- Producer23/01/2017Graduates: Don’t build yourself up for disappointmentGraduation can be an exhilarating time; three to four years of study have finally come to an end and all that hard work has paid off. Shortly after you've chucked your cap in the air, you are thrown into a life where you are no longer a student but...
- Producer20/01/2017Time Management Guide for E-learnersThe reason why students these days opt for online courses is they give them the flexibility and convenience to take their class anywhere, anytime. However, e-learners still have to meet deadlines and satisfy time requirements. Therefore, it is a...
Comments20/01/2017 #4 Sara JacoboviciGreat post @Ravi Ranjan. Informative and practical. From my perspective (read obsession) of time, you have reinforced a very important fact; time is a human sensory experience that will exist regardless of technological development. Being aware of how to adapt is the issue and your post is an important focus from that point of view.
- Producer19/01/2017How Millennials Have Changed the Way They Use Social MediaMillennials —also known as Gen Y— have grown in a completely connected world. This generation —which is currently between the ages of 17 and 35— is used to having the Internet in their lives and has been the first to experience all the great...
Comments20/01/2017 #9 David B. GrinbergKudos to beBee on a buzzing blog and informative infographic, which I've shared on three hives: "College" and "Students" and "Social Marketing Solutions."
Also for more reading related to Millennials, check out a few of my Producer blog posts:
1) MLK Day: Key Lessons for Millennials https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dbgrinberg/mlk-day-key-lessons-for-millennials-gen-z
2) New Work Paradigm for Millennials is Results-Only https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dbgrinberg/new-work-paradigm-for-millennials-gen-z-is-results-only
3) Roadmap to Career Success for Millennials https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dbgrinberg/roadmap-to-career-success-for-millennials-gen-z-part-1
4) Top 5 Career Lessons for Millennials https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dbgrinberg/top-5-career-lessons-for-millennials-gen-z19/01/2017 #6 Dean OwenDo you think that awareness of their digital footprint perhaps will lead to a reluctance to engage in open conversation? Aa demographic, I find millennials perhaps the least willing to engage through comments and the most aware of their online reputation. Baby boomers are perhaps carefree and tend to swear more online.
- 18/01/2017If You Want Your Child to Stand Out in the Crowd, Never Settle for Less! -If You Want Your Child to Stand Out in the Crowd, Never Settle for Less!lnkd.in Being a parent is not at all easy. When it comes to helping your child to decide his/her career path or college admissions, the task can be...
- 17/01/2017“What we'll do in the course is teach people a set of tools and techniques for assessing quantitative evidence that will allow them to make claims about that evidence that will generally be accepted by the scientific community as valid.” - read more in the linkThe Fine Art of Sniffing Out Crappy Sciencewww.chronicle.com Two professors at the University of Washington want to teach students how to survive the avalanche of false or misleading data shaken loose by shifts in media, technology, and...
Comments18/01/2017 #7 Gerald Hecht#4 @Milos Djukic If I may, sometimes, whether it makes us uncomfortable or not...we have a moral imperative to attack the person....SOME of Josef Mengele's experiments were very much by the book interms of method and data analysis ; and then of course there is this: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gerald-hecht/the-obsessively-ambitious-canadian-and-the-american-academic-philosopher-turned-marinecraft-expert-and-yachtsman18/01/2017 #4 AnonymousIt is an art that I am studying for five years on the different social media (LinkedIn and now beBee).
"Something I think I need to work on is learning how to call bullshit on a claim without attacking a person. I’d love to get better at that, and help other people learn how to do that as well." - Professor Carl T. Bergstrom, Department of Biology
University of Washington University of Washington
- 17/01/2017Which States Make It Easy for the Advancement of Renewable Energy?ecowatch.us7.list-manage.com Businesses seeing the power and value of renewable energy have been important drivers for our transition to...
