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On a “Tightrope” with a “Good Burger”

This piece of writing compares Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope” song and music video with that of the Brian Robbin’s Nickelodeon movie, “Good Burger”. The discussion is based off the following videos: Tightrope and Good Demented Hills. Janelle relays that one cannot get too high or too low in life. Her music video takes place at the Palace of the Dogs insane asylum. This facility was known for holding popular musicians such Jimi Hendrix. The music video lays out the tale of a patient catches the ‘crazy/ dancing feet’ with her friends. In the beginning the Tightrope music video, it is shared that at the Palace of the Dogs Asylum, “Dancing has long been forbidden for its subversive effect and its tendency to lead to illegal magical practices.” Dancing provided the patient in the with a temporary escape from the asylum.

“Good Burger” is about two teenage boys, Dexter and Ed played by Nickelodeon’s Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, who work at the local fast food restaurant called Good Burger.   After getting in mischief over their summer break, the two find themselves in Demented Hills, a local insane asylum…Well, here’s how they get there…The antagonist in the movie is a terrible guy named Kurt, he opens a new and high tech fast food restaurant across the street from Good Burger, called Mondo Burger. With their bigger and better burgers, Mondo Burger soon becomes competition for Good Burger. Even quicker, they begin to steal all of Good Burger’s customers and lead Good Burger to almost go out of business before the summer is out. Dexter and Ed suspect that something is odd about the “mondo” sizes of their competition’s burgers. The teens eventually discover that Mondo Burger is chemically inducing their burgers with an illegal food additive. When Kurt figures the know the secret ingredient, he sends them to the Demented Hills Mental Hospital to prevent the public from learning Mondo Burger’s secret. Ed begins to dance and sing, encouraging the other patients to dance. After the entire mental hospital breaks out in dance, the teens escape the mental hospital. But there was something unique about how they escaped Demented Hills. This was like Tightrope where they used there dancing as a way of escaping and making interactions with the other patients. Another correlation was that the group in “Good Burger” danced to the song Knee Deep by Funkadelic. Funkadelic, the artist, as his name reveals is know for his music of funk like Janelle Monae.

Throughout the Good Burger movie, the viewer could relate message behind “Tightrope”. The teens, Dexter and Ed, are walking on tightropes. They deal with wrecking their parent’s car, having to get summer jobs, being placed in a mental hospital. However, their gains are new friendships, improvement of the Good Burger restaurant, catching “bad guys”, and a summer to remember!


Cyborg?….Yes, I am a cyborg.

This entry is presented in the format of a letter from a cyborg to fellow society.

Dear Cyborg Society,

After being exposed to the film series Battlestar Galactica, and watching this short clip (, I am convinced that I, as a member of my fellow society am a cyborg! Before we all go around casually calling each other cyborgs, let me explain. First, how do we define cyborgs. According to, a cyborg is person whose physiological functioning is aided by or dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device. You all most likely would associate this with their typical sci-fi thrill, (i.e. X-Men, robot movies, and of course their favorite superhero and villains). What do these examples have in common? They each use unique tools to extend the boundaries of their physical body.

One may argue that humans cannot be cyborgs because their physical body limits them. However, I am aware that my body is surely not limited. I can regurgitate almost any piece of knowledge known to this planet, with my extended features of Google and Wikipedia. Just how the colonial fleet, in Battlestar Galactica, executes a faster-than-light jump every 33 minutes to escape the Cylons, I can do one better. I send my thoughts to hundreds of people in a hundred different locations, with my extended features of email and text messaging. I can also continuously read the minds of thousands of people, with my extended features of Twitter and Facebook. Did I mention I could tell you the exact location of everything on this planet, with my extended feature of GPS. If you think I am something special, wait to meet my guardians. My male guardian has the ability lift and crush cars with his extended feature of prosthetic arms. My female guardian has the ability to control every second of her heartbeat, with were extended feature of a pacemaker. Pretty cool, right! But what can I say, not all of us can be cyborgs.


Your Fellow Cyborg

These Frankenstein Women

How does Mary Shelley describe her women when in Frankenstein? Can this be digested from the text? What information can we gather from just the first half of Frankenstein? Women in Shelley’s work are very loving and innocent. For instance Victor’s mother, Caroline, extends her kind heart with the adoption of the Elizabeth and Justine into the Frankenstein family. On the other hand, women in Frankenstein are also passive throughout her writing. For example, Alphonse is described as “a protecting spirit to the poor girl [Carline], who committed herself to his care.”

The women usually remain “silent” through the tale of Frankenstein. Even when the women speak, their voices do not carry any weight. For example, this is evident when Justine is accused of murdering William Frankenstein, who was actually killed by the monster. Even though Justine says she is innocent she knows her voice is not being heard. In response, Elizabeth attempts to stand up for Justine’s innocence. Just the same, Elizabeth voice goes unheard. Shelley allows only the voice of Victor (the voice of a man) to save Justine. At the moment Victor feels guilty because he is responsible for creating the monster that killed his brother William. One would think, Victor would use this opportunity to undo his guilt by saving a life from death (women’s life). But this would mean Victor would have to admit he was responsible for the entire incident. Being the prideful (and shameful) man he is, Victor decides not to speak up and watches Justine face her conviction. Being the helpless women she is, Justine confesses to the murder and is put to death. Victor actions (more like lack of actions), portrays Justine’s death as a sacrifice. Victor makes the selfish decision to sacrifice Justine for cover up his own mistakes.

