Educational Experience

         Trying to attain a higher education this day in age has become increasingly tough over the past years. Between schools being stricter on application requirements to the rapidly increasing tuition rates, being accepted into any college or university is an accomplishment. The chance for students to learn and experience new points of view has increased immensely as well. Students have more opportunities to watch guest speakers related to their majors. They have school wide events that deal with real world issues. Institutions are trying to make learning everywhere on campus, not just in the classroom. And what these students are learning is not something they can learn from a textbook; they are learning about different peoples experiences with different issues in the world. However certain people within the world of academia and the government feel that they need to control these opportunities for students. These people believe that they need to control the thoughts that enter the students mind so that they’re the same as theirs. Since when was it a bad idea to be open minded? In a society that is advancing every day, there is no time to go backwards.

           I saw a twitter post from the Huffington Post  about how a Tennessee Lawmaker  was trying to get funding cut for guest speakers, including the schools commencement speaker, from some of its institutions because they were participating in “ Sex Week” , a week dedicated to talking  about LGBT issues.  I’ve written about my point of view on LGBT rights in the past, but for me this article is more about the restriction over the ideas of expressing thoughts. This congressman believes that he has the right to stop students from expanding their minds. By cutting funding for things such as guest speakers, this man can be damaging these students rate of success. I do not believe that someone’s personal bias should harm an individual’s education. Along with this, he is upset over the fact that these students are getting involved in real world issues. Maybe he should be happy that these students should want to do something with the world, instead of them wasting their lives at college. Most importantly, he students most likely paid for this event, so why should they stop it. Students pay a lot to go to college, and to have these opportunities, and they are going to have them whether the government likes it or not. Bottom line: this congressman should not have gotten involved with possibly damaging student’s education just because he does not approve of a certain event that goes on at the institution.

                Another story that was brought to light recently be that faculty from Rutgers University demanded that the school take back the invitation for former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from speaking at commencement this year. This is another classic case of a person’s personal bias getting in the way of an individual’s education. It is no secret that most college professors are liberal, and Rutgers is no exception. So to think that teachers do not want their students to listen to a person’s story, just because that person was a part of the opposing political party is disturbing. I think students can learn a lot from Ms. Rice because she held such an important position in our national government. Of course the people that want this invitation rescinded are those who think she was a part of the worst presidential team in history. To them I have to words:  Jimmy Carter. Plus let’s not forget when Rutgers paid Snooki 32k to talk about how drunk she used to get on a daily basis.  If I were a student, I’d rather listen to a person of experience, no matter what political side I am on.

                The problem with people in today’s age is that everyone’s biased towards something. People say that we live in a world of acceptance, but if there is something a person does not approve of then people come up with a way to make it seem bad. People need to realize that Religion does not stop a person from expressing themselves, or that people don’t have to agree with what side you’re on. People need to allow things to happen to get the best out life. Allow people to learn and grow from others; that is the only way history doesn’t repeat itself.  

          

 

 

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Take the Photo?

         It is known fact that every single person in the world has forgotten something at least once in their life. As humans it is a part of our nature. If people remembered every single thing that happened at any point of their day, a persons head would be twice as big. In recent years people have come up with new pieces of technology that allows people to remember events. It is a camera called “Lifelogging” that takes photos of what a person is doing every thirty seconds. Although this device would help a lot of people with remembering things such as events, it has brought up a lot of controversy over the idea of it possibly disrupting an innocent bi-standard of privacy.

