Why would anybody delete Facebook?

why would anybody delete facebook

why would anybody delete Facebook

So, you deleted your Facebook account and you feel good about yourself. If your entire life was on Facebook, then it’s great news and I commend you for your courage. You’ve released yourself from an addictive habit. Bad news? It’s quite possible that your personal data has already been harvested. It’s out there in the world for the likes of Cambridge Analytica to use. Data about our interests, or our internet activity is not as private as it used to be. After the Facebook scandal, it’s naïve to assume that our personal data is safe. There’s just so much information on the internet. Finger prints, retina scans, emails, telephone numbers, addresses, pictures, voices, friends, facial scans and God knows what else. Any small piece of this information can create a profile of any target. So, if everything is already exposed, why would anybody delete Facebook? It’s quite pointless. Of the 2 billion active users that Facebook has, it’s possible only Elon Musk deleted his account. To prove this point, let’s look at the different kinds of internet users.

The four types of internet users

According to the book Researching Everyday Childhoods, there are 4 types of internet users. This study says that internet users can be put into any one of these four categories:

 The Lurker– Lurkers have the tendency to hide themselves on social media platforms, they avoid contact with other users but still enjoy all the fun activities. Just like the rest of us, Lurkers silently stalk rivals, friends or their favorite celebrities.

The Geek– These people tend to share posts about the things they are passionate about, things like favorite bands, movies, art or games. They often spend a lot of time on this and have been known to project obsessive or addictive behavior.

The Victim– Victims are kind of the opposite of Lurkers. They are very visible online. They are visible by their own doing or due to other people’s doing. They may be tagged in an unflattering picture or could even have their intimate photos shared online.

The Internet Celebrity– We are all familiar with people who spend hours perfecting pictures for Instagram or enjoy talking to the world through a vlog. These Internet users absolutely value the “visibility of the self”. They promote themselves via Instagram, Snapchat, selfies, or YouTube.

Can you guess which one of these internet users are most likely to delete their Facebook accounts? I wouldn’t bet my money on any of them. The Victims sound like they would do it and never turn back. From my personal experience, the Victim always comes back as a Lurker. The Geeks are usually attached to a strong online community or they follow an internet celebrity. So, a Geek leaving Facebook is totally unthinkable. The Internet Celebrity feeds on the internet, on some rare occasions they may move their fans to another platform (without deleting the previous). Which leaves us with the Lurkers. Now these internet users already feel invisible, for this reason they don’t see any need to leave Facebook. If these facts are accurate, why would anybody delete Facebook? My point is that data harvesting is here to stay, social media is engraved in our culture, most people don’t believe their behavior can be manipulated and they really don’t care who has their personal data.

There only sheep or the wolves

There are only sheep and wolves on the internet. Or should we call them the influenced and the influencers. Please forget about the Lurker, Geek, victim or Celebrity. It’s too complicated. From now on when you log onto your favorite website, there should only be one question on your mind. Am I the sheep or the wolf? Let’s face it, some way or another we are all influenced. The sheep are the ones who are easily influenced, and they make up most of the internet. They are open to all information within their bubble. An example of this is the rivalry between Android users and iOS users. Android users like Samsung and the iOS users can’t stand Samsung. The tech influencers who control these bubbles are the wolves. On both sides, these influencers are well informed, educated and they know the absolute truth, whether they are lying to their followers or not. The wolves bend the internet to their will, and they must study user behavior to achieve that.

why would anybody delete facebook

What about the people who care about personal data?

For them, the fun, feel-good honeymoon stage of social media has officially ended. We have reached a new threshold in the information age. It’s ripe and it’s glaring at us with a big fat middle finger. Knowledge is power, it’s a fact of life that has been repeatedly proven throughout history. Countries or individuals with the most knowledge will always come out on top. We all need to realize that we have all become international digital assets. The same as books, schools, newspapers, you name it. And when things are digital, they are more accessible to the world. In fact, ‘Personal data’ is no longer a realistic term because nothing on social media is personal. The two words (personal and data) should not even be used together.

