Life without social media

Life without social media would be bitter sweet. Because of the society we live in today being so technologically advanced, it would be extremely difficult to back track to the days where information wasn’t so accessible. With social media it is so easy to see what’s going on in the world in regards to politics, world issues, local issues etc.. It is also easy to meet new friends, find out about people’s accomplishments , and simply shed some positivity. Personally, social media has helped me not only keep up with family and distant relatives, but also helped with my sport. It’s easy for me to get in contact with my cousins or sometimes even my immediate family members. While I’m away at school, it allows me to see what my family and friends are up to back at home and make sure that everything is okay. As far as sports, social media is helpful because it allows you to network and also promote yourself. Going from high school to college, the football recruiting process also had ties to social media. Coaches would use Facebook to contact you and start to develop a relationship with you . Unfortunately, as we all know social media is not always used for positivity. Taking away social media would take away cyber bullying and it would help out relationships. People use the Internet and other social media to brutally attack people’s character and lives through words. Someone’s whole reputation could be destroyed with just one click of a button. As far as relationships, it could make things less stressful as far as jealousy and other people causing problems.
I think our society is too engulfed in social media and technology now that I don’t even believe that we could function without it. Everything is online. From homework, to job applications, to any necessity. In the end, we are a social media crazed world , and it will only get worse.

Lauryn Hill & UVA

Lauryn Hill’s song, “Forgive Them Father” not only can be applied to my personal life outside of school and before my college experience, but throughout the past couple of years at UVA, this song speaks volumes and is very relevant. Since being here, with cases like Mike Brown in Ferguson and now more specifically Martese Johnson on our own campus , “Forgive Them Father” seems to be some sort of anthem. Lauryn Hill uses the line:

“To survive is to stay alive in the face of opposition
Even when they comin’ gunnin’
I stand position”

These lines are so powerful because they can be compared to the recent police brutality going on and the protests in retaliation to the brutality. It’s all about survival and standing up for justice and what is right no matter what. Another line that speaks volumes is:

“Be careful of those who pretend to be brothers
And you never suppose it’s those who are closest to you, to you”

I compare this to the white students, professors, and UVA deans and other faculty members who seem to be so anti-racial and seem to be against discrimination, but won’t participate in any protest or attend any meeting when it concerned Martese Johnson. When it was Hannah Graham, the whole white community joined together along with black and other minority members, but unfortunately when it is a black student , the same care is no reciprocated.

Lauryn Hill says to forgive them because “they know not what they do” , but I believe they know exactly what they are doing. In cases of discrimination and police brutality, there is no way that they do not know what whey are doing. They continue to “shoot you down in the name of ambition” as if what they are doing is justified . It is unfortunate, but Lauryn Hill’s music and this song in particular describe society today and UVA life for a black student.

Women and hip hop

From the start of hip hop in the past, to hip hop now, males have dominated. In fact, in a majority of all main stream music genres, males tend to dominate, but especially in hip hop. Women unfortunately, regardless of talent rarely get recognized in the hip hop game. Women are disregarded from the rap genre and are pushed into a corner where they are only expected to sing.

Rappers are generally stereotyped as males and in order for a female to make noise in that type of industry, she has to lead with her sexuality. For example, Nicki Minaj, Lil Kim, and Trina are all respected in the hip hop game, but they in all honesty, they would not have been made such a huge deal if they didn’t have to market themselves as sexual objects. I mean, look at the outfits that they where when they perform on stage or in music videos or even the types of songs that they come out with. Although they have some “deep” songs, they wouldn’t have remained as popular if they didn’t have songs about their sexuality and “ass ass ass”…
I do think that women are encouraged and expected to be sexual and lead with their looks and their bodies in order to get exposure, but it is good that women have gotten their name out there and many have become respected for their talent regardless. I believe that women in hip hop have paved the way for social change because it proves that women can compete with men in a field that is already predominately men.
Women already struggle on a daily basis to get the same treatment and respect as men and if women in hip hop used music more as a voice to encourage social change and empower women instead of rapping about sexuality, then maybe things would change even faster.

