How we use our voices

This is a very powerful PSA about online bullying. The fact that it’s filled with swearing should not, I think, stop people from sharing it, even with students.

The video made me think about an article I read earlier about Twitter (“One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end” from Medium).

Something to discuss (from about halfway through the article):

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Smart, not smart

This makes me think of so many things … motivation, curiosity, perseverance, and of course my (and everyone’s?) wariness of crows.

I discovered this video via a project aiming at getting these smart crows to pick up cigarette butts. Fascinating.

Smart = crows

Not smart = people who throw their cigarette butts in the street. To the people who do this in my neighborhood (or anywhere), I want to say, “These streets are not your ashtray!”

“The saddest saddo sailing on the sea of sadness”

There are tons of articles and videos and books that tell us how we can be happier, and regular lists of the “happiest countries in the world”. But as I heard someone say the other day, it’s often easier to avoid things that make us unhappy than it is to pursue things that supposedly make us happy.

So here’s a video from CGP Gray about how you can be miserable. How many can you avoid?

Funny:

  • “Be the equivalent of a human pile of laundry.”

A good acronym / mnemonic device:

  • VAPID goals vs. SMART goals

Free speech vs. hate speech

Yesterday’s topic was about book banning and censorship. How about hate speech and censorship? Where should we draw the line on free speech?

Here’s an article about a protest that took place in Tokyo a few days ago, outside of Twitter’s office.

At Twitter’s Tokyo Office, Protesters Stomp on Hateful Tweets” (from Global Voices)

That’s one way to protest. Another way is with humor. Like the “Mean Tweets” segment on Jimmy Kimmel. People read mean tweets about themselves. One way to deal with bullies is to laugh at them.

Here’s one with President Obama, done right before the election. His response to the last tweet is depressing to see now, but I do miss his sense of humor.