- 16/01/2017My attempt to defend Millennials.The Participation Trophy Generation is a Lie and I Can Prove itwww.inc.com Contrary to popular belief, getting a participation trophy or two does not put Millennials on a path to failure in...
Comments17/01/2017 #5 Chad CarrollIt's all about age appropriate behavior. Like mentioned, elders have been criticizing their young's behavior ever since dirt was rock. Usually out of parental worry, but of course the young do not see it that way. Respect is a two way street, and one that is often forgotten altogether. One day, Millennials will be those old grumps, standing on their porch, telling kids to get off their lawn. What a glorious day that will be. Great article.17/01/2017 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanImpressive, attempt, @John White, MBA. IMO, Millennial bashing is a "they said, they said". Our younger people, no matter what generation, have to find their way. They are dealing with different struggles and a more complicated world. Just because they are not like us, doesn't mean they're wrong.16/01/2017 #2 Mike RanaI would say that participation trophies that had you accomplish tasks and requiring you earn it (I.E. I attended an active shooter workshop months back and had to complete a number of exercises) are worth having because they show that you're being productive and you're interested in learning something new. Frequently, once you have achieved the goals of that exercise, you'll be motivation to push yourself further.
The one thing that does irritate me with the younger half of my generation is that many of them have been taught that 'simply being a warm body' is sufficient for recognition. Then, there's the other side of the spectrum where parents will drill it into their kids that anything less than first place is unacceptable. I understand the competitive spirit behind it, but I feel this is the same mindset that teaches young adults that getting an A- in a class is unacceptable.
- 16/01/2017Dutch Trains Are World's First to Run on 100% Wind Powerecowatch.us7.list-manage.com This is awesome! (be sure to watch the...
- Producer15/01/2017SURVIVAL STRATEGY IN CURRENT SOCIETY!We are “happily” living in a society, where human beings are of different nature but having the same unit of life which contains same elements and organelles, called a cell. People in our society are of different types, some people believe that...
Comments15/01/2017 #9 Sara Jacobovici#8 Thank you @Ali Anani for bringing my attention to this very interesting discussion of @Jeet Sarkar's post. As touched on in this buz and comments, movement is crucial in any process and the dynamic process of achieving balance is inherent in the movement of being "in and out" of balance. I think this is where the paradox "sits". It is not based on a system being open or closed, it is based on having one foot guiding towards balance while the other foot works at keeping the balance. As a result we are in the dynamic process of "balancing the balance" between any two elements on either side of the fulcrum.15/01/2017 #6 Jeet Sarkar#2 First of all thank you very much sir @Ali Anani for sharing such a lovely view! I think this is just a part of the game of life. Sir, you pointed out exactly right point regarding open and close systems but i want to state that equilibrium too is an important factor! If the equilibrium is disturbed somehow, the entire system will be collapsed irrespective of its state (whether it is open or close). Thank you very much sir for sharing such a lovely comment and for the appreciation and continuous support you are providing me.15/01/2017 #2 Ali AnaniThank you @Devesh Bhatt for the tag. IN fact, I booked this buzz to comment on it so you "read" my mind correctly.
@Jeet Sarkar- this is an interesting buzz. In balance we find comfort; in instability we may go in chaos or self-organize into creative emerging structures. I wonder if balance would be ever achieved because we are open systems that exchange energy and info with the environment. Closed systems may balance; open systems go for instability. Is this the game of life?
- Producer14/01/2017MLK Day: Key Lessons for Millennials & Gen ZIt’s important for today’s young people to recall the history of the civil rights movement in America. Yet too many Millennials and members of their younger cohort, Generation Z, consider civil rights history as ancient history at the dawn of...
Comments21/01/2017 #27 Donna-Luisa Eversley@David B. Grinberg you have written in my opinion a masterpiece...And I don't say that often at all. It makes me cry and feel a lot of feelings. I will return with a response, because it matters. We are where we are because of a few, and we are able to enjoy all we have been able to because of MLK16/01/2017 #20 Devesh BhattIf we foster violence, it is easier for others to "divide and rule".
