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How disheartening…

So I decided, after reading this awesome new blog I discovered, that I wanted to pick a day of the week where I would find an inspiration from the past week, and write about it. I picked Thursday, because this is the one day of the week on which I am required to do nothing after school except sit in my bed and read, write, chat, surf, and listen to music. (And maybe… study… but not until 11 pm at the earliest)

Anyway, I was in desperate need of inspiration. With a desire so strong to write, and nothing to write about, life was getting pretty painful. So I surfed the news and listened to music and reflected on life… when I came across this.

It’s disheartening, really, to hear about the pattern of violence that has been prolonged for such a time, and only continues. I realize that I especially don’t know much about the incident, considering the media doesn’t even have much to offer. However, the article still struck a thought or two inside of me. When I heard about the tragedy in Newtown, I had a feeling that, considering how much media coverage and conversation there has been of it, something fairly similar was bound to happen again sooner or later. Was I right, or was I right?

Apparently I was, and so when I saw this article, I was taken aback. I thought, “Honestly?? Already? Didn’t this just happen yesterday? Maybe next time I should… uh…be careful to avoid knocking on any wood whatsoever?” I don’t know… I mean, clearly, the effects of this shooting had more to do with the traumatic effects on the students, than any physical injury or death. It is hard, especially for those of us who can’t even fathom something like this happening to us, to think about how much an event like this can affect every single person in the town. I am sure many students feel angry, sad, depressed, worried, anxious, afraid, insecure, and uncomfortable, and now, all of these emotions continue, only a million times worse. I actually have a close friend who went through a traumatizing event like this a few years ago, when her teacher’s estranged husband attempted her murder in front of the class. My friend still cries about it to this day, and it is heartbreaking.

In a world of anger and sorrow, inequality and injustice, pain and heartbreak, suffering and loss, what are people to turn to? Is the answer really going to be violence? Is my generation going to settle for that? Or put an end to it? Are we going to raise our kids with the overused cliche: Violence is not the answer? Or are we going to ignore it in cowardice and pretend it isn’t real? It is real, and if you do look at the news regularly, a shooting story seems to linger on at least one news site every day. It’s awful. So I ask myself the question. Where does the problem begin?

What is most sad for me to face, is that the problem begins with human nature. And in this world, that is something we cannot change.

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The hierarchy of social networking

There are soooo many social networking sites these days, like I can’t even name them all. They all serve a slightly different purpose, contrary to what you might think, considering they all have a lot of the same features as well. But really, they are different, and I will give it a go at remembering how ever many I can, and explain to you the purpose each serves, and consequently, rank them by importance.

1. Blogs. These are incredibly great. The most noteworthy, profound, hilarious, and credible thoughts are posted here. (especially on this blog…jk) Sometimes you might run into a dilemma, like when your thought is too complicated and large for Twitter, and seems to lengthy for Facebook, so it belongs on a blog.

2. Facebook. So you’ve completed your daily blog post, and you suddenly think of a really funny encounter you had, or a joke you want to tell, but it just isn’t quite developed enough to make into a blog post. Plus, you already posted today. So where do you turn? Facebook is just sitting there waiting for you, ready to ask you what’s on your mind.

3. Twitter. But what if your mind is running in circles? Your thoughts keep coming, and they just won’t go away! They are short, pointless, dumb, silly, whatever, and you can’t embarrass yourself in front of your family by sharing these awkward thoughts on Facebook. So now what? You tweet. It’s so convenient.

4. Email. Snapchat. Facebook messenger. Instagram. Texting. Whatever else you can do to contact people privately or control who sees a certain message. They are all convenient. I categorize them with equal importance, or lack thereof. Facebook messenger makes it easy to contact certain people while you happen to be checking in on your news feed. Email is the omniscient and omnipresent database for every message you might get from people. You can pretty much combine every email address and chat site into one email these days. Just go to your settings and tell your email what to import. Snapchat (I guess, I don’t have one) is that sort of weird, convenient social messenger with which you can communicate in pictures. I guess it’s kind of fun and different from other messenger apps. I would categorize Instagram as a twitter for pictures only. It’s a convenient way to share a picture you just took with all your friends, without cluttering the other sites you belong to with a bunch of pictures. That’s all I’ve got for instagram. Texting doesn’t really hold its own meaning anymore. I mean, you could consider all of these things in the category of “texting.” But I have an old phone, an ENV3 in fact, and I actually “text” on my phone, separately from all these other ways of communication. Unlike the iphone, where you get a message from anything and it magically appears as a notification on the home screen.

Feel free to comment anything I’m missing. You can obviously tell I do four main things on the internet. Blog, Facebook, Tweet, and check my email. And then when none of these seem to satisfy me, I text. Duh.

My all time favorite animated shorts

THE HAIRBRUSH SONG: BROUGHT TO YOU BY SILLY SONGS WITH LARRY

LADYBUG’S PICNIC: THE GREATEST SESAME STREET SHORT EVER MADE

MITOSIS SQUARE DANCE (it never gets old)

KING OF 8

THE LETTER T: YET ANOTHER SESAME STREET SHORT (more modern, yet just as great, and quite hilarious)

GERI’S GAME: A PIXAR ANIMATION (This is the first one I ever saw, and it was at the beginning of A Bug’s Life, one of my favorite childhood movies)