Do Social Media Ethics Even Exist?

As I type this, the internet is all abuzz about online Instagram personalities – @TheFatJewish and @FuckJerry specifically – who have risen to fame by creating hilarious profiles with the use of memes that were taken from another source.

I have two stances regarding this subject:

  1. These online personalities are clearly stealing non-original content and claiming it as their own. It is unethical in every other media, so why are we accepting it on social media, more specifically Instagram?
  2. Everyone re-posts memes they enjoy without crediting a source, and what makes @TheFatJewish and @FuckJerry unique from everyone else are their reaction captions to the actual images.

BUT… are his reaction captions even original? This suggests no:

FatJewish Steals Jokes Too

Surely there are many other online personalities guilty of the same wrongdoings as TheFatJewish, but he seems to be taking the majority of the brunt right now. Even celebrities feel the need to chime in:

Patton Oswalt Gives His Two Cents

Yes, I have personally re-posted images on my personally Instagram feed without crediting the original source. I have also given credit to the source I took the image from – but how do we know where the true original image is from? Some of these memes have been recycled over and over again.

p.s. I took the image for this blog from this article

More to come…

Amplemann; the Hello Kitty of Berlin

Recently I spent a week in Berlin. Admittedly, this was not my first choice of city on my “big European adventure”, I’ve never really had an urge to visit Germany, however after my first day in Berlin my opinions had changed dramatically. Berlin is immersed in such an immense amount of important historical events – both negative and positive. This post isn’t going to be about World Wars, the Berlin Wall, or the Holocaust. I am going to talk about the lighter side (pun intended) – the Amplemann!

On October 13th 1961, Karl Peglau introduced the first pedestrian crossing signals in East Berlin. Soon, these little green and red men became an icon, so much so that in 1982 Friedrich Rochow cast the Amplemenn in a road safety training film. After the reunification of Berlin, the Amplemenn were assumed to be phased out as part of East Berlin culture. In 1996, Markus Heckhausen resurrected these men and put them back into working order on select intersections across Berlin. This obviously sparked a media outrage – many against the integration of a reminder of the grim past, but some looking past this and reassigning a new meaning to the little green and red beacons of hope. Eventually the ‘committee for the preservation of ampel men’ was founded and with the help of the media, politicians and local authorities could not resist the movement any longer.

Heckhausen, and his company MAKE Design GmbH collaborated with designed Barbara Ponn to create the first Amplemann collection in 1999. ” Items like bottle openers, fruit gums, magnets, corkscrew, key fobs and T-shirts were an immediate success.” [Source].

While in Berlin, I passed numerous Amplemann shops, purchased my very own Amplemann notebook, sent an Amplemann postcard back home to my family and ate at the famous Amplemann Restaurant; enjoying some red and green beer, and pizza with Amplemann shaped dough-charaters on top.

Maybe my title is a little bit of an exaggeration. The Amplemann is specific to Berlin, with a massive political history. Sanrio’s Hello Kitty is much more wide spread Japanese phenomenon, created purely for entertainment purposes. To me, the Amplemann is much more than a plastic key chain, or a traffic signal. It symbolizes the light of the future of the city while simultaneously shining light on the past to invoke and inspire knowledge.

get serious.

Time flies when you’re having fun?

No. Time flies, period.

Three years have passed; a good chunk of my life when I wasn’t determined to follow my dreams, achieve my goals, continue my passion in life. I lost track of everything – or so I thought – but now more than ever I feel like I am right back where I should be.

Through the influence of certain people in my life – both negative and positive – this realization has become more clear. Maybe it has been the minor slew of odd jobs I’ve taken on, or the recent European trip that I’ve been waiting my entire life to go on, and just returned from that has opened up my eyes for the better.

More to come!

k.