Non violence is an absolute must for unity, ill will makes us vulnerable to question others beside us and perhaps slip into violent acts of division.
Sustained Mass Movements cannot succeed with ill will.16/01/2017 #19 David B. GrinbergI appreciate your important global insights @debasish majumder and @Pascal Derrien. Many thanks for taking the time to read and comment.
Being a positive person, I'm reminded of that saying: hope springs eternal. I think as the younger generations come of age, discriminatory factors like race, gender, ethnicity, etc., will be less and less of an issue because it appears to me that this new generation sees people as people -- rather than separating people out by racial, ethinic, gender groups, etc. Moreover, in the USA at least, the white population will increasingly become the real minority group as traditionally known minorities comprise an increasing share of the population. For example, Hispanics/Latinos and Asians are the two fastest growing demographic groups in America right now. Further, the U.S. Census Bureau projects this trend to continue well into the future (see www.census.gov),15/01/2017 #18 Pascal DerrienMLK said I think it was him something along the lines that at time of great moral distress one cannot remain neutral we are living in those times I believe I don't know in the US but I see many activists on the ground so there is hope I suppose @David B. Grinberg View moreMLK said I think it was him something along the lines that at time of great moral distress one cannot remain neutral we are living in those times I believe I don't know in the US but I see many activists on the ground so there is hope I suppose @David B. Grinberg :-), Close15/01/2017 #17 debasish majumderif racism may cause detriment to U.S.A. or any other country, hindering the voice of humanism, i feel extremely disturbed, as i feel, i am a global citizen, willing to raise voice for humanism, and if i notice U.S.A. in distress, in terms of civil liberty, my heart bleeds. whole world is my country and i do not bother any boundary, which is being made by human alone for their vested interest. when, i observe , U.S.A. in in distress, owing to the caprice of few irrational minds, i feel my country is in mess and it truly frets me. your post is truly a message for infusing rational bent of mind. kudos to you @David B. Grinberg!15/01/2017 #15 debasish majumderlovely and relevant post indeed in accordance to the present context @David B. Grinberg! i do believe that, non-violence is the only tool to foster and establish perpetual peace. eye for an eye cannot be any positive resolution. on contrary, the provisions in the constitution to ensure freedom of speech and expression being gagged by the despotic administration and foil the very essence of democracy by harnessing intolerance towards others opinion and views can lead to a catastrophe, which as sensible soul, nobody would beckon. unfortunately, people in the helm of administration do not desirous to heed this pillar of democracy to be restored with its due dignity! wish, sensible notion may prevail before any evil intention to restore democratic platform amenable, where non-violent measures may encouraged and welcome. however, Great and pertinent post! enjoyed read. thank you very much for the share.15/01/2017 #13 Brian McKenzieHistory is vastly important. It is unfortunate that more do not read it seriously or critically. Obama's Legacy should not be tied to Martin Luther King Jr, but to V. I . Lenin - it is from there that his ideology of 'Community Organization' came from. Nearly Line for Line, Lie for Lie ~ plagiarized liberally from the Red Soviet Union's platform. *And before y'all lob the usual epithets - you should READ Lenin and Obama side by side.15/01/2017 #12 Preston Vander VenThis is a great article. What people today need to remember is that power is not within the government yet within us. Imagine a pyramid. What good is the tallest point if their is no base. So many citizens have forgotten that they are they base, while elected leaders are just their voice. It is not vice versa.
So therefore change in our nation does not start at the capital, it starts at home. Even if everything was perfect, zero debt, no war, great jobs, ect., unless the mindsets of the citizens changes, America would be back the way it was in fifty years.
