Social Media Distorts Breaking News

Let’s face it, today the world has never been more angry, hateful, and afraid. With social inequality, political unrest, environmental degradation, and high standard of living disrupting the world, there remains another issue at large: Active shootings.

In 2019, active shootings have become a new global norm. Orlando, Las Vegas, Paris, Oslo, Peshawar, and now Christchurch. These notorious massacres demonstrate how turbulent times are. How hatred and fear remain alive and well.

Today, no one is safe. Active shootings do not discriminate against any nation or border. A sentiment that has perpetuated people to act irrationally when a scare or real incident occurs. The catalyst behind this irrationality is social media, people can easily distort and handicap breaking news stories through their posts.

Through the likes of Twitter and Facebook, we can react and respond to just about anything in life. A powerful luxury nonetheless that has amplified our need to constantly commentate. That’s a major problem considering the sensitive nature behind situations like active shootings. Facts are crucial, but they’re sadly overshadowed by comments and retweets.

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The Fyre Festival Documentaries Roasted Millennials

There are many dark lessons in both the Hulu and Netflix documentaries about the infamous Fyre Festival fiasco. From fraud to fame, these lessons criticize and condemn the millennial generation.

After watching both documentaries, the criticism is on the money. As a millennial, I'm ashamed and sickened at what we've become. A generation full of questionable values.

From the likes of social media coupled by the need for exclusivity, these values we hold so high in life are our own worst enemy. Essentially, they were the lifeblood and vision Billy McFarland, CEO of Fyre, had when creating Fyre Festival. Ultimately, it was McFarland who unequivocally exploited what millennials wanted and loved.

Millennials were blinded by an early promise, a promotional video that tapped into all their desires. Hit with this luxurious festival filled with famous supermodels, private jets, and yachts all on this beautiful remote island in the tropics, millennials were sold.

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New Year's Resolutions Are Stupid

Every year millions of people including myself make a list of goals that ultimately fall short. Resolutions are non-committal words we throw around to rationalize our hope for self-improvement.

An old stats professor once said that 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February. That truth speaks to the hypocrisy we have created when making resolutions.

I myself have been susceptible to this trap. Making grandiose goals that I have yet to fulfill. I have become complacent with phrases like “should have” and “next year” only to use them again and again. Resolutions are just a cycle of misguided optimism that we ourselves create.  

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Are Electric Scooters Viable Forms of Transportation?

Birds and Limes. These are new verbs that have redefined the definition of transportation. If you haven’t already seen these electric scooter monstrosities, then you’re from another planet.

These cheap and fun scooter services have not only invaded Los Angeles, they have spread across the world. Scooters are not a tech gimmick, they’ve made a comeback due to their easy and dependable service. But how far can these things really take you?

After riding both Bird and Lime for five months, short distance travel is where these services excel giving users 18 to 37 miles per charge. Not only are these scooters popular, they can surprise those who are car-less. Especially the ones who live in cities like Los Angeles where commuting is a pain and hardship.

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Mission Impossible Has Beaten the Bond Franchise

Say what you want to say about Tom Cruise’s personal life, the man is 56 years old and is without a doubt the best action movie star in Hollywood.

Cruise’s latest performance as IMF agent Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible Fallout epitomizes why this 22-year spy-action franchise is better than Bond.

The reason, it starts with Cruise himself as the actor living his characters lifestyle. Fallout is the seventh movie of the Mission franchise where Cruise performs one death-defying stunt after another. That is the biggest sell, the practicality of stunts being real enough for audiences to believe.

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Can Subways Help Traffic in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is a car culture city. It will continue to be for quite some time, but are people now overcompensating for having wheels in a city that has the worst traffic congestion in the world.

In a February article by LA Weekly, LA has taken the mantel for the worst traffic congestion in the world beating Mexico City, São Paulo, Shanghai, and Paris.

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Google Pixel 2 XL

Apple and Samsung have dominated the smartphone market for quite some time offering consumers premium flagship devices each year. To say Google is a dark horse competitor would be somewhat of an understatement.

With the launch of the Pixel 2 XL, Google has shaken the playing field by capitalizing on its pure software approach offering intrigue to both Apple and Samsung loyalists. The Pixel 2 XL is simply not just a great alternative, but a great rival.

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