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Is Social Media To Blame For Kardashian Robbery?

Social media, a technology that has changed the world is so many ways. Bringing people closer together, allowing people to access technology in a new way and a network that has ultimately changed how the way business works.

Visual networks such as Instagram and Snapchat allow us an insight into people’s personal lives, we are giving people permission to enter our exclusive lives and give people an opportunity to show others the way we live.

This is especially true of celebrities and socialites. Of course, The Kardashians are a huge part of this having some of the largest followings on both snapchat (Kylie Jenner currently ranks #1) and Instagram (Kim and Kendall leading the game).

So with this in mind, we turn to Kim Kardashian, who was robbed in her hotel room during Paris Fashion Week with £8 million worth of jewellery being taken from her, after being tied up and held at gun point.

Earlier in the day, kim had been showing off her expensive jewels on Snapchat and Instagram, with close ups of the diamonds sparking and being the centre of attention.

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This instantly shows that Kim is in possession of very expensive jewellery, also showing her possible locations and ativities at all times giving anyone an opportunity to strike. Many people are blaming Kim and other celebrities excessive use of social for the Robbery and other incidents.

However, what people seem to not understand is that Kim wasn’t ‘asking for it’, sharing a picture on social can be perceived in any way by any one, just because you post a picture of something you own certainly DOES NOT mean you are asking for someone to come and take it away, or for someone to point a gun at your head and threaten you and your family.However, being discreet about your possessions should maybe be considered in the future is what people are trying to say. We must remember she is a mother, a sister and a daughter as well as a human being.

I believe that social is not to blame for the Robbery, society is. Perhaps the Robbery was an inside job with new information that only people on the inside would have been able to direct the Robbers in Kim’s Direction and news that head security guard Pascal’s company is filing for Bankruptcy. However, if evil people didn’t exist, these hate crimes would not happen in the first place and social would be a place where you could do anything.

People on Twitter had A LOT to say about the incident, with other celebrities and people coming to Kim’s defence as well as Kanye cancelling a show mid way amongst other shows on his tour to show support for his wife. On the other hand, there are claims the stunt was all fake, didn’t even happen and people blame Kim for wearing jewellery in the first place and flaunting it.

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So, was the robbery fake? Was security to blame? Was Kim to blame? Was social to blame?

I would like to think that someone wouldn’t lie about something so serious, especially when guns are involved. If this was your friend or family member how would you feel? Every one is entitled to their own opinion but I do not feel that social or Kim is to blame. Of course, social is a place to show off and let people know what you are doing, but this doesn’t give anyone a reason to attack.

Kim did not step out in public for a few days, but has recently been seen with her daughter and Kanye. The successful series Keeping Up With The Kardashians has apparently been put on hold due to the Paris incident.

What are your thoughts on the situation? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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How Social Media Reacted To The Paris Attacks

On Friday 13th November 2015, the unimaginable happened in Paris. With Friday the 13th being known for bringing bad luck, we didn’t think anything like this would happen. A series of attacks were bought upon the city of Paris on Friday night including suicide bombing, shootings and even hostage situations.

The biggest impact of attack was at the Bataclan theatre, where most people died after being taken hostage whilst 3 bombs went off outside the Stade de France where a football game was taking place. Footage of the killings and horrific scenes were released on TV and social media and people couldn’t even watch it on TV let a lone imagine the real life scenes. ISIL claimed responsibility, and on Wednesday 18th November, a police raid took place in aim of finding the main culprits.

As with all global events, social media is the first to react and sometimes even the first to break the news. In fact, most people found out through Twitter. What happened though was something more than this. People from all over the world came together to show solidarity with France and the meaning of community was officially defined. The world showed that they will not be beaten, they will not fear and they will stand strong.

First came the symbol that people were posting on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: The peace symbol with the Eiffel Tower in the middle. People posting this were people in France, all over the world, celebrities and families and friends of the victims. Many hashtags included #PrayForParis and #PrayForPeace. People were posting pictures of their own personal experiences in Paris, showing just how beautiful the city of love is and how something so sacred was being demolished through evil.

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What followed was not only further developments in death toll and casualties, but there were tributes from victims and their families and friends for people who died in the attacks, these included tweets, videos and Facebook tributes. An interesting social media story was that of nick Alexander, who sadly died in the attacks. It started with his girlfriend Polina Buckley tweeting to try and find him:

 

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What followed was heartbreaking which got 14,019 retweets showing the support the world has for each individual story:

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Another viral post was the story of a girl who pretended to be dead in order to survive on Facebook. She wrote: “Shocked and alone, I pretended to be dead for over an hour, lying among people who could see their loved ones motionless”. She posted a picture of blood across her top representing her story.

It is stories like this that show us just how important human life is, and just how much of a positive affect social media can have in negative situations. Social media has been used to build and show community, as an expression of love and as a safety and alert system. We can only hope that Paris stays safe along with the rest of the world and that the power of love is ultimately stronger than the power of hate.

What really affected many people was 2 videos that went viral on social media. One, a video of a little boy and his father trying to explain to him that he should feel safe, and flowers protect us against guns, the other a man who lost his wife explaining that he will not let terrorists win, he will live life and he will love life, he won’t give them the satisfaction of hate. Again, love overpowers hate.

Here is a still from the father son video…to watch the whole thing click here.

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Here is a still from the other video, watch the whole video here.

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What we have learnt is social media is an extremely powerful tool. In addition to this, we know that the human race will not stand for evil and will not stand for hatred. We stand strong in the face of evil and we stand strong in the face of terror, we just wish for global peace and the belief that one day the world will eventually see no terror and no sadness.