In the Lord of the Flies, utter freedom leads to little boys turning into complete savages. I’m convinced the Internet works in a similar way. There’s no official rules surrounding how to act towards each other on the internet, which gives a sense of utter freedom. People wouldn’t dare say in person the things they so freely type on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, comments on videos and articles. Lord of the Flies features people living away from society’s eye; the internet is smack in the middle of our society, but seems to be considered separate in a way.
While browsing Twitter, I found an incredibly interesting article about nuclear disarmament that was published by The Guardian newspaper. In this article, author Eric Schlosser discusses why Iran should never be permitted to obtain a nuclear weapon and, more generally, about how nuclear weapons are exceptionally risky devices.
Over the past few weeks of indulging in research on campus racism, I have found dozens of racial misshaps on campuses. Although the majority of the stories are from 2014 or 2015, I struggled to find the most up-to date conflicts. When I went on twitter, perhaps the most up to date website there is, I found pages and pages of tweets addressing the most recent racist acts on campuses.
Using Twitter I cam across an Economist article from just two weeks prior. The Economist article reports on the meeting of the foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea. This was the first meeting after a three year interruption in their talks, which came as a result of increased tensions between the three East Asian powers.
Upon researching my topic for my paper I found some interesting information on Twitter. I found 'tweets' discussing one of the passages Marcus Luttrell had written in his book "Lone Survivor." Marcus Luttrell is a former member of SEAL Team 10 and a survivor of Operation Red Wings which was also portrayed in the popular movie "Lone Survivor". He was rewarded the Navy Cross, the second highest medal that can be awarded to a member of the military and is presented only by the President. He is considered by most to an American hero.
The most interesting thing I found on my Twitter escapade was a link to an article about the recent Rolling Stone debacle. For those of you who are unfamiliar with said disaster, Rolling Stone magazine published a shocking article in November of 2014 which focused on the story of a female student at the University of Virginia who had been gang raped at a fraternity. Both unfortunately and fortunately, the story turned out to be false.
Feminism is a term that we hear on a regular basis in today's society, but interpretation of the subject has become muddled the numerous advocates, critics, and especially social media. A link I found on twitter led me to a feminist named Christina Hoff Sommers. Sommers advocates for feminism in a unique way, by sticking up for men. She believes that many feminists are exaggerating the vulnerability of women as well as ignoring the problems men face. She says she is not arguing for men, but rather for truth.
Today during my research of the Bermuda Triangle on Twitter, I found many links to great articles concerning the facts and theories related to the Triangle's existance. Who would've thought! One of the articles I found had many key ideas as to why the triangle is non-existant and facts that help support the ideas. One of the main ideas the author focused on was the fact that weather has played a major role in the dissappearance of ships and airplanes.
The Great Gatsby may be hitting Twitter soon, according to Chaka Phillips with Latin Post. Apparently one member of Twitter (a twitterer?) has made a commitment to uploading F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous work to the world of social media, 140 characters at a time. Aside from the time and dedication this would demand, a five year commitment by Phillips's estimation, the uploader could also face legal barriers since this book is not yet public domain.
All over, we see people using social media for everything. From valuable communication tools like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to dating websites like Tinder to less serious programs like Snapchat, everyone uses social media. So, what makes a social media website successful? What do all of these services have in common? Why do some sites fail?
In my research, I explored many different sites to use as sources for information on Gene Therapy. Twitter was definitely a very interesting way to conduct research. Because each post on twitter is limited to 130 characters, not a lot of information was available per post. Occasionally posts included links, but not often.
Looking into different Blogs and Twitter I found that writing has taken a big impact. According to all these sources writing is very beneficial especially within health. Not only that but many mention there is an understanding of one's self. It is a therapy in a sense that it is personal therapy. You can say whatever it is you wish to say and choose whether or not it should be judged. You are your own critic, which could be harsh because after all we are own biggest critic on life however that makes our opinions far less accurate because we know our capabilities.
By searching twitter and numerous blogs about Gap Years, I was able to learn more about individual experiences and stories from a vast array of people who actually experienced one. One blog stood out to me in that the boy who took the Gap Year described what sounded like an amazing experience, traveling from Russia to Australia and many places in between. He also talked about adapting to college life after his Gap Year, saying that it was challenging for him to get back into the academic side of things, but on the bright side, he noted that he was easily able to adapt to dorm life.
