Finals week is the most stressful week of the semester in college. And during that type of week, there are times where I just don't want to think about papers or exams. To take my mind off of the stress, I watch television. I dance around in my room. Sometimes I accidently do start thinking about what my grades could be and crawl into a fetal position in a dark corner. I also listen to music as a relaxation method. And finishing up my second-to-last extra credit blog for The Plain Dealer, I hoped that TPD would help calm me in some way through media. I decided to step away from Pandora and see what the news source had. I left the site disappointed.
I had no difficulty getting to the music page. Go to Cleveland.com's original website and scroll down until you see a "Community Center" area. The section I looked at was called "Find music." I liked how the editors split up the area by genre, region and what amount of days or months I was looking at for the latest music. I decided to try it out, first picking out the genre "Pop." I then looked in the region area. Ohio was very good at labeling its own areas out. It ranged from Akron, Ohio, to Wooster, Ohio. I was bummed out but not surprised that the source focused on music from its hometown. But I stayed hopeful, thinking that Cleveland had some good underground artists I could listen to.
Nope. The page turned out to be just updates on music events; local music, concerts and bands. I came here for pop on demand. But Ohio gave me out-of-state gigs. There are 14 pages full of content and events that are happening such as who is performing and on what day. And don't get me started on that "Legend" section in the corner. I had no idea what that was.
The page aimed toward people who have much more concert experience within Ohio. I don’t live there, so I had no idea who any of these performers were. I also just wanted some streaming music but did not obtain it. Sigh: back to Pandora. Thanks, TPD.