Heartache for Ratings

Imagine ratings going up for a show based on an on-screen heartbreak. Imagine no more because that is exactly what happened on “The Bachelor.” The ratings this season compared to recent years have been low as BuzzFeed News reported last week. It seems that the show’s producers cooked up a plan to leak that Arie Luyendyk Jr. would be choosing to date the woman he had previously rejected. The spin is that he would choose her only after choosing to propose to someone else and changing his mind in order to be with the rejected woman. This leak was shared by magazines all over. Us magazine even reported the scandal on it’s cover. The magazine report was not revealing as to who exactly the women were, therefore not naming them by names. The report simply stated that Arie would be proposing to one and then changing his mind for another.

This story line is what sent rating skyrocketing with 7.8 million viewers. Even so, the finale last year with Nick Viall drew in 8.2 million viewers. It is believed to be Arie not being very charismatic was part of the reason why ratings were down. Another reason is believed to be the fact that some of the dates the bachelor took the ladies on this season where a little dull. The date that took place in the Fort Lauderdale, FL bowling alley.

The finale that took place on Monday was three hours long. First Arie proposed to Becca Kufrin. In place of the usual last hour engaged couple’s called the After the Final Rose update that is held during the last hour of the season finale, that hour was used to crush Becca while the cameras were rolling.

Those who were bachelors and bachelorettes previously were homogeneously angered by this live and unscripted on camera breakup. It was even heartlessly announced to the audience that it was about to happen by the show’s host Chris Harrison. It was said as if raw, live heartache was a good thing.

The Beginning of the Strut Down the Runway

The runway was the began the rise of the American consumer culture as we know it today. Fashion show history unlike the history of they little black dress, the high heel, the corset or the little black, the history of the runway is hard to find. The mainstay of promotion in the multi-billion dollar fashion industry. The fashion show was the center of the American department store development.

When you think about fashion, you think about what’s next. The cheif curator and director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology says “The topic of fashion shows remains to find its historian.” The fashion world says “why hash over yesterdays’s clothes.”

What does have a history is New York’s Fashion Week. The week long fashion celebration takes place twice a year. Fashion week began in 1943 as an attempt to overthrow the French. Press Week was organized by a well-known fashion publicist by the name of Eleanor Lambert. The PR realized that 1943 was an advantageous time in fashion. American designers used to rely on the French culture for fashion inspiration before World War II. Due to France being occupied by the Germans in 1940, editors, buyers, and designers were no longer allowed to travel to Paris in order to be present at fashion shows. The fashion world was chafed by this.

Aside from not having the influence of the French culture, American fashion was still making great strides in the fashion world. The American fashion was using homegrown techniques and materials. Press week was held between the Plaza and Pierre Hotels.

Just like Press Week, Fashion Week has given a platform to American writers and editors in order to reach an international audience by showcasing America’s greatest work at one given time and place. It is said that the same way movies belong to Hollywood, fashion belongs to Manhattan. The first fashion show in history is believed to have been organized by former Vogue editor, Edna Woodman in 1954.

Facebook Losing Touch With Younger Generation

In the beginning, Facebook was a networking platform that was created for college students. Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook achieved amazing success with the college crowd and soon expanded to numerous colleges across the country. Soon, it was made available online to anyone with an email address. Most of the early users were young people. The older generation was very reluctant to use the social media platform. However, a recent study showed that Facebook is losing touch with the younger generation. In fact Facebook lost millions of users that were under 25.

Facebook Is For Older People
Recent studies performed by an organization outside of Facebook showed that the social platform was losing out on several youth groups. Those youth groups were the under 25 crowd that generally are the heaviest users of the social media platforms. Of course, the younger generation loved Facebook in the beginning. Facebook was probably very happy with that demographic because they attract more advertisers. More advertisers means more profits for Facebook. Taking a look at the numbers, its easy to note that under 25 years old users declines dramatically. In fact, this is a steady decline that seems to be continuing.

What Led To The Decline
There are a number of factors that led to the decline of the under 25 Facebook users. Early on, Facebook was the place to share all your information and to keep up with friends, schoolmates, and other associates. Parents simply did not get Facebook. Therefore, this fact improved the cool factor of using the social media site. However, Facebook has gone old school. Now, Facebook is the social media of choice for your parents and grandparents. The younger crowd prefer other social media sites to share quick bits of information. The under 25 crowd are not that interested in sharing their time line with followers. Today, Snapchat and Instagram are the place to go for the under 25 crowd.

Future Predictions
Marketers online, predict that Facebook will lose even more of their under 25 users in the future. However, the same group predicts that more and more older users will continue to use Facebook well into the future. Certainly, a bit of good news for Facebook and advertisers.

Mozilla to Fight for Internet Freedom

As most already know, the FCC voted successfully to repeal net neutrality, but what exactly does this mean?

We need only to look at countries that already lack net neutrality laws to see what America’s internet may look like in the very near future. Allow me to be the first to tell you, it looks grim.

