The Internet’s Effect on Society

This post differs from my previous post in the sense that instead of focusing so much on social media sites, I will be discussing how I feel the Internet community and availability of information has affected society on a social level. While previously I discussed how Facebook in particular has affected me as an individual, I neglected to discuss the effects that it had on shaping both my own, and many of those around me’s perception of ongoing events. I’m not entirely sure how I would like to approach this topic, but let me begin with some statistics that I found while researching for information on media bias. Apparently, something nearing 90% of all reporters in the United States tend to lean towards a liberal viewpoint. This means that most of the popular news sources and online posts about anything that had any relation to politics were leaning to the left. Now, the way that I’ve come to understand how the Internet functions is that the things that are first to become popular amongst the online society are the ones that flourish and grow the quickest. For example, I refer back to the KONY incident. Despite the fact that the whole incident was eventually put back in its respective place, a place where it received not much attention, at one point it did have the attention of nearly every single person on the Internet. Now, coupled with primarily liberal news networks and the way that the Internet functions, it appears that in the online community every single person is a Democrat; the outspoken Republicans, who don’t make a fool of themselves WHICH is a bigger deal than a Democrat making a fool of him/herself due to sheer numbers, are few and far apart. Furthermore, when perhaps an uneducated Republican does make a fool of him/herself, the public immediately jumps upon this misrepresentation of a larger and more educated community and begins to ridicule everything about what has become a stereotype for all Republicans. This is due not only to the news networks having a liberal slant, but also to the fact that everyone in the online community wants to be accepted, and therefore whether or not they agree with politicswhat’s going on, they conform to it; it’s only natural. Now, in terms of searching things up on Google, I would imagine the same reasoning applies. Because of the popularity of certain articles whether they be an accurate representation of what’s going on or not, because they become popular through advertising, sharing, and broadcasting from a mostly outspoken liberal community the results that are quickest and most widely found will probably have a left tilt to them. Now of course the majority of what I speak of is mostly just speculation and personal experience in these matters, but on a personal level I have seen these things happen all too often. Despite having an already limited friend group on Facebook, as I described in my last post, these four or so hundred friends who I do actually keep in touch with all seem to be too easily influenced and affected by the posts of others and what appears to be the “correct” public opinion. Politically, I’m not quite too sure of where I stand, but regardless I look on with disgust as I see many of my friends vote on the Democratic side simply because their friends are doing so; it almost makes me want to vote Republican simply in an effort to counteract their vote.

In this video, this professor really covers just how prevalent media bias is in shaping people’s political preferences.

I feel that the Internet has, whether intentionally or unintentionally, begun to remove the concept of personal identity and space. People now, without a second thought, give away personal information that once would have been seen as another’s attempt to steal your identity. Information is posted all over Facebook, and Facebook’s default settings will allow anyone using the site to view your information so long as they have an account. Instead of the norm being that your information is protected, you have to work your way through a series of convoluted settings pages just to alter your page so that your information is viewable only to your friends or yourself. The age of the Internet has really removed people’s worries about identity theft even though it is an extremely prevalent crime that can be committed with almost no repercussions for the abuser (most identity thieves escape unpunished), and the scary thing is that they require so little information that can be found so easily in today’s world, especially when you are the one posting this information to the public.

You can take a look at this link to look at some of the things that identity thieves want, and you can think to yourself how much of this information you openly give away each day: http://manvsdebt.com/top-16-pieces-of-your-information-identity-thieves-crave/

While some people like to say that this information will be found by thieves if they really want it, I highly doubt that they would go through extra trouble searching for yours if there are many others with unprotected information.

Essentially, I feel that the Internet has changed how society functions as a whole and has given us access to many unprecedented things such as an excess of information, but it has also created a more uniform society in which conformity is normal and information seems free.

