The Agent on The Unforgivably Poor Judgement of Logan Paul

“Gaze in wonder at my ignorance and immaturity!”
Source: Kotaku

Well, this is a hell of a way to start off the New Year…

For those blissfully not-in-the-know, Logan Paul is a YouTube personality who is most well-known for his vlogs and rap tracks who fancies himself to be a rebel (you know, like every OTHER YouTuber that I don’t give two s***s about until they f*** up).

Though, starting this year, he’ll be known for something far worse.

Logan had just gotten finished with a set of vlogs of his tour through Japan in which he does just about everything in his power to make an absolute ass of himself (and, by extension, fellow Americans) in a foreign land. He plays up Japanese stereotypes in public and pesters and annoys strangers just trying to go about their day in a multitude of ways.

But, probably most egregious of all, Logan filmed himself in the infamous Aokigahara “Suicide Forest” where many good people have ended their own lives. He then proceeded to film and post the video containing the ACTUAL body of a man who hung himself to death.

Let’s be clear about something here; Part of why this is so terrible is that Logan would have been hated and ostracised for all of these actions IN HIS OWN COUNTRY. The fact that he thought he could get away with this behavior in a foreign land – in someone else’s home – displays a horrifying level cultural insensitivity and lack of basic social etiquette.

But the fact that Logan did do this in another country makes matters SO much worse. Whether you like to admit it or not, most people HATE Americans; they see us a rude, boorish, uneducated, clod-hoppers that care only about themselves. Hell, even OTHER AMERICANS hate Americans.

The second you set foot outside of your territory, you become an involuntary representative of your country. To that end, it behooves you to understand the laws and customs of the land and respect them and the people who follow them. By doing otherwise, Logan has made it so that those that were sickened by his antics – which is most, if not all, of Japan – now have their views of Americans tarnished, making opening a meaningful dialog between the two of us even more difficult to the chagrin of those who’ve been working towards open exchange all their lives. Don’t believe me? Just look at fellow YouTuber Gaijin Goombah, who spent YEARS living with a Japanese family with the goal of cultural exchange, get nearly tear-jerkingly wrathful at how Logan acted.

Of course, it’s not just cultural sensitivity that’s on the plate; it’s also making light of suicide. Take it from Boogie2988 who has actually struggled with suicidal depression. Hell, take it from ME who has shared his own experience on the subject multiple times.

Logan has apologized for his actions and the Aokigahara footage has been removed, but the fact that his other Japan vlogs still remain seems to show that he doesn’t truly grasp just how far he stepped over the line. So, I want to conclude by shifting gears from an only semi-serious rant to a VERY serious open letter to Logan Paul about what he did.

Logan – Mister Paul. What you have done not only made you and your fellow Americans look like even bigger laughing stocks but hurt countless others around the world. I truly want to believe that you meant no harm, but your history and choice of words and actions refuse to let me believe that you were actually thinking about the greater good when you made those videos. You have made life infinitely more difficult for those coping with suicide and suicidal depression, for our friends in other countries, for those of us looking to connect with and aid both of them, and for your fellow YouTube Personalities.

I know you’re taking time off from your vlogs to reflect on all this and I hope you can find some form understanding in that time. If you need to reach out to someone to discuss this, I hope you find the courage to do so because some of us want to see you get through this and become a better person for your experiences. I hope you understand that being a celebrity of sorts – even a minor one as compared to those outside of YouTube – comes with an obligation to use your charisma and cult of personality to unite people and guide them towards a better future together.

Please don’t let this be the end, Logan; prove to this world that you can learn from and rise above your mistakes.

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Good Worker Etiquette: Things You Should Do No Matter How Crappy Your Job Is

 

I don’t care how overworked you are, you can at least make the effort.
Source: Firstcall

Regardless of your feelings toward your job, there are just some lines you don’t cross. I understand the need to buck the system in the face of injustice, but you have to at least be considerate of the other people stuck in the same boat as you; i.e. your coworkers.

To that end, I’ve decided to construct a short list (ever notice how good I am at those) of faux pas to be avoided in the work place and why.

Avoid In-fighting with co-workers

It’s unavoidable. You’re going to come across someone that just rubs you the wrong way at work. Maybe they’re under educated, ignorant, and refuse to learn. Maybe they’re the type that like to tease co-workers for laughs.

The fact of the matter is this; neither of you are there to make friends, you’re there to get a job done and you won’t be able to do that if you’re both busy at each others throats.

If you have a problem with someone, unless it’s a serious issue like harassment or violence, just let the twit continue their childish antics. If it becomes an issue, then you have the right to raise a stink and inform your supervisor. The more time you waste fighting over mundane things, the more slack the other people you work with have to pick up for the both of you.

Everything Is Everyone’s Job

Have you ever heard the advice that you should specify a person to call for help in an emergency instead of simply saying, “Someone,, get help?” The reason for that is that people like to assume that someone else will do it instead of them and help comes to late

The same mentality exists in the workplace; everyone likes to think that something will be taken care of by a co-worker. As a result, the job never gets done.

If you’re a supervisor or otherwise in a position of authority, designate people to take care of tasks. This will increase the likelihood of it getting done as well as make it easier to find the people not doing their share of work.

If you’re an employee and you see something that needs doing, take charge and do it. It will make things go smoother later on and make you look good in the eyes of your superiors.

This isn’t to say that you should be constantly doing favors for others when you know that they were the ones charged to do it. It just means that if you have spare time between your tasks and notice something that needs doing, you should do it to help others stay on top of things.

Even Crappy Jobs Deserve a Two Week Notice

So, you’ve finally found a job you think you’ll enjoy. That’s great for you, but that will screw up things for you co-workers if they don’t know ahead of time.

The reason the “Two Week Notice” rule stands in most places is so that schedules can be worked around being short a person and so that employers can start looking for new hires to make life easier for everyone.

Ditching a job with no prior warning is a warning sign to other employers that you’ll back stab them and make life miserable for them the first chance you get. So be sure to provide a window of time between telling them you’re going to quit and actually quitting.