Connection The Dots Essay

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Connecting the Dots If you walk down a busy street most heads are looking downward, and they aren’t looking at their shoes; they’re looking at their phones. With the phones like the iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy 4 people are more connected today than ever. Through networking and social media sites like Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram images and thoughts are being spread “at the speed of data 1 ”. In Rachel Kadish’s “Who Is This Man, and Why Is He Screaming?” she talks about her personal experience with networking. Kadish’s cousin Noam was an ambitious photographer with an idea. He had witnessed himself yawning in the mirror and thought the action would make a good picture. Once done shooting, Noam showed the photo to his friends and posted it on a social media sight known as Flickr. He soon forgot about the photo, but a year later the memory resurfaced. A co-worker who was wondering why he hadn’t mentioned that he had licensed T-shirts with the self-portrait printed onto them. Noam had no idea what she was talking about, and that’s where it began. Later on Noam found out that his photograph of his own screaming face was being used in everything from rock concerts to anti-government protests in Iran. Noam’s situation is a phenomenal example of the effects networking has on a person’s life. A shy boy for Jerusalem who seldom talked had made himself a life, selling merchandise with the dubbed “Stolen Scream 2 ” and his photography business growing at a rapid pace. While the effect of networking had relatively positive ramifications on his life, other instances have proven to have no so positive outcomes. In September of 2013 a dating site in Canada used a picture of Rehteah Parsons in an ad. The site, ionechat.com, used the pictures with the heading “Find Love in Canada.” The only problem, Rehteah was not only an underage high school student but had committed suicide months before the ad was released 3. This picture not only was an illegal use of the picture of the teen but reopened old wounds of her death in her circle of friends and family. Although the site did take the ad down and eventually was shut down, it still caused a good bit of harm. Although networking has negative and positive effects on some people’s lives, others simply don’t…