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Social media rapidly expands from previous decade

By Madison Fuson

The internet all the way up from the 90s has changed, there is no doubt about it. As time went on, our possibilities of which platform we stand on has ranged to endless. The first modern social media platform arrived in May 1996 called Six Degrees, created by Andrew Weinreich. As creators like Weinreich got the social media platforms set in their head, more varied networks came to life.

Major platforms we use today, like Google, Yahoo! and Amazon, began surfacing up in the 90s. The social media and sites we use today may still be around from back then or have slipped from our lives but still linger.

As time went on, those around for the 90s were able to see more networks pop around as the 2000s came. Sites like Habbo, Friendster, MySpace, Facebook and YouTube formed in the early 2000s.

Sites today are accessible through gadgets of different varieties, making the chart numbers rise from the palm of our hands. In the 1990s, the internet access was more limited than today. Now, we have smart phones that can act as a computer on the go.

With the access of these sites and the number of devices, accounts and views of these sites can travel in the millions. A site of such popularity that has grown in numbers is Facebook, made in 2004. It has grown into a worldwide network with 2.072 billion active users and 1.66 billion mobile users. Another site with a booming popularity for mobile and computer usage is YouTube. YouTube, formed in 2005, now has 1.57 billion active users per month and 500 million active mobile users per month. On December 1995, there were 16 million users online, but on December 2017, over 4.1 million users were online.

As time is moving forward, the number of users is expanding, as well as the number of ways we as users can access sites. Even in schools, more ways of resources and internet usages are being accessed, broadening our horizon on our knowledge. Today, with a touch of our keyboard, we can find thousands of answers for one question on multiple search engines, and with those resources, there are more social media platforms than we can count to choose from.

Bonnie and Clyde: A crime of love vs. a love of crime

By Eleni Pappas and Madison Fuson

Many romanticists are into daring love stories, especially the ones that keep the audience on the run with guns and robberies. When it comes to notorious romances, most think of Romeo and Juliet until he or she hears the criminal details in question. Then the focus may shift to Bonnie and Clyde.

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were born in Texas, around the 1900s. Bonnie was 19 and a waitress at the time when she first encountered Clyde, who was two years older. They met in January of 1930 through a mutual friend. Bonnie was known to be a good citizen before Clyde; however, she did have an abusive husband, whom she never divorced while with Clyde. Clyde was coerced into the crime life by his brother at an early age, through robberies.

The first true crime as “Bonnie and Clyde” was technically Clyde’s jailbreak. He escaped imprisonment using a gun Bonnie smuggled to him, already in love.

The crime spree truly began when they were joined in 1932 by gunman Raymond Hamilton, Raymond was later replaced by William Daniel Jones. On March 23, 1933 the gang was joined by Clyde’s brother, Ivan or “Buck,” having been released from Texas State Prison and granted full pardon by the governor. Buck’s wife, Blanche, joined as well, but later was captured when Buck was killed. However, the group had already made a stream of headlines with each daring robbery they enacted.

While Bonnie and Clyde were criminals, the media portrayed them to be that of superstars. A photo in which the couple posed with the rest of gang holding guns and cigars became famous and was used in many newspapers, showcased like the cover of a magazine. Not all media showed them favoritism, one in particular,  New York Daily News did not mind to call Clyde a “kill-crazy youth” and Bonnie his “moll” (a gangster’s female companion or prostitute). Still, as with any celebrity, any press is good press and the pair flaunted having the spotlight.

The last crime they would commit before the day that their lives would end was in January, 1934. On this day, Clyde helped along with a jailbreak for Eastham, killing a prison guard and escaping with multiple convicts besides his friends. One in particular was Henry Methvin.

Later on April 1, the same year, with a posse led by Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, Barrow would kill two highway patrolmen in a pursuit in the area of Grapevine, Texas. After these two crimes and Methvin’s own murder acts after the pursuit, the foreshadowing events would lead to the fateful end of the duo and their gang.

Those events lead America to the day of betrayal and lives lost. Methvin’s father, for pardon of his son by the government for the crimes, would give Texas Ranger Frank Hamer the whereabouts of Bonnie and Clyde. On May 23, 1934, Bonnie and Clyde were gunned down by Hamer’s hidden squad after driving down the backroad to pick up Methvin’s father beside a broken down truck. The couple did try to drive away in escape, but the hail of bullets killed them instantly.

The story of Bonnie and Clyde may not be as romantic as some remember; however, that does not mean one can not appreciate their daring tale. Go see “Bonnie and Clyde” put on by the Theatre Department this weekend and Sept. 1-3. Tickets prices can be found online at http://www.floydcentraltheatre.org.