‘Nosedive’- an episode of Black Mirror, realistically predicts how social media completely consumes our lives. The show gives us a glimpse into a society where people constantly rate each other on social media. With this rating system, they get a better job, social status and a comfortable lifestyle. What’s really striking about Nosedive is that people can freely access each other’s personal data in real time. It’s easy to envision a world where our so-called privacy, will become nonexistent.

Is it only Facebook spying on us?

Currently, any online platform or business which is not collecting customer data is destined to fail. Data is more valuable than gold. It’s the GPS of digital marketing. It’s the stuff that makes Jeff Bezos the richest man on earth. Doing business online without data is like trying to sew a dress with a pencil. It’s impossible, so why would anybody delete Facebook? Facebook, Google, and many other platforms have been able to provide us with essential targeting tools . But Facebook has taken it to another level. They can influence user behavior. Facebook can change your mood (or opinion) by just adjusting the news-feed. In the last decade they have achieved this without anybody really noticing. We were too busy standing in awe of how Facebook spread like wildfire, while it collected oceans of personal data. And there’s no proof that only Facebook has mind changing capabilities. There isn’t a country on earth that would not like to have the power that Facebook has. That’s why some nations possess or work closely with social media platforms. There should not be any surprise if many other social media platforms have been following Facebook’s lead.  

why would anybody delete facebook

Conclusion

Deleting Facebook does not solve the problem. Why would anybody delete Facebook when almost every other platform collects data? Soon enough, governments will intervene and regulate all social media platforms. But governments don’t always have the right motives, so regulation is not enough. I suspect artificial intelligence will be a major player in protecting internet users. Until then, the best protection is to give the next generation a good education and to keep ourselves well informed. There’s no need to be afraid of the devil we know. We should be more afraid of the devil we do not know.Let discuss this!

TOEFL or IELTS Cambridge Exam

toefl or Ielts cambridge exam

TOEFL or IELTS Cambridge Exam

Have you e wondered whether to take the TOEFL or IELTS Cambridge exam? You are not alone. In fact the most popular exams are the IELTS, TOEFL, FCE, and BEC exam.

TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. Originating from the United States, this test is accepted by academic and professional institutions located in the United States, and is commonly taken by students in order to enroll in universities in the United States or to get a job in the United States. The TOEFL rates your English language – there is no pass or fail.

By far the most popular exam is the IELTS. It originates from Great Britain Cambridge university and is used to test students’ general knowledge of English language. IELTS is really similar to the TOEFL exam, the only difference is it originates from Great Britain and the TOEFL originates from the United States.

The FCE stands for First Certificate of English Language and also originates from Cambridge University. This test is ideal for those pursuing professional careers or goals and is offered to adults and high school students. The FCE is a cousin to the Russian state English exam EGE, you have to pass this exam. If you do not receive a passing grade then you do not get the certificate.

The BEC stands for Business English Certificate and also originates from Cambridge University. This test focuses on business terminology and is ideal for those pursuing a business career. The BEC exam tests the top three levels of English and you have to pass to get the certificate. Here are four common misconceptions about Cambridge exams.

  1. Is it easy to cheat during these exams?

It’s almost impossible to cheat the tests. How impossible?  The questions that appear on the test day aren’t published anywhere else. You can’t bring copies of past tests and you can’t bring grammar rules with you, it wouldn’t give you much help anyway. These Exams are designed to test your comprehension speed and your ability to express yourself as clearly as possible.
If you were to cheat, you’d have a better chance sending a look-alike to do the exam for you. This is unlikely to work because the examiners thoroughly check the identity of each student. Am sure there aren’t a lot of people who have an identical twin who speaks perfect English.

  1. Only native speakers can achieve the highest score.

There’s a common belief that to achieve the highest score, you must be a native English speaker. This is nothing more than a misleading myth. There have been many cases were native speakers score less than non-native speakers. Especially now, when more and more countries are learning English. Not all native speakers are fluent in grammar, can write very well, or speak coherently. Passing these exams depends on your effort and the amount of dedication you put to the task of achieving an excellent score.

