Twitter Allowing Freedom of Speech… Kind of…

The internet is a haven for all to express how they feel about certain issues or topics or even just talk about anything. Twitter, allows just this but only in concise blurbs consisting of only up to 140 characters. However, with the recent election of now President Elect Donald Trump, many issues from an array of sources seem to be scattering across the internet; more specifically, on Twitter.

Twitter has become the hot spot for minds alike and far apart to share their ideas and thoughts on the election and controversial topics like women’s rights, gun rights, “Black Lives Matter” and LGBTQ rights. Many are hearing backlash from both sides to the point where hate crimes are being stated and some serious statements are being made, making many people uncomfortable. Twitter is the main source for a lot of these controversial statements and recently decided to step in and work on limiting the amount of hate statements viewers are seeing.

As of November 15th, Twitter incorporated a new feature on their website that allows users to block and filter unwanted content on their Twitter feed. By typing in certain words, phrases or even accounts into the anti-harassment section, users can almost fully block anything they might not want to see that could be harmful, hateful or directly target them. However, this also allows user to block content they might just not want to see. For example, A very conservative user might block phrases like “CNN” or “Global Warming”, filtering their news and content to only what they want to see. The user is then filtering the content they don’t want to see and potentially do not get the true side of a story, therefore, being misinformed.

While I can see that Twitter is trying to do a service by limiting the amount of harassment and hate crimes on their service, I also think it is unfair to put in an “Anti-Harassment” service for users. Internet users need to realize that the internet is a dangerous place. Freedom of speech is exercised on the internet in every way, shape and form. For a company to come out and limit what can be seen or heard seems a bit unfair. If I’m wrong, then fine, but please explain to me why we need to care about our users and what they see? They rightfully know what they are getting themselves into.

In real life, it’s not like you can turn someone off if they say something that you don’t like.

CNN: Twitters New Tool

Thoughts on the Final Project

For my final project, I think I’m deciding to head towards Futurama to analyze. The show is different from your typical animated comedy taking that it takes place in the future. It also has many underlying themes and crude behaviors for audiences of all sorts.

  1. The show initially attracted me because it took place in the future. No one in society truly knows what the future holds. With this show, it provides viewers with a creative reality on what life on Earth could be sometime in the future. It’s funny seeing inventions from our present talked about as garbage in the future and the many spin-offs of characters and Earth’s history.
  2. Specifically, the character “Bender” is very funny. Not that I an relate to him but his comedy and how he approaches situations are unlike how someone normally would. He’s rude, inappropriate and crude. He’s entertaining.
  3. Compared to Family Guy, both shows are very similar with their inappropriate humor and spin on present day figures. However, they both take place during separate time periods which allows Futurama to expand more and get creative with futuristic concepts and ideas.
  4. Within the show, there are a few relationships that I think are very interesting. For one, Professor with the entire gang is like a very thin one. Everyone loves the Professor but throughout many episodes they push him to the side or straight out ignore him. However, because he is so old and oblivious, he doesn’t care and continues to work with everyone. Another interesting relationship is the one between Leela and Fry. Fry has always liked Leela since the very beginning, however, nothing really comes of it. Fry continues to hit on Leela through episodes, trying to get with her or date her. However, the relationship never moves on and the two of them seem to be stuck in this awkward limbo of “almost better than friends”.

Overall, I like Futurama a lot and I think I would like to do my final project on it. However, I also believe I should maybe focus of a show that has more substance and plot.

Pollsters Wrong- America Lied?

With the very recent results from the 2016 presidential election, quite a few were shocked to see that Donald Trump would come in to snatch the presidential candidacy. Data was pooled in from around the country saying whether Hillary or Donald would win what state and voter demographics of who would support either candidate. However, through the endless amounts of polling and voting data, America was wrong.

