girl, Law & Order, and even Honey Boo Boo allow the public to live outside of their means and morality? Is it a cleverly popularized way to enable Americans to make connections between the show and their lives, all without the risk? Have you ever been in a situation that reminded you of a television show? Has that show ever affected your response? I’m not sure that I have the answers, but keep that in your head the next time you sit down to watch your favorite tv program. Regardless of how critically you watch your favorite shows, there are a lot of lessons to be learned. What I learned from
Gossip Girl Click on quiz & new window will open. Too much wealth and too many resources can cause you to lose your sense of what is (and is not) appropriate -Nate Archibald How can you not watch?
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