To Anyone Who Didn't Know, 'Vine' Is The Latin Of Our Generation, Don't Argue With Me

To Anyone Who Didn't Know, 'Vine' Is The Latin Of Our Generation, Don't Argue With Me

To the lovers and haters of both Vine, languages, and history.

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Latin is the root and holy basis for Western language.

Almost every word has a Latin root, prefix, suffix, or connotation. Latin was a big deal for Ancient Rome. It was the language they spoke all day every day. But now? Latin is a dead language.

I don't know who canceled Latin, but for Latin to have such an influence on all the other Western Languages? Legendary.

Latin was like that one really trendy, popular person in high school who everyone copied their style and sort of put their own twist on it, but then they graduated and Latin-person was never really seen again. The influence of their style still shows prominent as the traditions and trends trickled through the high school, but Latin-person never really, truly came back.

My point is that Latin is a dead language.

Nevertheless, it still is the root of all western and Romance languages. For example, if a word has the letters "Mal" in it, one could assume the word in a whole is negative. Malpractice, abnormality, Malfunction, and even the Spanish word "Mal" translates to "bad." Latin gives us a pretty good guess at what a word could mean.

That is, if you KNOW latin, or at least a few of the roots.

And that is why adults are so frustrated with their kids making random vine references that only they and their age group can understand.

OK, yes, this took a complete 180 and flipped upside down, but stay with it.

Vine was a reigning superpower of positivity and iconic content for five strong years until it came to its abrupt demise for somewhat… unclear reasons.

Vine is the equivalent of Latin to the Roman Empire.

Change my mind. Meanwhile, I will continue to press my point.

Vine was occupied and dominated enough with millions of users during its prime that its own, as well as global culture and language, became an ever-changing and evolving living thing. Internationally, users were able to contribute their own culture, skits, jokes, and scenes in the form of a six-second clip, allowing the observers of Vine to not only create their own content but to enjoy hundreds of other uploads a day.

Several vines became famous and became a symbol, so to speak, of that particular energy or mood.

Others achieved the same fame, yet, made no sense whatsoever. An intriguing enigma of millennial and Generation Z lingo.

An interesting argument posed is this: the modern public may have enjoyed Vines more than the Romans fancied their Latin. (I cannot accurately vouch for the integrity of this statement for I do not have any contacts who lived in Ancient Rome that can give a primary account of how much on a scale of 1-10 that they did indeed, love their language).

To respond to questions, react to an event, or even to muse to one's self, Vines became memorized and even recited to others, much like myths and legends of the Roman gods and tales of battle. The passing down of epics, fables, and stories, yet another similarity to the very roots of Latin.

It unintentionally became parallel to a secret code.

For responding to a field of geese honking may entail from the appropriate viewer: "look at all those chickens," when, in fact, the entirety of the present party is aware that chickens are the incorrect variation of the avian taxonomy. Another example includes hollering the newly dubbed interjection "yeet," when throwing an object, particularly a container emptied of its contents into a bustling crowd of oblivious citizens.

Only two of the millions of examples, those who have seen and understood the vine references just may know exactly what vines I was talking about. However, for those who did not have an instinctive recognition and replay of the six-second clips in their minds:

You are the equivalent of those who do not know Latin and are trying to pick apart a word to try and figure out what it means, knowing absolutely no root words at all.

However, both the light and dark side of this issue is that Vine is dead, and only its spirit lives on.

However, it is the people's choice that Vine lives on. Although almost all precious content was lost in the "siege," a few holy protectors managed to salvage and compile the internet's most cherished segments into hours worth of treasure on YouTube.

Even though Latin is dead, it still lives on through its translators and influences it has had on the Western World. The people choose to preserve it and teach it in schools, fully aware that even with a Hail Mary, Latin will not make its big comeback. The people who speak Latin now never got the chance to live in the world where it was as known and spoken as well as any language today, and that is what the younger generation arising is experiencing.

Through the compilations, young adolescents who did not even have a phone when the app still existed are just as fluent in Vines as the people who had had their very own accounts. The content was so spectacularly simple and universally relatable that no matter what the time period, anyone could enjoy them.

