So I’ve been debating on how best to use my spare time as I currently have quite an abundance of time. Graduating in October, I wonder what to do after. Currently I have no ‘hard skills’ (i.e. technical skills) that is easily employable. What I’ve gained from my years as an undergrad is simply learning how to learn. But at this point, I’m not even sure if that worth the $30,000 of debt I’ve put myself in. It’d be best if I saved that for another blog entry though.
So what are my options as of right now that can both be financially rewarding as well as fulfill me as a person on a fundamental level? At the very top of my head, it would be Fine Arts. The ideal 5 year road plan would be to brush on my art skills, enough to the point where I don’t feel my artistic talent is limiting my vision of what I want on a piece of paper. But this road is ill advised to anybody interesting in entering the Arts industry. The hours are long and financially unrewarding. Take for instance a weekly chapter from your favorite mangaka (artist) – 20 pages. From my time of watching art streamers who’ve broadcast their work process live, it seems on average it is a day’s worth of work to produce 1 page (from drafting to inking to toning/shading the work). A day’s worth of work to most people is 8 hours. Their typical 9-5pm job. But for an artist, they are constantly working 12, up to 16 hours of work a day in order to meet their deadlines. If it takes 8 hours to do 1 page, that means for a 20 page chapter, it would be 160 hours worth of work (8 hours * 20 pages). Say for instance you get $2000 per chapter from your publisher (unlikely, but let’s go with this). This means $2000/120 hours, you have made $12.5/hour. Better than minimum wage, but worse than any ‘real job’ one can find after graduating with a degree. But hey, if the saying of ‘doing what you love and you’ll never have to work a day’ holds true, then it shouldn’t be that bad right? Of course this is assuming you even get $2000 per chapter.
So what’s next on the list? eCommerce. I guess you can say this blog could potentially fall into that category. But would it be worth it? For the learning experience, I’m sure. But I’m graduating soon with no job in sight, which leaves me broke and desperately in the money. Not sure if I want to jump through the hoops in gaining mediocre traction for this blog. A successful blog can’t be grown within days, or months, but only years. This time is not something I can afford. Plus, it takes way too much effort to run a successful blog. Your content has to be interested. They have to have pictures because people are quite superficial when it comes to reading new content from an unknown writer. The blogs have to have sources, links for credibility. They also have to have links embedded into the blog itself, so you can redirect your viewer to other articles you have posted. All in all, a lot of time and effort. Don’t even get me started on how to advertise and monetize it (SEO, affiliate ads, etc.). But as they say Rome wasn’t built in a day, so it’s hard to complain when you haven’t put in the time and effort to build your brand.
In the end, I’m sure it’s best to walk the path of least resistance. And as of this moment it is to simply use my degree and work for ‘the man’. Do something mundane and boring but be paid a fair wage. Entrepreneurship, the struggle it takes to succeed in doing what you love may very well be a pipe dream when bills are piling and time is moving too fast for you to remove yourself from the world and incubate in your little hut. People would tell me that I’m young and that I have the time to figure things out. But on the other hand I hear of stories of men and women in their 30s and 40s who still don’t have an idea on what they’d do for the rest of their life. Is life really just about doing the necessity to feed yourself and find as much time as possible to entertain yourself with the things you actually do like to do? If so, that may very well be the sad reality I’ll have to face in a few months time. But until the convocation date, I’ll enjoy the very scarce time I have left to do the things I love.
It took me 30 minutes to write this. Was it worth it? I don’t even know. Blogging is hard. I’m sure the best way to succeed is to become an aggregator where you’re just taking a bunch of materials from other sites and condensing it onto your own with click bait titles. Something like a “Top 10 ways to lose weight in the near year!” or “How to gain 1000 followers today!”. As I mentioned before, it’s near impossible to be an unknown writer on an unknown blog.
