Posts tagged social media

Informed

The majority of people don’t have the luxury to keep themselves informed. Life simply prevents them to allocate the necessary time or budget to do so. The current state of journalism doesn’t help either.

At this age, the serious and trustworthy media assets are either sitting behind a paywall or are easily overtaken by viral fake news on social media. But this is for the people who actually possess the technical capabilities and equipment to consume online.

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The People vs Data Hoarders

It is no secret that social media companies, a startup with access to our phone data and a bunch of other data hoarders have a huge amount of information gathered on everyone ever using a smartphone or having an account somewhere. What is interesting to me is when push comes to shove, how regulations will be applied to the already existing behemoths.

Most of the smartphone users don’t bother to check their default settings when starting up their device for the first time. They also do not check the permissions the apps they download and use. Privacy and security in many cases are just an afterthought for them.

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December Lists

Every year around this time, rankings, predictions and retrospectives start flowing in from left and right. I call them December Lists. They look into the past or in the future with a predominantly subjective take on things.

List a structured approach to dealing with life as it happens, a sort of a mechanism to grant you the feeling that you are actually behind the wheel and it is not life just happening to you. Or… They could be as normal as your grocery shopping agenda or your personal branding online. The latter usually evolves into a complete frenzy at the end of each year.

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A Diary Called Facebook

In the last few months, I realised my personal diary was to some extent Facebook. In a few months, it will be a decade that I am present there.

Earlier this year, I have undertaken the Sisyphean task to clean up the content I have published there. But no matter how much I am removing more and more are popping up. I am not talking about the reactions or comments I have left on someone else’s wall. Purely the stuff I have published – thoughts, photos, infographics, check-ins etc.

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A Dystopian Social Media Functionality

Don’t know about you, but I always felt rather unease when seeing graphic posts for good causes on social media. Quite confusing and not really sure how to proceed, I must admit.

National Geographic, for example, is trying to raise awareness on a number of issues on social media (particularly on Instagram). Right now, they are running a campaign showcasing the decision of the PRC government to lift the ban on importing animal parts used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Yesterday, they published a rather graphic picture of a tiger trapped under burning firewood. Today, they opted for showing the carcasses after the fire has done its job. On both occasions, the number of likes showed me – well above the 250 000.

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