 

            When I first heard of this invention, I thought it was a very neat idea. I mean I am no stranger to forgetting something, so this would be very helpful. I think a machine like this would be very useful for everyone, but especially for the elderly and those who have Alzheimer’s or other illnesses that cause memory loss. People like this might have an easier time remembering different events throughout the day if they have pictures to jog their memory. Now I am not saying that would help them remember everything, but it may help them with simple tasks such as remembering if they ran the dishwasher in the morning or not. By using this machine, people will be able to have a visual checklist of things to do during the day. If someone forgot if they ran to the store in the morning, they could check the camera to see if there is a picture of the store from that day. The whole purpose of this machine is a great idea, and would have a positive impact on society,

 

            That being said, I do see how this machine can indeed become a major problem for a person. First of all the whole idea of having to carry a camera everywhere you go can be a little awkward. Some people may feel kind of weird seeing a person carrying around a camera in public for no reason. Plus I know that some retail stores dislike people that take photos while in their store, and have asked the person to turn of the camera. So seeing that person is carrying a camera around their neck that takes pictures every thirty seconds might be a little unsettling to store associates. Along with that, I believe that this can create a problem for the user. This person is going to have to go through hundreds of pictures daily to see exactly what they did during the day. Most of these pictures would be useless, but in order to find the useful pictures, one has to search through the hundreds of scrap photos. Trying to go through all those photos might become very time consuming for a person, and the machine would not be worth it then.

 

              Of course there is also the privacy issue. I believe that this machine does take advantage of a person’s privacy.  I would not want people taking pictures of me every five seconds while I am around town.  I would feel a little violated.  And if someone who does use this often has so many pictures of random people, it can them look a little crazy. I do believe that a person should tell someone if they are using the camera, but they should not tell everyone. If a person had on while in a store, they should not go up to every customer explaining why he has a camera around his neck. However if a person was in a meeting with someone else while they had it one, it would be the respectful thing to tell them that the person is being photographed.

 

            Over all I do believe that this is a step in the right direction to people with bad memory. However I do believe there could be adjustments.  I think there a recording option, so if a person cannot be reminded visually, then maybe this person can be reminded audibly. Also there should be an option of how long the time should be between each picture and a manual setting so the person could do it themselves. That way the person has some control over what is being photographed.

 

            It is no secret that people forget things once in a while. However due to recent technological growths, new machines have been created to minimize the flaw of forgetfulness. Machines such as the “Lifelogging” camera may be able to help millions of people when done properly, but there are still many advances to be made. The idea of maintaining a person’s privacy has to come into play when these machines are being reprogrammed. Inventors also have to make this product more convenient for the buyers of this product. By doing this , “Lifelogging” technology will become the biggest technological advances of our age.

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

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Love is Love

In the Constitution of the United States, it states that the idea of church and state should be separated in the eyes of the government.  Throughout the years many things have changed in the eyes of the government; but the idea of church and state being separate has always held strong. However in recent years the idea of Church and State has become the sight on controversy with the war on gay rights. Some people believe that Homosexual people should not have the right to marry and receive benefits because they are marrying a person that is of the same sex. Their reasoning: It states in the bible that man should not be with another man. Well for those who believe in that statement it also states that we should not be mixing fabric or be eating pork. I can tell you now I am wearing different fabrics, and I had pork chops last night: does that make me a bad person? I also believe that a person should be able to be with anyone they want, whether it is with some one of the opposite sex or not. Anyways in recent weeks events issues have come up over the idea of how we should treat homosexual people in the business world.

While on Twitter, I saw a tweet from the Huffington post that had a link to an article. The tweet stated that a republican lobbyist proposing to create a law to get homosexual players in the NFL to be banned.  This is just weeks after football player Michael Sam game out as a homosexual.  This law boggles my mind because Sam’s news was very well received from the public eye. This republicans reasoning was that the NFL has no morals and that the government needs to take care of this situation. My question, why does the government need to take care of one of the most successful independent industries in America? Yes I do agree that some players in the NFL have had a rough past, and have done some things that are extremely illegal. However if a man opens up about something as personal as their sexuality, they should not be punished for it; they should not have to lose their jobs because of who they love. And why should the NFL be the only one targeted? Why not the NBA or MLB because I bet you that there are homosexual players in those leagues that has not come out. By suppressing these people and telling them that they cannot do a job that they are good at because of whom their interested is discrimination. And being a country that is supposed to be based off of equal opportunity, this is extremely hypocritical. Why doesn’t this lobbyist care more about the problems in Washington and let the NFL worry about them  

