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Is the Real Estate Market on Fire, or is it Just Clickbait?

The real estate market has been a nightmare for buyers, something I’ve been vocal about for the last year since I started the journey of purchasing my own home. There is plenty of misinformation out there which is why I am constantly telling my friends about the importance of finding a real estate agent you can actually trust. Misinformation isn’t the only thing to worry about in this climatic market though. Social media has created a platform for clickbait content that sways people’s opinions on what is happening in the market right now and what is slated to happen in the future.

A perfect example of this can be found on nearly every real estate-based YouTube channel right now. People have been uploading videos discussing a potential oncoming housing market crash, with pictures of houses and fires in the background, for well over a year. In the videos, which have had titles talking about a 2020, 2021, and now just “upcoming” housing market crash, the realtors or investors speculate on current market conditions and what they mean for the future. Graham Stephan, who has over 3 million subscribers on YouTube, posted a video just like this back in December of 2020.

The issue with these videos isn’t that these people are sharing their knowledge. In fact, the ability to learn about things like this online is one of the best things about the internet in my opinion. The issue is that the titles and background images are just a way to get quick clicks and lead people to think that there is an inevitable housing market crash coming. Some of these videos can be very technical in nature and people might not actually pay attention to nuances the video is trying to convey. Instead, they believe a market crash is coming and they begin to prepare or they tell others the same. Better yet, they might not ever even click the video, but see “2021 housing market crash” and think that it’s really about to happen.

I understand why people choose to use clickbait in their content, but I think that these videos could honestly get the same number of views without sensationalizing something many people are worried about right now. I’ve watched tons of these videos in the last year, and none of them can come to a definitive answer about whether or not the market is going to crash. Instead, these videos provide a lot of valuable information for those who are in the market to be conscious about when it comes to inventory and demands. There are plenty of buyers out there who want that information and would love to view it without being scared about their choice to even be in the market in the first place. I know because I was one of them.

Listening: A Critical Skill to Understanding

Dawn Edwardson, MDST 485, Post #3, Type #3


In his article, The Power of Listening , Jonathan H. Westover shares of a powerful experience he had when one of his college professors actually “heard him out” by simply practicing excellent active listening skills. His article had me interested from the very start as he started it off with a great quote…“No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen.” – Jewish Proverb. This is a powerful quote and one that I will add to my desk at work and home refrigerator. It is simple yet profound and every day I will see it and be inspired at the power of truly listening to others.

Westover shares of a specific example of a time in his college life when he was struggling to make a key decision regarding his classes and possibly changing his major. He sought out a trusted professor and shared with him all of his “scattered, naïve, and probably incoherent thoughts” and the professor intently listened and only spoke when seeking clarification on certain keyaspects. Westover walked away from that conversation feeling significantly more clear about his next steps and he also felt heard, understood, and validated. He was able to actually sort out his own thoughts and confusion simply because the professor cared enough to simply listen.

I think this makes good sense. Through truly listening to others we can convey to them that they are important to us and that what they have to share matters. I know that I have experienced an ability to move through very challenging situations just by being able to share my thoughts with someone close to me who had the time to actually listen. Taking about complex matters out loud with another can really help a person to gain clarity and perspective.

Westover digs a little deeper into the topic of listening and his experience with his professor. He shares about active listening as a skill and he cites Elle Kaplan’s definition of active listening, “giving your complete, intentional focus to what someone says, rather than what their words literally mean.”  I can resonate with this and it makes good sense. Active listening is about listening to what someone is telling you and understanding the context of what they are saying not the literal words they are saying. It’s also about paying attention to their body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice. These are all part of the message or information they are trying to share with us. Listening requires us a to be “all in”, no distractions.

The overarching purpose of Westover’s article is from a business perspective; to be an effective and better leader. It was surprising to me that he didn’t specifically discuss that true listening requires us to make time and to clear our minds. It’s very challenging in the workplace to stop in the middle of what you’re doing to truly to listen to another colleague. Maybe if you’re an incredibly skilled/seasoned listener you can but I find that very challenging. It’s certainly important to do your best in a real-time situation, however, for matters that require true active listening, I like to ensure I can do that with a clear mind and no distractions thus I actually plan time for it.  