Why violence?

Why violence?
When it comes to people, leadership, and environment, violence is inevitable. Just think about how the United States was founded. From the “conquerers” perspective, violence occurs when they want to be in control and will do anything in their power to obtain it. From the “conquered” perspective, violence happens when people are unhappy and being treated unfairly or unjustly. Everything in violence is a cause and effect and people tend to use violence to get what they want or feel they deserve. When people feel that their voice is not being heard .. That’s when riots happen.
Why riots?
Riots occur when people finally come together to make ONE voice and show the authority that they will not stand for whatever injustice is going on. Riots get a lot of attention, but unfortunately they are short lived. Riots usually end in destruction, for example, fires, broken windows, damaged cars, hurt citizens, and hurt bystanders. After these riots happen, change usually is not quick. Unfortunately, riots tend to “blow over” after a few weeks or months and they aren’t talked about again.
Violence seems to be a temporary fix because the victory is only short lived. In order to keep the attention of those you wish to make change, the options are either to keep doing violent acts or come up with another way to get the message across. Of course when people are upset and angry, violence usually seems like the number one solution, but what does it really accomplish?

World Without Social Media

As it is already very clear to see, we are in the age of technology. Everything is automated, everything is wireless, and everything is instant. The internet bringing out social media, took our society by storm. Everyone has some form of social media whether it be Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook–even the President of the United States has them. Because information nowadays is so instant, we are all aware of current events as soon as they happen all throughout the world. Social media has become ingrained in our daily lives and I’m actually not sure how we would react if it got taken away from us. Today, we would all feel lost and feel like we are in the dark about what’s going on. In comparison to “Passage Home”, I think if Twitter, Facebook , or other means of social media communication were not in existence anymore, it would have devastating effects on America. Apparently, most of the events such as changes in currency and identification processes all happened in one day. Because we’re so used to finding things out the second they happen, it would be a total shock to undergo such a drastic change without any forewarning. I believe that everything would go into such a panic that it would cause extreme chaos in America. People wouldn’t be able to communicate with their friends or family if anything went wrong and if people get “shipped” back to their home country , you may never know or even get to say goodbye to them in anyway. I believe that if social media came to a sudden stop, it would ultimately be negative. The main reason is that we rely so heavily on it now that it seems we are almost incapable of functioning without it. We have become so dependent that we can’t seem to understand how life worked BEFORE social media.

Expanding My Network

If I was asked how I could broaden my individual world and expand my network, first, I would think about how much exposure I’ve had with others who are different than me. In other words, I think it would be important to broaden my horizons by talking to new people, trying new things,and putting myself in new positive situations in order to expand my ideas and my own thoughts. I think that everyone including myself has a very close minded mentality and unfortunately,that attitude holds us all back. I believe if we hang out with people we would have never hung out with before, tried new foods that we said we never would try, or even watch television shows or movies that we said we would never watch, we get a better idea of other people’s views and maybe even embrace them. If we broaden our individual worlds, only positivity could from it. Which brings me to the next point of expanding my network. When you become diverse in different ideas and not just so caught up in your own world, you will probably be in situations where you meet new people. You never know who you will run into and you never know what opportunities might present themselves to you. For example, a job opportunity for a great company could come to you just because you talked about “art” with the CEO of the company. Or you could meet some very important people at a museum that you said you would never attend. Bottom line is, in order to get a chance at new opportunities that could really benefit your future , you have to try new things and go to new places. We live in a society where sometimes it isn’t what you know, but WHO you know and the only way to get to know the right people is broadening your horizons.

