Hello! My name is Bart Jakasa.
There are tons of things you might want to learn about me. Like how I like a lot of “nerdy” things, trying to be an actor, or that I like video game. But if I had to choose one thing that you absolutely, positively, need to know, well it’s that I’m still trying to figure out whether or not University is for me. I mean I love my time here, love all my friends and crazy moments that happened here. But I keep thinking is University even necessary for me to succeed. I know their outliers, but you hear tons about successful people who didn’t even go to University/College. I’ll keep thinking about, and if you have any words of wisdom just let me know!
Ah the walking in silence exercise. Pretty funny idea, just walk around in a group without speaking a word. Kind of sounds like one of those social experiments on Youtube, except totally scaled down and actually real unlike those videos. If I was chosen as the leader, I honestly would’ve walked back to my Res at East, get some food and walk back. All while the rest of the group waited outside. I think that would have been pretty funny.
I do think it does show that walking in a big group without speaking a word is weird. Since you do not see that often at all. Maybe this could be a different kind of protest? Like a huge group takes a vow of silence? I don’t know for sure. Thinking about it more, it made me realize that silence can be louder than words. Saying nothing in some cases (definitely not all) could send a message.
She spoke, they laughed, she cried.
The DoNotTrack video was very informative. But at the same time, I kind of already knew that my data is being tracked and stored. I think many kids my age know that, but we accept it because the internet is so useful to us. But does that mean we are just going to be complicit forever? How do we change this? Can we change this? Do people even want to change this? These are the questions that come up for me when I think of this. For me, I still use the internet. Of course I will, how could I not? But I just make sure to think about what I search on Google before I type it into the searchbar.
Mark mentioned that he was a fan of Sesame Street, and at one point in his life he wanted to work there. That made me think of brands that I love that I dream of working of one day. That brand is definitely Marvel. Ever since I could remember I loved Marvel superheroes. I’ll never forget watching cartoons of Spider-Man and the X-Men, reading about the Avengers and Fantastic Four, and playing all the video games based on them. Marvel is such an important brand to me, I will never forget the countless memories. The first time I played Marvel Ultimate Alliance, or the first time I watched Iron Man, the first movie in the gigantic blockbuster franchise that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But I do not know if I actually want to work for Marvel. I dream of it sometimes, but to actually work there? I don’t know. I kind of don’t want to see how the magic is created because it wouldn’t be magic anymore. But that’s just me.
Seeing that Budweiser commercial made me think of a advertising campaign which is well remembered but long defunct. OF course, I’m talking about Domino’s Avoid the Noid campaign. The Noid, what an amazing character that died too soon. His commercials are so goofy you can’t help but love them. Here is a link to one of my favorites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bri0SA7FTf4
Now why does a kid who was born in 1998 care so much about an old advertisement campaign that peaked in the 80s? Well, I don’t know? I just think its just super funny to me that I like this slightly forgotten figure. The actual story on why Domino’s ended the Noid is a pretty crazy story too. Just wild stuff. You could make a whole movie about that. Honestly making a movie about the Noid would be such an awesome project for me to work on. God I’d make that movie so good it’ll make millions at the box office and nominated for tons of awards. Please don’t take my idea.
Speaking of commercials, that Burger King commercial was fantastic. I won’t talk about whether or not the people there were really actors or that Burger King is still a corporation etc. The message was there, and it was a fantastic and important message to share. It was shocking to see that stats, that many more people complained about the burger that was “bullied” than the kid. Hearing the people who stood up for the kid talk at the end made me very happy for some reason. I think it’s because it made me see that there is still good that can come from strangers in this crazy world we are living in right now. It does put into question, are there that many bystanders out there? Am I considered a bystander? I don’t know, but all I hope for in the end
Patreon is a really fascinating company. To summarize it is basically like Kickstarter for content creators instead you support them monthly. It’s like a subscription service essentially. Many content creators thrive because they have a patreon, in addition to selling merchandise and receiving ad revenue on their videos. It really is a new age for the internet. Artist’s can actually get money from their audience so that they can make a living doing what they love. Some are concerned about an over saturation point, where there are too many people on this platform that aren’t generating meaningful content that people want to support. But those days are far, so let’s just enjoy what we have now.
Net Neutrality. Now that’s a can of worms I do not want to open. But seriously is there a bigger moron out there than Ajit Pal? Well some might say that if you look at the rest of the RNC you’d find plenty (I wouldn’t disagree to be fair). But seriously I can’t believe this is something that we have to fight for. I know that Net Neutrality is here to stay, but I hate these god damn morons in the American Government trying to ruin it for everyone just so their wallets can be heavier.
The more and more I think about media and the internet, the more I think that you do not need University to succeed. Yes I know that there is a higher chance for you to succeed in your goals if you have a degree, but there are outliers.
I think that’s it with me. I like being the outlier, I don’t know why but I just do. Even when it comes to little things like in primary school where there was like only 1 shirt that was given out that was blue. I always wanted that shirt, not because I love blue but because I wanted to stand out from everyone. Extremely reductive example I know, but I kind of live that way my whole life.
The more and more I consume the internet, the more I think “huh, I could do this on my own.” Obviously not completely on my own, still got my family and friends and other people that help me on my way. More like it all falls on me, no one is going to make you achieve what you want except yourself. I want to be the outlier. And I like being an outlier. It makes me feel like I’m unique in a way. I can just research on the internet, put out all my content via digital media and succeed in my life, without the post secondary education system. But that’s just me, and right now I’m happy with that thought.