Time to say goodbye

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There isn’t much time left in Argentina, and I must say that I’m sad to leave. From my host mom to my new favorite coffee shop, there is so much that I am going to miss when I get back to the states.

There is no place like home, and for a month Argentina was my home. I have learned a ridiculous amount; to be honest, I did not think I was going to make it through those intensive Spanish classes but I prevailed! Anyways, this is the last post I will make in Córdoba. It’s bittersweet.

Buenos Aires stole my heart, the city gave me a new perspective, and I am leaving with the tango on my mind.

I don’t think I’ll ever get “sos” out of my head (If you don’t get the joke, this is why).

As usual, I have photos to share.

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Bye Argentina, see you next time! (There will definitely be a next time.)

Buenos Aires stole my heart

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This past weekend I was in Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina and the most beautiful city of the entire country. There are people in all the streets, amazing buildings, and a grand history. I I would like to like there (or just spend more time) because it was fantastic. Anyways, I have a lot of photos to show. The photos explain themselves. There’s no other explanation for Buenos Aires than through pictures. 

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I love Buenos Aires. I will return.

Hillary Clinton (breaking walls and taking names): Part 3

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[Note: I’ll continue to use Lawrence and Rose’s Hillary Clinton’s Race for the White House as a companion to this series.]

In this conclusion, I would like to discuss the Hillary Clinton’s future in 2016 and what can be learned from her campaign in 2008. Obviously, Hillary Clinton’s future campaign is mostly speculation until she actually announces her decision about running, but until then we can work under the assumption that her nomination is inevitable.

The 2008 campaign trail had no shortage of landmark decisions. Aside from Hillary Clinton’s campaign, there was the election of President Barrack Obama and the Sarah Palin’s bid for the Vice Presidency. This year was a first for both the public and a media, and set new precedents about what is possible in American politics. This year of unconventional candidacies there is one takeaway: change is inevitable, whether or not America is “ready” for those changes.

One big advantage that Hillary Clinton has is that she would be campaigning after our first “different” president. While being a woman was almost certainly to her disadvantage in 2008, it could be one of her prominent features in 2016.

The book suggests that it was easier to vote for Obama than Hillary Clinton because as a man “he still looks more like every other president we’ve ever had than she does” (212). However, a March Gallup poll showed that regarding her personal characteristics, Hillary Clinton’s best selling point is the prospect of her becoming the first woman president.

The poll also showed that the next best selling point is her experience in foreign affairs. This is indicative of a change in status quo that Hillary Clinton can use to her advantage; that Hillary Clinton is regarded as someone credible in a “man’s job’ shows that people may be beginning to rethink the potential of a female politician.

In 2008, Hillary Clinton was constantly accused of “trying to demasculinize Obama,” undermining her campaign of experience and bolstering Obama’s campaign of change (212). If the these polls reveal a pattern, then this could mean that Hillary Clinton’s experience could become proof of her potential rather than an unsavory part of her personality. See: poll

Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2008 also opens up the question about how women should present themselves in major political campaigns. News media consistently focused on the barriers that Hillary Clinton had to face, but rarely covered the benefits of having a female Commander in Chief. To compare, Obama’s campaign was one that emphasized hope and change, which translated in the media as the benefits of a black president (not to say that Obama did not face his own challenges in the media, because he certainly did).

In 2016, Hillary Clinton can focus on the benefits on being a woman in office, simply because she has proven that she is a credible source of authority. Her work in CGI softens her demeanor without diminishing her credibility. The Clinton Global Initiative also emphasizes her ability as a community organizer, a strength that played very well in Barrack Obama’s grassroots-based campaigning.

To conclude, believe that Hillary Clinton would be coming into the 2016 race with some major advantages. The data from the first two parts of the series suggests that Hillary Clinton has the potential to work with new precedents set in 2008 to set a few of her own. Polls show that her Democratic nomination would be all but certain should she choose to run; unless her popularity suddenly declines within the next year and a half, these numbers should show little change.

Media still have changes to make, but as the social climate changes the media will have no choice but to follow suit. America may finally feel ready to believe in a woman for president.

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Apple: can they go on?

Steve Jobs’ death created a gray cloud of skepticism that still looms over the heads of many Apple fans today. He was the heart of Apple, and is the reason why it has become the technology giant that it is.

He was known not only as the face of Apple, but going deep into the details of each product that Apple creates. This was reflected in how they marketed Apple.

Apple’s glory days included characteristically simple ads, from the famous “1984” commercial to the cool guy “Get a Mac” campaign of the 2000s. Apple ads may be simple, but they’ve always been able to make a big point with a small statement: we can relate.

Today, Apple seems to be struggling with this. Their new “Designed by apple” online campaign is self-serving and a little condescending. Using pretty colors to “wow” consumers into submission changed Jobs’ idea of simple into “even a monkey can do it.”

Their campaigning has also fallen to the waist side. Boring us with cliché’s (for the colorful, from a whole new perspective, etc.) is more characteristic of a bad public service announcement than one of the most powerful companies in the world. Their television ads are so bad, Microsoft decided to make a campaign out of making fun of them.

This may seem like an old topic, as Jobs’ pass was a couple of years ago, but the advent of iOS 7 and its mixed reviews created a renewed concern over Apple’s direction. If they want to stave off rising competitors like Samsung, Apple is going to have to channel their inner Steve Jobs and go back to basics in their campaigning.

Tim Cook definitely has some work to do.

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(What perspective? We still look at the phone the same old way.)

Another opinion on this: http://www.theguardian.com/global/media-network-blog/2013/jul/17/apple-indulgent-life-steve-jobs