General Election 2017: Social Media & Pushing Opinions

Hey Sweeties,

Imagine if social media didn’t exist and people actually had to make a decision about who to vote for in the General Election, entirely by themselves. Imagine! I love social media, I love the discussion it can generate and the virtual communities it can create. But, I HATE social media around elections & f****** Brexit as suddenly all these people I like, follow and are friends with turn into these pushy individuals that do nothing but force their opinions onto everyone else. No discussion, no debate, just, “vote my way because if you don’t you’re (*insert judgement*).

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There is nothing wrong with sharing opinions, hell, that is what I do myself every day, but be constructive, encourage discussion, understand yourself what you are actually preaching (as in, fact check), and be willing to consider another point of view. Politics is as old as time itself, and it will always divide people because we each value and care about different things.

The thing about the General Election that worries me the most is the amount of people who will decide their vote based on what they see in their social feeds and in the media, rather than actually researching the policies proposed by each of the parties for themselves. Politics is confusing, and it can be hard to get your head around, but you need to be sure that the box you tick on the ballot paper is the right one for you. For me this is the first time I am not voting as an individual, I am voting as a married woman and I have to consider how my vote (as well as other peoples) will affect the next four-five years or more, which may/may not have an impact on my family life.

General Election 2017

In this General Election there are really only two parties in play, Labour and the Conservatives. One promises to keep us strong and stable, but its recent spending cuts from the public sector is making people angry, particularly in light of recent terror attacks. And then you have this loud group on the left who seem to be saying all the right things but whose spending is wild against the opposition.

I was saying on Twitter the other day at how I do not understand why there is no balance, there feels to be a real lack of middle ground representation. You’re either rich and Tory or poor and Labour. (Read image bottom to top)

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You have to seriously question where all the money ‘saved’ through the cuts is being collected, but equally work out where all this money to pump £30bn into the NHS, and wiping university tuition fees (which is an estimated £11bn by the way) will come from. People need to be questioning this more rather than just voting for how good/bad it sounds. And four new Bank Holiday days? Is no one questioning the cost to business here? Great for us working people, sure, but again, these things cost money, which has to come from somewhere and I am sorry, but you can’t just use taxing as a solution.

Rather than believing everything your friends and people you follow are sharing, take 10 minutes to look over the manifestos yourself before your vote on Thursday; this guide on the BBC News website is a great impartial look at what each party is proposing.

Anyway, I just wanted to get something posted about the General Election because I have all these thoughts and questions whirling around my head that I just needed to expel.

I would be really interested to know what you guys think about what I’ve shared above, but also on your thoughts more generally about the General Election so please do let me know either in the comments, or on Twitter. But vote, please vote if you registered!

Until next time x

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So you want a career in Marketing? My Four Tips to get you Started

Hey Sweeties,

A colleague recently came to me for some advice about how to get started in marketing, acknowledging that it is a career path they would like to explore, but not too sure where to start.

For the lowdown for how I (finally) landed in marketing, you want to read my Graduate Experience Post, and if you have an interview coming up, you might want to read my post about How to Nail an Interview also. Meanwhile however, I thought I would put together a post sharing some advice (and experience) about how you can start a career in marketing.

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The EU Referendum & Social Media exposing Manipulative People

Hey Sweeties,

I don’t know about you, but recently social media has turned into a pretty vile place and I’m not talking about trolls, I am talking about the everyday people I follow or are ‘friends’ with who don’t just share their opinions, but force them and make judgements about others who think differently.

I’m talking about the EU Referendum and today is the day that after months of savage campaigning, we decide today which way we’ll go. Fundamentally, both campaigns fighting for us to leave and remain in the EU have been totally flawed. Neither side were able to properly outline and convey what leaving or staying would mean for the UK. Instead, remain campaigners just told us we would be better together, and those who sided with leaving were clearly racists because that can be the only reason why we would be voting against staying. The fact of the matter is that we do not know, we don’t fully know what will happen if we stay, and we can’t be sure of what will happen if we leave, we just don’t. Voters have without a doubt been left stranded between the two. But all that aside, what has disgusted me the most is how openly political people have gotten. Last night on Facebook, I finally posted my disgust at my connections on the site for pushing their opinions so bluntly, and for judging their friends and family in such a way that they could be considered bullies because there are some who might consider voting the other way. In response to my own post (pictured below) which was well received, my aunt commented saying how those of her generation were brought up to not openly discuss race, religion or politics and she too, has been pretty disgusted with what she has seen.

