2019

Social Media Distorts Breaking News

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

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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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 Stupid

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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