Posted in April 2013

Oh Masculinity!

Typically, when we think masculinity our minds divert to the ever so attractive Ryan Reynolds or Ryan Gosling because indeed that is what their star image is comprised of. When I hear the name Will Ferrell, I usually associate him with comedy. So, after reading Absurd Masculinity: The Time-Bending Comic Persona of Will Ferrell by R. Colin … Continue reading

Masculinity = Muscles?

“I’m gonna punch you in the ovary, that’s what I’m gonna do. A straight shot. Right to the babymaker.” – Will Ferrell in Anchorman This quote is just one of the many ridiculous things Will Ferrell says. In a recent article, Colin Tait implies that Will Ferrell embodies the “absurdity of excessive masculinity”. He defines “absurdity … Continue reading

Masculinity At Its Finest

Some of my all-time favorite comedic movies include Anchorman and Step Brothers. I quote them daily and each one of them has completely different plots and themes with only one thing in common: the actor, Will Ferrell. He appears in these movies to be overly enthusiastic and exaggerates every aspect of the character he is … Continue reading

Johnny Knoxville and “Manly Humor”

I found Colin Tait’s article on Will Ferrell and absurd masculinity incredibly interesting. The article touched on topics I had never even thought about like “time-bending,” the trend of men acting like children in comedy, and the “absurdity of excessive masculinity.” I think what is meant by “absurdity of excessive masculinity” is  an exaggerated  take on the American … Continue reading

Seth Rogan and his version of Masculinity

    In his movies, Will Ferrell typically plays the very extreme role of the outrageous, nonsensical man who has absurd ideas of how reality really is. Several examples that he is famous for playing this kind of role include movies like Blades of Glory, Talladega Nights, Anchorman, and Step brothers, just to name a … Continue reading

A look into the future

As the internet and media market continues to bloom with technology, the “DIY” celebrities, as Bennett calls them, have become more prominent in our society. In todays online world, people are becoming famous magically, overnight by simply expressing their ordinariness and managing to capture them. The web has provided us a place to make the … Continue reading

DIY Celebrity

You are in the spotlight doing whatever it is that you are passionate about—singing, dancing, playing an instrument, or acting. There is an enormous crowd cheering you on and you are rocking that stage! You are so happy that you wish that this fleeting moment could last forever when suddenly…you wake up. You stare at … Continue reading

So You Want To Be Tumblr Famous?

As technology and social media becomes more and more widespread, a new breed of celebrities has begun popping up all across the interwebs. Internet celebrities are drawing upon key understandings of performance, ordinariness, and authenticity. As a social networking junkie, I will unashamedly admit that I have a Tumblr addiction. When I finally broke over … Continue reading

If Justin Bieber Can Do It, So Can YOU.

At some point in our lives we’ve all said “I’m going to be famous”. For most of us, that will never happen. Frankly, we just don’t have the skill, looks, or money that our celebrity counterparts do. It’s not our fault. Justin Bieber is just better than us. However, the increasing prevalence of the internet … Continue reading