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Emma Watson Disgusted By Social Media Acts

The ever lovely Miss Emma Watson took to Twitter yesterday to express her distaste for social media pervs. As many of you are aware, the phone of her friend Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook) was reportedly hacked this past Sunday, August 31, along with personal accounts of other lady celebs. Nude photos have been reportedly circulating around the world wide web, some celebs declaring them fakes. However, whether these birthday suit pics are legit is no laughing matter.

Social media privacy violations

Watson is known to be an advocate for women’s rights and gender equality. She is one of the few celebrities who promote nothing but optimism and compassion toward others, aiming to change the world with one action at a time. I’ve always been a fan of her modesty when it comes to fashion: “My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder.”

With all this being said, however, it makes me wonder…how can we feel empathetic toward a young adult who should have known better than to have even contemplated having a nude photo taken if she didn’t have plans for it to be revealed? By no means am I saying that Lawrence is using this as a publicity stunt–that’s not the case at all. She has no need for such a thing, as she is more successful already at the age of 24 than many aspiring actors and actresses may ever be. In addition, her spokespeople have informed the public of her outrage at this privacy invasion, and full-blown investigations are underway. I’m merely saying that I’m surprised at the fact that Lawrence, such a bright and talented young woman, must not have thought about the repercussions of her action before doing such a thing.

Celebrity Privacy

celebrity privacy leaksTheir popularity only makes celebrities even bigger targets for invasions of their privacy. Unfortunately, there are tons of people who would pay big bucks for access to embarrassing moments or dirty little secrets of celebrities and government officials. Therefore, these people need to be even more careful with how they handle their private lives.

“If Katniss does it, then it’s gotta be okay,” young girls may think, unable to distinguish the difference between a character and the actual person. But there’s a huge difference: Actors and actresses pretend to be fictional characters on a daily basis. They get paid to pretend to be other people. Just like each one of us, every actor and actress is flawed. None are perfect.

So many celebrities need to realize that young people of the world look up to them, consider them heroes, even idolize them, and that everything they do and say impacts the lives of hundreds, even thousands of individuals.

It Can Happen To Anyone

No matter how many times something like this happens, individuals everywhere believe, “Oh, that will never happen to me!” They think that because they’re not popular like celebrities, they don’t have to worry about these sorts of issues. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

Every now and then, situations like this are broadcasted on the news. Another high school teen has been found spreading nudes of his girlfriend to his buddies. My question is this: Why do girls feel the need to comply with perverted desires of young men? Perhaps it’s a sign of insecurity. They should find people who love and care for who they are as individuals, not what they look like. Appearance may be a contributing factor to many decisions in life, but it is not everything. Our bodies are sacred; they are not to be used for materialistic purposes.

If you value yourself as an individual, if you truly love yourself, then think before you act. No matter who you are, what your social status may be, your privacy is always at risk of being revealed. Once a deed is done, it cannot be reversed. Once it is revealed, it cannot be hidden again.

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Writing For Examiner.com

I started a page on Examiner.com in February 2011, and I haven’t updated it since then. It’s one of those websites that brags about paying you for your contributions. They hook young adults and stay-at-home moms in with this ploy, but there’s only one catch: You have to be an SEO genius. And I don’t mean passing Social Media 101 with flying colors. That’s intro stuff.

You can write about whatever you want, they boast, and get paid for it!

HA. Just kidding.

Payment Method Madness

You are first instructed to set up a PayPal account, if you don’t already have one. I was leery about that at first, because I’m one of those paranoid people who still don’t do online banking. But I did it. I needed to make money, because my part-time job wasn’t providing me with enough hours to survive on my own.

Then Examiner.com explains what your pay depends on. Your articles have to get a certain number of hits, and the viewers have to stay on the page for a certain amount of time. You can post links to your articles all over the internet–Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.–and you’ll get paid. This is the sole reason I created a Twitter account. I swore I’d never do it, but I broke down and did it. Why? Because I was broke.

You don’t receive your first payment until your articles reach a certain popularity level, a particular number of views to get you at least $25 (three years ago…I don’t know what the minimum amount is today). I wrote two articles about being a Christian. I splashed them all over my social media sites begging people to read my work. I made $0.02. I never got paid.

Closing Your Account

Yesterday, I finally decided to make a move. I logged in, went to my account, and searched up and down, left and right for a “Deactivate Account” option. Nothing. I Googled how to delete an account on Examiner.com and found the answer: You can’t. I found a website explaining that there is no option but it is possible to email the company about it at legal@examiner.com.

When you ask them to delete your account, however, all they do is delete your profile picture and change your name and expect you to accept that without question. Therefore, your articles still exist but as written by “Jane Smith.” That absolutely screams “Plagiarism.”