I think and feel that I am a pretty good listener, however, when I am overwhelmed by all the things that need to get done, such as the daily obligations of work, school, family, and friends..well, my ability to listen in a meaningful way can easily go right out the window. During periods of high stress, I have too much mental interference to actively listen unless I am very intentional about it and actually plan time with someone to talk. By planning time, I can ensure that I have cleared my mind and can be wholly present in my listening. Additionally, I think the hardest part of active listening is just that, actively listening. If we all took a moment, during our next conversation, and paid attention to how many times we interrupt or stop listening because we already know what they’re going to say or we have a response, we’d be very surprised at our inability to truly listen.

How has the Information Age changed the way we live?

Quinton Miller, Metropolitan State University, April 20th, 2021 Post #5 type #1 (Annotated link & describe what’s present & how it relates to us)

The information age is the time in which we live now. It begun in the late 20th century and is defined by the shift from industrialization to more of an information technology economy. The industrial age brought on new advancements for the Western world creating America’s billionaires who led the nation to become rapidly sustainable. The industrial age brought on new jobs, economic opportunities and an increase in efficiency with the addition of technology. This computerization of material saves companies money in the long run. Humans are not completely counted out as opportunities to repair or maintain the new equipment become available. Also referred to as the digital revolution, new entertainment social and analytical media sprout from it. Entertainment includes internet, video, music and game streaming. These services provide quick downloads, fresh music options, and new digital games. All these industries have flourished from the integration of technology into today’s society.

A major platform is social media. Social media uses the internet to connect users on websites and applications. This platform can be helpful for businesses as well as individuals. For business it helps share ideas and network more easily. Individuals can also Network as well as stay connected with family members, form groups based on shared interest, advocate for a cause the individual is passionate about or to share content quickly and efficiently. Although social media is mostly used on handheld devices, this product started on computers. Social media, like other forms of media, provide information on a business’s reach to their audience. This, in turn, influences marketing strategy and advertising preferences. All of this is wonderful, but how does it relate to the topic of my essay? I’m glad you asked. with the amount of real-time information floating through the internet, there is bound to be unpopular, inaccurate, and misleading information on the internet social media giants’ platforms. Questions like how we combat this or mitigate its effect are commonly assessed due to false information. Some people suggest staying away from social media all together, others want to treat these platforms like class by checking everyone’s work for accuracy or offence. Some people simply do not care. For those who do, stick around to the end of this article for some great resources to gain back your confidence while surfing the web and using social media.

There are resources that elaborate on the ethics of technological advancements and how it has affected the daily lives of those in society. The explanation through the acronym P.A.P.A provides the grounds of how the swiftness in which information travels has impacted those who do and do not use it. The ‘P‘ stands for privacy, the most negatively impacted aspect of life is said to relate to people’s ability to be true to themselves without revealing too much of themselves. ‘A‘ is the accuracy of the information that has traveled, which had been made popular by Donald Trump’s ‘Fake News‘ slogan. The second ‘P’ stands for property. For example, who is entitled to certain information amy come into question when a journalists reveals a secret of a celebrity that tarnishes their image. This even has a lawsuit called ‘Slandering’.

According a to findlaw.com publication, Maddy Teka, a law degree holder from Ethiopia, explains what is entailed in slander cases:

“Someone made a false, defamatory statement about you knowing it was a false statement

The statement does not fall in any privileged category

The person who published it acted negligently when they published the statement

You were harmed by the statement”



Finally, the second ‘A’ stands for accessibility or who is entitled to certain information. The government is an excellent example of an entity that is supposed to allow information to be accessible, but withholds certain pieces as classified.

Check this instagram post out on tips and tricks to stop web tracking for Ads on Instagram.
This mobile and computer web browser are used by myself and I figured why not share the sugar. This isn’t even a paid ad! DuckDuckGo is just t that good!

Mason, Richard O. “Four Ethical Issues of the Information Age.” MIS Quarterly, vol. 10, no. 1, 1986, pp. 5–12. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/248873. Accessed Apr. 2021.



A Critical Analysis of Retail Cannabis Marketing and Youth

Quinton Miller, Public Relations Major, MDST 485, January 30th, 2021, Post #3 Type #3

Parents of you social media As untrustworthy in the likes of influences on the children. My mother, in fact, did not approve of the possible exposure to different products online. She would fear me ordering weapons, drugs and coming involved in various online communities. My online empoxy business was prevented from creating Facebook ads because it mentioned that knives could be molded out of epoxy for sale. It mentioned in the rejection statements that drugs and weapons were not allowed for paid promotion. Once I removed the items and wording, they reassessed the page and pushed my ads through. This personal experience provides insight to the adversity social media marketing has combat and it’s endeavor to reach new audiences.

