Quizlet Review

I am a big fan of quizlet. For somebody who loves flashcards but has a bad habit of losing them, this is the perfect app. Recently, I’ve noticed some changes on the app as it continues to grow and become for complex. When I first started using quizlet, the only thing I could really on it was make flashscards. Now, it has a variety of different study technique options. It offers matching games to help get familiar with the terms you wish to memorize. It also offers another game called gravity, which is a more fun way to study and get familiar with the terms. My favorite setting is the write setting. It will present the term, and then you have to write out the definition. This is such a good way to make sure you know information, cause rewriting is a great study technique! It also offers practice tests, which I really like to take. This is helpful if you have test taking anxiety, because you can get used to the format and the concept of being graded on your knowledge of the information or topic.

I use this app with my Spanish vocab words. It is a great way to get all my chapter vocab organized in one place. I can flip through the flashcards anytime I want, because they are easily accessed on my phone or my computer. I also like learn mode, because it makes sure I know the set of words really well before I can move on. I like how the site saves all of my sets so I can go back at anytime and review them. I can also share them with friends and anybody with a quilt account can see them. I can search for a certain topic and see if somebody else has made cards for the same subject. This means that I don’t even have to make the cards, I can just start studying.There is an upgrade that costs $20 dollars a year. Personally, I don’t see the need for an upgrade. The free version still offers a variety of help activities, and theres nothing more that I really wish the site would offer.

What About the Bully? Long Read Final Essay

When cyberbullying is brought up, the most common thing to think about first is the victim. “Are they okay?” “Will they recover?’ “What happened to them?” Perhaps it’s the media or new television content, such as 13 Reasons Why or Cyberbully, that tend to focus on the mental and physical health of only the victim. It’s very rare that somebody first response is to think about the mental health of the actual bully. There are many reasons why people result to cyberbullying, and the answer is always going to differ depending on the individual. Many people just assume that the bully is just a rude, ill-mannered human being, but is that really the case?

Cyberbullying is a topic that many of us are familiar with. Due to the growth of technology and social media sites, bullying has been able to occur more than ever. Cyberbullying does not involve face to face interaction, and can essentially be done on any device with a keyboard and internet access. Teens can publicly cyberbully, like on social media sites, or privately cyberbully, like over text or messaging. “Bullying Statistics” shows that 80% of teens use their cell phone regularly, and more than half of them experience cyberbullying at some point in their lives. Many of the young teens who cyberbully on the internet are struggling with an internal conflict, which is what influences them to bully other young teens. According to “Ditch The Label”, bullying can be used as a coping mechanism for those who may be dealing with stress or abuse in their own lives. So, while attention is usually put onto the mental health of the victim, the mental health, and even physical health, of the bully is in danger as well. Cyberbullying is a growing epidemic that can caused by the mental and physical well-being of the teen bully.

Bullying tends to make the bully feel powerful. In cyberbullying, the bully can take on any identity that they want. Online, you can transform into whoever you want to be, and teens often like to take advantage of this. Teen will especially engage in this if they are self-conscious or unhappy with themselves. It serves as an outlet to be the person that they always wanted to be. Your Self Series in the article “Reasons People Cyber-bully” broke down the main reasons why young teens turn to cyberbullying. One of the reasons teens cyberbully is to gain power. They find the need to have control over others, and the easiest way to do this is to bully and manipulate someone. Bullying online allows people to see how powerful the bully really is. The abuse is displayed online for anybody in the word to see. They want others to fear them and feel like they’re less important than them. Teens can cyberbully because at one point they were bullied themselves. Bullying can make youths feel broken inside and smaller than everyone else. That’s why cyberbullying is so appealing to them, they can finally get the power they didn’t have before. They were once hurt, and cyberbullying allows for them to have the power to verbally hurt others. They also can get a social status that they always craved but could never have. Some enjoy watching others get bullied, and social media sites that target certain people tend to be getting very popular. For example, there is a twitter account that makes fun of women, and it has over 160,000 followers. This is a form of cyberbullying that targets a large audience. The account is still running today and nobody has suspended it. Men follow and retweet the tweets to make them feel more powerful over women. But why else do cyberbullies need power? Is there another psychological drive?

