not a laughing matter

[English 2000 essay]

Is Facebook and Twitter the new burn book?? With the uprising of social media throughout society and age groups, controversy continues to break out. In recent years, many stories have up to the surface about students experiencing bullying viral and even committing suicide over the tangents students have through their keyboard. Most recently, a story about and Indiana middle school expelling three middle school tweens for “joking on Facebook about which of their classmates they would like to kill”. What kids do not seem to understand is whether it is face-to-face or through a computer screen, words are hurtful and should be taken seriously. The students parents continue to buck the expulsion claiming the threat was not real and “If you make a legitimate threat against someone … you don’t follow it up with an emoticon.”

Parents claim it is a charge against free-speech for the young’s students. The school is right in expelling these seemingly brainless tween girls for their stunt. It should not matter if an LOL and an emoticon accompanied the threat. The school system had no way of knowing if the threat had truth behind it even though there was a “smile” attached to it. Often times, the ones who accompany a threat with a smile are the sickest of them all!

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Name that baby!

[English 2000]

The tradition of naming a child has always been portrayed as an intimate and important time between a married couple. Not only are they coming up with a name that will be classic or original through time, but they are giving a name that could make or break their kid. This Illinois couple doesn’t seem to have the same mindset I do about this topic.

Facebook is a great tool to locate old high school friend or catch up on the latest gossip during a break from work, but relying on it to help name a child does not seem wise to me. The couple chose to run the “name my baby” poll because they could not agree on a name. In my mind, the couple should have sat down and had this discussion over dinner not Facebook. It seems ludicrous to entrust such an important decision in thousands of people they never met. I’m somewhat relieved that the couple at least gave Facebook name options to vote. At least the couple did not post a poll on what political party they should vote for. I guess if something has to suffer, the child’s name will have to do.

I cannot even imagine the conversation that will happen when their baby is grown up and becomes curious about the name they chose. It would go something like this: “Mom, am I named after a hero? a famous actor? an important relative?”, “No, honey. Facebook chose it for you!”

Zuckerburg say what?

[English 2000, digital media & culture]

While visiting the Yahoo! homepage, I came across this particularly disturbing article. The titled yelled “Facebook Timeline Mandatory”. Excuse me, what was that? Mandatory? There are reasons I chose not to switch to Facebook’s new face. I like the old set up just fine. It is easily navigated and is a bit simpler than the new timeline layout.

Starting this morning, the new Timeline feature — that up until now has been an optional switch — is now mandatory.

I have read many unkind statuses aimed toward Zuckerberg for the new face of Facebook. I understand that as a social network Facebook has to continue striving for the next big thing in order to stay on top, but is it necessary to one up the competition when the face is perfectly fine already? As if Facebook was not stalker friendly enough. With the new timeline feature you can go back to all the dirty laundry ever posted with a simple click. There is no more hassle of scrolling for what seems to be hours through wall photos and pointless statuses.

Not only does my dirty laundry get put on the line for easy access, but I am now forced to succumb to what is popular by Facebook. I no longer have the choice to sit back and stick with my “old-fashioned” styled layout. Besides the schoolwork and tax season coming up, I now have to find the perfect cover photo for the obnoxiously large welcome space of the new layout. Are you trying to kill me Facebook??

I am not happy Mark Zuckerberg, not one bit! I should learn from Google and Wikipedia and blackout my Facebook for a day. But then again, you probably would just change that without my permission too.