The Lockeroom is considered to be a sacred place on the basketball court. Great teams are said to be ones that are capable of handling their problems without disclosing them to the media. Kevin Garnett even claimed that “Greatness Begins In The Lockeroom“.
For this reason you will see people like Jabari Parker being benched for talking to the media. Jabari Parker still young is being taught the ways. But it seems the older vets forget the little things. As Dwayne Wade and Jimmy Butler too made the same mistake. Sports on earth also did an article titled “Nothing is Sacred“. The article perfectly describes how athletes have almost nothing in their lives they can completely keep at their disclosure. Further emphasizing why the Locker Room should be sacred. But the real culprit is the media and their ability to take advantage of teams and over exaggerate small problems. Many believe that athletes shouldn’t even have to talk the media but because of their contract they have no choice.
Because of this we seen players like Marshawn Lynch express hate for the media. One of these days the real culprit will have to atone for their sins. And one of the ways this will happen will be when players give the media absolutely nothing for weeks. Russell Westbrook is also another player who at times doesn’t give the media anything. As players learn to not allow the media to take advantage of them. They come to find that not saying anything may be the answer. While answering there problems with there teammates in the lockeroom instead.
The task of making America great again was expected to rise up some conflict. But I don’t think no one seen this uproar coming. The past three days has been filled with protests all over the country, powerful figures speaking out and a feeling of disappointment spreading within America. No matter where you went within the United States, you weren’t very far from people mutually expressing disappointment for our newly inaugurated president. After Trump’s inauguration the reactions became more and more clear. CNN did an article describing many alternate reactions from the inauguration (How’d He Do? In which many different CNN contributors described how they felt about it. Lanhee J. Chen simply described it as Trump basically saying that he wont change. “The speech was indeed targeted at those who supported him during the campaign, but it also sent a strong and important message to those who did not — the message that we should not expect Trump to change just because he’s been sworn in as our new president”. Another contributor to the article Ruth Ben-Ghiat, claimed that Trump’s authoritarianism showed greatly. She stated that “Trump positioned himself as a populist above all party politics — a red flag of authoritarianism, and another sign that the GOP was simply his vehicle to get into power”. CNN also portrayed global reactions. The article showed reactions from many different countries around the world reacting to the newly elected president Trump. Reactions from A Women’s March in Brussels elicited criticism of Trump’s offensive comments about women and alleged cases of sexual harassment. The demonstration drew participants from a range of countries, including Norway and Spain. However Trump received warm welcomes from India and China. It seems as everyone has to draw a line between supporting the president or being completely against him. Some people like Theresa May claims to have accepted him but have made it known that they will not be afraid to challenge him. She proudly told BBC reporters she looks forward to meeting Trump but will not be afraid to tell President Trump if he does or says anything unacceptable. This is all not so bad, but that is only because I haven’t got to the rough part yet. The woman’s march mentioned that’s going in other countries began here.
Hundreds and thousands of woman stormed U.S cities with waves of protests against the president. Organizers drew over 5 million protestors, a number that no one especially not Trump imagined. So-called Sister March organizers estimated 750,000 demonstrators swarmed the streets of Los Angeles, one of the largest of Saturday’s gatherings. Police said the turnout there was as big or bigger than a 2006 pro-immigration march that drew 500,000. Needless to say, these are not just numbers, these are real people. Millions of real people protesting on behalf of President Trump. Will he ever be able to win them over? Will this cause a setback in Making America Great Again? Well, they say bad break up usually take time. Maybe our country is in an angry stage. But the final question is how long will it last.
My twelve year old cousin Ashley sent me an Instagram request last week and I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about it. Social Media is the most prevalent it’s ever been within our generation. And it only goes up from here. According to Pew Research Center, It is said that 95% percent of teens from ages 12-17 use social media .That’s my cousins Ashley’s age, so her Instagram request came in due time. As we progress as humans the use of social media also progresses. So it would be wise for us to understand how that effects us. The first concern that is often documented with social media is cyber bullying. With more children online, kids are now dealing with bullying potentially on a global scale. Which makes it 100 times worse. This is causing increases in children depression and suicide rates. The Office of Adolescent Health titled it “Social Media: Health Resource or Health Risk“. But the depression social media is causing is actually deeper then just bullying. Things you see on Social Media are able to stir up tons of emotions including sadness. We could be subconsciously comparing themselves to their friends or feeling the sting of rejection from not being involved in something. The popular website known as Health- How Stuff Works, calls it Social Media Depression. Because people are more likely to project a positive image online, it’s easy to underestimate everyone else’s negative feelings. This all ties in to the next issue that rises with social media, the constant seeking of approval online. As you compare yourself to the next person while feeling lonely, the next step is to upload something and see if you will then be included. CNN did an article called “How Girls use social media to build up, break down self image“. The article included a survey which described the following:
- 35 percent are worried about people tagging them in unattractive photos.
- 27 percent feel stressed about how they look in posted photos
- 22 percent felt bad about themselves if their photos were ignored.
Those are the people who felt comfortable admitting to it. I myself remember the days when I would upload a picture and delete based on the response of everyone else. But I probably wouldn’t have put that in a survey if you asked me. The last and most important factor is the effect social media has on our brain. Now this effect may not necessarily be a bad thing, but we must understand that there is an effect. In a recent study, researchers at the UCLA brain mapping center used an fMRI scanner to image the brains of 32 teenagers as they used a bespoke social media app resembling Instagram. By watching the activity inside different regions of the brain as the teens used the app, the team found certain regions became activated by “likes“, with the brain’s reward center becoming especially active (CNN Social Media Effect on Brain) . Scans revealed that the nucleus accumbens, a part of the brain’s reward circuitry, was especially active when teens saw a large number of likes on their own photos, which could inspire them to use social media more often. As our brain begins acknewlodege likes with more and more praise, will we reach a point in which likes out weigh things that are more important. These are things we need to be aware of. As a college student with a social media account, I know that its not all bad. No one is gonna read this and simply decide they’re going to give up social media. It’s not gonna be that simple for us. This is our lifestyle. But we must control it. We mist be able to distinct between social media and real life. If the line is not drawn they become the same thing.