One must be in the mindset to enjoy the nonsense that makes Vines so special. Latin, in contrast, takes years to master, appreciate, and understand.

In this day and age, where people universally speak Vine and Latin is an intellectual's playground, what will remain in these generations' minds?

Not that it can't be both, but definitely a nonexistent brawl to contemplate. If Vine were still with us (in body as well as spirit) that would have been a fantastic skit for a six-second video.

In a world where it is yeet or be yeeted, Latin and Vine must not fall to their knees in a world that seeks to both destroy and preserve them.

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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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Taking A Social Media Hiatus

I spent the work week avoiding all social media and this is what I learned about myself and those around me.

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Nowadays, social media is EVERYWHERE. It is almost inescapable. I made the personal decision to shut personal social media down for the work week. It was my decision and I could not be happier with the outcome. The following are some things I learned while taking my break.

1. People freak out

I made the choice to announce that I would not be available through social media. The announcement was to make sure that if someone needed to reach me, they knew to contact my cell or email. My thought process was that with the announcement, there would not need to be a freakout.

However, I was wrong. I received some major backlash. Luckily, by the time this was all sent to me I had already logged out and walked away. It was very surprising to me that my absence would anger people.

Not only was there anger, a lot of people thought something was wrong with me. I appreciate the concern, but the fact that the only reason people reached out to me because I was not going to be online was somewhat of a wake-up call to who is really there for me.

2. It is somewhat difficult.

Originally, the plan was to keep my notifications on for emergency purposes because there a lot of people who contact me via Instagram and Twitter. I wanted to keep it readily available just in case something went terribly wrong. This was scrapped in a matter of 24 hours.

It became too difficult to see each meaningless notification pop up on my screen and just ignore it. All notifications were turned off. The only way to get my attention was to text, call, or email.

My friends would ask me if I saw something that popped up their feed and I would have to remind them that I was currently cut off from that aspect of the world. I was fine with it the majority of the time, but I definitely suffered from some pretty bad FOMO.

3. My stress level did not drop right away.

It was an experience! I thought that without the world having a constant access to me, I would immediately feel a weight lifted off my shoulders.

False. My stress stayed because I was concerned that something was happening and I was unable to participate in it. However, this did fade and I ended up enjoying not having to scroll through multiple feeds and stay in continuous contact with people.

4. There are so many more things to do without your phone.

Trust me, I know that the world is much more entertaining than what I am shown in media. Actually experiencing that proved to be nothing short of amazing. I was able to get more work done and enjoy life without having to seem perfect for the camera. I am one of those people who posts what I want, BUT it goes through many speculations of my own to be able to be viewed by the public.

I also tend to post something on at least one social site daily. I had so much free time when I didn't have to worry about posting. I read a book. A real one. For fun. The one downside was not documenting all the fun moments on I had off camera, but just living in the moment proved worth it.

5. Sleep is a gift worth fighting for.

Sleep comes so easily when you're not on your phone right before bed. AND IT IS SO WORTH IT. In college, where sleep can be a thing of legends, getting those extras minutes or hours can mean the world to your health.

All week, I was better rested and felt so much healthier. It was truly amazing. With that knowledge, I turn my phone off 20 minutes before going to bed every night now. Gotta get those Zs.

6. Social media cannot dictate my mood.

In all honesty, we are very much influenced by what we see in the media. It's natural and that's how the world works nowadays. However, with a week off I realized that even if I take a negative aspect out of my life I still have to make conscious decisions towards my own happiness.

I wanted to get away from the drama and the trash that is online for a while because I thought to distance myself would help me be happier. Don't get me wrong, it did have benefits. Those benefits are not the only factor in happiness. I learned that no matter what is going on, I have to be able to put in my perspective and make the best decisions on my terms for my happiness.

Overall, I highly recommend taking a social media break for a few days, weeks, months...whatever works best for you. It gives you a chance to remember what it's like to not be tied to your phone and really embrace the world for what it is.

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