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Halloween Costume? Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That.

24 Oct

Halloween is a week away and the pressure is ON. Finding a good costume has become almost as difficult as choosing who to vote for in this election.  No one wants to see the same old costumes that resurface every year, i.e. ghosts, witches, vampires.  Halloween has become a time of year when you can show just how creative and hilarious you really are all in one costume.  I’m not saying that finding a costume should take precedence over real life problems (how to dress when the weather shifts from 50 degrees to 80 in a day), but no one wants to go to a party and find another person dressed just like you. Halloween is a time to be unique, contrary to the popular belief that one should dress like a lady of the night. For all of you out there who are trying to come up with that unbeatable costume that will leave people talking about how creative you are for at least a day after the party you’re going to, here are some ideas inspired by social media:

Slender Man: I’m really not sure where this idea came from, but it has blown up memes all year. This horrifyingly simple costume is sure to freak out those who’ve had a little too much to drink. It doesn’t even require you to say anything, just stand alone in a corner and wait for someone walk past you.

Meme faces: Really simple. Copy your favorite face, print it out, and add some string so you can tie it around your head. Perfect for those who don’t want to put in much effort this year. If you want to score bonus points you can always walk around saying “y u no wear a costume?” or “Edward Cullen costume. Me Gusta.” It’s all up to you, but this costume could definitely start some interesting conversations.

Most talked about people of 2012: We have all seen the photo of McKayla Maroney who is clearly not amused by her competitors. Dress in your best sweats and walk around the party acting like you’re not amused by all of the costumes that are better than yours. Psy will also be a popular hit this Halloween. It’s time to drag out those flamboyantly colored suits and dance around like your pants are on fire. I’m not promising you might cause fights with those who are done hearing about your Gangnam style, but it will be fun while it lasts.

Hipster: Totally easy, just pull out those non-prescription glasses you bought last month to make you look “smart,” maybe add a flannel shirt and a scarf and you are good to go. For all you know, this is the best costume at the party. After all, you came up with it first.

If none of these costumes suit your spooky style, keep thinking! Let’s just hope that super awesome idea doesn’t come to you after the holiday is over… but I’m sure it probably will. (happens every time!)

Here’s something you can listen to while you get ready for your Halloween festivities.

Guest Blog:Joshua Dean-Social Addiction

26 Sep

Hello to you all out there in the blogosphere. If you are not familiar with me, my name is Joshua Dean. You’re probably wondering, “What did you do with the pretty brunette girl with the funny quips?” Well, she’s dead still here. I’m just filling in for a guest blog post, as she has so graciously done for me here. A little bit about me: I’m a senior at East Tennessee State University majoring in English with a minor in journalism. I like piña coladas, getting caught in the rain and I’m not into yoga. Now that you know me, you should not only follow me on Twitter, both professional and personal, as well as my highly informational blog.

Shannon’s blog focuses around social media, so I thought I would put my two cents in on the matter. Not only is social media amazing at keeping us up to date with our friends, colleagues and that old girlfriend you had back in that obscure town no one has ever heard of, it also acts as a HUGE time filler.

For me, it’s literally the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do before I go to sleep-check all of my social media outlets. I pine for that one Facebook argument, embarrassing twitpic or extra-filtered, extra-autocorrected, extra-hipster Instagram post to start my day off right. I’m not the only one.

As consumers, all we want to do is consume the hottest gossip or the newest information. Social media allows us to do just that, and it even adds a personal touch to it. If you don’t like the bit of information you see, simply block it, delete it or unfollow it. So, with a click of a button, you no longer see what Honey Boo Boo Child’s twitter feed or Chris Crockers risqué Instagram photos. This leaves more room for LOLCats anyway.

What I’m trying to convey is the power that social media holds on all of us. Soon, news outlets will be a thing of the past, and social media sites will be the ones running the news streets. I’m envisioning something very Anchorman-esque. It’s already happening. Twitter, as well as Facebook and Tumblr are bringing in writers to cover the news before newspaper journalists get it. That makes these outlets the first to report the news, which in turn makes you the first to see the news, which in turn gives you the right to make a gaudy Facebook status about it or come up with a completely unrelated hashtag for it like “#YOLO.”

Just try not to get caught up in the whole mess of it, and have fun. Keep posting those cat pictures, continue to tweet from the seat of your toilet, and yes, please do keep us informed about how your parents are horrible as your 12-year-old self posts that status from your new iPhone5, but can “#yolo” please die already? It’s lived its one life.  Now, bring in the dancing lobsters.

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