As I approached a group of friends I catch the
end of their conversation that went something like this "... And she likes her
own photos. So weird!" Later I wondered if I have ever broke Facebook law
and liked any of my photos and if liking photos I am tagged in count? After
much reflection I am anxious over how many social media rules I have
broken, why I wasn’t aware of these rules before signing up and should I just
crawl under a rock and exile myself from the social media world.
I have since extensively researched the social
media bible to see how many sins I have committed and what shame I have put
upon my friends and family. Hopefully you can learn from my lessons…
are what you like... Retweet\share\follow
According to my last likes I’m fat, single and
freaking awesome. #Winning
for tat eg Like4Like Follow4Follow
So this is the equation for popularity, to pretty
much spam people?
This is different from real life, in real life we
hate spam. I’m so confused!!
your review options on to avoid ugly tagging
Ok what is this app and where can I get my hands
on it. WTF!!! Had I known that my ugly photos would be social suicide I would
have become a recluse and save me from the humiliation I have caused myself.
air your dirty laundry
I’m a sucker for a good social media war. All
that indirect references and passive aggressive posts get my spidey senses
tingling.The stalker detective
in me has me searching for clues. I’ve seen friendships end, divorces start and
towns divided over a simple status. Ahh Facebook – creating and ruining
relationships since 2004
poke anyone. Ever.
Ok I agree with this one. Don’t do it, it’s
are allowed to keep any instagram photo with 11 or more likes
The 11th like on instagram is the
golden moment when your likes turn from listing the likees’ names to numbering
the amount of likes you receive. Basically, it justifies your existence in this world.
posting too many selfies in a row – it’s arrogant
Well some of us don’t have a personal
photographer following them around. How else am I supposed to showcase my
fabulous makeup, hair or outfit? No one will get to see my #ootd!
Okay so I have reached my mid twenties and
there are still like a million things I want to do. Everyone has a bucket list
of all the things they want to do before they die. I came across this Bucketlist,org website.
So you go on this website or download the
app, and it helps you create and track your bucket list. This is for those who
are serious about ticking off their bucket list.
Here are a few things on my bucket list.
myself doing what I love –Its sad to think that when you have office job for eight hours
a day, you spend more time with people at work than your actual love ones.
Since starting Hunter-Rose I get to do something I’m obsessed with, and have my
best friend as a business partner. It has been hands down the best thing ever.
elephant – So I have been to Bali and Phuket, I have seen and feed elephants.
The first time I feed an elephant in Phuket that was the moment I fell in love
with these beautiful creatures. I was on a tour and didn’t get enough time ride
an elephant so definitely next time I will.
See snow –
Although I hate the cold. The snow looks too pretty not to see. I always see
snow in movies and wish I could build an awesome snowman and have a snow ball fight.
Go on a
safari – actually going to South Africa would be incredible. But you couldn’t
go and not see Simba.
Islands – I have never been to Europe, which is one of the saddest things ever.
The Greek islands look to die for. So pretty and sunny, where I can just tan all
orphanage overseas- I always see people visit orphans in third world countries and the kids are so
cute. These kids have so little but look like they have so much love to give. Its nice
sometimes to give back and appreciate what you have.
Learn to sew
and knit – Okay I don’t have time for this now but I would love to be able to
sew nice clothes and knit scarfs. Maybe years from now when I have kids, I
can make them little outfits.
Sky diving –
If I’m brave and crazy I would have to do one of the obvious bucket list
things and risk my life. Hopefully my friends would want to do this with me :)
faces on eggs – So I found this on the bucket list org website and thought it
was too funny not to share. I think this one is easy enough to do.
We’ve seen the world change by universally
recognised, historical photos, the ones that stopped wars and changed
perceptions, that captured hearts and broke souls. The 1972 napalm attack
during the Vietnam war, the last jew of Vinnitsa and the tank man in Tiananmen
Square in 1989, are just a few examples of the devastating and beautiful
history captured through a lens.
As much as time has evolved, have we? As I look
through the iconic images of modern history I still see genocide and war and
hate. See my list of the most influential photos of last few decades. These
images will make you both hate the human race and restore your faith in
humanity, they will make you question what this world has come to and
expose how ignorant we've been, some will make you tear up for the good and
others for the bad.
In 1993 photojournalist Kevin Carter took this
horrifying photo of a Sudanese child being stalked by a vulture. Cater won a
Pulitzer Prize for the photo, which exposed the reality of famine in Africa and
the rest of the third world. Along with commendation came the criticism; the
world questioned why Carter took the iconic shot instead of helping the
Sudanese girl. Carter committed suicide in 1994.