The youth is the next generation of the country. As a father, it is my duty to guide my children in path that will help them grow in life. Their are those who don't have this guidance, so each of us need to be examples to follow. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is a great example of this type of person.15/01/2017 #11 Andrew 🐝 GoldmanThat is a great article, @David B. Grinberg. Thank you! It seems like many people who gave their all for civil rights were killed. But the impact they made was huge and is a great example for all of us. Btw while going through the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi I learned that basis of his non-violent opposition philosophy he took from Leo Tolstoy's book "The Kingdom of God is Within you." I haven't read it yet, just know that at first it was banned in Russia and first printed in Germany. Now on it's on my list. People of the past left so much knowledge for us, we just need to study it more.15/01/2017 #9 Lisa 🐝 GallagherAh I wish I hadn't been tagged, no offense to you @David B. Grinberg but this election cycle has more people upset than I've ever witnessed in my entire life, including me. I have tried hard to stay silent with regards to this election. So, I will first state, I think the premise of your blog about Racial tensions, MLK and hoping one day we can exist together without racism is a nice thought. MLK will always be admired for his role in history. Now, I'm going to try and be short and to the point about Obama- If the media doesn't stop with the race baiting and reporting half truths, or false information to intentionally mislead or incite people, we will never see an end to racism in our Country. One leader can only do so much and they need unity/support from everyone. This sums up why I feel Obama didn't have a fair chance no matter what he did: http://mediamatters.org/research/2011/06/13/updated-fox-news-long-history-of-race-baiting/180529. Breitbart news, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones.. I could go on. These people continued to fuel a fire that no one was able to squelch. I don't normally use Media Matters as my source but they sourced many incidents in the article above. It saved me from posting tons of links. http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/03/20/bret-baier-ignores-fox-news-role-in-fueling-oba/18574015/01/2017 #8 Max🐝 J. Carter@David B. Grinberg I loved this buzz, well done sir.
I think the only thing I have to say about this great humanitarian is that his ream of putting an end to discrimination has grown to include people he never even thought of.
It would be nice if we could bring that dream to a world wide reality, please and thank you. At least for one day to honor the man who gave us the dream.
- Producer14/01/2017My Friend Told Me University My Friend Told Me University is dedicated to all those people who in todays term “fact check” information that you share with them. We could call if Fact Check University however that would mean that someone actually took time out of their day...
Comments15/01/2017 #4 Julio Angel Lopez LopezI understood the same thing about you about Patton.
Well, the Greeks in the Iliad are going to recover Menelaus's Helena's wife. That Troy was known by the horses and his works in Gold, is circumstantial and his strategic situation also.
Good buzz, @Cynthia Stephenson to think about.
- Producer13/01/2017You CAN see through others eyesTime is not my own. That said, I'm sure if I was to manage it properly, I would have some time! It is laziness or a lost art - bit of both? Actually, it the manifestation of chaos..... :)Generally I write about medical stuff - badly; in cranky...
Comments15/01/2017 #29 Lisa Vanderburg#28 aw...thanks @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, it was very tough, but it was also a time of the most intimate of love shared. You are so right - sisters ARE special! I pray yours with remain free of her cancer!
Hubby's just 'graduated' (he's the optimist, thank God!) to a walking stick, but a wheelchair for temporary work will follow soon. Parkinson's tend to act like growth-spurts in kids...just the other way :)15/01/2017 #28 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#27 I'm really sorry you lost your sister @Lisa Vanderburg. I can't imagine how tough that had to be. My sister had stage 3B breast cancer 10 years ago and I still pray her check up's are OK. Loss is never easy when we love someone, sisters are special... they understand us in ways no one else could. How cool that you are trying to find your creativity in writing. It sounds like your husband is maintaining right now?! Sending hugs your way!!15/01/2017 #27 Lisa Vanderburg#25 Oh I so feel for you, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher! My sister died 2 years and 4 days ago from cancer - I looked after her until the end - at home, the way it should be! We were BFF and soul-mates; heart-wrenching, but it was both beautiful and rewarding - no regrets - (just wish she was here!).