After using blogs to learn more about my topic I got to focus a lot on the signs in children, or young adults that could help you learn or help them before they turn to killing. The three most significant characteristics in children that can relate them to becoming a serial killer in their future are; bed wetting, abuse or neglect, and substance abuse.
I used twitter as a search engine for my research paper. I had a really difficult time trying to find information on political psychology. In fact, I didn’t really find twitter useful at all for this purpose. I instead looked at some psychology blogs as well as political blogs but I didn’t really find what I was looking for. I learned that depending on the way someone words a question could change the response he or she receives. Specifically this can be used in court. The question was asked,”Can lawyers manipulate jury decisions with the words they use to describe a legal case?
As I continue searching for information about the history of transplant surgeries, my journey has taken me to twitter where I was lead to debated topic of fecal transplants. Although the practice itself is not debated, the method of monitoring it is. Fecal transplants are used when the good bacteria in someone's intestines have been wiped out for some reason. Without these helpful bacteria many embarrassing and even pain problems can arise. So using a fecal transplant, doctors take the healthy, good bacteria from someone, and using a nasal tube, feed it into the upper small intestine.
The articles that we have found are going to help with supplementing the paper, but I feel that what I have found on these blog sites is going to be some of the most useful information so far. I found that Montana was was the forefront for skiing with sixteen downhill ski areas and a large variety of backcountry terrain. Montana is also home to some of the innovators of the sport. I had no idea that Montana was so influential in the world of skiing. Skiing as a sport started to take off in Montana in the 1930s, with ski jumping a major draw.
Who would have thought that Twitter could be a useful place to find sources for research? That definitely blew my mind today. The most interesting thing I found in my research today was that a couple years back, the writers of the Diagnosis Handbook, used by physicians, wanted to publish a new edition that stated that shyness was a mental illness among other things. However there is a huge opposition to this because there are fears the new classifications are being driven by drug companies seeking to profit from a greater number of illnesses.
Upon doing research on sites like twitter and personal blogs i realize that many people don't make posts about legitimate dream research. I searched "Lucid Dreaming" on twitter and practically the only results were accounts of "how trippy" it was. I did however find some semi-solid research through blogs. Dreaming being a a pretty abstract thing, personal accounts and analysis can lead to good insights. I found this website:
The most interesting thing I found in my research on social media was a blog by an art therapist patient. One of the things she posted was, "It would allow me not to think about breast cancer for a while ... and allow me to express my anger - there's a lot of anger involved in cancer - and allow me to express my pain,". This was really great to read because I had been referring to the "emotional release" art therapy provides but, for some reason, I had not connected that to anger.
I chose to talk about how social media and technology are affecting our generation, the youth. Recently I decided to give up my cell phone for a week to see how I would "survive" without it. I am a person who is constantly using my cell phone and checking social media without even realizing I am doing it. It becomes a habit. Bruewer claims that each day there are 620 million active Facebook users and that there is a larger appeal then just sharing personal information. He also shares the idea that social media for our generation has been the largest driving factor for change.
Recently, I did a Hangout with Paul. It goes for 58 minutes, but I found a few places in our interview that show some of the different things I do in my work with Sensato http://www.sensatosworld.com/ and on my own site http://lomapesao.com/
I used Popcorn Maker to skip to four different sections of our conversation. (So even though it says that this is 58 minutes long, it's really only about half that long.) Let me know what you think.
1: Royal wedding of Prince William and Cate
2: September 11, 2001
3: Rise of Social Media
The royal wedding of Prince William and Cate Middleton was an iconic even in our culture today. The royal family hasn’t really been that involved in the media, in my opinion, since Princess Diana’s death in the ‘90s. It was an extremely glamorous event, that showed not only the people of England, but really all of the world how true love really can exist. This perfect couple is setting a great example for young people all over!
What we're about to see are two different videos. What both videos have in common is they both share the same title and song. It's called "Started From The Bottom." The original was by a rapper by the name of Drake.
Started from the bottom now we're here
Started from the bottom now my whole team f- here
Started from the bottom now we're here
Started from the bottom now the whole team here, n-
Started from the bottom now we're here
Started from the bottom now my whole team here, n-
Started from the bottom now we're here
One of my assignments was to do research for my topic of racial stereotypes by using different blogs and twitter sources. One of the most interesting things I stumbled upon was the word Transethnicity.
This word is a fairly new slang term and is popular topic on tumblr. If someone would consider themselves transethnic they would consider themselves to be a different ethnicity than their own. An example a blogger used was when sometimes caucasian kids claim to only be white on the outside, but their personalities reflect one of an African American.