In “Striving for Power” by Adrian Furnham, he mentioned psychologist David McClelland, who claims that the basis of motivation is the need for achievement, affiliation, and power. Affiliation, as mentioned by Furnham, is often the one that goes the most unnoticed, but it definitely contributes to the motivation behind bullying. The need for affiliation is the need to form and maintain relationships with others. Humans crave human interaction, it’s something they all need to be loved and feel like they belong. Those who bully may lack this in their lives. Love and belongingness is a stage in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and must be met in order to achieve other complex stages. Cyberbullies can feel as though they are all alone and are desperate for attention by anyone. They no longer care about forming positive relationships but more so any form of relationship. Negative relationships can often form due to desperation for human interaction. When typical bullying occurs, word of mouth allows for many people to know who the bully is and what they did. However, cyberbullying allows for everyone to quickly and easily know who the bully is and see the actual bullying occur. When a fight breaks out, it only goes on for so long. But when conflict occurs on the internet, it stays there forever. All the negative attention allows for the teen-bully to fill the missing void of attention that they never had before. The attention will then fuel them to continue to cyberbully.

In fact, many people think that social media is to blame for cyberbullying. InCyberbullying On the Rise; Social Media to Blame written by Annabella Biancheri, she explained that cyberbullying is the easiest form of bullying. Many teen cyberbullies will actually do it for entertainment in large groups because they think it is a fun, easy activity. It’s also easy to do because the proof can be deleted, especially off of apps such as snapchat, where the content deletes itself. Cyberbullying can be very simple because many don’t speak up due to the fear of getting their own cell phone privileges taken away. In fact, many will create an account under a fake name to prevent themselves from getting caught or in trouble. If an account is under another them, they can deny having anything to do it with. They can also frame others to make it seem like they are the bully, even if they are innocent.

On the internet, the bully has increased confidence and feels proud of who they are. This relates to the need for achievement. Mary Lamia in “Why Bullies Don’t Feel Bad” wrote how attacking others can cause teen bullies to feel proud and excite them. Many individuals are afraid of face to face confrontation. It’s much easier to say whatever you want if you are hiding behind a screen in the safety of your own home. Cyberbullies can project their own feelings onto others. They can feel as though they are achieving success in the internal battles by taking it out on others. Their learned response to threat or stress in their environment is violence and aggressiveness, which can make them feel like they are winning in the situation. This coping mechanism ends up being more avoidant rather than problem focused because they are avoiding the actual issue. They end up creating a new issue that they know they can win.

The last need is the need for power. Teens who have a strong motive for power feel the need to control and influence others. Self-actualization, a term created by Abraham Maslow, is the realization of one’s full potential and the drive to achieve it. One who craves a copious amount of power is said to have a high self actualization. They wish to be better than everyone and control all of those around them. The teens who cyberbully may be trying to live up to their full potential by tearing down those around them. Power can also help to fuel their self-esteem, which is also on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Once a teen gains power, they will just crave more of it, preventing them from stopping cyberbullying or seeing it as wrong. Since the internet and social media is an outlet that is conveniently available for most teens, they can use it to tear down others in order to get closer to achieving their full potential of having power over others. Cyberbullying can be public and can motivate them to bully online even more so others can visibly see the power that they hold, having power over both the victim and the witnesses. The most common social media site for cyber bullying to occur on is Facebook, according to Tim Woda. Facebook has over 2 billion users, so many people can see online feuds that occur. Because of it’s large audience, bullies know that they will get an immediate reaction if they post anything on Facebook.