I'm really here to try and stretch my creativity in writing - see if I have a 'style' at all! I expect me and hubby have as much as 10 years - maybe more, so I'm not gonna mess that up :) Thank you for your kind words!15/01/2017 #25 Lisa 🐝 GallagherHi @Lisa Vanderburg, what a moving and vulnerable buzz. I can only imagine how much stress you must be under. As you stated, your not on here looking for a job. I think people forget that not everyone is on Social Media looking for a job, some are looking for socialization and conversation because they are homebound for various reasons. Some people are stay at home moms, others are retired and the many caregivers out there like yourself who benefit from sharing your stories because it may be cathartic as well? I admire people who aren't afraid to bare their souls. I admire people who take care of their loved ones, thank goodness for people like you. We kept our mom at home during her cancer, and what a bag of mixed emotions (no regrets) just very hard on the family watching the decline of someone you love and all the care, up's/down's that go with it. Thank you for sharing!15/01/2017 #24 Deb🐝 Lange#11 If you truly long for a connection with your Mother you will find a way. I write what I did in my draft book, yet to be published about caring for my Mum. I will find it and post it. And even though you say you had to give up your walks to care for your husband, you still need to take care of yourself so you can be well enough to care for him. I was told that by someone when I had my first child many years ago. Take care of yourself too, as if you are not well enough to care for a child, or a loved one, who will. So it is just important to find ways to care for yourself. By the way, my Mum refused to go into "institutional care" - As much as it was very challenging I am so so glad I gave her the gift of dying at home. I hope one day you will look back and be glad you did this for your husband.14/01/2017 #23 Lisa Vanderburg#21 So very true @Preston Vander Ven! In presentations we have done, I always start by describing my hubby as 'alpha male, incorrigible optimist and a guy who's completely in control of the world he lives in'. They I hit them with, 'how to you topple such a secure and self-assured man?....Give him Parkinson's!'
It is a brutal disease in its stretched-out degeneration; I'd happily murder it given half the chance :)
But, your right; even in crushing blows, we can reevaluate for the better!14/01/2017 #21 Preston Vander VenThanks You for that testimony. I also have someone close to me with Parkinson's. One benefit of this condition, it helped this person understand the importance of time and they now take every day of their life as an investment. Before, time was seen as something they could do whatever they wanted with, so it was usually wasted. They had their eyes open to understand it is our most important assets.14/01/2017 #13 Lisa Vanderburg#7 I am and will always be grateful for what you say and do @Ali Anani! I am blessed to consider you friend. Don't know how y'all do it - find the time to write such creative and profound pieces that in themselves, stretch my imagination and stir my soul. I am so stirred, I think I'll go walkabout!14/01/2017 #11 Lisa Vanderburg#4 Thank you so much for the tips on posting!!
You hit the nail on the head @Deb🐝 Lange...this 'confession' of mine is the stirring of doing something about it!
I have read about your Mom with such sweet longing; like @Max🐝 J. Carter, you both have experienced such an intimate, steadfast love between parent and child and it makes my heart soar! Even though I have not had that 'connection', I can imagine and certainly feel for your loss. Empathy is a muscle that can never be exercised enough! May your heart be always wrapped in your Mother's love and your soul refreshed with her courage.
- Producer13/01/2017E(I)nsure Your Love on Valentine's Day and AlwaysThe title may seem odd but stick with me.A Brief History of Valentine's DayThe holiday has a long tradition. There's a dark side to it but, fortunately, it gave way to a brighter and happier one that has lasted.Briefly, the dark side involved...
Comments14/01/2017 #3 Brian McKenzieThere was an old industry joke going around about Marriage Insurance - the premiums would be so high and the performance experience so frought with imminent loss, that not even Lloyd's of London would underwrite the policies. I can't imagine a Marriage Policy functioning as a rider on a Girlfriend Policy functioning any better.