Cannabis media groups use educated speakers to spread ideas to specific audience groups here’s an example of a featured guest for an event coming in June of 2021: https://www.instagram.com/p/CN21m-HLOMP/?igshid=jhua7d7nwcnc

The light shun by cannabis companies are reaching adolescence in states where retail cannabis is legal. This is casting an unsavory image on the objectives these these companies. Similar adversities were faced with the advertisement of tobacco products. We know what the result of that was. Tobacco products are no longer allowed to be advertised. Mainly because they seem to target young audiences. The strategy with this was simple, if you find younger people they will become addicted, buy the product longer and result in long term consumers. The cannabis industry could use previous data and examples like these type of studies in order to avoid the same market mistakes of cigarette companies before their ads were banned.

Buying Both Marijuana and Cigarettes are Like Literally Burning Your Money. The Youth Shouldn’t Be Distracted With It.

Not only does this article include part of a survey in which marketing analytics of retail cannabis sales are compiled by use, it also involves tools with the most reach potential. Of those tools, Facebook is at the top of the list. Unfortunately, younger users are at the forefront of the study. I would imagine that the online marketing tools allow for age range options for target audiences desired to be reached. If not, it is imperative to urge social media restrictions of users who do not fit age range to view Cannabis related content. There may also be youth who are dishonest about their ages online. This source will show parents that mistakes can be fixed. It illustrates integrity and maturity for the business’s market.

What other ways do you think Cannabis’s inevitable legalization can be geared in the right direction? Here’s a link to the @MinorityCannabis Instagram post where panelists can contribute questions that will be answered such as these. Will you click to have your input heard?: https://www.instagram.com/p/CN2nzA_r24I/?igshid=u8b9lhqfis9g

Whitehill, J.M., Mareno M.A. (2020) Exposure to Cannabis Marketing in Social Media and Traditional Media and Past-Year Use Among Adolescents in States With Legal Retail Cannabis, Journal of Adolescent, Volume 66, Issue 2, 2020, Pages 247-254 Health Retrieved from: https://doi-org.mtrproxy.mnpals.net/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.08.024

Illegal Tampering of Diesel Trucks

Provided by The New York Times

This article is about the many of Diesel Pickup truck owners who are illegally disabling their vehicles’ emissions control technology, which is allowing an excess of emissions into the atmosphere. A federal report states that over the past decade excess emissions equivalent to 9 million extra trucks on the road has been exposed into polluted into the air as of a result.

The disabling of the excess emissions is illegal on a federal level, so all of the owners that participate in making this adjustment know that what they are doing is illegal. In this article, they are refusing to put the blame on the small companies entirely who are manufacturing the illegal devices. However, if the small companies were not manufacturing the devices and selling them illegally under the table. Diesel pickup truck drivers would not have access to the device needed unless the manufactured it themselves. If the crackdown on these small companies was more direct, the manufacturing of these devices would slow down. It would also be easier to trace were the devices are being distributed from.

Understanding how detrimental these emissions are to the pollution of our climate and the negative affects it has on peoples health. The author should’ve stressed more of an importance on why this issue needs to be addressed health wise especially. If I was the author I would have shared additional facts, including numbers from studies acknowledging the harm we are facing with the growing number of gas emissions being released into the atmosphere. Even though gas emissions come from multiple sources other than just vehicles, if we were able to reduce the happening of diesel pickup truck owners tampering with their emissions technology control, that could help reduce our pollution problem by a small percentage. I would have also found a way to interview a few owners who have disabled their technology since it seems as though authorities are not really going after them at this point. Having a conversation with them to see if they understand the amount of harm they are causing to our climate and peoples health, with pollution. They may support an initiative to end the disabling of their emissions system once being educated on the effects.

Upgrade the Interview

Many of us these days are applying to jobs. Hopeful that we will stand out enough on a resume or cover letter that we secure a precious interview. Knowing full well that even though the interview isn’t a guarantee, we want to receive word that we have come across well enough on paper that we will be given a chance at a face-to-face. Giving all this thought into the hiring process has led me to believe that we could be doing this so much better.  

Then I stumbled across this video, where a psychologist and organizational consultant is breaking down the ways in which the interview system is not designed to operate its best. He highlights a few general failings, especially as they relate to entry-level jobs. I, however, would add a couple very important others that apply for any position. 

