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Paige Hatherley

on 9 September 2014

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Does the Internet Have an Impact on us?
Cinnamon Challenge
The cinnamon challenge, swallow a spoonful of cinnamon in under 60 seconds without drinking anything, was introduced in 2001. It did not increase popularity until 2007 and by 2010 people started posting videos of themselves attempting this challenge. At nearly 70,000 twitter mentions per day in January of 2012, the internet had definitely sped up the spreading of the cinnamon challenge. This challenge is very dangerous and causes coughing, gagging, vomiting and inhaling of cinnamon which could result in pneumonia or a collapsed lung.
Slender Man Stabbing
In May of this year, two 12 year old girls lured a friend into the woods and stabbed her 19 times repeatedly. They believed that if they killed someone, Slender Man would show himself. This tragic event happened in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Slender man is a fictional character resembling a tall, thin man with a blank, featureless face, wearing a black suit. Google Images and YouTube have helped in making him famous. The photo shopped images of him stalking children and the fake videos of him on YouTube have scared many children.
By: Paige Hatherley
In June of 2012, the Slender Man video game was created. It's a free download game set in the middle of a forest at night, played from a first person perspective. The object of the game is to collect eight notes scattered in the forest while avoiding Slender Man.
Slender: The Eight Pages
ALS: Ice Bucket Challenge
In July and August of this year, the Ice Bucket Challenge ruled the internet. Every time you logged onto Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram your entire feed would be swamped with videos of people participating in the ice bucket challenge. ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is a disease in which the entire body becomes paralyzed over time. I have a friend whose grandma passed away from ALS awhile back and not a single person knew what ALS was. Today, because of the internet, most people you ask could tell you what it is. Within 24 hours of being challenged you have to record a video of yourself accepting the challenge. State your name, who challenged you and who you're challenging while pouring ice into a bucket of water, then dump the bucket of water on your head. If you're nominated and don't take the challenge in 24 hours you're supposed to donate $100 to the ALS association. The internet has been extremely helpful in spreading awareness for this disease and has resulted in raising $94.3 million as of August 27.
1. Do you think the internet has more of a negative influence or a positive influence on society?
2. Do you think most people believe everything they read on the internet?
In terms of great communication, the internet is key. Emailing, Facebook, Twitter etc. You can keep in touch with family and old friends. There are plenty of news websites, online databases and thesauruses to help with your research and homework. The internet makes it possible to contact people all around the world very quickly.
The internet was introduced in the end of 1969 and has been evolving ever since. It can be helpful in many ways but can also be very destructive. More than two billion people use the internet and that number continues to increase, driven by large amounts of online information, entertainment and social networking.
Do You Believe Everything You Read on the Internet?
So many people are consumed by the internet. They think that anything they read is true. The internet isn't just used for the truth, it can be used to take down businesses and people. Thousands of pictures are photo shopped and videos are edited and news reports are exaggerated. It's all for show, for "good tv" and for a "good story".
Follow-Up Questions
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