Monday, June 6, 2016

Harassment Online

How are First Amendment rights affecting the way you game? In today's blog post I will be responding to an article published by the Boston Globe and written by John R. Ellement. If you would like to check out the article you can click here. Everyday we hear about people being harassed online, whether those be guys or girls it seems that everyone is affected and targeted. However it seems as though the gaming world sees more harassment of women. Women are obviously not the first ones you might think of as gamers, but at the same time why is it so wrong that women are being harassed in this world? Women should not be targeted just because of their gender in an online community. 

The case also comes about your First Amendment rights online. It is hard to determine exactly what is right and wrong, however if someone is actually being harmed or threatened I think that would determine it time to take some action. You cannot just say whatever you please online. Many people feel much more comfortable online saying whatever it is they please and say many things they wouldn't even think about saying in person. This is something that clearly needs to stop and make an end. I would predict in the future there will be plenty more cases similar to the article above. It is sad but true as well all move toward online for communication. 

Let me know what you think will happen in the future! More cases like this or will people eventually wake up? Let me know in the comments below! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Snapchat: So what do the emojis really mean?

Snapchat, my one true love that I am always using. I love Snapchat, I'm not really sure why I like it so much but it's fun to send funny pictures and funny videos to my friends! I even like just trying to raise my score and change my best friends and stuff like that! If you have been on Snapchat in 2016 you would know that Snapchat has implemented some new "snapchat friend emojis" and people are always wondering what they mean! SO I figured I would help educate everyone!

^ This is an especially great chart because it shows what the emojis look like for both Iphone and Android users yay! ^

This is a pretty great visual for how the Snapchat friend emojis work! As of lately everyone is obsessed with the fun "snapstreak" I have 6 different snapstreaks with 6 different people going right now and it can be very stressful to keep up with them (first world problem clearly)! My longest Snapstreak ever is 79 days and counting right now, but I've know of people who have had a Snapstreak for a year~ that's true dedication~ ! Right now I have a Red Heart with my friend Zack which means we have been best friends for 2 weeks or more, and so we are almost at 2 months which means we will get the Pink Heart, which is the highest heart you can get! Snapchat can be very complicated if you don't use it but it can also be very fun, so if you don't have it I would totally recommend it so you too can procrastinate and waste time using it! If you use Snapchat comment down below your longest Snapstreak! 


I am sure we are familiar with the social media site Instagram. For those of you who may not know, Instagram is a photo sharing social media site. It just so happens that today Instagram decided to update and change its logo and theme!
^ This is the new logo! Featuring a camera with some rainbow color! ^

^ This is the old logo! As you can see it is a bit different! ^

Anytime there is an update on a social media suddenly everyone likes to freak out as if the entire site has completely changed even though we all know that is not how it works! In case you have not updated your app yet the new update features what I would call a more "white" based theme with a white banner instead of a blue one. Also the tools at the bottom of the app are now a lot smaller than previously! So there is the update, comment down below, if you have an Instagram account, do you like the update or no? :) Thanks for reading! 

Cyberbullying: Do Something!

How aware are you of violence and bullying online? I would say for myself I am not that very aware. Yes, sometimes I see "twitter fights" or " Facebook drama" or even " Shade thrown on Instagram", but other than that I don't really follow people who are involved in actual cyberbullying, at least that I can see. Cyberbullying is extremely prevalent and is happening more and more in this digital age. With more and more cases of cyberbullying we need to stop being bystanders and start taking action. According to Carrie Rentschler author of Online abuse: we need Good Smaritans on the web, " Responsibility for violence online and off must be placed where it belongs: on the perpetrators, rather than the victims, survivors and community members targeted by it. But bystanders should also be held accountable." 
I would totally agree with that, bystanders should take action and reach out to those victims. It is also important to take action in the right way. Maybe that means talking to the victim and helping them through their situation, maybe that means talking to a school counselor, or even talking to the predator in some situation. The last thing you want to do as a bystander is create an even bigger fire and adding more fuel (drama) to what already is the situation. 
Remember next time you go on social media, be aware of what is happening, and if you have the ability to help, consider it! The golden rule is treat others the way you would want to be treated and I'm sure if you were going through a form of cyberbullying you would want someone to help and support you too! 