- Producer12/01/2017Social Media Social Commentary: Does anyone deserve to be treated with ridicule, skepticism and animosity?I say no.I think that we make excuses for this kind of behavior is a big part of the problems many face in Social Media Land. Look at the title they use.Look what they are writing about.They are not normal.It's just part of life.Develop a thicker...
Comments17/01/2017 #72 Max🐝 J. Carter#71 It wasn't my choice to have that big spider in my work center, however I get the point you are trying to make. I frequently had one of the guys in my shop take it out of the aquarium and sneak up behind me because he knew I would freak out. I had it forced on me. It was later in life I chose to face my fear on my own.
Skepticism is a synonym with mistrust and in my mind that means that when we embrace the idea of being a skeptic as a life view we are saying we trust no one or to say we assume guilt until proven innocent and I feel that is not a psychologically healthy way to live as it has one making judgment before anything is revealed.
To me there is no such thing as healthy skepticism or cynicism and these terms are used to mask a deeper psychological issue often brought on by trauma at some point in life. Or they are used as an excuse for bad behavior and an unhealthy mental and emotional outlook on life.
While we have mechanisms in place to attempt to keep children safe we also have this thing we call the internet where they can find all of those things with no age verification required.
That in and of itself makes any other safeguards we take pretty meaningless and all for show on the world society level in my opinion.17/01/2017 #71 Aleta Curry#66 No, I don't think you quite got what I was saying, @Max🐝 J. Carter. For one thing, I wasn't actually talking about myself. Desensitizing therapy is one thing, and professionals agree that it can work. In your case, *you* *chose* to place yourself around spiders; you picked where, you picked when, you picked how. No one locked you into a small room and released thousands of species of spider in there with you.
There are people who for whatever reason can't make judgement calls. Let's take youth as an obvious example. Their brains aren't yet developed enough to always act in their own best interest. We are not merely skeptical when people suggest things that can put children into harm, we already have censorship in place to protect them, we just don't call it that.16/01/2017 #70 John Vaughan#69 Sounds like - well - if not a plan, at least a reasonable approach, @John White, MBA This was not obvious from the apparent threat of blocking in Comment #58.
Perhaps awkward, nonetheless @Max🐝 J. Carter re-activated a discussion in this thread of behavior, integraity & censorship, etc.which is increasingly a topic on all the socialNets, it seems. Gang bullying, whether by an informal group followers, or by (*ahem*) a formal group of 'ambassadors', just ain't pretty. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@john-vaughan/the-emperor-s-new-clothes-epilogue
Good luck in a difficult job.16/01/2017 #69 John White, MBA#68 @John Vaughan, I too was a victim of censorship on LinkedIn many times in groups where I was flagged inappropriately by others. We have studied LinkedIn's failures at great length and are doing our absolute best not to repeat them here. When someone reports abuse on beBee each case is looked at and both sides are considered before taking any action. We don't want to have a platform like Twitter where abuse in rampant. I was the victim of a massive troll attack by a colleague on Twitter this past year where he used a gang mentality against to his followers to start tweeting and retweeting his insults at me. I asked him to stop in a private message and he went on a rant over PM after I politely again asked him to leave me alone. After two days, I finally heard back from Twitter saying that they saw the case as a disagreement and not abuse. Even though it is Twitter, I was still shocked. My point is that we're trying very hard to find a balance between becoming a playground for trolls and erroring on the side of LinkedIn and censoring great content producers like @Candice 🐝 Galek and the many others of us that have been censored over there. It's been my experience that no social media platform has solved this issue. Again, we are learning from the failures of other networks and doing our best to be fair to all parties involved. But most importantly, maintain beBee as a platform for intellectual exchange (heated discussion is ok!) but free of slanderous personal attacks.16/01/2017 #68 John Vaughan#63 At the risk of of picking a few more nits, @John White, MBA:
It's entirely possible for someone to engage in a form of a personal attack ... and do so quite politely, indirectly and cleverly
They're some of our most popular, beloved and famous quotes & quips. Where do you draw the line?
