Post written by Jennifer Allende, Program Director
Hey pulse readers, it’s Jenn from Honey. On my latest episode, I talked about society’s obsession with perfection which got me thinking about the obsessions I have. I began to recall the days I spent huddled in a blanket as I wiggled along to the Law and Order SVU theme song (Seriously one of the best and one of my favorite theme songs ever, I’ve attached it here). I’d sit watching for hours on end, delving deep into the traumatic and heartbreaking cases the detectives were faced with show after show. If you’re currently completely confused as to what I’m talking about and or have been living under a rock since September of 1999, Law and Order SVU is a television series in which the detectives that are part of NYPD’s Special Victims Unit deal with crimes involving cases like rapes where the victim survives and assists the authorities in the investigation. I believe that it’s a show that reminds its watchers of the reality of the traumatic events presented in the show and the lasting effects it can have on a victim.
The latest episode of Law and Order SVU that I watched had to deal with a mother who had a rare behavioral disorder called Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a psychological disorder marked by attention--seeking behavior by a caregiver through those who are in their care (WebMD). The behavioral disorder reflects the actions of a “helicopter parent” (a parent that is overly involved in the life of their child) and doesn’t seem like a big deal until you are presented with the harsh reality this mother put her daughter through. The mother in the episode essentially robbed her daughter of her childhood by convincing her that she was severely ill which lead her to spend most of her childhood and life around doctors and specialists trying to find the thing her mother insisted was wrong with her. In the end, there was nothing wrong with the daughter and upon receiving the news about her mother being diagnosed with MSP, she was filled with rage and hatred for her mother. This is an understandable reaction because the daughter was never ill in the first place and at one point, was on a variety of counteractive medications that hurt her (she had a seizure at one point in the episode because of two of the medications counteracted) all because her mother requested her to be put on them. Long story short, the daughter ended up murdering her mother because of the rage that filled her and was supposed to go to prison (and potentially receive the death sentence) because she felt absolutely no remorse and displayed those emotions of hatred and anger towards her dead mother in front of the jury, but there was a mistrial and she ended up only getting community service and mental health checks every few weeks.
All that being said, obsessions. In a sense, the daughter became aware of the obsession her mother had with her well-being. When the daughter realized that she wasn’t ill at all, she ultimately became obsessed with the idea of freedom and getting to live a life she never thought she could. Now, murdering her “helicopter mother”, wasn’t a good idea and is just wrong, but one could say that her obsession with freedom became too much and the reason why she murdered her mother was because she saw her mom as someone who could take that freedom away from her by never leaving her alone to enjoy her newfound peace.
My advice to you is to become aware of your obsessions and determine whether or not they are healthy ones. Nurture the healthy obsessions and discard of the ones that could bring you harm.
Post written by Bradley Reber, News Director
Hello, I am Bradley Reber from The Hoodie Buddies. So recently I’ve been playing the hit mobile game “Pokémon GO” as well as the new Switch game “Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate” and I am rather upset about the Nintendo Online Services. Nintendo has been great for many years and now they hopped on that bandwagon of subscription to play online. This bandwagon has been popular for most other gaming companies like Playstation and Xbox with their PS+ and Xbox Live Gold. I am done paying these companies it would be like if Facebook made us pay to be online. We should not have to pay money to spend time with friends from long distances. It will only effect switch games but it's fairly annoying. C’mon Nintendo, you were so good about this before. What’s changed?
Post written by Jackson Wise, Station Manager
Hello WPPB The Pulse listeners, This is Jackson Wise from the Hoodie Buddies writing, and today I’m going to get real. I love musicals, Grease, The Phantom Of the Opera, Sound of Music, and the handful of Disney musicals, but a sad fact about my love for musicals was very persistent, I had never watched The Hunchback of Notre Dame (HoND), that is until last night. I had been told that it was very similar to The Phantom Of the Opera so whilst procrastinating I decided that between an hour more of tedious AP Psych homework and watching a Disney version of The Phantom Of the Opera, my decision was pretty easy to make. I started watching HoND and was thrilled to be hit with the sounds of bells and that signature choir line, just for it to transform into the fun and playful song “The Bells of Notre Dame”. Being hooked in so early into the film might have skewed my opinion of the movie, but nonetheless, I watched on. Around the middle of HoND, I started to have a few problems with the film, my first being of the singer for the Quasimodo. Quasimodo is voiced by Tom Hulce, and while I have no problem with his voice, sometimes his sustains, like in “Out There”, have a certain vibrato that doesn’t jive with me. My second problem is that while I do love the songs in HoND, I feel like they use too much sing-song-speak, making a piece of music is great, singing every word is a bit excessive when you don’t have but a one or two, similar themes, to sing basic dialogue in, my point is, it gets old. Once I finished the film I realized how much work I had to do and got started, finishing around one in the morning, but the whole time I was singing songs from the soundtrack, my two favorite being “Hellfire” and “God Help the Outcasts”. Overall I would highly suggest this film to anyone who wants a dramatic and powerful musical, by Disney no less.
P.S The Gargoyles ruined the entire film, and their song was an absolute mess please give them no respect.
Sincerely, The Gargoyle Hater,
Post written by Abigail Hopkins, Social Media Director
Welcome one and all to the WPPB Blog! Just to give you a lay down on what this is, this is a weekly little column where you the readers/listeners get to hear from people in the WPPB staff on literally anything. We have eight people in rotation for this blog (7 seniors at WPPB and our teacher, Mr Boone) so you don’t just read articles by the same person every week. So please feel free to leave us some comments to let us know what you think about this blog!
Onto the actual blog part, I’m gonna just up and say it, Senior Year is insane! Literally hasn’t even been a month yet. It is definitely taking a lot of getting used to. It feels like just yesterday little sophomore me was walking into Media Broadcasting, barely knowing anyone but at the same time, I don’t remember a day I wasn’t active in the WPPB Community as a whole. I still think it is completely crazy that in about the time it takes for a baby to grow, the senior WPPB Staff, that you will get to know more over the past weeks, will be in caps and gowns graduating. It feels so surreal.
I can’t wait for you guys to see what is in store for this year and I hope you guys are just as excited as I am!