According to Leo Widrich, “Pinterest is especially appealing to women under 50”; which makes it less surprising when you learn that this social media site is making the holiday season less stressful. I came upon an article published to Social Media Today that helps explain how and why this is possible. Apparently having categories like DIY & Crafts, Holidays & Events, and Food & Drink is giving people the ideas they need to make their holiday better than all the years before. Women are no longer spending hours searching through catalogs for that unique recipe that will bring smiles to her children’s faces and puts an end to stopping at every store in town for something that they can easily be made at home. “Ninety-four percent of “pinners” say that Pinterest has changed their preparation for the holidays in one way or another”. Personally I am fascinated by the concept and am captivated by the things that others create. There is so much that can be done in preparation for the holidays and with the help from Pinterest, creativity is at your fingertips. I came across a “pin” that I found to be adorable, easy, and the children are bound to love it!
Bourque, Andre. “Pinterest Makes the Holiday Season Less Stressful.” RSS. Social Media Today LLC, 6 Dec. 2013. Web. 06 Dec. 2013.
Widrich, Leo. “Social Media in 2013: User Demographics For Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest And Instagram.” Buffer. Buffer, 2 May 2013. Web. 05 Dec. 2013.
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I wanted to wish you all a happy holiday. This is a time to clear your mind of all its negativity and appreciate not only WHAT you have, but also WHO you have. I feel that family plays a large part in everyone’s lives; these people have helped guide you through life and have supported you when you were unable of doing so yourself, now it’s time to thank them for all that they have done.
Let me take this time to thank all of my readers for your support.
A special report was recently published in the New York Times on the education of the past and future generations. They predict that online learning will make getting a college degree cheaper and the college experience better. Author, Jon Meacham, states: “When the class of 2025 arrives on each of their respective campuses, these technologies will have reshaped the entire concept of college in ways we cannot yet predict”; however, no one specified whether these changes were going to be beneficial. With technology on the rise, these changes could be catastrophic and take the social aspect of college and dismiss it completely. We see how interpersonal relationships are already dwindling due to the media, are we going to go even further and take everyday interactions away as well?
There are both advantages and disadvantages that come with using the internet to get an education. Recognizably it helps less privileged people obtain a higher education but according to Elihu Katz’s theory of Uses and Gratifications it does more than that. The use of technology is supposed to offer the user some sort of gratification; online schooling both provides that and takes it away. Online classes provide an escape, you choose when and where you take your classes and it is ultimately at your convenience. However, learning from a computer monitor takes away the social aspect that a college campus presents; you no longer have the everyday interactions with people you see on a regular basis and you don’t have the chance to meet anyone new, not to mention the likelihood of an individual obtaining a parasocial relationship with their professor is doubtful. Though taking classes online is beneficial to some it takes away the key aspect that human beings strive on.
It’s no secret that without a college degree you aren’t going to find decent work; the concept of online school is based around the ideology that it can be obtained by anyone and is literally at the tip of your fingers. However, I always thought of a college acceptance as an accomplishment; you do well in high school and cross your fingers in hopes that you did well enough to get into a good college. If every Tom, Dick, and Harry is getting accepted into an online school the value of a college degree is going to wither away to nothing; eventually a college degree is going to amount to a high school diploma. Which brings up the myth about democratic pluralism; it may be true that we are all born equals but reality is that as life progresses we drift from one side or another. Most people work their whole life to get into college and become successful, why should that same opportunity be given to someone that not only did poorly but didn’t make any sort of effort to do better.
Since the beginning of time, hegemony has played a significant role in society; the privileged people always achieved more while the deprived struggle to survive. Though this may be true, there have been many underclass individuals who have worked hard and made their way through college with outstanding grades and changed that for themselves. If an individual puts the effort in to make a life for themself then they deserve everything they get, however those that work hard at nothing and assume everything to be handed to them deserve nothing. Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of students currently attending college who don’t put forth their best effort which is shown by the statistics provided by Meacham in his article; “full time students in 1961 devoted 40 hours per week to schoolwork and studying but by 2003 that had declined by almost half to a total of 27 hours”.
This article presents a type of media agenda; the fact that this specific article was placed on the front cover of one of the world’s most well-known magazines and labeled a special report says a lot. The authors tried to scare its audience into believing that the education system has fallen within the decade but then provided a resolution by installing the thought in them that online courses will become beneficial when the cost of education rises. It’s almost like the media is trying to manipulate the people into believing that it is the answer to all of our economic problems. Though there were some downfalls to this article, it posed some important questions and makes the reader think about what the future has in store.
Meacham, Jon, and L. Rafael Reif. “Class of 2025: How They’ll Learn and What They’ll Pay.” New York Times n.d.: n. pag. Print.