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September 9th, 2013 11:26 am by Staff Report

Social media and sign pollution in Sunday's Forum

Like so many other American teenagers, I have found that most of my free time is occupied by social media. Social media, at its best, benefits those who frequently visit the most common forms of media via cell phone or the Internet. Many of these social networking sites — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. — promote communication, as well as the spread of information.
However, the constant, overwhelming spread of information advocates the spread of gossip, as well as cyberbulling.
Many users are frequently found posting extremely inappropriate news about themselves and others. Is there a line that should be drawn when it comes to sharing information about others?
Not only do the networking sites provide ways of communication, but they also bring people together into relationships — via Internet. This generation is completely invested into the online world, and is missing out on face-to-face interaction that is so crucial to growing up. Should social media distract from time with friends and family?
Social media, while for all intended purposes, is purely for entertainment. Some, however, have found that it has become a major distraction from school and work. Users of these sites find themselves becoming easily distracted from the tasks they should be doing. While enjoyable in free time, should networking sites take away from everyday responsibilities?
I believe that my generation is extremely affected by the negative aspects of social media. Networking sites have taken over our youth in ways we don’t even notice. As young adults we need to be more conscious about our time spent on these sites and how it can impact our future.
OLIVIA BOLES
Johnson City
Sign removal ordinance
My issue in Johnson City is the “sign pollution” that is left around town after their announcement dates have passed. The election signs that are left up around town after the election has passed and the yard/garage sale signs that are left up after the day the sale has passed gets quite annoying. I think it should be against the law.
It is littering. We have the “Stop IT Tennessee” campaign to stop littering in our state. Paper and other trash are left along the sides of roads every day. Signs are made of the same material, therefore, shouldn’t it be against the law to leave them there to rot and destroy our planet even more?
The signs get more annoying to look at every day after the event has passed. People can be fined for throwing a fast-food cup out the window, yet the people that leave large signs get nothing? What would make more of an impact? The fast-food cup or the large sign? In my opinion, the sign. It is larger and made of more material that is harmful to our environment.
The signs also look tacky after they have been up for a while. It sends the message that we don’t care about our city or state and what it looks like. That sends a bad message to visitors, which gives us a bad reputation and that is never a good thing. Leaving the signs up after the time should be considered littering. If they were picked up, our state would be more environmentally friendly and our city would look nicer.
DANIELLE LOUNGHOUSER
Johnson City

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