Here’s a rant. Have you ever heard of SEO? Adsense? Probably not unless you’re into eCommerce or trying to monetize your blog, or site. People are earning hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands a month through digital media. You see those advertisement banners on the side of your favorite site? Chances are you just made them 30 cents. Doesn’t seem much but then you multiply this by thousands, hundreds of thousands of readers over months and years, then you got yourself a person who’s able to live off of people like you and me. Check your favorite site on Competition.com or Alexa.com and you can see just how much traffic they’re getting. What really irks me are the sites I’ve never heard of before. Observer.com? What the hell is that. I’ve spent near 2 decades on the Internet and have never heard of this site before. So, here I am today trying to revitalize this blog. I have a lot of free timenowadays and have been telling myself that something might come out of something, but for sure nothing will come out of nothing. So, for this reason I will start blogging again. About what? Who knows. Anything I find interesting. I’ve been picking up a lot of interest lately in Fine Arts and eCommerce, so we’ll see where this goes.
After seeing only 200 hits for this blog, over a span of 3 years of it idling, this already doesn’t seem very promising. But alias, if all fails, I’ll just treat this blog as a little journal of mine.
YouTube: How it changed the social and media landscape
YouTube: a revolutionary video media platform that enables content to be distributed to an audience all across the world. It is a place where home videos are found, audio recordings are made, an incredible source of entertainment. Production by non-commercial enterprises (i.e. amateur home videos) is not new. However, exposing it to an audience that is larger than some of history’s biggest box office movies should be unthinkable. Yet it is being done, and by the most ‘ordinary’ of people. Some of the most viewed videos, channels with the highest subscribers are from people known as ‘vloggers’ (video bloggers). These vloggers have followings that are larger than some of today’s most well known celebrities. Prominent vlogger, Jenna Marbles, currently sits at 13 million subscribers while in contrast, Justin Bieber at 10 million. So, how are these vloggers able to acquire such a large audience? The answer is ‘connectivity’. YouTube is the medium that has revolutionized our daily lives. It is where our desires are being fulfilled, and whereby businesses capitalize on it.
Prior to YouTube, many of us lacked the opportunities to share and engage topics that we were interested in. The shows we watched and wanted to share were often limited to the friends and family who would bother listening to us. However, YouTube has become the perfect place to spark discussion and engage with (sometimes) like-minded people. There are two main ways to generate discussion on YouTube. One is through a ‘video response’, by which the video you make is now tagged to the original video. The second way is through the comment section. Together, these methods are known as a ‘cool medium’ (Durant, 2009), where the technology allows for a high participation rate from the audience. Through these mechanisms, provide a cascade effect for more videos, more comments – fanning the flames, so to speak. With all of this creates an incredibly large, interconnected web of social interactions.
Due to this connectivity, YouTube has forever changed the corporate media landscape. Traditionally, broadcasting is in the domain of the large powerful conglomerates (i.e. Time Warner, Disney, Fox) that pay billions of dollars to be on your television (Christensen, 2007). Unfortunately for them, YouTube sensations are now stealing the time from their audience. Instead of turning on Game of Thrones, you may choose to watch a short skit from your favourite YouTuber. Video production no longer needs to be a $100 million studio budget. Instead, a creative vlogger can take his or her camera, gather a few friends, and create something just as entertaining for a fraction of the cost.
There is no doubt that YouTube has challenged the fundamentals of the media industry. It was once known as an expensive industry run by professionals, beyond the scope of the ‘every day citizen’ (Christensen, 2007). Today, it is astonishing to see how YouTube celebrities are able to capture the hearts of many. Through YouTube’s clever design and development, they have achieved what little corporations were able to do before. YouTube has changed how we consume content. It has become the place for us to voice our opinions, spark conversations, where before we could only rely on our friends and family, who for all we know, might’ve wanted to ignore us.
Christensen C. (2007). Youtube: The Evolution of Media? Screen Education 45: 36-40
Durant A, Lambrou M. (2009). Language and media. New York: Routledge.
The Atomic Bomb: Justified or not?
Imagine, in the morning of August 6 1945, in an instant you were hurled towards the ceiling and then dropped towards the floor, as if you were some kind of ragdoll. After struggling to get up, your body aching, the wind knocked right out of you, you walk outside, and the only thing you see is an image representing close to hell. The sunlight gone, the city covered in smoke, buildings lit on fire, corpses scattered throughout the streets, this was the image of those who survived the Hiroshima & Nagasaki atomic bombing. So, the question is, was the dropping of the atomic bomb ‘justified’?
