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 an even greater issue at large. Active shootings.

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

Today, no one is safe. Mass 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 even fake news.

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The Fyre Festival Documentaries Roasted Millennials

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

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 dull values.

From the likes of social media coupled by the need for exclusivity, these intangible values are not just stigmas. They represent the formula used by Billy McFarland, CEO of Fyre, who unequivocally exploited what millennials want and love.

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Don't Blame the Referees, Blame the Rules

The NFL had a major officiating fiasco following yesterday’s pair of entertaining Championship games. Games that ended in controversy.

Everyone who tuned in to watch the NFC Championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints know that the referees missed an embarrassing non-call penalty. A penalty that would have put the Saints in a position to win the game rather than lose in overtime.

As heartbreaking as the Saints loss was for the franchise and city, the referees are not the main issue. Yes, they blew a clear and obvious pass interference penalty that kept the Rams in the game. But the real issue here is the NFL, the current rules suck.

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New Year's Resolutions Are Bullshit

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. It speaks to the hypocrisy we’ve 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. A cycle of misguided optimism.  

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