Wednesday, April 20, 2011


My first song on the soundtrack of my life would be Smells Like Teen Spirit, by Nirvana.  The reason why is because the lyrics are nearly impossible to understand, and life for me is often unintelligible.  My Second song is Kristy are you Doing Okay? by The Offspring.  The Offspring is probably my favorite band, and this is one of their lighter songs.  I saw The Offspring live last summer, and this song was fantastic.  My third song would be Candle in the Wind by Elton John because, ironically, this is the song I play when I kiss my pillow and cry because Marilyn Monroe is dead.  Also I just really enjoy listening to Elton John's music.  Sure it's a bit before my time, but it is rather relaxing.  My fourth song would be Turn it On by Franz Ferdinand.  I pretty much just like the beat for this song.  I also saw them live, very good performance.  The final song of my soundtrack would be You're Beautiful by James Blunt because despite what anyone says, James Blunt is awesome.  Also oddly enough I met one of my good friends from high school by singing this to her.  So I guess it's kind of relevant to my life.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


The process to find a book related to my topic was pretty easy.  I searched in madcat with the phrase "Economic policies great depression"  and several results came up.  One of the books I found was located in college library in room 1191, which is to the left of the main entrance.  The book was called "The Great Depression: America, 1929-1941"  There were several other similar books located nearby regarding presidents in the early 1900's.  Some of the books were:  Theodore Rex, Woodrow Wilson, Correspondances between Roosevelt and Stalin, and Herbert Hoover: Forgotten Progressive.  Most of these seemed like they also had relevance to economic policies leading to depressions, and during depressions.  I didn't check any of the books out, I am still working on refining my topic to decide which era's I am going to look at specifically. 

 Here is a citation for the book I searched for.

 McElvaine, Robert S.  The Great Depression: America, 1929- 1941. Toronto, Canada.  Fitzhenry & Whiteside LTD.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The World's Most Interesting Man

I’ve seen this advertisement a few times over Christmas break at my house.  The advertisement is for a used car website called  The commercial is a spoof of the “world’s most interesting man” Dos Equis commercials.  The commercial announcer basically talks about how classy the man in the commercial is.  The man in the commercial however is not classy in the least.  This is the link to the commercial on youtube
                The style of the advertisement is playing to humor.  The commercial can be funny even if you haven’t seen the Dos Equis commercials.  I don’t think this can be categorized under one of Fowle’s appeals.  From what the announcer says it seems like it appeals to the need for prominence, but the man is described as a “fine food officianado”   while he is analyzing a box of lucky charms.  It could be potentially classified as the need for affiliation when the two people are talking to him at the end, but this is the same format as the Dos Equis commercial, so I don’t think it is intended.  I think this commercial is meant to make people laugh, in hopes that consumers will remember their website.  I actually thought this ad was pretty effective to remember the business.  I was able to recall what the website name was when I searched for the video.  It didn’t convince me to buy a car from there, but I do have the name of the website in the back of my mind.  So I would consider this ad effective.