To answer this incredibly complex question, involves a multi faceted answer that not only looks at both players, but the general context these people were in. A little over a week before the dropping of the atomic bomb, the Allied Forces issued the Potsdam Declaration, an ultimatum for Japan to surrender or face “prompt and utter destruction” (President Truman, 1945). By this point, Japan was already in ruins. Little remained of their Navy forces, their cities were on fire, and the time was ticking for Japan to make a decision. It wasn’t as if the Japanese people didn’t want to surrender, but during this time, many Japanese people embodied the doctrine of the samurai. The way of the warrior: honor, and the sense of fight to the death were heavily engrained in the leaders of Japan. They didn’t surrender, because in their minds, the concept of surrendering never existed.
Popular opinions from supporters of the bomb (e.g. President Truman) would say that it forced a swift surrender by the Japanese, and prevented massive casualties on both sides. A study on June 15 1945 by the Joint War Plans Committee estimated an invasion would’ve resulted in 40,000 dead American soldiers and 150,000 wounded. On the other hand, within 2 weeks, 200,000 Japanese citizens would’ve been dead and upwards to 3 million had the war gone on for months (Skates, 2000). In contrast, approximately 250,000 were killed in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Rezelman et al, 2000).
Conversely, many historians such as Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, would argue that the bombing was not the reason that Japan surrendered, but it was only an extension to the already fierce firebombing of Japanese cities, and that it was ultimately the Soviet Union declaring war on Japan that sealed their fate (Jenkins, 2005). Prominent scientists such as Leo Szilard criticized the bombing for being immoral, indefensible, a war crime, and an act of terrorism. Had the Americans not won the war, it would’ve been they who would be trialed as war criminals.
Knowing all of this, was the bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki justified? Did it have to happen? This is a subject that remains heavily debated even till today. It depends on which historian you talk to, and whether they think Japan was remotely close to surrendering prior to the bombing. The lives that potentially were saved still don’t take away the fact that many Japanese civilians were killed that day. Had it been an invasion instead, it would’ve been primarily soldiers; and following Soviet Union’s declaration of war, a surrender might’ve been imminent.
There is nothing as indiscriminate as an atomic bomb, where its sheer magnitude is something no country could’ve prepared for, could’ve hid away from; there are no reasons to allow these bombs to be dropped on any cities. It is weapons like the atomic bomb that could’ve spelt the end of the world. At this rate, it will not be a meteor, or a great flood that ends the human race, but humans themselves. Thus, we must take it upon ourselves to never use such genocidal weapons again, because already it was not only once but twice, did we risk going down the path of no return.
Jenkins, D. (2005). The Bomb Didn’t Win It. The Guardian.
Maddox, R. (1995). The Biggest Decision: Why We Had to Drop the Atomic Bomb. American Heritage 46(3)
Rezelman, D., Gosling F. G., Terrence R. (2000). The Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki. The Manhattan Project: An Interactive Hstory. U.S. Department of Energy
Skates, J. R. (2000). The Invasion of Japan: Alternative to the Bomb. University of South Carolina Press. p. 79.
Industrial revolution: for better or for worse?
The Industrial Revolution: a time period between 1760 to 1840 known to many as the greatest heydays in modern history. It was a time where Western civilization began to move from an agricultural dependent society to one where it finds new efficiencies in their lifestyle and improvements to their standard of living using methods of machinery, chemicals, minerals, and steam. This sounds great until you realize the costs involved in achieving these efficiencies, these improvements. Working conditions were deplorable with long working hours for low wages. So, one has to wonder did society as a whole benefit from this time period? Or more importantly, who did this time period benefit? Who were the winners and who were the losers?
Well, there were obvious benefits to the industrialization of society. Working conditions as a whole did improve. Work environment moved from outdoors to indoors making work available throughout the seasons. In addition, long distance transportation was made available. This allowed for people who normally would be trapped in rural areas to migrate in search for newfound opportunities. This led to signs of social mobility, where many of the poor gradually became the middle class, which ushered in an age of many social changes and reforms. But just as there were many who moved up the social status ladder, there were even more people who were left behind.
