Snapchat Responsibility

Seeing a functioning payphone anywhere today is basically as rare as seeing a unicorn. Ways of communication have evolved so rapidly that some of the most important conversations now happen through pictures that last no longer than 10 seconds. Almost every form of social media has been wrapped up into one of the now most popular “apps”, Snapchat. Its icon, the little yellow and white ghost has become the voice of a generation and its demise.

Firstly lets explain how Snapchat works. There are pictures that can be edited, written and drawn on that are sent to as many people as you decide for up to 10 seconds. Then, there are videos which can be no longer than 30 seconds and once they have been viewed they disappear. However, there is an option to add these pictures or videos to your “story” for which they can be viewed by anyone as many times as they please for 24 hours. This is very attractive to many people, specifically young, impressionable and persuadable females. In the beginning they thought that any photos, mainly their scandalous ones would be lost forever to cyberspace once that 10 seconds ended. Eventually, it was made known that there is an ability to “screen shot” photos; meaning they are not gone, they are completely there and ready for that dude to send them off to everyone.

According to the “percentage of women that are Snapchat users: roughly 70%”. The remaining 30%, with an educated guess are most likely morally lacking dudes urging girls to send juicy photos swearing they won’t keep them.

Photos that are sent on any form of social media, regardless if they are actually posted somewhere can have serious repercussions for school, employment and many more things. Social media is the best seducer there ever was, it completely encourages people to be more open with their personal lives. As states, “while at one moment a photo of friends doing shots at a party may seem harmless, the image may appear less attractive in the context of an employer doing a background check”. Even though there are privacy settings and blocking people, nothing is ever truly hidden if someone wants to find it.

As it seems now for all generations that are or once were in the young adult years, there appears to be no immediate consequence for their actions. Unfortunately, in this modern era, every single poor decision is immortalized on some form of social media. There needs to be a new found sense of responsibility for not only Snapchat but for all mediums. Because your livelihood my depend on it.



Dear Hollywood, it’s gonna be okay…

The thought of having to pay for music, movies, books, or software is quite ridiculous because everything is now basically available for free with the click of a button and some patience for downloading time. Many people are completely unaware that downloading is highly illegal in most countries around the world and that multi-million dollar lawsuits have arisen from these acts of piracy. Those who are aware…probably do not care. What is the big deal though… The top 5 pirated movies from 2013 as listed by Torrentfreak are as follows:

5) Silver Linings Playbook (7.5 million)
4) Iron Man 3 (7.6 million)
3) Fast and Furious 6 (7.9 million)
2) Django: Unchained (8.1 million)
1) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (8.4 million)

Clearly, those are a lot of downloads and possibly quite a bit of money being taken away from box office revenue. Torrentfreak also included the total world-wide grosses for each movie:

Silver Linings Playbook – $236 million
Iron Man 3 – $1.21 billion
Fast and Furious 6 – $789 million
Django: Unchained – $425 million
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – $1.01 billion

This pretty much proves that piracy did not take a whole lot away from the millions and sometimes billions that movies make. How much would you bet that most people who pirated these movies probably saw them in the theatre first anyways on cheap night just for the experience and then downloaded it for free? My guess is the majority. However, there are those that are way too cheap to go to the theatre, but crave a new addition for their movie collection.

Still, the fact that movies can still gross in the billions of dollars despite all those cheap teenagers just proves that there are just as many people who still appreciate what Hollywood does for us, lame entertainment. In my opinion though, going out to the movie theatre with a group of friends trumps watching a sub-par pirated movie any day of the week because it usually takes months before a decent version of any A-List film appears on the internet. Also, there’s no popcorn like movie theatre popcorn.

“Can I borrow a dollar?” | Money, Computers, and Your Future

It has come to my attention that the “Great Recession” has ended, or so we’re being told, but let’s look at the stats for a minute here. Sure the U.S. gained 3.5 million jobs post-recession, but they lost 7.5 million to begin with. That’s 4 million jobs multiply that by an average salary around $50, 000 and that gives us $200 billion that Americans are no longer earning. So what happened to all these jobs? Well, some jobs were completely lost due to company closures, which is understandable, but a large number of employees simply weren’t good enough to get their jobs back. Instead, CEO’s poured money out of their already swollen pockets and deprived the less fortunate by replacing them with machines created to do their jobs, flawlessly, making the rich richer and poor poorer.

It won’t continue this way though will it?

Oh but it will! A report from a few Oxford researchers, stated that “45 percent of America’s occupations will be automated within the next 20 years”. If this turns out to be true, what’s the “average Joe” supposed to do to make a living? Factory jobs are quickly being replaced by machines and the jobs that once required a college education or a  Bachelor’s degree from university now require Master’s degrees and even PhD’s!

Are you intelligent enough? Can you even afford it?

I’m trying at least…I’m currently in my third year working towards completing my Bachelor of Science with a few “thoughts” constantly popping up in my head. Not only do I find it absolutely obscene that I’m paying thousands of dollars to be here but I can safely say that if my grades aren’t above 80 percent by the time I graduate…I’ll be living in my parent’s basement working a minimum wage job or slightly better for the next few years trying to pay back the thousands of dollars I borrowed.

What’s the answer?

Don’t get me wrong, if you think university is the only way to go, then by all means don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. My only advice, that I wish I had figured out before I slacked off for the past 2 and a half years, is figure out what you want to do BEFORE you get yourself tangled up with a mediocre average and your parents’ yearly wage-worth of debt. Or, do something that looks promising for the future; I’ll give you a hint…


Need another one?

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Yes! Computers! Exactly what I’ve been rambling on about and saying is ruining our economy, might actually be part of the solution. I believe the saying goes “If you can’t beat them, join them”, well that might not be the worst idea at this point.

What are the most promising jobs anyways?

Here are the 5 most promising jobs of 2014 as listed by U.S. News and World Report

5. Pharmacist
4. Nurse Practitioner
3. Dentist
2. Computer Systems Analyst
1. Software Developer

The results speak for themselves. The top two occupations, as predicted, are computer related and don’t actually require a university degree. The next three: healthcare (could have called that one too). All three of these professions require a university degree, a graduate studies degree and some stellar grades.

So what’s our best bet?

Here it is plain and simple:
1. learn about computers and how they work
2. read those disgustingly boring science textbooks cover-to-cover
3. Create the next Snapchat, or;
4. hope to God that you fill out your perfect NCAA March Madness bracket for Warren Buffett.