Archive | April, 2012

Phone Books

27 Apr

I remember when I was a little kid and I loved the day every year when the phone books came.  Maybe that was a crazy thing to get excited about but then again I guess I was a pretty weird kid.  The whole concept of something new that had everyone’s number in it that I could flip through was so cool.  I guess kids always had a way of entertaining themselves for hours.  Now a days everything is online which in a way is amazing that technology has progressed that far but sad that the next generation of kids will never get to experience the simple joys of life like a phone book.  When I was young my siblings and I would play outside for hours inventing our own games.  Now my brother sits on the computer for hours.  It is just sad that we were the last generation of kids to live in a world without internet. 

Privacy Violation

27 Apr

As a high school student, every possible adult, whether our teachers, parents, or college advisors, would warn us that if we had ANYTHING out of place on our Facebooks we wouldn’t get into College.  I remember my Freshman year of high school I was terrified to get a Facebook out of sheer fear that I wouldn’t get in.  While I do get the logic behind companies and schools using social media as a form of a character profile, it seems a little unfair that they could hack into the most private part of your lives.  I try to do my best to keep my Facebook and Twitter as clean and professional as I can make it, the occasional inappropriate inside joke always falls through the cracks.  My friends and I have a unique sense of humor that many people might not understand or think is funny if all the employers do is quickly scan over a post on your wall.  A few girls while I was in high school almost got expelled because of a few pictures that were found on their walls.  The professional or educational world should leave peoples personal lives out of it.  If the goal is to leave drama and home life out of the work place then what is the point of bringing it in with Facebook checks.

Is Social Media such a good thing?

23 Apr

With all the amazing things that social media sites such as twitter and Facebook can do for you, it is easy to assume that their is no negative aspects.  The scary thing about these sites though is how popular they actually are and how much people use them for their primary sources of information the majority of the time.  The number of celebrity deaths or world catastrophes I have learned about solely because of Facebook is downright shocking.  There is a common assumption that whatever is written on these sites must be the truth and nothing but the whole truth.  Americans have become increasingly lazy when it comes to finding access to relevant information, therefore the printed newspaper is slowly becoming a thing of the past.  No one has the time or patience to buy or read the paper in print form.  While it is convenient having all information you could possibly dream about wanting to know only a button click away, the possibility for people to believe in false truths is incredibly high.  While I would never want to go back to the world before the time of these media sites, what is important is to be aware of what is put online and know that not everything you read is always the most accurate!

The New Iphone

16 Apr

As rumors of the new Iphone 5 swirl around the internet world I can’t help but wondering if it all is worth it.  It seems like every time you buy the newest, latest and greatest update to your electronic devices something bigger and better is on the market two weeks later.  My new Samsung Galaxy that I got just less than four months ago is already out of date.  I understand that people are constantly innovating and wanting to make as many new advances as can be but is constantly remaking the same exact thing really the way to do it?!? All the new updates really only promotes one thing: consumerism.  Our culture is so caught up with ALWAYS having to buy the best new product regardless of the fact that we have three of the exact same things except that they were last months model.  I recently saw a product review for the new Kindle Fire in which the writer was saying how badly she wanted the Kindle even though she has an iphone, ipod, tablet, ipad and about five other similar products.  Are all of those really necessary to check email or update your twitter or whatever other insignificant activity she is using them for?  There are so many better uses for that money so how about instead of buying the new Iphone this summer you actually do something worthwhile with it.

Baking for Dummies

16 Apr

I am utterly and completely lost when it comes to baking.  It’s not like I don’t try and when I do things turn out ok occasionally, I just have no ability at putting ingredients together or remembering recipes.  If this was the late 90’s I would probably need to buy myself a self help “Dummy” book just to cook the most basic recipes.  Fortunately it isn’t and technology has improved leaps and bounds.  Now instead of slaving away looking through dozens of old school recipe books, all I have to do is hit “stumble” on my stumbleupon account.  Stumbleupon is one of my all time favorite websites for a number of reasons but the amazing looking food has got to be my number one best use for it.  All I have to do is hit stumble a few times and a new mouthwatering recipe is bound to pop up.  The internet holds thousands among thousands of different recipes.  All you have to do is decide exactly what you are in the mood for and a dozen or more recipes of that exact thing are only a click of the computer away.  Recently I decided I would attempt peanut butter and chocolate bars but unfortunately I didn’t have any vegetable oil.  Once again the internet is a lifesaver and all I had to do was type on Stumble “alternatives for vegetable oil” and I learned the exact conversion I would need for 1tablespoon of vegetable oil to be butter.  The internet and stumbleupon specifically can be a lifesaver for many different things, but especially for those as food impaired as I am.

High School Reunion

9 Apr

Over Easter weekend I found myself talking to a cousin a couple of years older than me.  He told me that he had his 10-year high school reunion coming up and that truthfully he really wasn’t that excited.  This seemed weird to me since I have always thought about how interesting it will be to come back in ten years and be a totally different person, maybe married with kids or living some where exotic or having the coolest possible job.  What I never thought about was his next point, he told me he doesn’t even think he needs a reunion because facebook is his reunion.  He gets all the wedding albums and baby pictures, vacations updates, and status’s about new jobs.  Even though he might not even speak to the people anymore, he knows down to the minute what is happening in each and everyone of their lives.  Facebook can be a great way to keep in touch with good friends, but when it comes to the point where you know every minute detail about their lives and have no need for actual communication we should probably draw the line.  Will there ever come a day when there will be no need for any human contact?  Is technology taking away our ability to interact with others?  These are scary thoughts but likely true.  One of my friends dad refused to allow her to have text messaging until her freshman year of college because he was afraid that the art of communication was dying.  No one picks up the phone and chats with friends anymore and people sure as heck don’t send letters in the mail.  All this new technology is great but we can’t lose our roots or we will lose our grasp on reality.  Socially interaction and communication is what defines our humanity and we are beginning to lose this.  While it might be challenging to fit into busy schedules, next time you see an update on an old friend on facebook, pick up the phone and call them to see how their life is going instead of just perusing through old pictures. 

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Misperception of Beauty

2 Apr

Clearly how beauty in our nation is defined is a real issues. There is nothing that I could say that millions of others haven’t. Yes, girls look at advertisements and commercials and see how they belief they should look and yes this has taken a huge toll on the amount of people with low self-esteem, depression, eating disorders, and even suicide. While it has a lot to do with the standards that the media has put in place, there is nothing we can do to get the media to go away. It is here to stay, and frankly I don’t think I would want to live in a world where there wasn’t an influence from the media. Our society just needs to learn how to do positive things with the technology that we have. The skills that are displayed in this video are incredible, and while at the present they might be harming the women of the world, if these skills and technologies could be used for good incredible things could happen. I think what Dove does in this video shows a perfect example of this mind set. They show how shocking of a change photoshop and other programs can make but they don’t condemn it, just show us so we know what really to believe.