I’ve been reading Jon Ronson’s book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed which tells the stories of people who’s lives have been ruined over various levels of mistakes.
You can read a few of these examples in an article published by Ronson for the New York Times last year. One of these tales is of Justin Sacco who made an inappropriate AIDS joke on Twitter right before a plane ride. Her life was subsequently ruined: lost job, was shunned by her family and received numerous death threats. Her personal brand (or more commonly known as Google Search results) now is forever associated with that stupid tweet.
What this book made me realize is that I’m also quick to judge people on social media and the mob mentality can be very addicting and controlling. People on the internet seem to live on the mistakes people have made, not knowing the lives they may affect through shaming.
I know I personally make mistakes on a daily basis but this “Big Brother” thing where people are always watching is scary. For now on, I’m going to be more considerate before jumping on the internet hate wagon.
In Ronson’s book the shamers often quote themselves saying they “did the right thing” but should the right thing be ruining someone’s life or wishing them dead? I think no, and we need to learn to empathize and educate people instead of taking them down.
Did you know there is an app for chatting with people when you poop? It’s called Pooductive and I tried it when I was doing my business today.
It is mostly super awkward. People mostly ask you how your poop was and where you are from. Technology is really weird right?
I joined the recent craze of collecting cats on my iPhone via the app Neko Atsume (available for both iOS and Android). The game is entirely in Japanese but it’s self explanatory if you use common sense. There are also plenty of game guides out there that teach you all the secrets.
The game isn’t really one you can keep playing for hours at a time. It’s something you can come back to whenever you want to check on your cats (they won’t die). The premise is to lure wild cats with toys, food and more. There’s a diary that keeps track of all the cats you’ve seen and “photos” you’ve taken of them.
When the cats like you enough they will bring gifts like feathers. In game money is two different kinds of fish. A gold and silver. The gold ones are premium money which you can buy with real money. However, I found it super easy to gain without spending a dime. Money can be used to buy items such as food and toys as well as expand and decorate your house/garden.
So what are you waiting for? Why don’t you start collecting some cats?
Before I begin, I want to start up by informing you that I have no affiliation with Uber whatsoever. I am however enraged by the #ChooseTaxi campaign recently started by Co-Op Cabs, a taxi company.
Essentially, the campaign is fear mongering people away from UberX, Uber’s car-sharing service. The campaign is directed towards women (there are apparently going to be ads in public washrooms), telling them that it is much safer to ride licensed cabs.
I’ve become a frequent UberX rider (I’ve also ridden black cars in the past) and all of my rides have been pleasant. The drivers are always friendly, or silent if I’m not having a chatty day. As a 20-something-woman who frequently rides alone, I have never feared for my safety. Everything is tracked: the route you take, the licensed plate of the driver, the driver’s name. You can even choose not to hail certain drivers if their rating does not satisfy you. They can also choose not to accept you as a passenger if your rating (which you actually can’t view publicly) isn’t up to par.
The same can’t be said for regular cabs. We’ve left items once in them and had no idea how to trace cabs after the fact. A cab drive once threatened our safety by playing the tambourine driving. I pulled a bottle of vodka from under the passenger seat of the same driver. I’ve had cabs refuse to pick me up because I wasn’t going far enough (so I was stuck at Sound Academy) and drivers that risked friend’s safety so they could use an ATM in a very unsafe location because they do not want to take debit (when most cabs have the capabilities to).
The bottomline for regular cabs never seem to be the customer. They are always about the money first. When waiting for the bus, I am frequently honked at by cabs who think that honking at me would drive their business. The first few times were scary as fuck. It was the same kind of feeling I felt when strangers honk and whistle from their cars. It does not make a girl feel safe. Just because a cab is licensed does not mean they are safe.
I am writing this post because I want people to be informed. I want them to make choices based on their own experiences and not because propaganda tells them to sway a certain way. We only read about the few negative stories worldwide about Uber involving assaults, but you have to remember that Uber is a billion dollar worldwide brand. What we don’t realize is that there are probably a thousand times more of these incidents in regular taxis because they don’t have a big enough brand. Or their stories are never told.
I for one have made a choice and won’t #ChooseTaxi.
So, my sister and I tried the latest app trend. My Idol, which takes a photo of you and turns you into a weird 3D character. This is me. Creepy right?