Four Main Reasons For Gen Y’s Unhappiness

I highly recommend watching and carefully listening to motivational speaker Simon Sinek’s video on Millennials in the workplace. Were you born after 1983? Congratulations, you’re a millennial. In his interview he talks about current social media and flawed parenting in summarizing the newer generation’s problems. Millennials have been deemed “tough to manage” and “entitled, self-interested, unfocused and lazy” as we are claimed to go into the workforce wanting to make an “impact” in 7 months, something that rarely happens, and if no impact is made in those 7 months… then we quit.

A common trope with millennials is that we are told we can have anything we want, told we are special, and receive a medal or trophy for coming in last place. Sinek elaborates on the importance of this as when you enter the ‘real world’ your ego and self-esteem gets smashed, something our generation is not used to from childhood.

The connection between technology and alcoholism is made, relating to dopamine as social media releases the same dopamine alcohol or gambling releases, making it have potential to become very dangerous.

Sinek talks about how millennials go to dinner with their friends and all have their phones on the table top or are texting someone who is not there, which is a problem, and let’s be honest… for the majority of the people in our generation, sadly this is true!

“The best case scenario is you’ll have an entire population growing up and going through life and just never really finding joy. They’ll never really find deep fulfilment in work or life” – Simon Sinek


Three Big Problems With Facebook Activism

This article relates to the chapter of “Activism” as it focuses on activism on Facebook. Although social media is a platform to bring awareness to social issues, there are problems with this type of activism as well. The article discusses three problems. Firstly, social media tends to transform social issues into cultural capital; social awareness can become the end of social gain, rather than social change. Another problem is slacktivism which is pretty obvious. The last one is “money troubles.” It suggests that anything that is posted on social media will become mass-consumed because social media platforms are all profit-maximizing corporations. Thus, the focus on social awareness can be devalued.

Game industry has ‘to do better’ for gender equality

This article relates to the lecture of “Labor and Ideology.” It suggests gender inequality in the video game industry which society and companies need to be aware of and change. Less females are hired in this male-dominant industry, and the females game programmers earn an average of $10,000 less than male programmers. Women’s perspectives are considered invaluable because video games’ target consumers are males. This is an issue should be raised discussion in the society in order to make a change.

Facebook and Instagram ban developers from using data for surveillance

This article reports on the new privacy policy that Facebook and Instagram released. It is announced that developers could not use data obtained from Facebook and Instagram to provide tools that are used for surveillance. This article relates to the chapter of “Surveillance and Public Sphere.” This new policy is also significant for civil rights activists as they have increasingly raised concerns about mass surveillance and aggressive prosecutions of activists of under Donald Trump’s administration. This privacy policy is meaningful because it shows that Facebook is taking a stand on the issue of human rights as well as supporting human rights.

On The Note of Power of Participation…

Relating to a previous blog post, I would like to elaborate on the power of sharing posts online. After scrolling through my Facebook feed, it is outstanding to see the amount of views and likes some videos, even memes receive (some in the millions). Each like or view is a separate individual person on a separate account and separate device who has laid eyes on the post… Crazy. The power of the share button has not only spread media attention to the masses, but also saved lives. GoFundMe is a popular website to fundraise money online for personal causes. After browsing through the website, there are countless trending stories of people struggling with illnesses, funeral expenses, and building a school in Thailand upon many other things. I find it so amazing that these people are able to share their story or struggle with the public in hope of finding aid, and quite often on these stories the financial goal has been reached if not surpassed. This itself shows the power of the ‘share’ or ‘like’ button and power of online participation.


Instagram tests offline functionality

Instragram is developing a new feature that could soon allow it to work offline. Instagram is currently experienting with this new idea, and give people the ability to use it offline, espeically those users who have low bandiwdth. This new feature that Instagram may soon launch will allow its users to stay connected always, and give them the ability to be a part of Instagram, even if they do not have service. This is truly a glimpse into the future, showing how soon we will be connected to our social networking sites 24/7.

Snapchat changing the way we view news

Since the introduction of Snapchat in 2011, they reached ultimate success as they currently have roughly 26 million users in the United States, with 60% of those using the app aged 13–34. With a system that allows the common user to post and share multimedia over one social platform, it doesn’t really differentiate itself from all other social media sites. However, Snapchat has changed the way in which the common-person views news in the media today. Anyone with a smartphone is able to become a news-like broadcaster, publishing content in the now that will only last for 24 hours if shared as a story, or 10 seconds (max.) if shared privately. By creating this self-destruct system of media, users feel the need to constantly be updating others on what’s going on “right now!”. Whereas Twitter presents literary text, and Facebook is more for memories, Snapchat differentiates itself being a system which allows users to quickly share photos and videos “while supplies last”.