The tipping jar

The tipping jar

Another good meal comes to a close and the bill comes much too soon. After pulling out the proper amount of cash to cover the meal, I quickly realize that I don’t have enough to even be a substantial or fair amount of money left for a tip. Having been in this situation before, the cash is then simply quickly replaced by a card so that an adequate 15-20% of the bill can be left for our waitress.

I think back to our meal, do I even remember what the waitress looks like? What extraordinary  effort was put forth that they must deserve my being tipped?

I know what you might be thinking. How dare I be so rude, so unethical, so demeaning and rude to the very person who just provided my meal and catered to my every want for the past 40 minutes. But the reality of it is, that is what they are paid to do. Believe me, I am now one of those underpaid servers wishing that someone will notice them enough to dish out an extra wad of cash. But it isn’t what I depend on, and it shouldn’t be.

So why is it a normality that we are forced by a societal pressure to tip?

The United States and Canada are two of the only countries who are fanatics about the tipping system and how we as humans treat our fellow servers. Believe it or not, it is actually frowned upon in Asian cultures to tip servers as it is taken in a demeaning manner. Our country has created a habit of tipping our servers by allowing our government to allow minimum wages to fall below the poverty line so that servers may depend on our tips for survival. By tipping every time we eat out, we condone this ridiculous meager wage and how we as a country see one of the most hardworking class of people in existence called waiters.

Take it from Steve Buscemi’s “Reservoir Dogs” infamous speech. Why must we follow what society says. Why can we only tip at restaurants and not at other places like McDonald’s or Burker King? Don’t they work just as hard and  grueling hours as those in a catered more upscale restaurant?

I obviously left the tip anyways, because it isn’t the waiters fault and they do still depend on that tip money for survival essentials. The problem isn’t going to just be fixed overnight, or by my protests to not leave tips in every other restaurant in town. I sadly admit that would only benefit myself and deprive the waitresses of what they deserve in the first place. Change must start with the government (gasp) and we must incite that change.

Who knew?


Life inside the lines

After graduating college, the plan seemed pretty straight forward. Get a job, keep studying for a masters degree, work off the student loans, and eventually get promoted within that same company for a possible job for the rest of your life.

That’s what you want right?

I didn’t even think twice. It’s just the normality of the process.

There’s a phase after college I have gotten some feedback about. The feeling of being thrown into the same pile as everyone else. I think once someone even told me “it’s normal to feel like you’re just following the lines, you’ll get over it”.

Is that really what we have to look forward to? Just getting over the feeling of being processed through a societal fitting block?

I’m not sure what the next step is, especially after giving into working a meaningless restaurant job while other career job offers weren’t exactly knocking down my doors and to at least start paying some of those minuscule student loans.

But I’m also not sure that this should be a “normal” phase for people to go through. The more I wait to be offered the job of my dreams, the more I question if it’s what I really want out of my life.

To live, to ones fullest potential, I believe you must be in a constant state of learning, growing, and wonder.

Maybe there is something waiting around the corner that gives all of these elements a chance to show itself within the boundaries of society. But I also have a feeling that if I want to experience all these things for myself, I must first commit to steering outside the lines.

Social Media consumption and Management styles

What is it with Social Media?

As you scroll through social media without even thinking about it; Have you ever stopped to think about who manages them and how much work it actually takes? Probably not. Social Media is an outlet used in your leisurely time, when you want to not think about something or better yet, someone. An article I found helps take us through A Day in the Life of a Social Media Manager.

who knew?

Social Media managers vary in many different forms. It can be something you do that takes up little time that in turn allows you to wear several other hats. Or there is the option of making it a full time job. My point is, not too many people realize social media management is a real thing. Social media doesn’t just appear on its own and update on its own. It takes real time and real people to understand and think of creative ways to get to more people than before. Something that didn’t surprise me is the amount of time spent blogging and searching for updates with anything new in the media. Simple things like tweeting and checking local news needs to be put into the schedule because those are important things to do. People want to know what’s going on. Journalists who are interested in having a say in some form of social media should definitely look over this article and familiarize themselves with the daily tasks that are required.

News consumption practices

We may not realize it or do it consciously, but we have evolved the way we receive and perceive the news. We consume it in rates faster, wider, and extremely different than ever before. The article 16 Reason why this will change the how you look at new consumption makes you think about how you really consume the news you do and why. First thing the article does is call out other consumption researches and how they assumed people were telling the truth and completely understood the ways they consumed media. The article then goes on to cite other researches done that do it the right way, like including the news you scroll through when you’re bored at work. All of those little things count as news consumption.

6 Tasks Every Social Media Manager Should Daily Perform

Sounds simple; but it’s not. As the video points out, most people assume a position as a social media manager is easy. It deserves more credit than given because it takes a lot more time and effort than the false stereotype. Managers should be ready to do a variety of different things to fulfill the job of a social manager.

how does this apply to class

From my experience journalists don’t realize that social media is an option after studying mass communication. As the news media keeps evolving we find ourselves getting news from even social media outlets. Everything will be relevant and social media is becoming a huge factor in the future for journalists and mass communication majors across the world.

Industry Issues with Facebook

What Articles?

Two articles that I found which had to do with modern day media issues were both stories featured on The Next Web and both related to Facebook and some of their policies including other sub-companies they own. The first article called, Facebook changes the only unique Slingshot feature: You can now send unlocked photos and videos, talks about a sub-company Facebook owns that is trying to compete with the ever-popular app called Snapchat. The second article called, Facebook releases its Privacy Checkup tool for helping users review who they’re sharing with, covers the updated points on Facebook’s privacy policy and how they have helped make it easier for Facebook users to know who sees their profile.

Slingshot- or as Facebook sees it, the new Snapchat

The first original feature of Slingshot that set it apart from any other app was the fact that users had to respond with a picture or video to see what another user had sent to them. Facebook now decided to change this feature and make it optional for the users to send back a picture or video in response, making it possible to see the content even if the user doesn’t respond with something in return. Which, quite frankly makes sense to me why Facebook changed the feature. The feature made the entire app confusing from the beginning. It just doesn’t make sense as to why any user would respond before actually knowing what the content of their ‘friends’ was about in the first place. This change essentially makes it like the competing app Snapchat excluding one feature; which is the fact users can send pictures or videos to one person or to a group/mass of people. As for the amount of seconds the content is shown wasn’t said in the informational video. Yet, all of these changes are important to journalist because these small changes are what make or break certain apps, which in turn decide their success in the future. Apps like Twitter and even Instagram are used in news stories and featured for more information daily. Apps aren’t just something that teenagers use to pass time, they are utensils that journalists can use and reference for stories and use to keep up with what’s going on in the world. Essentially, knowing which apps are being used most and which apps may be on the rise, helps keep journalists in on the loop without putting forth too  much effort.

Do you know your privacy settings?

The new tool that allows for users to go over their privacy policy and make sure everything is in order creates a way for people who don’t know how to handle their page, easier. The tool is supposedly supposed to pop up on every users home page that takes them step by step through the process over making everything is to the users liking. Journalists should pay attention to these changes because most people don’t even know what the privacy policy setting is set to on their Facebook page. News that involves privacy settings anywhere on the internet is something that most people like to hear about, but never really pay attention in the end.

Here’s the video that explains the whole process of checking the Privacy Policy settings for every user. If the user wishes to change and look over their settings later, they can find it under the Privacy shortcut option on the Facebook’s menu bar.