The War on Free Press

While I work in marketing and have no desire to ever go into journalism, that’s essentially what my communications degree is in. I was editor-in-chief my senior year and I have spent a lot of my time writing and research about new things for my classes. I took almost every journalistic type class offered during college and as Trump began to stick out as a forerunner, then a major candidate, and then finally president elect it became a big topic of discussion in many of our classes.

I don’t care what your political affiliation is, by deeming news to be fake, you are hurting free press. When the president pinpoints specific news outlets to be “fake” he’s hurting one of the major values of our country. I’m sure you all know where I stand with him, but to me, this is one thing we need to be standing up for.

Today, I saw a headline for the NYT (couldn’t read it; reached my max for the month already) and it was about how journalists are not the enemy, and I haven’t seen something that describes this war of free press so perfectly. Everyone has opinions, everyone has thoughts, and that’s the point of living in America, we can share those thoughts and opinions without fear of persecution.

In May, my college made national headlines because of a display that was put up by the Hood College Republicans, many found it offensive, including myself. However, it stayed up because my college honored free speech. Although some tried to deem it hate speech, there was nothing attributed to specific members of the club, but rather big names of the Republican party. I respect that, I respect that my college allowed it to remain standing. I would not say I would have allowed so much discussion over it (giving us some negative right-wing publicity) but it’s the perfect demonstration of why free speech is so important.

I think everyone is willing to admit how biased some news outlets are, especially in today’s political climate. However, by deeming essentially all news other than Fox, an extremely right-winged outlet to be fake we are hurting free speech. When I hear the president call out nearly every basic cable channel as fake news, all I can think about are children all over the country who will turn to Fox as their main source.

There is biased media, CNN, Fox, even the NYT I have recently been perceived as more left-winged recently (maybe it’s because of what one of their reporters said to me but that’s a different story). Just because there are biased media, doesn’t mean there are unbiased media. Do your research, according to the Pew Research Center, everyone seems to equally trust the Wall Street Journal (and no one trusts BuzzFeed big surprise there). Learn what sites you find to be most valuable, but traditionally left and right winged media shouldn’t be trusted. Yes, I’d prefer to go check out CNN over Fox, but really I’m probably not going to go to either, I’m going to check multiple sources, get more than one side of the story.

The thing about a free press is that it’s not just for one party, which is why we shouldn’t be relying on one or few sources like Trump seems to be doing. When people think about America one of the first things they think about is freedom, which includes speech, which guess what, includes the media.

Fake news was not coined to attack CNN, NYT, ABC, and so on, it was coined for those falling for Onion articles shared on Facebook. I found this topic interesting because it’s trending on Twitter, how journalists today aren’t journalists, which frankly I have to disagree with. Journalists today have to work so much harder, they’re fighting not only other news outlets for stories but also the internet, which funny enough you can’t just take someone’s Tweets and call it news (@BuzzFeed). Also consider the fact that many journalists and specific media organizations were banned from Trump rallies, making their jobs even harder.

There’s a lot of freedoms we have in this country, which is a very good thing, but BOTH sides need to stop attacking the media. If we didn’t have a free press our country would be a very dark place. So go ahead and call it fake news or whatever you want, just know that we need a free press. It needs to be protected. Find people in the middle, find outlets that have a fair compromise, I swear they’re out there. If you write off any news outlet that doesn’t align with your political beliefs, you’re only going to get half the story. A lot of problems can be found when people disagree.

If the government were to start impeeding on free press, free speech might be next, which then no one will be able to march, either side.

Fake news isn’t what the right wants you to believe, it’s the Onion, and sites like that, not sites that are perpetuating a left-winged agenda. Both exist, so learn about both, learn all the sides. A good journalist will let you know everything.

It’s not Fox or CNN that I feel bad for in this case, it’s newspapers, middle of road news stations, people who are really just trying to share the news. Journalists are so passionate about what they do, it’s a shame to see polictics impeed on a passion like that.

