Split Image Response

Please note before reading that this post was written for a class, and the topic was assigned.

Social media tends to portray everyone in a positive light, but when a person looks at these posts too often, they can begin to think that is reality. When that person is struggling and all they ever see on social media is people enjoying their lives, they can begin to think that something is wrong with them since their life is not going exactly as they had planned it. This contoured reality has affected me. I had to drop a class and I was really embarrassed about it since everyone else has been doing fine in all of their classes. I was embarrassed since it is only my first semester in college and I was already failing a class. I knew that I needed to keep a 3.0 GPA for my academic scholarship or I would not be able to attend next semester, but I still felt that I was stupid and a failure for having to drop a class already. I decided to do it since I did not see that I had any other option. Social media has made people think that everyone else’s lives are perfect while this is not the reality of life. Everyone has struggles in life and everyone’s struggles are very real and hard to them. I do not like it when I tell someone one of my problems, and they think that I am kidding because they do not view that particular problem as a serious issue. In the article, the girl saw all of her friends’ facebook pages and only saw the positive aspects of their lives. I encourage everyone to be real with their friends so that everyone knows that they are not alone in their struggles.

Blog Response

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I read a blog post by Kathy Sierra titled “Trouble at Koolaid point”. This blog talks about how Kathy, the writer, was threatened when her internet posts began to draw the attention of other internet users.

Social media is becoming a more public place.People should not expect privacy with anything that is posted on the internet. Employers check potential employees’ Facebook accounts. Is this a bad thing? It could be! Especially in the case of Kathy Sierra. She was being threatened. If she, or anyone in the same situation as her had been applying for a job while these threats were going on, that person probably would not be hired. This is because the threats were not only to her, they were also to her family and friends. If a potential employer was looking at these threats, he or she may be scared for their own life and protect themselves from the “trolls” by not associating themselves with that person.

Social media is turning young people into bullies. Cyberbullying is much easier on the internet. In her blog, Kathy talks about “trolls” who are anonymous bullies. No one requires any proof of what they are saying. Everyone just takes their words at face value, without any proof. This hits me close to home since I was cyberbullied in junior high school. A girl who didn’t like me decided to start a roomer that I was a lesbian and that we were dating. Since she was popular, everyone took her words at face value rather than asking me if any of it was true. (It was not in the least bit true.) Some of my friends even tried to pressure me into admitting to the false statements. I hate it when people cyberbully. These statements that no one would have thought to say to me or about me if they couldn’t initially begin while hiding behind their computer screen.

Freedom of Speech as Christians

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Philippians 4:8-9 is sometimes used to tell followers of Christ not to talk about or even think about R-rated topics. Since these types of topics are discussed so often in today’s society, how are Christians supposed to live? There is no possible way for a person to never be exposed to sensitive topics. I think that it is actually important for Christians to discuss these topics. If as Christians we are never exposed to these topics, we will seem ignorant when someone brings up an R-rated topic. If Christians never think about these topics in community with other Christians, we will be more prone to take the world’s view of this type of content when we eventually become aware of it. Paul’s warning is to not become like the world in our thinking. These topics are impossible to dodge for the entirety of our lives and it is important that we learn to view these topics from a Christian point of view. Students should be exposed to these topics. It can be dangerous when a Christian is required to view pornographic material since lust will naturally occur. I do not think that students should be required to view this type of material, but here’s the thing, most people are exposed to pornography before their eighteenth birthday. If as Christians we pretend none of us have ever viewed it, we’re only lying to ourselves. If Christians want to view these topics in a Christian manner, we need to talk about it. It does not help anyone if Christians pretend we’re perfect. I’m not saying that Christians should view R-rated content, but if a Christian does view this type of content, they shouldn’t have to hide it. Yes, shame is a natural emotion, but when Christians never talk about these topics, it becomes something that people are afraid to admit. As Christians we should not encourage one another to view this type of content. However, we should be there and not judge people when they admit that they have fallen into the temptations of the world.