  1. Is it ok to ask the examiner to repeat the question during the speaking test?

Some people strongly believe that asking the examiner to repeat the question can reduce their score in the test. It’s a big mistake to assume this, because the speaking test does not test listening, it only tests your speaking. The examiner is trained to focus only on your speaking skills. Understanding the question is the only way to ensure you give a proper answer, so never be afraid to ask. Asking the examiner to repeat the question because you didn’t get it at first does not affect your score in the speaking part. And of course, it should not be overdone. If you ask the examiner to repeat the same question too many times, they will obviously think something is wrong

  1. Do complex words give a higher score?

Writing beautifully and presenting your wide knowledge of English vocabulary are both crucial parts of achieving a great score in the writing test. You may risk sounding unnatural if you use too many “big” words or complex expressions.

Not all words are created equal. Even though some words have the same meaning, that does not necessarily mean you may use them for the same situation. You are better off using commonly used words than to risk sounding unnatural or incorrect. This can affect your cohesion and coherence, and ultimately, your final score.

Conclusion

To pass the IELTS, TOEFL, FCE, BEC exam (or any international English exam), you need to work on improving all your English skills. To get a normal result in any of these exams, your English level must be at least intermediate. Most students and teachers fail to establish this fundamental rule. The internet is cluttered with online teachers who promise shortcuts and exam hacks to guarantee success. This can be very confusing. If you have doubts about your true English level, take an online English test. After that we you can take an IELTS preparation course online with us. TOEFL, FCE and BEC exams are also available. Lessons take place online so you can set your own pace and timetable. If you feel that you just want to improve your English level, we can help you with that.

David Ayer ruined Bright

david ayer ruined bright

 How David Ayer ruined Bright

 David Ayer ruined Bright. That’s a fact.The movie is so bad on so many levels that I am quite surprised that he’s been entrusted to write and direct the sequel. And if it’s true that Netflix is aiming to create a franchise, then it has totally missed the mark. The movie lacks all the basic ingredients of a franchise.Bright’s only success is that Netflix managed to squeeze out 11 million views, thanks to Will Smith’s dwindling star power.

Ayer has failed to reinvent himself. And if he couldn’t notice that Max Landis had handed him a bad script, then there’s little hope he’ll write a better one.Will Smith’s collaboration with Ayer is unlikely to become a DiCaprio-Scorsese success story. If I were Smith, I’d be rethinking my strategy and firing my muse. So, let’s try to see how Mr David Ayer ruined Bright.

david ayer ruined bright
  1. Fairies or Faeries?

Mythically speaking, ‘fairies’ are good and ‘faeries’ are bad. In the movie, we see graffiti which says, ‘Fairy Removal’.It feels weird to watch officer Ward (Will Smith) killing a fairy. Why does this world kill ‘fairies’? Are there good fairies and bad fairies?  Without a compelling backstory, Ward looks plain evil when he smacks that poor ‘fairy’. Then he brings it closer to home by saying, ‘fairy lives don’t matter’. I wonder what Max Landis was thinking when he wrote that.

david ayer ruined bright
  1. There are no likeable characters 

  Off the bat, it’s clear that the Bright world is riddled with discrimination and inequality. We learn that the blacks, whites and Latinos are sandwiched between the elves and the orcs. People envy the elves and they loathe the orcs. So every time Ward argues with Jacoby (Joel Edgerton), he sounds like a condescending fairy killer. Max Landis sets a racist tone but drops the ball when he doesn’t inspire us with a hero and struggler. 

It’s so obvious that Ayer was trying to recreate some kind of ‘Training day’ vibe. The result is awful. If Jacoby was the confident senior officer, it would make sense. Ward is more of a bully than a partner because Jacoby’s character is unbearably insecure. You just feel sorry for him. It’s hard to picture how he graduated from what must have been a very racist police academy. 

david ayer ruined bright
  1. How is it Jacoby’s fault that Ward got shot?

In this scene, Ward is browsing his phone while standing outside his bulletproof police car. Jacoby is at least two cars away, buying lunch. An orc in a hoody walks up to Ward and shoots him. There is no way Jacoby could have seen the shooter.Again, it gets a bit frustrating to watch officer Ward blame his partner for this. It’s probably the most stupid part of the movie. Jacoby could at least try to defend himself. He just sits there accepts the blame.

david ayer ruined bright
  1. Where is the thrill?