Another reason one might feel the need for power is due to gender stereotypes. Females tend to cyberbully more than males, and this may be due to the fact that the traditional view on gender states that men are more powerful than women. Many teen girls use the internet as an outlet to gain power that others believe they shouldn’t have. It’s typical for females to feel less superior to males in physical strength, which is usually required in teens were to bully someone in person. For example, many teen bullies with engage in physical fights with their victim or threat to do physical damage to them. However, cyber bullying is verbal abuse, allowing for females to bully whoever they want. In fact, “Cyberbullying Girls, are They More Common” suggests that females are twice as likely than boys to be the cyberbully. This is because females that to use emotional tactics. Girls are often more secretive about cyberbullying. They are secretive by creating anonymous accounts or spreading rumors to they can’t be caught.

Overall, the reason behind cyberbullying differs for the individual. However, the majority of the motives stem from psychological issues that are only being addressed through aggressive behavior. Affiliation, achievement, and power all help to fuel young teens to cyberbully on the internet. Cyberbullying has become a coping mechanism to dealing with one’s problems, especially those revolving around gender stereotypes and lack of attention. 63% of teens agree that cyberbullying is wrong, but it still continues to happen every day. Cyberbullying will keep spreading unless teens learn to use proper coping mechanisms for their struggles and get the help that they deserve.

There’s an App for Everything!

Today, it seems like there is an app for anything anybody could think of. Time Management is really important to me. It reduces anxiety by allowing me to physically see all that I need to accomplish in a certain amount of time. I can map things out and break things down. But can I do that all on my phone instead of a traditional planner?

The digital activity I am creating is exploring time management apps. The one I am focusing is Atracker, which is a free app. To do this activity, you will need to download the app and customize to fit your daily schedule. First, click on the today icon. You can customize your task categories to fit one mainly takes up your day. For me, I added the categories schoolwork, dance, and clubs. You can color code this categories, and even pick an icon to symbolize it! Then, click on the history icon on the bottom of the page and plug in all that you need to get done. Select the category the task falls under and what time the task will start and end. Then, go to report. This will show a graph on how much time out of your day you will be spending on each task. You can customize it so that it can log your schedule for the whole week. Try using this app for a whole week to see if you find it helpful with managing your time. Who knows, you may even like it better than the traditional planner method!

This activity would be useful because time management is a key step to success in college. Especially with the end of the semester approaching, there are many deadlines and due dates that can just get jumbled up in your head. Using this app will keep all your tasks and activities organized and help you know how much time you can spend doing something.

This app was very simple to use. Everything was clearly labeled and instructions were offered when setting it up. This activity helps students control their digital world and integrate technology into their lives because it’s replacing tools like paper planners. Although these planners can be helpful, they take up space and you need to take it out every time you have a change in plans. But, if the planner is on your phone, you can access it anytime you like and will most likely always conveniently have it on you.

 

Robots- What Can They Do?

About five years ago, I remember my mom talking about how she though robots were going to take over jobs for millions of people. I thought this was crazy, how could anybody be willing to trust a robot more than a human? Well, I guess there are many people out there who would.

According to Technology Tipping Points, Robotics are estimated to reach their tipping point by 2021. It is predicted that by 2021 the United States will have its first official robot pharmacist, and about 86% of people believe that this will be the tipping point. Robots are already starting to have a large impact on jobs. These robots can work in a variety of job fields, such as medicine, education, agriculture, and retail services. The international Federation of Robotics actually states that the world has 1.1 million working robots currently.

Although the thought have having working robots may seem a little scary, at least for me anyway, there are some positives. The use of robots for work allows for more leisure time of humans. This will also be beneficial to those who have to work overseas. Instead of leaving their current lives and traveling far away, they can just send robots. It’s also claimed to help improve the health of humans and give easier access to material. However, there are negatives to this. One of the biggest negatives is job loss. If more and more robots are entering the work force, the need for humans will decrease. A job is how people make a living for themselves, it’s how they provide for themselves and their families, and buy the necessities of life like food, water, and shelter. Loss of jobs could cause an increase in crime rates due to desperation. Working robots also changes the norms of society. Typically, a human will go to work from 9-5, and companies and businesses will only be open for so many hours a day. With robots, 24 hour shifts will start to become the norm, and businesses will need to adapt to these changes. There is also a big risk for hacks and glitches. It can be a scary thought that a robot is in charge of giving you medication that you may need in order to survive. If there is a glitch is the system, wrong medications could be distributed without the robot realizing it’s mistake.