Why our Interview System Sucks 

First, there is the obvious stress element. In the video he highlights that this can be an especial burden on those with disabilities, are very shy, or who suffer from anxiety. I would add that even traditionally not anxious people can have more heightened levels with this kind of induced pressure. And while some jobs may need to monitor for how one handles stress, he is correct that this isn’t true for many entry-level jobs. 

You perform better when you are comfortable. As he says in the video “If you want to assess a candidate’s true potential, see how they function at their best, not their worst.”  

Traditionally the environment isn’t designed to be friendly. Anecdotally I know of several stories where interviews have been incredibly friendly and hiring managers have been welcoming and conversational. Nonetheless, if many individuals view interviews as interrogations or tests, we may have an opportunity to improve this expectation. 

The process of interview is not representative of a prospective employee’s actual work. The qualities a person possesses that allows them to excel in an interview space is not necessarily indicative of their actual work ethic, ability, or responsibility.  

I would add… 

Unless this is a position in which you provide a portfolio of your work, interviews are not structured in a way to allow you to showcase your talents.  

They are inauthentic. People rehearse their answers and are keen to respond in ways they expect they should. I always think of how ineffectual the questions regarding strengths and weaknesses are, as if all of us haven’t pondered which response to give to that question for the majority of our adult lives.  

I think if more companies took the initiative and hired an organizational consultant they could find ways to creatively restructure their hiring process and therefore attract better talent. I also believe that more entry-level jobs should be carefully adjusted to better accommodate folks with disabilities, anxiety disorders, or anyone else capable of performing better by simply adjusting the environment.  

image credit: @vincentdnl


If you have never heard of TSR TheShadeRoom you can think of it as a black TMZ. Like not even kidding! Not only is it a website but they also have several social media platforms, Instagram being their main source of traffic https://www.instagram.com/theshaderoom/ . On TSR they are known for (like the name says) shading celebrity, everyday people, artist and so on and so forth. Not only that but they keep you up to date about the latest news update such as the Presidential Election and more. Despite all the bullshit that they post, they also post good things such as heart warming videos of people getting engaged or married and of course helping people go viral because they have such a large following base.

I follow TheShadeRoom on instagram but I’ve never cared to actually take a look at their website because majority of the post on their instagram page goes directly here to the website which is also linked in their bio.

Now I enjoy TSR because they always know how to give you a good laugh, and if you want to know about all the latest celebrity gossip or scandal you can bet your last dollar that they will somehow have the tea first before anyone else. But the things I dislike about TSR is that they sometimes give fake news! Not only that, but no one knows who the bloggers are! Unlike TMZ where they aren’t afraid to let you know who their people are, TSR only has about two faces who are the “spokes persons ” for the site.

Comparing their website to their Instagram page its all the same mumbo jumbo! A whole lotta messy fake bullshit from people who just want a paycheck in their hands without even getting their facts together first. Oh and the worst part of it all is that they have a ShadeRoomTeen! As if discussing the adults isn’t bad enough now they go after the celebrity kids as well. Overall this page is very toxic both post wise and comments wise. OOOH how crazy the comments are.

Electric Bikes are cheating. An argument that misses the point.

In his article Five reasons riding an ebike isn’t cheating Justin Duckman explains why riding an ebike isn’t cheating. He explains the physical benefits citing to research done by Bringham Young University explaining that riders with pedal assist had heart rates around 145bpm which was just 10 beats less than conventional riders.

I found this blog article on www.radpowerbikes.com. I believe that the author is incredibly biased in his writing and I know it for a fact because I too am biased on the subject. In April of 2020 just after the pandemic I was already in the market for a high-quality bike. I had tried out an ebike back in the summer of 2019 and was in love but the price tag threw me at 3k. I waited, researched and found much more reasonable rad power bikes. I bought one and have been riding it since June of 2020. I also talked my partner into using his Trumpcheck into buying one. I’m in sales so I laid it on pretty thick in convincing him. One month after owning it he said to me as we were riding “I’m really glad we bought these bikes.” With the pandemic and not being able to travel which is our first passion I knew we were going to have to find something to do around where we live to occupy our summer and riding bikes has been it.

Our friends laugh when we tell them we have electric bikes and some say we are cheating and that it isn’t really riding. We also get looks from people on the trails when we pass them going 20mph up steep hills. At least I think we get looks from them, it’s hard to tell from our rear-view mirrors we installed. All joking aside I think the point of owning a bike is so that you can travel further and see more and be outside longer. In September I got up to 1k miles on my bike after just owning it since June. If I would have bought a traditional bike there is no way I would have ridden it this much.

