Break-ups via Facebook – Surely not?

Charlotte Anderson, Nicola Park and Islay McDougall
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The Shocking Turth About Teenagers – Assessment

Watch out! I am from the rebellious, rioting and hated generation. I for one like nothing better than to run around causing chaos by smashing up cars and buildings. After all, it’s all I’m good for, isn’t it? To make this judgement, you merely have to log into Facebook, turn on your television or walk down the street.

The view that youths are disruptive vandals is validated and reinforced by the media; for example, the media coverage of the 2011 riots. These riots sparked up in Tottenham and the flames of destruction soon spread to Manchester, Bristol and many other parts of England. This expansion was said to be fuelled by social media such as BBM, Twitter and Facebook. One BBM broadcast called for all Londoners to join the riots.

It said: “Everyone from all sides of London meet up at the heart of London (central) OXFORD CIRCUS!!, Bare SHOPS are gonna get smashed up so come get some (free stuff!!!) fuck the feds we will send them back with OUR riot! >:O Dead the ends and colour war for now so if you see a brother… SALUT! if you see a fed… SHOOT!”

This destructive behaviour highlighted an endless succession of young people ‘getting it wrong’ (as my head teacher would say) through arson, theft, violence and complete disregard for people and property. These young people were detested by society and those caught were rightly punished. But just because certain individuals found themselves entangled in a form of mod mentality, does not mean that we, youths, should all be tarred by the same brush. Should the government and society no also ask themselves how and why those young people were sucked into such depravity?

The Scottish Attitudes survey, is an annual survey of 1,600 adults which is aimed at examining public opinion. The survey included questions aimed at exploring public attitudes towards young people, with particular reference to youth crime. The survey found that there was a widespread view that the amount of crime committed by young people is higher than a decade ago – 69% of adults surveyed THINK this. These statistics partner up with the findings that 52% of adults would be worried or uncomfortable walking past a group of teenagers. And why should they feel safe to approach us? After all, with 1,400 offences recorded in Edinburgh linked to gangs of youths, over a two month period – 23 incidents a day – should we not be feared?

However, are we not letting the dark fog of vandals over-cloud the heroic actions of young people? Two ‘hoodie heroes’, Peter Shaw, aged 13, and Connor McClung, aged 11, were praised after they sprinted into a burning house to rescue a four-year-old boy. Braving the smoke from a blazing bed, the friends rushed in after seeing flames at the tot’s bedroom window. Peter shoved the four-year-old under his hooded jumper to save the boy from choking on smoke, before making their way to safety. A fire service spokeswoman said “The two boys did a very brave thing and are to be commended. They gave no thought for their own safety and put others first.” With all the garbage that goes on in our society, it’s refreshing and encouraging to see the unselfish and brave behaviour of young people publicly praised.

The story of these two young heroes challenges the stereotype tags of people who wear hooded tops. If it wasn’t for Peter’s hooded jumper, would the toddle not possibly have suffered extensive lung damage from inhaling smoke? Whilst we’re on the subject of stereotypes, if all of these are true, should we Scotties not all be wearing kilts, have ginger hair and be running around the highlands hunting for our dinner?

On the other hand, if social media sites are said to be at the heart of the grief in society, should it not also be pointed out that sites such as Facebook and Twitter are also used by adults? Look at Bart Heller, a 43 year old man from Indiana. He used Facebook to confess that he had shot and killed three people, including himself.

He posted: “I’ve killed ryann, erin, and myself. People were warned not to f—- play me and ruin me. They didn’t listen. Sorry about your luck.”

Even celebrities such as Ashley Cole and Ashley Young can’t escape social media backlashes and have been singled out after receiving racial abuse on Twitter. Surely, if companies such as British Airways, who have apologised after tweeting racist comments, can’t keep a clean track record of what they say on Twitter, why should young people be expected to?

So what should young people think of the generation that are so quick to look down on us? Our so called ‘role models’ who complain when we follow their examples of wrong behaviour? The youth are the wrongdoers in society.  That is why not one of us will have the opportunity to have a secure job which pays well and allows us to buy a house of our own and look forward to a good pension and being able to retire at an age when we are still young enough to enjoy it.

But are youths really the cause of these problems? Of course not! The older, ‘wiser’ generation has left us with an awful mess to deal with. The credit crunch, brought on by greedy bankers, fed by a society who wants everything now and has lost the concept of saving up to buy something. It’s just a case of borrow now and worry about the consequences later. A generation who have developed drugs and lifestyles which is producing a dramatically ageing population without thinking for a minute about how their generous pension schemes will be paid for.

But it will be paid for. It will be paid for by us, the younger generation. The generation who are looked down on and condemned merely for being here. It will be paid for by us, who will have to work harder and longer for significantly less reward, and for a much lower standard of living. But don’t worry, we will work harder, so that our increased tax will pay. That is, if we are able to find a job. Already the financial problems brought on by the older generation have meant that school-leavers cannot find work. In some parts of the country 34% of people leaving school are classes as NEET, Not in Education Employment or Training.

The global financial meltdown has meant that more of us will have to work harder and for longer. We will also have to work smarter. To do this, we must receive a good university education, but this too is becoming an increasingly unlikely dream for most of us. Universities are having their funding cut by up to 33%. This means that they will be forced to make cuts to the number of places available to young people. For those lucky enough to be offered a place, they will leave with huge student debts, which will be like a milestone around their necks for most of their working lives. It’s okay though, although we won’t be lucky enough to afford all the luxury foreign holidays, enjoyed by the previous generation, we can always holiday at home. That is, if we can. The global warming crisis produced by our elder’s generations, will mean that Scotland could soon be facing a slightly more, Tropical, climate. However, don’t reach for the sun lotion just yet, it will also mean that clean water will be in short supply, crop yields will fall and food will become increasingly expensive.