For one, I consider myself to be an independent voter who tends to lean slightly to the right, dependent on situations and politicians. I, like many Americans, voted for Donald Trump. However, prior to November 8th, whenever I was asked about my political views or my stance, I would refuse to speak. Many Americans were in my shoes when it came to verbally admitting that they wanted Trump to take office. Pollsters would ask who one favored and some would deny to comment or admit their true beliefs. With that in play, the polls were skewed and America was off on the prediction that Hillary would win the presidential election.

Before the election took place, these “confirmed” polls were broadcast through the media, creating this sense that Hillary was going to win. Many who watched CNN, or other liberal news networks saw that Hillary was in the lead throughout the country. It would just be a matter of the election day to make the prediction a reality.

Americans tend to believe almost anything they see on television these days; especially news networks. Usually one will gather their information from one news source rather than from an array of perspectives. No one knew the polls would be wrong down the road. They believed what they wanted and moved onto the next issue at stake.

I guess this goes to show that America can’t trust the data that is presented to us. Even the facts aren’t always factual. Unfortunately, many had faith that Hillary would win the election. The boost from the predictions only fueled the fire, only to be smothered early Wednesday morning by Donald Trump’s victory.

USA: Pollsters Wrong?

Harambe and The Chainsmokers

So back in May of 2016, a 13 year old child fell into the enclosure of the gorilla exhibit of the Cincinattii Zoo. Here, the child was comforted and protected by the gorilla, Harambe. Unfortunately, the Zoo was in a panic about the safety for the little boy and decided to not tranquilize Harambe but shoot him, killing him instantly. Since the incident, many people around the country have been in an uproar in how the situation was handled.

The Chainsmokers, a current popular musical group recently came out with a song called “Closer”. The song has over 38 million listens on Youtube.com. With the recent death of Harambe and “Closer” coming out, it was time for a parody. “Not So Dank” went to work and created a song about Harambe’s uneventful death to the tune of “Closer” by The Chainsmokers.

This is a great example of Postmodern content due to the remake of the actual song, “Closer”. This song takes a subject that many feel strongly about. The original song’s score is in tact, however, the actual lyrics are changed, telling the story of Harambe and the incident instead. By having a very popular song as a platform, it draws in more people to watch the content to see what it is about.

There are numerous of parodies on the internet about Harambe and people singing songs over others. These projects reform typical content and put a postmodern spin on it. Old content that people were tired of watching soon becomes new, different content that intrigues audiences.

Original song: The Chainsmokers: Closer

Harambe Version: “Harambe” – Takka

Halloween for a “Modern Family”

In S:2, E:6, “Halloween” of Modern Family, everyone is getting together for Halloween in the hopes of putting on the scariest and creepiest house on display for tick-or-treaters. However, nothing really seems to go as planned and the plan to have the scariest house on the block goes another way. The episode sheds light on some interesting issues such as race, sexuality and family.

Gloria, a Spanish woman has a thick accent. Sometimes it’s hard for the family to understand what she is saying. However, in this particular episode, Jay continuously makes fun of her accent, telling her “I may have noticed some tiny little mistakes in how you [Gloria] speak”. Manny also begins to correct Gloria through the episode, almost making fun of her Spanish accent. She cannot help it as that it is how she talks. It is not normal for an episode to out front make fun of an accent. However, I believe it is to be awareness to the fact that it does happen.

Throughout the episode, Claire, the wife, is getting pumped for Halloween night. She almost gets so excited that she begins to not care about the family. Phil talks about how their neighbor’s wife just left their neighbor and how upset he is. Claire has him set to play as the scarecrow for the night, however, Phil doesn’t believe he really should, especially with such sad news. A normal person would take the neighbor’s condition into consideration and maybe not use him for the haunted house. Claire, on the other hand doesn’t seem to care, an abnormality of your typical and loving family. It shows the family is not your average one and operates on a different level than other stereotypical ones would.

Lastly, the show incorporates a gay couple which is great for an inclusive community. When the episode came out back in 2010, topics such as gay couples were very “out there” and “abnormal”. However, Modern Family wanted to not be your typical, modern family. By having such a diverse family, the episodes seem like they can go in any direction, really allowing for freedom to explore cultural differences.