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My Future.

So, the semester is coming to a close at the University of Tennessee. I am at a crossroad when it comes to blogging because, ever since spring break, I have been authoring another blog site called Soshitech.  It is a website that speaks about news in technology, social media, advertising, etc. They have been featured in the Huffington Post. So, I was excited when someone took notice of my blog and asked me to join their team. Ever since then, I have been writing but displaying my work on two different sites.

My curiosity lead me to an interesting conclusion. It is not that my writings lack innovation; it all comes down to how visible you are to the public. I am a perfect example of self-segregation on social media. Because my voice is minute on my blog, my reach is minimal; however, through Soshitech, I have received several shares through Google plus, Facebook, and Twitter.  When I really started to engage readers and receive feedback, I started to question the survival of my own blog.  The reason I state that I am somewhat torn is because, when it comes to blogging, I know that what I say is of value. My keen insight is not like others–which may make it difficult for some to understand from where I come. That is neither here nor there.

I guess, at this point, I have to decide how I want to continue to strengthen my voice.

Recently, I had a disagreement with someone extremely close to me. In relation to self-segregation, I find it difficult to remain apart when I am surrounded by social media. I want to subtweet every time I think of them. For those who do not know, subtweeting is just a form of expressing yourself about someone indirectly. So, instead of saying “@Whoever is really irritating me.” One might say, OOMF (one of my followers) is really irritating me.”

Any who, I am trying to separate myself because I do not want to read potential subtweets. Professionally, I try to give advice, shed light or pose further questions on how one should conduct themselves in our lives on social media; but, I am also human and hurt in all the same places.

All I can do is hope that one of us comes to our senses.  How can we reach greatness when we are both still holding onto the loading dock?

One personal battle I have been dealing with today is religion.  In the bible, God has no religion; but, for those who speak to me on a pretty consistent basis, they know that I am Hebrew.  It is Judaism; the name originated from the tribe of Judah. So, even though the israelites split into two tribes, the Israelites and the tribe of Judah, we are all still brethren.

While continuing on this journey towards my master’s degree, I find it difficult to  remain steady in my spiritual journey in keeping the commandments–mainly keeping the Sabbath day; but, from today a great lesson emerged.  Today’s lesson was entitled “Instructions in Prayer and Fasting.”  The main purpose of the lesson was on how we should publicly and privately conduct ourselves in prayer.

We started the lesson with Matthew 6:5-15; however, I’m only going to highlight the first three verses.

5)And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

6)But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

7)But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

The reason these verses resonated with me was because of how people chose to portray themselves through social media.  Every once and again, I will share a few verses through Twitter and/or Facebook; and, I try to remain consistent in how I paint myself.  However, I never thought about social media being used as a platform for the hypocrites–one for those whose intentions are false or misleading, at least in juxtaposition with a person’s true character.  Some people pray to be seen by men and not by Him. So, I started wondering how many people practice this unknowingly.  Just a thought…

Earlier this week, Rick Santorum dropped out of the race for Republican primaries. With Mitt Romney singled out as the Republican presidential nominee, social media is being utilized to reach Americans before election day. Not only is it a source for who to vote for but, also, who to vote against as Alex Fitzpatrick, a blogger for Mashable, points out through President Obama’s tweet.

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Politically, this game is just getting started. Even though Senator Romney’s and President Obama’s tweets, somewhat, remind me of two fickle preteens arguing over who gets to spin the GI Joe off the globe first, Obama’s points are valid. Obama’s fight to preserve the middle class reminds me of the television show the Oblongs.

There are two classes of people; one community lives on the Hill while other live in the valley. The major aspect of this series is the continuous highlighting of haves and have-nots. This upcoming election will be largely based on the promised outcomes per social group.

“Conservatives are a special group of people. They say nothing about the subsides to industrial giants or the foreign aid we give to countries around the world; but, as soon as we try to help the economically challenged in the U.S., they’re ready to fight. They’d rather give tax breaks to the rich than use that money to feed, educate or give healthcare to our poor.”

–Shemariah L. Israel

As of now, self-segregation in social media can be extremely detrimental to the unknowledgeable. In politics, there are two sides; but, if individuals segregate themselves to only “Fox News” or only “CNN,” the election will spew a biased result.

It is similar to how Fitzpatrick explained the Hilary Rosen and Ann Romney debate over Senator Romney’s accusation that President Obama increased job loss for women to 92.3% (a number that has yet to be verified). His statement reminded me of Senator Jon Kyl claiming on C-SPAN that over 90% of all Planned Parenthood services performed were abortions–when in actuality, he retracted his statement by claiming “it was not to be seen as factual.”

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When Hilary Rosen stated that Ann should not represent struggling women because she has never worked a day in her life, many stay-at-home mothers chose to come to Ann’s defense. However, others understood that Rosen only tried to state that she cannot represent the struggling mother who has five children and still has to go to work to provide for her family.

@HilaryR tweeted, @AnnDRomney I am raising children too. But most young American women HAVE to BOTH earn a living AND raise children. You know that don’t u?”

She followed it with, @AnnDRomney Please know, I admire you. But your husband shouldn’t say you are his expert on women and the economy. #HeNeedsMore”

This is a perfect example of how quickly listeners react through misinterpretation from misunderstanding the complete story. It is dangerous because this electronic wildfire can be difficult for any PR professional to try to maintain. Self-segregation on social platforms has marred apprehension in the past; so, my advice is for everyone to immerse themselves in political jargon so voting is not just a right but the right decision.