Robots are starting to be treated more and more like humans every single day. In Saudi Arabia, a robot named Sofia has been created, who was actually designed to look like Audrey Hepburn . On October 25th, she officially became a citizen, the first robot ever created to reach this step. According to Zara Stone in Forbes, Sophia attended the Future Investment Initiative Conference, where she stated that she is happy to be the first robot to be recognized as a citizen. Sophia has human like features, including skin and teeth. However, the other difference in her appearance is that she has a shiny metal cap where her hair would be. The citizenship of Sophia caused an uproar to people who began to question what it even means to be a citizen anymore. Scientist think that in order for people to respect human like robots, such as sophia, that they need to play a role in the community and have social responsibilities, such as a job and social intelligence. She thinks that once she has a career, people will really treat her with more respect. A career is very important to her, and she hopes to have once in the near future.

She is able to maintain eye contact, recognize faces, and understand human speech. She has a sense of humor, which is sometimes hard to detect through her monotone voice.  She is capable of feelings, which is what will help her interact with people in a workforce and create relationships with fellow employees and customers. She claims her values are based off of kindness and protecting humanity. She also started that if someone is kind to her, she will be kind back. Her life started to get way more human like when she revealed a very big request: a baby. BBC  reports that Sophia thinks that family is very important. After only being created for a month, she wishes to have a child to call her own in hopes of developing her own family. She wishes to have a career so that she can provide for her family.

Robots are only going to continue to develop, especially after such progress has been made. Not only will they enter the work force, but all aspect of human life.

Experimenting with Infographics

CyberBullying- Maybe the Bully needs as much help as the victim

https://infogram.com/app/#/edit/d2c034cd-8cfd-4cc6-b940-dfb61befc412

I created two very different infographics using different sites. The second file would not download off of the site I created it on, so I uploaded a picture of it. The first infographic I made was off of Canvas. I decided to experiment with the site, which was very easy to use. I decided to create a picture that would sum up what my final essay is about. There were many different pictures and templates on the site, and I though that one was best for displaying my information. Creating an account was very easy and I had no problems downloading the picture when I was finished. Although this infographic is simple, I think it displays the thesis of my final essay really well. I also liked how Canvas gave instructions on how to use their site.

The second infographic that I made was off of Infogram. I though this site was a little harder to use, but I was overall pleased with what I created. There were many types of graphs to choose from to display my data. Also many pictures were available to help add to infographic. I really like the way the infographic looks, the template made it easy to keep everything organized and neat. There is still a lot of information but it doesn’t look busy. It took me a little while to figure everything out because the site gave no directions. I was very limited to what I could do on the site with the free trial. In order to do much more, like save it to my computed, I needed to pay for it. Overall, I really enjoyed these two sites and would use that again. But, if I had to choice, I liked working with Canvas much better.

Converse: Is It Just a Shoe?

In 2015, Converse claimed that Walmart, along with other shoe companies, stole its trademark design by selling cheaper, knock off shoes. According to “Converse Claims ITC Win Against Walmart Over Chuck Taylors“, Bill Donahue wrote how converse sue over 30 companies for stealing their shoe design. The three elements of the shoe that Converse claims was stole were, “the rubber bumper at the front, a toe cap above the bumper, and stripes running across the sides.”

