Twitter vs Instagram

Through the development of internet and the spread of its availability, lots of social media sites and apps such as Twitter and Instagram were developed. These means of social network contribute not only in everyday communication, but also in advertisement, entertainment, and most importantly, world news. When world news occurs, one of the first places where news gets posted is SNSs. For example, when there was a terrorist attack in 2011 Mumbai, the very first source that notified me on this event was Facebook, and then Twitter. Unfortunately, news channels came live about an hour later. Like this, SNS plays a significant role in getting the world news through.

As far as Twitter is concerned about conveying the world news through, message gets spread through re-twitting system within a short amount of time; however, the 140 word limitation makes it difficult for the message to be elaborated on. Also, attaching an image to twit post is possible; therefore message can be more comprehensible. As compared to Twitter, Instagram has no or very less word documenting functions. In other words, users of Instagram communicate solely through images. Images can convey simple messages with more impressions than which words can provide. However, sole image isn’t enough to convey accurate messages; there is a possibility of miscommunication and miscomprehension. If I was shown a picture of Mumbai terrorist attack without having knowledge about the event (image provided), I could have misunderstood and thought that there was simply fire on a building in a random place. Like this Twitter and Instagram have both pros and cons when it comes to conveying world news.

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Major Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt :: and the Influence of Media Coverage and Social Media

On December 18, 2010 Tunisian Revolution or Jasmine Revolution took place in Tunisia. The events that caused uprising were high unemployment, inflation, corruption, and lack of freedom. The livelihood of people couldn’t seem to get worse. As a result, continued uprising forced the president of Tunisia to resign in January 2011, which alleviated on going situations.

Following that event, on January 25, 2011, a riot known as Lotus Revolution occurred in Egypt. Millions of protesters gathered for the overthrow of the regime of Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak. The objective of revolution was to fight for freedom, and correct the massive corruption that was going on in Egypt. As a result, it was announced by the vice-president on February 11, 2011, that the president has resigned from his position.

I remember getting immediate news feeds on one of the major web portals of Korea called Naver.com. Media coverage made it possible for the people around the world to know what is going on at an instance, and through social media, people globally gathered and shared opinions which could have put strength on uprisings. Also, the people of Tunisia and Egypt was able to know what was going on at an instance, so the rebelling forces could have gained strength at a faster rate to accomplish its goal. For these reasons, I believe that media supported uprising of good causes to successfully take place.

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STEM is an acronym for fields of study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This acronym playes a significant role as a spark of development in high-tech requiring fields which lack both in number and quality (“About l stem,”). STEM supports that its subjects emerge as a part of general education not only in advanced education facilities, but also in primary education facilities (“Science, technology, engineering,”). As a result in which more number of experts in STEM fields will be produced and contribute to the society and nation.

According to the U.S Department of Education, “only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career” (“Science, technology, engineering,”). This is comparably a small number for a developed country such as U.S. Also, just as president Obama has pointed out in 2010 September, “… leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today—especially in science, technology, engineering and math” (“Science, technology, engineering,”). This clearly shows the need for more development in STEM fields, and the expected percentage increase in STEM jobs is as shown in the graph.

According to Forbes, there are STEM jobs that get payed more than the annual income of average workforce. If average workforce get payed around $39,700 a year, workforces in STEM jobs get payed around 1.5 to 2 times more (Smith, 2013).

 

Works Cited

About l stem education coalition. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.stemedcoalition.org/contact-us-2/

Science, technology, engineering and math:. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.ed.gov/stem

Smith, J. (2013, Jun 27). The highest-paying stem jobs for recent college graduates. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/06/27/the-highest-paying-stem-jobs-for-recent-college-graduates/

My Major and Computer Use in the Field

My current major is Business Marketing. Marketing came to my interest when I realized that I enjoyed making presentations to others and enjoyed drawing people’s attention. I thought such interests matched with what is required in the field of marketing. Another reason for deciding marketing as my major is because of its stability as a job. In an economy where transactions are necessary to take place, marketing firms stand a better chance of surviving even in an economic downturn. Moreover, I have grown up hearing many things about marketing from my father as it is his field of business too, so the influence of living environment got me interested in marketing.

