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    YouTube: A Trend in Compassion

    We’ve all seen those feel-good viral video’s of people finding someone in need and through various means helping to turn their life around. These stories gained popularity and were quickly spread across the web, inspiring others to do the same. I find myself wondering if the people who publicize these processes are really doing it from the kindness of their heart, or merely to gain popularity via social media. If social media didn’t exist would the same people perform random acts of kindness without ever seeking accreditation? Is it truly kindness, or just trending?

    • I feel for the most part, people who do the kinds of things on Youtube generally want to help other people. If they just wanted to get popular on the internet, there are a billion other ways they could do it. With that said, you bring up an interesting point in would these nice people go to these extremes to be nice to other people if it was not for youtube? It may not be to gain more viewers, but instead to show how being kind brings out the best in other people. – Aaron Hatch 5 years ago
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    • Another thing to think about: Does it matter? An act that helps someone still helps someone regardless of the intention. Forced community service still helps people, etc. So maybe it's a good thing anyway? – Tatijana 5 years ago
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    • This is an interesting topic. In all honesty, I find that it's really hard to judge the intentions of the people performing the acts of kindness. How will we ever know what was going through their heads? It might be difficult to plot out an article that isn't too opinionated. However, it's still an intriguing topic, so maybe someone would be able to find a way to make this idea work. I'm looking forward to seeing if and what someone will do with this topic! – Dominic Sceski 5 years ago
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    • In 2014, there was a viral trend called RAKnominations (Random Acts of Kindness), in which a person would record themselves doing a nice deed for someone and then nominate a few others to do the same. On the topic of YouTubers doing nice things for others, you can also explore people doing kind things just because they're nominated. Would they still do it without the nomination? (Although that all depends on the person.) – YsabelGo 5 years ago
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    • The Project 4 Awesome is a wonderful YouTube based fundraiser that happens every year. People create videos about their favorite charities and people donate. It connects the YouTube community as well as give back. This shoes YouTube can be a place for compassion and giving. – mramsden252 5 years ago
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    I’ve been a fan of the Silent Hill game series for quite some time now. Although the combat leans towards the tedious side, it’s still a really fun survival game that has every element of psychological complexity and adrenaline blasting simplicity from ambiance to imagery.
    I enjoy how the combination of moral decisions you make in the game can alternate the ending you obtain.
    I love how in every game the silent hill universe is tailored to the person who experiences it based on the actions that took place in their normal lives, and the creatures depicted are a direct representation of their own internal conflict.
    There’s also something I like about what people would now consider to be ‘bad graphics’ in the older games, it kind of adds on the the overall atmosphere and creepiness, plus, who doesn’t enjoy a game that messes with their head a little, Silent Hill has never failed, except for the second movie, that failed everyone.

    Silent Hill 2: A Pinnacle in Gaming Symbolism

    I watched The Picture of Dorian Gray, thats the only work by Oscar Wilde I know so far, but after reading this article I’m interested in looking into his other writings.
    I notice a little bit of a theme in his works so far, controversial matters, judgement and prejudice, temptation, pleasure and punishment.
    Thank you for your insight, I look forward to enjoying his other pieces.

    Oscar Wilde: Social and Sexual Commentary in "The Harlot's House"

    I actually just completed watching this series not too long ago, and it was indeed difficult to follow, looking at how others interpreted it kind of helped better my understanding of the story.
    Towards the end of the show Lain is trying to figure out which version of herself is the real one. Troubled for reassurance and yet aware of her omnipotence, Lain appears to be, in my opinion, the most humanistic character in the show.
    In an interaction between Lain and her best friend Alice, Lain describes herself as software computer program, and the all the human beings in the material world as applications.
    In the human world, Lain is projected as a shy and innocent girl, a girl who has doubts and fears, craves unconditional love and wants to understand herself and the world she lives in, much like how we do in our own lives.
    In the wired there were different versions of Lain, as Lain herself is quite complex.
    It’s true that through social media we alter our personalities to project the version of ourselves that we believe to be best suited for the situation at hand, if someone makes a mistake, suddenly personal or false information or identification of ones self has just been exposed for billions of unseen eyes and can seldom be undone.
    Even if someone feels that who they are projecting is indeed a false pretense, perhaps, there may still be some truth to that self yet. After all, we seek reassurance from others about ourselves just as Lain did, and events around us can help shape and manifest those doubts and concerns.
    Overall, I thought the series was brilliant, and your article thorough and enjoyable.

    Serial Experiments Lain in the Modern Age of Social Media and the Internet