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@OxfordAsians; Racist Twitter account?

A senior at Miami University shut down his Twitter account after having it up for six months, gaining about 1,000 followers, and getting accused of being racist against Asians.

The Twitter account called @Oxford Asians was meant to be a satirical according to Sam Kornau, the created of the account. After gaining attention from the school, Sam was wise to shut it down.

As a user of twitter (@joaniecc), I saw friends of mine following @OxfordAsians, but decided not to follow it myself because it made me a little uncomfortable (not that some of the Tweets weren’t a little humorous).

I agree that the account was most likely made as a joke, but after the YouTube incident where Emily Wallace made a racist video entitled “Asians in the library”, it should have been a little more understandable that making a Twitter “bashing” Asian students in Oxford was a stupid idea.

I feel bad that Sam is gaining so much negative attention his senior year, and that because of it, he will most likely have a harder time getting a job after graduation. However, it is pretty stupid that people STILL haven’t figured out that everything they do online has consequences and is pretty public.

While the account did make me uncomfortable, and while some of the comments were a little offensive, I feel that it was relatively harmless and got shut down at a good time. I can’t speak for anyone who identifies as an “Oxford Asian”, but I think the outcome of the account has brought justice for them. I feel that there are Twitter accounts making fun of a lot of groups at MU, but that since this was a minority group that was targeted, it seems and maybe IS more offensive.

All in all, people can be really ignorant. People will always make jokes about everyone, and there will always be people who don’t care about offending others. Putting your ignorance and disregard on the internet for everyone to see though? WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?! Just don’t do it. How hard is it to just joke with your friends in private (not that that is right either, but I believe that Sam probably does this anyway). When you put anything online that you would be embarrassed if Obama, your Grandma, or the family would babysit for would see, then you have it coming.

I think that this kid will have to deal with the consequences of his stupid decision, and to me, that is enough. The bigger issue should be addressed, but I think that should be separate from making Sam feel any worse than he probably will for a while. Diversity is an issue that most MU students are ignorant about, and one that students here aren’t usually used to being around. Having each student take IDS159 would be a great way to open students minds, or by having a week around diversity where issues are brought up in classes would really help educate students. Having students listen to the issues minority groups face at MU will be more effective than blowing this Twitter account up.

I wonder if Sam will lose any job offers, or if he has lost any friends because of the respect he may have cost himself. :/


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Sub Tweeting

Twitter is a fun way to hear and see what your friends are doing and thinking. I love looking at the pictures people tweet and seeing funny re-tweets from celebrities. While I don’t use Twitter that much because I don’t have a Smartphone, I do get on it when I can.


Every time I get on my Twitter account, I see people “sub-tweeting” or “directly referring to a particular person without mentioning their name or directly referring to them,”(Write, 2011).


Now, while I understand the ease of complaining about other people on the Internet, and do understand that if nothing else, it is a fast way for other people to know what you are feeling, THIS DRIVES ME NUTS!


I think it is so stupid when people call other people out subliminally through a sub-tweet. Putting their problems or beef with others on blast on the Internet just seems childish. Whatever happened to confronting people in person?


Writing about how annoying “some” people are while making it well known who you are talking about seems like #TwitterAbuse. Communication is so important, and talking out your problems with others in person is the polite and rational way to handle a negative situation. If handling the situation head on is not something you are comfortable with, then I would suggest talking to your parents or friends about the situation. When you put it online, it seems to become everyone’s problem, and will probably make more drama than it will solve.


Another problem I have with sub-tweeting is that sometime they can be so vague, numerous people may think the tweet was about them. This then gets everyone talking and gossiping about who and what is happening, and ends up involving way more people than it should.


All in all, Twitter can be a positive and fun place to interact with your friends online…or it can be really annoying and immature.


 Write. (2011, April 01). [Web log message]. Retrieved from               /23/

Cyber Bullying

Elissa McCracken, better known to many as Miss Ohio, shared her story of cyber bullying with students at St. Charles Catholic School.


Cyber bulling is a form of bullying that takes place over the Internet in a variety of forms. Elissa’s bullying occurred for two years in middle school on instant messaging. She said she used to cry every night about the horrible things her peers anonymously told her online.


She said over 70 percent of teens experience cyber bullying at some point. While I was not really bullied online, I was picked on in elementary school for my birthmark. I remember crying all the time about how “different” I looked, and thinking that I would never have a first kiss. 😦


Bullying hurts a lot and can stick with a person for a long time. With the Internet becoming such an easy way to communicate without showing who they are, students often feel safer to say hurtful words online without punishment.


I don’t know the best way to fix the problem of cyber bullying, but I feel that it starts in the classroom and at home. If parents and teachers make it clear what cyber bullying is and how cowardly it is, students will be able to understand that no matter how easy and simple it can be, that  it can be serious.


