A Year Without the Net? Sounds like Heaven (and Hell)
One of my friends, Heather, always says “Facebook is the Devil”…and sometimes, I actually agree with her. The shite-talking, narcissistic whines, the self-absorbed photos, the rants, the attention-seeking, roller coaster of emotions and that’s just me…Ha! Well sort of. Sometimes guilty as charged.
Really there are some days I’d like to come off Facebook, and indeed all Social Media, completely. No more friends or followers, no more likes, no more +1s or shares, no more happy couples/baby/kid/family shots, politics, religion, “get me a million likes and I’ll get this” type posts…
The irony is that my job IS the doing of social media – all day, every day. I seldom get a reprieve. So this morning when this one was shared it really struck a cord:
“It’s reprogramming our relationships, our emotions, and our sensitivity,”
And it has – well, mine anyway…
Check out this article I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet
May 1, 2013 · The Verge · By Paul Miller on May 1, 2013 10:40 am… One year ago I left the internet. I thought it was making me unproductive. I thought it lacked meaning. I thought it was “corrupting my soul.” It’s a been a year now since I “surfed the web” or “checked my email” or “liked” anything with a figurative rather than literal thumbs up. I’ve managed to stay disconnected, just like I planned….Open this article
But of course the flip side to this coin is that also the Internet can be fun, informative, thought-provoking (like the above article) and inspiring – to name but a few. it’s those sorts of content shares and articles that keep me logged on 24/7 (it seems).
So in a sort of “Thea’s Social Media Finds for the Week” – here some are.
1) The 17 Problems You Haven’t Had since the 90s.
Oh boy, this one made me giggle, so it did. Let’s face it, we can all use more laughter in our lives, can’t we?
May 2, 2013 · www.morebeans.com · How time flies. It only seems like last week that Ant & Dec were in the charts. Oh, wait a minute… Whilst Dawson’s Creek may not have given us timeless drama or gritty realism, it wasn’t all bad. Michelle Williams has since been nominated for an Oscar, Katie Holmes has married (and divorced) the most famous scientologist on the planet, and Dawson’s crying face has become one of the best memes we’ve seen in ages. Seriously, the 90s problems meme…Open this article
Of a similar ilk, comes,…
This one is from my fellow NSDesign consultant, Brian Tait, who shared it on his G+ stream a day or two ago. Really, I can’t believe they still print these things…It made me smile. Hope you like it too!
May 2, 2013 · The Poke: · May 2, 2013 Next > Simon’s Book Review by Doghouse Like The Poke on Facebook and you will never be bored again. Tags: comics, phonebook. Open this article
3) For something a little different…Particularly people who can be, well a bit anal about grammar, spelling and punctuation this one is for you.
May 2, 2013 · Small Business Heroes · A guide to impressing customers with your excellent spelling and grammar skills This entry was posted in Advice on May 2, 2013 by Heather. Perfect punctuation Did we mention spelling mistakes and bad grammar make us cry? That we shed a tear for every mis-used apostrophe? That we weep uncontrollably every time somebody says ‘’should of’ instead of ‘should have’?…Open this article
4) Another bit of humour found via a new Twitter follower Tim Grimes (love his domain name: timgrim.es) – with a Pope CV as if it were on Linkedin. Clever. I’ve seen a few of these (if not LinkedIn, than one that looks like an Amazon product page) – but this one did make me smile this week, so it gets included!
May 3, 2013 · www.timgrim.es
I am not religious, and do hope that that last share doesn’t offend anyway. If so, so be it though…
I’ve saved the best for last.
I love music and I love movies but I loathe musicals – for the most part. So when I saw this on a friend’s Facebook page, I knew I had to watch it!!
5) From Honest Trailers it’s a piss-take on Les Miserable. A movie you couldn’t pay me to sit through – despite the cast and its accolades. Quite honestly, I laughed OUT LOUD through this whole thing – to the point I had tears streaming down my face…
I hope you find this one as funny as I did. Or even half as funny as I did.
That wraps up my wrap up for another week. I am off out into the semi-Scottish-sunshine now. In preparation for an up-coming walk – I have to do about 7 or 8 miles today. I’ve no idea where I am going. I guess I will know when I get there.
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