Apparently our generation is just a bunch of narcissists. According to a recent study conducted by the University of Michigan, college students who frequently post on Facebook and Twitter are statistically more narcissistic than their fellow students. For one thing, duh. And second, who cares?
Everyone knows that when you post on a picture of yourself and your friends out at a bar, its not as a personal memento. Its to show everyone else how awesome your life is. In other, more science-y words, posting on Facebook is linked to the Exhibitionism element of narcissism. That is the term used by the researchers in their study's abstract. Seriously, it took a bunch of scientists to figure out that Facebook is used for blatant self exposure.
Twitter, on the other hand, is coupled with the classic narcissistic superiority complex. Again, a pretty obvious link. Think about it. When you think of something clever, or discover something cool you need to be the first to tweet it, just to show how cool/smart you are. Twitter-wars are a great example of people bitching each other out to display intellectual superiority. A little less obvious than the Facebook findings, but again, a very logical leap for anyone familiar with the twitter-sphere.
You also can't forget about the many other social media apps that easily lend themselves to narcissistic tendencies. Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr, and the rest can all be seen as sites for self promotion.
Time.com covered the study and pointed out how dangerous narcissistic tendencies can be, essentially implying how our use of Facebook and Twitter will damage our relationships and make us dysfunctional adults. That may be true, but its not like narcissism is prominent only in our generation, we just have better tools to make everyone aware of how awesome we are.
Baby boomers are known for their generational pride and idealized past accomplishments. Self-portraits of lords and ladies throughout history are physical monuments of narcissism. So are the huge statues and constructions created by kings and queens of the ancient world. Back in the day, only the rich could afford to be narcissistic on a large scale. Now, thanks to the internet and social media, everyone has the capacity to show themselves off.
And besides, whats the point in doing cool shit if you can't share it with the world? Narcissism is nothing new, we've just become the best at it. Now that's narcissism at its finest.
In what could only be described as a fated win — with the game happening on home ice on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, during 2021's last strawberry moon — thousands of Montrealers who crowded L'Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal in the celebration were scattered by Montreal police.
A video taken on June 10 appears to show a Montreal police officer kneeling on the neck and back of a Black teenager while conducting an arrest.
The SPVM told MTL Blog that officers were responding to a 911 call at the George-Vanier High School, in Montreal's Villeray neighbourhood, "because a fight was in progress involving about fifteen individuals."
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In a statement sent to MTL Blog, police claimed the teenager in the video was in possession of a taser.
The SPVM said "several statements of offence were issued" during its intervention in the alleged altercation between the 15 individuals. Another individual was allegedly in possession of bear repellent, according to the police report.
"Individuals were arrested for obstructing the work of a peace officer and for possession of a weapon, then released via summons, since they are minors," it continued.
The SPVM said that though "the neck control technique [was] not involved in this situation, it is part of the National Use of Force Model and that the ÉNPQ [École nationale de police du Québec] teaches it to police officers during their initial training."
Regarding the action of kneeling on the teenager's neck, the SPVM added that "certain types of use of force require that police officers write a report and submit it to their supervisor and then to their unit manager, who must then verify whether the use of force was justified."
Police also said a "review of the police response and use of force in this event is currently underway" with "support from the Use of Force Unit and its master instructors."
"Following the review," the SPVM continued, "the [neighbourhood post unit] manager will take the appropriate follow-up actions, as required."