I think it’s interesting how The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises both have a plot built around sustainable energy and nuclear weapons. Both movies ultimately come down to mankind almost destroying itself; the council sending out the nuke; the professor who turns the reactor into a bomb. It’s kind of scary how relevant that is.
Though I am a journalist by schooling I am also somewhat of a merchandising enthusiast.
I have been at The Limited for four years and really don’t consider it a second job because I don’t really feel like I am working while I am there- I enjoy it. Also, there is no better place to learn about trends than from within a fashion-forward retail environment.
Some of the aspects of retail are certainly not great. There are always crazy customers, people trying to steal things, and other employees’ inconsistencies. But what I love about working in retail is creating a presentation with the product that is eye catching and tells a story.
Merchandising should be considered an art-form. When given a list of items and a certain square-footage of space some people can tell and story and some people can make a mess. I like to think I tell a pretty good story.
After college I worked at an Old Navy as a merchandising specialist, constantly mapping the floor plan of the store and trying to keep product in shops consistent with the story of the season. On that scale merchandising was not so much about attention to detail but more about trying to get 20 hours worth of work done in five.
At The Limited attention to detail is important, which is why I still love working there. Creating shops is one of my favorite things to do. In many cases our floor plan is smaller than the generic store so accommodations have to be made to fit all the product in while keeping within the given theme. Right now the store is full of burgundy and navy, the first of the fall colors to debut. I am certain that a burt orange will be following soon along with chunky sweaters, tweed mini-skirts, and cozy leggings.
Walking into a store that is well merchandised makes the entire experience of shopping easier and better. When you walk into The Limited right now you are not bombarded by a million different colors and prints, you walk into a store with a clean, consistent presentation. Even as a shopper you can identify shops within the store and figure out what the theme (or story) of that shop is.
Stores that are regularly updated in regards to trend and season always seem new and fresh, and keep people coming back.
To say that we are a society that functions through technology is an understatement.
If I can’t find my phone I have a mini panic attack until I hear it ring.
For me much of my connection to connecting is work related. I am always afraid of missing that important email or call that a story is breaking and I am missing it. But even when I know all is calm I still need to feel the smooth back of the iPhone in my hand.
It’s funny how easy it is to communicate, to call, text, message, poke, whatever. But in a world where communication is so easy why are finding it harder to communicate?
I have to speak with dozens of people a week for my job as a journalist. Ideally I like to do interviews in person, it’s the best way to converse without distraction, to establish trust, to exchange ideas. It’s strange to me to see how many people cannot think in a one-on-one situation in person. People would generally prefer distance, through the phone or through the computer. It’s like technology has become some kind of buffer so we don’t have to share the same space.
I think people generally feel more comfortable about opening up when there isn’t a physical audience. That’s why so many blogs exist where people can express the pain in their lives or their feelings that they would never tell to a parent or friend. In that sense the virtual world is a good thing, it can foster nurturing between people with similar lives and situations. It can bring people together.
But it can also bring people together in a negative way. I am talking about adults bullying each other through the internet. Adults, grown men and women harassing, teasing, and spreading lies about each other through the internet. Seems a bit juvenile, right?
I see it everyday on the websites at work. People hiding behind aliases saying hateful and vicious things about real people, using real names. Most of these people I know in real life and I have never seen them behave the way they do online, even when in the presence of those who they hate online. That virtual buffer in this case makes people feel say things they would never say to another person, it takes away the human element. That is dangerous.
But what does this connection do? It drives people further apart. I don’t think anything has been solved through an argument in the comment section of a news article or on the comment section of a youtube video. This only fosters hate through boredom.
As a society we need to come together to figure out how to use the internet in a better way. We need to look at the screen as we type and see a human face staring back at us. You should have no problem using your real name instead of an alias. We need to own up to our words. If you tweet it, blog it, or Facebook it you should be able to say it.
The tragedy in Aurora Colorado is an all too familiar occurrence in America.
As each mass shooting happens our lives slowly become more constricted. As more everyday locations are hosts to death and carnage there are fewer places outside our home we feel safe in.
The movie theater was a sacred place that no one really thought about before this. It was probably the only time anyone would sit in a room full of strangers in the dark and not be afraid.
During a movie you let your guard down, you relax, you become a sponge to the plot and cinematic beauty. I have never sat in a movie and looked around at the people around me in fear, I have never been afraid that someone would come in and try to hurt me or even steal something from me in the dark.
To truly appreciate a movie you must let your guard down, you must open your mind and use all of your senses to appreciate it fully. James Holmes stole that from us last week just as the killers from Columbine did in schools and terrorists in airplanes.
We live in a world surrounded by fear. You are told to always watch your back, be aware of your surroundings, not walk alone after dark. The cinema was one of the last places you could use to escape that reality.
In addition to taking 12 lives James Holmes also added another location to our ever growing list of places to fear.
What is left?