Social Media’s Effect on Society

Now, this is for the most part just my perspective of how social media has really influenced and shaped society on a social level. Personally, during high school… well, middle sch-, er, elementary school, the whole MySpace and Facebook trends were really starting to take flight. I remember being in elementary school and my brother was interested in this thing called “MySpace”. At the time I had absolutely no clue what it was, what it was for, or why people kept talking about it. When I got to middle school however, some of my friends began their interest in MySpace and I started to understand slightly what it was about, but before that could even become really popular amongst the people that I associated with, Facebook fbstarted gaining popularity and fame. I still remember all of my friends raving about who was who’s Facebook brother, or sister, or mom, or dad, and I remember being absolutely baffled by the concept and why it was so entertaining to my friends. Since then I’ve really gone through my own phases of interest in social media websites. I didn’t really even get a Facebook until the end of my 8th grade year, and for the most part didn’t even really start using it until my freshman year of high school. Now this might not sound all that odd to anyone who’s of an older generation or simply just a few years older than me, but you have to keep in mind that Facebook was already in the limelight when I was in 6th grade. Once I got onto Facebook, my social perspective of everyone around me began to change. Some people would try to add you as a friend, some would reject you, some would try and add you as a sibling to denote you as a closer friend, while others would add you as family or a friend just because they wanted attention and a larger number of what they could pretend to consider as friends. However, I really started to feel the ability to connect with my peers (as I didn’t have a cell phone or texting until the middle of my sophomore year) even when we weren’t at school. Our friendships no longer simply consisted of the superficial interactions that occurred almost naturally and without meaning at school. No longer did you just say, “Hello” to every person you knew at school, now, you could really delve into deeper conversations over the internet without any pressure to respond immediately, without giving away or showing any signs of your emotions, and without feeling the repercussions of saying something stupid immediately. Through these interactions new friendships were easily discovered; in this world where society could not gaze upon all your interactions and pressure you with conformity,  you could really be yourself and open up to others. All the same though, in some cases, people dove into the possibility of conformity. Copying others, liking each other’s statuses, and trying to make oneself seem like something they may really not have been. I remember fighting the urge to conform to lots of popular Facebook trends that seemed to flood the community, especially any that I had at one point criticized and for the most part I was able to fend off the desire to do so. However, every now and then I would conform to these trends and in many cases I would end up feeling ashamed of myself for being so simple and superficial, for not having a mind of my own it seemed. I remember on what I believe to be two occasions, after accepting many friend requests from people I would merely consider acquaintances, people who I would probably never converse with online during my own time, I felt the need to purge my friends list. During each of these times I believe I removed something like 700 “friends” the first time and nearly four or five hundred the second. The interesting thing about this to me, is that despite having already deleted 700 people the first time, I still went back and accepted four or five hundred friend requests from people who I hardly knew or hardly planned to keep in touch with. This struck me as astounding in the sense that it was because of this social media community that I felt so pressured and therefore desired to create an image of myself that was fabricated to some extent. I realize that some people accept multiple friend requests not for the sake of seeming to be more “popular” but rather because they don’t mind the pollution that having many friends brings. To me, social media sites really changed my outlook and perspective on the people around me and the society that surrounded me, it shaped how I interacted with others and helped to define me as an individual.

Lessons learned

One of the projects/assignments we received for our Intro to Multimedia Composition class was to create a podcast. I decided to work alongside two other students in which we decided to research and discuss the topic of media bias, primarily in regards to the Zimmerman vs. Trayvon Martin case, mainly because of its popularity on social media sites and its prevalence in the news. In doing so I honestly learned a lot about media bias that I hadn’t particularly known or understood before. The main point of our podcast was just discussing the amount of media reports that seemed to favor Trayvon Martin as opposed to Zimmerman. This appeared to be mainly because the news media outlets tried to play to the sympathies of the general public because of the death of a 17 year old in the United States; for the sake of ratings they demonized Zimmerman and made Trayvon Martin appear an angel.

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Images like this were shown all across news outlets and public media sources such as magazines and such. This image is clearly portrayed in favor of Trayvon Martin because they show Zimmerman in his mug shot and Trayvon Martin in a seemingly innocent photograph of him in a hoodie.

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Here is an image in which the roles are reversed.

In our podcast we discussed specifically a People magazine cover in which it portrayed a twelve year old Trayvon Martin describing him simply as an unarmed seventeen year old. However, as you probably know now he was actually a 6 foot 17 year old who actually assaulted Zimmerman physically and was on top of him when he was shot. Zimmerman left the scene with multiple head injuries and needed medical attention before he was questioned by the investigators in the case. Much of the rage that was involved with this case appeared to stem from the fact that this was supposedly a hate crime, a racist crime; however, ironically, Zimmerman is partially black himself. Media outlets often portrayed Trayvon as an innocent teenager simply walking home with a bag of Skittles and iced tea, who was profiled because of his race and his hoodie. However, the funny thing about this painted image, although it has nothing to do with the case, is that Skittles and iced tea, along with Robitussin can be combined to create Lean, which is a drug that can be used to get high. If this information had been released to the public, I don’t believe public sympathy for Trayvon Martin would have been quite the same.