Since women do not have much influence in making decisions in their lives or others’, why do we need them? One might say, “We need them for reproduction!” Well, Shelley has a clever response to this in Frankenstein. In fact, Victor proves us wrong by being the first guy who reproduces without the need for a woman. How so? He creates a man! Well, there we go. What role do women have in Frankenstein based on the first half of the story?  None!…other then for sacrifice. However, I suspect the second half Frankenstein will provide a different analysis.

The Convent of Pleasure and HBO’s “Rip Van Winkle”

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Cavendish’s “The Convent of Pleasure” is an interesting play. She showcases the role of a feminist in the 18th century. Cavendish introduces us to the main character Lady Happy who has lost her father and becomes very wealthy. As a feminist, Lady Happy is completely against the typical roles for women in the 18th century. Women at this time were not view as independent; they almost completely relied on men or their husband. Women’s roles were to get married, have babies, tend to the house, and take care of their husbands. This is what bothered Lady Happy; she thought women should be more independent. Just the same, it was not as if Lady Happy was not an eligible bachelorette. In fact, Cavendish portrayed her as the wealthy women that everyone wanted.  It does not help the situation how the men viewed Lady Happy as an object to obtain or possess.  When Lady Happy decides she does not want to get married, she easily becomes that women that every man wants but can not have. Unlike typical 18th century women, Lady Happy challenge the men’s power and authority they thought they had. In addition, Lady Happy creates a convent which all women can stay in and enjoy the pleasures of the world without the interference of men. This was basically a group of unmarried women who choose to avoid the pains of men and marriage. This convent was very important in Lady Happy carrying out her feminist beliefs.

Lady Happy’s convent has various connections with the HBO TV show Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child’s “Rip Van Winkle”. The show is seen as a feminist rethinking of Washington Irving’s classic tale. Rip is a chauvinistic rock & roller who marries the talented Vanna, whose music career goes by the wayside when they marry. Vanna discovers finds The Women of Thunder Mountain, who give her a potion designed to help her husband change his rigid and male piggy ways. Instead, he falls into a long sleep. When he wakes up 20 years later, he finds that his ideas about men & women’s roles are too. The president is a woman, Vanna owns her own business, and his now-grown son is a stay-at-home-dad.

Like Lady Happy, Vanna exercises her independence with a group of feminists. The Women of Thunder Mountain went against the beliefs of society; they were loud and powerful women. Like Lady Happy and her convent, Vanna and the Women of Thunder Mountain are ahead their time. It takes nearly 20 years for Vanna’s world to see the needed change. Like the men in the 18th century, Rip had sexist mindset. He often referred to his wife as “My Vanna” and he referred to himself as the “King of his castle”. He just wanted Vanna to cook, clean, & take care of their baby and himself. After 20 years of a deep sleep, Rip sees the power of women.  Like Lady Happy, Vanna had to defy conventional notions of women in order to create this power. However, in the end, both Vanna and Lady Happy could not successfully live without love and marriage. In essence, being a feminist doesn’t ruin your love life….that is another conversation…(that can found here )

The Sunne Rising by John Donne…aka Young Love

I was not completely sure how the language in the poem translated but I would like to paint the picture for the poem. Imagine a guy who finally gets to go out with the girl of his dreams. Let us call the guy, John and the girl, Lala.  John has most likely been in love with Lala since they were in grade school.  As they go on more dates they fill as if they are in love, I call it young love. Then one night, after returning from a dinner date, they decided to try “something new” in their relationship. The next morning, John wakes up and feels as if he were on top of the world. John thinks he is “the man” now.  In addition, he thinks that after that night he is reassured that his love is even stronger and more real than he imagined. He thinks no ones love could ever compare to the love he has. John is so convinced that he begins to mock the sun for intruding on him and Lala. It is almost as if he were picking on the “big, bad” sun and saying, “Hey sun, who do you think you are?” But why is John acting in such a way? The answer is love. The present love gives John the up most happiness and confidence. It is almost like when people use the phrase “young love”.  For example, John doesn’t care about the world around him. It is like he is in world with just himself and Lala….and that is perfect to him! John’s love is so strong that he doesn’t need anything else. The Sunne Rising reminds me of the song Shorty Like Mine by Bow wow and Chris Brown In this song the male, like John, is boasting about his love for his lady or “shorty”. The male says “I got all this love inside of me and all I wanna do is give it to her. I don’t care what the fellas say bout it cause I got somethin’ to say bout it”. Like John, the male does not care about what the world thinks of him and his lady. As John eventually does, the male in the song lets the “sun” off easy with the words, “Some of the homies hate cause they want her, wish they the ones that’s datin’ my woman, gone get a good look cause she fine and I don’t mind cause she mine”. This is similar to John’s words in the Sunne Rising, “Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere; this bed thy center is, these walls thy sphere.” In all, I would agree that John was just feeling the love…or young love.