Social importance of #ASG

Social importance of #ASG July 28, 2015 This is our game, even though our feet may not be adorned with cleats and physically be digging into the clay at one of the thirty ballparks—lucky for our mothers who would cringe at our grass stains. As a fan, it is our decision who gets to forgo a few days of vacation to take a trip to the coveted MLB All-Star Game, preluded by the monstrous Home Run Derby. Major League II (1994), image from giphy.com All thirty teams tempted to woo fans for their vote using clever hashtags and content on social media. These campaigns started months ago and even carried into our living rooms via our television with signs decorating the backstop of the field declaring, “#VoteAltuve” and “#VoteRox”. These campaigns and hashtags became so important to the teams, that their Twitter name (not to be confused with handle) was even changed to reflect their mission. Your browser does not support iframes. Astros mascot Orbit invites the Kansas City Royals to the Jose Altuve Fan Club meeting. Fans had the opportunity to vote up to thirty-five times online, and one particular team’s fans took advantage which had some predicting that the entire Kansas City Royals team, minus two positions, would be starting the All-Star Game in Cincinnati. This caught the eye of Major League Baseball who wound up throwing out between 60 to 65 million of the already 300 million ballots cast on the premise of possible cheating—and for the record was not necessarily due to Kansas City fans. It should be noted that Major League Baseball, as a...

Trust is the glue of life

“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It is the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” – Stephen Covey January 21, 2015 The topic of discussion in my Social Media Ethics class this week is trust. Why do we trust certain people? Social media has definitely made trust rather interesting because we seemingly trust strangers if they display certain qualities. Our assignment this week is to focus on an individual that we trust on social media and explain why. In my opinion, the number of followers a person has does not identify that a person is or is not to be trusted. It is of complete irrelevance. I will be the first to admit that it is hard to picture a man who not only led the Black Parade but brought to life one of my most favorite albums of all time, as a down to earth daddy and fan chatter-upper. But, it is true. Gerard Way, former frontman of My Chemical Romance, has become one of the most interesting people to follow on the net. The above videos show the evolution of Gerard’s appearance. At first glance, one may be quick to dismiss Gerard as trustworthy based on looks alone because he is known to have been very theatrical in his My Chem days with all kinds of makeup and still sports bright red hair to this very day. Does someone’s outward appearance make us subconsciously decide if someone is trustworthy or not? In class this week, I outlined that what I believe makes an individual trustworthy are the following qualities:...