Go Green or Go Home

Do you ever stop and think what the impact of your every day activities have on the environment? Most people don’t.

Keep it Eco strives to create and share content that inform the public on what it can do to better the health of our home, Earth. The organization also shares events taking place in the DFW community that involve sustainability.

Founders Enrique and Maritzabel believe that we owe it to future generations to keep Earth clean and healthy, but that’s not always easy. There’s huge corporations that control how items are created and transported. However, propaganda works, and the more Eco-content is shared, the more aware others will be, and use their money and vote to help change the legal and economic structures of the world.

Here’s an example of the content Keep it Eco has created.

Maritzabel hopes to create more content in the future to help her spread low-waste and sustainability information to others. This was a good start.

My Thoughts on Social Media

Social Media and the advancements of the Internet have helped shape my professional goals. According to a Reuters article, “More than a third of the global workforce will be in the gig economy by 2023.” I have a sneaking suspicion that will most certainly be me.

I don’t know how, yet, but I would like to be a digital nomad. I could create videos, write for a news publication, or tutor someone online. All of these career goals would not be possible without the advancements of social media. 

My college major itself revolves around social media. Most of my classes require me to do assignments on websites like Tumblr, WordPress, and YouTube. Being a Communication and Technology student requires my presence and participation on social networks.

My significant other is a full-time Uber driver. He is part of what is known as the sharing economy. The sharing economy is “ the use of technology to facilitate the exchanged goods or services between two or more parties.”  If for some reason he were to be without a smartphone and no Internet connection, he would be unemployed. 

As social networks become more and more prominent in our lives we will learn to depend on them. It will be as important to have access to wifi as it is to have a car, food, and friends. This is good for the job market, but not necessarily for our physiological well-being. Despite the great innovations of the digital age, the increasing use of social media is not helping us connect. On the contrary, social media is making us feel more and more alone.

With that being said, we cannot escape the Internet. I mean we could, but only the elite, secluded artists, and people living off the grid have the luxury of doing so with no repercussions. So what can we do? I think we should all learn how to stay off our smart phones when it is not vital that we use them. It sounds a lot easier said than done, but with the increasing demand for our attention, those who can learn to focus —and not get distracted by the screens — will be the people that thrive in today’s attention economy.

Journey of the Democratization of Knowledge

The democratization of knowledge is the spread of information among normal people like you and me. Before, education and knowledge was reserved for the elite, but advancements in technology have made it possible for information to be widely accessible by the masses. What a time to be alive!

Great books from centuries ago are free online.  Authors, thinkers, and politicians of today are on Twitter. YouTube is an infinite source of audio and visual information. Podcasts provide news, facts, and opinions.

The democratization of knowledge has made it possible for us to choose how and what we learn. With our mobile devices we can simply make a search on Google, and instantly get access to videos, scholarly articles, and even memes on the chosen subject. I think it’s absolutely magical.

So how did we get here? 

According to an educational video by Dow (a science and technology YouTube channel), it all started with pictographs: symbols or drawing in caves and pyramids.

Pictographs weren’t sufficient enough to communicate for the Greeks, so they came up with the first extensive alphabet.

It wasn’t until 1448, when the printing press was invented, that we were off to the races, and the ability to acquire knowledge became progressively easier and easier.

In the seventeen hundreds the typewriter was introduced, and in the eighteen hundreds, Samuel Morse invented the telegraph and Morse code.

In the eighteen seventies Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Less than fifty years later the radio was invented, and in the nineteen fifties we had the television boom.

In the eighties the first cell phone was created and personal computers were sold to the public.  

The internet became available to the public in the nineties. Soon after we took internet browsing and messaging from desktops to mobile devices, and here we are today.

The democratization of knowledge stems from the never-ending evolution of human kind. We’re constantly challenging ourselves, and finding new ways to come up with wonderful inventions that our ancestors might have never been able to imagine. It’s easy to look at where we are today and feel a deep sorrow for the direction we’ve taken our planet, the wars that we’ve fought, and the injustice in the world. However, if there’s one thing I’m proud of, it’s the democratization of knowledge.

Pay the Artist behind the Tattoo

Back in 2011, the artist responsible for boxer Mike Tyson’s distinctive facial tattoo sued Warner Brothers for using his tattoo without consent on the film, Hangover II.

The L.A. Times reported:  the lawsuit “alleged that the artist retained all the rights to the image, including the copyright.”

Since Warner Bros. did not consult the artist of the tattoo before using it in their film, I think he had a legitimate reason to sue the entertainment company.

According to thebalancesmb.com, “Copyright describes the legal rights of the owner of intellectual property. The person, who owns the copyright to work, such as song lyrics or an original drawing, is the only person who can copy that work.”

Unless an artwork has entered the public domain (which occurs generally occurs 70 years after an artist’s death), the artist or his/her estate must give permission for their work to appear in a movie.

S. Victor Whitmill, the artist behind the tattoo, did not give permission to Warner Bros. to use his work. So if you ask me, should the artist get money? I’ll say yes. His work was copied, stolen, and used without his permission.

I’m sure realizing that your work was copied without permission hurts. An artist spends time and energy bringing forth their art to fruition and sharing it with the world whilst hoping they can make a living out of it.

Not only do I hope Whitmill received nice sum of money, but I also hope he got an apology from Warner Bros. for not informing him that his work would be used in major motion picture.

Don’t you think a company worth billions of dollars can afford to pay an artist, just like it pays its actors, directors, and writers? Whitmill’s tattoo played a vital role in Hangover II, so why shouldn’t he be credited and paid for it?

Don’t Turn Away the Good-Looking

With today’s beauty standards, it doesn’t matter how qualified you are for a job; if you’re not pretty or ugly enough, your chances of making an income are hindered. Writer, Elizabeth-Lalli-Reese, said it best:

“…we, as a society, set up the very situations that create this continued and often overlooked type of discrimination in the workplace. It’s just as inappropriate to deny a qualified worker employment or advancement opportunities on the basis that they’re ‘beautiful’ as it is to shut out the person in a wheelchair.”

That’s why when it comes to the question: Do you believe that married couples should avoid hiring an attractive home helper? My answer is no.  Couples need to avoid hiring a home helper that’s unprofessional, disrespectful, and can’t do his or her job.

One shouldn’t be discriminated because of his or her good-looks. It’s a person’s professionalism and qualifications that matter.

In a post on metro.co.uk, Amber Persephone, a nanny and primary school teacher, described her shock when a potential employer told her that she wasn’t a suitable nanny. The reason being that: she would attract unwanted attention.

Amber Persephone

“Just because I or any other nanny may be considered attractive, it doesn’t make us incompetent, a danger to children or a possible problem in a marriage,” said Persephone.

“I would never risk anything that could end my career, or indeed break up a family.”

In the post, she continues by stating that not only does being judged on her attractiveness made her feel bad, but it also encouraged the ‘hot nanny’ stereotype, which came with the assumption that cheating is encouraged.

This stereotype can stop nannies, like Persephone, from doing a job they love and deprive children from a great and loving caretaker.

“When I am looking for a job as a nanny, my intentions are always to work for a family that has the same values and ideals for looking after children as I do, not for a possible romance with the children’s father,” she said.  

Ask yourself how you would feel if you were discriminated from doing a job you love because of  how ugly or good looking you are. It happens all the time, but I wouldn’t want to add to the discrimination.

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