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Who Really cares how Facebook Was made?

The Facebook movie, The Social Network opened this past weekend. It was the number one movie, but the numbers were disappointing. The movie only took in $23 million dollars. Over the past couple of weeks the cast and the director have made the rounds touting the movie. The founder of Facebook made news for donating $100 million dollars to the Newark school system. Some cynics said he did this as a premptive strike because of how he was depicted in the film, but it just seems that the public was simply not that interested in Facebook. I mean a movie about Facebook. My kids love Facebook, but they were not clamoring to see the film. So who were they trying to market this film to? The Facebook user is not really interested in how it came to be they just want to talk to their “friends” and make new “friends”.

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Friends Newark

Mark Zuckerberg is donating $100 million dollars to the Newark School system. Yesterday he appeared on the Oprah show with the Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Corey Booker. The new school system is one of the worst in the country so one would think everyone in the state would great this news with gladness, but instead some question the motives of Zuckerberg. He has been accused of making the donation as an effiort to deflect attention from an upcoming unflattering movie about Facebook. I says so what. If it is a pr trick and Newark gets the money the kids still benefit. The media need to get off Zuckerberg’s back and let him get his shine for helping Newark students acquire the gift that keeps on giving…an education.

Blogging: The Disrespected Medium

by Gail J. (“as i see it”) and Joni R. (“politics from the eyes of an ebony mom”)
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield made a living telling us how he got “No Respect.” In today’s media, “no respect” could be any blogger’s mantra. 
 If you listened to countless celebrities, journalists, and random haters, you would think that bloggers are pathetic souls with no lives, no homes, no dreams, and, most importantly, no talent. Let them tell it, we live in dank hovels…that is those of us who don’t live in our parents’ basements. We are nerdy, dorky, dweeby, fat, skinny, pale, dark, pimply, dirty, unloved creatures not equipped to function in real society or live among real people. We are the absolute height of uncool because all the cool kids hang out at Twitter and Facebook. These same celebrities certainly don’t mind when our *little* blogs mention them, thus keeping interest going in their brands. And unsurprisingly, these same journalists don’t mind when we link to their articles and help drive up their numbers. Don’t get us wrong: we know that not all blogs are created equal…where there’s good there is most definitely bad. All we’re saying is don’t continually dismiss us bloggers when everyone in the media is adjusting to L.W.I.: Life With the Internet.  
With over 200,000 views of our combined blogs, we’d like to say that we respectfully disagree with blog detractors. We blog because we have important ideas, experiences, and insights to share and, clearly, our readers agree. And might we add that these ideas, experiences, and insights are OFTEN overlooked in more traditonal outlets. In the current media environment, newspapers and magazines are folding at alarming rates because reporting is now primarily done via cable news programs and online sites. The blog is the one place left where a talented writer can make a name for herself and share her work with the world at large. In closing, we thank WordPress for giving us this phenomenal medium. In their own way, these blogs have helped us maintain our sanity in truly trying times. We also thank every reader who’s taken the time to read our posts and/or comment. Even if you didn’t agree with what we said, we hope we gave you a different perspective. Finally, we close with a message to the haters in the ever-colorful words of comedian Katt Williams: [If you] don’t have nobody to hate on, feel free to hate on me!


Chicago Principal Disciplined for Trash Talking on Facebook

Over the past few weeks we have heard about how young people have been misusing Facebook. Phoebe Prince committed suicide a couple of months ago she had been tormented by her peers and Facebook was one of their most potent weapons, but young people are not the only ones saying unkind and viscious things on Facebook.  A Chicago Catholic school principal has been disciplined for her postings on it. Nakia Garcia is the principal of a school on the Southside of the city. Here are some of her postings:

— “I almost lost my job today for drop kicking a child.  These kids and there attitudes.  I will fight a kid.  They don’t know I’m crazy.”   (*note:  the misspelling of “their” is Garcia’s)
— “Have you ever wanted to beat a Hoe down at work?  She is lucky I have a house to pay on!”
— “They will learn.  I’m a crazy MOFO.”*

She has since apologized to the school and the parents and she has received a one day suspension, but what can we expect from the kids if these are the kinds of things administration officials are posting?  She got caught but I am sure if we saw what other teachers and principals were posting we would be amazed. Facebook is not a diary. People need to know whatever you post might be used against you just ask Ms. Garcia.


There is Still Good News, and There Are Still Good People

I read this story today in the Chicago Sun Times about a woman who had been mugged by two teenage thugs. They had knocked her down and stolen her I Phone. What hurt her the most was that photos of her infant twins were on the phone as well as other personal information including her Facebook information.  A teenage girl found the phone, and after looking at the photos she knew this belonged to a mother and she knew the memories on the phone could not be duplicated.  She gave it to her teacher who managed to contact the owner’s father and ultimately get the phone back to the owner. When the phone was returned the woman contacted her Facebook friends and started helping some of the impoverished people of the Englewood High School the girl attended.  She collected food, clothing and other things the students needed. This is a good story that started off with a bad thing happening. It is this kind of story that gives you hope. Yes there are bad people out there doing bad things, but there are still good people who feel compelled to do the right thing and that is what this story exemplifies. Here is the link to the original article: http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/1920505,CST-NWS-phone04.article

Facebook Poll Asks “Should Obama be Killed?”

A Facebook poll asked should Obama be killed and gave the voter four options:  (1. Yes  2. Maybe 3. If he cuts My healthcare 4. No) the poll has since been pulled, but what this demonstrates is a frightening mindset. Since President Obama has been in office assasination threats have gone up 400%.  During the election Fox News Contributor Liz Trotta made a joke saying Obama and Osama should be killed. No one really seems to be taking these threats, jokes or polls very seriously. Whoever posted this poll on Facebook should actually be questioned by the Secret Service. it is not enough to simply take the poll down there need to be consequences for irresponisible behavior. we can’t just laugh things off and say it’s just a joke. There are too many people sitting out there ready and willing to make a name for themselves and this kind of behavior makes them believe that they will be heroes if they do something deadly, and that’s no joke.