Personal Experience: Watching My Mother Do the Internet

Some people that are not born into the world of the internet don’t exactly understand how emails, facebook, and to a certain degree, texting, works. My mother is an example of one of those people. When ever she wants to be involved with this stuff, she immediately requests that someone help her in doing so. For example, when she wants to check her emails and/or send one, she asks what things to click on and what buttons to press. Sometimes she asks what her email address and password is, only to be reminded that she wrote it down somewhere. The same thing goes with facebook. She asks what posting a status means, she asks how to “like” and comment on something, and she asks what happens when someone “friend requests” her. In regards to texting, she gets the main gist of it, but group texts and pictue messages are a slight struggle.

Don’t get me wrong, here. My mother is a very smart and intelligent person. She just doesn’t get involved with the internet enough to remember how to do things. Although sometimes my sisters, my dad, and I often tell her to “get with the program” because “it’s 2014” (2014 was the most recent time we spoke about it), I completely understand her lack of usage of these sort of things. After watching Sherry Turkle’s TED Talk about how technology is diminishing society’s social skills (I know this is the second time I pulled this card, but it fits so well with this experience), I feel a little jealous of her. Maybe the reason why she never cared much about it like we did is because she values face-to-face interactions with others more that digital messaging. Or maybe she just doesn’t have the time for it, period. Who knows? Regardless, I kinda wish “the program” wasn’t mostly influenced by purely social media interactions.

Personal Experience: Thinking In-Depth About A Vine Video

For those of you who don’t know what Vine is, it is a relatively new social media website that allows you to post videos up to six seconds long. But sometimes, six seconds is all you need to make people laugh, or convey a message. I came across a vine video that was intended to be funny, which it was, but after studying Sherry Turkle’s TED Talk video in my English 101 class, I decided to think more about this particular video. It basically did the same thing as Sherry Turkle did, but only in six seconds. It had to deal with parties that occurred then, which was portrayed as people dancing to loud music; and parties that occur now, which was portrayed as that same group of people playing that loud music, but of course, they’re just standing there on their phones.

As I previously mentioned, I chose to think more about this particular video after studying Sherry Turkle’s TED Talk video in class, since these videos are very comparable despite that one is twenty minutes long and the other is only six seconds long. Both videos suggest that people nowadays are more interested in their phones and social media than getting to further know and interact with their peers around them. Although I will admit to using social media a little more than I should be, I think the most social thing you can do is actually speak to other people. Ya know, use verbal communication and actual words from the English dictionary, as opposed to texting and facebook messaging with abbreviations, stupid emojis, and all that stuff. I believe that if more people would use their phones less, the more they would more easily cherish face-to-face conversations with other people, and be more inclined to have them.

Why The Joyful Heart Foundation Rocks

http://joyfulheartfoundation.org/

The Joyful Heart Foundation envisions a community where child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence does not exist. There goal is “to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues”. This foundation was founded by Mariska Hargitay, who is best known for her role as Detective Olivia Benson on the show Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, which is a TV drama that loosely references situations pertaining to the above crimes. Hargitay became more aware of these issues while on the show and wanted to help make a difference with this foundation. I think this is a great way to raise awareness of these issues because it is very informative, and it tries to get audiences involved in many ways, such as donating, volunteering, sharing stories, and signing up to be apart of the foundation.

The Things That Should NEVER EVER Go Viral

http://www.thehotline.org/2013/05/social-media-shaming-when-sexual-assault-goes-viral/

Sexual Assault is one of the worst, most awful thing you could do to anyone, but what was stated in the above article is unthinkable. This article states that teenage victims of sexual assault committed or attempted to commit suicide after photos of their assault went viral. Why would someone take pictures of someone making someone else suffer? Why was this made viral? Did someone try to stop it from happening? The only thing this does is make everything harder for the victim. How are victims supposed to cope if they are constantly reminded of their attack in such an awful manner? I don’t want to sound like I’m raging, but this is just not cool.

Jennifer Garner Speaks Out Against Sexism

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/oct/23/jennifer-garner-sexism-media-hollywood

Actress Jennifer Garner was briefly interviewed at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in regards to balancing her life around her family and her life as an actress, but her husband, Ben Affleck was asked questions that mostly regarded his female costar. The above article states that she “was ‘a little bit sad’ that such an event even had to exist. [She also said that] ‘The ‘men in Hollywood’ event is every day – it’s called Hollywood. Fifty-one per cent of the population should not have to schedule a special event to celebrate the fact that in an art that tells the story of what it means to be human and alive, we get to play a part.’ ” What would happen if more celebrities spoke out like this? Would the media adjust the way they conduct interviews?

Personal Experience: Watching The Steve Wilkos Show

Steve Wilkos is a former member of the United States Marine Corps and a former member of the Chicago Police Department, but he is best known for hosting his self-titled talk show, known as The Steve Wilkos Show, since the year 2007. On this show, a variety of topics are addressed that pertain to domestic violence, adultery and sexual violence, paternity, cheating and relationships, child abuse and neglect, and teenage pregnancy. For paternity cases and some teen pregnancy cases, DNA tests are given to see if the male guest believed to be the father is actually the father , but when the guests on his show are accused of all other situations, polygraph expert Dan Ribacoff gives them a polygraph test (lie-detector test) to see if they are lying or telling the truth. Some guests who are guilty tend to request to take the test multiple times to ensure accuracy, but Ribacroff has stated multiple times on the show that the test is 99.4% accurate and the same test is used in the CIA and the FBI, therefore, it makes no sense to take it more than once because you will always (or at the very least, you will very very likely) receive the same results. If people fail their polygraph test (lie), Steve is infuriated and tells them, “Get the hell off of my stage!”

I have a lot of respect for Steve Wilkos. I think that what he does on his show is a great way to expose people who have committed serious crimes under the radar. He serves justice in his own way by showing his audience and his guests that lying to save your own butt can only get you so far, if at all. He serves justice in his own particular way. I know for a fact that if more people in the world were like him, and if more crimes were brought out like this, then the world would be a better place.

The Most Racist Advertisements of the Modern Era

http://http://www.businessinsider.com/the-10-most-racist-ads-of-the-modern-era-2012-6

Racism, unfortunately, has always been an issue throughout human history, and although it is increasingly being frowned upon as time passes, there still seems to be advertisements that contain it. I came across an article containing a group of ten ads that are considered “the most racist ads of the modern era”. These ads depict racial stereotypes, such as the way Asians speak English as a second language, associating African-Americans with fried chicken, and controversial references of slavery and Hispanic farmers. I don’t understand why these horrible ads were created. According to the article, the creators of the ads didn’t intend them to be racist, but there’s always what-if’s. What if they just said that just to cover up and avoid looking bad? What if there’s more racism out there than we think?