Think It Through #2 : Fired Over Social Networking?

Welcome to the second installment of Think It Through, the series where I poke holes in the logic of things that don’t seem to run on any logic.

In this digital age pretty much everyone is connected to at least one social messaging service; whether it’d be: Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or WhatsApp. And they’re used to message each others, share pictures of places they’ve been to, share something they found online that made them smile, to see what your friend or favorite celebrity are up to, or express what ever thought you had that day. Despite the jokes people make about badly spelled tweets, pointless status’ and whatever trash ends up on Twitter and Instagram, this  sort of stuff is actually listened to; and if you post the wrong thing you can find yourself at a short end of a very blunt beating stick.

I think anyone who has, is or will be looking for work may already know what I’m talking about. When a boss is thinking about accepting an application for a job at their company; most bosses will look up the person’s name online to find their social networking sites; and any other dirt they can find. Too many pics of you partying on night outs with your friends; well the boss doesn’t want someone who may come in hung over every Monday. And admittedly i have to address some flaws with that argument. Yes i get the need for a reliable employee; but while you can read a profile you can’t read people. Sure they say they won’t be getting drunk on work nights; but everyone goes out some nights to parties, wedding receptions, new year parties etc. And as much they try, they’ll end up drunk on the night, sleep through their alarm clock and be late for work. I get the point and those chain of events are irresponsible, but the pictures someone post is ill relevant because of how much of a gamble it is.

Plus, some can still post tons of drunken photos of themselves online, and still not go out drinking regularly; in the same way someone else could go out drinking every night and not tell the internet about. Not exactly Mr Holmes in terms of deduction skills were we boss?

Statuses and Tweets are important to be careful of as well, for two reasons; content and presentation. An employer will want someone to represent their company or a department with in it. By presentation i mean basic spelling and grammar. Most companies nowadays also have their own accounts on Facebook and Twitter, with employees often having their own accounts on websites such as Linkedin.co.uk. Most jobs will workers write reports for the head of their department, letters and emails to other companies in order to do business with. And speaking from experience in order for said employee to do this they’ll need good spelling skills, correct punctuation, basic understanding of sentence structure. Because chances are, if your soon to be employer sees that you regularly post badly written statuses with spelling with the coherency of a tin of alphabeti spaghetti; you’ll remain on the unemployment line.

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I understand a company wanting a smart, well written and intelligent staff member when communicating with others; what i don’t support is the content being a reason to get someone canned from a job. We live in a world of many different believes and i don’t like the idea of someone saying “you said this, so we don’t want you here”. Most of the time said post are unrelated to the company. The views of a worker don’t effect the profits or anything with a company. Most people like to come home in order to get away from their job; and policing their views just adds to the stereotype of bosses being nasty bullies who treat their employees like dirt. To all business owners of the world: whatever bigoted or moronic things said by your employee doesn’t sink your company image. If said inappropriate comments aren’t being put on your company website, your customers aren’t being insulted, or said actions aren’t done in your name; you have nothing to worry about; let your workers live the days where they can breathe how they choose.

An example would be from February in 2015 in which a teenage girl named Cella (No article i could find didn’t say her last name) as she posted a tweet saying

“Ew i start this fucking job tomorrow”.

Naturally expressing the views of most people, that they have to get up for work; and part-time jobs for teenagers aren’t exactly making fat stacks yo. Her boss Robert Walpe found that tweet and responded:

“No you don’t start that FA (Fucking Ass) job today! I just fired you! Good luck with your no money, no job life”!

That is flat rude on so many levels; behavior wise, and that’s putting aside the language police on display. She couldn’t represent the company as she hadn’t started her job yet; nor did she mention it in the post. This shows how Robert abusing his power of head of staff, by censoring criticism. Again, this was done outside her work time.Unless she’s reviewing the company on a site like Yelp; Robert has nothing to worry about, in terms the reputation of his business.

That was a tweet that wasn’t representative of the business Cella worked at; this example was. On the 6th October 2015 Goldsmith University’s Diversity officer Bahar Mustafa was arrested in England for hate speech.

