Extra Credit – The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens

“The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens,” was really awesome article showing some of its biggest stars, many of them who have made serious money through their blogs, and examining how Tumblr is so different from the “mainstream” social media.

While teens on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube build up their followings by turning themselves and their lives into digital open books, sharing as many personal images and details as possible to the world. Tumblr users become success stories by basically doing the opposite. It’s a network that thrives on anonymity, according to Reeve. “You don’t tell people your Tumblr URL, you aren’t logging the banalities of your day,  you aren’t even you,” Reeve writes. “On Tumblr, you can revel in anonymity, say whatever you want without fear of it going on your permanent record.”

I didn’t realize how much serious money goes in to a popular tumblr account. I just always thought tumblr was just for really cool pictures with basic profiles and stuff and people would reblog your pictures if they really like it. I think its great that the internet has become so popular that people can make money of social media accounts. So you can basically make a living of just using your computer/phone and being really creative and basically being yourself. So many people of instgram that are “instagram famous” make like $1000 a post from some company or even make money of advertisements posting an advertisement. I know a lot of people that hate on that though like “why are they making that much money of that, their not even doing anything with no skills” I just respect the hustle if you can get away with doing that and making good money of posting instagram advertisements or tweeting then thats dope.

That amount of less information that tumblr uses is what makes Tumblr users so successful. “To grow a following on Tumblr beyond people you know, you have to post more than updates on your personal life, you need stuff that will resonate with strangers,” Reeve writes. And apparently the stuff that resonates tends to be far from the humble brags that dominate the likes of Instagram. “A decade of trend pieces has deemed millennial to be narcissists, but Tumblr humor for this generation is self deprecating and anti aspirational,” Reeve notes. “Being a social outcast can make you a better social observer of the gap between our real selves and our public image.” I thought Reeves was right on the money with that quote, I never really thought about it in those terms of social media.

I really enjoyed this article a lot, it was definitely a long read but it was really interesting and really gave me a new perspective of social media and all the crazy things that comes with it. I think this is only the beginning to be honest, I think its going to just expand and get bigger even though it already huge and probably 95% of all teens have a social media account and probably multiple different accounts. All my friends have everything from Fb, Twitter, Instagram at the least. Thats not including Tumblr, Youtube, Tinder, Vine, linkedIn, Flickr, etc.


week 13 – Classmate Conversation – Leon Phung

leonI met Leon this week, he was a super chill dude. Were both almost exactly the same Major his Civil engineer Major and is currently a sophomore. He is originally form Vietnam and moved to Westminister when he was 14 years old. Leon’s favorite food is steak, his favorite color is blue. His hobby is paint balling his favorite arena is in corona that he enjoys going to. Leon isn’t really in to sports. This summer Leon is taking a Bio class, he then wants to travel in the summer once he finishes the course. after college Leon would love to move out somewhere near the beach.

Week 13- Artist Conversation- Nick Bamford

Artist: Nick Bamford


Media: Ceramics

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: No website

Instagram: nickbamf4d

I thought this was the coolest gallery i’ve seen this semester in my opinion. Nick Bamford is currently an undergraduate at Long Beach State working on his BFA for the Ceramics program.Nick grew up in Huntington Beach where he first discovered his passion for art. In high school, when he took his first art class which was ceramics is when he realized his love for art. Nick always enjoyed art when he was younger and knew that when he grew older he knew he wanted to follow his dream and make some really cool projects. Nicks said his art works explore the idea of taking different items from their original context and putting them into a different form of context. He also loves using black light and wonders why its not used more often. he always likes trying new things in his art pieces.

His art work is filled with different types of materials. Most of the objects are like things that he found and his own objects that he has are his. He has different shapes and colors in his pieces. The object that stands out the most are the neon lights he incorporated into his art work. The neon lights gives hies art a really cool and fun feeling. He really likes the neon lights that’s why he decide to put them in his art piece.

Nicks work is really creative to me you can look at his work from all different angles and it looks different from every point of view. You can also tell that Nicks puts a lot of time and effort in to his pieces, he doesn’t just create it in a few weeks or something they all take time and have so many different things to it. but it’s just a sculpture of random stuff that can mean so much. He was proud to say that he wanted to try something new and do an art exhibit in the dark and he was the first to accomplish it which I thought was pretty amazing.

I think Nicks art work is amazing and unique any many ways. His art just seems so simple and versatile. Nicks expression are very free and he seemed like a real cool and relaxed person, someone that I can see as my friend. I really enjoyed the neon lights that bring his art to life and I think it makes it look really cool and fun.

Week 13- Artist Conversation- Tiffany Le

Artist: Tiffany Le

Exhibition: Tàu

Media: Canvas, paper, ink, watercolor, acrylic

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery

Instagram: letealeaf

Tiffany is currently studying for her MFA degree at Lb State. Ms. Le was born and raised right here in Garden Grove, California, and  She has been interested in art since she was  around three years old.  Her mom noticed her drawing pictures from her cereal boxes as a kid. Tiffany talked about her family’s heritage, she’s from Vietnam. She was heavily influenced by her life as she was born in the States.

Tiffany uses canvas and printed paper in her art gallery, she also made really cool boats. Ms. Le is really versatile, I was actually amazed when I saw her gallery she has so many cool things going on at the same time. She also used LED lights, watercolor, Alyric, ink and charcoal. She uses Black in some of her pieces to show her dark feelings that she felt at that moment in time.

Tiffany’s work is based off of what her family has explained to  her about their experiences in Vietnam. She uses those stories in her art work, you can clearly see it. She said she was trying to portray her experiences because most of them are not talked about. Ms. Le believes people have forgotten what most Vietnam refugees had to go through.

I really loved this art exhibit this week. Definitely one of my favorite art galleries this year. Also getting to know Tiffany Le was really cool, she was a really sweet lady that had a lot to share, she didn’t back down from anything and see,ed like a very strong and smart women. She really inspired me and showed me that we should be more connected to our backgrounds and where we come from and really knowing and understudying the history, and understanding our families history.  Her story of how she was inspired by events in her family members lives, was really cool to me. I was really in to her history stories of the Vietnam War.