On a rainy day..

Photo by: Megan Elizabeth Eilers

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say,
but what we are unable to say. ~Anaïs Nin

I don’t know about any of you reading this, but I think Anaïs Nin, knew what she was talking about.  Writing is an amazing outlet with so much opportunity to express thoughts, emotions, and beliefs–I can’t fathom the idea that writing isn’t enjoyable for some people!  On that note, you may have noticed (if you regularly check my blog) that my writing page has come up in the links section.  It’s about time right? This blog/website is in fact called, Megan Eilers’ Writing & Photography Portfolio.  Thanks to a rainy day and some free time between classes, I decided it was time to pay some attention to my website.  Hopefully, you will check out my essays (I have a ton more to post) and give me some feedback–negative and positive is always welcome, I won’t become a better writer without people telling me what is good or bad (hint hint, send my site to other people).  Additionally, I do love feedback in all areas of life, so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE someone post some sort of comment on my photos, blog entries, essays, or heck, even my about me page! I want to know who is reading what, and what you think.  Here is my favorite essay, but be warned, its a bit long: Technological Bridge

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Study. Study. Study.

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Today has been one full day of homework and studying, and I am exhausted.  Unfortunately, I took no photographs today, but I did take a photo of the gorgeous sunset last night (see picture above–sorry its poor quality, its from my phone). Tomorrow I plan on sleeping in, unfortunately that is the most exciting thing going on in my life this weekend.  Next weekend, on the other hand, I am looking forward to going home to Bend, and seeing my parents!  Also, the highlight of next weekend will be…drumroll please….getting my regular tires put back on my car! I’ve been stuck with winter tires since November, and boy oh boy am I ready to have better gas mileage again!  Thats all for today, have a great Sunday!

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Madonna is weeping…

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That’s right, the return of one of my new favorite TV shows, Glee, is coming back tonight at 9:30 PM!!!! I’m so excited, the cast is phenomenal, and the songs they pick are always so fun to dance to (in your seat of course).  If you’d like to see a preview of just how great this show is, check out this YouTube video. Aside from my extreme excitement for Glee, I don’t have much to blog about today.

School was pretty average, but I am still completely in love with my NMC 101 (New Media Communications) class.  My professor is so intelligent, witty, and loves to get the class in full blown discussions.  Today we discussed the problems with cyber-bullying…did you know they have made laws about this problem?!  I had heard it was common, but apparently it has caused some serious issues, especially among young teens.  Hopefully other kids will hear about these terrible stories and learn that their actions can have negative repercussions far beyond the average scarring that results from middle and high school.

A Time To Not Be Forgotten…

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I don’t want to make my first blog post depressing, but I thought that it would be best to reflect on events/issues that occurred today.

This evening I attended one of the various speeches that are a part of Oregon State University’s Holocaust Memorial Week.  The event I was able to attend was about German Television and the Limits of Holocaust Memory.  This beautifully put together presentation was by Wulf Kansteiner, who has done immense research on the connection between media, past, present, and future and the way we inform people about the terrible events that transpired during WW2.  I found his points about an absence of “perpetrators,” to be absolutely fascinating, and unfortunately true.  German soldiers were unwilling to take responsibility or even show their faces after the war–they held immense fear of being put on trial for crimes they were forced to partake in.  This presentation was not only fascinating due to the historical aspects of the clips we watched, but the fact that Kansteiner stated that television is the old form of media.  Of course, after taking New Media Communications classes, this comment immediately drew me in–and how correct this thought is.

As Pam Cyntrynbaum (and all of the guest speakers) say, New Media is constantly on the cutting edge.  New technology is obsolete by the time you get it home from the store.  The computer I am typing on, a descendant of the ENIAC (Electronic Numberical Integrator and Computer–i.e. the first computer), is already significantly outdated, and I only bought it 2 years ago!  Technology is simply fascinating, the way it evolves, and becomes more and more user-friendly with each new “generation.”

So for anyone who is reading this, I hope you have enjoyed reading my first blog post, and were not too appalled by my lack of transition between these last two paragraphs.  Now, I must head back to the real world (as opposed to the blogging variety) and study for my French test tomorrow with my amazing roommate, Randi Williams, who insisted that she be a part of my blog…so there you go Randi.   :)


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