Girls: A Season in Review

HBO recently finished airing the first season of breakout series Girls, written and directed by Lena Dunham of Tiny Furniture and produced by Judd Apatow, film funnyman known for such movies as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Apatow’s influence is unmistakable in the raunchy, blunt nature of the late-night series. Dunham debuted in her television career as a plain-Jane leading lady with an influx of sarcasm and self-deprecating humor. After completing its ten episode season, how has Girls done compared to its fellow HBO companions such as Curb Your Enthusiasm and Sex and the City?


Tumblr: Facebook’s Inner Personality

I met Jim online last summer. I met him when I was about to transition into college and was thrown into a pool of other accepted students under the veil of a Facebook group. I’d never known anyone without having had a physical conversation, so the online chatting and the image I depicted of him was a fresh experience. As time progressed and I got to know him further, he introduced me to an even newer phenomenon: Tumblr. Yet, he wasn’t just another fan of the relatively new blogging site. Tumblr had introduced him to his girlfriend.

Jim’s relationship status was a form of internet Inception. Facebook had notified me of his girlfriend, but his girlfriend was from Tumblr, two different online mediums overlapping to create a real-life romance. How could he have met a girl from an online site that didn’t even coordinate dating? The site only promised me a few laughs and some quotes I found amusing. We are predisposed to wariness about online communication, whether due to stranger danger instilled in childhood or from the inherent oddity surrounding only knowing someone superficially. It warrants the question as to how genuine it can be through the lens of a computer, a place synonymous with cyber-bullying and false personas by use of an online profile. How do people find love on an illuminated screen?


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