Five things I learned through feeds

Well firstly, different animals require different nutrients and so they all have different kinds of feed. There are different types for horses, chickens… All the animals on the farm.

Wait a second, that’s not the type of feed I was looking to talk about in the post. Let me recollect my thoughts for a second…

OH RIGHT… Feeds as in RSS feeds… Well here I go! Stop me at any time you’re getting bored of my observations. Oh wait! You can’t! I am gonna tell you all about the super boring things I’ve learned and you can’t stop me. MUAHAHAHAHA

So through my suscriptions to media-related feeds, student blog feeds and random selections of comic and new blogs, here are a few things I learned.

1. Nicki Minaj is but she isn’t

I learned that it might seem that she is taking over the rap industry in America and supposedly showing up all the male rappers, but she does it in a way that isn’t portraying women in a positive light.

“To test this theory, we can quote my actual shining beacon of feminism, Caitlin Moran, and ask ‘are the boys doing this?’ The sexed up photos? No. Crazy outfits? No. Boobs? Perhaps? No. And the fame game with pop music? Well maybe.”

– Tess Lawley

2. Feminism is rife on the internet

I learned that there are women fighting for gender justice which focuses on the portrayal of women in the media and how women are belittled. Their website encourages taking creative action against gender injustice through acts from flash mobs to letter writing campaigns.

“What we see on screen, and what we read, and what we consume in the media shapes what we imagine is possible.”

– T. F. Charlton

3. Power is fleeting

I learned that you can never hold onto your popularity for long. Despite it’s initially large amount of popularity, Netflix, an online media streaming provider, is on its way to being overtaken by an app released by Amazon. Despite having a mobile app of its own, it is predicted that Netflix will eventually have a viable competitor.

“Netflix has long predicted that Amazon would break the Prime Instant Video service off into a separate service, along with its own monthly subscription fee. Amazon, however, is taking a different route that should make Netflix investors nervous, since the service could eventually steal away Netflix subscribers.”

– Tom Cheredar

4. I am a scaredy cat

I learned that I am interested in the reasons for really twisted things in the world, I am too much of a chicken to delve into that fascination of the human psyche. I had subscribed to a website that lets you watch documentaries for free and the first one was this interview with a cannibal. I managed to watch about thirty seconds before the warnings above and during the video finally got to me.

“30 years ago, a Japanese man named Issei Sagawa walked to the Bois de Boulogne, a park on the outskirts of Paris, carrying two suitcases. The contents of those suitcases, to the lament of a nearby jogger, was the dismembered body of a fellow student – a Dutch woman named Renée Hartevelt, whom Sagawa had shot three days prior and had spent the days since eating various parts of her body.”

5. People do care

I learned that social networking isn’t as evil as most of the media makes it out to be. An organisation called AARP is working with LinkedIn to create a network of professionals with employers. This wonderful initiative allows these two parties to be connected and for jobs to be found more easily. The best part is that these professionals are 50+ years of age, which helps to combat the debate or age versus experience.

“Work Reimagined will offer access to openings with the nearly 120 employers “who have taken the Work Reimagined pledge, publicly committing to treat all employees equally regardless of age,” according to an AARP press release.”

In conclusion, there are crazy things on the internet. Crazy things that are so easy to search and to access. Crazy things that are made easy to follow by simply adding it to your RSS feed. So many crazy things to learn, so very little time. And so, in a very short amount of time, I was able to dig through and research all about these topics. It was the gateway to a wonderful bounty of informational treasures.

-insert clever signoff- Christine


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