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    Shawn Mendes Saves 2020

    With this year being hard on everyone, Shawn Mendes came out with his documentary, In Wonder, just in time. The documentary was released on Netflix on November 23, 2020. It shows his story from the time he became famous...

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  • I like the piece of evidence, “Every week there seems to be a new trend circulating around the media, which ultimately changes the syntax of a certain word and makes them adapted by modern society (Schroeder).” I can relate to this because I’ve noticed when talking to my parents that certain words that our generation uses now do not mean the same…Read More

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    Words and Their Impact on Others

    Language has the amount of power that people allow it to have. For many people what others say about them plays a bigger role in determining how much self-worth they have than the things that they think about themselves....

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    • Hi Paige,

      I really enjoyed how you said that many times individuals will receive hundreds of comments in their lifetime, but are most likely to remember the negative ones regardless of when they were told. I can relate to this and could think of multiple negative comments people told me years ago. I feel that many times people struggling will just say something to bring down another person, so that then they don’t feel alone. I found this post very meaningful and learned a lot! Good job!

    • Hi,
      I liked how you included the experiment done at Harvard. This shows that people truly do hold onto the negative comments thrown at them and because of this people can not see the positive comments as clear. I also like how you suggested a change in the power of language to use it more positively rather than negatively.

    • Hi Paige,
      I thought this blog post was very thoughtful and well written. I believe this is a very important to bring attention to as it affects many people everyday. I like how you emphasize the levity of negative words on someone, as opposed to positive words. One must hear positive words much more than negative before they start to believe it so being kind always is important because negative words may stick with someone much more. Words can hurt and I think this post is an important reminder about that fact.

    • Paige, I agree with your connection between individuals’ spoken words and the influence they have on others. I really like the quotes that you used because they add to your argument and give relevant information to the reader. I also agree with your specific example that individuals often focus on the negative comments they receive, rather than the positive comments. I think this really stresses the importance of positive feedback and shows the influence that this can have on others.

    • Hello Paige!

      I love how you chose this topic because I feel that this topic is not discussed nearly enough. When you said, “ Language has the amount of power that people allow it to have”, that hit so close to home. In middle school, I was bullied very badly. These years of pain were torture, but I learned the exact comment you made through this experience. The first couple years, I gave these bullies so much power to hurt me. However, the last year I was bullied, I gave them no power to hurt me, which made the year a whole lot easier. The bullying did not stop when I made this decision, but it made a dramatic difference in my day-to-day life. I loved the main ideas you presented, this was very well done! The only thing I wish you added was more of an introduction to your post, but the beginning still grabbed my attention! Wonderful job Paige!

    • Hi, I really like the information about the Harvard experiment you included in your post. I felt that it was necessary to your essay about words and their impact. I also agree with the information you provided about how language can bring someone down or up. I agree that the positive aspects are hard to focus on when something negative happens.

    • Hi Paige,

      your post was really meaningful, with great examples of how words impact people. I totally agree, with what you have said because words to do hurt some. It might be out of anger or the way someone feels deep inside and want to make themselves feel better by name-calling someone else. There are many times in the past, that people told me very unkind words and it made me rethink and ask myself, “Am I, such a bad person?” This post was very great for people to have understand what words can do to someone.

    • Dear Paige,

      I am intrigued by your post, “Words And Their Impact On Others” as it really explains the effect words have on an individual and the way they feel or view themselves. I agree that words have an effect just as actions do, someone speaking negatively of another person will cause that person to feel inferior and insecure. People don’t realize that if they were kinder or spoke nicely of others, there wouldn’t be so much anger or sadness in this world.

      One sentence in the article that stood out to me was, “Many people receive hundreds of compliments in their lifetime, but rather than focusing on those, many people focus on the one mean thing that someone said to them, even if it was said to them years ago.” It needs to be discussed that words indeed do matter and if one thinks it’s no big deal, it can have a drastic effect on the person the words were for regardless of how long it has been since the words were said.

      Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is, because you bring up issues that need to be addressed more often. I would like you to continue writing about personal issues that are dealt with daily.

      Aaliyah

    • Hi Paige,

      I really liked the whole topic of how language can affect a persons mood negatively and positively. I really enjoyed the one part in which you add the test that they did at the Harvard Business school because it showed more thoroughly how language affects people. and its true when you said that when people her negative things they put more attention into the negative side than the positive side. this post helped me learn a lot and actually analyze and think how it also corresponds into my life. Thank you, and amazing work!