The reason I wanted to discuss some of the information that we covered in the podcast is because I really feel that technology has created this sense of social unity in which any news that is controversial that is broadcasted is immediately hounded upon by society, in which most people seem to conform to the general opinion of others who have spoken out before them. One primary example of this from the past could be the KONY incident which initially had astounding responses across social media outlets all over the United States; however, after many controversies sprouted from the director of the movement, any relation to the KONY incident was shunned.

President Obama himself also seemingly tried to jump on the Zimmerman bandwagon in an attempt to gain public approval. He made a public announcement expressing his sorrows for Trayvon Martin’s death, however, what exactly made Trayvon Martin so special? Simply the fact that he was a black teenager who was killed in a situation in which he appeared to be innocent, harmless, and defenseless? The sad thing is that there are many many more cases in which innocent people are killed and yet nothing is said about them. It seems that media sources and public figures try and gain public approval by utilizing technology in an effort to evoke sympathy and controversy from the general public. Ultimately, it seems that technology brings is together, and although it gives each individual a chance to have a voice, it removes the tendency and need for individuals to actually make use of that voice. Conformity is everywhere.

Shortening of Distance

With all the technology that exists in the world now, especially in regards to the Internet, computers, cell phones, and other outlets used to access the Internet, the world just seems like a smaller place. Because of the existence of technology people from all over the world are able to converse at any given time or moment, in large groups or privately, depending entirely upon personal preference. Simply the notion of this is really quite overwhelming. Growing up in this day and age realities

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like this are simply taken for granted, but when actually thought about, thinking about the possibility for the entire world to unite on any given day is utterly astounding. The ability to talk with or communicate with any individual anywhere across the planet, so long as they have access to the Internet of course, but nonetheless, almost any individual anywhere on the entire planet is quite a feat to have accomplished for the entirety of the human race. The things going on around the world are no longer limited and restricted simply to the area where they are directly occurring, but instead now are impacted and impacting on a global scale. People from all over are able to interact with and contribute to the on goings of the planet. No matter how fact-of-the-matter this technology is, it is still bewildering and astounding.

skypeOn a personal scale, my girlfriend who is not currently taking classes over the summer, and therefore is not currently in New Brunswick at Rutgers University, is not someone who I get to see face to face on a daily basis. But at the very least through the use of the Internet I am able to see her face every day. Utilizing things such as Skype along with online games, movies, and other things we are able to keep in more than just contact with one another, we are able to interact with one another, and this is something that I am truly grateful for and have really come to appreciate. More so than just the internet though, there are also things such as texting and calling which can be counted as technology that are still highly relevant to today as well. Although telephone calls have been around for a good amount of time the development of cell phones and the functions they provide and the constantly increasing number of utilities that they provide all serve to help make the world a smaller (feeling) place. There are game leaderboards that span across the globe, online chat rooms, MMOs, and plenty of other things that can accessed now from more than just a computer, but on your cell phone as well. Technology is constantly and endlessly expanding its reign on human life and is serving a role in making the world a place that can flow with a sense of uniformity across the entirety of it rather than simply fragments of life spread across its surface.

In another personal example, I have lately been interested in an online game with a large number of players spread across the world (though I have had limited time for this since the start of summer session). Although the server that I play on is limited mainly to North America, I still chance upon players from all across the world. My initial assumption when playing with these people is always that they are from somewhere in the United States, and even more so probably somewhere nearby because the thought that they are playing from possibly the other side of the country is still a baffling concept to truly understand. They seem to be right beside you, yet in reality they are across the continent or even on a different one altogether. This is another perfect example of how technology really does work towards making the world seem like a smaller place where everyone, no matter where you are, can interact with one another. Another peculiar thing about this game though is, that even though there are millions of players, and there are only ten somewhat randomly selected players in a match at any given time (assuming you are playing alone), you still might chance upon someone who you already do know purely on a stroke of luck. Furthermore, in a few chance instances, my friends from Texas who play this game randomly ended up in games with my friends from New Jersey with no interference from me and no intention for this to occur. This really does remind me that “it’s a small world after all.”

