Keeping Up With the News: When You Can't Write Fast Enough

Keeping Up With the News: When You Can't Write Fast Enough

With near daily political news stories or even simple announcements, it is not the easiest thing to find the one thing to focus on
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It is not easy coming up with a story to write about. Whether you're going to be writing something fictional or real, a news article or a short story, or even a simple Facebook post, it's not the easiest thing in the world to do – contrary to what many would say. Especially in the modern world, where a universe of information is available at your fingertips, and everybody wants to get as many possible clicks from users checking out their work. Clickbait titles like “Ten Things You Didn't Know Were Still Around” (which is probably a Buzzfeed article already) or the same story reported on several different sources all run by the same group, the constant stream of news and information makes some stories almost become redundant or even boring to read again and again.

Following the 2016 election, political activism and updates have become major aspects of Internet culture. Because the newsgroups noticed that people were clicking on stories about the candidates, every agency would run the same story. Which really isn't a problem, people read different things. But they will stay on the same story until the next big one comes through, oftentimes fighting against themselves for the big story of the week. When Trump fires somebody, everyone jumps on it and hopes they get as much interaction on Facebook as possible, all in competition with each other. On a platform such as the one you are reading this on right now, you get about a week to come up with an article, and at this rate, the story you start writing about on Monday is completely different than the story you end up writing about on Thursday because the second story is even bigger and more important than the last. Of course, this is not to say that everybody having their own say is a bad thing, it just comes down to CNN or Fox running a variation of the same exact article about the same exact event every day until the next one comes along – but then again, that's how the 24/7 news cycle works, I guess.

Beyond politics, there is the constant entertainment news that every group wants to report on, even if there isn't that much to write about. One such example is the production of the upcoming Justice League film. Within the last few weeks, it was leaked that Warner Brothers would have to digitally erase Superman actor Henry Cavill's mustache that he grew for his role in the next Mission Impossible. This was reported by everyone ranging from ComicBook.com to Entertainment Weekly. Of course, it is a fun little story about the production, and it is nice to see a story like that – but the same one ran three or four days in a row. On the reverse side, much like the current state of affairs in our nation, sometimes the entertainment news comes in so fast that stories have to either be sacrificed for the another or combined with several others. This is most evident in mid-July during San Diego Comic Con, where many major movies either are announced or present some footage to the crowd. The big-hitters like Justice League and Avengers: Infinity War get a lot of the press, but by the end of the week are put into a list of “Best Things Announced at SDCC” on the following Monday.

It's not easy to keep up with the cycle as it is. And for good reason – in the modern era where everybody has a platform to express themselves, whether that is a Facebook comment or a tweet that freaks out the Pentagon, the Internet has made opinions and views all equally valid. This article itself isn't too long, but at least it's something different than talking about Trump's growing animosity to anybody who does not bow before him, or his inappropriate speech at the Boy Scout Jamboree. Or the leaked Infinity War trailer and the Captain Marvel reveals. It almost requires a time machine to be able to find the story of the week, or find your opinion on something. And until such a time exists where we do have access to the space/time continuum, we'll just have to hope the big one is the one we focus on

Cover Image Credit: Warner Brothers/San Diego Comic Con

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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You Can Tell The Difference Between Momentary Happiness And Deeper Happiness

"At the end of your life, go out with a bruised-up, worn out heart that gave too much and loved too strongly and felt too fiercely. Go out with the certainty that you gave it everything you had and didn't hold anything back". - Heidi Priebe

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First level happiness: Momentary

Momentary happiness is waking up early and watching the sunrise. It's the first sip of coffee in the morning. It's a big breakfast before a long day of doing what I love.

Momentary happiness is stepping into the restaurant I love and being surrounded by the people who have watched me grow up these past three years. It's understanding that this thing is about family just as much as it is business. It's falling in love with every early morning and every late night. It's learning that hard work isn't hard if you love what you're doing.

Momentary happiness is hitting a new personal record at the gym. It's that smile plastered across my face every time I enter a team huddle. It's down on one knee, all eyes on me. It's feeling the trust my team has in me. It's the feeling of joy when my number gets called. It's the burning in my lungs because I know that I gave it my everything. It's not being able to move without wincing the next day because the game asked for my hustle and I gave it my heart.

Momentary happiness is the instant you see someone you love and can't help but smile. It's the tight hug between you and someone that means the world to you. It's the weight off your shoulders when you finally express your true feelings. It's holding your breath as you wait for a response. Monetary happiness is being scared but doing it anyway.

Momentary happiness is coming home at night and having your dog jump on you the moment you open the door. It's your parents smiling, knowing you got home safe.

Momentary happiness is driving without a destination and simply reflecting on life. It's taking a step back and allowing myself to be aware of my breathing and existence. It's allowing myself to find pleasure in the little things.

Momentary happiness is getting accepted into college. It's getting that job. It's making the Dean's list. It's acing the test you study so hard for. It's watching your hard work pay off. It's finding your people. It's all the things that make you proud of yourself and happy to be alive.

Momentary happiness was buying my dream car at age 17 without my parents help.

A Deeper Happiness:

A deeper happiness is finding beauty in vulnerability. Not holding back my feelings and telling people how magnificent they are because people don't get told that enough. A deeper happiness is allowing me to feel everything deeply and without explanation. It's finding beauty in the madness and trusting the process.

Life's about getting lost in passion and dedicating myself to the things that matter most. It's wanting success as bad as I want to breathe. It's about taking that jump and seeing if I can land it, and if I don't, it's about being crazy enough to give it one more try. Life's about risking it all even if the outcome is uncertain. A deeper happiness is seeing myself grow into the person I've always wanted to become. Deeper happiness is being able to keep my promises to myself and others.

Life is about being empathetic. Finding out someone's story and attempting to understand their actions. It's about not taking things personally and allowing for second chances, even thirds. It's understanding that not every action needs a reaction. A greater happiness is caring for those around me just as much, if not more, than myself.

Life is embracing hardships and disappointments. Understanding that knowledge comes from experience and disappointments are all apart of the journey. A deeper happiness is understanding that this to shall pass. It's being able to laugh and smile even though things didn't go my way because everything that is meant to be will be. It's understanding that I will be stronger because of my defeats.

A deeper happiness is putting myself in hard situations, situations I know will hurt me. It's helping people get through their hard times. A deeper happiness is being the reason someone smiled. It's being the shoulder to cry on. It's wearing my heart on my sleeve because I would rather feel everything than nothing at all.

A deeper happiness is giving everything I have and being a better person than I was yesterday. Making my friends and family proud but myself prouder. A deeper happiness is leaving my mark on the world. It's about leaving a person, situation, and world better than I found it.

A beautiful, fulfilling life is one that money can't buy.

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