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We have known social media to be a main source of news for quite some time. Anonymous describes themselves as “an idea not a group, we are your neighbor, your doctor, We are freedom, Justice, WE DO NOT FORGIVE, WE DO NOT FORGET, EXPECT US. Project #KnightSec”. This group has been following the story, posting videos, pictures, demanding an apology and convincing others to support them.
As most of you have probably heard, social media has played a role in the Steubenville, OH rape case. News outlets have reported that back in August, two teens have allegedly raped a drunk, unconscious 16-year-old girl at a party while others tweeted and posted pictures on Instagram about it. A video was also released of the teenage boys talking slanderously about the girl and the rape.
This video along with photos of the two boys carrying the young girl went viral over the Internet the next few days after the rape. The two boys have been arrested and are waiting for their court date.
With the releasing of video and pictures, social media has proven once again that what is posted on the Internet, stays on the Internet. Anonymous had released a video announcing they have the list of everyone involved including their personal information. At the end of the video they show snapshots of the “rape crew’s” social media sites talking about the events of that night. Anonymous has also been accused of hacking into the school’s website, personal social media pages and email accounts of people who is defending the young boys. These pictures can be seen on @KYanonymous.
Since the news went viral about the raping, there had been protests outside of Jefferson County Courthouse involving how the case is being handled. This rally referred to as “Occupy Steubenville” was organized by Anonymous and many protestors wore the iconic mask from V is for Vendetta that is the same signature mask of Anonymous.
Social media has the power to educate, expose and spread news from country to country around the world. Local news can be national news in a flash. The real question seems to be if Anonymous is in the right or wrong? Publicly defacing authority in Ohio vs. spreading an issue that is frequently overlooked? Do they really want to see justice served or just make a name for themselves? Whatever the case, if social media is involved, we can almost guarantee this case won’t subdue silently.
Being sexy begins between the ears. You can wear the prettiest outfit, form fitting, the right color and still feel uncomfortable in your shoes. it’s all about confidence. Besides sexy in general is so subjective. Personal preferences, culture influences and stereotypes all play a role that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Try finding a picture of someone you would like to use as your inspiration. We all play role daily. Use this image as your character as your muse to focus in your minds eye to put on your sexy. Clothing is an expression of how good you feel. Avoid letting negative talk like I’m too fat, too old, too conservative get in you way. There are mere insignificant road blocks to success. Take a minute to evaluate your definition of sexy and beauty. You may discover more things you appreciate about yourself that you realize.
Do we ever really learn from others mistakes or do we really have to live through it? We all have thought we were invincible at some point in our lives. Even a small part of us still thinks we are. On occasion the sobering idea of actually being human nudges us into reality. Sometimes it’s a higher power letting us know or even our bodies don’t cooperate the way we planned. Young children have that unwavering confidence who really have little experience to shield them from their consequences. I look at Lindsey Lohan and see that child. defiant, scared and lost. There can be great insight to being lost as long as you don’t intend to live there as your permanent address. The high of fame balanced by depression and prescription drugs is a hard pill to swallow. I hope she can gain insight to her motivations and get a hold ow where she wants to go. She lost focus on the things that matter by letting her emotions run her. We are all fall into that trap. After all we are human.
On The Today Show today, there was a piece about women finally ruling the world. There are more women going to college and are currently in power positions. If we were ruling the world why does the boys club still exist? Many think of that of yesteryear like there isn’t prejudice in America anymore. Just because it’s been discussed in the media doesn’t mean it automatically vanished. Women may be making strides but, I do believe there are many industries the boys’ club are thriving. Women have been talking about it for generations around lunch tables and in coffee shops. I think the war has made an impact on how many men have been in college like in many wars of the past. Historically women ran the world until the men return from war. I will be curious if this trend returns.
I think it’s great women have excelled in business. Will it reflect our salaries, change the structure of business to be more accommodating to our hectic family and work schedules? So if we really are in charge, what changes can we make to make a lasting impact in the long run?