New Experiences

Going through this Introduction to Multimedia course I’ve come into contact with lots of new, or I suppose somewhat old, technology that I’ve never had the fortune of experiencing beforehand. I’ve always been sort of a PC person simply because of the lower costs of the products and I’ve never really had a reason to explore the world of Mac users; ergo, I never really fully understood what all the “rave” about Apple products really was. However, with access to Mac laptops and a class based around them, through this class I’ve really had an opportunity to first hand experience some of the reasons why people might prefer Macs to a PC.

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This is the first time that I’ve actually attempted to utilize some of the features of Apple software where I’ve had the opportunity to actually appreciate and attempt to capitalize on the conveniences programmed into Apple software. I realize that although in this class the only Mac exclusive program we really used was iMovie, there were a few other small, but notable things I noticed while using the Mac.

For one, the touch pad seemed to have many more uses than simply moving the mouse. It provided multiple shortcuts which made it much easier to multitask, alternate windows, switch screens entirely, among other things. While the touch pad did lack a right-click button, which often threw me off, it did instead allow you to place two fingers on the touch pad, then click, which effectively did the same thing as a right click. Furthermore, if the lack of a right-click really does so much bother you, you can always get a mouse.

In the case of iMovie, when we first were introduced to the assignment, I had always heard that editing videos and movies was quite a pain in the rear. However, iMovie had a really simple and intuitive UI which made it really easy to use and learn. Although it was restricted to use on a Mac, and the files were foreign to PC computers, the simplicity and effectiveness of the program were somewhat astounding to me.

Moving on from the new experiences with Mac related products and software, I also had never before taken files from YouTube because I’d always imagined the process to be complicated. However, after using the “Good Old YouTube Downloader” add-on found on Mozilla Firefox, it occurred to me just how simple it was to take files off of YouTube. Then using the FLV converter the files were easily changed into all different types of files. This made doing both the video essay and podcast assignments much much simpler. Because of the simplicity of this process, the arduous part of the task simply became finding quality material on YouTube.

mic on fireAlthough technology does come with great benefits and rewards/conveniences, it also has the capability to provide many inconveniences and complications. For instance, in an endeavor to record for our podcast project (our referring to myself and my project partners), our microphone would not cooperate with us no matter how hard we tried. Multiple times we had to unplug and then re-plug in our microphone to try and force Audacity to recognize it. Then we had to alternate between mono and stereo as our output while constantly scanning for new devices to try and find the microphone, then when the microphone was finally found, after a single attempt at recording the microphone would have some sort of error or issue. In the end we resorted to using another microphone and everything went well. So of course there are simple solutions to these problems, but at times these things can be very aggravating and stressful.

Something that kind of strikes me as ironic is that without technology, of course there would be no glitches or any issues in technology, but with it, people instead of simply appreciating it and understanding that there will be issues, complain about the issues as though they should not exist at all. I’m not really sure if that could be considered ironic, but it seems somewhat of a fallacy to me about the progression of technology in modern day society. Anyway, that’s besides the point. Essentially, through this class I have come into contact with a lot of different forms of technology that I had not previously encountered, and coming in contact with these technologies has really enlightened me as to how far technology has progressed despite the fact that I am growing up in the midst of all this technology and development.

I Love You Honey, But I’ve Chosen Technology.

Is it just me or does it seem like technology has created gaps within families? Maybe my family is just a really bad case of technology addiction, but it seems like the majority of my family, more especially my mother, centers her life around technology. So, my mother has all the techy toys (iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Macbook, etc…), and it seems like all she ever does is play on her phone or computer. She is highly addicted to Facebook games, and that is ALL she does all damn day long, even at work. My sister is the same way, but not as bad because she has a 4 year old and a 2 year old, so she cannot spend all her time on the internet. Everyone in my entire family has a Facebook, including my 75+ year old grandparents. My grandfather has an iPhone and an iPad, and my family thought that he would be able to figure it out how to use it, but no their brains just do not work that way. I had to sit there and teach him step by step on how to use both devices, and now that he knows how to use them its all he ever does, besides falling asleep in front of the TV in his living room. My dad is the only one who really doesn’t care about technology unless its a television. My dad is a farmer and he actually had to drop out of high school when his dad had a stroke in order to take over the business, so he pretty much follows the old ways of living.

