Nothing On The Internet Is "Private"

Nothing On The Internet Is "Private"

Seriously, it's 2016.
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Recently, there have been strings of events nationally, globally and within our immediate communities that have been created, amplified and blown out of proportion thanks to the popularity of social media. Social networking is the stuff that destroys relationships, workplaces and life-long reputations with just the click of a button. I still use social media anyway, don’t get me wrong. I use it to stay connected with friends and keep up on internship opportunities. I research and discuss political and cultural issues that are of interest to me, like not many people do, but should do. The Internet is a great platform on which to express your opinions and converse with like-minded individuals to further strengthen your knowledge base. That being said, it is also going to be an environment that if you put out a particular idea, I promise you that you will be met with dissenting viewpoints.

You can be well-read on your stance or you can know absolutely nothing about it and have an uninformed opinion--either way, both of those things are your right.

If you are going to discuss politics, religion, culture, etc. online, can you just do us all a damn favor and do your research before you go on your four paragraph Facebook rant, put your foot in your mouth and then complain when you experience backlash from your uneducated claims. It’s torture for all of us if we don’t unfollow your content. And by research, I don’t mean a compilation of your most recently favorited tweets relating to the subject. Look. It. Up. On credible sites that agree with your views, and also, those that don’t. Pretending that your opinions are the only ones that exist is essentially the same as being willfully ignorant. Don’t get caught with your pants down to then complain about it. If you’re not afraid to be challenged by others, come prepared.

If you’re somebody who can’t handle conflict or criticism, don’t send yourself to the doghouse by posting online until you’re ready to handle what comes of it. You know yourself better than anybody. In addition, if you’re interested in subtweeting, talking smack about people or whining online, be careful.

Whether your account is private or public, there is this very amazing technological invention called a screenshot--nothing you do is sacred or safe. Screenshots aside, there are lots of other sneaky, nifty ways that internauts have developed to keep tabs on the activity of one another online.

I’ll admit that I have done my share of whiny tweeting on my "private" account. However, I am also the type of person who has grown enough of a pair that if I have an issue with someone, I will speak to them in person. Sometimes I'll write something subtweet-ish and I'll delete or undo it because I recognize that I might as well behave as an adult and do this in person. Even if you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about but you still feel confrontational, I promise you that getting testy face-to-face is way more satisfying than doing it over social media. It also needs to be said that if you have a particular disdain for somebody based upon their political or social views, nothing you say to them will sway their opinion--whether they’re “wrong” or you’re “wrong”.

They will change their minds of their own volition if they feel your points are valid.

It’s difficult to be an impassioned advocate of a cause and have your arguments fall upon deaf ears. However, it is not our job to shove our ideologies down the throats of others, no matter how justified we may be. It is our job to educate one another and help orient our society in the direction of the morally just. For some, this comes in leaps and bounds. For others, this comes in baby steps. Just be aware of what you’re saying online, why you’re saying it and how you’re saying it. Even if you mean well by what you're writing, going about it with a good leg to stand on will help you avoid being mixed up in a situation you can't get out of. As much as we think we can get away with what we do online, the reality is that we can't.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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To The Generation That Might Not Care, A Green New Deal Is Crucial

Take care of our planet and our future.

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The reality of climate change and method to address the issue has been a source of contention in the United States for far too long. While Republicans trail behind Democrats a great deal in the percentage who believe long-term, irreversible climate change is a real problem, an equally if not more important gap to acknowledge is that between generations.

A universally taught science concept in elementary school is the difference between weather and climate. Weather is the day-to-day condition of the atmosphere — rainy, sunny, etc. Climate is the weather of a particular geographic location over a long period of time. The weather in an area may be snowy on a particular January day but might overall have a warm climate (Trump has yet to learn this concept).

The gap between generational support for not only believing in the reality of climate change but if the government should take steps to prevent further harm on our planet is apparent. A few reasons that older generations may not support aggressive climate change policies are that many are not going to see the lasting impact of their harmful actions, may not want to acknowledge that their way of life for a majority of their life was detrimental to the environment, or that they simply do not think it is the government's role to further regulate current practices and lifestyles in the name of the environment (an argument supported by many conservatives).

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The "Green New Deal," proposed earlier this month by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey is mainly a list of ideas and goals rather than a carefully laid-out plan, though aims to eliminate greenhouse emissions through the creation of millions of jobs in the renewable energy industry, moving toward public ownership (a major source of disagreement among Republicans and Democrats), and much more. This plan is a comprehensive overview of many sources of environmental degradation that our nation has not addressed, despite the majority of the nation believing the climate change is a real issue.

There will undoubtedly be a major shift in the operations of many companies due to aggressive climate change policies, which could have been avoided at a drastic level if our nation had chosen to make climate change prevention a priority. Unfortunately, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global temperatures will rise to an irreversible level in 12 years if the United States and other countries that greatly contribute to rising temperatures do not take action. A sense of urgency has been lacking for far too long is crucial.

Written into the recently proposed Green New Deal is a section detailing how it will attempt to remedy the inequality of those most directly impacted by climate change. Vulnerable communities, particularly communities of color, are not seeing an equitable distribution in disaster funding to prevent damage inflicted by the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters that have resulted as an increase in rising global temperatures — Which, regardless of your age, should be a glaring flaw in our current system.

I personally doubt that the entirety of the recently proposed Green New Deal will be enacted, however, I believe that anyone who values the quality of human life, clean air, clean water, food sources, for not just those in the United States, but around the world, should be supportive of a Green New Deal.

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