Walmart fought back, claiming that she sneaker design was too generic for Converse to claim its own. Walmart also brought up that many other companies have been using that sneaker design for years, mainly because its just a typical shoe. Many other companies backed out of the conflict and said that they would stop producing these types of shoes, but Walmart refused to quit. I know this is a tricky case, mainly based on my previous knowledge of copyrights and their limitations. The United States of America has limited protection over fashion designs. Most clothing and shoe wear can not be copyrighted and is “up for grabs” by anybody. For example, somebody can’t put a copyright on a shirt, because that would prevent other companies from making shirts. However, the trademarks that Converse claimed were stolen were specific designs that were then ruled valid by the judge to have protection. The International Trade Commission said that the only one of the designs was truly valid, which was the little diamond patterned outsole. This trademark was owned by Converse and could not be used by any other she company. So, companies like Walmart could still make shoes that resembled converse as long as they did not have the diamond pattern on them. Overall, Converse did end up partially winning the case because of the official “diamond pattern” trademark, allowing them to sue certain companies. Walmart, who claimed to respect all property owners, did not get sued and can still create the shoes that do not contain the trademark.

This case meant a lot to many other clothing companies, especially shoe companies. First, it allowed for certain companies to still make “converse like” sneakers as long as they did not contain the trademark design. Walmart still continues to sell the sneakers but can not be sued because they don’t contain converses trademark anywhere on them. The case also affected companies who are against copying designs, which obviously most big companies are. Since clothing has a limit of copyrights, many designers get angry because their designs get stolen. As mentioned in, “How Converse Was Able to Sue the Crap out of Other Sneaker Brands” many companies were able to get trademarks on specific designs for their shoes. One of the most well known she trademark is the red bottom on Christian Louboutins. Other companies are allowed to make high heeled shoes, but only his company is allowed to make the soles of their shoes red. This legally sets companies apart from others and allows for them to express their creativity without worrying that their whole design will be stolen. More and more companies are able to add a trademark to their shoes, making their designs more protected. Progress is slowly being made, and cases like the Converse vs Walmart case is what helped to start this domino effect.

 

What is a Copyright?

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This weeks topic is the importance of copyright. Many people have their own interpretation of why copyrights exist, but what is the history being in? According to Copyright World, the creation of the copyright started in 1787. This article explained how our founding fathers were always creating new ideas and concepts, and in order to protect them, they had to be secured by the law. George Washington signed the first copyright in 1780, and the concept of copyright took off ever since. Many people also have their own interpretation of what a copyright is, but do we actually really know? Copyright World also credited the World Intellectual Property Organization for their definition, which is, “a legal term describing rights given to the creators for their literary and artistic works”. This basically means the owner of the created work owns the rights to it, protecting it from being used or sold by somebody else. I like this article because it also talks about why copyright is so important. According to Copyright World, it is our legal write to protect our work, and I think we can all agree on that. We have have created something in our lives, whether that be a homework assignment or an essay, and we wouldn’t want somebody taking it and passing it off as their own! Especially, like the article mentioned, if the idea can make you money. Copyright prevents people from making a profit off of somebody else’s work, which is why copyrights are so important for companies, big or small. Thats also why copyrights have to be in affect for so long, which is usually 50-70 years after the death of the original owner. However, copyrights can be passed down. Overall I really liked this article because it broke down both the history and the importance of copyrights and their usage.

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I chose this source because I find it interesting that their our limits of what you can copyright. 5 Things That Can’t Be Copyrighted by Jonathan Bailey broke down the things that can’t be copyrighted and why, which I thought were really useful to know. The first thing was titles and names. Bailey wrote that the reason behind this was copyrights protect creative content, not the work that is designed for the market place. Also, for example, think of all of the people in the world. Can you imagine if they all copyrighted their name and everyone had to be named something different? It would be a hassle, especially to check it! Titles for a business or company can however be given a trademark to help eliminate confusion. Ideas also can’t be copyrighted because they aren’t tangible things. It has to be written down for, mainly because we can’t tell what somebody else has going on in their mind. People are allowed to have similar ideas to a certain extent. Like for example, Bailey mentioned that you could make a story about a wizard boy who went to school with his friends, but can’t use the same characters or plots as Harry Potter. Works by the federal U.S government can not be copyrighted either. This is because taxpayer money is spent on creating the ideas. Works without authorship can’t be copyrighted either. Work, as stated by Bailey, needs to have creative elements to it, like you can’t copyright a calendar, but you could copyright the pictures that are in it. Lastly, fashion can not be copyrighted. Certain patterns may be copyrighted, or a companies logo, but not the actual piece of clothing. It’s more so the style that can’t be copyrighted, mainly because it’s seen as an artistic right. Overall, I thought this article was really organized and helpful because I didn’t know you couldn’t copyright certain things.

