The Pros And Cons Of Tumblr

The Pros And Cons Of Tumblr

'You should make a pros and cons list. That always works for me.' -- Leslie Knope
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Since its creation in early 2007, Tumblr has transformed into a worldwide Internet phenomenon. As of 2016, there are 555 million users registered for the blogging website. It basically has its own culture at this point. But the website seems to fall under extremes; some people hate it while others don't go a day without it. Here are some of Tumblr's best and worst features:

Pros

1. You can find all interests on the site. There are blogs dedicated to everything from TV characters to flowers, to food to sh*t-posts. It's like an incredible virtual jungle. You can use tags or suggested blogs to find stuff you're interested in following; the more you follow, the more posts will show up on your dashboard.

2. Tons of memes and jokes and text posts become popular through Tumblr, to the point where there are many Facebook pages and Instagram accounts that are dedicated to posts made on Tumblr. It's pretty common for a Tumblr user to think "Yeah I already saw that on Tumblr a month ago" when someone shows them a meme.

3. It's not exactly social media, so you don't have to add people you don't want to. You were always warned about strangers on the Internet, but sometimes they're just cooler than those Facebook "friends". You can peruse through blogs without it being weird if you hit the follow button.

4. People actually have serious discussions on it. World events, issues of racism and sexism and intersectionality, opinions on politicians, it's all there. And a lot of the time, the dialogue is great! These posts can highlight different perspectives from all over the world.

5. You can have multiple blogs if you want. When you register, you start with one but can add more if you want to focus on specific posts. Many people have a personal blog (where they reblog whatever they want) and side blogs that focus on one thing in particular (like photography, books, fandoms, etc).

Cons

1. If you think arguments via Youtube comments are bad, Tumblr is worse. So much worse. It's a blogging platform so people can write what they want, and anyone who sees it can respond to it.

2. Misinformation can spread really easily, especially because each reblog is a separate thread. Unlike Reddit, you can't see all the chains that one post branches out to, so sometimes you'll see an original post with one series of responses but then see the original post again with a different series of responses. While it doesn't mean everything you see is a lie, it means absorbing what seems like factual information with a grain of salt (or a good Google search).

3. Sometimes people repost instead of reblogging. This means that, rather than reblogging the original post with the original caption, they'll copy/paste or download the post onto their computer and make it into a new post. Many artists get their work stolen or republished without due credit because of this. While Tumblr is great for showcasing art, this possibility makes people hesitate to share.

4. Anonymous asks. This feature can sometimes be abused, especially by people who have a large number of followers or tend to their own work/opinions. It can even lead to cyber-bullying. You do have the option to turn this feature off, so if you start to receive anonymous messages that you don't like, you don't have to respond or read them.

5. The mobile app is horrible. Don't even bother unless you like emotional pain.

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5 Games To Play In School That They Never Block

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Even though some games were blocked on the school's internet, these games were not (for most people) and we used it to our full advantage. Also, one of the pictures on this article will take you to the actual game itself, it is up to you to find it. Good Luck!

1. Poptropica

This game was always so fun but 99% of the time I would only play on spy island.

2. QWOP

This is the source of misbehavior in schools because this game was so aggravating.

3. playretrogames

This entire website was never blocked so it was constantly being played on the computer.

4. CoolMath

Again, an entire gaming website that was never blocked and had what was honestly some really fun casual games.

5. The Impossible Quiz

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If you are kids are in school and looking for some fun during the day, these websites are almost never blocked by the school's wifi. (Just don't get caught). I hope you enjoyed this article and if you did please feel free to follow myself and the Anderson Universtiy page and I will see you all next time, bye!

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What's So Social About Social Media?

Why have our lives left the real world and entered one of artificialness.

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Within the past two decades, advancements in technology have grown significantly. We're at the point where every other week something new is dropping or a brand new update is being installed. Communication across the world is as simple as a quick text message. Business and franchises are going completely paperless, everything being on iPads, computers, and other wireless devices. Schools are putting all their reading material online for students. Drones are delivering mail. Cars are driving themselves. It truly is amazing what we have done in such a short amount of time.

With all of these advancements, we have also created a plethora of apps and devises strictly for pleasure and our own enjoyment. One of the largest advances has to do with social media. Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are the main ones that our society has almost become dependent on. People are constantly updating, uploading, and upgrading everything about their virtual lives. Each person's goal to surpass other peoples amount of "friends" or followers. We now live in a time where the number of likes on a post define how much we are liked as a person. When a video isn't viewed as much as we hope, we think that no one cares. We have uploaded our entre lives to these social apps, and yet there are people who feel more alone and lost than ever before.

The social media franchise has, in a way, corrupted a large portion of the worlds population. People can get caught up in immense amounts of unnecessary drama. We are being socialized to look, act, think, and be viewed a specific way. We feel as though we have to maintain these social relationships, relationships with people who we have never met in person. Streaks, shares, retweets, and saved posts are what we all consider a way of life now. Sending pictures to over 30 people, but only knowing two or three of them really well.

In addition to all of that, it is so easy nowadays to cause trouble. Scamming people into viruses through corrupted links. Posts that state offensive or degrading words. Catfishing is easy and almost a guilt-free experience. False relationships and messages full of lies fill our DMs and people get hung up on every negative message. We can comment on pictures through fake names, disclosed ID's, and with little to no repercussions.

Now I understand the positive things of social media. I myself use Instagram and Facebook still, but carefully and with a grain of salt. I am really only friends with people I personally know, people that attend USF, and current and future teacher pages/profiles. Social media does help keep in touch with old and new friends, but overall we need to take a step back. It is a great place to escape to for a bit out of each day, but we shouldn't live in those worlds of posts and videos. I recommend taking a step back and really filtering through "friends"/followers, pages subscribed to, and who you're talking to. In a short sentence, anything negative or toxic within your social media realms, get rid of. Clear things up and I promise you, you will feel less stressed, happier, and healthier.

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