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Should Comedians Apologize?

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You just hurt my feelings mister!

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In recent years with comedians becoming more and more successful and spawning movies and tv shows into the mainstream a large amount of comedians have made jokes that are found to be horribly offensive by people in the crowd or people who’ve seen the bit. It will usually be blogged about and then there would be a big social media outrage followed by the comedian apologizing.  Continue reading Should Comedians Apologize?

The Hearing Loss Post

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I know this all to well.

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I feel like I’d be doing myself and everyone else if I didn’t do a blog about hearing loss. Chances are at some point if not already a large majority of this small class will experience some form of hearing loss. My generation is the iPod generation and if you walk around everyone has earbuds or beats headphones that they’re constantly blasting music into their ears. People attend concerts and go to loud activities and don’t protect their hearing. The age of people who are needing hearing aids is decreasing. The market is growing fast.

“60 percent of people with hearing loss are either in the workforce or educational settings.”

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Marijuana legality

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Just an idea.

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Marijuana is something I was told growing up was a dangerous drug that people should stay away from. It’s been illegal my entire life but slowly more and more states are opening it up for medical use and in some states for personal use as well.

How did it go from being a dangerous illegal drug to one that doctors are prescribing? Well for starters its actually not that dangerous. According to one study,marijuana doesn’t. It can lead to bad decisions but you can’t overdose on it. on the flip side I know many people who have had their lives torn apart by alcohol. Some people by drunk drivers others by addiction.

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Not your grandmas medicine

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There are benefits to legalization too. Marijuana provides a good amount of pain relief and relaxation. In many patients it inspires an appetite. Another big benefit is the amount of tax dollars it brings in. According to reason.com,  in 2015 marijuana taxes raised $1 billion. Thats a lot of money.

I’m not a marijuana smoker, I’ve tried it a few time but its not for me and frankly I think a lot of the culture surrounding it is stupid. But I think the logic in legalizing it is sound.

Raising the age to sell cigarettes?

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Hey kid are you old enough to smoke?!

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On June 9th the smoking age in California is being raised to 21. This change has been seen as a positive by most people. According to tobaccocounter.org, 3 out of 4 adults would be in favor of changing the age to 21 and 7 out of 10 smokers are in favor of the minimum age of sale being changed too. However, a recent article in The Los Angeles Times argues that it would be a pointless change and that it will still allow kids to get cigarettes. He argued that high profile stings of tobacco stores catering to children had no effect on the child’s ability to get cigarettes.

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Looks enjoyable.

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I am personally in the group of thought that the law should stay. When I was a kid and tried cigarettes for the first time it was because a senior who was 18 had a pack and offered them to me. While I think that people still can get a hold of cigarettes via parents, siblings, or otherwise, I think that by adding to the age of purchase it will make it less accessible to a lot of people. Researchers are predicting a 9 to 22 percent decline in smokers ages 15-17. Most people start smoking when they’re in middle school or high school.

 

Political Flip Floppers Anonymous

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Do you trust these people?

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Its election season again and just like every other American you’ve seen enough politics to be done for the next 4 years and its not even November yet. one of the things you’ve surely seen is at least one circumstance of a candidate attacking another candidate. Often times they can get quite personal with their attacks. In this cycle, I feel like the presidential debates were more insults than politics.

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Should we really report school shootings nation wide?

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Memorials for kids who died in a school shooting.

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Since the Columbine School Massacre in 1999 I feel like I cannot go 6 months without turning on my TV and seeing a school thats had another tragedy of a school shooting. Every time theres a school shooting I feel like the media goes into a frenzy to figure out every detail about the murderers. They not only want to break down motive but they want to break into what kind of music the killer liked, what video games he played, if he had friends, and if he printed any manifesto’s. As soon as said killer has been named a picture of the killer shows up on every major news source as they continue to dive into the persons life. Often times if there is a manifesto they will either make it available for the public or they will link to the source for the interested public to read.

I personally think that in situations like this the news is giving these mass murderers what they essentially wanted to be famous and to be heard. While I do think the localized area should see the story covered in the local news I don’t think that Minnesota should be getting every detail of the church shooting in Charleston, SC. While it is news it really is giving the murders what they want. I don’t think it needed to be the main story of CNN for two weeks after it happened.  According to CNN some reporters such as Anderson Cooper have taken a stand to not name killers on air and some groups such as the ‘No Notoriety’ movement are trying to change the way killers are portrayed in media.

I think the video below reflects just how ridiculous some news reports go with it and it also reflects how tragedy like these should be dealt with by the media.

 

http://money.cnn.com/2015/10/02/media/media-decisions-naming-showing-killers/

 

Blog # 1

A little about me; I sell hearing aids professionally, I used to be a stand up comic, and I love baseball. I still write comedy even though I don’t perform it and I have actually sold material to other comics. I play a lot of home run derby with my friends. in the last 2 summers we’ve played over 100 games. I’m no Griffey though. I hope that this class will be fun and engaging in learning more about social media. Nice to meet you all.