However this Lobbyist is not the only person in the government making waves to make homosexuals feel even more like an outsider. Over the past week the state of Arizona has come under mass media scrutiny over its attempt to pass a law that would allow store owners not to serve people because they are homosexual. This all started  when a very religious Christian couple refused to do a wedding cake for a gay couples  wedding, standing on the grounds that it would be against their Christian beliefs to do so. After that couple filed suit, and lost, the Arizona state government thought that they should create a law that would allow people to deny service to their business if it opposes their beliefs. This is where the idea of the separation of church and state comes into play. With living in a society that is so diverse, there are going to be many different beliefs within a community. This is especially true when it comes to religion because our country is full of different religions from Buddhism and Hinduism, to Christianity and Judaism. Although there are some common threads between all religions, all of them are going to have different beliefs. So if stores were going to be biased and discriminatory based off of their beliefs and religion, then their store would go out of business because no one has the right to feel that way. In economic times such as these, people should not be picky about their clientele. They should be happy that they have business that is in need of their service. So what if that person does not have the same beliefs as the store owner, it’s called service with a smile.  

Every single person in the United States of America has the right to do anything they want within reason. It should not depend on the person sexual preference on whether they should be served by a business, or be able to work in a workplace. As a society the United States has a problem with change, and the idea to accept people for who they are. The United States of America has over three hundred million citizens; we are one of the most diverse nations in the world. There tons of different religions practiced here, all of them having different beliefs and morals.  Yet as far as we have come to accept people of different ethnicities and races, we cannot accept people who just happen to love people of the same sex. We make these people feel like the have to hide who they truly are instead of being free because the bible said it’s a bad thing to do.  There is a reason the founding fathers put a separation of church and state in the Constitution; it was because the Anglicans and Catholics had different beliefs that would destroy the country if religion became involved. So why when our current society has so many religions involved should we propose laws that would negatively impact people who one religion finds vulgar?

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Fight for Privacy

                          

 

Every day billions of people enter a world that can connect New Jersey to California in about two milliseconds. Every day people go online to Tweet, check email, go on Facebook, and post pictures on Instagram. Most importantly, people go on and check what other people are doing online. And with the internet expanding into greater depths every day, more and more people can view someone else’s website without actually knowing them. Yes there are privacy settings that can stop people from viewing certain profiles, but how far does that actually help a person. Americans have been finding out every day that the internet is becoming less and less private, even though websites are creating higher protection for its users. It has been a long time since Americans first fought for its independence in 1776, yet today Americans are fighting for a new right: the right for privacy on the World Wide Web.

       Over the past couple of months, reports have come out that the NSA have been invading people’s privacy by tapping into people’s home and cellular phones, looking into people’s past web history, and looking into people’s private social media sites. Now although I am just one of over three hundred million people in the United States, I still feel as though I was used, and hurt in a sense. I feel as though the government should have had no reason to look at anything that I have done online. I feel like I cannot trust my own government because they cannot trust me. We as Americans have a right to have some form of private life, and that we should fight for it. The internet should not be any different. If the police came to my house to search for something without a warrant, should I still let them in? No because that would be illegal. So how is it any different when the government comes snooping around my Facebook page (which is on a private setting)? It is not, the government is abusing its power in a sense by doing this. So as Americans should we not fight for our privacy, because honestly I do not think that the government needs to know that I have absolutely no life. One’s Social media site should be for those people that follow them only, not for the government.