So who were these unlucky individuals? They were the many who found themselves exploited by working twelve to fourteen hours a day, five days a week, all year long for low paying wages (Fitzgerald, 2000). Regardless of gender or age, women and children alike were both expected to work these hours (Fitzgerald, 2000). They were the peasants who worked in the noble’s lands, those who lay trapped in the rural areas – places that were never very well industrialized, places that the trains did not reach. This led to unfathomable income inequality. While some were profiting from their newfound factories, buying up estates, amassing household slaves, many were left hungry and deprived of opportunities.
In the end, were there winners and losers? Well it depends on the time frame you’re looking at and who you were during the revolution. In the short run and if you were say, a peasant, chances are the Industrial Revolution made you worse off. However in the long run, despite the poor economical situations for many, civilization as a whole wouldn’t be as prosperous as it has become. We wouldn’t be here to discuss the haves and have-nots if it weren’t for the Industrial Revolution. So, we owe it to the peasants who endured and suffered to lay the foundation in which we walk. We owe it to the middle class who furthered social standards, the artisans who had technological breakthroughs that avoided the threat of famine. We owe it to the merchants who acquired charters from lords to establish towns (Fitzgerald, 2000). It is thanks to these people that society profited from its hardships and it is because of them can we have this discussion today.
Sorry to my blog readers that this post is rather vague. The topic I chose could have books written on, so it’s my fault for not choosing to tackle a simpler issue. Word limit was 500, so you get what you pay for, I guess.
A job is a job at the end of the day. I don’t know how the peasants/’unlucky’ individuals were made worse off. They are lucky to get something they didn’t have before. But whatever, it was added in for contrast sake as that’s a popular criticism of the Industrial Revolution.
C.W. “Did living standards improve during Industrial Revolution?”. The Economist: Blog. 2013. Web. 16 July 2014.
Fitzgerald, R. D. “The Social Impact of the Industrial Revolution.” Science and Its Times: Understanding the Social Significance of Scientific Discovery. Ed. Josh Lauer and Neil Schlager. Vol. 4. Detroit: Gale, 2000. 376-381. Global Issues In Context. Web. 16 July 2014.
This blog, this essay, this ‘blogessay’ is for my Media Studies class where I am required write an analysis of a pop song. It was difficult in the sense of choosing the perfect song to analyze. Not having listened to many ‘English songs’ recently as my latest playlists are comprised of all instrumentals, trance, dub-step and Japanese soundtracks, it was hard to find a song that I felt I can write a 1500 word essay on. But as I was sifting through the greatest hits, I was reminded of Coldplay – simple in lyrics (at face value), yet always backed by meaning that leaves fans and music enthusiasts wanting to decipher, learn and possibly understand the intentions of the song. So, I chose Paradise by Coldplay. With its bombastic chorus, hypnotic chords, lyrics you can easily relate to, it was the perfect candidate to write an analysis on. Paradise with its emotional story and powerful melodic punches is a compositional masterpiece that caters to the helpless young audience of today.
Para-para-paradise – a catchy chorus that most of us have heard at some point. A nominee of the Grammy Award released in September 2011, a song relatively simple in its lyrics, does its job in making it irresistible to not hum or sing along to. In its first verse, tells a story of a girl who was once still blessed with her innocence; some may call it her ignorance. She had high expectations for the world. She expected her future to be like a fairy tale, a common misperception we lead many young girls with today. Perhaps she expected the world to be fair and just, where women are treated as princesses, for her to find her Prince Charming and live happily ever after. However, as the lyrics noted “But it flew away from her reach”, as she discovered that life is not a fairy tale. Bars were set too high, expectations failed to be met; it’s a life where not everything went her way. Dreams not achieved, opportunities not seized, so she retrieved back into her dreams – “So she ran away in her sleep”, “Dreamed of para- para- paradise”, “Every time she closed her eyes”. There she was able to find her fairy tale, her fantasy. Paradise: “an ideal or idyllic place or state” (Oxford). It was there was she able to do anything (“And the bullets catch in her teeth”).