  • Lydia, I really like how you said, “Empathy heals conflict, so when you can’t identify with someone, then you most likely won’t show empathy towards them.” I agree with this because if you do have empathy for someone you are less likely to get mad or start a conflict with them and more likely to be kind and gentle with them. I also think that id…Read More

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    Empathy for Social Media Influencers

    An example of a single story is the lives of social media influencers. They post many things about who they are online, but they do not show the world everything about their identities. They show their audience their talents,...

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    • Paige, I really like the way you incorporated your quotations in a balanced way. They are all relevant to your point and don’t overpower your own words.

    • Paige, I really liked that you provided examples of reasons why a single story could damage somebody’s reputation. I found the quote interesting that says negative online experiences have a greater impact than the positive online experiences do.

    • Paige, I really liked how you touched on how individuals can show one certain side on social media, but in reality be the total opposite. I liked how you said that leaving negative comments and responses on someone’s online post can lead to bad mental health issues, which I think is very common nowadays and shouldn’t be a way of taking your hatred out on someone.

    • Dear Paige,
      I am intrigued by your post because I agree with the idea that social media does not let one fully understand the person behind the screen. I agree it shows the surface of someone and does not let one see the real personality of the creator. One thing that stands out to me is your comment “making a negative comment on an influencer’s post will not allow the person who posts the comment to gain anything” because I think it is very true. When someone comments something negative on a post, it is a reflection of what the commentator feels, not the creator. I think this is intelligent to add as it shows some complexity to your post and makes the reader reflect on how it can be difficult to be a social media creator. Your post reminds me of how news media works. The news outlets always possess bias and try to paint their opponent in a bad light, which can have negative effects on that person. It can also have negative effects on the consumer as they will listen to the negative comments on the person rather than developing his or her own understanding. Thank you for writing, and I hope to read more from you in the future because your insight is very intelligent. You add complexity to a topic through your in-depth analysis which is very refreshing.

    • Paige, I liked how you said “by people being kind and trying to understand where they are coming from when they make a post, their audiences can grow in their empathy towards other people’s situations.” I agree that it is important to spread kindness and positivity to those who chose to share their lives publicly. I liked your point that the audience can grow in empathy and connect what they are experiencing to situations of the influencer and other people.

    • Paige, I liked how you mentioned that social media influencers are judged for who they may portray themselves online to be, rather than for who they truly. It is important to realize this happens everywhere; people are judged by their outside/ cover or who they let the world see them as, rather than for who they are on the inside.

    • Paige, I really enjoyed the insight into the mental health aspect of a social media influencer. It really opened my mind to the reality that these influencers are real people that have just as much feeling as you or me. I never thought about how much mine or someone else’s comments could make them feel. I tend to forget how fame doesn’t dispute the fact that their mental health is also effected by negative comments.

    • Paige,
      I really liked how you touched on the mental aspect of the affect of social media on influencers. When you stated “Making a negative comment on an influencer’s post will not allow the person who posts the comment to gain anything. If anything is gained, it would be bad mental health, including depression for the influencer receiving the comment,” it made me think. Many people post hate or mean comments on other people’s posts because they see it as funny or they say it as a joke, but they never think bout how it would affect them mentally if they were in their position. Given the audience of social media stars, many keep their emotions to themselves, out of fear of being judged. Today’s social media influencers are a lot more open with their audience, showing that their emotions are valid & important, which is important given the age of their audience.

    • Dear Paige:

      I am impressed/dazzled by your post, “Empathy for Social Media Influencers,” because of the way you put this ideas into words. I don’t know if you are a influencer, but this idea of being “portrayed online”, was very powerful.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “They post many things about who they are online, but they do not show the world everything about their identities.” I think this is a great statement because this is exactly how things are, People are so used to what the influencer usually does that when they do something new its a big surprise and everyone is so shocked.

      Another sentence that I enjoyed was: “Making a negative comment on an influencer’s post will not allow the person who posts the comment to gain anything. If anything is gained, it would be bad mental health”. This stood out for me because… You never know how your judgement could REALLY affect another person.

      I do agree with you that It’s a glimpse on a persons life.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it’s honestly so true.

  • You did a really good job in your introduction describing how mental health problems can feel because I think a lot of people can connect with having felt that way. I also like how you tied empathy into it, showing that we do need empathy in our world to overcome the stigmatism on mental health.

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