Harvey Weinstein says “Everyone Does It” after admitting offering jobs “In exchange for sex”

Hundreds of women have come forward over recent months, accusing Harvey, the movie mogul of sexual assault, harassment and even rape. After long legal battles, Weinstein has continued to lay lie upon lie, but as time moves forward cracks are showing and Harvey is talking more.

As things. heat up, he has given an interview to “The Spectator” magazine in which he has admitted offering jobs for sex, and later added that “Everyone does it”.

“Yes, I did offer them acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did and still does everyone,” Weinstein told the magazine. “But I never, ever forced myself on a single woman.”

He moved on to say that he was born poor, ugly and jewish, and power got to his head, as women would look at him differently.

More and more women and celebrities continue to come forward, to join the recent Hollywood movement #metoo leaving us wondering, how many areas of modern life are yet to have the magnifying glass upon them.

Why does the popular culture domino effect, influence us so much?

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Its 2018, and we are swamped by new content everyday. From art, music, books, movies, and the trendy gem of binge worthy tv series. What do you do, your brain cant consume it all, yet your so desperate to stay in the loop. You need to know who’s screwing who in Westoros, which Kardashian is or isn’t pregnant, when the next Supreme drop is happening and if Elio & Oliver will ever see each other again (off subject how amazing was 2017’s Sundance film festival films?)

As days roll into weeks, technology enables us to consume more and more content, Netflix released that in 2017 1-billion hours of content were streamed a week! And most millennial’s streamed at least 30 days worth of music on the major music streaming services, making you wonder, how much information did we consume, without realising?

In this article I want to ask a very simple question, Why does the popular culture domino effect, influence us all so much? Don’t understand the question? Let me break it down for you:

A new show comes out, the hype is so intense, media companies around the globe are payed unimaginable sums of money to promote this new show. The show is … ok. Rotten Tomatoes starts giving each episode a 99-100% rating, making you think, well this show must be the shit, and I guess Susan who I see once a week at Starbucks also said it was a pretty good watch.

So you dive in, you watch the content, the content designed to make you feel like you are being stimulated, when in fact your brain is slowly turning to mush .. oh wait, I’m getting too deep too fast, but wait, thats exactly what the show is doing. 

You start speaking with other people, and they happen to mention the same show BOOM you can relate, you start a discussion, and other people over hear your conversation, the ball is rolling, everybody is now talking about the “IT” show. 

But whats really happening here? If you take a step back and look at these shows from a different angle, they really aren’t that great. But you enjoyed watching them so now you are confused? Oh wait, I spent 3 hours of my day watching a show, that diluted violence, and had limited if non underlining messages or themes to really stimulate my brain. 

Am I sounding a little over the top? Look at it from a different way, and this is just using one of the many media platforms as an example, note this doesn’t include music streaming and social media time:

X amount of people – Watching 52-billion hours of Netflix content a year  

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X amount of people – NOT communicating with each other – NOT stimulating their brains – NOT realising they are slowly been influenced in negative ways.

See the issue? With or without realising it, the “Popular culture domino effect, directly influences you and your habits regardless how much or little you wish to comply”

Now lets spin a positive onto this idea, and hopefully an idea you can take away with you after reading this. What if those 52 billion hours were spent on philanthropy, research, charity, education, debate, social enterprise. What if those hours were spent talking with each other, loving each other, and contributing to real change! Now that would make a beautiful new TV show. 

How Celebrities Can Help Save The World.

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Last week, former business mogul and reality TV star Donald J Trump, met with Kim Kardashian, current reality TV star, in the Oval Office of the White House. 

Kim K is famous for a sex tape and now incredibly rich and starring in a show about her life alongside her family. Surprisingly, instead of talking about their shared history in reality TV, Kim K was there to talk about prison reform and a particular case surrounding great-grandmother Alice Marie Johnson, who has been jailed for 20 years for a non-violent drug charge. 

In addition to the messed up US justice system, a few other things worth pointing out; the Earth is dying and our oceans are choking because we made them so dirty. Every minute, children are dying of malnutrition and the surge in conflicts has seen millions of people displaced, and one thing that pretty much everyone owns, is a tiny device known as a mobile phone with data and access to social media. 

The lovechild of the World Wide Web is social media, which comes in many forms from chat apps to photo-sharing platforms like Instagram. The power of social networking is such that the number of worldwide users is expected to reach over 3 billion by 2021, and teenagers are averaging 9 hours a day online. Our smart device, that constant companion with its immediacy, often paints a picture of human nature at its most rosey and people have become obsessed. Influencers and celebrities have been quick off the mark to monetise their social success, making their life a business by charging brands to feature products in their pictures, while being whisked away on exotic weekends full of lavish dinners and parties. 

