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6 Reliable Tips for Mastering The Art of Online Research

Fear is at an all-time high in our society. Inflamed fear has caused us to cease to have the relevant conversations that address serious issues such as racism, poverty, and police brutality. We have opted into primitive problem-solving methods such as race batting, demonization, burning books, and good ole fashioned tribalism. In many ways, the problem AND the solution lie somewhere between the intricate relationship of the internet, social media, the news media, and how we interact with these entities. These are all areas in which we receive and disseminate information. Over time these areas have been polluted with algorithms…

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Identifying Why Misinformation Is So Prevalent & What YOU Can Do About It

The internet allows anyone, anywhere, to record, communicate or convey information at any time. Although this in itself is revolutionary, it’s not without its pitfalls. The internet is reeling with misinformation. There are groups such as Q-Anon and flat earth theorists who have genuinely abandoned reality for far-fetched conspiracies. Grifters and snake-oil salespeople are more than willing to tell you what you want to hear for the enormously high price of your attention, likes, comments, and feeding the beasts we call algorithms. The truth is that we are in an infantile stage of the information age, the wild wild west…

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17 Key Terms for Clear-Cut Critical Thinking in Our Daily Lives

Most logical fallacies have more to do with formal arguments and less to do with how we communicate with each other daily. There are simple words and ideas used in our everyday speech that have a significant impact on our interpretations, perceptions, and decision-making. Listed below are a few of those terms. Understanding or reviewing these terms will give you a slight edge while watching the news, attending a meeting, or discussing world events with your loved ones. I chose these terms because I’m often involved in situations in which these definitions could come in handy. Below are the terms I’ll…

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The Black Perspective You Won’t Hear About On The Nightly News
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The Black Perspective You Won’t Hear About On The Nightly News

"I don't know what I'm supposed to do, but I know what I can do." - the young Captain Kirk Learning this has helped guide me through times of uncertainty and chaos. Being a young black male who grew up without my father in my home, I never knew what growing up in a fatherless home meant until I reached an age in which it became harder to find people willing to help me tackle life's many problems that are unique to black males. Critical thinking and reason helped navigate my way through uncertainty, unfamiliar paths, and situations most Americans…

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Memo: We are in the Information Age

We are in the dead center of the information age. Unfortunately, there are those of us who didn't get the memo, so I'm going to make it official. Remember when Democrats used to talk about jobs, the working class, minimum wage and helping the poor, etc? Nope, it's not a thing anymore. We can't agree on how to handle basic COVID-19 protocols. It's not a coincidence. Our new wars are informational and the personalities that used to dominate the local and national news can't be bothered with the minute details of truth-telling. They have to compete with social media, email,…

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My Idea of an Ally

I keep hearing the ally thing being thrown around. People keep asking me, how do I be an ally? Well first off, don’t make ultra cringe #takeresponsibility videos. My life and my experiences are not your responsibility. Let’s start with that. If you want to be an ally, start by treating me the same as you treated me yesterday. Respect me, respect my ideas, respect my experience, realize that we are both human, we both make mistakes, we both are making our way through this maze called life. My experience may be different from yours, but at the end of the day, we both want…

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A Fresh Look at Racial Injustice

A question that I have always asked myself is why are we expecting something from "policy-makers"? I think the entire idea of racial and/social injustice is a conversation that only always leads to some type of political solution, as though politics are the only medium to enact change. I'm being open and honest when I say that's the flaw in all of this.America is built on capitalism and ripe with a variety of freedoms that allow us to take advantage of solutions that I have seen people (including many black people) using in every other circumstance except for circumstances in…

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Components of Work: How things Get Done

As I have grown as a digital marketer as well as a person, I've realized that most actions consist of tactics, strategies, objectives, goals, and systems. They all work together for you and your team to reach the results you want to achieve. These components of our actions range from the most fundamental tactics to the most advanced, strategies. No matter what, you will always need tactics. You may not need a system, but operating with a well-defined system is the only way to reach your full potential. Below is my breakdown of the component. This is merely my rough draft, some thoughts make…

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Thoughts on George Floyd

I keep hearing "silence is violence", but the vast majority of you won't like what I have to say. So I've been trying to enjoy life here in the Sip, but I couldn't stay silent. The conversions I've had in person or on the phone have been great. I think social media stuff is highly overrated and if not overrated, underrated in how detrimental it can be to our society in general, but that's another topic. George Floyd's death was an unfortunate tragedy that has opened up old wounds. The problems we face are extremely nuanced, so it will be…

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Are All Conspiracies Bad?

Notice the significant difference between saying: "I believe that 5G may cause physical harm to us." or "I believe vaccines may be harmful."   VS.  "~Insert powerful person~ is using vaccines to kill off half the population and track us using microchips." or  "The Earth is flat, and science is an atheist religion built by Jesuits to hide the true nature of our existence." You must know the difference. One is an exploratory query that prompts one to do research, seek information, and NOT confirmation. It asks questions, starts a discussion, begs for more knowledge and understanding. The others are definitive statements that…

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