Everyone, regardless of gender, disability or sexual orientation, has inevitably experienced that frustrating moment (or hour, or week perhaps) when you just *can’t bloody find anything to wear*, and it’s awful. My personal wardrobe battles stem from summertime, when my incredibly pale, sensitive skin means I need to find a cool way to cover up else I’ll sizzle until my skin resembles an embarrassed lobster. But I can’t imagine having that sinking, horrible feeling every day, because of a religious affiliation, an extreme insecurity, or a battle with your gender identification.

‘Neck nomination’ appears to be the newest social media craze on the scene and the trend has become hugely popular among students in particular.  For those who haven’t seen these videos filling up their news feeds the basic premise is this: when you get nominated you have 24 hours to down a quantity of alcohol and upload a video of this onto Facebook. You then get to nominate someone of your choice and so the game goes on.

Recently the ‘keep calm and carry on’ attitude of the British public has vanished. Instead we have seen uproar. Facebook is littered with angry rants and even some of the most liberal and left-wing people I know have done political U-turn’s to rival Nick Clegg. What has caused all of this? In fine British fashion, it’s a TV programme. When the NSA scandal broke and America was up in arms, Britain largely stayed quiet. We don’t care if the government spies on us, but ‘Benefits Street’ on Channel 4 has sparked outrage. And it’s understandable. Being deliberately controversial, the show has highlighted people who manipulate the system and money for nothing while making no effort to try. It demonises all people on benefits, never showing the other side where there are people who are genuinely ill, incapable of working and who need support.

Having recently started writing as BounceSIN, there is a part of me that wishes to make a positive impression. Before submitting my first piece (‘Are lifelong dreams all they’re cracked up to be?’), I asked a few different people to proof read it. One friend finished the article, looked at me and said “you miserable old b*****d”, whilst another said “it just made me sad”. I will confess to not being the most outwardly expressive person, but these comments caused me to wonder whether I had missed the mark. I am frequently cynical regarding many philosophical issues (the meaning of life? Fate? Grow up) and will almost certainly write on these in the future, but for now I would like to address any misconceptions I may have created.

“2b or not 2b”? That is the question facing English speaking people across the globe. The debate surrounding the use of “Text Speak” and slang is a contentious one. Mention the Syrian conflict to one’s dear grandmother and she will barely flinch, but remark on the misplaced apostrophe on the local pub’s menu and she spirals into a hysteria calling it a felony, a tragedy, a discombobulated calamity!

I will give a simple answer to the question now to avoid surprises later on - no. Abandon them. Lifelong dreams do nothing but hold you back. Or crush you. This may seem horribly pessimistic - perhaps it is - but it may also turn out to be an essential piece of life advice.

Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Text Message,  Face Time, Email  and now SnapChat.  The wealth of social media that engulfs us is growing ever greater. Means of communicating with one another are becoming more creative and more complex in style and method. But what happens if we just want to be left alone for a little bit?

 

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