The view that we are the menaces of society, that we are the ones driving the Great out of Great Britain, is simply unrealistic. The older generation have adopted a passive approach, allowing my generation to suffer through the mistakes made by our elders. However, these mistakes are passed off as ours and so we must face the consequences. The stereotype that all youths are delinquents must be challenged, otherwise how else will our generation ever be accepted as more than a bunch of trouble makers. Here is one last question to ponder over as you see a teenager like me, walk towards you down the street, will you cross to the other side?

Facebook Break-ups – Surely not okay?

According to UberFacts on twitter, 21% of people think it’s okay to break up via facebook.
I don’t know how correct this is but it got me thinking and reminded me of the episode of Sex and the City where Carrie gets broken up with via a post-it note. Is there really a good way to break up with someone?

I do believe there is. In this day and age we conduct our lives on facebook and twitter. We take cameras out on nights out purely so we can upload them to facebook the next day. Is this to keep memories or to show off to our cyber friends? Whole evenings can be spent chatting to friends online rather than a phone call and we often find out what people are up to via facebook without even speaking to someone. Although being called “social” media it can often take away from real sociability. Today it is acceptable to conduct a conversation online rather than by phone but I do not believe it will ever be okay to end a relationship over facebook.

I believe everyone deserves to be broken up with face to face. It’s out of respect to the good times that you may have once had together, even though now you are faltering. Relationships endings often makes us feel like there is no pain worse, I couldn’t even imagine the feeling of breaking up via facebook.

Of course, relationships spanning over 2 weeks or so people may see it to be more acceptable. However if you have been intimate with each other, the least you can give them is a phone call. Although the percentage is low, it is crazy to think people do end relationships via facebook.

Have we become such a cyber world that relationships and adult conversations can now be turned into the quiet sounds of fingers on a keyboard? Hopefully this is not a trend that will catch on. My heart goes out to anyone who has ever been broken up with via the internet. If they were the sort of person who thought that was okay – well, then they weren’t worth it in the first place!

Nirvana For Christmas Number 1?

by Christopher Martin

Almost two years ago the ‘Rage Against The Machine for Christmas No. 1’ campaign was launched on Facebook, aiming to prevent the winner of the X Factor (Joe McElderry) from achieving the Christmas number one slot and instead getting RATM’s ‘Killing In The Name Of” to be top of the charts. The Facebook campaign gathered momentum gradually, and after Simon Cowell denounced the campaign as “stupid” and “cynical” the group got more and more media attention, and gained widespread popularity. By December 15th 2010 the group had over 750, 000 members.

Sure enough Rage Against The Machine got to number 1, leaving X Factor winner McElderry second in the charts and Simon Cowell a bitter man. A lot of money was donated to the charity JustGiving thanks to the campaign, and RATM played a free thank you gig for 40, 000 fans in Finsbury Park. The Facebook campaign had been a success.

And aiming to emulate that triumph in 2011 is a new campaign on Facebook to get Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to the number 1 spot in time for Christmas. The campaign’s motivation is as follows, according to the page: Continue reading

Oh Zuckerberg

He’s done it again, only gone and ruined it.

Keeping in with the facebook posts I thought a number of you may be interested in this..

Personally I find it HIGHLY intrusive not to mention terribly frustrating.
My anger at this is so high I can’t even think of any more to say on the matter. I’m going to the pub to talk with my friends face to face.

Facebook, I don’t even recognise you anymore.

by Christopher Martin

So I had gotten home from uni, logged onto my computer, opened Facebook, logged in, and BAM, wow, right, what is this? I mean it says Facebook in the top left corner of the window, but this cannot be right. I mean there is so much junk, so much irrelevant information splashed across the screen, I must have entered the incorrect URL or something.

Well at first glance those were my thoughts, and having spent around 3 or 4 hours on the “new” Facebook, “new” meaning an inadequate waste of web space, I still can’t say I’ve taken very kindly to it. In all honesty, I can’t say I think my opinion will change in the near future. The features which had been gradually integrated into Facebook in the past, such as the chat function, and the ability to video call, were useful, unquestionably. In fact I welcomed those with open arms, the adjustment, for me at least, was immediate. But I can’t help but think the changes made to Facebook in the last 24 hours have made any form of difference to the level of enjoyment I have or the ease of sociability there is when using the site. So, what exactly was it that riled me enough to write this blog I hear you say. Well I’ll tell you, I promise I won’t swear, or at least I’ll try. Continue reading

“Prepare yourselves for the evolution of social networking”

I stumbled across this article in the early hours of this morning and in my sleep deprived state I sat and pondered.

The article hypes the latest announcement that as of today there will be a number of significant changes to that oh-so-addictive facebook site that will “revolutionise” social networking as we know it. Being the stereotypical cynical teenager that I am this news has little to no impact on my life other than perhaps the potential deletion of my account but yet I am still curious as to what Mr Zuckerberg is offering us this time, another pointless list feature? a chat function that still doesn’t work?

Anyone else have any thoughts or theories as to what these new exciting features will hold and how indeed, will they revolutionise our social networking experience-if at all? Or maybe you’re like me, and just don’t care…