Statistics

The “American Dream” is the thought that anyone can make their life how they want it to be as long as they work hard enough for it. If this is true then why do so many people follow statistics? As I was sitting in class my friend and I started to talk about relationships and how high the divorce rate is in the United States. He thinks there is no point in getting married because he comes from a divorced family therefore he will end up getting a divorce in his own life. I was shocked that he actually believed that! I come from a family that my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. are all in happy, healthy marriages. He also proceeded to say that by the time our generations kids are old enough to marry that divorce will be so common that people will go into marriage expecting it. Statistically this may be true but should we really just give up on the idea of ‘death do us part’? I still believe that love should be forever and a couple should try everything in their power to stay married. Another example is the class systems in America. Is it possible that lower class people can make their way to the upper class and have all the money they need and more? Many people would say no. They believe that if you are born into a certain class then that is what you will be used to and one will live like their parents did. I do not believe this at all. Although people with less money will have more of a struggle financially I think that if they work hard enough and make the right connections and relationships then they could be the next billionaire of the world. It is sad to me how so many people read statistics and get discouraged about their lives and how they are living. People think that its normal to live that way sense so many other people stay “stuck” within their own statistic categories. When I personally read statistics and I do not like what they have to say it motivates me to work harder towards my goals and dreams. It reminds me not to give up on my own “American Dream”.

College: What’s the Point?

After graduating high school it is very important for most people for the next chapter in their life to be college. It was my next chapter but now that I am here I am just a little bit confused. The first two years are a complete joke. Everyone is forced to take classes that we all had in high school. For instance I have to take a world music class which is all about different types of instruments that are used in different countries however my major is broadcast journalism. I just do not feel like I should be paying hundreds of dollars for a class that has nothing to do with my major. We are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars by the time we finish school in four/five years and most people are in debt with student loans. From what I can see Americans are paying so much money for just a piece of paper that says we graduated on it. I agree college is important, but what I do not understand is why we have to take pointless classes just so we have enough credits to graduate when instead we could be spending that money learning more about our major and the careers that we wish to pursue. Students are spending money so one day they can make money.

Restorative Narratives

The Poynter Institute is a non profit organization that tells events that happen in a different way than normal news does. When something bad happens the media coverage is crazy. Many people get the story and what happens and then moves on to the next story, often forgetting that people actually have to live with what happened to them. The Poynter Institute focuses on the “what comes next” after the story’s break. They stay in contact with the people that are going through something and see them overcome their obstacles. I think this is a good idea that more people need to do. Although we need to know what bad is going on in the world we also need to see the good that goes on too. They also seem very passionate about their work which makes it even more great to see.

“It Will All Workout Somehow”

The Newspaper business is nothing like it used to be. Now that technology has taken over most Americans lives they have tried to stay away from print as much as possible. A lot of people read the newspaper online now instead of having it delivered or going out to buy a copy. This is not necessarily a bad thing, newspaper companies just need to think of a way to get people to subscribe online. The good news is that news will never go away. Things happen constantly and the newspaper goes into the most depth about the stories that they write about. Now that apps are becoming more and more popular people can now get a certain newspaper app they like and read the news off of their smartphone. The newspaper is going down in print sales but not their online sales. “It will all workout somehow” Nicholas Lemann. 

Kill the Password

Passwords are something used to protect the content that we want protected. Most people have a handful of passwords that they have to remember and for which site, it can get tricky. The iPhone 5S and now the new Galaxy S5 both have finger print passwords to unlock the phone. No one else can get into the phone without the owner unlocking it. I think this is a very smart idea! Now it is time for people to start thinking of a way for computers to have the same security system. Stealing ones identity happens way to often now days and it easy to do, often even untraceable. If they can think of a way to have a finger print password for computers then things would be protected a lot easier than they are today.

Celebrities and Social Media

Social media has taken off in the past few years, first with Facebook, then Twitter, and now Instagram. There are millions of people that have at least one, if not all, of these social media sites. It is no surprise that celebrities are no different. Many celebrities use their media sites to promote their work that they are in or post things just for their fans. I know that I personally follow many celebrities on social media just to keep up with them. It makes ordinary people feel like they actually care about their fans. Many famous people hire other people to post things on their social media sites for them. I know that it could be hard to keep up with millions of followers so I see why people would want other people to handle that part for them but I think it is better when the celebrities handle their sites themselves.

Voice Control

In the article “Are We Headed For A Talkpocalypse” talks about how all of our electronics have built in microphones in them. Many company’s already have voice command on their item. The article talked about how if all of the company’s got together and competed. For example, if we ran out of coffee and said order more coffee which company would get that first? I think voice control is a good thing sometimes. For instance, when people are driving and need to respond to someones text, instead of texting they can use voice control and send a text that way. I think that in the near future company’s will figure out a way to compete to get products to us by voice control like the article talks about.