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My Problem with Seeing your Children Online

Hey Sweeties,

I don’t know about you, but I am really uneasy with seeing pictures of children across my social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram mostly), and even within blogs to be honest. While Facebook arguably is a public space shared between ‘friends’, liked posts can still appear in feeds of people you don’t know because they are loosely acquainted with one of your friends. But still, as much as I love seeing baby photos, you’re putting your kids on the internet and I think people (parents) should start being a bit more cautious. Look, we all get those urges to share that ridiculously cute snap of our children or our friends’ children, but we need to take a step back and think about what we’re doing.

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My Problem with seeing your Children online

The internet became dangerous when paedophiles learnt how to access images, and while that is of course a concern deeply rooted at the base of this post and my worries, I think I am still allowed to feel uneasy without addressing that particular fear. Having children of my own is the next step for Ian and I and we have already agreed, that while it’s fun to share photos announcing new arrivals, our children will not be shared online. A snippet of their cute little hands or feet, fine but faces, no. Fundamentally, it comes down to however much you think you have put those privacy settings in place, you can’t ever properly be sure of who is accessing those images and videos of your children.  View Full Post

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YouTube & People that think they know Better

Hey Sweeties,

Today’s post might turn into a bit of a rant as this particular subject has been bubbling away within me for a while; it’s people that think they know better.

In life, there will always be people that know more than you do, always but unless you directly interact with them, you don’t always know who they are and their knowledge isn’t always perceieved by you and others negatively. For whatever reason, they just have a more in depth knowledge of something which is totally fine and for the most part it comes down to a person’s experience. However, for the purposes of this discussion I am focussing on the realm of social media, almost specifically YouTube but I am also seeing this issue cropping up more and more on Instagram as well. Basically, any platform that users can comment on videos, pictures and posts freely but where they do not know the originator of the content personally.

I love that social media creates these new communities of virtual friendships but in equal measure, it brings vast quantities of hate. Trolling is a blog post in itself and not something I am going into now (if at all), but my concern here are comments that are (probably) meant well but cross the line into rude and personal. Admittedly, anyone that creates content -myself included- rightly or wrongly opens themselves up for criticism, both good and bad. If it’s constructive, it’s welcome and just like at work, you learn from it and it helps shape future output. Fortunately however, a blog like this one doesn’t encourage much negativity… or not yet anyway.

Like many of you probably reading this, I subscribe to quite a long list of YouTube channels, no doubt the same ones as you. I don’t comment on the videos but I will often scroll through to see what others have put. Mostly it’s lots of “I love you’s” if it’s the likes of Zoella, Tanya Burr etc. but every now and again you’ll get the odd comment that seems to cut through the charm and gets personal. For the most part it amuses me that some people have the audacity to feel they know better and try to assert it but what’s concerning is when those comments concern that creator’s appearance and/or life which for the commentor, is none of their business.

For example, a few weeks ago, I was watching one of Lily Pebbles’ videos and a viewer made a comment about her eyebrows. This resulted in a couple of others joining in on the conversation, delighted that someone had finally commented on something apparently they all felt needed highlighing/saying. Fortunately, Lily intervened and said that actually she likes her eyebrows exactly how they are. Just writing this paragraph makes me cringe.

I know that in western society, for the most part we are blessed with freedom of speech and social media provides a great platform for this. However, I do think for some, this makes them feel like it gives them a right to be rude and provide comment on anything because they think they know better. They are not! The Lily Pebbles example was just one of many I could pull for the purpose of this post and just one of many, many genres and types of content out there for people to watch and provide opinion on.

But seriously, people need to wind their necks in and not comment on things that literally are of no business to them. How a person presents themselves on camera, writes a post, arranges a photo etc. is up to them. Just because they aren’t doing something the way you would do it, doesn’t mean it is being done wrong. By all means make a suggestion… but keep it at that.

Thoughts?

 

Until next time x

 

 

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