The second verse depicts how as the girl grows up, as she goes through life’s trials and tribulations (“Life goes on”, “It gets so heavy”), it breaks her (“The wheel breaks the butterfly”). The butterfly, a symbol of the girl – beautiful and innocent – ran over by the wheel, the hardships of life. “Every tear, a waterfall”, “In the night, the stormy night”, “She closed her eyes”; “Away she’d fly”. In amidst the chaos, she felt reality crushing her, physically, psychologically, emotionally; thus she would once again at night, recede back to her “Para- para- paradise”. It was there where she was safest, happiest; it was there where she felt most comfortable.
In the final verse: “So lying underneath those stormy skies”, a pathetic fallacy – a literal attribution of her then current state of mind. In her darkest hours, she had a change in mindset. “She said oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh”, “I know the sun must set to rise”. She came to a realization, an epiphany that not all of life is sitting underneath stormy skies. She realized that like a day of the year, the night must come before the sun can rise. She had to brace and endure the dark times for things to come full circle, for her reality, her life to become a ‘paradise’. Followed by this verse and up to the end of the song, the chorus repeated numerous times and changed from “She dream of para- para- paradise” to “This could be para- para- paradise”, signaling that she perhaps have finally achieved her dreams, met people’s expectations, she was no longer in dark times, she has finally made it – a reality that she could perhaps call paradise.
Now after becoming familiar with the song and its content, it begs to ask “what of it”, “why is it so successful”, “what did Chris Martin do”? How did he come up with a song where his millions of fans are able to relate to? To have them say “I’m a melancholic, reflective person and this song says exactly what I feel, it describes what I’m going through or have already gone through”, “The ‘she’ described in Paradise is ‘me’, it is an autobiographical song about ‘me’, Coldplay is singing about ‘me’!” (Durant & Lambrou, 2009). So, by the sales figure alone, it is clear that Chris Martin has succeeded in creating a composition that has the ability to make us empathetic of this fictional woman. It wasn’t hard though as the story is about feelings many of us have come across.
Chris Martin must have taken notes from Country songwriters. All successful country songwriters agree that first and foremost, lyrics are a song’s first priority. The essence of a country song is the story (Lewis, 1976). Lyrics must be simple and the hook line must be catchy – in this case “Para-para-paradise” repeated several times is just one of the many reasons to what makes this song so catchy. The song was able to convey something relatable; words used were relatively simple, where even the youngest English speakers would be able to understand (Lewis, 1976). It is a song for all ages and for either gender. Following lyrics in what makes good music would be the melody (Lewis, 1976). The melody of this song too proves its worth. With its crisp thumping bass and its smooth electronic instrumentals accompanied by simple piano chords; it all complements the easily memorable chorus and the simple but powerful lyrics.
So, why did Chris Martin choose to write the lyrics starring a girl, and not a boy? The dark times, the hopeful future can easily happen to a male. Surely we guys would love to meet our princess just as much as a girl would want to meet her prince. There’s no exclusivity when it comes to dreams, fantasies, despair and hardships. Perhaps this song was meant for the female audience who according to a fellow blogger ‘Laviniasc’, about 50% of 444,965 fans on Myspace are female. It would then make economical sense to ‘speak’ to this audience. But perhaps Chris Martin chose to star a girl because it was the ‘obvious’ thing to do. Maybe it is because we grew up with that innocent younger sister, or read and seen those fairy tales that star a female protagonist who is young and sweet, whereas the boys are tough, bratty, dirty. Thus, will it make more sense and more relatable to have a female star, as we’re more programmed via Disney films, elementary school, our parents, to feel sorry and empathetic for the little crying girl rather than a boy who we may chalk up as whiny/bratty.
