Writing is a skill that many struggle to improve, and most overlook it’s true value. To effectively communicate your ideas through writing is a valuable skill both in one’s professional and personal life. But why do we truly do it? It is a deep look into cultured thought. It is emotion given tangible feeling. And if used correctly, it is how we change the world. From speeches, to proposals, to love letters, writing is how we change minds and gain favor in the sight of those who read it. Writing is power. Writing is influence. Without it, society would simply cease to exist.

Source: https://hillside.net/conferences/usefuldocuments/65-conferences/how-to-run-plop/235-how-to-hold-a-writers-workshop

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We rarely can create anything new unless we are well versed in the material we are working with. How many of us can come up with new ideas without borrowing from what we already have learned? I’d say it’s impossible. Paying homage to original works can be a sign of respect. What really makes an idea great is the ability to combine previous ideas into something new. For example, the guitar and drums could exist on their own, but combined they can create something never seen before. New and exciting innovations will be built upon older ideas, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJPERZDfyWc&ab_channel=KirbyFerguson

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Piracy is a huge gray area for most people. Arguments against it include anything from “You’re taking money from the producer” to the infamous commercial You wouldn’t steal a car. Is it morally wrong simply because it’s illegal? If you were to pirate a movie, it is essentially a copy of specifically ordered ones and zeros. The file itself has no inherent or physical value. However this has the potential to hurt producers if the owner of the material makes no money from their work. Even then, if you pay for something like a movie there is a chance that almost none of that money will actually make it to the producer. Our responsibility to determine what we own and what we owe may never be easily solved.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJPERZDfyWc&ab_channel=KirbyFerguson

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Copyright is such an interesting topic to me. It gives a person or company the sole right to distribute or produce material such as art and music. The copyright assumes that you actually own all the material. To me this is fairly contradictory considering that few ideas in this day and age are truly original. Pablo Picasso himself is believed to have said,

good artists borrow, great artists steal

Great works of art and music often contain pieces of work that are not completely their own. It’s important that we allow people the creative freedom to be influenced by and manipulate existing material while protecting works from being copied unfairly.

Source: https://www.npr.org/2020/10/05/920410522/supreme-court-declines-to-hear-led-zeppelin

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Do social media companies have the responsibility to protect freedom of speech on their platforms? Many would say that companies like Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube don’t have an obligation because it’s not a “public space”. One issue with this is that if a person is censored from these platforms, they may not have any existing spaces to express their opinion. Unlike back in the 1800s, there is no more public square to make announcements in. It’s a tough issue to figure out. They are private companies, but do they have a responsibility towards protecting individual rights?

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/cbsn-originals-presents-speaking-frankly-censorship/

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It’s an age old question, would you give up your privacy for greater convenience? One situation that comes to mind is using Google maps. The reason it is more effective than other apps is because it takes user data from surrounding phones to increase it’s accuracy. Because your data is being tracked and shared, it’s obviously not very private. Is that little bit of convenience worth it? How far should that be taken? After all, if you have nothing to hide then you don’t really need privacy. At least that’s what they want you to believe. I think that we should be more cautious about where we are sending our information. You never know who is going to take advantage of it.

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With the rise of mental health problems it’s hard to imagine it isn’t related to our smartphones or computers. Things like video games or social media give us a way to escape and cope with our problems in a way that has never been done before. How can we use technology as a tool instead of being consumed by it? If we did become slaves to technology, would have the capacity to realize it? I think the answer lies in how much emphasis we put on studying and paying attention to the consequences. I only hope we tread carefully when considering what we expose ourselves to.

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