She was punished for using the hashtag #killallwhitemen in multiple tweets on her twitter page (yes i do see the irony, why do you ask?) SOURCE: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/bahar-mustafa-charged-with-sending-malicious-message-after-tweeting-kill-all-white-men-a6683241.html This incident is only the straw that broke the camel’s back; as she was already notorious on the internet. She was well-known for having segregated classes and assemblies, where white, straight, men weren’t allowed to attend. Not just that but she also stated as a rule that women are the only people who were allowed to speak first due to society not giving them chances to impact the world around them. All of which was explained in a speech where she states that

“Therefore women of colour and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist because we do not stand to benefit from such a system.” B Mustafa – 2015.

And yet if a white man said she would cry racist, not seeing the irony.  The most ironic thing about that speech is this: If women can’t be classed as racist and are above laws such as hate crime, wouldn’t that make her have the benefit of a power structure? Also this speech is spoken by a white woman, while a young black woman holds her microphone.

Since then she has been fired from her job and was arrested in England for the #killallwhitemen tweets. Ironic given how she was the negative stereotype of a feminist. You know the: “that’s sexist, that’s racist! Ban this now!” The type that purpose language police for no reason other than being PC.
I call this ironic because this is the sort of law people like her and her supporters fight to in act, only this time with a feminist at the short end of the law; and not anyone who disagrees with their views….i mean a racist bigot.

I agree that it was right for the university to fire her; i do feel her imprisonment wasn’t the right decision, given the draconian hate speech laws in England. You may call me a hypocrite for what i said in paragraph two; but here’s the difference between Bahar and Cella. All of what i said about Bahar’s comments and such; those were the ways she ran her job, as the woman who is meant to help relationships of students of different races and genders. That speech i linked was at the university, she admits to segregating her classes; all of which she admits online. Imagine yourself as a white male student looking to imply at Goldsmith; imagine you read about how class mates of your gender were forbidden to speak because of their gender, imagine hearing how a member of the student union opening supports segregation and other such acts on campus; all with the university allowing her to work there. I’m guess if you were in that situation, I’m guessing you’d like to take business else where. I’m in the position of: the internet shouldn’t factor into someone’s job, unless it’s done in the name of the company or on their grounds, in a way that makes them look bad. Much like Bahar did to the name of Goldsmith.

For famous people like celebrities, spokes people, politicians, web celebrities, people in high-profile companies etc; it’s a different story. When you’re in the public consciousness, no duh you’re going to have more people keeping an eye on you if have Twitter or Instagram. Not just for updates in their career and new products to sell; but rather if you say something incredibly stupid you are bound to get the back lash on high scale; and yes depending on the point it can and well affect your job. Such as Adam Orth, a former Creative Director for Microsoft. Those not in the know when the Xbox One console was announced, it was said to have DRM restrictions. It’s a long complicated story but basically the publisher of a game would be monitoring the play through viva having the game constantly connected to the internet. This received a huge backlash, as this ruined the launch of games like Sim City (2014) and Diablo 3 due to the servers needed not working well enough or at all; sometime later Adam sent this tweet.
This didn’t help Microsoft; as they fired him due to the hate he got over this. While that was stupid, i do believe firing him was a bit extreme. I believe he should have made an apology to the audience and the companies higher-ups. Hence why people shouldn’t be fired for something they said on Facebook. If someone’s going to post something stupid, then surely their responses by everyone who sees it is going to be punishment enough; having you be mocked by friends and whoever else. I feel that a person caught in a situation should make an apology, face any backlash, and then earn their respect back.

At the end of the day, I feel that someone’s internet comments should be the last thing anyone should be fired for. Because unless it’s being done on company time, or aimed towards customers or business clients; it’s just a case of paranoia of consumer back lash or a quick way of taking the back lash of the boss and company, which is usually why this is done. So either this practice needs to stopped; or all employers should link their personal social network pages to their company’s website to let their customers judge their views on the world. Either I what to hear your thoughts on the matter.

Think It Through employers.

Thank you for your time.

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Review: Batman V Superman (spoiler free)

It’s no secret that DC Comics have been competing against Marvel Studios in terms of releasing super hero films based on their characters. 2013 was when DC got the ball rolling with Man of Steel, a reboot of the Superman franchise. Now they plan to keep going forwards with the film’s sequel: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. 