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So an average day in the life of my family, before I left for college was like this: My entire family works in the family business. So I went to school and stayed after for cheerleading practice and my family worked until 5pm. We get home and sit around the table to have dinner. I would get yelled at for texting on my phone during dinner. Then when we were done eating I would head to my room to do my homework and watch TV and just hang out. My mother would go into her room and either watch TV or read a book and my dad would go into the living room to watch his westerns or swamp shows. Now when I go home, we usually go out for dinner. My mother will be on her phone throughout the entire meal doing god knows what, and I yell at her to put her phone away. When we get home my dad goes into the living room to watch his television like he used to, but mother now sits on her bed for hours with her laptop on Facebook, while watching one of the 5 billion shows she recorded that day. That women spends hours and hours on Facebook, it’s all her and my sister do at work too, and they leave the actual work to the couple of employees that we have that are not family. While she is doing that my father sit alone watching TV with only the cats and dogs to keep him company. So when I go home I usually sit in the living room with him, not caring how stupid or redneck I think the show is that he is watching. But my father will actually sit there and have a conversation with me while watching TV. If I go and talk to my mother while she is doing her nightly routine of Facebooking, she gives me attitude, so yeah I try to avoid that.

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Another story is that every Sunday night while my mother’s parents are home from their annual winter hibernation in Florida, they host a family dinner. Anyone can come, they just need to know a number so they know how much food to make. So I went to one about two weeks ago and my aunt and uncles were there and my cousins and my sister and her children and all I saw was something like this:

texting at the dinner table

Everyone was on their damn cell phones. So i’m just like what the hell is the point of a family dinner if we aren’t even going to speak to each other. I find it odd, that I am probably the most technical person in my family and I am the one that is bothered by this. Maybe it is because technology takes up about every aspect of my life, and when i’m with my family I actually want to spend time with my family. So during family time I usually end up playing with my four year old nephew the entire time, because he is the one that talks to me the most how sad is that! I’m actually curious is this happens in other families or I just have a family full of technology addicts.

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Online Shopping

First here are other peoples’ thoughts on online shopping:

“There are a lot of benefits to online shopping, you can better compare product features, retailer prices, and read product reviews from customers, instead of only hearing the biased pitch of a sales clerk.

I am a member of the bing outreach team. bing.com has closely integrated shopping into its search engine because it realized how important online shopping is to so many people. One thing http://bing.com/shop does that is unique from all other online shopping sites is save you money by giving you cashback for your purchases. If you would like to learn more, follow the link and check it out for yourself.

-Nate”

“To me, the biggest benefit is you can shop at tons of different sites within minutes. You can’t do that without the internet. There are even sites that allow you to view multiple deals from different store all on the same page, like:
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centrytrade.com”

“Fantastic as you get loads of options on the same goods, good prices and dont have to queue.

Disadvantages are: this week someone has accessed my computer or a suppliers and used my credit card details to purchase items like travel tickets, clothes and much much more.

My card is now cancelled, but until i get another thru the post with new numbers i have no money !

Moral of story; check each website carefully and your credit card bills”

“PROS:
-cheaper
-convenient
-more selections
-easy

CONS:
-don’t know if the item will fit (if buying clothes)
-difficult return process
-long delivery

I love buying things online and haven’t really had bad experiences yet.”

Online shopping has become one of those new trends thats came along with using the Internet. Is it just another symptom of lazy America? Is it just another leap in our future? We all have shopped online at least once in our lifetime. As for me I was not so crazy about it but I must say products are so much cheaper which is a plus for anyone in this economy. I bought 2 bundles of hair extensions online that cost me less than the price of one if I went to the store. You would think well thats great, I should shop online more. However, this was not the case because the color I ordered was not the same color I saw online and supposedly I could dye and curl the hair to how I wanted but the hair color did not change and I couldn’t curl the hair. At this point I could not return the hair because it has been used and you know how it goes. So I ended up going to the store and buying the hair extension I preferred and so I ended up spending more than anticipated.