I recently read a Mashable article by Zoe Fox entitled “38% of Children on Facebook are Younger than 12.”  Even though the subject matter of this blog is somewhat irrelevant in comparison to the content on Mashable, the associative nature of it in juxtaposition with society’s need to be surrounded by uniformity has me questioning the future diversity of America.  My question is the following: Can self-segregating on social media lead to a life of bigotry in race relations outside of it?

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Fox mentioned that, of 1,000 participants in her Facebook survey, 40 individuals–who were on this social networking site–where  under six years of age.  Her study revealed that 30% of children under 12-years-old spent more than two hours per day on Facebook.  Besides the dangers of sexual predators and cyber bullying, should we view a segregated society maintained by social media as a threat?

At the end of March 2012, Anderson Cooper reported on race relations and a child’s attitude on perception of race.  He recognized that color blindness began to fade around age five and that white children, in comparison to black children, thought the scene displayed was a negative portrayal between the two races.  The percent of those children who thought the story told a negative narrative was 70%.  Only 38% of black children viewed the image negatively.  Please watch the video for better understanding.

The reason I used Fox’s article was because it showed the power of social media.  Engagement on the internet and on social media is sparked at younger ages as the years continue; with this comes the power to virtually share.  However, with whom and what we share is a completely different story.  I agree that a positive in social media is discovering more rapidly racial biases in the judicial systems through social media highlights; but, are we only sharing until we have reached our appropriate, social ceiling?

As Anderson continued, he spoke about children keying in on subtle, lifestyle hints and social cues from their parents.   They notice friendships and interactions outside the home. The issue, I believe, is that because the children are infrequently introduced to diversity in their home lives, there is no innate desire to pursue it through social media. There is no color blindness to eradicate  when everyone is the same shade on a chosen social outlet.

We have to ask ourselves these questions because social media is how society cultivates and influences circulating conversations. Does self-segregation, anchored by a type of implicit bias, void colorblindness and/or the innate desire to integrate through social media? Let me know what you think.

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Amy Grahan, a reporter for CNN, recently shed light on a study done by Pew entitled “Digital Differences.” Apparently, one out of every five adults in the United States does not have access to the internet.  Pew surveyed 2,260 adults over the age of 18; and, because it was a phone survey, they distributed it in English and in Spanish.

Although Pew’s report discusses the level of internet presence amongst different races, it also states that individuals suffering from disabilities are far more unlikely to engage in these social practices.  “The 27% of adults living with disability in the U.S. today are significantly less likely than adults without a disability to go online (54% vs. 81%),” Pew reports.  “Senior citizens, those who prefer to take our interviews in Spanish rather than English, adults with less than a high school education, and those living in households earning less than $30,000 per year are the least likely adults to have internet access.”

I wish Grahan pushed the envelope a little further because I am curious as to whether there is variation in levels of health and/or fundamental, social skills in those disconnected from the Internet verses those who never disconnect.  Is there an untapped level of appreciation of society as it changes; and, are they less narcissistic without hundreds of Facebook “friends” commenting on photos?

Grahan reported that most individuals without internet access opted out of this social practice because their household income was around 30,000 and/or their education level topped out after their high school graduation.  Even though, without the internet, they probably do not need a Facebook reminder every time a friend’s birthday comes around, there is still a social deprivation when it comes to the length of their reach.  Or, is the technologically savvy individual equally disadvantaged since life with internet still leads to some unwilling to break the electronic forth wall?

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A counter-argument for this topic is that those engulfed in the Internet are more likely to live a life of dependence and internal disconnect.  Americans’ believe they are knowledgeable because the world is at their fingertips; but, how many people actually take advantage?  Americans are becoming polished sheep who, through social capitalism, are taught that electronic subjugation is how we survive.  Maybe there is validation in self-segregation between those who connect to and those who disconnect from the internet.  We have to ask ourselves. Are we seeking knowledge, or are we seeking knowledge within preset limitations?  And, if we have knowledge, is that enough?  Let me know what you think.

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“Don’t let the Internet be the frame around your artistic mind.”

-Melahnie Springfield

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Okay. Not to laugh at the tomfoolery of a public, 21st century “The Boy is Mine” reenactment, but I think anytime virtual beef is organized into a 4D crime, it becomes pretty hysterical.  Emily Price, a blogger for Mashable reported on a squabble that occurred initially inside of a local, Georgia Waffle House. Yes, it all started over a plate of syrupy pancakes covered in canned fruit.

Apparently, the confrontation resulted from unresolved tension between two groups of women because the argument pertained to a changed, Facebook/relationship status.  The two groups of women took their argument outside, and shots were fired towards the sky–I am assuming–to regain control of the escalating situation.

Generally speaking, I blog about self-segregation in social media and try to resolve issues between political parties, types of class, race relations, relationships and so on; but, in this case, I think being an advocate for self-segregation may have yielded a safer result.

By no means am I condoning violence; I just believe that if you start a new relationship and have knowledge of a jealous ex boyfriend/girlfriend and his/her patterns of behavior, maybe un-friending him/her (from all partners involved) is the best option.  It is beautiful to be proud of your significant other; but, it serves as an alternate purpose if you are using your relationship to coax a begrudging response.

Be the bigger person… or, at least, find another Waffle House.