The story takes place 18 months after the events of Man of Steel, where we see Bruce Wayne (Batman) starts forming a grudge towards Superman after witnessing multiple casualties at Wayne Industries during the destruction of Metropolis in Man of Steel. Which leads him to take on Superman; all the while Lex Luthor is creating a weapon that could be powerful enough to destroy them both. First things first, the cast does great with what they’re given, especially our main players. Henry Cavil and Amy Adams were great as Clark Kent (Superman) and Louis Lane, and work well together in Man of Steel. And they still do well here. This new film lets us see more of their friendship, and Cavil still shows the compassionate personality of the character,many the film further explores the side of the character is willing to do the right thing to help, even if no one in Metropolis wants him to.

That said I felt Louis had very little to do plot wise other than follow a lead to expose Lex Luthor, she’s clearly a smart and strong character, but this is something added to get her involved with the ending. So now we move on our three new main characters. Starting with Ben Affleck as Batman, who pretty much steels the show. He plays Bruce as a rough and woren down version of the character, similar to the version seen in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Which given how he lost multiple people in his life, it makes sense. Plus he nails the intelligence, resourcefulness and attitude of the character greatly. Not to mention how well the character is during the action scenes, with his moves, choreography and gadgets, this ends up giving him some of the best action scenes in the film. Plus the costume is just perfect. Then we have the random inclusion of Wonder Woman, and some how it works. Gal Gadot fits the role well, her role makes sense in the story; and we finally she a live action version of the strong, confident and bad ass hero that is Wonder Woman on the big screen….shame really because I liked what I saw and want more. Again costume, perfect.

The weakest link in the cast is Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. While confident in the role, and the guy is capable of acting well. The social awkwardness of his personality doesn’t really work well given the character of Lex Luthor. While Jessie nails the smooth talker that would seem trusting at first, outside of his intelligence and the plans he enacts, his not exactly threatening. Like the previous film, the effects are excellent. Great attention to detail, well made CGI, with the sound giving it the tremendous impact the scene needs. This gives way into the action scenes. Such as the fast camera movements in the Batmobile chase, the choreography during the fights with Batman, and the scenes with Clark’s powers. Great action overal. However the final fight against Doomsday tries to throw way to many effects into the mix. This isn’t a spoiler you learn this in the trailer. Given the CGI character with tons of lighting effects when he regenerates, I’m surprised the computer that rendered it didn’t explode. Oh and the design of Doomsday doesn’t help matters either. Throughout the beginning of that scene, I was waiting for Viggo Mortenson to go ” They have a cave troll”.

Which leads in to the films biggest problem: it try’s to do way too much, making it longer than it should do. Without spoiling the outcomes you have:

  1. Clark’s efforts to gain respect from the public after the last film.
  2. Bruce’s reasons to fight Superman, and his plans to do so.
  3. Lex’s plan to destroy Superman along with Batman
  4. As well as using and creating Doomsday.
  5. Louis uncovering on Luthor’s scheme.
  6. Wonder Woman’s reasons for going after Luthor.

Now that’s busy enough, but I could manage it, but then the film try’s to include build up to the Justice League film, multiple cameos from other DC heroes, and other characters throughout the story, and other scenes that are just not needed. With the first two acts mostly filled with talking and plot points to set up later; which would be fine if it didn’t run so long. And that’s why this is such a problem, the film ends up going for what feels like forever, in order to finish everything it sets up that isn’t Justice League related. The third act being the most guilty of this. There is so much happening at once, and the ending scene drags on; again, i liked what happened in those scenes, especially the way the plot goes during the end. But a lot of it could be shortened, or flat out removed and it’ll still work.

Overall while i enjoyed the movie, i felt that it had so much on it’s to do list, that it made the film a lot longer than it should’ve done. Like i said, everything with some exceptions were greatly done; and it’s certainly an enjoyable film i recommend you go see. While Man of Steel is the superior film, this is a worthy follow up…..Just don’t see it in 3D.

 7/10. Thank you for you’re time.

Think It Through #1 : Silent Letters

Have you ever seen something that doesn’t make sense to you, something that seems really questionable, and yet everyone else is excepting it?  Well this is the subject of this blog; or rather future blogs. As I’ve decided to open up a new segment on this blog called Think It Through, or T.I.T for short. Stop laughing! Through this segment, i shall be looking over things in the world that flat out make no sense and poke holes in their logic, all in a comedic (i hope) way. So let’s begin.