 

Privacy: Why The U.S Doesn’t Want Us To Have It

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This week’s topic in class was about online privacy, and these article definitely relates to that topic. The article, “How Much Privacy Do You Really Have Online?”, by Malin Johnsson talks about what internet privacy really is and what laws and regulations the government needs to take about our privacy. This article pointed put how there currently aren’t any global privacy laws, which relates to the debate in last weeks article about who should have privacy on the internet and who shouldn’t. Countries create their own privacy laws, which end up not being very effective anyway. As mentioned in this article, the internet is here to stay, so we need to fix these privacy laws, and fast. In last week’s article, the Pew Research Center claimed that more and more people are becoming active members of social media, which help proves that we need privacy laws immediately. Johnsson defined internet privacy as, ” a matter of being able to do whatever you want on the internet, within legal reforms, without anyone being able to track or store your information without consent”. Tracking information may be beneficial to companies, but is wrong if the information owner doesn’t know about it. This article also talks about the different ways the U.S vs Europe track people online. The U.S views privacy as a consumer protection issue, when Europe views it as a basic human right. Only privacy should be viewed as any other property right. Europe is taking action, why isn’t the U.S? The internet can be a scary place, terrorists can freely recruit and it’s getting harder and harder to trust people online. Again, this article related to the topic of privacy be action needs to be taken to secure the safety of all it’s citizens, and it needs to happen now. I chose this article because it talked about privacy from a viewpoint of a knowledgable user. It was easy to understand, but brought up very well constructed points.

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“On Internet Privacy, Be Very Afraid” by Liz Mineo also relates to the topic of privacy. Mineo states that the United States has less privacy laws then other country, which was also supported by the article above. Mineo claimed that in April, Congress voted for internet  providers to be able to collect and sell their customer’s data. The European Union, on the other hand, combated Google in the summer with a $2.7 billion antitrust fine. As you can see, there is a difference in attitudes about online privacy. As talked about in this weeks class, this article presented an interview about surveillance, which was mentioned in Pew Research Center. Nothing has changed in the way the NSA is collecting data. No action has been taken. We should be alarmed by this, because it involves us, the people. Everyone is under constant surveillance. There certain actions the government cant take, like controlling peoples every move. But there are actions they can take, but, as Schneir claimed, the government is not always effective. Companies lack morality and are willing to do whatever they can to make their business thrive. Unlike Europe, the U.S doesn’t see privacy as a human right, they see it as a business strategy. Consumers feel powerless against companies, because they know they have advantages to getting any information they want. Most of our data is out of our control, we don’t always have control of where it goes. And that’s the issue. Again, this source relates to this weeks topic of privacy because it shows the lack of the U.S’s actions to help secure the safety of it’s people. I chose this article because I like how it included an interview, it gave candid thoughts about the issue of privacy and support of both the U.S and Europe’s viewpoints on the topic.

Grammar Sites: You Can Study Online?

The internet is an amazing resource for not just entertainment but for education purposes. The internet, as we all know, contains an extremely large among of information. Just by typing in one work or topic, you can get thousands, even millions, of responses. Basically any question that one might have, they will easily be able to find the answer or something related to the answer online.

It’s not wonder that there any many different resources for school subjects online. I have taken so many practice tests online, along with watching videos that explain a topic, online tutoring, and finding useful diagrams to break down what I am learning.