In the end, it’s more of a hassle than a helper. If you’re looking to make money writing about what you’re interested in, don’t bother with Examiner.com.

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First American Magazine Published Today in 1741

Here’s a fairly useless tidbit of information for you on this 13th day of February, 2014. Today in the year 1741, the United States of America published its very first magazine. (Thanks, Pierre Robert! Gotta love this guy.) The history behind the publication date is quite interesting.

The First US Magazine

Benjamin Franklin originally planned to publish the country’s first magazine under the title General Magazine in the very same month of that year, but Andrew Bedford beat him to it a good three days before his anticipated publication date with the American Magazine. Creative title, no? The monthly-issued magazine only lasted for a whopping three months and addressed historical issues as well as covering political and governmental issues. Benjamin Franklin’s magazine, General Magazine, lasted approximately six months.

The Longest Running US Magazines

Believe it or not, the longest running magazine in the United States is Scientific American, first published in August 1845. It started as a weekly newspaper and has since progressed to a monthly distributed magazine. It was founded by publisher Rufus M. Porter.

In second place, only five years behind (June 1850), is Harper’s Magazine. First published as Harper’s New Monthly Magazine in New York City, it now covers everything from literature and fine arts to politics.

Popular Magazines in the United States

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It’s amazing how this list of the top 100 magazines in the US according to circulation doesn’t include so many of the ones we see in stores today. Supermarket checkout lines are littered with meaningless tabloids and magazines telling us the only way to land a guy, the best moves in bed, and the latest celeb gossip. Not to mention the magazines that tell us the best way to lose weight and still eat great. Have you actually tried any of their tactics? I feel like they’re just ploys to sell more copies. (Although I’m totally digging the front cover of Men’s Fitness in the above picture. Yes, please, Gerard Butler. UGH advertising ploys!)

And then you’ve got all the magazines strictly located in the magazine section of the grocery store. I wonder how many people actually buy them. There are magazines for hunters on how to get the biggest racks (and I’m talking deer, people…minds out of the gutter, if you will), the latest in knitting patterns (knitting seems to be increasingly popular these days), and the countless wedding magazines suggesting the most expensive ways to create the perfect wedding day. And they all sell. And end up in the trash months later (if they’re not tossed in a basket in your bathroom gathering dust as former reading materials).

About a year after I moved in to my new place, I discovered a collection of Maxim magazines featuring scantily dressed “lady” celebs scattered across the tops of my kitchen cabinets. Naturally, they were coated in thick layers of dust. And naturally, every last one of them went in the trash. Such a waste of money. I now have a nice collection of glass soda bottles lining my cabinets, and it looks pretty awesome if I do say so myself. But that’s totally beside the point.

So thanks, Pierre, for that one little fact that inspired this crazy long post. And thank you, readers who actually stuck with me through the whole post. Hope all my fellow Statesmen (and women) are staying warm during this wacky winter war!

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J.K. Rowling and the Plot Twist of the Century

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Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) & Hermione Granger (Emma Watson)

Holy hippogriff, Batman! What is this news I wake up to today? Hermione and Ron having marital issues?? I don’t know if I can handle this. I don’t know if the Harry Potter fandom can handle this. Thanks to Britain’s Sunday Times, we now have excerpts from an exclusive interview with Rowling hosted by none other than the original Hermione Granger herself, Emma Watson. Of course, I saw the article written by Andrew Simms on Hypable.com via Facebook and then did a bit of research for myself to find this piece on CNN’s Entertainment webpage.

Comments are raging on the CNN article, swinging both ways. Some even suggest the possibility of a new storyline, featuring Ron turning to the Dark Arts. Is it wise for Rowling to attempt such a task? Could this be the end for the Golden Trio? Why didn’t Rowling just put Harry and Hermione together from the get-go?

As many of us know, a few years back Rowling admitted debating whether to kill Ron halfway through the series (via Deathly Hallows DVD extra). Fortunately, however, the fandom was blessed with his presence throughout the rest of Harry’s journey as a teenager and into his mid-30s, to the last of our knowledge. What would we have done without Ron’s comic relief? What if he’d never saved Harry in Deathly Hallows? So many “what-ifs,” we could go on forever, speculating what could have happened.

As a writer, it’s difficult at times to decide what should become of your characters. I love that Rowling is able to share with us now what could have been, how she might have created a different ending. That’s the beauty of being given the power to work with words. Your creativity provides you with multiple opportunities for your characters, and it is your responsibility to choose what happens next, what’s for the best for your characters. Rowling possesses a talent many people dream of having, and hearing her thoughts is a blessing.

And look out, world of Harry Potter fanfic! It’s gonna blow up with all sorts of “I told you so’s.” That world is gonna be totally upside-down.

The full interview is set for publication in Wonderland, a magazine distributed across the UK, this coming Friday, February 7.

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