Chances are you’ve seen it online, it’s something that’s become more socially acceptable yet is seldom fact-checked or scrutinized as thoroughly as it should be: cyber begging or Internet panhandling. Over the last decade, websites like Begslist.com have cornered the market for free cyber begging platforms.
As per usual, users should be aware of the fact that Begslist.com is just another content management system offering a “free service” that actually benefits from adding the personal information of its users to a database. Plus, Begslist only has to put in minimal effort as users upload their own stories to promote, which essentially becomes word-of-mouth advertising and translates to organic Begslist shares within the social networks of thousands of motivated (needy) individuals.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just important to realize that any information a person puts on the Internet will be accessible in the future, so, even though it’s currently legal and promoters say there’s little to no stigma in begging for money on the Internet now – who knows if it’ll stay that way.
The new “Favorite Writing Scenes” blog series is going to examine some of my favorite scenes from film and television that are about either: writers or the writing process. Each installment in this blog series will analyze a single scene (clip) by isolating a theme that illustrates an actual advantage to be internalized from the writing process being portrayed.
Today’s blog article will focus on the importance of “organization” to the writing process and how a productive writer tends to be an organized writer. However, the “Catch 22” of this is something that Dr. Daniel Levitin has pointed out, “The obvious rule of efficiency is you don’t want to spend more time organizing than it’s worth…If you’re finding things quickly enough as it is, then don’t go to all the trouble” (Feldman 2014).
Writers love to procrastinate, so we need to be careful not to turn cleaning and organizing into just another excuse not to write. It’s important to set work times with specific goals and to keep a clean work space in order to maintain focus on the task at hand: writing.
“Sovereign Citizens,” “Freeman on the Land,” and “Kymatica”
The recent killings carried out by the white supremacist, terrorist Jeremy Christian in Portland, Oregon brought national attention to many of the extremists living in the United States.
Despite all of this attention, however, the average person still might not be familiar with the details of some of the other extremist “movements” that continue to operate under the radar in the US, and abroad, year after year.
This blog is going to introduce two similar “pseudolegal” movements known as the “Sovereign Citizens” and the “Freeman on the Land” (FOTL). It will also look at the New-Age film “Kymatica,” which acts as an introductory video to the ideology of these movements.
The only real difference between the sovereign citizen and the FOTL movements is that sovereign citizens are considered by the FBI to be the larger, more dangerous group with an estimated number of 300,000 plus adherents as of 2010 (MacNab 2012).
An Introduction to the Delusion of “Gang-Stalking”
If you’ve spent any time on YouTube, then you’re probably familiar with “compilation videos.” These videos range in subject matter from normal things like popular songs, movies and sports clips to compilations of extreme events such as natural disasters, fights and public “freakouts.”
The motivation for this blog post came after viewing one of the latter types of compilations. It was made up of short cell phone video clips taken of people “freaking out” in public and several of these people appeared to be suffering from some kind of mental disorder.
A topic was highlighted in one of these compilation videos that I’d never come across before. At the end of the video, “Public Freakout Compilation #104,” a woman is recording some drugged-out young adults who are stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire; the woman claims that they are “gang-stalking” her.
It’s obvious that the woman recording the video is unwell and has misinterpreted this group of burn-outs, and their shoddy Kia Sportage, as willing actors in a malevolent plot against her.
Any denial on their part only strengthens her conviction that they are gang-stalking her. The end of the video is anti-climatic as nothing is actually happening and a lot of it is taking place inside of this woman’s head:
Frauds, hoaxes, pseudoscience, fake news, scams, certain “trends” or “movements,” conspiracy theories, and any other BS lurking around on the internet will serve as content fodder for this blog.
It’s no secret that there’s a lot of questionable content on the internet.
Some of this content is there to troll the gullible, some of it’s there because desperate people are willing to mislead others to make a living, but the bulk of it is comprised of the unsubstantiated, uneducated opinion of average individuals.
And that’s all okay, because we learn from our experiences whether they are good or bad. But what’s not okay is loitering in this impressionable state for too long as there are many out there who thrive on taking advantage of the temporary ignorance of others.