I’ve been able to see some gorgeous trails in Minnesota this year. Is it cheating? It depends on what your goal is in riding a bike in the first place. Yes, a traditional bike may have given me a better workout but working out was never my goal.

Blog Post 3 – Contributing to critical public discourse: the analytic post

Dr. Dena Goffman, chief of obstetrics at Columbia University Medical Center stated that there should be no visitor during the time of birth and that means you must give birth alone with strangers (nurses and doctor). A health care system in New York city has made this choice to help fight against CVOID-19. Goffman stated his reasoning for this as some women have encounter the condition of CVOID-19 and later on tested positive. Goffman ideas to help family member stay a part of birthing time is virtually through a phone or tablet.

My take on this article:

I find this to be ridiculous! How can you expect a women to go into labor and let alone give birth by herself and strangers (Nurses and doctor). I can understand the whole reason why Goffman stand strong with this regulation of no visitor including your partner during birth time but this is just too much. Giving birth alone is scary, can you image having to do it alone? It must be a night mare. Goffman should at least allow one person in the room for the comfort of the mother to be. Make sure the additional person is in good health and allow him or her in the room so labor can run better for the mother. I cannot speak for anyone but myself. During this Pandemic time I gave birth to a beautiful little angel, but before that rumor was going on that I would not be able to have anyone in the room with me and that means my husband too. I freak out about this as this is my first time. It caused me to have anxiety as I feel I was going to fail at giving birth. I did not want to go through this alone and especially when it’s my first child. I had so many thoughts going through my head. I immediately called my doctor and ask if my hospital allow any one and luckily they did allow at least 1 person. I was glad my husband was able to be in the room with me and witness the beautiful moment our princess came into the world. I was able my daughter was able to be hold by her dad so she can create that bond with him. As you can see, women go through a lot during the 9 months of pregnancy, they deserve to be able to give birth with some kind of peace. It’s hard to say this but only mothers would understand why it is so important to have a supporting member during birth time. Goffman should reconsidered his restriction!



Influencer Woos

Link: https://www.abbienaija.com/2018/12/being-influencer-is-not-real-job.html

The point of working is to make money and be successful as long as it is legitimate. Right?

Abimbola is a Social Media Influencer and Fashion Blogger. She states that being an ‘Influencer’ is a real job that comes with tasks, deadlines, campaign direction(s), pivots, research and overall hard work. Just like any job, there’s competition and the need to stand out and be among the top influencers a brand or company chooses to work with (whether for a one-off project or an ongoing campaign). She hints that being an Influencer might even be a little risky because of the inconsistency in payments – “Oh, did I mention how you have to wait 30 days or even two months before you get paid?

She does state that there are influencers out there who are fake and only care about the money; who don’t actually trust or believe in the product(s) they’re recommending/promoting to their audience base.

Overall, am I impressed?
Yes, actually. From someone who’s been interning at a PR agency for the last 11 months, I’d say Abimbola is very knowledgeable (I’m sure) in what a partnership looks like for her and what it could look like for the brand/agency she’s working with. And it looks like she’s already made headway in paid sponsored content (see screen grabs above) and living her best “Instagram” life.

Is there more to uncover, beyond her blog?
Oh yeah. I’m sure she meant every word on her post – but I do feel like she’s approaching it from an “I’m a starving artist” standpoint. In addition, YES – from an agency POV, an entire marketing/PR campaign works when you are pitching the media, running social, managing paid ads, etc. however, what they don’t tell you is that these campaigns have been in the planning stages for months maybe even years. In these cases, how effective and necessary are influencers? And most importantly, brands want to know how reliable these Influencers are.

There are a lot of gray areas when agreeing to these kinds of partnerships. More often than not, brands know what they want and can give more content direction, but sometimes it could flop if you let an influencer get too creative. For example, Tiffany Mitchell (@tifforelie), an Influencer with over 200k+ followers on Insta posted a photo of her mid-accident after crashing her motorcycle. In her lengthy post about the accident, there’s an image that clearly shows a bottle of Smartwater. Because her post came off as staged, she received a ton of backlash. (Yikes)

Brands shouldn’t have to rely on Influencers.
I believe that if a brand’s story, mission or vision is top of mind for everyone at their company (meaning all employees practice and demonstrates the company’s core values) then there would be no need for Influencers whatsoever – I strongly believe that the greatest assets a company or brand has are its people: the employees, their families, their corporate responsibility partnerships, etc. A brand should want to rely on these folks to be their number one advocator and not someone they randomly found through an Insta hashtag.