This is a very fake reality. Staged by brands and celebrities alike and quiet frankly shocking that Gen Z are absorbed by this for most of their day instead of tackling global issues. People scroll through Instagram and see a bikini or an advo on toast and they just Like it without reading. So there is NO engagement.  It actually makes much more sense to post something that is authentic and have followers actually read and comment on the post. The ability of a celebrity to raise awareness for a good cause in just one social post is an incredible way to generate awareness, educate and make a difference. Shockingly, many influencers are imposing the same demands from charities as if they were a brand, charging hefty sums for a social post or event appearances. 

The hardest part is gaining a celeb status; the problem is using it wisely. With power comes responsibility. If you have a platform, do something good with it. It is sad but true, that the world we live in can, at times be frightening. The reality is, the world we want to live in is a world that we will have to construct ourselves and social media is a powerful platform to build a better world. Imagine if social platforms were peppered with the realities of our world, communities disproportionately affected by climate change, racism or education, all championed by celebrities. We need to use social platforms to communicate the reality of our world at zero cost. 

The climate is changing, not only literally, but in the blogosphere sense too, as brands are also far more concerned with engagement. After the Kim K White House meeting the Internet went WILD. Not just for the obvious reasons like famous people are running the US, welcome to 2018, but the purpose of their meeting had a profound reaction. Trump has since pardoned a few people and put US prison reform higher on the political agenda. 

Take Adwoa Aboah, appeared on Vogue heralding a new era for the magazine, who will post about mental health and a whole discussion will erupt underneath. The actual picture is secondary to a much bigger thing: community. And you can’t buy that. Recognition not just for the dozens of magazine covers, appearances and campaigns but with her platform Gurls Talk, she has reinvented what it means t be a supermodel in 2018. We are also witnessing the #MeToo conversations unfold through bold actresses using their platforms to voice their experiences with sexual harassment and campaigning for change. 

These movements and conversations are really powerful. It may just be the peak time to enforce celebrity power with good causes. There are no boundaries to collaboration, just as you use social media to embrace gender diversity, politics, race and geographical regions you can inject purpose into your own fruition.  Every person and product will have a purpose and future generations will be asking; if it doesn’t benefit the world, why should it take up space? 

 

Trump. The art of the media.

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I don’t know if you’ve asked the children in your life what they want to be lately, but maybe you should. When you ask about their aspirations compared to the usual responses of cowboys, superheroes and the fastest driver in the world, you are now much more likely to get answers such as Social media influencer, makeup guru and youtube sensation.

The world nowadays is a social media maze where businesses, supermarkets and presidents alike all take part In this never ending internet feud we’ve bizarrely come to live with. If you own a Tv and have some sort of social media account there is no doubt you will have heard the notorious name that is the Kardashians. Social media power couple Kim and Kanye West have a certain talent when it comes to attracting just about every media platform there is, Kanye gave us controversial tweets about how to run America to Kims Prison reform ideas, this celebrity couple are definitely biting off more than they can chew when it comes to American Politics.
Talking of American Politics, Tv show boss and businessman Donald Trump is by far the most interesting President to see the insides of the White House and here is why.

The celebrity Apprentice boss went from starting up a business with his father’s money, owning hotels and casinos, jetting round the world marrying European models, starring in a show about starting up businesses, to somehow being the leader and possibly the most powerful man in the free world, with little to no political experience Mr Donald Trump is a prime example of the sheer powers social media can have over not just a country but the world.

In the 21st Century you’d imagine someone dynamic, inspirational and eager for change sat in the Oval Office however due to social media the man sat in the office currently is someone who has been charged for multiple harassment, misogynistic views, racist comments and just about every homophobic insult there is in the book, but really I’m not here to complain and nor should anyone be, Donald trump has followed through on almost every promise he made in his election campaign, socially acceptable or not and that is a rarity, but if I take you back a few years you definitely wouldn’t be used to seeing celebrities In meetings with Mr President about how to run the country.

In the recent years Celebrities have used every platform they could to voice their social, ethical and political views from Oscar speeches to social media outcries, celebrities around the globe are giving their input. A study found that more than half of teens are more likely to smoke, drink or do drugs if they see a Celebrity influence doing it. Trends in clothes, make up, music and every aspect of society can change based on one song, one item of clothing or one makeup product worn by a certain celebrity so what’s to say they can’t influence something bigger like the running of the country.

Since Donald Trump got into power there have been huge marches on Washington containing some of the biggest influences of all, Anti-Gun marches, pride Marches, who controls America marches and even get rid of the president marches but despite all this, the power social media can have can often be irreversible. My point is that celebrities have so much more power than people realise, people take sides and base their decisions on those of celebrities without even realising, within the most recent presidential campaign Hillary Clinton had all the boxes ticked from Katy Perry to Lebron James and from Beyonce to Tyler Oakley she had them all posting and tweeting and singing and even despite this Donald Trump’s election was more powerful, backed by the National Rifle Association the President was still able to get the majority and thats whats scary. According to Pew Research Centre reports “ social media users say they are worn out by the politics they see on their feed”. This means that not only are people opinions being swayed by celebrity views online but they are also getting smothered with information and opinions by some of the biggest names at the moment and conforming to what they read without even having a balanced view.