The Falling Man is one of the most well
known photos of the modern day. Richard Drew captured this image of a man
falling from the World Trade Center in New York after the terror attacks on
September 11, 2001. The 9/11 image became a representation of the 200+ people
who fell or jumped to their deaths after the planes hit the twin towers and a symbol
of the terror attacks we are all too familiar with today.
Fast forward 10 years with this quintessential
moment. President Barack Obama and members of his national security team
monitor the Navy SEALs raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. It was a
crucial moment in American history, and White House photographer Pete Souza
captured the tension in the room.
A firefighter gives water to a koala during the
destructive Black Saturday bush fire that burned across Victoria,
Australia, in February 2009. The fires occurred
during extreme bushfire weather conditions and resulted in Australia's highest
ever loss of life from a bushfire. The photo is both cruel and kind as we see
such devastation juxtaposed with such compassion.
Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after
serving in Iraq for 7 months in 2007. Since 9/11,
3.16 million Americans have entered military service. This moment became an all too familiar scene of
American (and allied countries) families along with post traumatic stress
syndrome and other mental illnesses.
This baby boy was found abandoned in Fuyang,
China and many other babies found dead on the same path. The People’s Republic
of China enforced a One Child policy in 1979, but it wasn’t until the 2000’s
that mainstream media and the general world population were exposed to the
knowledge of how many Chinese babies were being left to die in order to avoid
being fined. In December 2013 China eased it’s one child policy allowing couples to have two children if either parent is an only
A show of what faith and religion
is really about; the photo captures Christians protecting Muslims during prayer
in the midst of the 2011 uprisings in Cairo, Egypt. This picture was taken 1
month after the Alexandria Bombing where many innocent Christians died and
Muslim radicals were blamed. The people of Egypt show the world, during a
period of religious misunderstanding, that terrorists and radicals are the ones
declaring war and killing innocent lives, rather than one religion or race.
Elite runner Jaqueline Kiplimo helps a disabled
Chinese athlete drink during the 2010 Zheng-Kai marathon. She stayed with him
for several miles, costing her the 1st place finish and the $10,000 prize.
From 2003 – 2010 the Sudanese government had
carried out an ethnic cleansing against the non-arab minority in Darfur,
resulting in almost 400,000 people killed. The methods ranged from air strikes,
to burning villages and poisoning wells. Women were systematically raped and
innocents were killed and tortured. On March 4, 2009 the International
Criminal Court (IIC) indicted Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir for genocide and
crimes against humanity. The investigation is still pending, many African and
Arabic countries support al-Bashir and refuse to cooperate with the IIC.
In August 2014 a picture of an empty Malaysian
Airlines flight went viral. The lack of passengers on the plane signified the
mistrust of the airlines after 2 major incidents. On March 8, 2014 Malaysia
Airlines flight 370 (MH370) from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared midflight
with no real explanation as to how or why it happened. Then MH17 from Amsterdam
to Kuala Lumpur was shot down on July 17, 2014 as it flew over a Russian/Ukraine
war zone. These 2 incidents have sparked many conspiracy theories about
Malaysia Airlines and generated distrust of the airlines capabilities of
keeping its passengers safe.
Phyllis Siegel, 76, and Connie
Kopelov, 84, are finally able to get married in New York (2011). 16 countries
alongside some US and Mexican states have legalised gay marriage. Phyllis and
Connie symbolise the long wait and ongoing battle for equal rights in the modern
world. Same sex marriages are often debated amongst politicians and
general populations, countries are slowly embracing the legalisation of
James Foley was the first of (seemingly)
continuous innocents being beheaded in a series of propaganda videos from
militants from Islamic State (ISIS). Each video shows a masked man and a
captured innocent (from a country fighting against ISIS), after a direct demand
to the country’s leader the innocent is beheaded. The videos end with another
captive in the same orange gown a shaved head and a promise of beheading if
demands are not met. Foley’s (US) video was released on 19 August, Steven
Scottloff's (US) on 2 September and David Haines (UK) on 13 September 2014. UK British
worker Alan Henning is identified as the next victim at the end of Haines’
video. The militant group is known to have sophisticated knowledge of social
media and have often used the virtual world to gain mass attention and
recruiting impressionable youths. ISIS is an unrecognisedstate and not a
representative of Muslim people.
I've chosen not to use the more horrific
and graphic photos of the events, I think we all understand the enormity of
each moment without exposing innocents.