I don't envy your Enforcer role, John. I personally believe that such issues are better resolved by exposure, rather than by censorship.
"Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman." "The most important political office is that of the private citizen."
-- Louis D. Brandeis
At any rate, any well-regulated system allows for reconciliation. If someone feels that they have been unjustly blocked by a top-down system of censorship - Is there recourse? Some of this has to do with implementation. Is the offensive statement blocked? Is the person blocked from participation? in that thread? in beBee altogether?
Contextual Disclosure: I was repeatedly "moderated" (i.e. denied service) on LinkedIn for violating a poorly-articulated, poorly-implemented censorship rule. (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/well-least-linkedin-consistent-i-guess-john-vaughan). It's a slippery slope.16/01/2017 #67 John Vaughan#63 Sounds reasonable enough @John White, MBA> We reject "a personal attack on someone's character"
Not to nitpick, but I'm an Information Architect - the issue appears to be :
* NOT so much "offensive language", per se (in the sense of profanity)
* but rather "ad hominem" (i.e. personal) attacks
Sounds sort-of-sensible to me. I would suggest changing the term so that beBee's policy is expressed more clearly by your label. i.e. "Personal attacks will not be tolerated. Profanity isn't pretty, but it's tolerated."
(It's sort of like beBee's mis-use of 'relevant' as the label for its 'Like' button. Branding isn't everything. Communication is also ... relevant.)
Is there anything else that qualifies as "unacceptable"?16/01/2017 #66 Max🐝 J. Carter#59 Aleta I get what you're saying.
However it was after you heard what the therapy is that you began to mistrust the professional and became skeptical.
There is a theory that in order to get over a fear you must face it.
I am not making light of your phobia. I had bad arachnophobia for years until I forced myself to be around spiders. This was the advice I was given by more than one mental health professional when I brought it up.
When I was in the Air Force we had a tarantula in the shop as a pet. I hated seeing that big spider everyday. Loathed it. I was made fun of quite a bit by the other guys in the shop over it.
There are many different techniques and I can certainly understand why you felt they way you did about this professional technique for dealing with your specific phobia.
Peoples fears are real to them and not something to be taken lightly ever.16/01/2017 #65 John Vaughan#61 Thank you @John White, MBA for confirming what most of us would acknowledge as being unacceptable. I agree. There's an element of the common sense' to the example you identify.
However; You also say "includes". And that goes to the larger question. We may agree about the specific instance you identify ... but "offensive language" is potentially much, much larger. I outlined some of the relevant issues in my comment #60 - and @Max🐝 J. Carter takes it a little further.
Since beBee has now announced that (well-intentioned) censorship will be a policy, I look forward to a clarification that policy, so that we might consciously - and with good intent - explore the dominoes that fall from it. There are a bunch of them. And - apparently- they are open to interpretation. by beBee.
Before anybody gets their panties all in a twist, let me clarify:
* 'censorship' is not necessarily a bad word. It is a useful term which describes this topic.
Assuming that this thread continues, we're going to engage in some challenging, important discussion.16/01/2017 #60 John Vaughan#58 Since beBee is now prepared to censor participation on the basis of "offensive language" ("I will block anyone who use offensive language." sez @Javier 🐝 beBee) - Could we have a definition of "offensive language"?
Not to belabor the obvious, but beBee participants (including many 'ambassadors') have a longstanding history of using salty language to spice their contributions. What are the practical boundaries of acceptability?
Is the word "bullshit" a no-no? If I package it instead as "BS" or "bull chips" - is my usage 'acceptably offensive'?
Some people use profanity casually. It can even be used to emphasize - in a Poz-itive way, mon. s.a. "That's a helluva article, Phil. It's effin' awesome."
Is offensiveness determined by language, intent or demeanor?
(side note : Is there a mechanism for disputing a censorship call? or is BeBee's opinion the unilateral determinant?)
