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Blog 1: Everyone Should Have A Voice Online?

Everyone should be allowed to have a voice on the internet. One reason everyone should have a voice online is because the internet is a gigantic dumpster to throw trash and ideas. you may be thinking that it’ll be hard to differentiate with who’s being sincere or who is trolling. That’s the greatest thing about it.

It’s beautifully interesting observing people’s opinions. That’s why so many of us are addicted to social media.

Its advised for all of us to not take the internet and people’s opinions too seriously as we are always changing. As opinions are not factual and only based on perspective and bias.

Though people can easily fog the opinions of people who should be taken seriously, during desperate times people go to doctors, the media, news coverages that don’t have answers that are even remotely factually correct. It’s shown time and time again, Especially NPR article on conspiracies about Very real outbreaks like this coronavirus, and the epidemic, Ebola. Seen ‘Plandemic’? We Take A Close Look At The Viral Conspiracy Video’s Claims, NPR writes on how people like Mikvoits repressed the idea that they are not anti vaccinations though have made false claims on vaccines. Have spoken on the California bill to exempt Children from receiving vaccines. An opinion that could harm or confuse others on medical, pandemics, epidemics shouldn’t be allowed. Of course not but also we shouldn’t believe anything without clear cut proof and numerous amount of evidence. That’s what we as individuals need to learn to do.

For example, the new pandemic of Coronavirus. It’s everywhere and it’s been covered by every news, every newspaper website has written about Coronavirus. Scientists, our communities, doctors, all companies have released a statement.

The lesson of conspiracy theories are that you don’t trust someone on the internet unless you’ve done the research and talked to a person who’s knowledgeable enough on those topics. The problem mentioned in the youtube video CBC News Covered, the conspiracy theory, ‘Plandemic’ The theory is that Coronavirus was made in the lab by scientist. People are drawn to it, because as humans when we learn of a new conflict we want solution and we want the source of the problem. Someone to blame, we’ve seen the dangers of believing conspiracies theories, way before the era of online news, and opinions. Appropriately addressed time in history think of Hitler, and the book he wrote that drew many people to make him the leader, during a very desperate time in the economy.

In our society even before The internet and Information Era, there have been rumors. There have been numerous lies and conspiracies spreading. “Researchers have been hard at work examining why a small minority of the population believe, and even thrive, on conspiracy theories.” Grohol, John M. “A Psychologist Explains Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories More Readily during Uncertain Times.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 18 Aug. 2020, This just shows that not everything on the internet should be trusted. How People who are not professionals on a subject are hard to pinpoint over the mass amount of information. With Their out of norm and distrusting nature they gain popularity. The ‘Coronavirus Conspiracy Bloom’ article mentions “All of these can cause feelings of extreme anxiety, powerlessness, and stress, which in turn encourage conspiracy beliefs”

Facebook Blog 2

Websites like Facebook have shaped our era of sharing. Though it is more than what they advertise themselves to be, they hold so much power and it’s only used to benefit their agenda. Facebook hasn’t been good for this world. For starters they only push people to be close minded and don’t prevent its consumers from believing fake news, and theories. When I think of Facebook itself I think of anti-vaccine moms that spread unreliable information to validate their theories.  

Though it’s not just facebook that is horrible, it’s also most apps with high usage, like Youtube, Twitter, Google, and Facebook owned Instagram.  From  Netflix,  Social Dilemma, a documentary where experts who have worked with Brands like Facebook and Google expose how they have affected the human mind. “If you’re not paying for the product then you are the product”  Is a quote from the documentary that has been spreading, based on my Twitter, all over twitter there’s a saying “how is this app free?” People ask this because the app is very entertaining and a lot of feuds occur there. It all makes us wonder if they are gathering all of our information for the future AI’s. . 

An example: Things like the rabbit whole, mentioned in the Netflix documentary, about Youtube and how people comment it on weird and absurd videos. Youtube has recommended conspiracy theories or similar videos to keep you watching, and make you believe and fear things that aren’t true. Creating a more gullible society, It may seem like it’s hard to believe that theories like the earth is flat are true. 

Facebook and the internet have not been helpful at all. Studies have found that there is more political polarization, one side thinks they are smarter than the other. It’s only showing that we are easily manipulated and can easily take our focus away from important situations. 

To this day I still feel like it hasn’t affected me in some ways but then I look back and realize it’s not in our control. I remember the whole save the turtles frenzy that went on. How everyone consumes the whole buy tote bags, buy reusable metal straws, and go thrifting. That was an advertisement, it was putting the blame on the consumers and not the businesses that make surplus and don’t recycle their products for them to not end up in oceans. “However, the Pentagon does not acknowledge that its own fuel use is a part of the problem or that reductions in Pentagon fuel use are a potentially significant way to reduce the risks of climate-caused national security risks,” writes Neta C. Crawford, a professor of political science at Boston University, in the report. In an article by Yoder, Kate. “U.S. Military Emits More CO2 than Most Countries.” Grist, 12 June 2019. Businesses, the military and farms where they make a dangerous amount of food have done the most harm to our planets. Yet social media has told us plenty of times our small actions can somehow help. It’s been proven that our “recycling” wouldn’t even make a dent. 

Feels like at this point we are realizing that the problem is bigger than just one person in control. It’s like the article written by Sean Illing, Kurt Wagner. “Has Facebook Been Good for the World?” Vox, Vox, 4 Feb. 2019, saying how we will resist when people are willing to turn their attention away for convenience. People are just ignoring that fact that they are being monitored and they might feel like they have to sacrifice their privacy for entertainment. They’ll feel like that it’s the only way to keep social media so they don’t speak up. 

We ask ourselves why don’t they use it for good? The Netflix documentary social dilemma explains it well, to get us addicted, control our thoughts, and honestly overall sell us to advertisements, investors, and businesses. The end result of all this is, money. We could make it good but that’s not within our power. I agree with GQ’s “ We Can Kill Facebook” article, a personal take on it. It’s logging onto facebook and seeing how some of my family would seem so separated in beliefs, so many shared videos and popular pages, wasting their time on facebook, my intention was to see how my family was doing but I did the opposite I was just wasting my time on things that didn’t matter to me but made me curious. So I ended up deleting it again, instantly making me feel better. “I’d be better off without them. You’d be better off without them. And you know what? It can happen if we all band together and agree to kill them off.”