Another reason that social media should be private is because you honestly do not know who is locking. In recent years cyber stalking and cyber bulling have become growing epidemics in American society. Millions of people are nervous that someone that is not their friends is looking what they have on line. Anything that a person posts can lead to an incident. Websites that contain locators on post can be very dangerous for many of their users   Even with the privacy settings we have now, with one click someone’s status can be blasted all over a social media site.  Suddenly, that status about your friend eating a five pound hamburger that was meant for your three hundred sixty five followers, can now be seen by over three hundred thousand people with just ONE right click. And although social media sites do have privacy settings, is that enough? A predator cans still all look at every single one of your posts from the past three years, and learn your daily pattern. American citizens need to enforce and encourage companies to make privacy settings a lot harder to break through. Americans need to realize that stronger privacy settings need to be implanted because they are putting their customers in danger if they do not.              

                People need to realize that no one is safe on the internet. Anyone on any day can start looking at your webpage to see what is up in the life that is you. American need to realize that the only way that their internet devices are completely safe and private, is if they fight for it. People need to speak out about the dangers of the internet, and how people need to be aware of their different options in internet safety. Remember, you never know who or what is looking at that tweet of yours on Twitter. Thus I pose the question, how private are you?

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Words That Should be Banned

               Every year a group of “esteemed intellectual” (or lack thereof) comes up with a set of words that are less than intellectual. Even worse is that these words can stick with us for MANY years. So here is a list of words that should be banned from the dictionary, and life, immediately

  • Ratchet- Officially a Ratchet is a building tool. But that is not the term I am thinking  of, no, I  am talking about the term that describes a person in being messy, or not put together . I really just think that this word is used because Americans are lazy and do not feel like saying that a person is “not put together”. In all seriousness, a person is not a wrench, they are a living organism. If a person looks like they got hit by a bus tell them they look like they got hit by a bus or smile and do not say anything. It is that simple.
  • Ghetto- I think this word is highly offense. The term ghetto has a very historical and haunting meaning to those who survived or viewed the holocaust. The fact that people call things that is bad as “ghetto”. Someone’s 1980 car can be considered “ghetto”, or a crappy set of school books are now considered “ghetto”. People need to realize that words like these should not be used because they have personal meaning to some that can be hurtful
  • Government Shutdown- One of the most used statements in the fall of 2013. The idea that because our government officials could not play nice over Obamacare and other “serious issues” that the government had to shut down beguiles me. I understand that people don’t always get a long, but do you seriously need to shut down the entire government? Some people need to stop being divas, grow up, and deal with it.
  • Miley Cyrus- Now let me state that I think She is a talented person and I love her. However I am very sick of hearing about her every five seconds. I mean every time I turn on my television or computer I hear something new about Miley Cyrus.  I honestly think that she just needs to go somewhere for a little while (maybe a month…or a year).
  • Groovy- This is a very personal word for me. This is because CERTAIN person I know that was with for a LONG amount of time that said this word EVERY SINGLE DAY. Although I respect this person very much, this word has been ruined because of them.

                 This list is really just of a list of words that I truly believe should never see the light of day again.  These words are said way too much, and are said in the wrong context. Some of these words just need to go away for a while.  I think the English language  would extremely benefit from these words going away.

 

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New Year’s New You ?

New Year’s is a phrase that lives up to some high expectations. Many people see New Year’s as a chance to cleanse the soul of all things bad in one’s life and become a “new” or “2.0” version of them. They come up with these “resolutions” that they believe that they can do for the whole year. Some of these resolutions are practical, For example saying that you want to be more outgoing can be practical if you do it correctly. Saying that you want to be more outgoing by going to a club every night and getting wasted off your face, Not very practical. Although some try to keep this going for the whole year, very few actually succeed. Most people give up anytime between the first five minutes of the New Year and March. And if you know someone who says that have succeeded in going all year, they are most likely lying.