So i’m sure at some point in your life you’ve had difficulties spelling words. Very common mistake, right? Sure you have, I’ve certainly had my moments. And the one thing i find the most pointless thing i find about spelling, is silent letters. Seriously they’re like the flower vases someone pleases around the house to make the room look nicer. If a letter is gong to be featured, why would you not prononce…. oh sorry “pronounce” it? Trust me there’s more examples to come. In any case the whole process of not saying a featured word, it’s like buying a game for a video game console you don’t own, nor intend to buy.

A good example is Wednesday. If you look at the word, it looks like it should be said as Wed-nes-day. But no as we all know, it’s pronounced as Wens-day; do you see how pointless the D and second E are? Another example is plumber; you would think with the included B, you’d say it as “Plum-ber”. But no, the B is silent, meaning it pronounced plumber. Because for some reason the person who created them words; or the person who created the concept of silent letters, thinks that it makes their words look all fancy  and stuff. Oh how can we not forget about the K when it’s silent; because K is a repeat offender in all this. Take the word knight for example, when the royalty member that created the  role an knight to protect the kingdom, did they not realize that an extra letter to the name doesn’t show the higher class over the people they ruled over; the armor and clothes did that job.

It’s the same issue with knee. When the doctor that mapped out and researched all of the medical research on the knee area of the leg, did that person write knee as we do today or did he or someone else convince them do do it in an attempt to impress their piers in the medical world? You discovered how the human leg works, surely that should’ve given you enough praise for your research. Am i the only one who noticed that K is automatically silent when next to the letter N? Think about it: knight, kneel, knee and knowledge. All of them start with a silent K and are then followed by N. Apparently N is the playground bully, while K is the wimpy kid who keeps quite in order to not be tossed in to the nearest dumpster.

And while were on the subject, how many times does P get picked on by many different letters? Look at this: Pneumonia, Pterodactyl, and Psychology. Unlike K where there’s a clear pattern. P’s use of being silent is just random, especially when being next to letters like N, T and S. All three of those words start with different sounds, and a silent P. How bad is P social skills? Or maybe P has a crush on all three of those letters and is just to shy to admit it. I never knew letters could identify with the Mormon church.

And then you have cases of letters replacing other letters, despite the sound of the word’s starting point. Urge is an example of this. Given the “er” sound in the beginning, i thought it was spelled “erge”; sounds reasonable right? But as you saw earlier, it is spelled with a silent U at the beginning; because reasons. Going back to P again, i already explained it’s often used as a silent letter. But that doesn’t explain why putting it and the letter H together, makes an “fuh” sound. Ph=F. No sense has been made here. It appears that when the two letters come together, they fade away into nothing and become silent; and yet during this process, they then merge together and start to do a Megazord style transformation that results in them becoming the letter F…some how. Case and point: Phil, photograph and phrase. All three could be be replaced with the letter F at the start, i mean they already sound they do start with F. Why are these two letters pretending to be something they’re not?

In conclusion, silent letters are the bow ties of the English alphabet: in the sense that it’s used in the attempt to make a word look smarter than it is. Secondly, we need to improve whatever issues the letter K and N have going on between each other. Thirdly if P and H were people, they would be in jail for multiple accounts of identity theft. And finally, silent letters are something the creator of the concept should’ve looked back on; and decided to think it through. As i child gramma…sorry “grammar” and the English subject was difficult enough, and all of this wasn’t helping. In the words of Homer Simpson. “You can’t change the rules in the middle of the game!” Again people, think it through.

Thank you for your time.

Tumblr’s obsession with identity politics:

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Recently i came across the blog post of a site called ‘The Cynicalist’, a trans-person who discuss his feelings of Tumblur as a representative of the trans-gender community on the internet. In order to get a full perspective of what i mean, i suggest reading through the post first and come back to mine. Here’s a link: https://t.co/Os68sEzLiJ I’ll wait.

So given how Tumblr isn’t just a site now over run with the Social Justice morons I’ve mentioned in the past; but the site is now the hive of these people. And it’s now gotten so out of control, even the people they claim to represent are getting annoyed; joining the likes of the ‘Men’s Right’s Movement’ and ‘Women Against Feminism’. If you were too lazy to read the link, let me explain why Tumblr’s obsession with identity politics is hurting the credibility of those it aims to support; and the Internet in general.

