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PAPER TOPIC: Comparing how Joseph Stalin's essays and Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will serve as two different approaches to propaganda. The problem with this is Triumph of the Will is a lot of shots of folks marching and Stalin's essays are... um. They certainly get their points across.

2:12 AM - I belittle a poster on Gaia. This makes me feel triumphant.

2:33 AM - I start rubbing my ear repeatedly and vigorously. This goes on for a minute. I then ponder why I did it. Time for another sip of Venom Energy!

2:50 AM - I decide to upload this to LJ because this is a good idea and I don't want to start watching The Triumph of The Will again, damn it.

2:59 AM - Things I Should Not Write In My Term Paper: "Riefenstahl presents the 1934 Nazi Party Congress as a true spectacle, which captures the hearts of the German people in a fervor not to be seen again until David Hasselhoff sixty years later."

3:24 AM - Riefenstahl uses long shot where she keeps pulling back on a giant mob of young Germans, all doing the Nazi salute. This goes on for probably a minute and is incredible. Props.

4:09 AM - Got distracted by reading about Goering. He has nothing to do with this paper and is, at best, a cameo appearance in Triumph. Dammit.

5:56 AM - Running out of steam just as I start writing about Stalin. Oh boy.

6:09 AM - Impromptu ten minute nap. It is greatly appreciated.

6:42 AM - Joseph Stalin may well prove to be my Waterloo. He is the single most boring writer I have read in years, and now I must write a page at bare minimum about his overanalytical, repetitive, nitpicky essays. The writing of Stalin is evil at its most mindnumbingly banal. I will choose to remember him more for that episode of Animaniacs he was depicted in.

8:03 AM - Stalin nearly done with, just two sections left to -- PUPPIES AND MOCKERY OF HIPSTER CULTURE this is beautiful

8:20 AM - Getting in car for trip to campus. Sleeping for half an hour in said car. Needless to say, I'm not the one who's driving.

9:36 AM - Safely in U District. Got twentysomething minutes of sleep and then caught a bus. At some point, irrational paranoia has set in. Actual Thought: "The U District smells like bacon. And evil."

10:39 AM - HA HA FUCK YOU STALIN, I'M DONE WITH YOUR SECTION. ... on to the next section, then.

2:57 PM - Exhausted, running on empty, only a conclusion paragraph and works cited left to go with two hours on the clock. I am going to keel over after this. Also the title of my paper on the broad scope of propaganda is "The Art of the Zeal." Oh god, this is a C- essay right here.

STATUS OF PAPER:Six pages completed. No works cited.
THINGS INGESTED: Two cans of AMP Energy. Can of Red Bull (not the small ones). Cupcakes. Can of Venom Energy. Two packs entire sodding box of Gushers. The assorted chip here and there. A croissant. A double cheeseburger. French fries.

Date: 2010-02-08 11:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tanzentravis.livejournal.com
YOU CAN BULLSHIT THIS. I KNOW YOU CAN

Date: 2010-02-08 11:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mechamummy.livejournal.com
I definitely can. I have pretty clear thoughts on the subject, I just have to sustain them for seven pages and finish within the next fourteen hours (though it's not really fourteen hours when one factors in the hour it will take to get from home to campus and the hour and twenty minutes that the acting lecture I am to attend will take).

Date: 2010-02-08 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] themaskedpostit.livejournal.com
/BELIEVES IN YOU

|: I'm so glad I'm not the only one to resort to children's snacks when under pressure. Or when trying to stay awake.

Hi-C Orange Lavaburst is like crack cocaine.

GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR PAPER!

Date: 2010-02-08 10:02 pm (UTC)
emileesaurus: (...and flap your way to glory!)
From: [personal profile] emileesaurus
GOOD LUCK ♥

... holy crap hipster puppies

Date: 2010-02-09 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cal.livejournal.com
Best of luck. I would've chosen something between somewhat similar regimes, say Stalin and Kim Il-sung, or Hitler and Mussolini, but you should get points for ambition.

Let us know how you did!

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