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Nothing to Say…

I’ve been a blogger for nearly three years, however, I feel like this year I’ve lost the privilege to say that. I went from daily blogger to 3-5 days a week, to no schedule which means some weeks are better than others but mostly I never see WordPress anymore.

I don’t know what it is or if anyone else feels this way. I just don’t know what to say. I sold my soul to the Odyssey so when I do have decent ideas I feel like that’s where they go. My blog has fallen to the wayside of my not busy life.

I think part of my issue is, I have nothing to say. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. I have a lot to say. Am I self-censoring again? I don’t know. I think a huge part of the problem was that I dated someone this year and took 18.5 credits last semester and it kind of wore me down, and I forgot about blogging in my free time, especially since it was so limited. If the boy wasn’t around I wanted to be with my friends because I did feel like I was neglecting them. After I ended the relationship my weeks were filled with seemingly endless amounts of school work. Now, I’m at school for the summer spending my free time with friends, and the rest watching Netflix and doing research. I guess I’ve just lost touch with my blogger self.

I used to share my whole week with this little section of the internet. I used to write down every single thought that came through my mind. Now, I’m a senior in college and the biggest thing I have to show for my life (in my opinion) is this blog. It is my baby and I’m so proud of it, however, recently I just haven’t been doing it justice. And I don’t know how to fix it.

This year is the the year I’m supposed to really get my shit together (or at least that’s what I’m taking from it) and I always had this sliver of hope that someone would find this and it would be my salvation from the real world. I thought that it would help me become some freelance writer with oodles of free time for adventures. I now, don’t foresee that happening and freelancing is hard and I don’t know if there’s anyone I want to write for if I’m being honest. After reading about all the BuzzFeed stuff I’m very conflicted.

Anyway, I’m really hoping that I get some inspiration soon. I’m tired of not blogging. I’m jumping back into it. Maybe things will change, like my social media handles, and the content of my blog, but I’m back (hopefully).

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Late Night Blogging with Mary: Part 4

Okay so I know this is the last post I did too, but it’s late and I’m blogging so it’s late night blogging with Mary.

Here’s the thing. I’ve been writing a lot of blog posts but I’m just not finishing them. Like I’ll get a paragraph, two, maybe three finished and then I’m done. Like I still have more to say it’s just not translating to my fingers to be written on these pages of the internet.

I spend A LOT of time on BuzzFeed and watching BuzzFeed videos. Like for example right now I’m watching two women get lip injections for the first time. Why? What else could I do with my time? Also I’m terrified of needles so I can’t watch people actually get injected. Really I want to see the before and after pictures. I’m also curious- did BuzzFeed pay for this? Like is this technically work for them? I mean it’s their job to make the video so I’m sure they get some type of compensation if not all??? But I think that about a lot of the videos they make, and a bunch of people got tattoos for the first time, like were they all paid for? Also do they have like a studio or something where they film like all the sketch videos? Do they make announcements when they’re filming in the office so everyone knows what’s going on? Where do these ideas even come from? Listen, I have a lot of questions for BuzzFeed and like 95% of them revolve around their videos but I also have a lot of other questions too. Like their actual writers is that all they do all day at work? Write? That’s awesome. Where do they get their ideas? Are they assigned? I just have a lot of questions.

Also, why do I wait so long to go to the bathroom? Like I’ll just sit around and do my little potty dance but I won’t go. It’s ridiculous. Also, it’s bad for the kidney.

I also do this new thing- which is absolutely terrible I do the two screen, but worse. I watch two different things, one on the tv and something on my laptop. I focus between the two though. It’s so bad. It’s like the multitasking is taking over every aspect of my life. I now have to watch two things at once.

I also just watched a BuzzFeed video about if men were treated like women in the office and it really upset me. Inequality really upsets me. It upsets me that if I end up engaged or married one day I have a better chance of getting a job if I take off my engagement/wedding ring. There’s a lot of inequality and that’s the one that affects me the most so I think that’s why it really upsets me, but really whenever there is inequality I get upset. It really bothers me that people disagree with marriage equality. Like I hate seeing people on Facebook “praying that people see the error of their ways” or whatever they say. Let the live their own lives, it doesn’t affect anyone else. Like that’s the thing with equality, it doesn’t hurt anyone it only helps people, so why is it such a big deal? Why is equality in any sense even a question? I don’t understand.