You appear to be the designated Offensive Language Enforcer, @John White, MBA ... clarification?
I pose this informational challenge because I received a beBee Notification that Javier had addressed a comment on this thread to my attention - even tho I don't see that in his comments. Nonetheless, both of his comments are about blocking & censorship. Interesting. ... clarification?16/01/2017 #59 Aleta CurryWell, once again beBee has advised me that my comment is just too darned long. Oh dear, how sad, never mind.
The abridged version: ridicule (the personal abuse kind; I exclude general sarcasm) is not acceptable. Acrimony is the refuge of the defeated. Skepticism, on the other hand, might be useful and can occasionally be absolutely bloody necessary. I'll give a quick example: I was looking up treatments for claustrophobia and came across a site wherein it was suggested that the thing to do was to lock the patient in a dark enclosed space where s/he could not be heard (presumably so that the moron who wrote this didn't have to listen to the victim screaming as they were driven insane). I mean, this is not just wrong, it's criminally sadistic, and yet it's out there on the web. (I did one of those accidental clicks and lost the site, or I'd have complained to someone.)
More in a post as soon as I have a moment.16/01/2017 #58 Javier 🐝 beBeeWe will have the 'block' feature soon, so we will be able to block anyone. I will block anyone who use offensive language. I dont mind who is involved on it. I WILL KEEP beBee cool without offensive language. Thanks @John White, MBA View moreWe will have the 'block' feature soon, so we will be able to block anyone. I will block anyone who use offensive language. I dont mind who is involved on it. I WILL KEEP beBee cool without offensive language. Thanks @John White, MBA for helping me on this ;) Close14/01/2017 #54 Robert Bacal#51 You, Grouchy and Grumpy - I can't remember who is whom are two major contributors to uncivil remarks, characterizations, etc. In fact, the four or five of you who support each other and remain silent when another of you attacks are equally guilty of the attack behaviors.
We don't have to change the world here. We only have to convince the four or five who constantly attack those who disagree with them, to decide it's in their own best interests to be aged with grace and tolerance, and to lead by civil example.
To take pride in ranting and raving is an amazing thing. And so is the mobbing that you carry out.14/01/2017 #53 Max🐝 J. Carter#50 @Joris Plaatstaal
I love this view you brought to the discussion and the questions you have asked. Thank you. It's a view I hadn't thought of and is worth exploring on this topic.
I have written before in a buzz that part of social media is all about image. I agree with you there.
Where I would say that Social Media is different than Don Quixote is that on social media those images are attached to real people, real thinking and feeling human beings. In my mind this fact is too often lost and allows it to become more like Don Quixote as you suggested.
When we talk a better world and what it takes to build that better world we plant the seeds in the minds of others to grow.
The more we talk about it, the more seeds we plant. When we lay out some loose structures for building that better world it gives people actionable steps to take in their own lives to be the change they want to see in the world.
I never thought of it like that however I am inclined to agree with the idea of The Matrix being a modern idea of Don Quixote. Humans battling programs algorithms in a simulate dream world.
I disagree and feel the world does need the discussions to happen.
The discussions inspire change in view and that change in view shows where the help is needed and can be given.
The greatest help the world needs is compassion and understanding instead of competition and fighting.
The discussion leads to the action and is part of the helping the world process.14/01/2017 #52 Max🐝 J. Carter#51 Jim it's not that I expect anything to happen.
For it to become a kinder and gentler place the people who abuse are required to see themselves as they are and acknowledge they do it and make the decision not to.
I don't see it as a sport or a game as it's real people and real lives being impacted and to be to label it a sport means that we are keeping score and if so how do we score points?
There is a difference between asking questions to call someone out and being abusive and slanderous.
"Most of it sounds like the mutterings of a bunch of nerds who have been beat up in a high school washroom. "
Where does this assertion come from?
Is it really necessary?
Why even say it?
I could make my guesses.....
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