The advantages of shopping online are primarily convenience, then comes lower prices and being able to search for exactly what you want and getting it. Now the disadvantages of shopping are credit card fraud, identity theft, product not being the same as online, the quality of the product and the amount of time it takes for your product to arrive. For example, if you wanted to buy a sofa you would first find locations and one location could be 20 miles from another which would waste gas and money. Secondly, from driving around you get hungry and spend more money on food. If you do find a location to buy your sofa you spend at least 2 hours waiting for someone to attend to you then walking around to find the sofa and then buying it. But then you realize you already spent so much from gas and food and decide to get something cheaper. So you say maybe online shopping would have been easier. Using the same sofa example, you go on a sofa website and find the sofa you like for a really low price you purchase it and put in all your credit information. Four months has passed and you haven’t received your sofa you continue calling for an update and when it finally arrives it doesn’t look the same online and you notice some wear and tears and you call and ask for a return and they tell you they have a no return policy and you say well i was not informed of your no return policy. Then they tell you it was in the fine print of the agreements before you purchased your sofa.

The moral of both stories is shopping online or just going to the store has its advantages and disadvantages. As a consumer we have to decide which is more tolerable for us and act wisely when shopping.

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“Shop Online”

"Go to the Store"

“Go to the Store”

Trying to Go Back to Traditional writing

Years ago writing was a learning process in itself. As you write you would get stuck along the way trying to use a word that illustrated the idea that you were forming. If you couldn’t come up with that word you would look in the dictionary and look up a word that almost met the criteria, look at its synonyms and the definitions of those synonyms until you came across the word. Eureka! By then it took a chunk of your time away trying to find this word but it didn’t matter because along the journey looking for this word you learned maybe ten more words and its definitions. This process happened even in reading. Instead of looking for a word you would look up a word that was unfamiliar to you and learn its definition and maybe even synonyms and as you read if you found more unfamiliar words you would continue doing this until you understood the word.

I remember when I was younger I would do this technique all the time. Normally, I’d go to the library and pick books that were above my reading level so that I could learn new definitions and use them in my writings just to impress my parents and teachers. Unfortunately, this experience has been a vanishing memory. Today writing has been so  much easier and convenient for us. We have the Internet and mostly Google to look up words we are unfamiliar with and instantly we get a definition and sometimes synonyms. As Google stated in one of the articles we read during the first week of class, it is trying to become an artificial brain and it is becoming just that. The troublesome part is it is hurting us more than helping us and its not only Google its all the programs and softwares that are provided to us that is supposedly helping us become better writers.

When I use Microsoft Word , Pages or even texting sometimes I get so annoyed with autocorrect. I can say it is mostly when I am texting because when I am texting I am not as formal as if I’m writing a paper or an email to my professor. Although I have recently decided to become less informal than I usually am because I have noticed my writing diminishing. I’ve also decided to let go of autocorrect as well because sometimes I find myself trying to spell words that shouldn’t be an issue. I’m sure many people are going through this same dilemma. Some people may think it’s not a big deal using auto correct or other programs while writing but if they tried writing without these programs, I’m positive they will see the big differences.

"Going Back to Pen and Paper"

“Going Back to Pen and Paper”

Forbidden Apple Products in Gates Household

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/bill-gates/9768972/Forbidden-fruit-Bill-Gates-kids-banned-from-Apple-gadgets.html

I read the article above and it talks about how Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda Gates, bans usage of apple product in their home. When I read this I thought it is natural for something like this to happen. Microsoft and Apple are competitors and by Gates kids using Apple products he is enriching his competitor. Although it is clear which brand is flourishing right now, Microsoft is also a major part of our tech advancements. The maybe unfair part of this situation is that Gates kids not being able to have the experience of using an iPhone or iPod or iPad. As stated half of U.S households at least have one Apple product. So correct me if I am wrong here, this means 1 in 2 households own an Apple product.

Apple has set a big imprint in our society so the thought of Gates children not being able to use an Apple product is devastating. When Melinda Gates was interviewed about this topic she said one of her children had asked her about having an iPod and she told her she can have a Zune. As for phones instead of an iPhone their children can use a Windows phone. The questions raised from reading this article was, does Gates forbid every other brand such as Samsung, Lenovo etc. Or is it Apple just being banned from the household? What didn’t make sense to me is the fact that Bill Gates, owner of Microsoft, bans Apple from his household yet he has made a Microsoft Office software 2011 for macs. Maybe I’m being a little too sensitive here but if he really feels so strongly about Apple why would he make a program compatible or macs? He is indirectly making profit from Apple’s inventions but he doesn’t allow his children to use Apple products.

