I’m sorry

August 9, 2011

This blog was going to be one big apology about how I haven’t posted anything in ages.
But then I realised I don’t need to apologize because i’m not sorry, while yes I would love to say I was indeed sorry I can’t because i’m not so deal with it.

You know why I haven’t posted anything beacuse I am slowly running out of ideas I mean I’m sorry but it is hard to think of something to write about everyday!
This is simply beacause I don’ t have enough inspiration in my life. I go to High school where ‘the man’ practically strips every inch of individuality and doesn’t let you do anything.

Now I realise that there are rules for a reason, but when you are getting a detention for having a hair tie that isn’t black or white there has to be some point of insanity! 

But back to the point no i’m not sorry yes this is a pathetic exscuse for a blog and I have no inspiration for a new blog due to lack of time and such strict rules I feel like I can compare my high school to a communist country.

 (Not sorry but it’s true) 

A Rebel in Society

August 3, 2011

Ok now before I begin I want you to know I am not in any way saying that I am a rebel. Good now that, that’s cleared up.

Recently in English my class has been studying the theme of identity so I thought ‘Hey why not make a blog about it!’
You know as you do.

One of the main points of identity we have looked at is the whole idea of outkasts, the people who are left out because thier diffrent, now I love this topic I’m not sure if it’s because I feel like I can identify myself to be like these people or just because I like the idea of someone finally getting off their ass and doing something! Probably both.

We studided a Poem called ‘Calabash Breakers’ by Selina Tusitala Marsh (Just incase you wanted to read it)
And pretty much what it says is that it is the people who rebel, stick up for themselves and stick up for what they believe in are the people who are going to go somewhere and solve the big problems our world is going to face.
For what is pretty much a bunch of diffrent sterotypes written in a list with a few metaphors thrown in, I love what it says.

I have spent the last 2 and bit years at high school trying to fit and be part of a group then I realised that people can either hate you for being an individual (which is in no way your fault) or you can meet a bunch of like minded people and all be happy.
So after much consideration I decided that being yourself is way cooler than ever trying to be cool. Plus when you are your self all the time you can pretty muc gaurentee that people are going to like you for who you are and not the way they think you are or what you want them to think you are.

Another Poem we studied called ‘For Albert Wendt on his Birthday’ by Karlo Mila is al about this poet named (conveniantly) Albert Wendt. What this one was about was all the ways Wendt has become part of Samoa’s society, culture and history. This was all due to the way he wasn’t a fraid to write about the things some people might find a little bit sensetive and changed the way people thought about controversial topics.

Albert Wendt is the kind of person I inspire to be. I reckon more people should be looking at the people like him who can change the way people think and who aren’t afraid to tell society thier thoughts and opinions or make the people ask questions that could lead to answers that might contradict said persons usally ideas on a subject.

I think if our world was more like the rebels, the outkasts and the Albert Wendts of the world alot more of the issues we have would be solved.

So what are you waiting for be an individual and Stand up for what you believe in whether it be yourself a friend or an idea because who knows maybe you could be the next leader?

In todays society as a teenager I can name at least 5 diffrent social networking sites off the top of my head and I am more than certain there will be more out there if we look hard enough.

So what has made social networking so popular and why do we feel so compelled to use these sites?

Well to be honest I don’t have a clue!!
All I know is that they are taking over the internet!!

Now i’m not saying this is a bad thing, I know I have a Facebook which I use daily and a Twitter which gets used maybe twice a year. But there has to be a limit on these sites right?

I know a few people with atleast 3 different social networking accounts now I don’t want to have to go to each individual site to read the exact same thing.
Because to be perfectly frank I think I have better things to do with my time!

I don’t feel the need to post a picture of my lunch on the internet or maybe update my status to tell the world that I have decided to paint my toenails, these are things that bore me sensless!!

I have a facebook to do 3 things:

1) Organize stuff with my friends
2) Check homework with my class mates
3) Talk to people i’m to shy to talk to in person

Yes I will ‘Like’ someones status or share a picture of my latest holiday but I don’t go round posting depressing quotes/ Song lyrics or saying mean things to people online.

I have a rule
‘If you wouldn’t say it in person why would you post it on the internet?’

This leads me to my next question.

Is Social Networking turning us into a bunch of anti-socials?

In my honest opinion I think it is.
The 3-4 hours a night a teenager probably uses on the internet could quite easily be converted into time well spent hanging at the park or down at the local shopping center.

These sites are taking away the need to go out and see out friends, and fair enough why go out and spend money when you could just as easily go online and chat to them for a few hours?

My answer to this is simple.
In a world where more people are afraid of public speaking than dying I think that it’s a serious concern for our future.
I mean yes public speaking is scary but I would much rather do that than DIE!!

I think social network sites have to accept some of the responsibilty for this fact.
If people are to afriad to talk to their ‘friends’ in person than of course they aren’t going to be comfortable with talking to a group of strangers.

ADVICE: If you are ever put up to do some public speaking remind yourself that all those people are there to see you and of you make a mistake don’t panic those people will understand and won’t laugh.

To wrap this up i’m going to leave you with one last question to think about.
How much time do you spend on the internet?
How much of that time could be used studying or hanging with mates?