My Final Thought: The Blogging Experience.

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As a blogger, the most important thing I’ve learned is that this medium is a powerful tool to learn, discuss, and expand our mindsets.

This will officially be my last blog, if you came across this then you have probably not read any of my other entries, since I dont have any dedicated readers. Therefore, instead of making this post a “goodbye”, I will continue my trend of writing opinion pieces, and discuss how I feel about the blogging experience. I started writing my own blog posts in order to improve my writing, and share my most simple opinions. Over time I became accustomed to checking in weekly, and writing a simple post.

I feel like I accomplished my goal of practicing my writing. Knowing that my posts will be public made me focus on my grammar and syntax. Most importantly I found an enjoyment in being able to write about what I wanted. As a college student, most of the writing I have to do is assigned to me.

Further reading on how blogging can help improve your writing

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Over time, I started to become desensitized to blogging. I grew tired of what felt was like writing for no one. I did not feel the need to invest my time in telling the world how much I loved a certain movie, or how enjoyable my latest read was. I wanted to write about the things that mattered the most to me, politics, world events, science, literature, sports. Of course this page provides me with the opportunity to express my views. But ultimately I felt the topics i wanted to cover were too broad and too complicated. And I lacked the necessary audience. I would rather dedicate my time becoming better informed in the topics that interest me, maybe one day i will have access to a platform more powerful than a blog site. This is why i’m stepping away

In the end this was my own personal decision. I recognize that blogging has so many benefits. Writing the few posts that I’ve made has taught me how important it is to be well informed. Most importantly, reading other bloggers post has opened my eyes to new ways of thinking, and taught me things I would never have learned otherwise. I still appreciate blogging, and find it a very important source of knowledge and opinions in todays world. Diego Daily may be shutting down, but I will certainly stick around and keep on reading what the world has to say.

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Kanye West: The Genius Behind the Arrogance

Kanye West is not only my favorite musician but also my Idol and a musical inspiration. Many people today know of him because his antics appear on the news, or because his wife is a famous reality star. Yes the arrogance is there, he is a man that speaks his mind, and does not bother to filter anything. Many people have a negative view on him, but only a few are aware of his musical genius.

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To find why Kanye West is considered one of the Greatest musicians of the 21st century, one must travel back to the early 2000’s, when he was just a producer. West started off his career making beats for rappers and singers, like Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. His unorthodox use of already existing music to create a new sound, this is called Sampling, was highly sought after, not only because it was good, but because it was new. No genius wants to be restrained, and so Kanye West sought to release his own rap album, but it would not be easy. He was a “Good Boy” in an era dominated by Gangster Rap, a sub genre defined by lyrics about criminality and life in the inner cities. What was Kanye West’s first single about? Jesus Christ.

Despite the opposition surrounding his new rap career, Kanye West released “The College Dropout” to critical and commercial success. This album along with its equally successful follow up “Late Registration” , included some of the finest, most innovative uses of samples seen in rap. His lyrics had a deeper take than was common at the time. Incorporating themes of racism, higher education, hopes, dreams, his love for his mother, his nearly fatal car accident. This style of rap, and usage of samples is mainstream now, when Kanye West introduced it in 2003, it was groundbreaking.

Fast Forward to 2007 when Kanye West, now an established star in the musical world, releases his third Successful album, “Graduation”. Here he pushed the genre further, using electronic music samples, autotune, an synthesizers. All of this is commonly found now. This album effectively killed Gangster Rap, which was still prevalent. In 2008, following the unexpected death of his mother, Kanye West released “808’s and Heartbreak”. This album was polarizing upon its release, the bombastic style of “Graduation” is gone . It’s pared down, and uses an autotuned rap-singing style to communicate feelings of loss, particularly over his mother’s passing. Artists like Drake, have launched careers by developing the musical ideas from this album. Kanye made it acceptable for a rapper to be vulnerable, to be human.

Following these four groundbreaking albums Kanye West released his magnum opus. “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” is just a plain masterpiece of music. It combines all of the themes of his previous works. It is one of the fullest musical examinations of the modern psyche, and elevated Kanye West to be considered one of the greatest musical artists of all time.

Since then Kanye West has expanded his musical library with equally great and groundbreaking works, “Yeezus” and “The Life of Pablo”. Most importantly, he has become one of the most powerful men in the music business, wielding a large amount of influence. Just last year, he was included in the “Time 100 most influential people in the world”.

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Kanye West’s greatness is also backed up by real facts, this article lays down his career by the numbers. Including the 21 Grammy wins.

Kanye West has also become widely influential in his second passion, Fashion.

In my opinion, the mark of a genius is that they think about the world in a different way than the rest of us. A mathematical genius is not somebody who can solve a familiar problem with incredible speed, it’s someone who can solve a problem that was once thought unsolvable. Kanye West fits this definition, he pushed the envelope of Hip Hop, to a place that was previously unexplored. Today Hip Hop is a varied, insightful, and a truly artistic genre, and in the 21st century, Kanye West was its most important pioneer.

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Favorite Film:The Greatest Saga Ever Told

My favorite film of all time is Star Wars (1977), and by extension the universe that it gave way too. Ask someone what their favorite film is and they will often answer “Star Wars”, this is not supported by any scientific evidence, im just speaking from experience. Maybe it’s the type of people that I surround myself with, but Star Wars fans can come from any social circle and even social class. Basically, everyone is a Star Wars fan nowadays, and for this post I want to distance myself from the casual fans, and write about why star wars is so important not only to me, but to the rest of us who hold the films in our hearts.

As a child I had access to most forms of media, I usually watched cartoons and animated movies, sometimes delving into more mature films. I fondly remember these shows and films that I watched, but interestingly enough, Star Wars was not one of them. My love for star wars grew slowly, and I dont exactly remember how or why it happened. I didn’t see the films in order, nothing was planned. Today I realized how lucky I was to retain that sense of discovery, and not be spoiled by the masses. By the time I was in middle school I had established my self as a true fan, collecting toys, reading book, and watching the movies every month. But it was not until I was in High School that I started crying and getting chills upon hearing the main theme.

I believe this started happening because I was able to understand, the mastery of the story telling, the world building, the music, the characters. It’s all so perfect. Star Wars means a lot to so many people, because It allows us escape to another world. And go on journeys we would never have in our normal lives. At the same time it inspires us to be adventurous, and to be a better person of our selves. All of these feelings come from a combination of the magical setting, deep and complex characters, and a fantastic story rooted in real human themes. This post is just scratching the surface on “The Greatest Saga ever Told”

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An article detailing why Star Wars is an ageless classic.

Wikipedia article, on the impact Star Wars, has had on culture.

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Star Wars also has one of the most popular plot twists of all time.