Thoughts on Snapchat…

Snapchat is an interesting form of social media. Unlike most social media platforms, it is more intimate in the fact that for the most part you interact with individual people and not the group as a whole. Although, stories still exist, which mirror the style of social media of Instagram and Facebook. By this, I mean that these modes of social media spew information to a group and not to an individual first.

One interesting feature of Snapchat is streaks. This occurs when you and whoever you are interacting with snap each other back each day for multiple days in a row. As this exchange continues, the streak “grows”. Basically, it’s just a count of how many days you have continued this interaction. Why I find this so fascinating is that it is possibly the sole reason that Snapchat stays relevant. Many people feel this compulsion to continue these streaks, which are really just arbitrary. What this feature and weird psychological need do is force people to use the app. Ultimately, it keeps Snapchat on peoples’ minds.

The reason I think this is relevant to a blog about economic inequality is the fact that this is probably an effect of the American economic style. Our mixed economy allows for government control and freedom for entrepreneurs. This freedom leads to amazing inventions, innovations, and fun new apps for us to enjoy. However, anyone can be an entrepreneur, which means the market gets flooded with new products and many similar products. The goal becomes that a product must be unique and the first on the market. That’s how Facebook became relevant. That’s how Instagram proved its worth. And that’s how Snapchat has stayed on the radar: it’s unique and it was the first of its kind. In conclusion, the American economy is designed to force entrepreneurs to be better, but it also preys on weaknesses of the human psyche.

My A1C is Higher than your IQ

So, I’m finally getting around to blogging after only posted twice so far. I’m supposed to post at least once a week. So, in conclusion, I’m doing really great. My inability to do weekly tasks is probably why my A1C is always so high–I can’t be bothered to remember to do things. This is why I have a million reminders on my phone and still fail to do them. This is also probably why I’m working on my research proposal at this moment. And by “working on my research proposal” I mean procrastinating by writing this blog post.

I know if I had finished it earlier, then I would have more time to think about it. However, my fear of things I do not know how to accomplish took over. So here I am. What I find so fascinating about this exercise is how so completely confused I was about writing a research proposal. It sounds so simple doesn’t it? Just explain your idea, why you want to do it, and how you are going to do it. But starting to write it, I realized I had no clue how to actually research my problem. It would make so much sense to interview people and see what their home life was like and how well they’ve done since then. I want to know how the wage gap effects lives, and I want to know how these single parent homes effect the lives of their children. However, I would need multiple years and loads of grants to be able to accomplish this. I do not have years, I have weeks. And I’m pretty sure no one wants to give me loads of grants right now. Maybe next year.

I’ve finally run out of dumb rambling things I want to share, so I guess it’s time to actually finish this work.

Distributive Justice

So, these are my notes from my presentation on Wednesday. They’re super boring, but hey my humor comes in the moment when I’m sleep deprived and low on coffee. Enjoy.

  • Distributive Justice
  • Julian Lamont and Christi Favor
  • Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • Distributive justice deals with different distributions of benefits and burdens across society
  • Distributive justice identifies what is morally preferable and provides moral guidance
  • History
    • Most people stayed in the economic position they were born into
    • Economic benefits and burdens were seen as fixed
    • Realized this could be fixed by government
    • Now it’s a hot topic
    • Changes in policy of any kind affect economic distribution
  • Strict egalitarianism
    • Calls for the allocation of equal material goods to all members of society
    • People are morally equal
  • Difference principle
    • allows inequality in materials in order to raise the level of the least advantaged in the society
  • Luck egalitarianism literature
    • Considerate of responsibility and luck
    • Equality of opportunity
  • Desert-based principle
    • People deserve certain economic benefits
  • welfare-based principles
    • Should be designed and assessed according to how they affect welfare
    • Primary moral importance is the level of welfare of people
  • libertarian principles
    • Conflicts with the more important moral demands of liberty or self-ownership
    • Don’t see the market as a means to some desired pattern
  • Feminist critiques
    • Existing principles ignore the particular circumstances of women
    • More sensitive to the fact that women often have primary responsibility for child-rearing and on average, spend less of their lifetimes than men in the market
    • Interest in what difference the practical experience of gender makes to the subject matter or study of justice
  • Distributive principles
    • Vary in what is considered relevant to distributive justice, recipients, on what basis the distribution should be made
  • What I found interesting:
    • Crucially relevant to current political discussion
      • To inform decisions about our societies
      • No society conforms to one theory—not realistic
    • Recommendation: It’s interesting, but really long and in depth
    • Questions:

Inequality Class 8/31

In class on Friday, we did a video conference with Naomi De La Tour to talk about economic inequality. We mostly covered our educational experiences and what was our most important learning experience. Not surprisingly, most of us did not have rave reviews for the American education system. in my experience, our education system has valued our scores over us actually learning. Throughout high school, my math teachers would have us tutor lower math classes. The most startling thing about this experience was that they had no idea how to do math off of a calculator; we always had to do math without the calculator. This ended up creating a communication issue because I could not help the other student without the teacher’s help. Being able to discuss this with people who had gone to different schools, yet had had similar experiences was incredible. It really brought to life the fact that our education system is suffering. No one is learning; we had become cogs in the machine.