See you again, space cowboy

Cowboy Bebop is an animated show that ran from 1998 to the early 2000’s which featured exciting and gorgeous animation, big action sequences along with a well written plot, and dynamics between the characters that equaled the formula for a smash hit. This anime is only a year younger than I am, but has stood the test of time when it comes to relevant animated shows over the years. Usually, with the way that the anime content comes out, it’s in one ear and out the other when a season of a show ends. Cowboy bebop, however, is critically acclaimed even to this day. Using very interesting combinations of styles and flavors, a really unique anime experience emerged unlike any seen before. Boasting hybrid themes of space, bounty hunting, smooth animations, and cowboys an extremely unique and interesting story unfolded over those years, and ended with one of the most powerful and memorable quotes in the anime community for all time:

“See you space cowboy.”

This show is a show that I always acknowledged and respected for what it was, a grandfather of the genre that put anime above a small time thing for children and explored a deeper and more engaging plot and visual style that can appeal to all kinds of audience members. When I was in high school, a good friend of mine highly recommended it to me. He was insistent that I checked the show out, and even offered to lend me a copy of his bluray disk set of the show.

It was later that I found out that him and his brother watched the show and they were looking for someone else to watch it so they could finally have someone else to talk to about their favorite parts. Someone to share their adventure with and talk about all the crazy details to the animation and character development.

And then after that. . . I learned that his brother had cancer. They wanted to share this experience the two of them had together watching the show with someone else. His brother wanted a way to pass something on, since he couldn’t pass on a legacy, then maybe he could pass on something that really resonated with him.

After all these years, cowboy bebop is back in the spotlight. Hollywood has somehow gotten their hands on the rights to the material and will be doing a live action remake of the show as a feature film. I am highly skeptical as anime to English movie adaptations have always been trainwrecks, and to see the last memories I have of something so genuinely good and well made turned into what could be a disaster I am pretty discouraged in there being a good quality remake.

In this Newsy video, the rest of the minor information I didn’t go over gets covered here, so be sure to pop in and give it a watch to see all the things I didn’t mention.


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Hello everyone, it’s “ya boi” Brody again, here with a fan-TASTIC new product called NEWSY! . . . is what I would say if I was being paid to sponsor this sight, but rather I am doing this out of the kindness of my own heart. Newsy is a site that has this interface and content that is aimed towards the hip and young demographic that’s quick and on the go. The content Newsy produces is geared towards the how and the why of things, and more specifically, what the impact of the content they are explaining and how it might effect you in the grand scheme of things.

The content Newsy produces is definitely a ‘here and now’ type of story writing. The stories are the utmost current and fresh information as it develops, so you can hear and see it unfold as more information comes out. Mostly their popular and upcoming stories are very serious and reserved pieces on current political states and world issues. These would be stories located under their “headline” news, but they also have content that is a bit more diverse and playful, ranging from current pop culture to tech reviews and showcasing in addition current US/worldwide policies.

There is a spectrum of content ranging from the serious politics side, to the fun everyday life. It’s a site where you can see a “Cars 3 review” along side a look back at historical American shooting tragedies. The site has a little bit of everything and is extremely easy to navigate. Overall it’s a well designed site with plenty of content to satisfy a very diverse audience.


Hyperlocal news and apathetic views

Hello once again and welcome to another episod- I mean, another POST about things and whatnot that I am going to talk about. Right now we are going to take a look at something called “Hyperlocal news”. Basically, the concept of hyperlocal news is that it’s a really focused and precise news outlet on a certain topic, community, group, etc. that deals with information, news, and concerns on related topics. This can be something like neighborhood news, a small community news, maybe even some kind of online forum about something in pop culture. Now, this sounds good in theory, a very concise and focused news outlet for a specific topic, but what you may not know is that this news outlet, when in practice, actually doesn’t do as strongly as you might think.

I explored some sites to get a better idea of why these wouldn’t grab attention and gain revenue, but I had some hunches already. I started with an article on a website for Berkeley, California known as The article felt like a farewell post, the tone, the boasting of how they make a profit, but all in all it wasn’t a cry for help. It was them explaining how they were able to keep their heads above water: journalistic partnerships, ad revenue, and by being generally interesting. Looking at their current page, they seem to have taken a more modern approach by putting their hat in the ring of politics and current events.

I also visited, about local events and goings on for Montclair, New Jersey. Thematically, it is supposed to be a small down chatter and info page, like a conversation one would have at a local coffee shop. While they explain that they have a small editing and graphic design staff, they pay for their expenses with the ad revenue they draw in. While this page doesn’t seem to be struggling in any way, they are definitely small time but like it that way.

Finally I checked out an interesting site called The number is the area code for Richfield, Minnesota, which is where the site is based. What makes this page more unique than the others is that it’s actually a learning experience. The founder is a journalist that uses the site as a way to give local students a hands on experience in managing, writing, and editing for a website in journalism. The school doesn’t pay for the site, he does not run ads, and he himself pays for the maintenance out of pocket. While he himself secures the funding, he also must compete with an additional local news outlet that showed up several months after he created this one. The struggles with funding are more or less in the back of the issues he focuses on, and is geared more towards helping students get the hands on education they need.

Will all that being said, I want to come back to my theories. At first I had two major ones: I think the sites might be failing because a lack of traffic, and a lack of income. In a sense, I am only partially right on both. First off, of course there is going to be a lack of traffic. The thing about hyperlocal is that they are so specific to a single community for them to expect a lot of traffic from more than that would be unrealistic. As far as lack of income, I am surprised to find out there actually is working sites up without financial despair. The funding mostly comes from partnerships and working ad revenue, so there is stability there.

As far as I could tell, the real issue with hyperlocal was it’s biggest strength too: it’s concentrated audience. If you want to have good local news that pertains and matters to you, it’s important to visit and support these small ‘mom and pop’ businesses of the journalism world. Who knows, maybe if you do well enough at being active in their little community they might even ask you to hop on board.


Taking a look at photo journalism

Hello again, it’s me, “ya boy borb” going off about another topic: photography. We see all kinds of pictures, photos, ads, and media from all kinds of outlets a day like facebook, twitter, instagram, television, the internet, and many more. What kind of images do we see that stick with us and keep that thought in our head? You ever hear a catchy or annoying (or both) song at the grocery store and all day you sing it to yourself and then get upset that it won’t get out of your head? Well, I am sure it comes as no surprise that we’ve all been there, but what about with photos? I personally don’t feel like there’s ever a photo that I actively think about that makes me feel moved. Photos to me are impactful once you see them, but I move on relatively quickly. That’s why I think I want my aim for my next journalism project to be about ‘a memorable photo’.

For this project I want to find a picture that stands out, and sticks with those that see it. I want something bright in colors, to stand out visually, but maybe perhaps very disconnected or wacky and unique compared to the world around it. Something that makes you take a moment to absorb fully what you are looking at. That’s why I decided that there is no better place to get a picture like that than the visual disconnect capitals of the world: New York and Las Vegas.

There are all kinds of gimmicks in the streets of NY and LV: people dressed in mascot costumes preaching about the end of days, or people in impersonation get ups trying to score a quick buck off a hastily practiced voice impersonation. All I am trying to say is that I plan on finding a very exciting, visually complex and mentally disorientating image that makes you take a second look. I know, if not guarantee, that a photo exactly like this can be found within some kind of popular photo reel of ‘the people of [New York/Las Vegas]’ and I am going to bring it right to you.