Category Archives: SOCIAL MEDIA

Little lost sheep, a Christmas star

BY LAUREN FEDEN

North Omaha does not seem like the best place for a Christmas-sweater-clad sheep, but tell that to Gage! Tuesday night, the Humane Society picked up Gage, a sheep found wandering around in a sweater near 13th and Ogden streets.

After being tweeted about by the Nebraska Humane Society, Gage’s story went viral, inspiring the hashtag #ChristmasSheep. Before he was claimed and identified, Gage even inspired a naming contest.

The Nebraska Humane Society tweeted out, “Our Christmas Sheep doesn’t have a name, so we are taking suggestions. #ChristmasSheep.” That request was met met with many entertaining responses. Among the funnier ones were “Fleece-Navidad” from @DadofPicks, “Wooly McWoolerton or WolMac for short” from @NatesGreat04, and “BAAAAAAAAArney” from @AbbyGoetzome.

Gage’s escapade did not just stir up Twitter, but he even made national news. From Time to HuffPost, this little lost sheep was everywhere Tuesday night. Thankfully, the publicity helped him get home.

According to Omaha.com, Gage’s owner, Margaret Vasquez, did not know where he had gone until her daughter saw the Internet buzz about the mysterious Christmas sheep. Gage made it safely home with his family Tuesday night.

 

Victoria’s Secret Angels take over social media

BY CASSIDY ADOLF

Tonight is either the most coveted night in television, or the most dreadfully depressing night in television. Yes, I’m talking about the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. This year the angels flew to England for the show that took place last week to air tonight at 9 here in Nebraska on CBS.

Though the show wouldn’t be put out for the world’s eyes to view through tears of jealousy and admiration at the beauty of these creatures that truly are angels from the heavens, the girls of VS posted their photos of the night on social media outlets all week. Yeah, great week for my self esteem, THANKS BEHATI PRINSLOO.

In addition to Prinsloo, Candice Swaneopel, Karlie Kloss and an array of other familiar faces from the modeling world strut their stuff down the runway to performances by Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Hozier, and Ariana Grande.

I know my Twitter and Instagram feeds were flooded with pictures from the event, but just in case you weren’t able to cry or eat uncontrollably or whatever you do when you realize you’re 5 feet tall and have no chance of ever wearing a pair of angel wings, follow @victoriassecret, @behatiprinsloo, or @angelcandices on Instagram and you’ll have full access to the too-perfect-to-be-true photos. Or, tune in to the show tonight to see it all!

In all seriousness, these women are very hard-working and talented and the pieces they will be shown in are beautifully detailed and true pieces of art. Also, the live performances are always stellar. So, tonight at 9 on CBS, see you there!

#HeForShe gone viral

BY ABBY CURRIE

In society, women often are stereotyped as bossy if they want to lead; men, stereotyped as weak if they feel the impulse to cry. According to actor Emma Watson, “This has to stop.”

On Sept. 21, Watson gave a speech at the United Nations as Global Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women. In Watson’s #HeForShe Campaign, she addressed gender equality, inviting  men to join the fight:  “Gender equality is your issue, too.”

“When, at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams because they didn’t want to appear muscly,”  Watson explained, “when, at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided I was a feminist.”

Watson’s speech received critical acclaim, as well as hate. This included comments on Twitter and sexual threats. Despite the threats, there was support.

British 15-year-old Ed Holtom commented in a letter to London’s Sunday Telegraph: “Feminism is not about man-hating or female supremacy. It is by definition the opposite,” Holtom wrote. “It’s pretty simple really: If you believe in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes then you’re a feminist.”

Watson has won support from  other celebrities such as Beyoncé, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hiddleston.

Twitter and other social media continue to trend the fight for equal rights.

“If not me, who? If not now, when?” Watson said as the closing of her speech.

Her words have gone viral and may have paved a road for change, not only at the United Nations but globally.

ALS makes a splash on social media

BY EMILY TENCER

Social media has not only taken over advertising, but it has become the easiest way to spread news, trends and upcoming events. For a week or so, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram were completely filled with the popular ALS Bucket Challenge. It seemed impossible to log on and not see a post about ALS. Like most social trends, the ALS Bucket Challenge seems to have had its moment in the spotlight, but the impact of this movement was more beneficial than planking, hashtags, or the ‘Most Talked About Topic’ on any social media site.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive degeneration of motor neurons from the brain that provide voluntary movement and muscle power. Motor neurons are needed to move muscles and perform actions. As the motor neurons disappear, the patient becomes completely paralyzed. The most effective treatment has been riluzole, a drug that slows the progression, but so far a true cure for reversing ALS has not been found.

It might surprise some people to learn that the ALS Association has raised more than $100 million thanks to a challenge of dumping a bucket of ice on one’s head. According to Forbes magazine, that’s a 3,500 percent increase from the $2.8 million raised during the same period last year.

The importance of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was to provide awareness to the issue and raise money to fund research, but people became disappointed when they logged on to a social media site and saw ‘You have 24 hours to complete this challenge or donate!’ The option of donating or participating in the challenge became a popular discussion topic. Senior Chase Caverzagie tweeted, “I don’t think people realize/understand that you’re also supposed to donate to ALS, not just dump buckets of water on your head.”

As successful as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was, there will always be those people who take part in the movement just because everyone else is doing it, and not because they truly want to support the cause. When asked about his tweet, Caverzagie said, “If you truly care about the cause you’re not going to mind giving your dollars, but if you are doing it just because you want to participate in the social phenomenon then it’s stupid.”

The impact of social media is truly remarkable, for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge succeeded in what it wanted to accomplish all because of the social connections via the Internet. “As teenagers, we’re not always up to date on the most important diseases,” Junior Gabby Catterson said. “ALS is something that isn’t necessarily common among a lot of people, but it’s definitely something that really just destroys a person’s life. I think it’s really beneficial for kids to know about it and have a newfound respect for the disease.”

With the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge slowly fading out, all of the participants must patiently wait for the new cure to be found from all the new funding. While waiting for the cure, it will be interesting to know what next new movement will launch throughout social media.