"Microsoft Office 2011 for MAC"

“Microsoft Office 2011 for MAC”

In the article, it states that despite Microsoft’s rivalry with Apple, Bill Gates was on good terms with Steve Jobs. Bill Gates also said he visited Steve Jobs during his illness and stated that they were never at war; they both made great products and competition is always a good thing. I agree with the fact that competition is always a good thing it is a necessity because it allows new ideas to surface and advancement in technology in this case. When you put it like this, if Microsoft wants to surpass Apple in all its contributions and achievements they will have to create something that is better than Apple and this is how our country grows.

"No Apple"

“No Apple”

Saving Wrestling

Continuing from my last post about “American Victory”, I was talking about wrestling and other non-mainstream sports deserving more publicity in the Olympics.  Before I dive into this (no pun intended about Olympic diving) I just want everyone to know that wrestling is being voted on to be included or excluded in the 2020 Olympic Games in September.  Not only would this lead to less publicity than what we have now, but it could start the extinction of the sport.  Wrestling is being voted against baseball/ softball in the 2020 games.  Either add baseball and take out wrestling or keep wrestling in.  There was a preliminary vote with about eight other sports on which should be put into the Olympics, of which baseball and wrestling have moved to the final vote in September.

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Now that the scene is set, unfortunately it seems the only thing on the minds of the Olympic committee is to put whichever sports in the Olympics which will generate the most amount of money.  This is one thing that seems to never change over time, it is always all about the money.  If the amount of seating, concessions, etc. is greater for wrestling than the projected amount for baseball, then we would have no problem staying in the Olympics.  I am not sure where they base their numbers off of, but I would have to assume that wrestling would not generate as much revenue as baseball, which is more mainstream.  If an olympic committee member was reading this and saw “more money baseball” they would probably read no further.

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However, I am here to give a chance to these wrestlers to compete in 2020 by asking the Olympic committee to look past the money.  And in order for this to happen, the television companies (which I mentioned in my previous post) will have to hold back their desire for only mainstream sports, and giving them all of the publicity.  Basically, the Olympic committee determines their decisions based on revenue which they would make more money off of greater revenue- generating sports.  The television companies want only the mainstream sports to have publicity so that they will have more advertisements.  There will be more advertisements, and the ads will cost more when there are more viewers.  Basically, the cycle all comes back to us, the people actually watching the sports.  Because we are familiar with a sport we are not open to watching something which is not as popular.  Which when millions of people are doing this, casts the unpopular sports into the shadows.  So I encourage everyone reading to try looking at at sport that you wouldn’t normally look at.  All athletes in the Olympics have achieved the greatest feat in their sport, so no one is greater than another (unless you want to get into an argument about which sport is the best).

People only sticking to sports they are familiar with watching in Olympics

People only sticking to sports they are familiar with watching in Olympics

 

Why save wrestling specifically?  First of all, it is the world’s oldest documented sport, documented in the Epic of Gilgamesh.  Wrestling has been in the Olympics since the beginning of the creation of the games.  Why take out one of the founding sports of the Olympics out?  Then, wrestling does not get much publicity aside from the Olympics, where it receives limited publicity.  Taking away our one source of exposure to a larger audience would be a huge blow to the entire wrestling community.  Also, in countries like Iran, wrestling is the primary sport.  Their wrestling is like our American football.  Imagine taking away football from us.  Imagine the outcry.  Think about how they must be taking this in Iran.  You are taking away their biggest sport!  USA wrestling and the International Wrestling Committee have taken measures to make wrestling more entertaining to encourage new fans into joining the wrestling family.  They changed the scoring system so there would be more action and so casual fans could more easily understand what’s going on.

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If wrestling was eliminated from the Olympics, the effect would trickle all of the way down to the recreational level.  No longer is it even possible to have an Olympic dream, and NCAA title has to be good enough.  That’s one difference in wrestling not many people may know.  In NCAA wrestling and the wrestling kids do in school or recreation, it is known as the scholastic style of wrestling.  The Olympics has both Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling.  The Olympic styles award the wrestler with greater point values for better throws while scholastic is less high-risk with the same point values for a takedown, escape etc.  This is different from the Olympic styles which use three judges to grade the points awarded to the wrestler.  The final difference is in Greco-Roman you can’t use your legs or touch your opponents legs but you can in Freestyle.  Now that this has been explained, if wrestling were to be eliminated from the Olympics not as many kids would move on to wrestle the different Olympic styles for the World Championships.  As I mentioned earlier, this could lead to the unfortunate end of the world’s oldest sport.