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Monthly Archives: February 2012

5 Ways to Tell You’re Using Social Media Wrong

‘Tis the season for Lent, which means for a little while there might be a surplus of chocolate, soda, and masturbation.  But here in the 21st century, more and more people might be giving up social networking–which, if that’s what you’re giving up in the name of God or The Doctor or whoever, that probably means it qualifies as a big deal.  No doubt you’ve heard the constant debates over how social media is changing our culture for better or worse, though usually people say it’s for the worse.  I’ll take a wild guess and say you, the reader, have a Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, or some other knock-off like that “FriendZone” site the college kids are always talking about.


Oh.

I can’t really argue for the negative effects it has on society–just a quick glance at Twitter will prove that people are really, really stupid.  But there are ways to have these pages to share and connect with people, and even use them quite a lot, without plunging your social life down the toilet and giving in to Skynet.  I’m certainly not saying I’m the absolute perfect social media user myself.  But I don’t feel an overwhelming sense of disillusionment or stress because of it.  I’d like to think I’ve learned enough from my good and bad internet experiences–as well as creepily observing everyone else–to say that I at the very least don’t use it badly (anymore.)

 It was 2006, okay?!

What I’m writing about is based on what a comedian I follow on Tumblr (oh hay social networking) said: “If you think Facebook is annoying, you have annoying friends. If you think Facebook is shallow, you have shallow friends. Whatever you think about Facebook, that is a direct reflection of your friends. OR…you are using Facebook wrong.”  I’d argue this could work as the basis for the internet as a whole–that how you view it is a direct correlation to the environment you’re in and how you use it.  If you think the social networking realm is a shallow, narcissistic, drama-producing life-ruiner machine, read on and see why it probably means you’re doing it wrong.

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15 Underrated Smallville Episodes You Should See

Season 8-10 Cast

Like any show with as much longevity as Smallville, viewers came and went–ratings dipping from 8 million to 2 million over the ten years proved that.  Ask anyone about the best episodes of the series, and you usually get things like “Pilot”, “Rosetta” , “Memoria” and “Crusade” from the early years.  There are lots and lots of people who left the series about mid-way through, and most casual fans you’ll talk to probably stopped watching it during season four (those witches really turned a lot of people off.)

It’s to be expected; people simply lose interest in keeping up week-to-week at a certain point.  If they come back, it’s usually for the well-marketed “event” episodes–the 100th and 200th episodes, big superhero team-ups like “Legion,” “Justice” and ”Absolute Justice,” and the series finale.  And while those are fine and good, just because they’re the ones the that get talked about the most doesn’t mean they’re the best the show has to offer.  In fact, there are tons and tons of little gems from the show’s later years that casual or former viewers probably missed out on.  There are plenty more (or less) depending on who you ask, but here are 15 underrated episodes I’d recommend to veteran and new viewers alike.

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