Are you setting yourself up for unhappiness? Many candidates today apply for jobs they are not well suited for, fulfill the basic criteria or even apply for a part-time job when they really wanted a full time one. Some really don’t want to work full time hours but want the pay of a full time job. While others even apply for a job not realizing the financial implications on their family, budget to live, day care etc. If you settle for these types of jobs you really won’t ever be happy in this job regardless of the pay. You will always think you have settled or end up in a job you never expected. Like for example you go to school to be a psychologist and end up selling cell phones. How was all of the money and hard work going to get you to your original end goals? Many get disgruntled at the pay or at the company after they made such a huge investment in their education only to make a little income. Maybe they need to ask themselves what do I really want? To be honest with themselves where do I really want to be and be committed to it for themselves and others that are impacted by their decisions. Life is full of detours and distractions. That’s what it takes to be committed to personal branding to keep your life on track.
A 12-year-old, British boy recently had racked up around $1,400 tab playing Farmville on Facebook. This game is played by 75,000 players monthly. She is asking them to take part of the responsibility for a child with a past history of addictive behavior. “When I asked him why he did it he said that they had brought out ‘good stuff that I wanted,’ ” the mother, who asked not to be named, told the newspaper. This child had a history of racking up a big cell phone bill that he could not pay.
What is the line between watching what your kids are doing and corporate responsibility? Should online game manufacturers be responsible? The fact is that kids under 16 should not be on Facebook according to their rules. Sources recommend having a computer in an area where kids can be monitored online. Granted kids will be kids and sneak to do things. If there is a will there will be a way. This is an opportunity for this mother to address his over spending and the real world implications of this. It’s about showing the true value of money. History has shown he is clearly not understanding this principal. It’s parents job to keep underage children off of sites that clearly state that. There are other options a child his age can use to interact socially that is more appropriate.
Growing up I have always been particularly cognizant of brands. My father works for a major beverage company. As a kid, if were allowed to drink soda, we were not allowed to drink that of Brand X, since Dad’s company was paying the mortgage, putting food on the table and paying for my dance lessons.
Naturally, I’ve noticed when product placement advertising was used in my favorite television shows or movies and the increase this practice’s usage over the years, as we all have. Sometimes it influenced my perception of the brand, other times not so much.
According to an article in the Bulldog Reporter’s Daily Dog, the practice of securing product placement by writers and producers before a script is finished is becoming a big trend in Hollywood. In many cases, the brands they secure can be just as important as the names of the actors they sign. Building a brand is imperative to attracting the executives to the project. The increase of this trend shows that we can expect to see more Pepsi, more Coke, more Mac, more Moholos, more…..you get the picture.
Does there come a point where product placement in films and television detract from the story they are trying to tell? I my childhood, Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons were developed shear sake selling the toys. These two examples were not the first nor were they the last. Will there ever come a time when a corporation backs a full-length feature film to sell there product?
What do you think?
Blockbuster financial snap shot is looking better despite its looming financial woes. They have made various partnerships with other companies to enrich their offerings like Warner Bros. They are desperately trying to stabilize their financials. This deal will soften their up front costs to catch up on falling behind on paying their bills. “There’s still demand for physical video stores, but that will go away if Blockbuster were to fail,” said Charles Wolf, Blockbuster analyst at Needham & Co. “The movie studios realize that, and they realize that there is an important role to be played by Blockbuster’s stores.”
Playing catch up is a tough position to be in. Being first in a category give their competitors such a big advantage. Strategy is key in finding their voice, messaging and strategy to improve their market position.
“Asking if Blockbuster can compete with Netflix online is like asking if Best Buy can compete with Amazon online,” said Pachter. “The answer is no. It doesn’t matter how well capitalized you are, if the branding isn’t there, you’re not going to be able to compete.”
Reference: CNN Money
What are we to think when companies don’t practice what they preach on a business level? Petsmart has part of their messaging to bring your dog to the store and an extension of its experience. I have gone into the store with staff who have brought their dog to work. A dog trainer was doing his manager a favor by picking up an extra shift late at night. He was fired for bringing his dog to work. I really think managers need to think about what the implications are to say one thing and to do another from a brand perspective. What messaging are you saying to your employees who are also your customers. They are you brand cheer a leaders. Later this man was relocated and rehired without incident. I get it’s tough to run a business and to keep structure with your employees. I wish the brand extended though the ranks to a store manager level. Any break in that chain will damage the brand in ways that will take much longer to recover. Not only will it hurt employee moral it also generated bad press nationally. I hope they will instill better training and management support for store managers to help them deal and communicate better. Everyone will benefit from it in the long run.