I like the scene where officer Ward and a bunch of dirty cops are fighting over the magic wand. This scene had the potential to take the movie to a whole new level. Then suddenly, without a sweat, Ward terminates his fellow cops. The rest of the movie is a sequence of boring action and cringe-worthy moments. They basically just run around the city with an emotionally paralyzed elf. No drama, no suspense.

david ayer ruined bright

WHAT WOULD HAVE MADE BRIGHT WATCHABLE?

Making a hit movie is tough and I am no expert. But I have seen enough movies to say that Bright had the potential to be a guardians-of the-galaxy, treasure-island wild goose chase. It could have introduced us to a dynamic team consisting of a Bright, a nerdy orc, an attractive elf and a talkative fairy. Just dream with me for a moment.

Let’s imagine that a lonely officer Ward captures a little loudmouth fairy. Throws it in his police car, then drives over to pick up his partner, Jacoby. We meet Jacoby’s friendly orc family, which is secretly working with Ward to organize a surprise party. Ward and Jacoby are buddies. In the police car, they argue and pick on the talkative fairy that Ward had captured. We learn a lot about magic through the fairy.

At the police station Ward defends his partner but then he is given reason to suspect that Jacoby had purposely failed to arrest the Orc who shot him. He keeps his suspicions to himself. Out in the field, they rescue a pretty elf from some dirty cops. Their friendship is tested when they are hunted all over the city by dirty cops, Latino gangs, orc gangs, the dark lord’s warriors, and maybe even a swarm of fairies. All the while, the captured fairy and the flirty pretty elf are helping officer Ward figure out why the wand is drawn to him.

There’s some tension in the team because all of them are tempted by the prospects of owning a magic wand. Eventually, Ward learns that he is a Bright and helps defeat the dark warriors. Jacoby has bad injuries, but he still makes it to his surprise party (the wand helps). The pretty elf finally kisses Ward. She tries to hide the wand from the corrupt police department, but that nasty little fairy steals it. The end.

How to understand English

How to understand English

There is often a big difference between written English and spoken English. Which means you have to learn mostly with your ears. 

How to understand English is a very common question. I’ve met a lot of students who are puzzled about why they do not understand native speakers. They say, “I read many books, I work hard, my grammar is good, but when I speak to a British or American person, I don’t understand anything”. There is often a big difference between written English and spoken English. Which means you have to learn mostly with your ears, not your eyes.

Step One

 Learn contractions. Starting with the most common verbs like be, have, will. In written English, you may see something like:

You are from Russia, are you not? A native speaker would say- You’re from Russia, aren’t you?

In spoken English we always contract, especially in songs, for example. You da one. In proper written English, this chorus is: ‘You are the one’, which can be contracted to, ’you’re the one’, but Rihanna goes even further and reduces ‘the’ to ‘da’, and drops the ‘are’. As a result, we hear ‘you da one’.

Here is another example: ‘all about that bass’. Grammatically, she is singing, ‘I am all about that bass’. We hear, ‘am allabout dat bass’. ‘I am’ becomes ‘am’, ‘all about’ is phonetically linked into ‘allabout’, ‘that’ is reduced to ‘dat’.

how to understand english

Step Two

 Learn reduced forms, as I mention before, ‘you da one’. ‘Da’, is reduced form of ‘the’. And there are quite a few of these in the English language. For example:

Want to=Wanna

Have got to=Gotta,

Give me=Gimme,

Don’t know-Dunno,

‘You have to learn them’. Or I should say, you’ve gotta learn them. Or I can reduce it even further and say, ‘ya gotta learn em’.

Why have you got to be so rude? i.e. why are you so rude? But it’ reduced to, why you gotta be so rude?

Questions can also be difficult sometimes, most commonly, with ‘do you, would you, and will you’. Look at these questions:

Do you enjoy dancing? A native speaker would say, D’you enjoy dancin? The consonant ‘g’ is even dropped at the end of ‘ing’. Another example:

I would like a pint of beer? – is, I’d like apint avbeer?

Step Three

Learn to stress you words correctly. If you are never sure how a word is stressed, you will never be sure what anybody is saying.

There is a big difference imPORT and IMport. Or INteresting and inteREsting.

If your pronunciation is always HOtel, you will not understand when a native speaker says hotEL.