Social media activism, lets get political
Another valid example of how people are taking to new media to voice their political opinions, a group of Americans petition on the official white house website against gun control, and asking to deport British native Piers Morgan for attacking the 2nd Amendment.
Why cat videos are popular?
We have always loved cute species, but now with the internet we can share and watch anytime. The internet provided a convenient way to access and share what interests us. So why we love them? Because we don’t need prior knowledge or an explanation to understand them. “Cat videos and images are a quick hit of pure, unfettered ‘cute.’ They’re also entertainment in easily digestible doses.”
Also, cats have bodily and facial expressions that are close to human behavior. They have the tendency to do amusing things and get themselves is funny situations that are shareable. Dogs on the other hand are not successful online because you know that they are trying to capture your attention by doing what they do.
As a cat owner and a previous dog owner, I can relate to this. Cats are very independent and self-possessed. They don’t care for anything but themselves. Whatever they do, whether it’s funny or not, it’s for their own amusement or in some cases it was simply a funny accident. Dogs on the other hand, feel sham when they do wrong, and they depend on us humans to take care of them and play with them. Dogs know that I am the owner; cats think they own me, its as simple as that XD
And that what makes them so amusing and amazing. We can’t read them, but we admire their confidence and arrogance.
This is Google Chrome’s April’s fool, but it showed in a simple creative way how multitasking is a bad idea. This video introduces two mice option for using Google Chrome, so users can do more in the same time. The guy in the video says that it might be hard to work on both hands at first, but it will be easier once you get used to multitasking. I felt it was a smart way to show the disadvantages of multitasking in a short yet fun video.
Why do words hurt more than actions?
Cyber-bullying seems to be a bigger issue than physical bullying, as it is a new way for bullies to harass others anonymously and behind a screen. In the digital world, you can run but you cannot hide! As shown in the video below…sometimes, the words of the bully can catch up and hurt you.
I honestly think there will always be bullies and bullying will persist. It all comes down to the bullied person to learn how to deal with the bully. The simple solution is to ignore the mean remarks and leave the online place the bully is active in. It may be difficult because social media is engrained in teenagers’ lives, as we saw in the “Growing up online” documentary. But there are ways to regulate online activity by being more cautious about who you add as a friend and what you post that can be used as ammunition against you! Parents should also play a big role in protecting their children and their online activity. I am not saying they should do that by intruding in to their privacy, but by not neglecting them and staying updated with their lives.
There are other underlying causes to why a teenager may decide to kill him/her self because of words that were said to them online. Adolescence can be a vulnerable, sensitive and rebellious period, they are also self-conscious about their appearance making them easily fall victim to online bullying. Bullies prey on those who they see as weak and defenseless, and with the use of the internet these bullies can choose to be faceless. As the reading “Cyber-bullying is a new threat for children” mentions, technology brings us closer yet there’s a distance, you can’t see the “bullee’s” reaction to the hurtful words.
The issue of cyber-bullying is showing up more often on the news. Only recently, earlier this week, another girl by the name of Jessica Laney took her life away because of cyber-bullying, to be more exact, she was bullied by internet trolls on “Ask.fm”! This website allows anonymous users to ask you questions. It has been reported that this is the 6th incident of cyber-bullying to occur this year, along with Amanda Todd. So it is becoming more prevalent.
Laney also claimed that she was all alone and no one cared about her. It seems that she was brought up in a poor home environment where her family neglected her instead of listening to her. It is much easier once a victim informs their parents about their problems. It gets the weight off their shoulders. Most teenagers are so locked in, and their thoughts and feelings stay bottled up inside them.
Here is a detailed news report on Jessica Laney:
On cyber bullying Sharing information with friends and peers is great and effortless now-a-days, yet when it comes to spreading negative and hateful messages about someone we are taking advantage of technology for the wrong purposes. Bullying has gone virtual and the virtual world is where kids play today. The messages on their phones or ipods follow them where ever they go. Instead of dealing with insecurities and feelings, teenagers badger the weaker, the younger, and the shy. Cyber bullying has led to many cases of suicide and has broken many hearts. Ryan Patrick Halligan’s suicide story was just too sad to watch. The fact that there was a kid that was obsessed and fascinated with death that pushed him to hang himself, it’s just disturbing. The kid’s website demonstrated all types of ways to kill oneself or the ideal way to kill yourself based off of your personality! This is so sick and haunting that there are people in the world who are so lost, mentally especially. One of the presenters on the video we watched caught my attention when they said that reading words, or text, makes it REAL, it HURTS. When I thought about it, it made sense. When you read a text message you repeat it over and over again in your head, especially if it’s good news or bad news. The truth is so many people are abused and bullied in so many realms, online and offline, at home, at work…etc. Victims of bullying, and abuse, need to know that they are not alone, in life, online or offline. This is where anti bullying and abuse campaigns can help build awareness and possible save lives.