More people are committing suicide or becoming depressed from being victims of cyber bullying. One of the worst parts is instead of hurting one person by talking to them directly, all the words said can be so easily reached all across the globe—I can’t imagine having my entire school bullying me online, but that is the reality of many student’s lives now-a-days.


All in all, cyber bulling is a serious issue. Many people carry around the weight of cyber bullying for their whole lives. This is why it is important for those who have overcome cyber bullying to share their stories, like Elissa McCracken. By seeing someone so successful, beautiful, and as loved as she is, students will be able to identify with her struggles and see that they can overcome their issues because it can get better.

Online Dating

With technology becoming more important, people changing jobs or moving to new cities more frequently, meeting “that special person” has become harder than ever.


Over 40 million people in the U.S. access online dating services each month.


If this is true, why is there still such a negative stigma connected with online dating? People assume that online dating is weird and only for those too desperate and pathetic to meet someone in person.


Although I don’t online date, I feel that it is an excellent way to meet people with similar interests to you right off the back. For those out of college, it can be hard to meet people in new cities and jobs, and online dating can make a city smaller.


After reading about the stigma of online dating, it is also clear that people are skeptical that it can work.  My neighbor just got engaged to a wonderful man she met on a dating website so I have seen that it can work…but only when done right!


One of the most common problems users make when online dating is that members often contact too many members at once. Although hearing from a bunch of interested people can make your self esteem feel boosted, the reason people online date is to find ONE SPECIAL PERSON, so it is important to narrow in only on those you really want to get to know. Just because someone is cute doesn’t mean they are for you—keep in mind what you are looking for.


For someone as “technologically-idiotic” as I am, I don’t know that online dating is in the cards for me. However, for someone like my brother, who has always loved technology and the Internet, I can’t think of a better way for him to connect with someone.


All in all, online dating isn’t weird. It can work if used right and with an open mind.

Facebook Ruins Relationships

I typically pride myself on the fact that I am a low-maintenance, low-drama person. I am careful of who I spend time with and let close to me, to make sure that I am among people who make me happier—bring me up not tear me down. Although my life in the “real world” may be fairly low key, Facebook has seemingly snuck more drama into my life.


This leads me to my point. Yes. Facebook can ruins relationships.


Although I have not lost any friends via the social networking site, it has strained many of my relationships. Since talking to people is so convenient and easy on Facebook, it has become a frequent way I keep in touch with my girlfriends. We talk about what is going on in our lives; the good, the bad, and the ugly.


Having accidently left my Facebook account up on my boyfriend’s computer, he decided to snoop (yes, I know…what the heck!). He saw that I was messaging a girlfriend about how I was really getting irritated with him and wasn’t sure what to do about it. Instead of taking it as it was, girl talk with a close girlfriend, he took it to heart, and thought I was unhappy with him and wanted to be single. This required a lot of damage control, but everything worked out.


Facebook also is a way for people to involve themselves in your private drama. Numerous times have I seen a friend post a status so obviously about a specific person that it led to a fight.


In general, Facebook has its ups and downs. I think the stress from pointless drama it can cause can really hurt relationships. Anything you post on Facebook is in writing FOREVER. If people were more careful with what they wrote, there would be a lot less relationship problems, but ultimately, it comes down to trust. If you have nothing to hide and you keep your relationships private, having your relationship status on Facebook shouldn’t be a problem. Also, people who are looking for something to fight about by snooping on your Facebook will probably be able to find something to be upset about, so having a trusting relationship is the best way to have a lasting relationship.


Persimmons, Elizabeth A. “Five Ways Facebook Destroys Relationships.” N.p., 18 Aug. 2009. Web. 24 Jan. 2013.

Instagram Privacy

Instagram, a photo-sharing site, has become the topic of controversy lately among its loyal users. Instead of continuing to protect users privacy, Instagram has decided too make users’ photos and profile pages visible to the public (this includes even those who aren’t friends with a user, or people who don’t have an Instagram profile at all).

My immediate thought: WHY?!


The reason I even have an Instagram is to be able to connect with my friends and see their pictures– I could care less about the photos random people are taking! Although I don’t post many pictures, I wouldn’t want my photos available to anyone with Internet access! The reason Instagram is fun is because people can post funny photos that only their friends can see, and not be judged by everyone else.


While I disagree with Instagram’s decision to make everyone’s photos available to the public, I won’t be deterred from using Instagram, since I don’t post much anyway. I do, however, feel that the change may cause other people to limit their use of the site, monitor their previously “candid” photos, or cause them to deactivate their accounts. Upsetting the public by taking away the privacy of users makes Instagram seem like it doesn’t value its users, which is something that always attracted me to it in the past.


Instagram Goes Public with Profile Pages

Boris, Cynthia. “Instagram Goes Public with Profile Pages.” Marketing Pilgrim. N.p., 6 Nov. 2012. Web. 22 Jan. 2013.

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