Just as much computer is needed for other fields, its necessity and use in marketing is crucial. The furthermost use of computer in marketing is probably making presentations. In marketing, sharing ideas with one another is crucial for future development in business; and computers can become useful in doing the job efficiently and accurately.

Another important use of computer in marketing is making immediate and simultaneous transactions. If people used human messengers to complete transactions and share knowledge of the market in the Middle Ages, today there is computer and internet which can make them happen at a blink of an eye. Through the use of computer, the wasted time it has taken to send messages and share knowledge with one another has been significantly reduced as well as extra physical works that has to be put in.

Civic Duty: Just a tool of legality or more?

Through globalization in 21st century, borders between each nation had never become more blurry than it had ever been in the past. Today, lots of people change their nationalities for many reasons. They may want a better job environment or a living environment. For these reasons, many Koreans have been trying to permanent residency in U.S, which grants them a right to live in United States.

Once they are accepted as citizens of the United States, male citizens above age gets the option of not serving in compulsory Korean military for two years. Also, more job opportunities are open for those who have green cards than who do not. Most Koreans would prefer working in U.S if they have the ability and the opportunity because they get paid about 1.5 to 2 times more than the average Korean annual income. And I know that those Koreans living under the house of United States show no or poor civic duty as ‘legal’ citizens of America. I have seen no patriotisms in them as American citizens, but their spirit and annual rituals as Koreans. Until what I have witnessed so far, citizenship was only a tool to make one’s life better without any civic duty seen.

 

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden is an American computer specialist who has worked for Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency (NSA). At an interview with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras in Hong Kong, Snowden spoke about the global surveillance system that the U.S government is set up. Through media such as The Guardian, he leaked the actions of internet and phone surveillance by U.S intelligence (“Edward snowden tells,” 2014). He also came to know about a surveillance program called PRISM, which NSA uses to collect massive amount of data such as emails, phones, videos, pictures, and even messenger chatting of each individuals (Poitras & Greenwald, 2013). Also, he came to know that he was “part of something that was doing far more harm than good,” through a conference in Geneva 2013. On U.S government’s side, he’s a traitor and a whistleblower whereas others such as civilians call him a hero (“Profile: Edward snowden,” 2013).

From my perspective, his actions were heroic. Despite the dangers and threats he knew that would follow, he stood up bravely and provided quality information for the benefit of U.S society and even further, the benefit of global society as well. Now, people know about the reality of global surveillance and the fact that they are being watched and recorded probably way more than they expected. Although, I fear just as Snowden mentioned in his interview that this would not bring significant changes to the U.S government and that they will keep the global surveillance active. People protest and do campaigns to make changes, but I believe that U.S government has lots of potential hidden power to set the media for their needs and secretly shut individuals who get on their way. The massive amounts of secrets about the actions of U.S government has revealed their actual power and led me to believe that a country free of unnecessary surveillance almost seems like a dream.

However, one difference it has made is that it has improved people’s awareness. Now that we know what is going on, we can minimize providing unnecessary thoughts and information. People can start by reducing messenger chats, phone calls and start having more face-to-face conversation. People can be more careful on the comments and the postings they make on blogs and Social Networking Sites such as Twitter and Facebook. I believe even making these small changes in our actions will severely reduce the amount of surveillance database and hopefully develop to a larger wave in the future.

 

Works Cited

Edward snowden tells german tv that nsa is involved in industrial espionage. (2014, Jan 26). The Guardian. Retrieved from    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/26/edward-snowden-nsa-industrial-sabotage

Poitras, L., & Greenwald, G. (2013). Guardian us [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/jun/09/nsa-whistleblower-edward-snowden-interview-video

Profile: Edward snowden. (2013, Dec 16). Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22837100