Recently we’ve seen Donald Trump have meetings with various celebrities, commenting on their tweets and posing for pictures online, Trump had Kim Kardashian, the make up, reality tv, social media star in the White House talking about a woman who was in prison at the time and how they could change her punishment and one could argue is Trump using social media stars to gain a stronger following and wider reach? Honestly who knows, we can’t possibly know the whys and hows behind what happens and what’s happening in the White House, we can only assume and maybe thats a good thing. The media, the celebrities and the politicians can do what they want but as long as the public stays united and you stick to your views and your ideas and your opinions we won’t get lost in this social media maze, were stronger than that, we have to be.

Is it time for a social media cleanse?

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Most of us have found ourselves guilty of excessively using social media apps. Maybe we’ve simply acknowledged it to ourselves, or spoken about it with our friends or even taken the plunge and made a concerted effort to spend less time on apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. This may have involved setting a time limit on daily usage or even deleting the apps altogether for a period of time. Or maybe, we did nothing at all. For a lot of us, spending too much time on social media is a habit we just can’t seem to shift.

Using social media can feel like a waste of time that could be put to better use, it can be monotonous and often quite boring. Yet we still find ourselves reaching for our phones, opening and re-opening the same apps, refreshing our screens and scrolling for long periods of time every single day. It can feel very compulsive, particularly when you’re not even enjoying it, which is why we often find ourselves referring to social media as an addiction. This is not exactly a farfetched notion, as we have seen developers of social media technology speak out about features within these apps that specifically encourage us to use the apps for longer periods of time. Features such as auto play on Facebook videos, which automatically play the next video without asking the user if they would like to watch it, ‘Snapstreak’ on Snapchat which rewards daily contact between users and even the pull down to refresh function whose addictive nature has been compared to that of slot machines used for gambling. All of these features are designed to keep users on the apps for as long as possible and when you combine this with the dopamine-driven social gratification we receive from online interaction, it’s really no surprise that we find ourselves spending more and more of our precious time using social media. This is a result of what is referred to as the ‘attention economy’, where free platforms use advertisements to create revenue and user’s attention equals profit. It’s commonly acknowledged that excessive use of social media platforms can have a negative impact on our mental health and development. And it speaks volumes that many developers in Silicon Valley strictly limit their own and their children’s use of these technologies, influencing a number of schools in the Silicon Valley area to adopt low level tech use within their teaching.

It’s food for thought, but we all know that sense of achievement we feel when we haven’t used our phones for a period of time, whether we’ve been reading a book, watching a film or have taken a walk and left our phones at home. It’s a gratifying feeling rooted in the guilt of knowing that we spend ‘too much’ time on our phones. It’s a difficult habit to break, like eating unhealthily and not getting enough sleep or exercise. The difference is that those bad habits have visible, physical effects that encourage us to make a change. When you no longer fit comfortably into a pair of jeans you may change your diet to include less carbs and unhealthy fats for a set period of time. These are concrete reactions to concrete circumstances. When the side affect is poorer mental health, or a neglect of activities that don’t involve using our phones, it’s harder to see the warning signs. So how do you know when you’re spending too much time on social media? Or whether it’s having a negative impact on your life? And what can you do to form better social media habits?

There are numerous indicators that social media is taking up too much space in our lives. If you find yourself using social media but not really enjoying it, feeling frustrated with your compulsion to use these apps and the amount of time you spend on them, you probably need a social media cleanse. If you notice that social media is getting in the way of your interactions with those around you or you’re unable to attend a social event without spending a significant amount of time documenting it online, rather than enjoying the experience, you probably need a social media cleanse. Another indication is if you are finding yourself emotionally affected by social platforms. Social media is often referred to as ‘highlight reel’ of other people’s lives and is known to have damaging impacts on the way we view ourselves and our own lives. Other factors such as ‘likes’, followers and perfectly edited images of beautiful insta-celebrities have been known to damage our self-esteem. If you find yourself comparing yourself to others and feeling down about yourself as a result of social media apps, it’s a good indication that you might benefit from a little social media cleanse in your life.

As with most positive changes we’d like to see in our lives, it boils down to putting in to action the things we know we should be doing. If you would like to make a change in your social media habits, have a think about what kind of difference you would like to see. A cleanse might mean deleting your social media apps for a week or a month, or selecting one day per week where you don’t open any social apps, or maybe you feel that your life would improve if you deleted all social media from your phone indefinitely. Most of us, however, would like to find some middle ground between our current social media habits and implementing a complete social media ban. This temporary ground has more to do with simply not spending excessive periods of time using social media on a daily basis. Which is arguably more difficult than getting rid of it altogether as it involves repeatedly exercising our will power in order to break bad habits. These six apps to stop your smartphone addiction use various software to help us form healthier relationships with social media, so we can still enjoy posts from our friends, families and favourite celebrities and influencers without it taking up too much of our precious time. If you decide to try a social media cleanse for yourself, let us know how it worked for you, or any hints and tips that you have to share, they’re always welcome!