With all that said and done, is Paradise a masterpiece that caters to all spectrums of society? Yes and no. With its hypnotic melody, its falsettos, at its core it tells a story that is so easily relatable and understandable, at least the majority of society will feel the emotions it tries to convey. Trials and tribulations, success and failure, problems and solutions are all aspects of life we’ve come to experience numerous of times before. It’s hard to look beyond the hills when you’re still climbing them, but it is because we understand all of these things life offers us, do we find it enjoyable and soothing to listen to a song like Paradise. If you’re currently in stormy weathers, perhaps you’ll find the song more impactful. Perhaps it’ll remind you that there are things to look forward to after you made it across those hills. If you’re at the peak of your life, at the top of your game, you may feel reminiscent of the past – melancholic of the fact that you’ve jumped through many hoops to land you in the place you are today. Will we celebrate this song in a few years from now? Probably not as there are many more iconic songs out there but will there be a handful, perhaps a room of people that will remember and cherish this song? Wouldn’t be surprised if that weren’t the case.
Durant A, Lambrou M. (2009). Language and media. New York: Routledge.
Lewish G. Country music lyrics. Journal of Communication. 1976;26(4):37-40
Media is everything and anything. Vague right? But it is because that’s the time and place we live in today. From the brands on our shirts, to the first thing some of us check every morning – our emails – it is everywhere. Media is communication, whether that is promoting a brand or calling home that you’ll be late for supper. Thus the definition of media would be then be ‘medium’, it is anything that acts as an intermediary platform to facilitate and deliver messages across.
The millennial generation (1980’s-2000’s) is probably the most exposed generation of media. We cannot have a waking moment without being bombarded by advertisement, having the urge to message our friends, or hearing the latest events happening in the world. As of our generation, we are probably the most associated with digital media – social media. It is what continuously keeps us updated and connected.
With all this interconnectedness, has this brought upon a new business of its own. Because of the high usage of social media and online media, has advertisement companies, software development companies, decided to turn their focus and attention on digital media and less on traditional media (e.g. television, newspapers, magazines, radio – mediums some of us may consider as ‘has run its course’). Cost of distribution of media had dramatically fallen in recent years. It is a lot easier and cheaper to get ones word across when videos, advertisement, written articles, can easily go ‘viral’. Because of this connectedness, it is more convenient for advertisers to develop the image of their brand. And we are the reason because of it. They no longer need to aggressively force upon their brand but instead, if it’s ‘good’, we’ll share, subscribe to it and promote the brand for them. Essentially, they don’t need to spend a cent after the production costs.
With all that said, the definition of media will change once again in the future. Media, I believe, will change as technology advances. It progresses with technology and the definition will continuously be refined. We don’t know what is in store but that is what makes studying and observing media exciting. Whether in the future it’ll be implanted chips in our brain, or the recent wearable technologies like the Google glasses or the Samsung smart watch, will there be new opportunities for ‘media’ to appear.
Hey guys, back again with another blog. I recently came across this article from Jalopnik – a very popular car enthusiast site. It talks about a recent event where an exotic car owner had an egg thrown at them. And here we go again, Main Street vs Wall Street. Here we go again with the melodrama. Fortunately though, today I won’t be talking about class warfare per se, as that topic deserves a whole blog on its own. Today, I’ll be addressing my issue with this article as they spin this event into class warfare when in actuality is a deeper issue in London – a clash between two cultures – the residents and the frequent tourists from Saudi Arabia, the Guelph. It is my duty (or I’d like to believe) to aware the audience of ‘Throughthatdoor’ about what is really going on in London. And I think the documentary called ‘Millionaire Boy Racers’ broadcasted on Channel4.com tells a compelling story.
Within the past decade, there has been a huge surge of wealth in the middle eastern countries. The ‘Saudis’ would frequently visit London in particular during the summers to flee the desert heat, and the overall social repression that their country enforces. In their country, social interaction between men and women outside the family are often discouraged, alcohol/smoking is prohibited and there are no casinos, bars, or clubs. So, London – the central capital of Britain is the perfect nest for the deprived young adults to visit during the summer.
However, though they bring money to London’s economy – the hotels, the local shops, the restaurants – they also bring their very fast, loud exotic cars. To a car enthusiast like myself, I would be thrilled to see the streets of Toronto flooded with them; however, the residents of London thinks otherwise. The residents think of these tourists as reckless, obnoxious people. The cars would be heard revving late into the nights and they would be breaking speed limits within residential areas. To the residents, these tourists are dangerous and pose a threat to the tranquility and safety of their town.
