Fake news at its best

There is a show on Comedy Central called Nathan For You. It’s a spoof on business consulting shows and it’s about a guy who goes to real businesses and gives them terrible advice. It’s just phenomenal.

In this episode he goes to a Los Angeles petting zoo. Watch these two videos (they’re together so watch them both).

As of 5:01 pm (eastern time), the original “pig rescues baby goat” video had 9,165,735 views.

Insight of this post: Damn, content goes viral fast. (whether its real or not)

A Wrinkle in Technology

A few years ago, we bought my grandmother a simple flip-phone. She halfheartedly tried to use it – she put in five contacts and would acknowledge that she got our call by calling us back on her house phone. But after a while (like 5 days), the plain phone was condemned to live the remainder of its days in a drawer next to Dollar Store reading glasses, old checkbooks and other things old people have in drawers.

But the death of my grandmother’s flip-phone wasn’t stubbornness or an inability to adapt to the times, it was our fault. One, we decided it would be good to give an 89-year-old with macular degeneration a tiny screen with bright numbers. Two, she didn’t need it. All of her friends lived down the hall, she had a house phone to call her family, and it’s not like she was ordering Papa John’s. So why did we force technology on her that she didn’t need?

Because it was our technology. But we are different than the dependable Depends-wearers. And they need different technology to address their unique problems. And instead of recognizing this, we decide to laugh at our grandparents when they ask what “Instagrim” is.

There are a lot of reasons why the I Love Lucy generation hasn’t embraced the new era of mass media with shaky arms. But the biggest reason is that the 20- and 30- year olds at the face of technological advancement have written the elderly population off. So our grandparents don’t care about technology because it’s not made for them.

At 21, I’m spritely, youthful and not about to keel over, so I can’t speak for the older generation as to what exactly they need. But I want this class to be about how mass media, technology and the culture of information can evolve to meet the needs of every member of our society, not just the ones making it.

Here is a stock photo of old people doing thumbs up:

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“My Computer”

With vivid imagery and eloquent simplicity, I (11 years ago) describe my favorite toy: the computer.

Photo on 2015-01-25 at 17.57

2/23/04

My favorite toy is my computer. I like my computer because there is so much you can do on a computer, chat on instant messaging, go to funny websites, play fun games, and so much more! Most people do not consider a computer as a toy but I do since I play with it. A computer is very delicate as you probably know if you have a computer, if you don’t have a computer you should get one. Adults like computers too but they usaully do work on it like type up something or check their e-mails. My favorite website is whyville.net because you get an account and design your face with clams (money.) The computer is definitely my favorite toy of all time.

Instagram and Obama

Did everyone else already write about this? Whatever, it was big news according to the internet.

I didn’t watch the State of the Union address because A.) I was eating the “Nada Mas Queso” at Bandido’s. Yes, it’s a plate of cheese. and B.) Once you’ve heard one SOTU, you’ve heard them all. It’s just a glorified political Mad Lib.

But, I do have friends that seem to care about this. And according to their social media posts, Obama said the word “Instagram” and people went batshit crazy.* As I reflect on this with a glass of boxed red wine in a Christmas-themed wine glass, I don’t understand the hubbub about it. It wasn’t that cool. It definitely wasn’t ground-breaking. The man has two teenage girls, he spends every night watching Sasha rack up the likes on that picture of Bo (that Malia took and Sasha didn’t give her PC, ugh.)

But my entire Twitter feed is people talking about how this is the first time Instagram was mentioned in a SOTU address. But Instagram’s only been around since 2010**, so the “first time in history” is dramatic. Cool your jets, pundits.

Now, if Nixon had brought up Insta in 1972? That would be RT-worthy.

*I’m waiting for a president to say “bat shit crazy” in a SOTU address. That’ll perk my bat ears up.

**I made that up because my internet isn’t working. AND WE CALL THIS THE DIGITAL AGE.