As time progresses, people have found more new and creative ways to make a living. Over the past couple of decades, the internet has become one of the most essential parts of our society. Social media in turn has become one of the fastest and most popular ways to communicate with those not only who are near us, but people who are on the opposite side of the world. One of the most creative “internet jobs” are making videos and uploading them to social media.
One person with a great following, Nash Grier, who is the most followed on Vine with an overwhelming number of 13.7 million fans on his combined accounts, posts 6 second videos which receives on average 9 million loops (or views) each and gets payed about $10,000 for every video he makes. Another popular video playing site in which the creators get paid for is YouTube. Pewdiepie, the most subscribed YouTuber with over 36 million subscribers, uploads videos almost everyday, making over $4 million only on ad sales. Other sites that include making money off of video uploads are Snapchat and the live streaming platform, YouNow. Advertising on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter also leads to what is called “internet famous people” who have a vast number of followers and gets paid if they advertise products and companies on their accounts. Social media doesn’t only allow people to make money off of videos or posts, it also inspired many people, such as YouTubers including but not limited to Connor Franta, Shane Dawson, Tanya Burr, Zoe Sugg, Alfie Deyes, Joe Sugg, and Joey Graceffa to write books about their lives and experiences. Social media creates an amazing platform in which people can express themselves, share it with others and create an actual profession out of.
The New York City Board of Education holds the largest school system in the country with over 1.1 million students and 1,700 schools. Because of this, we have the largest budget than any other school district in the nation.
Although this may seem like we have enough money to buy iPads, new laptops, Smart Boards and other advanced forms of technology, this is not always the case. In BSGE, we hold a limited amount of devices for teachers and students to use.
As each school year passes, restrictions on technology use in school become more and more strict. According to Virge Ramos, BSGE’s Community Advisor, the limits on the usage of cellphones, iPods, headphones, earphones, etc does not depend on the school itself but rather the New York City chancellor. In an age in which people cannot survive without checking their cellphones every few minutes, many BSGE students feel that not being able to use devices during lunch is annoying and unfair. They also believe that this serious cellphone crackdown, the rule of having no cellphones or headphones in sight, does not make any sense.
According to Dilawar Khan’17, “not being able to use our phones during lunch is messed up.” Khan adds, “But having the rule changed for this year is what sucks the most.” However according to the city guidelines, teachers and staff members are allowed to have their phones out in case of an emergency. (Although that’s not always the case.)
Devices like e-readers and tablets used to read aren’t technically banned, but are not permitted if they have a camera. According to Virge, having an electronic device isn’t allowed because students were complaining they were being photographed and videotaped without consent. Overall, it is not BSGE’s decision to have such strict technology restrictions, so students should stop wasting their time trying to blame it on BSGE.