                For me personally I do not see they point in creating these resolutions. First of all, I know that many others along with me will not remember said resolution within a couple of hours. Do you want to know how I know that? I know that Because I honestly don’t even remember what I had for breakfast most mornings, so how am I supposed to remember something that I said I would do at midnight when I was barely awake. Even if I do remember, I am going to need a constant reminder every day, and I hate to sound redundant but I do not have time for any of that. Plus there is always the idea of temptation. If I said that I wanted to shop less because I am a shopaholic, I would quickly break that promise because I work in a retail store for clothing and I cannot walk past the men’s section in my store without finding something to buy. If I say that I’m going to curse less, that is going to be hard because my best friend curses like a sailor. So for me temptation is the reason I do not have a resolution.

                The second reason that I dislike these resolutions is because what happens after these people does complete these resolutions? They forget completely about them and think that they do not need to keep working on these resolutions. If a person’s completed their resolution and lost all this weight, then they gain all this weight back because they figured they lost this weight they do not need to go to the gym anymore.  Same thing if a person is successful in being more outgoing, then they go back into their shy quiet ways after the New Year.  People should make a resolution, and stick with it for than just the year. People should keep that resolution for every year no matter what.

A New Year’s resolution depends more on the person than it does the actual resolution. If you are one of those people who forget easily, is extremely lazy, and generally like yourself; then do not even attempt doing a New Year’s resolution. This is only because you will most likely fail, and wind up on your couch eating ice cream being sad. If you are not one of those people, then by all means go on and create your resolution. Become the “ new and improved” you and create  as many resolution s as you want. As for me , I will not be creating a New Year’s  resolution any time soon.    

 

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Affluence, Affluenca

“Money can’t buy happiness.” .Well it may not be able to buy happiness, but wealth and status can get you pretty far in life. People of a wealthy and a nice name are more likely to get a better job than the regular American (if they don’t already have a family business inherited to them or are so rich they don’t need to work). These people are more likely buy the most expensive cars, houses, and clothing’s. These people can even get out of the law because of their wealthy status. In a society that is supposed to be based of equality and justice, are we trying to hide the fact that the affluent and wealthy are just above everyone else?

The wealthy elite are to get whatever they want, whenever they want. Due to this many of them have no sense of responsibility, and are known for getting in trouble. However unlike any normal American, they can get away with it. Last week 16 year old Ethan Couch got 10 years of probation for killing four pedestrians while driving under the influence. Lindsay Lohan would have gone to jail if she had done the same thing while under the influence. What was his defense? Affluenca, which means feeling entitled to something, being irresponsible, having poor judgment and not owning up to anything. The normal American term is an extremely spoiled brat. Although he was not acquitted of all charges, how much will probation and rehabilitation give to a kid who born into this lifestyle.  If you look at any other person of wealth : Paris Hilton, Nicole Ritchie, and others can get away with so much because of  who they are and the lifestyle they  were brought up in.

However that’s not the only thing that the wealthy get ahead on in the world just because of their wealth. The wealthy elite are also more likely to get opportunities than any other normal person with twice as much talent will get. Many of these elitists get  reality shows, record deals, movies deals, and so much more just because of their name; and they don’t even have any talent. I mean Paris Hilton has a 1 billion dollar industry, and what talent does she have? What is she known for? Breaking the law, being on a successful reality show, and saying “that’s hot” a bunch of times. Her music career tanked because she cannot sing, and her acting career is non-existent because she cannot act. Even worse is that normal people feed into this “celebrity” and believe that these people have talent.  We watch these people shows, buy their products, and download their music because we think that they actually do something. But really all their doing is taking America’s money and spending it to fund their lifestyle of partying, and getting away with things normal people can never get away with.   

The life in which the young wealthy elitist’s live is one of privilege, power, and prominence. These people are allowed to do anything they want because of their last name. They can make bad decisions can get away with little to no consequences. They believe that they are considered to be “celebrities” for having no talent, and doing nothing what so ever to be recognized for. They have more say in our society, and can influence millions of people by just tweeting or saying something in an interview. But is all of this fair?  That is your decision to make

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