So is this still a problem of class warfare? Or is it a clash between cultures. One of the exotic car owner interviewed in the documentary said he would often go into a coffee shop and come out finding gum and spit on his car. Another owner said people are jealous, they ask and assume that it is their parent’s wealth that affords them these cars and and perhaps it is true, but it’s not the type of questions he wanted to be asked. So perhaps there is a story to be told about class warfare but this article (I feel) is trying to fuel a war that is really between the unfortunates and the misinformed. I suppose the next suitable blog should be about: “Why the government saved the banks and not your pension” or something of that degree.
Links to documentary and article:
What’s more about Media than one of the largest social media platforms going for its IPO (initial public offering). Yes, Twitter! The social media company is said to be trading in the public markets soon (exact date unknown but expected late 2013 or early 2014). I wonder what changes will be in store for the upcoming months. A public company will be operated much differently than a private one because of investors pressuring them to generate revenue/returns. So perhaps Twitter might start rolling out products that may jeopardize user’s confidence. Maybe Twitter might infringe on user’s privacy for the sake of ad sales, or simply bombarding your twitter feeds with ads right in between your tweets!
I haven’t used Facebook in awhile but I do remember last year they went for their IPO and it was a disaster. Their stock plummeted and people were really worry that Facebook may just be a ‘fashion trend’ if you will. Hopefully Twitter doesn’t go through that disaster.
Just some interesting stats I found from a Bloomberg video:
83% of people age 18-29 uses social media.
500M tweets per day.
Unique Twitter visitors in July alone – 167 MILLION people.
Forecast for 2015 – $627M in MOBILE ad revenue
But if you notice, Twitter has a long way to go in capturing market share. I always thought Twitter was on par with Facebook but the numbers says otherwise. I think people are beginning to trend towards Twitter but perhaps that’s just me and my experience with friends.
Well the good thing about Twitter is that they’ve already began generating mobile ad revenue, whereas Facebook in 2012 during its IPO had zero mobile ad revenue, which really worried investors – especially given how everybody thinks mobile phones are the next generation laptops, desktops, etc; thus making it crucial for investors to that Facebook, Twitter or any social medias begin capitalizing on mobile usage.
I’m going to be frank by asking, are people truly this stupid nowadays? I was playing a game recently – some of you may know Dota 2 – and by making one mistake, I get this person who I don’t even know trash talking me and tells me to kill myself. Really? Is this how people behave on the Internet nowadays? Is it because they are shielded behind their screen and prevented from saying that to my face? Would he behave differently had we meet each other in real life? It’s not only gamers, ‘Youtubers’ or really any online forums, social media, etc., will you find these types of people? People who are ill willed and pull no punches online.
I had a friend recently who told me, ‘you should just ignore them’. Yeah, I guess I can do that; however, it still dumbfounds me till this day that these are real people. These are people, strangers that you and I could potentially meet today or tomorrow. They may be the nicest people when face to face but suddenly they become a different person online. And even aside from the people who bad mouth seemingly out of enjoyment, there are those who speak as if what they say are facts and written in books and publishing. There is little to no humility on the Internet. I really don’t get it. It’s like these people wear some kind of facade where their online ego is tied to. And any time they admit that they’re wrong, it’s as if they would lose their house – something they cannot afford to do.
Unfortunately with all this said, I can’t offer up a solution. It’s just these are events I’ve occur over and over through my many hours online. In fact, now that I think about It, I’m perhaps guilty too (to a lesser extent in my opinion lol – some people just take it to the extreme, which are people this blog is about). I suppose the people found online especially in games or on Youtube are people still in their teens, so it shouldn’t be expected that they have the same level of maturity. However at times, I’ve visited these peoples blogs, profile pages and they are in their 30s and over. So, at the end of the day, I really don’t know. Perhaps it’s best to heed my friend’s advice and stay clear/ignore these types of people. There is after all a block function on Youtube and a mute function on the game Dota 2.