But that’s all today. I suppose this was more questions than answers or anything today. Mary after dark.

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Late Night Blogging with Mary: Part 3

After several Google Chrome crashes from other little title pictures I was going to make and a 45 minute phone conversation, I figured let’s just do another one of these. I feel like I don’t know what to say other than that. I’m again at a loss for words.

All I want to do is drink coffee and travel. Like but I also don’t want to move. I wish there was teleportation. And unlimited money. I wish money wasn’t an issue. Like if it wasn’t a thing, life would be really cool. Minus the whole lack of any system guiding the world.

There are like a lot of interesting facts in the world in case you weren’t aware. I spend a lot of time reading random articles about things that don’t apply to me. But reading really is the best way to learn about things you don’t understand. That and documentaries. So keep that in mind.

Fact. I went to delete this post like twenty times but I feel like a failure already because I hardly post three times a week and that’s supposed to be the minimum for the week so it’s tough.

Okay so serious conversation: do the articles on elite daily offend anyone else? I’m a very avid BuzzFeed reader so I thought it was another one of those. However, this seems more like do this, do that, don’t do this, don’t do that, what’ you’re doing wrong, what you’re doing right, etc. I just feel like it’s a lot more targeted to people who need validation. I’m not saying anything wrongs with the site, it’s just my first impression of it. Whenever people post articles on Facebook I usually like them but then today I visited the site, and while there are a few things that I like there’s a lot more that I really didn’t like. I’m not sure, I bet that’s a very unpopular opinion. I’ll probably stick to BuzzFeed. What are your go-to article sites?

Also I feel like I have an issue with the show Big Brother right now but I don’t know why or what it is, something about it is just annoying me. Does anyone else watch that?

Finally, I can’t stop thinking about giraffes. I’m just so in love with all of the pictures I took and I can’t wait to edit the rest and put them up on my flickr.

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The Clueless Friend

I’ve always been the clueless friend, kind of realizing it, kind of not. I watched this video and I thought “oh that’s not going to be” it was. It was so me.

I think I’ve always been that friend. I’m just not hip or with the times. I honestly never what’s going on. I’m am the clueless one, which makes me kind of sad. Ask me why there are lights on a Christmas tree I can give you the answer, ask me what fleek means, no freaking clue. I’ve always been like this though, and it’s really frustrating to me because I don’t try to be clueless I just either don’t pay attention enough or I’m just naive I suppose.

For me it’s very frustrating because I don’t like to be clueless, contrary to popular belief I really like to know a lot of information. I like collecting facts but somehow I’m still clueless. It’s also odd because people don’t realize that I’m serious when I don’t know what they’re talking about. I’m 20 with the mindset of a 50 year-old.

Being clueless isn’t fun, it’s never been fun, but I’ve also never been the person who gets the joke right away. It’s gotten to the point where I’ll just flat out say “I don’t get it, sorry” or “What does ‘blank’ mean?” or “Elaborate please,” because I just don’t understand. I’m sure it’s frustrating for my friends but I can’t help it! I just missed the part of the brain where everyone seems to get this information. I don’t even know how many times I had to look up ‘lmfao’ up before I could actually remember what it means. It’s like I missed the part of my brain that teaches normal people how to be a teen/young adult and for me the part that makes you like an older person kicked in early. I am kind of okay with technology though, but my dad works in IT so I feel like I just kind of picked things up from him. I don’t know, I’m clueless but I don’t think I would live life any other way.

Are you the clueless friend?

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The Best of the Internet: March

First of all can someone please go ask me a question? I don’t want to not have anything to answer. So I’m not going to do that until tomorrow anyway because I have to find something to write too. You can leave a question at the bottom of this post or go HERE the original post that asks for it. Or any post, I will scour them all to find one.

