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Baron of Botox – Final Analysis

Currently, I have finished the final episode of the Baron of Botox. As we come to a close, I have a better grasp and understanding of the circumstances surrounding his suicide and t

One of the most prominent techniques used in this podcast is the use of interview material to better understand Dr. Brandt’s life as a doctor. The interviews present Dr. Brandt under a primarily positive point of view as he checks up on his patients regularly and cares for them deeply. Additionally, there is discussion of depression and how this emotional behaviour may lead to signs of committing suicide. The addition of the music is a nice touch that brings out more emotion within the discussion of Dr. Brandt’s death and the follow-up with suicide and depression. With “songs” or music primarily being ambient, it provides some form of solitude for the audience as they soak in such morbid (yet helpful) information of depression and suicide.

After listening to this investigative journalism podcast, I am definitely more interested in this representation. I can definitely see myself listening to more in the future as they are a great way to increase my knowledge on specific subjects and to pass the time.

Extra thoughts on Baron of Botox

After listening to the Baron of Botox, I wondered where else plastic surgery was common. Upon further research, I realized that in South Korea, Plastic surgery had become a lucrative business, and became a highly important status symbol amongst Koreans as well as a part of beauty culture.

One of the reasons that makes South Korea is practically plastic surgery capital. One of the most important values that South Korean media has is on beauty. This creates a demand for plastic surgeons and allows for South Korean doctors to meet this demand. Plastic surgeons make tons of cash, which further spurs this demand and supply in South Korea.

After researching this, I produced a few questions to bring up in a discussion if there were any.


-How did plastic surgery become so common and became the norm for the South Korean people?

-Does undertaking the “needle” a sustainble life style for Korean citizens when taking surgery? (Economically, socially etc…)

-If plastic surgery were more common place in a non-Asian country and in the Western countries, what are some pros and cons?

Baron of Botox

Recently, our class has decided to examine the baron of botox, examining the life and death of Dr. Brandt, his lifestyle, patients/clients.

To provide some context, Dr. Fredric Brandt was a health care, skin scare, surgeon that was well known amongst many people within the fashion industry. However, in 2015 he had commited suicide.

The baron of Botox is one of my first experiences with an investigative documentary podcast. Delving deep into the events that possibly had led to his suicide, the documentary makes several interesting connections and insights into his personal life. In my opinion, the content of the podcast provides several details that the media had actually missed out on. I believe that media nowadays focuses too quickly on surface details, such as the case of Dr. Brandt and the spread belief that his suicide was a result of a parody of himself in a show. While this is a possibility, Justine Harman provides an excellent summary and indepth analysis of Dr. Brandt’s life.

Harman implements several interviews that would otherwise make her credibility as an investigator moot. The personal interviews that she makes with individuals associated with Dr. Brandt provides significant leverage for herself, and provides a better understanding to the conditions, lifestyle and the work of Dr. Brandt himself, providing a secondary purpose of the audience being able to better sympathize with the work of Dr. Brandt and the overall perspective that Justine Harman is peddling to the audience.

ISB student finishes December Mock exams – Life drained out of their bodies

An ISB student has recently finished their mock exams for the first time. Consisting of two exams, one for his math and science class, the student claims that they are “stressed” even though they have finished their mocks. Further inquiries were met by hostilities and the student screaming “leave me alone! I want to go home and sleep for the rest of the break”. ISB news reporters were then immediately blocked by security.

Another student had commented on their experience, bemoaning their mock exam. The student displayed signs of LIGMA, a common disease that induces anxiety, self-doubt and stress. Such behavior was not limited to just this one student. Several others displayed similar symptoms of LIGMA. In serious cases, the disease may spread into its second stage called “BOFA”. Such a disease is rare, but can still be found within a population of students who had just completed their Mock examination. While ISB news reporters were unable to make contact with these students during this time, our hearts and mind go out to them and that they make a speedy recovery so that they can return to school in January and prepare for the real exams.

Highschool student tries to write satire – Fails horribly and gives in the process

On December 15th 2020, highschool senior “Yin Wah Yip” attempted to write his own satirical post.

“I thought it would be a fun change every once in a while” said Yin Wah in an interview with one of our reporters. “I never knew that it would be so challenging to come up with unrealistic thoughts in my head”. This shocking news came weeks after writing about how he “loved” satire on one of his blogposts. Yin Wah could not come up with a satirical post despite saying he loved satire.

After scratching his head for 20 minutes and walking around his bed for another 10, Yin Wah had decidedly quit writing satire as a whole. When asked his reasons why, he commented: “I got better things to do”, and then proceeded to sit at his desk and play video games for the entirety of the week.

However, this isn’t just limited to Yin Wah himself. All of the students at his school have shown similar patterns of behavior. Some of which kept muttering to themselves “mocks mocks mocks mocks” while playing video games or reading a book. We here at H.O.M.E. news station sent a request to interview these students, but were due to the continuation of the  COVID-19 pandemic. Undeterred however, our reporter Danceter McGee snuck onto their campus. However, he was caught and tried for stealing stationaries from the school’s supply rooms.