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:...

Song Post #35: Under Pressure

June 3, 2014 Song: “Under Pressure” – Bert McCracken & Gerard Way Story: Well, this is a cover of the original song done by Freddie Mercury and David Bowie. Have you heard the story about how this song actually came to be? It’s pretty wild… I learned about it while watching a documentary on Queen. The band’s bassist, John Deacon, created the bassline and kept playing it over and over again. The band paused for a food break and when they came back, Deacon had forgotten the arrangement. Luckily, drummer Roger Taylor was able to remember it. Can you imagine this world without that bassline… or this song? In the documentary that I saw it also said that both Freddie and David didn’t want to be around each other while recording vocals and wanted to leave it a surprise of sorts to the other. However… I believe the story goes that one of them kinda snuck a listen. I forget which–but how funny! Gerard and Bert collaborated on their cover of the track for tsunami relief back in 2005. The Used also featured the track as a bonus on a re-release of their album, In Love and Death. So, there you have...