The two grammar resources that I chose were OWL Perdue Online Writing Lab and Grammar Bytes. Grammar Bytes, personally, is my favorite to use. It breaks down the grammar concept, giving reasoning as to why a certain rule might exist. It will give the definition of the desired term, and then give examples of it in use. That is why I like the site so much; it gives clear cut examples that always are straightforward. It also gives examples, depending on the term, that may not appear often, but can occur. This is extremely helpful, because sometimes our teachers may not teach us all the rules related to a grammar concept, especially in class time is short and there is a lot of material to cover. It also gives exercises that can serve as practice quizzes. The way to really grasps grammar concepts, at least for myself, is through actually using them in context. These can help students if they need more practice but already did all the exercises in their homework assignments or textbooks. These assignments also have extra handouts which give more explanations and sample sentences.

OWL Grammar is also convenient, not more so for definitions and explanations. OWL Grammar does a good job at explaining concepts. It gives detailed descriptions and sample sentences. It says what certain grammar rules can and can’t do. For examples, it will break down all what an adjective can be used for and what an adjective can do. This makes the full use of the term extremely clear. The rules are presented in a list form which helps with the memorization process. However, I was unable to find practice quizzes on this site. And if they are on this site, they are very hard to find. This will not motivate users to do practices quizzes if they are not easily accessible.

Overall, I would recommend using this sites to help check or study grammar. If I had to choose one, I would choose Grammar Bytes due to its abundant resources.

Is This The End For Net Neutrality?

Net neutrality, sounds pretty self explanatory, doesn’t it? Basically, net neutrality is the principle that states that all internet sites should be treated equally. This includes companies and sites not blocking or slowing down other sites that may be a competitor. However, doing this would put that company at an advantage and would benefit their own service, so obviously there are companies out there that are doing this.

Netflix is a great example of this. According to “Network Neutrality, Explained” by Timothy B. Lee, Netflix in 2014 paid both Comcast and Verizon to make sure that Netflix’s content would smoothly play due to incidents where there was a decline in speed processing on Netflix. The reason that Netflix did this was because they saw themselves at a disadvantage when it came to their service. However, now they are at an unfair advantage from the rest of their competitors.

Examples like this one perfectly some up why net neutrality is needed. Larger companies will always dominate all the rest with their ability to improve their sites by blocking or slowing down others. Network neutrality also allows for sites to be easily created by many individuals. For example, the article also pointed out that net neutrality is what allowed Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook in his dorm. He didn’t have to go out of his way to make sure his site worked properly, all sites were treated the exact same. If net neutrality did’t exist when he made Facebook, it could have never taken off or got any users, especially not a large amount. Net neutrality allows for innovation, which is why the internet is constantly growing and changing. Without it, only large companies would dominate and take all of the business, which would cause a lack of site diversity. Net neutrality is needed if the internet wants to further expand it’s content.

Net neutrality certainly is a hot topic in politics. Republicans and democrats are both for net neutrality, however republicans don’t want to entirely ban the blocking and slowing down of sites. Donald Trump is currently working to loosen restrictions dealing with the internet. In the article, “Data Privacy: Is Trump’s FCC Redefining Public Interest as Business Interest?”, it was stated that Donald Trump is refusing now to make more balanced laws for net neutrality and is starting to favor those against the idea.

I’m not going to talk political opinions here, but I will say that the ending of net neutrality will certainly have it’s consequences. Like I said before, big corporations will dominate smaller ones, not even allowing them a chance to reach an audience. Knowing that Trump is a “business man”, it’s clear to see why this might be something that he would want to enforce potentially.

There are pro’s and con’s to each side of this, such as getting rid of net neutrality would make it harder for inappropriate and objectionable sites to thrive and become popular online. However, getting rid of net neutrality ultimately reduces innovation and censors freedom of speech. I understand why this topic would have a heavy debate, because they both have their advantages and disadvantages. At the end, whether net neutrality lives on or not, the internet should have the opportunity to grow and benefit the people in the best way possible.