ISIS, Ray Rice, iPhones,Education and nudes – A match made in heaven

Ahh… time for some release therapy.

It has been quite some time since I’ve been able to sit down and properly vent about the things that have been happening in our world today. A lot has happened, so let’s get to it.

ISIL, ISIS, Islamic State or whatever they call themselves these days continues to threaten the United States by making beheading videos public to the world. Two of these individuals are journalists. This fact hits a little close to home for someone like me who works with some phenomenal journalists and may be one someday. The fact that certain individuals are willing to sacrifice themselves for the good of the story and making sure that we are up to date on what is happening in other parts of the world is admirable. Now, for clarification, I am not comparing journalists to the armed forces fighting in the same areas, those people are a different breed.

Now, what would I do in this situation? I would send troops over and let the Islamic State know that when you mess with Americans, we will come at you and make you regret ever challenging America. Now, I know it is not as simple as that, but as someone who feels personally offended by the beheadings, my bias really shows (of course, what would Cheap Five Dollar Dress be without my bias?) The Islamic State is the biggest terrorist organization in the world, it’s time to show them their place in the world, which is no place in the world.

Switching gears, the NFL tried to show that it cares about women for more than just the month of October (Breast cancer awareness month.) with the indefinite suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. The NFL is making a mockery of itself throughout this entire ordeal. I’m sure you all know about the situation now, so I won’t bother with the details. I only have one question, a question that has been brought up many time before: Why didn’t the NFL ever get this full video?


Not smiling so much anymore...
Not smiling so much anymore…

We also know, in the NFL, that it is safer to beat your fiancee than to smoke pot (i.e. Josh Gordon.) I’m sure feminists are having a field day with that… which leads to another question I have: What the hell does feminism mean anymore? Seriously, I continue to hear different definitions of what people believe ‘feminism’ is to the point where I’m wondering if it’s a real thing. Someone, please enlighten me.

Also, his then fiancee is now his wife. She stand by him through this whole ordeal. Those are the facts… do with them as you please.

The iPhone 6 was announced today, so today is an official ‘nerd holiday’ for myself. Two iPhones, a 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch. Do you have an iPad? If you answered “yes” then don’t bother with the 5.5 inch iPhone. The phone looks a lot like leaked images that have been coming out the past few weeks. Faster processor, better image taking, better video. It’s what you expect from an iPhone in a fast, slimmer casing.. which is perfect. It is a good looking phone that will do what I need it to do faster, easier, and better. So I’ll be getting one (a 4.7 inch) next month when my contract is up.


Credit: CNN
Credit: CNN

Also, as I near the end of my college career (graduation in May 2015!) I have been faced with the question of “Is college worth the investment?” I haven’t really thought about this until people started asking me. I did some research on it (watching people’s opinions on the matter on YouTube.) and I found the results to be mainly negative. This proved to be a real head scratcher for me. I find college to be well-worth the investment in both time and money. I’ve learned what I want to know and more in the field that I am trying to get into, made some good network connections and made some good friends. That’s what college is all about right? Well, to some people, if you don’t have a job right out of college, you should get your money back (WTF?)

Language warning!

This kind of goes back to the entitlement issue that I have talked about NUMEROUS times before on CFDD and my late radio show. What this guy likes to talk about centers around not having a useful degree and therefore wanting a full college refund. However, what I’ve learned in college is that there is a constant need for adoption and adaptation of new ways of living. It’s no secret that our world is changing at a very fast rate, so fast that people are having a hard time keeping up with it. (More on this in a little bit.) It is up to the individual to learn new technologies based off the knowledge they know about the old ways of doing things. If you can’t adopt, then you really didn’t learn anything in college. Also, networking is well worth the investment alone. One of the first days of college, a professor told the class that it is not what you know, but who you know. Tell me this isn’t true? I took that to heart and made some great contacts in my field. It’s lead to a couple jobs and a couple freelance gigs, all while I am still a student. If you feel as though your college education isn’t worth it, you simply are not trying hard enough.

I alluded to people’s knowledge of technology earlier. This leads me to my final thought of this post: Celebgate, or “The Fappening” as social media has come to know it as. This, of course, is the leaked nudes of celebrities such as Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence. iCloud, Apple’s cloud storage application,  was the center of this controversy. What my main point about this is that people do not know how new tech (cloud storage, in particular) actually works. Cloud storage is data wirelessly transferred to a bank of hard drives somewhere else, you have no idea where this is actually stored. So somewhere between those two points, it may be easy for someone to intercept it, which is what happened in this case. Technology is moving so fast that people don’t have time to take a break and learn what is new. It’s a challenge, especially those who are immigrating to the digital world. It’s definitely a problem that needs to be fixed, otherwise we have more instances such as “The Fappening.” What baffles me is that people are talking about cloud storage as if it is an actual cloud hovering over you. I really have no clever line to put here, I think that statement is its own punchline.

Privacy in the digital age requires much education. It first starts with being personally responsible for what you are taking pictures of and knowing where those might end up. That is only one step, but a big step to making progress in privacy in the digital age.

That’ll wrap things up for this post, which may be my longest ever. I’ll try and update things here as I have time to do so. In the mean time, leave a comment here or tweet me @ryanfinfrock.

Signing off.

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