Let me know what you think! Should bystanders take action? Let me know in the comments below! :) 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Are you addicted to social media?

There are a couple profound things you will notice when you step foot on a college campus. One being that we usual look dead tired and usually have a coffee in our hands and another thing you will notice is how many people are looking at their phones, either texting, scrolling instagram or facebook, and maybe even snapchatting. I mean other than the fact of the obvious possible dangers to staring at your phone will walking there are some other concerns. The question is are we addicted to social media? I feel like I might be. I have anxiety just thinking about not checking instagram in more than 14 hours I can't imagine how I would feel if I only checked it once a week. I would say this is true for the majority of social media users. I think the aspect that we are addicted to is the idea of being "plugged in" as social beings we have a natural want to be in the loop and know about our peers. I think the addiction is more about being plugged in and wanting to stay updated with what everyone is doing. Also some of us do it just for fun of course, or to kill time and that is very understandable, but I think for myself it is more about staying connected and within the group. Social media allows us to be social with hundreds, thousands of people without even leaving our bed, that's the beauty of social media!

So tell me, would you consider yourself addicted to social media? And if you are what part is so attractive to you, or what do you think you're addicted to? I'd love to know, comment down below!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Who are you online?

In response to Danah Boyd's book " It's Complicated " she mentions the culture online during the 1990's when many took to the Internet to find themselves or create a new persona. They went online to talk to new people and find a community and essentially be who they want to be. It was all fantasy and escape. Even though there are still plenty of online communities and fantasy play online when I think of social media I think of this "new persona" in a different way. If you ever get on twitter, instagram, pintrest, or tumblr you will see posts about "relationship goals" "bae goals" "instagram goals" or just "goals" posts. I'm even at fault in this situation I say these things all the time and yes I would love to have a so called  "Instagram goals" Instagram profile. When we post anything on social media we are posting for a couple different reasons. One being that we like how we look in this picture, two we want everyone to see what we are doing or what we are accomplishing, or three we wanna show someone off, whether that be your family, you boyfriend or girlfriend, or even show off that bomb donut you had for breakfast. We post because we wanna show off and make our lives seem better than they actually are. It's like when you take a picture and then post the picture on Facebook or Instagram and there is always that one girl that is like delete that picture or un tag me! Why does she care? God forbid someone saw her looking a little imperfect. We want our social media audience to be jealous and want what we have. Whether that be looks, or that new pair of shoes we got, or be jealous of the "perfect" relationships we have with our friends and family. It is not necessarily bad, we have all done it including myself. However there is a connection to the 1990's when we wanted to create new personas and escape the world, for the fantasy that now on the internet we want to make new personas but new personas of who we are. The "perfect" us.

Tell me what you think! Would agree most people post for these reasons? Let me know in the comments below!

What is really private?

There has recently been much debate over what is private on the Internet and what exactly we should be trying to keep private. I think about this a lot when it comes to social media. I keep most of my accounts on the private setting but does this really do very much to protect myself on the Internet? I took to Google ironically enough to test this out. I Google'd myself and found that you could find so many of my private accounts. There is my twitter, instagram, facebook, pintrest, almost every social media account I use! I remember when there was a time that I didn't have my Instagram private and my mentality was that " Well I'm not posting anything bad so I have nothing to hide" then my friend told me one day about how many young girls were being stalked and kidnapped or sold into sex slavery strictly on having their social media, specifically Instagram public. Dangerous people could potentially look at your tagged locations, your friends, your school, and find out where you hang out. That's when I decided that it wasn't about being cool and not hiding anything it was more about being more private, and potentially safer. Now let me clear that just because your accounts are private that means anything. There are potentially dangerous people out there and they have all sorts of ways to find you and take advantage of you. So next time you post on social media don't just think about the drunken pictures from last night that you don't want your employer to see but also think about your location, your friends, and putting out all of that personal information. You never know who is on the other end.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think!!! Are your accounts private, and if they are why? If they aren't is there a reason I should make mine public again, I'm curious let me know!