So today I’m trying something new that I thought of that I’m going to do once a month if it goes well and I’m calling it the “The Best of the Internet” but basically it should be called the best of Tumblr, Twitter, and BuzzFeed since those are the sites I spend the majority of my time on besides WordPress, which to be honest is my biggest time consumer. So ACTUALLY if you want YOUR blog to be in the Best of April be sure to link me to it somewhere and I’ll pick some to in next month’s post. Eventually I might actually add my favorite YouTube videos of the month but we shall see how I feel. IT”S ALL ABOUT ME! Just kidding, it’s just about what I want to do with some input from whoever gives it to me, which is typically no one so really just me.  So without further ado I give you the best of March. On the internet.

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Before I include this section, I’m still kinda new to tumblr and parts of it confuse me so I’m trying my hardest for this section.

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Well who doesn’t love a struggling banana? I know I appreciate it. My question is, how on earth did he get the other sock on already? No but really this is how I felt a lot of the month. Mary, you felt like a banana? Yes. Yes I did.

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So I just thought the picture was artistic. Then the quote over top, seems right. I mean everyone has their flaws, but apparently when you’re in love even their flaws are perfect. So yeah that’s cool I guess. No, this is not me telling you guys I’m in love, being in love would involve some type of boy and I don’t have one of those. If I do you guys will be one of the first to groups to find out.

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Oh hey look it’s my favorite book/movie series. They will probably make it every month because I love it. Hashtag sorry not sorry. Anywho, I thought this was like cool because it was like they WERE the Deathly Hallows so yeah that’s super cool. It’s really cool.

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I tried really hard not do this guys but they are FLAWLESS. Seriously I hate to admit this, but no secrets, remember? I am a huge Zalfie and Troyler shipper, also Zoe and Louise are my role model as I have previously mentioned, and Troye, if he wasn’t gay, trust me I would be constantly spamming him on Twitter. My apologies for having to include this. I just, they’re just, oh how flawless they are.

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Well this is just super cool. I love this idea and if I was more artistic/creative/mostly if I had a really nice camera I would totally steal this idea. Like just I am at a loss of words for how cool this is. What should I say? I love this. I just really really love it.

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History and real life is cool. Even though Hitler is not so cool this picture is still cool. I need new adjectives, I’m sorry. Also that couple is reading in front of the Eiffel Tower, and now that’s a new life goal if I ever have some sort of male friend in my life.

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This is how I feel about every person (basically) who has entered my life. Like I can’t even tell you guys (well I’m sure I can because I have) how much I believe in the idea that every person impacts every person they meet. So yeah this is it for that. one

Okay so that was the tumblr and this month was rough because this weekend involved a lot of shameful fangirling which I do not reblog so I like it instead because of Playlist Live, so yeah. Onto BuzzFeed. First of all I have a complaint to Apple for having me delete this app just so I can make room for the freaking update, so now I actually have to go to the website. This section is just links you should check out.

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18 Facts To Help You Appreciate Manatees

52 Lies Children’s Books Told You Growing Up

Vintage Snapshots Of Italy In The 1980s

23 Useless Facts That You Totally Need To Know (that I probably already shared with you)

24 Things Only Your Best Friend Knows About You

Twitter

So basically for this section I’m going to give you 5 twitter accounts to check out this month and if you would like yours to be included follow me and tweet me please!

First of all let’s give me that self promo @mrmilligan13

Hannah Montana: @hannah_yall

Andrew Lowe: @andrewlx

Harry Potter: @ArryPottah

Troye Sivan: @troyesivan

Okay so this is the best of the internet of March, let me know what you think and if I should continue it. If you would like to promote your blog/twitter/tumblr/whatever on earth you use on the internet and let me know. I will not promote anything I don’t like so I actually have to like it too. Okay I have to go hunt down some papers and get a shower. DON’T FORGET TO ASK ME QUESTIONS! Thanks for reading!

XOXO,

Mary.