Let’s take a look at Portugal. Meo is a national wireless provider that sells data to the country’s smartphone users. Meo charges you a monthly plan for its service as expected for any product, and just like our service here in the United States, if you go over your limits you have to buy more data. The country differs in one major way. You have to pay extra to unlock certain apps and social media services.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr and Pinterest is the social media package. If you pay 4.99 extra per month you are free to use those websites as much as you want. If you prefer to call over a voice chat instead of typical social media texting then you will need to pay another 4.99 to unlock Skype, Google Hangouts, and Facetime. Want to have unlimited access to your email? That will be another 4.99. If you have a subscription to netflix, you will need to pay an additional 4.99 or else be hit with overage charges when you inevitably cross over your data limits. Portugal calls this “Zero-Rating.”

Now that you understand exactly what America’s future internet may look like, allow me to give you some reassuring news. Mozilla, the company behind popular internet browser firefox, has reopened a lawsuit against the FCC. Mozilla claims that the FCCs vote is unconstitutional and have vowed to not stop fighting no matter how many times the FCC denies them.

Mozilla urges people who agree that the internet should be an open lane for all to travel where they please to do what they can to help as well. Mozilla has set up a page with all the information needed to contact your representatives and tell them how you feel about the FCC’s vote.

Internet And Technology

In recent years, people have made social media a very large part of their lives. They do not go a single day without posting, chatting, tweeting, or messaging. This new technology phase in the nation has become a normal routine for millions of people. Even children as young as two and three have the capability of getting of using tablets, and cell phones to get to a site that they enjoy. Technology, and all of the many devices are baby sitting most of the children in the nation. They can sit quietly for hours, and manipulate technological devices.

Pre teens and teenagers are so engrossed in their devices that it is difficult for them to concentrate on anything else. It seems that their entire life is devoted to social media, which can become addictive to it’s users. Teens are so engaged in this phenomenon, that they break the rules of their schools, and classrooms. Most schools have policies in place against the use of cell phones and other devices in the classrooms. Many students have been found secretly using their devices in class, thus losing focus of classroom content. They use social media to keep in touch with what’s going on outside the school.

This has become a problem worth needing intervention. The social media industry has a variety of contact program options from which individuals can use. One of the options, facebook, has noted a decline in the number of users between the ages of twelve and seventeen.
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This information was the result of a measurement made by an eMarketer firm. That particular age group has discontinued their facebook interactions and shifted to another of the social media sites. The reason for the disinterest is really not known, but teenagers do change their minds quickly, and opt for what ever is trending most often. Keeping a teen on a facebook page, or any other, for a long period of time is virtually impossible due to their desire to constantly try new things. what ever the buzz is about, that is what they will be drawn to. They want to keep their territory just for themselves, and the want it to have the capability to cater to people in their demographics.

Trump Signs Executive Order Bringing High Speed Internet To Rural America

An executive order recently garnered President Donald Trump’s signature, which is not anything new if you have been watching the news, but this one is something most people will be pleased with. In an effort that President Trump touts will help to build rural America, his executive order will help bring high speed internet into rural parts of the country.

It has long been believed that faster internet speeds in more rural locations could help shrink the economic divide that exists between urban and rural America. The idea has always been something intriguing, but the cost has kept it from becoming a reality. It is believed, per a 2016 report from the Federal Communications Commission, that about 39% of Americans located in rural areas do not have access to high speed internet service. An official notice from the White House stated that it is time for rural America to get connected. It is necessary for tractors, for schools, and for home-based business. It is an important step needed to help spur more private development in these areas. In the mean time, the rest of the administration will be hard at work looking for funding for this project. As with any project of this size and stature, funding is key, and it isn’t always so easy to come by. President Trump has spoken on building up infrastructure in the United States many times, this seems to be one of his plans to get that spurred.

While this is certainly not moving mountains, it is a start to a problem that should be resolved. America is a developed nation and its people should all be awarded the same or similar opportunities for growth, education, work, and financially. The addition of high speed internet in these types of locations can begin the growth that can eventually develop better and more financially stable cities across the nation. If you are looking for more information and a video of President Trump announcing his executive order, head to Huffington Post.

Repealing Net Neutrality? Not So Fast, Senate Votes

The Internet as we know it did not end with FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s decision to repeal Obama’s net neutrality measure, but activists were crestfallen anyway. The debate online reached heated levels, complete with dramatic threats and suicide pacts on the part of the activists. Now, the US Senate has amassed enough sponsors to block the FCC’s decision. If this goes through, the matter of whether to make the FCC be the steward of net neutrality might be taken out of Ajit Pai’s hands.

Ajit Pai isn’t necessarily taking a stance that the Internet shouldn’t be free and accessible to everyone, but merely that the FCC isn’t the organization to oversee it, and that this political battle is being stated on false fronts in the first place. Activists have framed it as “big corporations vs. the people,” but it’s actually “access providers vs. content providers.” Social media websites have taken up arms in activist support of net neutrality, while telecom companies have protested it. For Ajit Pai’s part, he tried to lighten the mood with a humorous video just before Christmas where he tried to communicate his aims via popular Internet memes such as Star Wars references and the Harlem Shake dance, but his pleas fell on deaf ears.