You’re probably thinking; “Tumblr, isn’t it that site where people post memes and GIFs based around TV shows and fandoms?” That is true. And if you are a person who uses the site for that purpose, well good for you; i have nothing against that. But that’s only a quarter of what people know the site for. This is the rest.

The first thing is the ever going list of genders to identify as that the site users preach about. I mean look at this list of actual genders people have identified themselves as on Tumblr, with the chart coming from the site itself. Holy crap talk about being spoiled for choice. Look i have nothing against people transitioning into a different gender; but keep in mind there are only two genders, male and female. Well there are hermaphrodites that can have surgery to decide upon a chosen gender at the age of puberty. But keep in mind they are choosing between those two genders, because those are the only genders under medical science.

As The Cynicalist says himself, gender isn’t a pair of socks; you can’t just change due to how comfortable you are with said pair. You’re born with one gender, and then you have to decide to switch to the other gender. As the Youtube user Undoomed said,

“There have been males and females living on this earth, for hundreds of millions of years. But it only took two for Tumblr to f*** it all up”. Undoomed 2015

There are many examples of this online. Such Milo Stewart identifying as A gender (without gender) despite clearly looking like a woman. And yes, her Tumblr page is linked on her YouTube account. Anyway this way of doing things has been promoted by people like Laci Green, in which she has supported the idea of more than two genders. Yep she’s on the site too. Her proof of this claim, well she says  male and female are the ends of a gender spectrum, where anything in between is categorized based on whether the person’s genitals are malformed and the testosterone or estrogen level of the person. Look i know i don’t swear in these blogs but, she is that retarded. It’s funny how many people compare the SWJ community to The Party from 1984, but i consider them more to be like the creatures from Animal Farm, with people like Anita Sarkessian and Andrea Dworkin taking the role of Napoleon, with Laci being Boxer the horse. If you find a feminist believe she hasn’t supported that isn’t an all male genocide; you’re not trying hard enough.

But moving back onto Tumblr. And how could we not get to covering pronouns.
In particularly, the obsession the community the site has for getting people matched to their correct pronouns. OK snow flake, you want to expand the list of what to identify people as; dandy. But care to explain how I’m meant to know what you identify as without a badge on you. And it gets worst when many others decided to change gender, the pronouns they use as well. And there are cases where people who look or dress in an opposite of what pronouns they want.

Take for instance this guy, VarmitCoyote he is who is known for releasing a video of himself trying to convince the internet he was a woman. If he actually bothered with going through a transformation into a woman, than he wouldn’t have made a complete fool of himself. And that’s not only one case of people looking like the opposite to the gender they want people to identify themselves as. Feminate women calling themselves men, hairy men identifying as women, or just saying that don’t identify as either.

I know I’m using a lot of YouTube’s users as sources. But keep in mind that a lot of this ordinates from or is promoted by the community of Tumblr. And any criticism is labeled as trans-phobic, no surprises here. And even trans people objecting to this on the grounds of “that’s not how that works” are given the same treatment. Even The Cynicalist has had this happen to him.

” Apparently even though I’m a ‘traditional’ trans person, I’m transphobic on the grounds that I think changing your pronouns every day is stupid. Asking people to call you by male pronouns but making no effort to look male and wearing dresses and lipstick is also stupid. The most stupid of all is claiming to be genderless or doing it for attention. I’m almost convinced most of these kids are just huge attention seekers.” The Cynicallist.

I have never in my life used Tumblr as a social networking site, but given all of the above i made the right choice. And that’s not taking into account the aggressiveness of issues around feminism and racism, cries of oppression over first world problems, and the fact that jokes don’t exist unless it comes with a GIF file. And i didn’t even get into the subject of otherkins. The believe of some of the sites users that they are animals (real or other wise) in a human body. I…i don’t even…..i’ll just let Adam Buckley take this one.

So in summary, Tumblr isn’t really taken as seriously as sites like Twitter and Facebook, given what is posted on the site. Where the identity of its users are either a fancy mask or a game of music chairs, aggressiveness to anyone white and male in the name of equity is a popular thing to do and sensitivity is the norm. Got to check that privilege somehow. I think I’ve gone on long enough, and i’ll leave you with this part from JelloApocalypse‘s ‘Welcome to Tumblr video; what a better way to sum up a site that can be best described as the politically correct version if 4Chan.

Thank you for your time.
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