“Soul Music

“A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke and “My President is Black” by Young Jeezy and Nas both have the common theme of freedom, but have different ways of going about it. Similarly, both songs give references to race, specifically blacks vs whites, and also give reference to poverty. Sam Cooke begins his song by describing his residence as “a little tent” and continues on saying his life is “too hard” while Nas talks about having to “hit the streets” and “flip some keys so a nigga won’t go broke”. Both artist reiterate the struggle of American Americans in this society and the hardships they have to face just to survive.
In contrast, Sam Cooke’s song seems to be very hopeful as opposed to Jeezy and Nas’. In other words, Cooke is waiting and believing for a change while Jeezy and Nas are finally experiencing a change. Cooke’s lyrics are very optimistic and give inspiration for a new future where he doesn’t have to afraid to “hang around” when he goes “downtown”. Jeezy and Nas lyrics are celebratory for the change that is “Obama”. When Jeezy said “Stuntin’ on Martin Luther, feeling just like a king… Guess this is what he meant when he said that ‘he had a dream'” he is recognizing that America is finally making the change that everyone has been waiting for. America finally has a black president , something we thought would never happen. Both of these songs reach my soul for a change in different ways. Sam Cooke reaches my soul because it shows that a hopeful and positive attitude no matter what will pay off in the end. Jeezy and Nas reached my soul because they are still aware that even though progress is being made, we are still not there yet… But the fight is not over.

Blog #2 State of the Union 2015

In regards to the 2015 State of the Union address, I believe that Barrack Obama addressed some serious issues and hadIn regards to the 2015 State of the Union address, I believe that Barrack Obama addressed some serious issues and had some great points with what he felt needed to change and be done in our country. I agree with his ideas about paid maternal and paternal leave, his ideas about free community college, and his ideas about creating an equal environment for those of the LGBT community. I found that people on social media, especially Twitter, were all over the place when talking about the address. Some people were in complete agreement as we’re ecstatic about what Obama was promising he was going to do, while others were being realistic at the fact that they probably would not happen because congress wouldn’t pass them. Not surprisingly though, a majority of people were more concerned about making “memes” about Obama’s facial expressions and uploading pictures of “bread bags” on their feet from Joni Ernst’s rebuttal. It is not uncommon and may even seem strange if jokes and pictures were not the center of a serious political address on social media. I believe that the trending topics were mostly about slick comments that Obama made regarding his 8 year presidency and another comment made by Joni Ernst because people are ignorant and don’t really know what’s going on in the political world. Realistically, the younger generation is the one using Twitter and other social media sites, and they are also the ones who are politically ignorant to the government’s issues and the issues of the United States. They believe that because Obama is the president, he can make any law he wants to, forgetting that the majority Republican congress has to pass the law— which as previously stated, probably won’t happen. When people don’t understand, they tend to make jokes. Because social media is so popular and everyone is on it, it’s easy for the news to report on it and get people talking. The news would update as soon as Obama spoke which is very convenient. some great points with what he felt needed to change and be done in our country. I agree with his ideas about paid maternal and paternal leave, his ideas about free community college, and his ideas about creating an equal environment for those of the LGBT community. I found that people on social media, especially Twitter, were all over the place when talking about the address. Some people were in complete agreement as we’re ecstatic about what Obama was promising he was going to do, while others were being realistic at the fact that they probably would not happen because congress wouldn’t pass them. Not surprisingly though, a majority of people were more concerned about making “memes” about Obama’s facial expressions and uploading pictures of “bread bags” on their feet from Joni Ernst’s rebuttal. It is not uncommon and may even seem strange if jokes and pictures were not the center of a serious political address on social media. I believe that the trending topics were mostly about slick comments that Obama made regarding his 8 year presidency and another comment made by Joni Ernst because people are ignorant and don’t really know what’s going on in the political world. Realistically, the younger generation is the one using Twitter and other social media sites, and they are also the ones who are politically ignorant to the government’s issues and the issues of the United States. They believe that because Obama is the president, he can make any law he wants to, forgetting that the majority Republican congress has to pass the law— which as previously stated, probably won’t happen. When people don’t understand, they tend to make jokes. Because social media is so popular and everyone is on it, it’s easy for the news to report on it and get people talking. The news would update as soon as Obama spoke which is very convenient.