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Jermaine Jones Disqualified from American Idol

14 Mar

So here is the skinny. Jermaine Jones, the deep-voiced loveable giant in the top 12 of American Idol, was reportdely disqualified from the show for undisclosed criminal charges in 2011. According to TMZ (per Yahoo), Jermaine was “charged with public nuisance and obstruction of justice stemming from a fight at at a Howard Johnson Hotel in New Jersey, and was later charged after a separate incident for hindering apprehension and giving false information to avoid self-discovery. He was also supposedly arrested for having four outstanding warrants (three for driving on a suspended license, one for disorderly conduct with an open container). Jermaine allegedly gave fake names to the police in both cases.” 

Check out the Yahoo article here for more information. Like I said, this is just a report, though Jermaine’s American Idol assigned Twitter feed has vanished and reliable sources are stating that this shocker will be revealed in a highly emotional Idol.

Lyndsey Parker made a great point in her Yahoo article. It has been echoed by several loyal Idol watchers. This all seems way too “reality” television to us. Think of Survivor and Big Brother. That is “reality” television. While both shows play it off that they have no large impact on the participants, everyone knows this is a complete lie. A show only survives if it has viewers and viewers are quite vocal. Talent competitions, like American Idol, have hopefully been without manipulation because the producers put the viewership in charge. That’s what makes these shows better, in my opinion.

BUT…when an individual is disqualified, well, things change. Here is my (and everyone elses) question. You’re telling me that they didn’t know about Jermaine’s past (AT ALL) throughout. It’s not like he committed a crime in 2004. This was LAST YEAR! Did he commit the crime in between trying out and going to Hollywood? The producers of American Idol are not stupid. They do background checks. This would have come up (you would think). Okay, fine, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they didn’t find out until they did another round of testing for the live top 24. But surely then (before putting an apparently violent dude prone to outbursts) on live television, they would have found out). And, there my viewers, is the conspiracy.

Remember, Jermaine was the shocking judges choice – a rare 13th individual in the usual top 12. He was beloved by fans – an imposing offensive lineman (the gentle giant) in the midst of other singers. His croon was elegant and candid. Did American Idol play up Jermaine’s persona just to reveal that he is getting kicked off the show. AND, apparently they have the outburst (which Jermaine understandably had – unless they filled him in on the plan and told him to act for an undisclosed amount of cash and publicity). It will air tonight on American Idol. Can’t you just hear Ryan Seacrest saying it? This, in my opinion, is an example of “reality” television. It is as fake as the Kim Kardashian wedding. It will be extravagant and the producers of the show are crossing their fingers it will assist the spotty show ratings.

It’s not like I was going to miss the show anyway, but, I will be watching. But, come on, I know they are lying through their teeth.

A Reaction to Steve Jobs’ Death

6 Oct

My initial reaction to the news of Steve Jobs‘ death was my typical reaction when I hear that a well-known celebrity/icon has passed away. I watched as Anderson Cooper interviewed tech junkies, newsmen, and CEOs of other companies. I listened to them swoon over the man that was Steve Jobs. I, myself, said that the news was terrible, talked to my father about the death sentence that is pancreatic cancer (seriously, if there were any doubts, Steve Jobs died from it – Steve ‘I Molded Your Life” Jobs), and then moved on to my dinner of avocado and ricotta soft tacos (which were excellent). My family reflected briefly on how we must all not sweat the small stuff and realize that, in the end, the only thing one truly has is their body and health. And then we ate dinner and stored the thought of death back into the locked, fire-proof safe in our minds.

This morning I had a moment to reflect on the passing of Jobs. The tremendous outpouring of grief on social networking sites was astounding. I have actually never seen such a universal mourning in the recent modern age. Facebook and Twitter exploded with messages of “rest in peace” and small anecdotes of how Jobs’ inventions impacted their lives. It was just one man’s death, though, and I initially thought that such a reaction was weird, perhaps slightly misguided. It was almost too uniform, too trendy. But then I realized that in this odd way the reaction to Jobs’ death was caused by the man himself. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak’s Apple circuit board pretty much sponsored the rapid development of the personal computer. Jobs’ intuition could be looked at as a reason for why I am typing these words on a keyboard today. Jobs helped turn science fiction into reality.

Think about the last fifteen years. I am 22 years old. I remember fooling around with simplistic games on my bulky Apple computer in the 90s. The computer evolved and flourished and new features were added. It became a true constant in our lives. People had such a personal reaction to the news of Jobs’ death because personalized computer technology is so important to the masses. We, as humans, need interaction and connection, and while it does seem that people trap themselves into a closed, cold world when using these products, these high-tech phones and music storage devices do connect people to their loves and interests. So, in a sense, when the CEO of Apple passed away last night, people held a momentary personal funeral for a person who helped make their expansive technological world possible.

The iPod has revolutionized music. It was the next step in the evolution of listening to music. We can now carry gigabytes of music with us in little pocket devices for personal enjoyment whenever, wherever. Such an ability was a dream only relatively a few years ago. This remarkeable transformation was heralded by Jobs and Apple. I have become so accustomed to my loaded iPod that I often forget about those times with my skipping walkman in the backseat of my family’s old SUVs. Seriously, do you remember when the songs would skip when you hit a bump on the highway?

Today, as I pump my iPod during my noontime city walk, I will think of the advancements sponsored by Jobs and quietly thank him for improving technology for such a wide range of individuals. I am sure many people are doing the same today.

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