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Stay Creative Y’all

While our former president is teaching us how to take the best selfie, the Chinese government struggles to maintain control on the itching desire for social media freedom.

It seems we have found the two extremes when it comes to the affect social media is having on cultural experiences. However, I pause to ask myself, which seems better? To have so much information and accessibility we create a world of blurred lines between what news is real and fake, or to be cut off from any news sites completely – except those the government wishes to release? Both situations seem to have a doomed end result.

Today our social media is plagued with incredibly fake (can we even use this word still?) news sources. Let’s just name a few from one of my oh-so-fellow Facebook friends: The Daily Wire, where we learn there is proof that Obama spied on Trump, msfanpage.link where, again, there is undeniable proof of Obama’s wire tapping, Rowdy Republican, AM1280 The Patriot, 100percent Fed Up, jewsnews.com, and, my personal favorite, lowederwithcrowder.com.

Let’s get it together guys.

We forget that we have such an  amazing advantage with social media. We have proven these advantages in revolutionary proportions, the most notable example being the Arab Spring, where we were reminded just how incredibly influential social media platforms can be.

Social media has given a voice to the people and has forced companies to rethink their ethical responsibilities. Recently United Airlines learned how viral a situation can become when employees handled a situation painfully wrong.

We, as the people, have more power than we even know and we choose to pollute our platforms with junk. Meanwhile, our fellow millennials in China are fighting for their right to their online voice. We have the ability to be incredibly resourceful and create new possibilities for ourselves and others around the world. We just need to remember to #staycreative.

 

 

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Nicki Minaj is Paying Students’ Debt

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/15/celebrities/nicki-minaj-pays-students/

Nicki Minaj is reminding all of us that there are people cheering for our success. As a college student we are constantly reminded of the inevitable financial doom that will soon be ours once we graduate. This struggle causes anxiety and in return we as students feel we have no other choice but to rack up the bill. We forget, however, that there are real, non-celebrity sources available who are willing to alleviate our financial burden.

Seeing someone like Nicki Minaj take it upon herself to contribute to student loan payments of her fans is impressive. Although I am spirited by this gesture, it makes me wonder, how did we get here? How have we let our system become so broken that we depend on the 1-percenters to, on a whim, hand out money? The fact that college has become so expensive that students feel they need to reach out to a celebrity, or any stranger, for money is absurd. The financial inflation for college tuition is absolutely out of control.

How does this impact our country’s future? How is it affecting our nation today? There is no doubt that this price tag is contributing to our nation’s wealth gap and enriching the “me first” mentality of our citizens, as described by Simon Mainwaring’s We First article.

It should not come down to celebrities, like Nicki Minaj, to remind students there can be light at the end of the tunnel. These situations are fresh reminders that college tuition problems are not going away anytime soon. There are definitely sources available to help scrape the top of the debt, however, this is not a long term solution.  We need to find a solution that will allow people the opportunity for success. Time to put those college degrees to the test.

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