The actual policy that was set up for repeal is also widely misunderstood. Even reporters at Washington Post report the 2015 measure as having the effect of preventing Internet service providers from showing favorable traffic preferences based on websites or content. Surely, that was the eventual intent, but all that then-president Obama actually passed in 2015 was a reclassification of the Internet to fall under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. This act was initially designed to moderate communication “by wire and radio.” At this point, the political system is beginning to show its strain in trying to keep up with the rate of technology progress.

Nevertheless, this ad-hoc solution is widely seen as a step better than no steps at all, so pro-net-neutrality activists are vowing to make support of Title II Internet moderation a campaign issue.

Internet and Technological Advancements in the Current World

The Internet is a vast network that covers the whole universe by connecting not only all computers but also other computerized across the entire world. The internet contains strong data lines which strongly distribute network to the whole of locations in the world. Technology is a collection of techniques incorporated into production of goods and services scientifically. Tech can either be in form of knowledge or machines which at the end leads to production of tangible or intangible advancements that aids in diverse working.

Technology has been evolving since the old age periods till today. Same to the internet where innovations are daily carried out to ensure that it is in the best shape it deserves to be. Improvement in the status has enhanced much positive improvement to the economy. Believe it or not, technology has been upgrading to a point of no problem currently lacks a solution. The rate of productivity has been increasing in a blink of an eye due to the high rate of technology improvement. Technology has been so paramount as much as all fields of operation are concerned.

Initially, when internet was being invented, it was only in wired form and was not so much impactful. In today’s world, the internet has not been left behind as far as upgrading is concerned. The Internet has spread its roots to all worlds’ operation. Be it in education, medical field, and business realm and so much more, the internet has been of great significance in all that. Today, wireless internet services is not a miracle to leave people gazing since it has existed for some years now. Speed is not an issue to be discussing on the internet. Unlike before, internet speed has been improving day in day out.

Both internet and technology share similarities though they are two different fields. You find that technological devices in one way or the other rely on the internet services. A good example is with phones and computers. These two are common on the technology platform, and as it is well known, they require the internet to function at some point. Coming to the internet is that network and connections are intangible, they are upgraded and put in the best shape possible by technological devices.

The FCC is Proposing Controversial Plan to End Net Neutrality

The net neutrality concept says that internet providers should treat all data on the internet the same and not limit or block certain content or sites. Major companies have been fined for blocking or slowing content from certain sites. This could all change very soon.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is making a controversial decision to end net neutrality protections with a planned vote on December 14. The vote is expected to pass, but the measure could be halted in court because it lacks evidence for such a drastic change in policy. The Supreme Court states that all federal agencies must make a good case for any such extreme actions. The rules were put into place in 2015 under the previous administration and the FCC says that these rules have decreased investment in the internet. This statement appears to be inaccurate because data shows that investment in the internet has increased in recent years.

The vast majority of Americans seem to support net neutrality and are against the changes by the FCC. The FCC also plans on preventing governments from regulating broadband service. Many experts feel these changes will create legal challenges. It is unclear exactly why the FCC is taking these controversial actions since they don’t have data or public support on their side. On the surface, this appears to be continued movement of rollbacks of the previous administrations policies. The original net neutrality policy dates back to 2005 and existed under former presidents Bush and Obama. Once the proposed changes go into effect, it could take a very long time to come to a resolution as it goes through the court system and could eventually end up in the United States Supreme Court. Unfortunately, once the FCC vote passes on December 14, the public may soon start feeling the effects of the changes.

The FCC Wants To End Net Neutrality But The Courts May Intervene

Recently, the FCC has given notice that it will do away with Net Neutrality in an upcoming vote. Most people in the country are not very tech literate, so the fact of this vote is floating under the radar. Those people who are knowledgeable about such things see this as an alarming occurrence.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has stated that he plans to get rid of the protections that net neutrality provide. He has intimated that doing so would allow the free market to govern the growth and prosperity of the internet and that this move by the FCC is a good thing. In actuality, this move could prove to be disastrous to general public.

Net Neutrality affords the general public a number of protections. The basic tenet of net neutrality is that ISP’s should treat all internet traffic equally. This means that they should not throttle or block specific on purpose or allow companies to pay for special treatment and faster speeds.

This could be very detrimental to consumers companies transfer their increased cost to use the internet to their customers. Services such as Spotify, Netflix, Pandora, and others could see a sharp increase in price for end users without the protections that net neutrality provide.

As of now, the votes are there to end net neutrality. The measure would pass 3-2. The is hope, however, to block this potential calamity. The court has stated in matters, such as these, that agencies must provide satisfactory reasoning behind the decisions that they make. In the case of net neutrality, Pai’s reasoning is far from satisfactory. That fact, coupled with the public’s overwhelming support of net neutrality, will more than likely find that the Court would oppose the elimination of net neutrality on legal grounds. The possibility of losing net neutrality may be disturbing, but it is far from a certainty.